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Q&A: Why Won't My Hamster Let Me Hold Him?

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He works with dogs, cats, exotics, and livestock.

As much as we may want to cuddle our pets, some pets simply do not enjoy being held.

As much as we may want to cuddle our pets, some pets simply do not enjoy being held.

How Can I Teach My Hamster to Stay in My Hand?

"I have had my hamster for 3 weeks, and even though he was okay the first day, now he jumps out of my hand and runs away every time I try to hold him. I honestly just want to give him away, even though I really love him. What can I do?" —Gabriella

Some Hamsters Just Don't Like Being Held

Some pets, like some people, do not like being held and cuddled.

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Are there things you can do to try to train him to like being held? Sure. Here is a great article on how to train your hamster to let you hold him. Do they always work? No.

Understanding His Origins May Help

What kind of background did your hamster have before coming to your home? One of my pets was from a home with a bunch of kids, where he was picked up and played with when he was sleeping or resting. Even years later, he is still nervous and shy around hands.

Three weeks is not very long. Try the tips in that link above but do not get too upset if things do not work out. Give it some time and be patient, but please accept your pet as an individual.

This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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