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Old 06-20-2010, 04:42 PM   #1
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Question Changing the cage

Is it okay to move hamsters to a new cage?

I found a new one, better and larger.

Or they would not feel good because they are already used to their first house?

The first one is so small, so I was supposedly planning to extend the cage using tubes with a new cage again. But I now have a larger one, so would it be okay to transfer my hamster to the bigger one?

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Old 06-20-2010, 05:12 PM   #2
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I know people on this forum have done it successfully. Use the same floor covering and bedding so the hamster has familiar smells around him. Hopefully he'll prefer having a bigger and better home!
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:10 AM   #3
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Hi, my hasmters new cage arrives tuesday, I plan to put in some of his things from his old cage, like his bed, food boll, some toys etc so he has something familiar. I think its best done in the evening when hammy is wide awake and in an exploring mood. Good luck!
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:38 AM   #4
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Yes, it should be fine to change to a bigger cage. Just make sure that the bed and maybe some toys are the smae so that there is something familier for her, I'm sure she will enjoy the extra space!
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Old 06-22-2010, 03:05 PM   #5
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Some hammys go insane coz of this, but not to worry. I personally would put it in the bigger one, or connect both together, then if the hamster is evidetly stressed, take it out and put into its first cage.
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Old 06-22-2010, 03:40 PM   #6
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Ive just recently moved my hamster, and what i did was i put all his old bedding and toys and stuff in the new cage (along with some more to fill it up, its much bigger now) and he just went around scenting it like he normally does after a clean out, he was a wee bit jumpy with noises for a couple of days i think but now he seems used to it So i think it should be ok for you
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:44 AM   #7
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Thumbs up Re: Changing the cage

Kiwi's cage was small/medium at first when she was still so little. But when baby Kiwi had grown, her cage (with first and second floor) became too small for her. Earlier this month, she was still contented though.

However, on the night I took home a new hamster with a large cage with tubes I bought for it the other sunday (which I'm not sure if she sensed that the new one has a larger cage ), I noticed that Kiwi suddenly looked unusual and so depressed, that I got worried if she's going to be ill. She barely used her wheel that night when she spent hours on it

So the next day, I went back to the store to buy the very same cute design of cage I bought the night before! And the moment she went inside in when I got home, she suddenly turned hyper in a good way!

Her sadness turned into an unsually happy mood, that she checked out everytime right away!

She was never jumpy thankfully. I guess that's how sad she was on her first cage , that all she could think of in the new one was to be happy. And all she did was running so fast everywhere, and rushing in tubes all night!

Then I moved her wheel from the first cage But she just smelled it at first out of excitement with the tubes I also gave apple, her favorite, but she still prefered the large cage

Thank you for your replies, you made me not worried about buying a large cage!
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:36 AM   #8
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Glad that she is happy in her new home!
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:38 AM   #9
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I am so pleased that she likes her new cage
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:39 AM   #10
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great news that she likes her new cage
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