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Hamster seems stressed

Discussion in 'Small Animal Chat' started by Rebecca11, Oct 29, 2019.


  1. Rebecca11

    Rebecca11 PetForums Newbie

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    The hamster was originally my sisters, bother in laws, he wasn’t looking after it very well and going away for a week at a time and leaving it at home alone, so my sister took it but isn’t allowed any pets, so I now have the hamsters. Iv had him a few weeks and he’s seemed fine, but the last few days he’s moved all his saw dust to one side of the cage so there’s a giant pile at one side and not at the other, he keeps emptying his food bowl but just moving it to his bed, so his bed is just full of food and he’s also waking up regularly a lot through the day, iv never really owned any pet before and didn’t really have time to look into hamster before getting him, so I have no idea what to do really. Does this seem normal or does he seems stressed? He has toys and a wheel to play with, and he’s got toys made of seeds to play with/eat, we also let him run around in his ball every night, what else should I do to help him?
     
  2. Smolmaus

    Smolmaus PetForums Member

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    He could just be building a big nest because it's getting colder? If hams get too cold they can go into a state called torpor and they can die so please make sure he is warm enough (keep room at 19C or above) and has enough cosy bedding to make a good nest. Torn up toilet roll is the best for this.

    Moving food to his bed is absolutely normal. "Hamstern" is the German word for hoarding so that's exactly what he's doing! Some hams do wake up during the day, that's not hugely unusual. He will still be adjusting. But you might consider that his behaviour since you got him has been his stressed state and now he is starting to make himself at home? If he's still eating, active and not engaging in any of the stereotypical stress behaviours (bar chewing especially) I wouldn't worry too much.

    For general info about hamsters and a much more active hamster community I would recommend hamstercentral.co.uk. Similar forums but more specialised :)
     
  3. Rebecca11

    Rebecca11 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you! That’s good to know! The house is always warm through the day but iv never actually thought about the temperature at night, so I’ll definitely make sure he’s warm enough on a night. I will have a look at that website though, thank you :)
     
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