The Wild Side!

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Fall: I'm sorry to hear about the babies, Carabelle. :( Putting a nursing momma with anyone was probably a big no-no. Hamster mothers seem to be very easily agitated. I hope the older babies and the momma are doing well, though. <3 Apr 15, 2015 15:47:42 GMT -5
Carabelle the coonmunk: The boys are fine, but Moxie's aggressive behavior is getting worse. Apr 16, 2015 8:24:24 GMT -5
Catbaloo: Any chance that you could show your parents a good website or book about Syrian hamsters to try and convince them that they need to live solitary lives? It's going to be very stressful for them otherwise. Apr 16, 2015 14:39:45 GMT -5
Carabelle the coonmunk: They aren't Syrians. Apr 16, 2015 16:30:01 GMT -5
rebeccamonkey: ^^Oh I thought you said they were? Do you know what breed they are? Even more friendly breeds sometimes need to be solitary. Apr 16, 2015 16:52:20 GMT -5
rebeccamonkey: Even robo hamsters can be quite cannibalistic for survival, since if they are overcrowded they need to make space... Apr 16, 2015 16:59:43 GMT -5 *
Catbaloo: I thought you said they were Teddy Bear hamsters? That's a long haired Syrian. Apr 16, 2015 17:22:26 GMT -5
Carabelle the coonmunk: They are Teddies. The two brothers get along sweetly. The sister, however.... Apr 16, 2015 21:03:24 GMT -5
rebeccamonkey: ^^Okk teddies are just another name for syrians :) people call them that to sell them for more because they they have a "special coat" Apr 16, 2015 21:05:37 GMT -5
rebeccamonkey: I think some people (breeders) call them that for more money sometimes at least. Their markings and fur also make them look like teddy bears~ Apr 16, 2015 21:08:59 GMT -5 *
Selena@Gotham: Teddy Bear makes them sound cuter (not that they're not cute) as a selling point. Apr 16, 2015 21:12:26 GMT -5
Carabelle the coonmunk: Like I said, Moxie's aggression worries me. Momma is eating again, the brothers are active, but tame. Apr 16, 2015 21:14:31 GMT -5
rebeccamonkey: Aggression is "normal" for Syrians, though of course aggression isn't really a good thing. It could be territorial if she is housed with them and is feeling lack of space. Apr 16, 2015 21:19:33 GMT -5
rebeccamonkey: I've read that female Syrian hamsters can be more aggressive. Since they live alone and only come together to mate, she is very territorial of her space for parental reasons, so since one had babies that is maybe why? Apr 16, 2015 21:23:19 GMT -5 *
Alice: Yeah, female hamsters are definitely more aggressive than the males in general, just because they're more hormonal and their instinct is to mate, so they've got the aggression 'protect the baby' thoughts ingrained in their brain. :) Apr 17, 2015 3:33:55 GMT -5
Fall: Hamsters in general are solitary. They won't live together peacefully long term. All but the momma are young, yes? Once they hit sexual maturity, the boys will likely no longer get along. It would be best to separate them before that. Apr 17, 2015 7:27:47 GMT -5
Carabelle the coonmunk: I caught the bigger male mating with her. It's the runt she bullies. Apr 17, 2015 10:57:53 GMT -5
Selena@Gotham: You don't need yet more babies. I'd keep them apart. Apr 17, 2015 11:18:49 GMT -5
Fall: The bullying can be easily stopped... by separating them like they should be. Syrian Hamsters NEED to be kept alone. They will be MUCH happier alone. Apr 17, 2015 11:28:24 GMT -5
Carabelle the coonmunk: Since we switched cages, Moxie mostly stays in the sleeping nook. Momma seems unhappy, but we got her eating again. Apr 17, 2015 11:54:57 GMT -5 *