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Meet Belle (named as we picked her up yesterday and the storm was called “the beast from the east”) 8C353A80-B6C4-4EFA-9E15-A010C2E5D53E.pngshe was advertised on a Facebook group as free to a good home. Her cage is ordered pending delivery (Barney cage). She’s currently in a cage called “Coney Island hamster cage” which is too small. So my question is how and when do I move her to the big cage without stressing her out. I know to move bedding from old cage to new one and toys without washing them. But I’ve seen people advise to put the old cage into the new one and leave the door opened. Should I do this? Any hamster people able to advise? It’s stressing me out as her old owners told me she had wet tail previously before they adopted her so I don’t want her stressed out. Thanks.
 

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Welcome sweet Belle.
I would not put her old cage into the new one when it arrives.
I would just take as much as possible from the old cage, and add that when you set it up.

If you think about it, most hamsters come home from the pet store and get put into an entirely new cage, so with gentle handling and a better cage I am sure Belle will thrive.
Oh, and Raisin from Switzerland say hello too.
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Thanks. I’m just worried as the cage she is in is tiny. Cody’s was a much bigger cage and even that was too small for him. He’s a little old man now (2yrs old) I can’t wait to get her settled I’m giving her space last night and tonight so she settles ok. Funny thing is Cody was up this morning running about his cage and jumping into his hammocks he’s got a new lease of life Lol. I wonder if he can smell her. (She’s at the opposite side of the room.)
 

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I expect he can smell her. He is probably curious who has moved in. When I had hammies and I moved them from a small cage to a larger one I just put them in the new cage with everything new except the bedding. They were very excited about the new cage and explored it and scent marked it and after a couple of days they settled down and were fine and lived a happy life. You don't think twice about it when you get them from a pet shop.
 

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Arghh! :rant::hb: My new cage arrived and it’s smashed at the corners then they offered me £15! Off. Eh it’s smashed to pieces. In both corners. I hope they exchange it.

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I wish pet stores sold appropriate sized cages and this wouldn’t have happened.
 

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What a gorgeous hamster Belle is, so long as she has familiar smells and stuff she should make the move easily.
Also, although I’m not a hamster expert I did keep them for 20 or so years and I have never heard of one surviving wet tail so either vet care has improved or it wasn’t wet tail she had.
Hope you get much joy from her.
 

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What a gorgeous hamster Belle is, so long as she has familiar smells and stuff she should make the move easily.
Also, although I’m not a hamster expert I did keep them for 20 or so years and I have never heard of one surviving wet tail so either vet care has improved or it wasn’t wet tail she had.
Hope you get much joy from her.
Thank you. She’s still settling in. I was hoping to move her to her new cage but unfortunately that won’t be happening tonight. I just knew it would arrive broken.
 

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How very annoying for you. Could you put her cage in the bath and leave the door open so she can stretch her legs?

Hope zooplus send out a new one very soon. 15.00 off is crazy.
 

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I also have a jack Russell terrier in the house so I wouldn’t risk that. But good idea for a dog and cat free home.
 

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Gorgeous little ham! Don't let Zooplus fob you off. When I had a badly damaged cage arrive they did the same to me but I refused and said I wanted a full refund. They gave me that and also didn't ask for the cage back.
 

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Gorgeous little ham! Don't let Zooplus fob you off. When I had a badly damaged cage arrive they did the same to me but I refused and said I wanted a full refund. They gave me that and also didn't ask for the cage back.
Yes, thanks. I’ve to get a new cage. (Was offered a refund or a new cage) Also to keep the old one or donate it to an animal charity. But not sure how they can use it with a cracked base. :doh: I really hope this one arrives ok. Or I will be putting an extra £25 to it and purchasing the “savic rat and hamster cage” online from pets at home. 026158BB-308C-4580-8AFB-21086E57017A.jpeg
 

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Meanwhile though I’ve added a sand bath and a few new chews to Belles cage to keep her happy. She’s still settling in so I’ve not handled her yet. Just used her hamster ball to take her out the cage. (To be honest that’s all I will probably use the ball for as I hate them. Lol )
 

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Arghh! :rant::hb: My new cage arrived and it’s smashed at the corners then they offered me £15! Off. Eh it’s smashed to pieces. In both corners. I hope they exchange it.

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Be firm with them.
My hamster had a 60cm cage, I've now changed that to 120cm or 140cm I can't remember.
Like the others have said move everything he has to the big cage & i put some new stuff in. Then we have put massive clear pipes in. They came with the cage, I think it may have be a rat cage. Take a look it's on the net in one of the pet stores. It's a little friends one. Forgot to say it's very high, I had a couple of climbers, so I put a massive amount of sawdust in so they have a soft landing. Lol
 

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Oh she is lovely, reminds me of my last hamster. If it wasn't still so icy I'd have my hammy-napping gear out in a trice. :love:
I just saw her little face and thought that she should come home to mine as I needed another female in the house. Lol. (4 boars a hubby, a male dog and a male hamster) lol.
 
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