Nice one, DF! I'll even give it a try with Napoleon Pear, who is still quite young. He's still a little on the shy side, when I take him out of his cage, although very calm when out of the cage and being held. And he makes no attempt to bite. He's just the sweetest little guy. Pictures coming soon.
I am currently trying this trick with my new Dwarfs. So far, I have had see no aggression towards my hand in their habitat. I have held two of the three already for a short period of time, after removing them with a tube, with not even a nibble to my hands. So far, so good!
Post by Die Fledermaus on Apr 24, 2006 17:27:57 GMT -4
I have to take photos tonight. I need a break from the garbage I have been dealing with, and won't discuss here.
The parakeets are making noise. Better feed them. Saw Poppy and Leslie snuggled up tightly the GP's head on top of Poppy's. Too sweet. I could not get a photo owing to the cage screen in front of me. But sweet.
My hamster, Teddy, went through A LOT last month. My friends little sister got a hold of him somehow and she threw him up and down!! Poor poor hammie! I felt sooo bad, I gave him carrots and a treat and whatever and I started yelling at her sister, anyway, I went on a cruise with my parents and I wasn't allowed to take my hamster with me no matter how much I asked! My friends weren't allowed to take him in either so I had to leave him at my older cousin's house. She doesn't know ANYTHING about hamsters and I don't know is she even bothered to read anything on the internet. She had her friends over almost every day, and she woke the hammie up every day, to play with him or let him fall asleep on her because he sooo cute when he's sleeping . Now I have no idea how to tame the little guy, he must hate me!! I got him a new gigantic cage and conneected it with his old one so he has more space and everything and more toys (etc.). He loves the new cage but, he still isn't tamed and he's pretty scared at times. I don't know what to do and I need help!! I've never had a pet befoure, other then my dog, but I kept him in my back yard A LOT and played with him even more, but now we moved to a sky scraper-ish building with a chandelier at the lobby and everything but the yard was like public to everyone! I had to give my doggie to my other cousin . So now all I have is Teddy, I love him very much but I want to tame him please please help!
Post by Die Fledermaus on Apr 26, 2006 0:31:53 GMT -4
Welcome to the forum.
Leave him alone for several days in a quiet place where he can hide and sleep safely without being woke up. Then talk to him softly as you give him food and water; let him get used to you. Never grab him; never surprise him. Offer him food. Let him associate you with good things, such as climbing into a tube to go into a play bin scattered with food he can forage for. he will pouch it and then want to go back home. No loud noises. No cats or dogs. Make him feel safe, but never force him to do things; whatever he does must be his idea. With patience you will have a very tame ham very quickly. Always works for me!
We are all "Critter Crazy" too. Enjoy browsing around the forums where you can learn alot about rodents and see pictures of other members' pets.
I think Teddy will come around with some patience. You must earn his trust. He is likely a little bit afraid of people after being thrown up and down by a little girl!
DF is very good at taming rodents, so take his advice and just work with him slowly, with patience. Talk to him softly, offer him treats. Eventually he will love coming out to play with you. Hamsters like to interact with you by crawling on you. The play bin is also a good idea. In no time he will associate your hands with food and playtime!
I have 5 hamsters. 2 Syrians and 3 young Dwarfs. You can see their pictures in the Relaxing rodents forum. Again, Welcome and hope to see you around more!