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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-08-2006, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hamster Help!?

I currently have one hamster who is super cute and i love her Ellie.
But I am also thinking of getting another hamster. Now I read that hamsters prefer to live alone. Is this true? When getting a second hamster should I also have a second cage?? Ellie's cage is small and would not comfortably house two hamsters. But I don't want any fighting or baby making!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-08-2006, 02:21 PM
 
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From what I've been told, it depends on the type of hamster. If it's a Syrian - normal petstore or teddy bear, it should stay on its own. if it's a dwarf, you could TRY intorducing them, but they should definately have separate cages at first. Preferably side by side so they can sniff each other.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-08-2006, 07:24 PM
 
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This should help you- http://critterscoop.com/FAQ/FAQ_gene...ngtogether.htm

And there is a lot more information on my site you might find useful.

But to answer you in short- Syrian sare solitary and territorial by nature. Two adult Syrians cannot live together


If you need a bigger cage- see this-
http://critterscoop.com/FAQ/FAQ_bincages_whatisabin.htm
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-08-2006, 07:32 PM
 
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I would get a second cage for sure. Are they both syrian hamsters? Syrian hamsters can be housed together when they are young but not mature adults. Dwarf hamsters however do like to live with a buddy. You had to be careful when you add a new addition thought because they may fight. Usually people buy dwarves that were housed together in pet stores to insure they will be ok with each other.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-08-2006, 07:57 PM
 
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yeah, i would agree with letting them "meet" through the cage. it is always better to be on the safe side.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-08-2006, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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thanks everyone. i've decided to get another hamster.
and keep them in separate cages beside each other!
i really like the idea of using those large rubber maid containers
but i just don't have enough room, in my little room for two.
so for now i'll be sticking with cages.

thank you everyone for your advice
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-08-2006, 11:58 PM
 
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I will take the chance and try to be a voice of reason here. You say Ellie's cage is too small and that you don't have room for bigger cages. Does it really make sense to get a second hamster if you cannot provide better accomodations for the first? I would get a bigger cage for Ellie before taking on a new pet. Syrians need a lot of floorspace- even more so as they get older. Just giving you something to think about.

If you can, though, and still would like to get a second hamster- and I think you will be able to take care of it fine other than space, as you say- get some shelves or install some shelves for cages so you have more room.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-09-2006, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originally Posted by alliexox
Ellie's cage is small and would not comfortably house two hamsters.
i am sorry i should clarify Ellie's cage is perfect size for her..
but would not comfortably house two hamsters in it.
also my room can easily hold two cages..
what i was saying is my room could not hold two large bins.
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