How to Train Your Hamster to Let You Hold Him

Updated on June 1, 2019
Learn how to train your pet hamster to let you hold him.
Learn how to train your pet hamster to let you hold him.

Yes, Your Hamster Can Be Trained

Hamsters can be decent pets for children—as long as they are tamed and trained properly. They may initially bite, but with patience and time, it is possible to turn a new, fearful hamster into a very loving pet.

It's easier to train a hamster when he is young. In this way they are sort of like people: it's easier to train a child to clean up his mess than to try to train an adult. So, when training your hamster to accept you, you want to start young.

An older hamster may not be as accepting of being held as a younger hamster. Hamsters that aren't used to being held will become more solitary, and they often won't learn how to accept your touch. This is not to say that an older hamster can't ever be handled; it may just take much longer to train him to be social than it would for a younger hamster.

It will take time to train your hamster to like you. Don't get frustrated, and keep at it.

Let Your New Hamster Rest

If you've picked out your hamster, and you've got him all set up, the first thing to do is leave him alone. It's very stressful moving to a new environment with new people, smells, and accessories. When you bring your hamster home, you are stressing him out by changing his diet, enclosure, and overall environment. So don't add any additional challenges; let him alone so he can adjust.

Stress can make him sick. Wet-tail is a very common illness that can be fatal if it's not noticed and treated early enough. It is caused by stress, which upsets the balance of bacteria in the intestinal tract, causing diarrhea and dehydration.

So make the car ride home quiet and peaceful: no loud music, no poking fingers, and no getting the hamster out of the box.

Then, when you get home, carefully put the hamster into the new cage, Remember that the ride itself has been stressful, so your hamster may try to bite you when you put him in the cage. You may want to use gloves, or just gently slide the hamster out of the box and into the cage. (Don't dump him forcefully though.)

Leave him alone for at least three days. Don't stick your hands or fingers in the cage or through the bars unless you're changing food or water. Don't make loud noises around the cage, move the cage, shake it, or have everyone in the house or the neighborhood come over to stand at the cage and watch.

Your hamster will start to get to know you from your smell and your voice in those few days.

Holding Him for the First Time

The first and probably the most important tip: Let sleeping hamsters lie. You do not ever want to disturb your hamster while he's sleeping. He may become stressed, which can stir up illnesses and health problems. Plus, a grouchy hamster is more likely a hamster who will bite.

Once you understand to just let your hamster sleep, handling can be a cinch. Just remember to be patient. It may take time.

Start out by holding your hamster when he's awake, and more towards the evening time. Even if your hamster is walking around during the day, it's just not the best time to hold him, as he's probably still half asleep.

If you try to hold your hamster and he starts to growl, squeak, grind his teeth, or show his incisors, leave him alone! If the hamster is eating, stretching, grooming, or just hanging out, give it a try then.

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Tips for Handling a Hamster

  • Once the timing is right, take things in stages. You can't rush the hamster into liking you. You have to build his trust and confidence.
  • Let the hamster check out your hand. Smell and hearing are the hamster's two strongest senses. Let him sniff your hand and fingers. You may want to wash your hands beforehand—if you smell like food, your hamster may try to nip you.
  • Let the hamster come to you. Never chase after the hamster. If you chase him, he'll remember that and it'll make taming him that much harder.
  • Keep each interaction short.
  • Once your hamster has gotten used to your smell, you can try offering a small bit of a treat. This will entice the hamster to come closer to your hand. Put the treat in your palm, and hold out your hand palm up. The hamster will have to climb onto your hand to get the treat. Let him do this a few times until he's used to jumping into your hand.
  • If the hamster starts to eat the treat in your hand, you can try to gently pet the hamster with your other hand. More than likely, the hamster will be so busy with the treat, he won't notice that you're petting him.
  • Once the hamster is comfortable with you, you can try cupping your hands around him, once he's in your palm, and carefully removing him from the cage. He may urinate on your hands the first few times, but it's from fear. He'll eventually relax and get used to you.
  • Also, remember that hamsters have poor eyesight, so try to stay low when you are with him. You don't want your hamster to try to run away from you and end up falling onto the floor from a bed or chair. Try sitting on the floor. Some people recommend sitting in the bathtub.

It will take time to acclimate your hamster to letting you hold him and play with him. Just be patient. Never chase him around his cage. Always let the hamster come to you.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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      peachyhamlet 

      2 weeks ago

      my hamster loves to bite me gerbil what should i do

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      Animal Advocate 

      5 weeks ago

      The first part

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      Bitey ham 

      2 months ago

      Your hamster could be angry scared or shoked.

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      hamsterham 

      3 months ago

      Hi! My hamster is very young, I have had him for about a week and he is nice to me. His name is Teddy, and I have a scar from where he bit me the first time (he was big). If you can't get your hamster to come to you hand, you don't have treats, or treats don't work. You can trick him. Get a small box or platform, cover your platform with a small towel, and let him climb on. Use food or seeds to help you. Let him eat. Stroke where he likes it best. Let him climb back into his cage. Do this a few times. After you have done it a few times, place the towel on your hands with food/seed and let him climb back on. let him eat. Make sure to be close to the floor. Move your hands around a little. Keep it up!

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      Luna 

      3 months ago

      I think this might work because he keeps running into his hamster tubes ALL THE TIME I try to hold him and treat thing work tho so maybe the other parts of this article will :D

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      My hamster doesn't like me 

      4 months ago

      I put the treat in my hand, but he just looks at it and walks away.

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      I accidently handeled my hamster early 

      4 months ago

      What do I do if I handle my hamsters too early and they just are in their hiding spot all day and they never come out?

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      Emma Sayles 

      4 months ago

      If your hamster won’t come out then what would you do?

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      My hamsters 

      4 months ago

      So if your hamster is very mean to you then you hand feed him/her hand feed. Also, let your hamster rest so don’t wake your hamster and hold it. Okay so my hamsters are very sweet and one I got almost a year and her name is Juliet and then, I got one from pet I two days ago and it is a fire fly hamster and he guy said the manager said it’s is and it said it was dwarf so I got it for 11.99 and I named him Odis or Odie and odison when he does something wrong. And now I am doing lots to have him be nice so good luck with yours!

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      Ineedhelp 

      5 months ago

      How long does it take for the Hamster to stop biting

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      XXVnyx 

      5 months ago

      i am a new owner of a Russian dwarf hamster, well this is technically my second... when i got my first one i got overwhelmed with excitement i couldn't wait to hold him but when i did he jumped. i caught him but it was too late he froze and died a few minutes later. while i was in tears my mother went and got me a new one but now im petrified to hold him in fear it may happen again but im scared that because of this it will effect him in entertainment and he will be bored or he won't be as connected to me. can anyone help?

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      notcah bisniss 

      5 months ago

      hi yo yo yo

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      Mariah 

      5 months ago

      I have a two month old male robo hammy called Dorrit. She is adorable, but the training process certainly is sloooooow!!

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      Cynthia 

      5 months ago

      I got two hamsters and one of them is name lucky and the other one is cuby and cuby don’t let you touch him they are bothe males

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      6 months ago

      My hampsters name is big chungus

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      Aiden 

      6 months ago

      I’m getting to hamsters from Petland today. I hope it goes well!

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      Isabel 

      6 months ago

      I’ve had my hamster for 3 months. But he hates me. I have hade hamsters before and they all loved me. This one bites and scratches. Your advise is starting to work. Thanks

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      Dani 

      6 months ago

      My hamster let me pet him on the first day, on the second day he at a treat from my hand and stood on my hand, but he won't let me pick him up, I'm kinda sad :(

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      sugar 

      6 months ago

      my old hammie was so sweet but my new one is okay and ive held her 2 and her name is sugar cookie

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      Jazmin 

      7 months ago

      I’ve have my robo dwarf hamster for 4 months and she won’t let me hold her if I put my hand in the cage to refill the water she will hide.If I try to hold her she will jump off my hands (like 1 inch off the floor) and run and sometimes bite me.Even if I enter the room and she is eating she will go in her house and hide until I stop moving or sit/ lay on my bed or anywhere.This one time when I first got her she somehow got out of her cage and at this time she was in the living room bc that was the day i brought her home and I set up her cage in the living room,anyways

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      Azairya 

      7 months ago

      I don't know why but all pets love me.

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      Kamryn 

      8 months ago

      I dont have treats so idk how else to get a hamster to like you

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      Nina 

      9 months ago

      I have a robo dwarf hamster and shes super skiddy and super fast and will not let me pick her up. I have had her for about a month. I need to clean her cage what do I do?

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      Mackenzie 

      10 months ago

      I have 2 hamsters and one of them is so scared of me what do I do

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      Kyra 

      10 months ago

      Please can u tell me where can I get a hamster in cheap rate and a one which is trained nicely and will not bite

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      Gg 

      10 months ago

      Hi my hamster won’t let me hold them they will jump out of my hands and try to escape. Please help

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      just a normal hamster owner (AZ) 

      11 months ago

      I had my hamster for about a little less than a year now. My hamster is so hard to train! I try to put a treat in the middle of my hand, and he doesn't go on my hand. He only takes treats that are at the front of my hand. I'm starting to think that he doesn't know where the treats are, because he puts his front paws/hands to grab treats on my hand. Plz help!

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      elthea 

      11 months ago

      hello i have had my hamster for about 11 months and he still doesnt let me hold him. he is very aggressive and bites everything he sees including my hand. i dont know what do to. he also likes biting people, i dont know whether its because we feed him through the railing or something but when i put my hand in he just runs to me and tries holding my hand to bite me. hep.

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      Doris 

      12 months ago

      I’ve had my hamster for 3 months and she won’t let me hold her

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      Mandy 

      12 months ago

      Cookie is my robo dwarf hamster he is trained as far as I know but sometimes when I handle him he squeaks or all of a sudden he starts to bite at one point it even got as bad as the result of me bleeding. Does the aggression and squeaking of my hamster mean anything?

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      Oreo 

      12 months ago

      I just got a new hamster after my really sweet one just died. the hamster is really aggressive and different from my old one. I would really like to let the hamster get close to me after it adjusts to the new environment but I'm kind of wondering if all this actually works and creates a bond? (Or at least something similar?)

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      Vickie 

      13 months ago

      I would like to add Sniffles and Scamp to the Hamster Male names.

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      Hamster lover 

      13 months ago

      Hi my hamster has been with me for three months and I keep trying to let her try and sleep in a large cadge and she runs straight for my hands and want her medium size cadge but she’s so adventurous I don’t understand please help

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      Hamster name flash 

      13 months ago

      Hello my hamster is 2 years old he is a robo dwarf hamster he has recently but me and he has been sleeping a lot what do I do thanks

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      maria 

      13 months ago

      I have a male hamster that is about nine moths old that is living with me almost all his life and I just got a new baby also a male hamster that is 4 weeks old.

      I am wondering if its possible them to live in the same cage?

      I know that usually hamsters dont live together.. but is there something that I could do so they will live together with no problem? there is no problem for me to buy a big cage, but what to do??? help please :)

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      How ir 

      14 months ago

      Wow this worked except he is really active

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      Small-Pet-Kingdom 

      14 months ago

      YESS!! This is great! I think this is a SUPER important topic especially for ALL new hammy owners!

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      Demi hamstergirl 

      14 months ago

      I got my dwarf hamster on the 24th may 2018.

      Every time I go to pick her up she runs way or nipps me .

      I cant even transfer her to somewhere else as I cant pick her up what do I do. I feel like she doesn't like me .

      By the way her name is Bebe

      WHAT DO I DO

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      Erin 

      16 months ago

      I got my hamster Rioh today at about 6pm it is now 9.30pm and he is great he has already climbed up on the bars of his cage flung himself across his cage gone on his wheel looks at me when I say his name (Rioh) eaten half his food and popped

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      Charleene Dennis 

      16 months ago

      This is a nice way. I Got my hamster 5 days ago and this helped an awful lot!

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      I have a hamster lol Ik you don’t care 

      16 months ago

      If your hamster is a Bitey hamster then I recommend using a sock if your really scared use a couple socks this is what I did and now I hold my hamster whenever I want to.

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      Hamster handler 

      16 months ago

      Hammylover,

      no its best to not hold your hamster in his cage as he is much more likely to jump

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      Hamster lover 

      17 months ago

      I just got my robo dwarf hamster 4 days ago but she keeps trying to escape and scratch the glass (I have her in a tank). What do I do?

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      Hamhams rock 

      17 months ago

      I have had my hamster for a month and he has never peed outside of his cage. The past 4 days I have been trying to hold him with cupped hands so he will relax and fall asleep, but all 4 days he has peed on me which he never did before. Is something wrong?

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      HammyLover 

      17 months ago

      could you also hold them low to the ground while in the cage? (if the cage is big enough)

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      Em 

      17 months ago

      I got my hamster 4 days ago, and its is a dwarf. It tries to bite me when I put him in his ball. I've tried to hold him before but he'll either run away or bite me. What are some good ways to train him mot to bite? And how old is too old to train him?

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      Alecia carr 

      18 months ago

      Hello my is Alecia Carr I have a 4 mouth old hamster is it to early to train him to do stuff? He is loving his home but when can I take I find out?

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      Ana 

      18 months ago

      Thank you Pet smart

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      sofia 

      18 months ago

      My friends hamster was good to her .It will climb on her and kiss her .But mine did not.When I put on my hand ,It will smell my hand and run away . I tried this many times ,but It does not work. I tried to carry it too but nothing improvement. What should I do . Hope I will get some help.

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      Alina 

      18 months ago

      I did it but it DID NOT WORK!

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      Emma 

      19 months ago

      My hamster is always hiding. What do I do?

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      Jean 

      19 months ago

      If the hamster bites you, blow on it. Negative reinforcement, like training any animal. It takes some time, but they learn not to bite.

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      Shivangi 

      19 months ago

      My hamster came home a little while back. I can touch him sometimes but he does turn around and try to bite me. I started wearing gloves to help me but he just grabs the glove and bites it. I can only give treats through the bars of the cage but when I place my hand flat with treats on them, my hamster bites my fingers so I let go of the treats, then takes them. I really don't know what to do. The pet store guy told me he was 3 months old. Is that too old? Also, when I used a cup to transport my hamster onto the ground, he started biting my legs and hands. Any advice????

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      Ansley 

      19 months ago

      I tried to leave my hamster alone for a few days like this post said, and I did. I still can't pick her up yet and it's been 7-9 days. Also, my best friend has Robo Dwarf Hamsters and has had them for almost 6 MONTHS and still can't pick her's up.

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      Bella hill 

      19 months ago

      I got a Russian hamster and when I try to pick it up or play with her she nipped me so now I'm kinda scared and how can I take her traveling by putting her in a travel cage if she won't let me pick her up by the way her name is pixie

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      lainey 

      20 months ago

      To the person with the roborvoski dwarf hamster, is your name Amelia?

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      Jasmine 

      20 months ago

      I just got a hamster help me even more take care of it. But great

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      Robo dwarfs are adorable 

      20 months ago

      I just got a cute baby Roborvoski dwarf hamster and her name is snowflake. But the problem is that my brother sneaks in my room and abused my baby Roborvoski dwarf hamster and she’s not drinking water after that event. What should I do?

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      Buddy the hamster 

      20 months ago

      My hamster runs from me in the cage. What do I do??? I also tried this method and it didn't work:(

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      20 months ago

      Hi, I tried this but it didn’t work. When I placed a piece of food in my hand, the hamster bit my hand because it thought that my hand was the food! How do I fix this?

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      hamster pro 321 

      20 months ago

      HELP!!!!! My hamster is biting my nails and it hurts really bad!!!!!!!!!!

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      Hamster lover 

      21 months ago

      Helpful! I just got my Syrian hamster today, and he is a sweetheart. As i was told, pine and cedar bedding are not safe, ad pine has dangerous flakes and cedar is heavily scented. I was also told they don't grow much and you should not switch their diet to seeds, as they will never go back to their old diet. The lady said that the little circle pellets are best for them, and timothy hay is good once or twice a month. Is this true? Thanks!!!

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      Hammy the hamster 

      21 months ago

      Almost everytime i stroke her, she bites me. Im gonna trie and handle her next week (wich is the second week at my home). Do you think it will work? I dont want her to bite me.

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      Julia 

      21 months ago

      Very good I think it is valuable information

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      Katelynn Roy 

      21 months ago

      I have a robo dwarf hamster. I have had him for about a year, and I just read this. I have been doing it all wrong. Will I still be able to tame him?

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      Anonymous 

      22 months ago

      None of it worked I have a robo dwarf hamster and he doesn't even let me pet him

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      Shadow 

      22 months ago

      I recently got my hamster and he escaped the cage when we took him out the cage and we have cats so i had to catch him and keep him in the box till my dad could fix the cage but it's been awhile. do you think he'll still be able to be tamed

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      Ollie 

      23 months ago

      I have had a robo dwarf hamster for 5 weeks now and she is still to fast to hold. It is impossible to catch her. Is there any tips I should know

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      A know-it-all and guilty 

      23 months ago

      I just got a hamster today and I was all up in his cage I even tried to pet him. I know that I wasn't supposed to though, but it's just sooo hard to not try to hold/pet him. How can you not bother him for 3 whole days and should I not pet him till Tuesday (it's Saturday) what can I do to help I feel so guilty and sorry.

      Ps his name is Cheeks and he seemed pretty comfortable with me at the pet store.

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      John 

      24 months ago

      Sarah shes probably scared she isn't used to their scent try having them sleep over for a couple nights so she can get used to their voices and scent

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      #StarWarsLover6292 

      2 years ago

      I have a Syrian short haired hamster and he has red eyes. I have had him for 5 days and he got settled in but he doesn't let me hold him. It feels IMPOSSIBLE to hold him. I need help.

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      Janet white 

      2 years ago

      I started to hold my hamster early. And now he does not trust me. Is it too late? What do i do?

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      genevieve 

      2 years ago

      I was holding our hamster Randy, that we have had for a few months now (so he is fully tame). He is used to allot of human contact, well my boyfriend gently touched him on his back. He jumped, hit my chest, and fell into my hands. We thought he was fine, but he froze and would not move for a strait 30 seconds. Should we be worried?

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      Name 

      2 years ago

      My hamster is too fast

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      No name please 

      2 years ago

      I got a new hamster yesterday. What do I do with him?

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      Hazilee 

      2 years ago

      Hi I have a dwarf hamster and it is about a month now that I have him. He doesn't like to held at all and keeps on running through my fingers when I try to hold it.

      He also hoards all of his food and I don't know if he is eating. He really enjoys Peanutbutter which I give him a small bit of everyday. Does anyone have tips on how I can tame him.

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      Alexis 

      2 years ago

      I have a hamster and I don't know why but I gave it space and tried to help it get used to me and when my hand went in the cage the hamster came out of hiding and bit me and I'm freaking out cause it's really deep and I don't want it to happen again please help me

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      wendy 

      2 years ago

      i have had a robo dwarf hamster for about a month now and he still isn't used to me idk what i am doing wrong i gave him his space i do not try to hold him when he is sleeping he doesn't try to bite me im just scared hes sick or something is there anything u can tell me that would help me

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      Emelia 

      2 years ago

      I just got my hamster today and I'm having a sleepover with my cousins tomorrow I was wondering if I could take it can you please answer me?

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      I habe had a hamster a little over a year 

      2 years ago

      I have a hamster and a year ago I had 2, one was a girl and the other one was a boy (mine I still have) and the petstore lady told us they were both girls, and long story short they had babies and all the babies died and I gave away the girl because she became "depressed" she would sit under the water thing all day and she would be very mean when I tried to hold her so I gave her a chance to start over ig, to my friend. Now j just have mine, he's ALWAYS trying to escape around my room and won't let me hold him he'll just jump off my hand (not a far jump at all) but he's always naming at the bar on the door of his cage. And I read an article that said that means he want to get out or want something like food or water. So I take him out because usually he has food and water and every time I buy him a toy or treat he won't play with it all he does is eat sleep and sometimes run on his wheel. Before all that happened with my other hamster and him, he used to be playful and happy. But now I think he just grew depressed over months I had just him. Any tips or advice to get him the way he used to be?

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      Unknown.... 

      2 years ago

      Hello. We got a hamster today. She is a dwarf and very fluffy and happy. I don't know how to not touch it. Let it sleep when it is sleeping and make sure to have them get used to you first. I started picking her up today and she doesn't bite. I would recommend a dwarf hamster

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      Morgan 

      2 years ago

      I just got my hamster Buiscuit today and I didn't know to leave it alone and she got really nippy so I got a really bad bite. Does any one know what I should do to calm her down?

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      Valerie 

      2 years ago

      I got a robo hamster a week ago I've been trying to hold him but he won't let is that normal? Do they get bigger ?

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      Kim 

      2 years ago

      I got a long hired S today and he always gets food In his hair

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      chenelle 

      2 years ago

      Well my hamster Rex he have not get use to me yet he still runs All over the cage and he don't even go in his little play ball

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      Asha 

      2 years ago

      My two hamsters were brought home 4 days ago. I took all precautions and gave them their space. Today I tried feeding them a treat. Instead of being interested in the treat they went right to my hand. I had washed them beforehand but my hamsters both nipped at it and one even attempted to draw blood before I instinctively shook it away. They show no signs of being uneasy or scared around us they just simply enjoy biting? Any tips would be great thanks!

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      Liz 

      2 years ago

      Hi , I've had my hammy since he was 5 weeks old. We've done everything by the book when it came to taming; leaving him alone in the new cage for a few days, rubbing tissue with our scent and placing it in his cage, treats, reducing hidey holes, bath tub method , etc. he won't come to us. He he runs away and doesn't go anywhere in his ball, just sits in it. He has now been with us 2 months which makes him about 15 weeks old Any advice?

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      alexis 

      2 years ago

      my hamster is freezing in place and it lays on it back and when i try to pick him up he jump out of my hands and i just got him yesterday

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      zoe 

      2 years ago

      my hamster is eating and drinking fine but she won't let me pet her and when she does she will for a few mins then bites me btw I've had her for a week is this normal and if not help!!!??

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      chloe 

      2 years ago

      i just got my 2 hamster! .... but it keeps wrigling in my hands like it wants to bite me or jump out of my hands.

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      Mike 

      2 years ago

      My hampster keeps on jumping out of my hands!

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      Elisabeth 

      2 years ago

      I have tried to get my hamster to come onto my hand well using a treatmany times. He just refuses. I don't know why exactly any advice

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      Jade 

      2 years ago

      I just bought a new hamster pet...He is 32 days old... He's behaviour is quite different... He sleeps all the time... He's not eating properly and not even drinking water.. hes getting thinner and weaker day by day... He doesn't like my presence and gets away when I try to hold him... what should I do... Should I return him and buy a new one...

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      Ella ❤️ 

      2 years ago

      I'm just about to buy two dwarf hamsters together but I don't know weather to handle them at the same time or one by one?( any suggestions)

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      bartosz 

      2 years ago

      Thank you for these tips because this is my first pet and i would like him to like me too. So thank you very very much.

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      Sylvesterr 

      2 years ago

      To get my daughters hamster to come to me, I only fed him fresh vegetables by hand. Since he would rather eat them than his store bought food, he climbs into my hand willingly now, regardless if I have food or not. At first I would feed him through the door, by hand but eventually he started to pop his head up when he was hungry for more! Now, I open my palm by the cage door and call him and he eventually climbs out into my hand on his own. However, he gets anxious after a few minutes or once he realizes where he is so I try to keep his cage in his line of site so he doesn't get nervous and run away. I assume this is because their "cages" are their homes and it's probably where they feel most comfortable. I'm beginning to get the impression that hamsters know that they have it pretty good in their cages compare to what they would in the wild, although that is just my opinion.

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      Hannah 

      2 years ago

      When I have a treat in my hand my hamster does not go on to it. How do I get him to?

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      Hamster 

      2 years ago

      I have just bought my 3rd Syrian hamster. When handling you must make sure you don't hurt the hamster and you shouldn't chase him but if you don't move your hands (slowly) towards him, he will realise that if he doesn't come to you he will not be picked up so he if is eating or playing or even sleeping he won't come anywhere near you. You have to go to him but if you haven't caught him/her wishing 1-2mins leave him/her alone (if you pester them they will bite). When you handle your hamster scoop him from the underneath by making a cup shape with your hands: hamsters do not like being picked up without warning always make sure they have seen you. If you're hamster jumps out of your hands don't chase it but say no or bad and possibly if they keep doing this take away a treat the next day. They are intelligent animals if they know they can get away with not being held, they will! When you wake up your hamster wait until he is fully awake (his ears will prick up) if they are sleepy you may surprise them so they will be more likely to bite.

      BTW sorry for long post just had lots to say

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      Christie 

      2 years ago

      I just got a hamster not long ago but when I try to pick him up, he bites. How do I stop my hamster from biting me?

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      Clarissa 

      2 years ago

      Every time I pick up my hamster he gets scared and tries to get out and then I have to quickly put him back in the cage.

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