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Old 08-12-2022, 01:30 PM   #11
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I can understand your concerns. It sounds like you have a great vet close by which will help to reassure you.
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Old 08-12-2022, 01:37 PM   #12
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I can understand your concerns. It sounds like you have a great vet close by which will help to reassure you.
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Old 08-12-2022, 03:12 PM   #13
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So sorry to read Rodney is feeling unwell Ria. Hoping the medication he’s having does not upset him but does help to get him better. He’s in the best of hands with you. Will keep him in my prayers for a speedy recovery..
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Old 08-13-2022, 09:20 AM   #14
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Rodney came through the worrying 24 hours ok.

In fact. I just came in from work to find him on top of his house complaining!

So i gave him half a chilled grape, he immediately stopped chirping and run off with the grape.
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Old 08-13-2022, 09:36 AM   #15
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I am so happy to hear this! I have been thinking of him. I bet he appreciated the grape.
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Old 08-13-2022, 10:34 AM   #16
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I'm trying to figure something out for him because he's not happy in the downstairs playground. He tried to tell me last night by continuously climbing up my front. Then he sat on my shoulder, walked round my neck. I know that he wanted me to carry him upstairs.

He sniffs an awful lot. So i think that he misses the scent of the other hamsters. I think what i'll do is hoover downstairs, put the upstairs blanket down and let Clive loose for a while. Clive throws himself about scenting. I bought a new 30cm flying saucer for Rodney and hopefully Clive will have a go.

Hopefully Rodney will be happier when he can sniff out the scent of another hamster and scent over it himself.

Well, that's my theory.
It worked with a foster Syrian who was very outgoing and lively here but turned all quiet and shy in his new home. After a couple of weeks of our hamsters having a go but not really liking that wheel he used a lot while here, i gave it to him without washing it.
He really came out of his shell then and was way too tempted to sniff that familiar wheel then to stay in his lovely big habitat all the time.
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Old 08-13-2022, 10:42 AM   #17
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That is really interesting. It is almost like they are happy smelling and hearing other Syrian hamsters. Despite never interacting with each other they get comfort from knowing others are close by.
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Old 08-13-2022, 11:00 AM   #18
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That is really interesting. It is almost like they are happy smelling and hearing other Syrian hamsters. Despite never interacting with each other they get comfort from knowing others are close by.
I don't think it's a case of comfort because Rodney lives downstairs and the other three Syrians are upstairs in the same room.

I think it's of a more territorial nature like "a hamster has been here before me but i'm here now so i'm scenting over his scent" kind of scenario. I could be wrong of course.

I suppose it's a natural behaviour they have in the wilds and it comes through here because i have multiple hamsters.

Rodney is left out just now because he's isolating so i want to stage it for him. Clive has been trying to jump the stair barrier for ages anyway so will welcome the chance to explore.

I once staged an escape to give a hamster a taste of freedom.
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Old 08-13-2022, 11:07 AM   #19
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Oh I see. That is very different to what I was thinking then.

It must have been so cute when the hamster thought they escaped. I bet they were thrilled.
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Old 08-13-2022, 11:34 AM   #20
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Oh I see. That is very different to what I was thinking then.
Yes, your take on this is different to mine but who knows what the hamsters think. They may be laughing at the pair of us for all we know.
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