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Old 09-06-2022, 10:01 AM   #41
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Thanks Cloudy, we’ve come so far with taming and our general hamster knowledge since bringing him home in January. At one point I thought we were never going to see him and would just find empty food bowls each day
It is wonderful Hams feels confident to come out when you are there. He has settled in so well.
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Old 09-06-2022, 01:43 PM   #42
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That's adorable! How long does he stay interested when you're doing the willow toy together? It looks like a hamster's dream
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Old 09-07-2022, 12:10 PM   #43
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That's adorable! How long does he stay interested when you're doing the willow toy together? It looks like a hamster's dream
Hi ilguy, probably for around a 1-2 minutes at a time. He genuinely likes it. Last night he was playing with it on his own, just climbing over it whilst trying to chew it at the same time. Maybe it’s also because he only has access to it in the playpen. It’s too big to really fit nicely in his home along with all his other items.
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Old 09-07-2022, 12:16 PM   #44
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Hi all, I’ve found the foraging trays. They are by “woodland called snuffle forest” I saw one today in [email protected]
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Old 09-07-2022, 12:20 PM   #45
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Oh that's wonderful! Seems like a really good amount of time for a ham to stick with one activity.
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Old 09-10-2022, 04:49 AM   #46
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We recently went on holiday and I was super stressed over who would look after Hams and whether he would stay in our home or potentially go to a family member and in the end I decided he would go to my mums, she is not so steady on her feet anymore so coming to our house everyday was more risky than attempting a cage move and thankfully all went really well

Mum is often at our house several times each week and when she’s here, we’ll often still be chatting whilst I’m sorting Hams out and he’s having a roam, so I guess he was already kinda used to hearing her voice and in the 3 weeks up to our hols, she took over some of the feeding and spot cleaning so he could become more used to her hands and scent in his home.

We moved him 2 days in advance of our 10 day hols so I could go to mums each evening and keep our routine consistent which mum then did her best to copy whilst we were away. She did an amazing job! and although he was a little shy he still came out in his playpen every night whilst we were away.

I was so excited to get him home and I kinda think this was reciprocated, as he was really wiggling as he was walking around sniffing my hands as I stroked him, made me feel quite tearful that I’d left him. I offered him his travel jug and he hopped straight in, which I then placed in his proper carrier. The drive is only 10mins so we were back home quickly and I can honestly say he just knew he was back, I had to do some cage tidy so he played in his pen and when I put him back in he just went straight to his main platform for a clean and for me to give him a stroke and say night night and switch of the main light as I normally would.

Although this went pretty seamless, I’m thinking he’ll be older next year if we do go away and in my heart I’d rather not move him. I then find out that my niece (in her 20’s) has had three hamsters, her current one being Ted, (who I’ve now met, another super cute Syrian) so I now have a hamster sitter (as does she) who’ll pop in to look after him, phew no more cage moves

Although we were chuckling about making sure we wash our hands well with unscented soap just in case they can smell each other? I guess for those of you who keep multiple hamsters this is not an issue. Is that because they can scent each other in the house or just because they are happy as long as not placed together?
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Old 09-10-2022, 05:05 AM   #47
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Aww I love how much thought you put into making sure Hams would be settled when you were away. You are an amazing hamster guardian.
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Old 09-10-2022, 05:35 AM   #48
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I have 3 male Syrians living in the same room and they share a play area. Yes, there's a lot of sniffing and scenting in the play areas but they love doing that.
I feel so bad for Rodney because i have to deprive him of that because of his health issues.
They sit and watch each other from their cages sometimes but of course, they never come into contact with each other.
Jack took his mat down three times now by cheeing through the string so he can look into Rory's cage. Knowing Jack he probably wants to check if Rory has something edible he hasn't, lol.
The only problem i encountered was when i had female foster Syrians. Their presence drove the boys crazy, especially Rory. There are details in his thread in the first half. I had to stop taking in females for rehoming.
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Old 09-11-2022, 08:53 PM   #49
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That is so heartwarming Hams was so excited to see you return! I just don't get some of the hamster myths out there, he remembered you and the house, clearly missed you, went back to his old routines, hamsters are pretty smart and capable of reciprocating the love we give them.

I'm glad you two are reunited, and everything went so well.
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Old 09-12-2022, 12:18 PM   #50
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Hams playing with his toilet roll treat ball last night. I normally wedge a treat round the edges but it must’ve got pushed inside as this was really pulled apart this morning.
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