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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-09-2006, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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pebbles chewing cage

hi all I know i ask soooooooooo many questions , but pebbles my syrian keeps chewing her cage is this normal is she bored , can this hurt her , how I stop, she has a metal critter trail cage with metal bars and plastic sides its pretty big dose she need more burrowing room???
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Yes,this is most likely boredom.You should provide lots of toys and things for Pebbles to do and make sure you have proper chew toys for her to chew.




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she is bored...it wont hurt her teeth...she may also have a small cage and by chewing she may be trying to get out and do some exploring...you could also spray bitter end..or fooey..however...maybe your cages is too small and has little stimulation for her

how big of a cage do you have and what's in it?


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Taking her out for "free range" time in a SAFE spot is reccommended too.

Oh,and it MAY hurt her teeth.I rescued a rat that was so bored in his cage,his teeth grew all screwy and he needed frequent vet visits to have them trimmed.The people told me that and admitted he wasn't handled much.Poor thing.He was spoiled here tho and is now at the bridge.But my point is,it could happen.





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By chewing a certain part of the cage...she is trying to tell you that she REALLY wants out...


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Your ham-ham is bored. Unfortunately this stereotypic behavior may not be correctible if it's gone on long enough and you may have to switch to an aquarium or other solid cage. It can break their teeth, which can be fatal unless you want to hand feed them mush for the rest of their life. Different hamsters are different; some might want more handling, some might want more toys, some might want more space. The hamster I have right now has a really sweet temperament, but he's kind of claustrophobic if you can believe it - he's only happy when he can climb up high and see for a long way. Most hamsters I've had are more interested in burrowing. Just keep trying different stuff.
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I have a critter trail i think its called a dazzle model , i put her in her ball and she roams around how long should I leave her to roam??? cant she getdehydrated????
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lol...well if you let her roam for an hour or so...that shouldnt be a problem..till the ball stops rolling and she is asleep or so...I sometimes let my hammie out w/o a ball and monitor her as well...they dont dehydrate that fast..unless it was hot and they were outside or so..you should be fine


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Also keep in mind that hamsters are generally desert animals,so she should be fine for an hour or so running and playing without water.She would only dehydrate if away from water for a LOOONGGG period of time or if she was in sun or lots of heat!




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From what I know about ham hams (I have owened at least 12 in my life) They chew the bars for either attention OR the hamster do not have something else to chew on. When we were young we never had stuff for them to chew on and once we gave them 2-3 different chewing things and toys, they calmed down and rarely chewed on the bars. but I have never had a case where a ham hams teeth got ruined from it and I have had my share of Ham hams!!

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http://critterscoop.com/FAQ/FAQ_behavior_barchewing.htm

http://critterscoop.com/FAQ/FAQ_equi...msterballs.htm


Hamsters are not desert animals, actually. They live in steppes- dry, grassy plains. At any rate, they are not camels, and need water when exercising. The articles above should help a bit.
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http://critterscoop.com/FAQ/FAQ_behavior_barchewing.htm

http://critterscoop.com/FAQ/FAQ_equi...msterballs.htm


Hamsters are not desert animals, actually. They live in steppes- dry, grassy plains. At any rate, they are not camels, and need water when exercising. The articles above should help a bit.
Not to argue,but how come in every hamster book or site I have seen it says they are desert animals?

And they will not drop dead within an hour of playtime.





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Because Desert is easier to explain than Steppe, I suppose. Or more likely, someone said it, they were wron, and no one bothered to check and have been repeating them ever since.

The point is- a hamster ventures out at sunrise and sunset- when the dew has fallen- so any exercise a hamster would naturally get, in the process of running around gathering seeds and roots, etc. he will be drinking what water he comes by which has gathered on blade of grass, etc. A hamster simply is not made to exercise without ready water. It is not hard to let him out for a drink every 20 minutes- or stop and let him have a bit of cucumber or apple for moisture. It is not a problem to give him two shorter sessions in the ball instead of putting him in and forgetting about him for an hour.
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