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Old 03-30-2021, 09:08 PM   #1
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Hi! so I just registered today because I had some questions about my hamster and the stuff she does. She is a female Syrian and I haven't had her for too long maybe about 2 months. On one of her cages is an enclosed wheel on the top and it doesn't have much ventilation (at least that's how I see it. I am trying to get her a new wheel but can only find wire ones at my local pet store) anyways she has been sleeping it, bringing her food to it, peeing and pooping it. and I don't feel like it's very sanitary, she pees on her food and then sleeps on it and eats it. Can she get sick? How do I get her to nest somewhere else?
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Old 03-31-2021, 02:49 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to HC!

You are right, hoarding, peeing and sleeping in an enclosed area with insufficient ventilation can lead to health problems. Moisture, food and heat is an ideal breeding ground for harmful bacteria which can cause all sorts of health problems.

You say one of her cages has an enclosed wheel on the top.
What kind of cage does she live in?

A Syrian hamster needs a cage that is at least 80cmx50cm with a 28cm wheel and a big house, plenty of substrate and enrichment so she can build a big nest and keep a hoard nearby. Most Syrians pee in a sand filled corner toilet.

I'm just wondering why she choses to nest in a wheel.
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Old 04-02-2021, 11:44 PM   #3
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Hi, so I don't know exactly what kind of cages I have but after I got her I did do some research, and when I found out how much space they need I went into my storage and found some old cages I had from when I was younger and I attached them all with small tubes (I think they're all critter trail cages tbh) I do give her a lot of bedding to dig and burrow and she has multiple other hides to stay in but she just loves that wheel for some reason. I do also give her a lot of enrichment toys and chews.

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Old 04-03-2021, 12:12 AM   #4
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Hi, if you have done your research then you probably came across the info that your hamster ideally needs a continious floor space and not various linked hamster cages. For female syria s i highly recommend 100 x 50 cm as a minimium. This also makes it so much easier to keep the cage clean and give your hamster proper amounts of bedding and correct sized wheel, 11 to 12 inches for a syrian. This will all make it so that your hamster exhibits more normal hamster behaviour.

Is your current cage this one shown in this video by any chance as its the only one I know of with an enclosed wheel on the top.

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If it is, maybe watching the video will help you understand why these cages arent suitable.

To answer your question, if it is this cage, yes she has the potential to get sick if the amonia levels build up etc.
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