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Old 02-19-2024, 01:59 AM   #1
SarahBee
 
Join Date: Feb 2024
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Wink Hi , we’re new!

Hi!

I just bought a Chinese dwarf hamster. His name is widgi. I didn’t go in the store with the plan of walking out with a new family member but I did so now I have a new buddy. He really doesn’t mind being handled but I only get 5 min before he won’t stay still so I help him on from one hand to another and if he’s to anxy I just put him back in his tank. I got him a 20 gallon and he loves his hut and his wheel. I put dust bath in for him. He likes red peppers. I’m wondering if 20 gallons is too small. ? He’s a dwarf and it’s only 5 inches less than some of the recommendations on another site. I almost went out and got him a 150 gallon storage bin as that is what was recommended… also help on spending time with him? How to train him a little? Maybe to sit still?
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Old 02-19-2024, 09:21 AM   #2
Hoosierhamster
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Welcome!

Most people recommend to avoid dust baths due to the risk of sinus issues. I’ve used reptile sand with no issues. As for getting them to sit still, that may depend a lot on the species. Best of luck!
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Old 02-20-2024, 10:20 PM   #3
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Default Re: Hi , we’re new!

congrats on your new ham! chinese dwarfs are super cool but unfortunately illegal where I live...
I'm assuming PA is Pennsylvania? if so, I highly recommend reptisand instead of a dust bath.
I dont think 20 gal is too small but it does depend on the hamster. It can never hurt to go bigger but some hamsters will never be satisfied, even with the biggest cage possible!
Its hard to train a hamster to sit still, I also have an energetic dwarf and he'll only stop moving if I feed him while I'm holding him. I think most hamsters will refuse to sit quietly in their owner's hand for longer than a few min but its great he's so tame! especially cuz chinese hams are know for being on the shy side
good luck and enjoy widgi!
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