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My 11 year old daughter has a dwarf Campbell,  we got it from Petco 2 months ago.... We are not sure of his age, but  he was young, we know this because in the last month he has grown a bit.   He is fed a good variety of quality food and not excessive snacks to avoid diabetes.  
After extensive research my daughter found his present critter trail cage with tubing is not a big enough cage and "Rhino" needs more space.  After further research she found the Ikea Detolf cabinet the perfect solution. She asked and got this for Xmas. Beautiful cage, lots of space. We transferred old toys, sleeping quarters,  some tubing and bedding from the old cage into the new cage to help the adjustment.   We added some original type Kaytee bedding and added care fresh to the other end, again trying to help him adjust.  He has two original sleeping quarters and one new one to give him safe places.  We got him a new wheel because he grew out of the old wheel ( same type- silent spinner).
The problem, he has become wheel  obsessed.....besides running a lot , which we have read is common with stress, he is eating his food in there and I find him sitting and sleeping with his back to us in the wheel.  If I move him to his "cave" to sleep goes in no problem and stays.
He is eating, drinking normal, still allows handling no problem, but is not using his bath like he used to.  tail area is dry, we check!
Does he just need more time to adjust ( it is one week today) or should we divide the cage for now?
Thanks for any suggestions!

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Leave the hamster to settle into his new home and provide gnawing sticks such as vita kraft and loads of places to climb and hide.
It is normal for a hamster to use their wheel alot but it should also be encouraged to explore other areas of the cage.  

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I have hands on experience in caring for Rabbits and Rodents for over 20 years, as well as pet store supervisory experience including overlooking the treatment of sick or injured animals. Rabbits and Guinea Pigs and Rodents are my speciality. I have kept everything from Dwarf breeds to Continental Giant Rabbits and various varieties of Guinea Pig and other rodents including Rats, Gerbils, Mice, Degu, Chinchilla, Dwarf Hamster, Syrian Hamster. I can give advice on husbandry, breeding, housing, diet, retail law, general buying your pet and what to look out for and health problems. I can also advise on bonding Rabbits and Guinea Pigs and other rodents. I do advise that if your pet has an ailment that your priority is veterinary help but i will answer questions where i can on pets undergoing treatment by a vet where a diagnoses has been issued. Ailments do need inspection by a trained vet to diagnose any health problems

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I am certified in: Animal nutrition and pet care/store management level 3. This includes animal husbandry, hygiene, retail and animal welfare law, lagomorphs (Rabbits), Rodents (Cavies/Guinea Pigs Rats and mice and the alike), Reptiles and Aquatics. I have also attended a Reptile keeping course. I am also certified in general retail and retail law. I am at present writing books on both Rabbits and Guinea pigs I have Rabbit and Guinea pig keeping and rescuing experience

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