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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-19-2006, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Biting cage

Hope this doesn't sound too silly, but is it normal for a hamster to chew the bars on his cage. I worry that he will hurt his little teeth. We have a chew stick in there and i have seen him work that over. Just a new owner worrying over his little buddy...
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-19-2006, 07:46 PM
 
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yes that is normal, they are bored I don't have a hamster but I have gerbils and they do it all the time. I asked about it read on it ect. and it says they are bored. My gerbils have chapped noses other than that they ae fine. I put things in there for them to chew on they will for awhile, then right back to the bars they go, so I don't know lol
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-20-2006, 12:23 PM
 
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my hamster did that in her old cage. it ok, just make sure she does not bite it too hard.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-20-2006, 01:00 PM
 
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Yah my hamster Amy did this ALL the time.. we had to change the type of cage she was in because how the bars were spaced she rubbed off all the fur from her nose Silly girl. Ahhh I miss her
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-20-2006, 08:29 PM
 
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Do a forum Search for old threads and posts on this very common topic.

Some chew more than others.

They all chew more if they can see and hear a lot of stuff outside the cage.

ALL hamsters want to forage for food for an hou, and explore, in a play bin.

If all else fails use the cage as a play habitat and put the ham in a thirty gallon bin.
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My gerbil and one of my rats do this when they want my attention...they have many things in their cages, but sometimes they just want my attention and contact.




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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-20-2006, 10:29 PM
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Re: Biting Cage

Mark,
You are so sweet to worry over your little buddy, as my husband and I worry so much over our two little buddies as well (2 very spoiled boy gerbils, Mick and Keith, that we just adore so much) and your worrying shows you care.
Our gerbil boys chew on their bars too sometimes, even though they have lots of wood chew toys and toilet paper rolls to chew on, but sometimes they just do the bar chewing thing...guess they just like it for some reason?
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