My hamster dumps her food in the wheel
January 3, 2010 11:57 AM Subscribe
What is my crazy hamster doing?
posted by dcrocha to pets & animals (15 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have a hobo hamster bought a couple months ago. While she is very lively, likes to be picked up from the cage, and is overall a great pet. she has a pretty weird habit that I would like to eliminate, ot at least understand. Her cage is one of those plastic abominations that look like an amusement park, full of tunnels and galleries. The wheel is also made of plastic and is solid, unlike those metal wheels that make hamsters run on thin frames.
I feed her once a day with fresh food, and here comes the strange thing: instead of eating it, she puts everything (I mean EVERYTHING) in her cheeks, very carefully. Then she goes to the wheel, dumps almost everything there and starts running, so the food "rains" on her. Once in a while she stops, leaves the wheel, and dumps some more in the cage. She then returns to the wheel to provide us with some more of the food rain show.
What is she doing here? We'd like to cut or control this habit, as most of the food ends up on the floor instead of in her mouth.