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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-15-2010, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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My hamster is chewing on the bars, I need advice please

Hi, My hamster Gohan has recently picked up a bad habit of chewing on the bars in his cage. Now I know this is bad for his teeth and I did go to the pet store and got chewing sticks for him but he doesn't seem to take a interest in them. Any advice on how to make him get interested in the chewing stick?


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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-21-2010, 04:16 AM
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Try scenting the chew sticks with his favorite treat. Rub the treat against the sticks and see if he'll take them.

Also, what kind of chew sticks are you using? Plain ol' wooden ones? Because when I had my rat he hated those and I had to get him a fancier chew toy.

And another thing: could the bars possibly smell good? Give them a good scrubbing with some soap and rinse them real good the next time you clean his cage.
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Yea I just have the plain old wood ones, I don't have treats for my hamster though. What treats should i use? Cuz I heard that those "sugary" one are bad.
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Hamsters usually chew bars because they are bored... Not necessarily because they want to wear their tooth down or need chew something.
Try making his cage more interesting- give him bedding to play it, tons of tubes, hides, ect.
And fresh fruits and veggies make great treats.Theo loves carrots and little bits of lettuce. Other hamsters Ive had LOVED apples, cheerios, and raisens. Ive heard you can occasionally give them live food like crickets and mealworms too.



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Yea I have a hamster trail with tons of wheels and tubes inside so Im pretty sure that he isnt bored. im gonna try the treat thing cuz its not only annoying @ nite but bad for him :/


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I totally sympathize!! My hammies chew their tubes constantly at night!!! Mine all love the Edible Logs type things. I'll see if I can find a link to post! Also, treats like jess mentioned-carrots, cheerios, and such will help a little with keeping their teeth shortened. You can try spraying the bars with vinegar, but I hate doing this 1) because it stinks!! and 2) because it never really worked with me!! I hope you can get him to stop because I know how stinkin' annoying it is!!! Good luck!!

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Here's one type that I use.
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ct_id=10318465

And another!! I'm not sure where you are located, but if you are interested in online ordering PetDiscounters.com is a fantastic site!!
http://www.petdiscounters.com/Ecotri...ogs-p9267.html
http://www.petdiscounters.com/Ecotri...owl-p6421.html

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OH yea Ive seen that in wal mart!! that sounds great I think Ill do that, cuz man right when i have to go to bed there he goes chewing on the bars. Thanks for the links and advice!


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No problem! I hope it helps!! My Patches will still scrape her tubes, but fortunately, I have my hammies in a spare bedroom so I can just shut the door. But I know how aggravating it can be!! Coco and Sammy seem pretty satisfied with the logs most of the time--only chewing and being obnoxious when they want my attention!! Goofballs!!!

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hahaha yea lucky!


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Theo is in an aquarium (no bars to chew on!) down stairs, so thankfully I dont have to listen to him at night LOL. Ive tried keeping hamsters in my room, but they all had to go back where they were before, because they are just SO annoying!
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haha yea I followed both your and Luvpets idea on the log and the treats. Last night he was better then the other nights so far so I think he's getting adjusted to the log-- he seems to be chewing that a bit more cuz of the cheero's I put inside the area so fingers crossed he'll stop with the bars!!


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Here's hoping it works!!! Don't be too surprised if he eventually goes back to the bars--my fuzz-butts take spells with it!!

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Hi, My hamster Gohan has recently picked up a bad habit of chewing on the bars in his cage. Now I know this is bad for his teeth and I did go to the pet store and got chewing sticks for him but he doesn't seem to take a interest in them. Any advice on how to make him get interested in the chewing stick?
my hamster Angel did the excact same even with the chewing sticks i got a cage with no bars but you can also wrap foil around the bars as hamsters dont like it but its up to you what you do you can also put big bits of fruit or veg in for the hamster to be focused on eating it.
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