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Old 05-02-2021, 04:01 PM   #1
wendybear
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Question Bonding+Cleaning

Hi,
Wendy is a 10 week old syrian hamster and iíve had her for around 2 weeks now. Everyday i talk to her and now she will take treats from my fingers inside the cage or through the bars. She will nip me when i place them on my fingers. Tomorrow iím hoping to try again and see if she will take it off my hand. Any tips on doing this? Also iíve read that you should try petting your hamster while sheís eating etc, how do i start to do this? Sheís quite skittish and i donít want to scare her by putting my hand basically on top of her. Iíve tried to search for answers but i never get an exact answer so i thought itís best to ask.
One more thing is cleaning her nest. She nests underneath a platform so i canít easily reach my hand in there to check it. How often should i be cleaning her nests? As i canít get her out of her cage as she still nips at me. I read somewhere that i shouldnít fully clean it but at least get rid of any spoiled bedding or food.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:53 AM   #2
Dodo
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Default Re: Bonding+Cleaning

Hello,

My main suggestion would be to take it slow
You've only had her 2 weeks and she needs time to adjust. Continue feeding treats or just spending time near the cage, speaking to her etc.

You can move her out of the cage by placing a mug/jar in and she'll soon enter it to explore. Then you block the entrance either with your hand or something else and take her to a playpen or other secure place while you clean her nest. Spot cleaning will not be easy under a platform but it is important to clean wee regularly. However I wouldn't remove the food, unless it is fresh and getting bad. A stash is important for a hamster and they relax knowing they have a food reserve.

It's often easier also to tame out of the cage so that they don't get territorial and aggressive. You can go in the bathtub with her, letting her run on your legs when she leaves the jar/mug you had her in.
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Old 05-03-2021, 03:32 PM   #3
wendybear
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Hello,

My main suggestion would be to take it slow
You've only had her 2 weeks and she needs time to adjust. Continue feeding treats or just spending time near the cage, speaking to her etc.

You can move her out of the cage by placing a mug/jar in and she'll soon enter it to explore. Then you block the entrance either with your hand or something else and take her to a playpen or other secure place while you clean her nest. Spot cleaning will not be easy under a platform but it is important to clean wee regularly. However I wouldn't remove the food, unless it is fresh and getting bad. A stash is important for a hamster and they relax knowing they have a food reserve.

It's often easier also to tame out of the cage so that they don't get territorial and aggressive. You can go in the bathtub with her, letting her run on your legs when she leaves the jar/mug you had her in.
Thanks so much!! Getting her out is tricky but iíll try my best as i have a playpen for her to go into to Iíll be sure to start going through her nest to find any spoiled bedding or food as well.
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