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Old 01-13-2020, 12:35 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!
So I already have 2 dwarf hamsters. But this week I'm finally going to be adopting a Syrian! I'm so excited!! I just wabted to see if there anything about Syrians I need to know, anything that's different from dwarfs? Also does anyone else find it hard to find toys and hides that are big enough for Syrians? Because I feel like everything is too small 😂
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:12 PM   #2
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Hi, congratulations. Yes you are not alone in your thinking, a lot of hamster specific toys/hides are too small for syrian hmasters, you could try looking at toys/hides for rats or even guinea pigs as these are often too small for guinea pigs but perfect for syrians.
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Old 01-21-2020, 04:01 AM   #3
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Hello, good luck with your new syrian hamster. Syrian hamsters just simply require a bigger space then your small dwarf hamsters. Bigger toys for them are required as their body size is larger.

Good luck with your third hamster!
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Old 01-21-2020, 06:12 AM   #4
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Hi! I also recently got a Syrian after only having had Russian dwarfs in the past, so I feel ya. Whenever I looked at houses or other things for my hamster, I imaged that if the item looked perfect for a dwarf, it would be too small for a Syrian. You can also make hideouts yourself. One of Jupiter's favourite hideout is a thick cardboard tube that was used for a carpet roll. But I imagine that big mailing tubes (for like posters) work too. I also went to various thrift stores. Sometimes they have animal stuff too (be sure to clean it tho!). Another thing I use has a hideout kind of thing is this piece of wood (not sure what the type is, but it's used for aquariums I believe) that, when placed upside down, provides a little shelter for Jupiter to hide under. Also keep in mind that they need a bigger wheel. Mine is 30cm. My cage is a 100cmx50cm tank and I don't think it should be much smaller than that. In the housing part of the forum I recently made a thread with pictures of my forest themed cage, if you're curious about the set-up.
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:07 AM   #5
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I'm not sure if I'm allowed to mention a company on here by name re. board restrictions, but there's a German rodent specialist pet company which you will find that does fantastic bits and pieces for Syrian hamsters and they ship globally. They rhyme with 'Podi-jet'...
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