Great progress was made with Cloud last night. He got up at 9pm and when i held the bridge by his door, he came straight up his ramp and stepped onto the bridge! He then enjoyed some smooshing and a trot in his ball. When he was put back in, he kept checking his door again, so I'm very hopeful now that he will get up each night and wait by his door to come out.
Cloud came out again onto the bridge last night. He really needs to start getting up a bit earlier as it was gone midnight. None of them usually get away with coming out that late, but i want to get him to love coming out enough to ask to come out earlier.
He seems a bit more confident, but still spends a lot of time staring! He really loves all his toys. I've never had a hamster show so much interest in toys before! I want to see what else i can fix up for him. The problem i've got is that the roof of his cage is so high and anything i hang from it will be too high in the air for him.
Cloud has been surprisingly shy since he arrived. He darts back under his layer at sudden movements or noises. I think he has gotten used to living in a 'hamster room' rather than a living room with constant TV and other noises.
I managed to coax him out of his cage at 1am this morning. He doesn't seem like like me sticking my hand in there, which is fine; a lot of my hams don't. He happily came out onto a bridge though and had a cuddle and trot in his ball, during which he seemed comfortable and confident. I think he just needs to learn new habits for living here, such as knowing that he needs to 'ask' to come out rather than waiting for me to go over and fetch him. We don't fetch any hamsters out here (unless being cleaned); we wait until they tell us they are ready by waiting at the door. Frankly, it's just easier that way. Cloud just needs to learn to do this, but until then i think he'll need encouragement.
He is a lovely little boy and very snuggly! I can't stop admiring how gorgeous he is. He also has one of the nicest heads on a hamster that i have ever had (from a showing point of view).