6 Things You Should Never Do If Your Hamster Has Babies

Updated on May 29, 2019
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Poppy lives in Enoshima and likes to read novels and play video games, especially open-world RPGs.

Your female hamster giving birth to a litter of cute, little, pink babies is a very exciting time. If this has happened to you, congratulations! It's always great when your pet has a child or three of their own.

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Although it can be easy to want to play with them right away, it's very important, especially in the first two weeks of the babies' lives, that they and their mother feel safe and calm. Here are things you shouldn't do if your hamster has babies.

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1. Don't Look at the Babies

Although you have probably seen them at least once already, it's important that you don't move things around to have a look at the babies. Chances are that the mother is keeping them somewhere safe such as a concealed corner or a small house if she has one. If the mother sees you trying to find her offspring, she may take this as a threat, no matter how much she trusts you.

Hamsters are very territorial creatures and, after all, you are a lot bigger than she is. Even if you have a very strong bond with your hamster, don't go looking for the babies. You'll be able to hear their cries when you're nearby.

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2. Don't Make Loud Noises

It's very important that the hamsters' cage is somewhere quiet after she's had the babies. Sudden or loud noises can cause her to panic, which can result in her killing and eating the babies. This may seem harsh, but the survival instincts tell the mother that danger is nearby, and she has to sacrifice her offspring for the nest’s overall safety.

Put the hamster in a quiet room that isn't used much, or ideally, a spare room where there is little to no noise. You don't have any control over noises outside the house such as the weather, motorcycles, or sirens, but make sure that small children don't make noises in the room, the cage isn't knocked or moved, and you don't go in there to vacuum.

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3. Don't Try to Touch the Babies for at Least Several Weeks

As well as avoiding looking at the babies when they're very young, ward off touching them until they're moving around on their own and have fur. If the mother detects your scent on her babies, she'll kill them. Also, don't disturb them by trying to take photographs of them, however tempting it might be.

4. Don't Let Other Hamsters Into the Cage

Unlike humans, hamsters don't really get attached to their children beyond the initial care when they're very small. It might be tempting to let the father hamster, if you have him, into the cage to meet the children. Don't do this.

The hamster mother can be moody—she might not always want the father around even at the best of times. The presence of another hamster can also frighten the mother. Keep all other hamsters away from the mother's cage.

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5. Don't Clean the Cage

Hamster cages are supposed to be cleaned at least once a week, but after a hamster has babies, cleaning the cage is a big no-no.

Drop kitchen roll and extra food into the cage (as quietly as you can), and change the water every day as always. The hamster will use the kitchen roll to make softer bedding for her babies, and she'll also need extra food. If she thinks there isn't enough nutrition for her and her children, you guessed it—she might end up killing her little ones.

6. Don't Pick Up the Mother or Take Her out of the Cage

You might be the type of hamster owner who brings out the hamster every few days or so to play with them. However, you must leave her alone while she's taking care of her young. She won't get lonely as she'll be busy feeding her babies and keeping them warm.

Taking her out of the cage will just cause her distress, and your scent will get on her as well, which might confuse the pups. Leave her alone for at least a couple of weeks.

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Avoid doing these six things, and give your new hamster babies a much greater chance of surviving!

Once your hamsters have grown a little, it's time to decide what to do with them. Consider giving them away to new homes once they're big enough, or if the mother only has one or two, you could consider keeping them if you have the space. Just be sure to do some research on the type of hamsters you have and their living habits. Good luck!

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.

Questions & Answers

  • Why is my hamster separating one of her babies to a different area of the cage?

    It could be several reasons. The baby might be sick, not smell right (have you touched any of them?) and she might be preparing to cull it. If you’re really worried, gently put the pup back with its siblings using a warm spoon (but do NOT touch it; if you get your scent on them, she will kill them.)

  • My female hamster had six babies this morning, so I immediately separated my male hamster from them all. Now I am only left with one baby hamster, but my grandma asked me to put the father with the mother and baby because now the father does not have a cage. He looks very lonely, but I am not sure if I should after reading the article. What do I do?

    You should buy a cage for the father! Females and males shouldn’t be living together because they’ll breed too much. Make sure they live separately. Hamsters do not get “lonely.” Also, you said there’s only one baby left; does this mean the mother killed the rest of them?

  • My hamster mom is putting her baby in her cheeks for a long time. Why is this?

    If the baby is small enough to fit in her cheeks, you should not be disturbing them. Let her do what she needs to do.

  • My hamster gave birth to nine babies. Why did they all die?

    It could be for a number of reasons.

    Maybe the nest was disturbed too much, or the mother thought there wasn’t enough food for them all. Maybe the room she’s in was too noisy. Maybe the mother is too young to take care of a litter. Did you do any of the things mentioned in this article?

  • My hamster is not feeding the babies. What should I do?

    Please stop disturbing the mother and her litter. She probably won’t be feeding them while you’re outside their cage staring at them. Please leave them alone and follow the instructions of this article.

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    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR

      Poppy 

      2 days ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Please leave your hamster alone and follow the instructions of the article. You watching her is probably doing her more harm than good.

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      Poppy 

      2 days ago from Enoshima, Japan

      They might have inherited their mother's defect, but it's also important to bear in mind that baby hamsters don't open their eyes until they're a few weeks old. You shouldn't really breed hamsters with defects.

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      Melissa 

      2 days ago

      I have a hampster who has 10day old babies but she has made 2 seperate nest areas it looks like is this a bad thing or just normal since ahe had 12 total im worried she isnt taking care of half of them

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      Sonny J 

      2 days ago

      I bred my eyeless hamster and 4 some reason all of the hamsters didn’t have no eyes or nothing but the father hamster does have eyes. They are brother and sister as well could that b why they hav no eyes

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      Poppy 

      6 days ago from Enoshima, Japan

      You shouldn't house hamsters of the opposite sex together. I hope you figure it out soon, and when you do, separate the male from the others.

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      Priya 

      7 days ago

      Hi, I have 3 hamsters 1 male and 2 females. My hamster just give birth and I don't know which female .. what should I do? How to know which one is mother ?

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      Poppy 

      7 days ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Never keep opposite sex hamsters living together! Two females and one male in the same cage is a terrible idea. I hope you figure out which hamster is the mother and separate the male from the females as quickly as possible.

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      Priya 

      7 days ago

      Hi, I have 3 hamsters 1 male and 2 females. My hamster just give birth and I don't know which female .. what should I do? How to know which one is mother ?

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      Poppy 

      9 days ago from Enoshima, Japan

      They can be tamed after they're two weeks old.

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      Luke Poh 

      9 days ago

      after giving birth do you need to tame the baby hamsters?

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      Poppy 

      11 days ago from Enoshima, Japan

      It really depends on the hamsters. If you're going to keep one with its mother or father, make sure the cage is big enough.

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      Yoselyn 

      12 days ago

      Can I keep one of my robos babies? If they are the same gender! Will they fight when they get older?

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      Poppy 

      12 days ago from Enoshima, Japan

      There might not be room for her in the cage now the babies are bigger. It's nothing to worry about.

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      Eva hussey 

      12 days ago

      My hamster had babys 2 weeks ago. They have fur and are kinda walking around in the nest. There eyes are not open and there ears are not up. But she keeps sleeping outside of the nest. Its kinda small of a house she had them im but is that a normal thing for her to do. She still goes in there sometimes but i keep seeing her not in the nest sleeping.

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      Poppy 

      3 weeks ago from Enoshima, Japan

      I have a friend who has a cat that does the same thing with blankets because he was taken away from his mother too early. It's possible the hamsters you inherited were taken from their mother before they were properly weened. As long as the hamster isn't hurting its sibling, it shuoldn't be anything to worry about.

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      Fifi 

      3 weeks ago

      I bought 3 syrian hamsters. They are 1 month old and siblings. The previous owner neglected them so I bought it over and took it so they would be safe. Though I am curious that one of them would suddenly suck or wean on the fur or lower jaw of the siblings so why are they like that? I'm quite concerned. They are also malnourished but being fed enough so they're fats will build up.

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      Poppy 

      4 weeks ago from Enoshima, Japan

      I'm sorry that happened. It sounds like you did all you could, but sometimes the pups just don't make it. It can be genetic, or the mother might not know how to take care of it properly.

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      Ms. Lee 

      4 weeks ago

      my hamster gave birth to five babies I obeyed all adviced in this article i even did a research on how to take care a hamster that just givebirth. I did not touch or disturb the nest. when the mum was asleep I would take the food tray and water bottle to clean and replace the food and water. I even gave some chicken breast or egg white, But when the baby was 5 days old two baby died before the baby died I heard a baby cried that night. i looked at whether it was okay and it seems like it was okay the next morning i found the baby dead. why did the baby die?

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      Poppy 

      6 weeks ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Please leave her alone and let her do what she needs to do. Hamster moms need alone time, just like human moms. The babies don't need her 24/7 and if you can still hear them squeaking they're likely fine.

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      Serenity 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi, so my hamster just had babies and she was doing great at first but then one night she just moved around the cage and ran on her wheel and wouldn’t feed them and I don’t know if she’s going to go back and feed them and I’m scared because this is her first time.

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      Poppy 

      2 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Hi, Antonella. I'm sorry to hear about your baby hamster's leg injury. In this case, there's not a lot you can do until it's fully grown. It might heal on its own, or the hamster might walk with a limp. When it's two weeks old, you should take him to a vet.

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      Antonella Viloria 

      2 months ago

      Good morning, I tell you that I have a case that has us a little worried and if you can help us with this, on April 24 my hamster had her young, they were 8, but as a first-time she ate three, after that, a few days later. We realized that one of the babies had a wound in his leg, we thought he was going to die, but the question was that it was not like that, but he is swollen, we have read several things, such as fractures, he has an abscess, or swelling, others that They improve on their own but we do not know exactly, if she will lose her leg or die ... Likewise, we are concerned because this baby and her swollen leg is seen ... :( sorry my bad english.

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      Poppy 

      2 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      PLEASE DON'T HOUSE YOUR HAMSTERS TOGETHER.

      Your female is ready to mate once every few days. If she's fighting the male or running away from him, she's NOT READY. PLEASE buy a new cage for her or they might fight and injure each other!

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      Rylei 

      2 months ago

      I just bought a female hamster while I already had a male, I’m hoping for her to get pregnant. Although they aren’t getting along very well. Is it normal during the beginning could she be pregnant already

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      Poppy 

      2 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      How do you know he was looking for the mother and the babies? He was likely just checking his new surroundings and staying in his house because he was somewhere new and unfamiliar. Hamsters do not get lonely. Please, for the babies' sake, keep the father out.

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      AJ Bais 

      2 months ago

      can I put the dad hamster in to the cage? because he couldn't stay still, he wants to take care of the babies too, what should I do? I put him in a different cage now but it seems, but he keeps on running around finding the mother and the babies. last time I put him in a different cage he didn't play or went outside of his house, but when I put him back with the mother he immediately took care of the babies... what should I do?

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      Poppy 

      2 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      That's so sad that it got bitten. Why did you take it out of the mother's cage? If it's over two weeks old, it can live alone.

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      Kats 

      2 months ago

      Our weeks old baby hamster was bitten by another hamster and has a large scratch.The bleeding stop but can we bring the baby back to the mothers cage? Can the mother eat the baby if she smells the wound?

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      Poppy 

      2 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Don't put them anywhere. Please don't clean the cage until the babies are at least 14 days old.

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      Hannah 

      2 months ago

      So I got my hamster around 4 days ago and she had 9 babies last night and we didn’t know she was pregnant but I’m just wondering about later on when I have to clean the cage, where should I put the hamsters while I am cleaning the cage?

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      Poppy 

      3 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      It's likely your hamster wasn't ready to have pups and panicked. I really advise against breeding your hamsters unless you know what you're doing. Wait a couple more days and then clean the cage. If she already ate six of her hamsters it's unlikely there are any left.

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      Lily 

      3 months ago

      My hamster gave birth yesterday night. She ate 5 of her hamsters and i’m not sure if there are any left, because they were separated in different corners and places of the cage. I don’t want to scare her or make her anxious because I know it’s not good for her but when i gave her food earlier today she ate another hamster she had buried in her bedding. What should I do? How do i know if there are any more hamsters left? I left some toilet paper in her cage and covered it with a small towel.

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      Poppy 

      3 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Oh dear. I hope they'll be okay. They should be fine to be separated from the mother after they grow fur.

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      Molly 

      3 months ago

      I just found out that my baby hamster has had babies and I have just come back from holiday so don’t know how old they are

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      Poppy 

      3 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Like cats, it might be a mix of both or they'll inherit their fur from either parent.

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      Poppy 

      3 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Hahaha Paula, you're so funny! You should definitely tell your hamster that suing isn't the answer.

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      Linh 

      3 months ago

      If the hamster has babies will the babies look like the dad hamster or the mom hamster

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      Suzie 

      3 months ago from Carson City

      Poppy...My hamster is demanding DNA testing so she knows who to sue for paternity. Should I help her out?

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      Poppy 

      3 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Maybe they got in a fight or she felt her territory was under threat, especially if she is a Syrian. If the baby was four weeks old, it definitely should have been separated from the mother by now.

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      Leslie 

      3 months ago

      My hamster just ate one of the babies but the baby was 4 weeks old, why did she do it?

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      Poppy 

      3 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Oh dear. If you have a pregnant hamster, you're supposed to take out the top floors before they give birth to prevent this from happening. I really hope the pups aren't hurt.

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      Lilli 

      3 months ago

      My hamster was pregnant when i bought her and another female. She has just given birth 2 days ago. There are 3 floors in the cage. I went to feed her but she freeked out and now 3 pups fell onto the bottom floor. Will she move them back?

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      Poppy 

      3 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      She will be protective of her babies and won't want you near her. After 2 weeks, they will be big enough to be given away to new homes and her personality should hopefully return to normal.

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      Lee La 

      3 months ago

      Will the mother (dwarf hamster) character/ personality change after giving birth or will it become back to normal after a while?

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      Poppy 

      4 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      If the babies are small enough to go in her mouth, you shouldn't be disturbing them. Just give the mum lots of extra food water, and unscented tissue paper, and let her do her thing. By watching her you're more likely to make her stressed.

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      mimiersli 

      4 months ago

      i accidentally clean my hamster's cage. and i dont know there were babies in there. now the mum put the babies in their mouth for a long time. what should i do ? im scared

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      Poppy 

      4 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Sometimes it takes time for them to have the rest of the babies, or she might just have three pups this time. Give her plenty of food and unscented tissue paper and let her do what she needs to do.

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      Poppy 

      4 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Use a warm spoon to put the baby back with its mother. You really shouldn't house adults together unless they have a huge cage and you're 100% sure they're the same sex.

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      Shantanu Patil 

      4 months ago

      Why does my hamster have only 3 babies and she stil looks pregnant??? More than 5 hours since I discovered the pups?? Please suggest what I should do

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      Isabel Preciado 

      4 months ago

      I had my males and females hamster in separate cages and recently I found out that there was a female in the males cage. Now she has two babies but one of the babies was injured after another hamster tried to eat it. I had to separate the injured hamster because I thought it was going to die but it turns out it's living. I haven't touched the hamster by skin to skin. But I wanna know if I can put the injured baby back with his mother or is there a way to save the baby? Do I just let the baby die? I'm really stressed out about what I have to do.

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      Poppy 

      4 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Are you sure it's not a male and a female? Mama hamster will feed the babies in her nest.

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      Maddie 

      4 months ago

      Both my female dwarf hamsters had babies in the same cage what do I do and how do I know what babies belong to which hamster

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      Poppy 

      5 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      You shouldn't be looking at them. It stresses out the mother. They could be asleep, but at night you should be able to hear them squeaking. If they've died, it's possible she'll eat them.

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      jami 

      5 months ago

      it's been two days since my roborovski gave birth. she nested on her tissues but when i peak at her babies i noticed that they are not moving but shes keeping them by her side anyway. is it possible the babies are dead?

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      Poppy 

      5 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Please don't touch them! Hopefully they are safe, but you aren't to touch them until they're two weeks old. Please leave the mother and her babies alone, only approach the cage to give them food, water, and soft unscented tissue paper.

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      del 

      5 months ago

      I touched the baby hamsters but I used tissue, will ttheir mother still kill them?

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      Poppy 

      5 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Hello, yes, please add as much soft bedding as possible as soon as you can! There isn't much you can do for a pup that's separated; let the mother take care of it.

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      Poppy 

      5 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      See this article on Hamsterrific for information on orphaned hamster pups: http://hamsterific.com/hamster-care/caring-for-orp...

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      Angie2.0 

      5 months ago

      My hamster had 4 babies a week ago and she has left 1 out of the nest today. It is smaller than the others and appears to be struggling. What do i do? Also i didnt know she was pregnant ao i didnt put any soft bedding in the cage. Is it ok to put some soft bedding or tissue in the cage in a corner so she use it for the nest

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      Mar 

      5 months ago

      My hamster died(the pups mother) and left 5 of her pups. What should i do? Or what kind of milk can i give them?

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      Poppy 

      5 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Yes, I think it's OK!

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      Anan 

      5 months ago

      3 babies. Father in separate cage. Can I put both cages side by side?

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      Poppy 

      6 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      It should be completely scentless. Maybe she has enough bedding already.

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      Jane 

      6 months ago

      My pregnant Hamster is ignoring her tissue why is this

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      Poppy 

      7 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      I don't think it's likely that it had anything to do with the babies, since they're already four weeks old. It's more likely the mother was startled or perhaps she hurt the hamster by accident. Coax her out with treats and get her to sniff your hand. It shouldn't happen again and if it does, take her to a vet. She might be ill (hamsters can get aggressive when they're sick).

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      Brad 

      7 months ago

      My daughter has a hamster she has two babies they are almost 4 weeks old the running play and they're healthy everything we hold them everything is okay but tonight my daughter got the mama hamster out am I holding her playing with her and then when she went to put her back she bit her so hard she last on in True Blood she's never done that she's always been a really sweet hamster we also have another hamster in another cage that was nearby do you think that she smelled her and freaked out but she was hurting her babies or something

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      Poppy 

      7 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Warm goat's milk or baby formula works well, but you should make sure they're reunited with the mother as soon as possible.

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      Poppy 

      7 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      They won't be resurrected, Christine. Take them out with a warm, clean spoon but not while the mother is there.

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      Allen Carlos 

      7 months ago

      What kind of milk is best for baby hamsters if the mother left them and escaped the cage

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      Christine 

      7 months ago

      I dont know what to do with the dead baby hamsters 3 survive and 3 did not should i pick them up or leave them or will they be resurrected?

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      Poppy 

      8 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      She's probably doing that to keep them warm. Leave her alone; she knows what she's doing!

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      Cathy 

      8 months ago

      Hi,

      We adopted a Russian hamster 2 weeks ago and last week she had babies.

      We gave her lots of bedding (about 5 inches) and despite having houses she decided to bury the babies at the bottom of the bedding! Is this normal? Should I try to remove some bedding without touching them? I don’t see them being able to get out until they’re the same strength/ size as the mum

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      Poppy 

      9 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Jasmine, please keep them in separate cages! Males and females should never ever be housed together!

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      Jasmine 

      9 months ago

      I have a male and female hamster, after the female gave birth a few times I've decided to separate the male from her once every four days during her heat (to avoid pregnancy). I managed to separate them once, but subsequently when I separated them again on the next heat day (4 days from the initial heat night) they did not mate at all. I knew this by putting the male back with her the following day and they did not show signs of wanting to mate. I am worried that she might be pregnant, but yet I don't feel that she is pregnant as I had separated them on their next fourth day ahead of time (evening instead of night). Is it possible that my hamster controlled her heat (she did not have any odour) or due to any hormonal issues? Also whenever she was in heat her heat would last up till 1.5 days.

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      Poppy 

      9 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Hi Ella, unfortunately, the animal kingdom has a lot of things that people would consider wrong. Hamsters can't have babies without breeding from a male.

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      Ella candy totally my real name 

      9 months ago

      I think it's stupid if you touch a baby hamster the mother kills it so wrong what the hell next time can you say if girl hamsters can have babies without a boy hamster

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      Poppy 

      11 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Hi there. You really should have removed the upper floors while she was pregnant because the babies could die if they keep falling. I'd suggest moving the babies to the bottom floor and then removing the upper floors, but there's always a risk you'll disturb the nest too much and upset the mother. Try moving some of her bedding to the bottom to encourage her to move the nest there.

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      Gee 

      11 months ago

      Hi. My hamster just gave birth to 5 babies. She made her nest on the second floor of the cage. Everytime she eats, she goes down to her feeding bowl and the babies fall off. But the mother picks them up and always return them in the nest. Im just worried about the one which she didnt picked up. Is she not seeingvthe other one or is she not picking up the scent of the one left on the first floor? Should i get it back to the nest? Pls help.

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      Poppy 

      11 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Hi Henna, there are plenty of guides online about appropriate hamster cages. Please do your own research.

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      henna 

      11 months ago

      i am buying a hamster do you have an idea of what cage i should get

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      Poppy 

      13 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Unless they're buried in the shavings, they'll be just fine. Does she have a little house to hide in? She is trying to keep her babies out of sight.

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      Kavita Chatar 

      13 months ago

      My hamster has given birth to few babies, she has burrowed a tunnel inside the wood shavings bedding. I'm worried for the babies, what if they'll get stuck inside those small tunnels and have problem in breathing

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      Poppy 

      14 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Some hamsters just don't have motherly instincts, just like humans. It may seem like the mother is not taking care of her babies, but she'll be doing other things like making a nest and eating by herself. It doesn't necessarily mean that she's neglecting them. Please follow the steps of the article and leave her alone to do what she needs to do.

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      Poppy 

      14 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Elisa, you shouldn't be putting the father in with the babies. They aren't like humans, and they don't need 'family time.' Putting the father in with the pups is actually very dangerous because the mother might attack him if she thinks he's a threat or, like what has happened with you, the father may attack them. Please give the father a separate cage and do not let him anywhere near the pups or the mother.

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      Arsenia 

      14 months ago

      The fmale hamster has given birth for the first time and had 6 pups, and she killed 4 pups and the other's does not want to take care of it, i did not touch them or make loud noises.can you tell me why?

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      Elisa Arevalo 

      14 months ago

      So the father hamster ate one of the babies, but the baby was a little smaller than the others Nd walked Nd moved a little slow. What do I do? Why did the father hamster do that? This is the first time this has happened out of the many times I’ve had the father hamster in the cage with his babies.

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      Poppy 

      15 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      That can happen. If she has a nest or a little house to hide in, she'll gather them up. Leave her alone and let her do her thing.

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      Aarionna 

      15 months ago

      My hamster mom had all of her babies in different place. Why.

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      Poppy 

      15 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Never! You shouldn't house males and females together because they'll breed again quickly. And you should especially never put the male with the babies because he might attack them, or the mother may attack him. The father may also breed with the female babies! Please house them separately!

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      Jaleeya 

      15 months ago

      How long should it take before I put the male together with the female and pups

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      Poppy 

      16 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      No, don't move any of the babies. You would have to take care of it by yourself if you did and it's tough to do so. I can't stop you, but you should only move that baby if you really feel it's in danger of dying and you're willing to care for it for the first few weeks of its life.

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      Amyra 

      16 months ago

      My hamster had her babies 6am this morning i aant to know if i could move one of the babies because the mom in not caring for that one and she baired them

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      Poppy 

      16 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Your cage should only have one level if she has babies, so I'm not sure what you mean by "bottom." Give her tissue paper to make a nest. Follow the steps of the article.

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      Fritzi 

      16 months ago

      Why did my hamster bury her babies at the bottom

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      Poppy 

      17 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Maybe she feels comfortable with you now so she's no longer shy. Does she get a lot of exercise? Does she have a wheel, a ball, etc.? Hyperactivity might be a result of pent-up energy.

      Hamsters can bite for a number of reasons. She might have been scared or, if it was just a nibble, testing to see if you were food if your hands smelled different.

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      Junuda Harris 

      17 months ago

      My hamster usually was really calm and kinda scared to come to me, i been feeding her fruit just to gain trust and bribe her i guess you could say, but now all of a sudden she been very hyper, she bit me the other day now shes running around like a lunatic lol, what do i so? should i be worried? shes been launching at me a lot too, every time to have to open up the cage.

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      Poppy 

      17 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      She probably won't be having babies anytime soon, then!

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      Nadia 

      17 months ago

      I only have one hamster and it is a girl dworf !!!!!!!

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      Poppy 

      18 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      The wheel isn't a problem.

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      dihaw81 

      18 months ago

      My syrian just gave birth 2 weeks ago.. should i remove the wheel? Is it dangerous for the mummy or the pups..?

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