Why won't my hamster stop biting and clinbing the bars on her cage!?
Topic: Why won't my hamster stop biting and clinbing the bars on her cage!?
May 26, 2019 / By Eddy Question:
Daisy is on like hyper-speed! She keeps climbing and chattering on the wire bars of her cage. She has the CritterTrail 3 and the CritterTrail Mini 2 connected, and she keeps like running thru all the tubes and scratching the caps, and biting it! What sign is she giving me?! Why is she doing this?! Tell me! I'm FREAKING OUT here!!!!!
Best Answers: Why won't my hamster stop biting and clinbing the bars on her cage!?
Calvert | 1 day ago
Lol. Don't worry! Hamsters LOVE to climb! My hamsters love to climb their cage bars. I love to look at them do it, its really fun for them. Its like a built in toy! My hamsters use it as a short cut to get the the food bowl. I have a two story cage and they prefer to climb rather than using the ladder that isn't as fun. As for the chewing, hamsters are rodents. That means their teeth never (yes, never) stop growing so they look for stuff to chew on. I don't really have hamsters who love to chew but my brother does. Give it other chew toys like Apple Tree Sticks or other wood products that are safe. You can also give your hamster hard food to help.
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Originally Answered: Why is my hamster chewing on the bars and how do I make her stop?
Shes bored and her cage is too small. That's only 200 square inches. Minimum recommended is 450. I personally would recommend even more. A 40 gallon breeder tank (648 square inches) would be a nice size for her. If a tank is too expensive you can check craigslist or make her a bin cage.
She needs a proper wheel. Dwarfs can get away with a 6.5in wheel. Syrians need an 8in wheel. Bigger is better. 8in for a dwarf and 10 for a syrian (or larger) would be ideal.
She needs enough bedding. Hamsters love to burrow (especially dwarfs). What I do for my mice is put shallow bedding on one side and there wheel goes there. I pile the other side up pretty high for burrowing.
She needs toys. Tunnels, bridges, boxes, playhouses etc. Have enough toys so that you can rotate them each time you clean the cage so she doesn't get bored with them.
When my hamster did this, I experimented with different chewing blocks and such for her to try out. I've discovered all hamsters love to chew, but they can be picky. Also, if this is a new cage, this might be her way of checking it out.
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she's just testing her environment, looking for ways out. possibly trying to grind down her teeth in the process. make sure she's got lots of in cage entertainment and lots of things she IS allowed to chew on; hammies need to constantly chew in order to keep their teeth the proper length. store bought chew sticks and treats like these are great: http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.js...
an inexpensive supplement is thin cardboard paper towel or toilet paper tubes, they're good for the teeth and make an excellent toy as well.
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well i can tell u that my last hamster always climbed on the bars on his cage and all of my old and my current hamster chewed on their cage. well hamsters are most active in the night time...so that could be part of it.
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