6 Things You Should Never Do If Your Hamster Has Babies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)Helpful 67
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.Helpful 63
I just noticed that my hamster gave birth. It’s been a couple of days, and the male hamster remains in the cage but wants nothing to do with the babies. The mother hasn’t done anything either. Should I leave the male or should I take him out?
It’s always going to be a case by case situation. As the article states, it’s better to move the male to another cage. They definitely shouldn’t be living together anyway because they might breed again very soon which will be stressful for the mother.Helpful 47
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?Helpful 43
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?Helpful 24
Is it harmful to touch my hamsters too much?
Touching a healthy adult hamster is no problem, as long as you’re gentle and kind to them. Try not to touch the babies until they’re at least three weeks old and never chase or snatch them.
How do I separate the father hamster from the mother without stressing the mother out and making her kill the babies?
Quickly and quietly. Wait until you have a chance to grab the father while the mother is busy in the nest.
Is it ok to transfer the firstborn hamster baby and the mother to another cage?
Don’t touch any of them at all if the babies are less than two weeks old. If the baby has fur and is older than two weeks, it can live with the mother if it’s female, if the cage is large enough for both of them, and if they’re not Syrian hamsters.
Do you know anywhere I can find someone who will take hamster babies?
Can you feed hamsters with liquid other than water?
I wouldn’t recommend it. Juice and soda contain too much sugar and milk isn’t a good idea either. Stick to fresh water.
My cage has a detachable top where the momma hamster and her babies are. I’m afraid there’s not enough room in the cage for when the babies get older. Can I take off the top part and put it in a new cage so they have more room?
It's hard for me to get what you mean without a picture of the cage. The babies should be given new homes after they're 3-4 weeks old, so space isn't an issue. The mother obviously feels that it's a safe place to have her pups, so don't mess around with the cage or disturb the nest while they're small.
My son just got a hamster from Petland, and we did not know she was pregnant. We just went to check on her, and there are now twelve babies. Some are up top by her, some are in the tube, and some are spread over the bedding at the bottom of the cage. What do we do? We were not prepared for this, and don’t know if the babies are supposed to be all over the place like this.
Sounds like a shock! You should complain to the pet store first, and maybe they’ll take the babies once they’re old enough. If not, put an ad on Craigslist so you can give them away.
The mother hasn’t been in the cage for long, so she hasn’t had time to build a nest. She is probably panicking and stressed about the situation as well. Unfortunately she may kill some of her pups, but hopefully, this won’t happen. For now, give her lots of tissue paper, extra food, and keep her cage in a warm and quiet place. Hopefully, she will be able to build a nest, gather her babies together, and nurse them until they’re big enough to survive on their own.
Why is my hamster not feeding the other babies? She just fed the three babies and the other four are left there.
Maybe she feeds them at different times. Do they look smaller or weaker than the others? If so, it might be because they’re runts.
At what age can a hamster start having babies?
They can have babies after just a few weeks, but it’s recommended you wait until your female hamster is at least three or four months old to give the pups the best chance of survival.
Is it okay to travel with two-week-old baby hamsters and the mother?
The hamsters are already two weeks old, which means you can handle them at this point, but it's best to disturb them as little as possible for at least four weeks.
What kind of cage do you use for your hamsters?
I have a large one with three floors. It isn't' recommended for you use a small one, as this can encourage bad behavior.
My hamster just gave birth to her first pups this evening, She is squeaking more than them. She is on a shelf alone. Why is she squeaking at them?
That does sound strange. Are they high-pitched, short squeaks? Sometimes hamsters squeak when they're happy. If she is very young, she may not be ready to have pups and might end up killing or neglecting them. Keep an eye on them (but don't disturb their nest) for the next few days and let me know what's going on.
My hamster is pregnant and should give birth in the next few weeks. The problem is that her cage is too small. What should I do?
She should be living in a large cage whether she’s pregnant or not. Buy a decent sized cage for her to live in. When the babies are 2-3 weeks old, remove them and give them away. Do not keep the hamsters in the same cage as the mother after they’ve grown up.
I have two mother hamsters. One of them would not care for her babies, so I moved them to the second mother’s cage, and she seems to be caring for them more than the other one did. Is this bad to do?
I’ve never heard of someone doing that before. Hamsters generally get startled at unknown smells on the pups, and there’s a chance she may kill them. You should proceed with caution.
Can I leave the father hamster with the mother and babies?
No, you can't. Please read the article carefully. The father must be removed as soon as possible because he may attack and eat the babies. The mother may also attack him.Helpful 13
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.Helpful 12
I got my hamster a week ago. She looks young, she has fur, but I think she is pregnant. She made a nest in her tube; I was supposed to clean her cage today, but I don’t want to destroy her nest. What should I do?
Hamsters make nests for themselves whether they’re pregnant or not. Seeing a nest doesn’t necessarily mean she’s going to have babies. You said she looks young; how young exactly? Did she have nestmates in the pet shop? These are important factors.Helpful 11
My hamster doesn’t take care of her babies. She has given birth three times already, but she doesn’t feed or take care of them, so they died. How can I make her care for her babies?
Just like humans, some hamsters just don’t have motherly instincts. Either that, or she doesn’t have the resources to take care of them. Does she live in a secure, warm, and quiet environment? Is her cage big enough? Does she have enough food and water? These are the questions to consider.
Please read the article for more details on caring for a female hamster and its pups. If you’re doing everything right and she’s still abandoning them every time, then it’s probably time to stop breeding your hamsters.Helpful 11
My hamster gave birth a week ago. I fed her so much before we left the house. Its been five days, and when we got back, the babies were gone; no bodies found. Is this possible for the mom to eat her babies out of hunger?
Yes. That’s probably what happened. She could have done it for any number of reasons; she’s too young to have babies, she panicked after having her litter, or some loud noise scared her. I’m sorry for your loss.Helpful 10
Our mother hamster just gave birth. I got home and looked at her babies (just a look). Her babies are just in the pile of tissues but I’m a little bit worried now because she is sleeping away from her litter. Did I do something wrong?
If she’s neglecting them, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s your fault. Mothers need a break from their kids, just like humans! She might just be having a nap and taking a break from nursing. Check back on them in a couple of hours and hopefully she’ll be nursing them. You have to be quiet, though, as your presence may disturb her.Helpful 10
My hamster had babies yesterday. She decided to nest in a small area on the top of the cage. It is obviously very humid in there because there is moisture on the lid. Will the babies be OK?
Did you know she was pregnant? You should remove any access to upper floors because if the babies fall they might injure or kill themselves.
Is there a way to ventilate that area? I need to know more about the cage before I can answer properly.
I heard the baby hamsters for the first time shortly yesterday morning. Since I came home from work last night up to this morning, not a peep. Any chance they're just silent babies, or is it a bad sign? I want to avoid checking at all costs.
The only thing you can do is wait until the two-week mark. The babies might not be making any noise because they’re asleep or nursing, especially if you’re checking during the day. Just keep following the steps of the article and if all goes well, you’ll see them crawling about in a few weeks.
I had to pick up the hamster mom, because when I opened her cage to feed her she crawled on top of her water bottle and almost fell out. After I put her back, she just got some food and went back to the babies to continue to care for them. Will this cause any negative effects?
If you’ve had her for a while and she trusts you, it’ll probably be fine. Only time will tell.
What do I do if the hamster babies get wet?
That’s a big problem. How did that happen? Hopefully, the mother will keep them warm, but if they’re very small, they might not survive.
Make sure there are no wet patches in the cage and the water bottle isn’t leaking to avoid this happening again.
When is it safe, as in the mother won’t kill her babies?
After about roughly two weeks, the chances of her culling her young are much smaller. Once they’ve grown fur, they’re past the danger period.
My hamster did not give birth in one spot of the cage. Her babies are scattered around. Is it normal?
Yes, this can happen. Hopefully she’ll round them up into her nest.
My hamster did not mate with the male but she ended up having a baby! Although I’m happy, why did she have a baby?
A male and female don’t have to be together for long in order to mate. Either that or she was pregnant when you bought her (if you bought her recently). Did you let them play together? It only takes a few seconds for the male to jump on the female!
Why does my hamster always kick its baby?
Is she standing on it and climbing over it? Because that’s normal.Helpful 7
My female hamster gave birth four days ago and I can’t find the baby anymore. She is sleeping a lot and has closed eyes; she is not playing as she usually does. Will she die?
Complications can occur after birth. If your hamster is young or this is her first litter, it’s likely they died. Does she respond when you pick her up? If you’re sure the babies are gone and you’re concerned about her, take her to the vet.Helpful 7
My hamster had four babies. One she ate, and two babies are lying in the cage dead. Only one baby is remaining. We didn't touch it. We gave a lot of food to the mother. There's no noise. The baby is trying to drink milk, but the mother is pushing it away. In this situation what do I do?
There’s not much you can do except hope the baby survives. She hasn’t killed it, so she might take care of it. You shouldn’t be watching the mother and her pups, because you could make her nervous. Give her some unscented, clean tissue paper and leave her and her baby alone in a quiet room.
How can I take care of my baby hamsters? I already cleaned their cage. I'm so worried that their mother will eat them.
The best thing you can do is leave them alone. Keep them in a quiet room with no other pets or children or loud noises. Quietly add extra food and water once a day, and extra tissue paper so Mum can make a nest. Don’t disturb the nest or try to touch them for at least two weeks.
I adopted two female hamsters 1 and a half months ago but I came back home with babies. I don't know if it's OK to let her companion stay with her. I mean they grew up together, as of now they're both together in the cage. The mother's friend did help her make the nest and she's not hurting any of them. Should I consider putting her in another cage?
Sounds like the pet shop owner made a mistake and you don’t have two females, you have a male and a female! A hamster’s pregnancy only lasts about 18-22 days depending on the breed so the “friend” is actually the father. Yes, please remove him immediately and get another cage for him. Don’t worry about them getting lonely; hamsters are solitary animals and won’t be upset at being separated. Good luck with the babies!
Why do we need to seperate the father hamster from the mother hamster?
The father may kill the babies, or the mother might attack the father. Moreover, the father might get the mother pregnant again.
Can I clean a female hamster if after she gave birth the pups didn't make it?
You don’t need to clean a hamster. If she has blood somewhere she can’t get off herself (such as her back), use a soft cloth with warm water, but use as little as possible as water can be deadly to hamsters.
My hamster just had babies in the high part of her cage and they need to go up a long, straight tube to reach it. Her nest with her one-week-old babies are up there. What should I do? I'm afraid they will fall and not be able to return to the nest.
If you knew she was pregnant, you should have removed the top parts of the cage so there was only one floor. If the babies are safe up there, then don't touch them. If possible, get that part of the cage to the lower floor so you don't end up touching them, and when they're big enough they can crawl out themselves.
My hamster had pups, and the cage stinks really badly. Do I just leave them alone, or can I clean it?
You could try to spot clean the area as long as you don’t disturb the nest or touch the pups.
How many weeks should you leave hamster babies and their mom alone?
Leave hamster mom and her babies alone for two weeks, or fourteen days.
My hamster made her nest in her tube, is that okay?
I suppose so, as long as she can breathe. She’s probably looking for somewhere to hide. Buy her a little house she can sleep in.
When hamsters have babies, is it good to have a big or small house?
All hamsters should have a decent sized cage. If your hamster is pregnant, make sure there is just one floor to the cage so that the babies will not fall off higher floors, because they could die. A cage with enough space to walk around that has just one floor is best for mothers and their pups. Make sure she has plenty of tissue paper and extra food and water, too.
My hamster already had her babies while she is with the daddy hamster. Should I separate her from the daddy hamster?
As the article says, please remove the father. He shouldn’t be living with the female anyway because they’ll quickly breed again. Please keep them in separate cages from now on.
My hamster was bred two days ago and this is my first time breeding. She has not made a nest yet. When do they start making nests?
She'll start making a nest a few days before giving birth. It's far too early! Depending on the type of hamster, you'll have to wait a few weeks until she's heavily pregnant. If she's a Dwarf or Roborovski hamster, the gestation period is about twenty-two days, so she'll start building a nest in about two weeks, most likely. A Campbell hamster's gestation period is a little shorter.
In the meantime, give her lots of unscented tissue paper and bedding! Feed her lots of cheese and vegetables.
What foods and drinks should be given to the mother dog for healthy pups?
Use the regular nuts and seeds mix you’re using as well as cooked egg white, cheese, and maybe a bit of boiled chicken. These are high in protein which is important for a nursing mother. Be sure to check she always has fresh water as well.
It says to remove the male hamster. It’s difficult to see which one is male or female. I want to remove the one I believe is male, considering it isn’t with the pups as much as the other. How can I know so I don’t accidentally remove the mother?
The easiest way to tell is that the male hamster will not have nipples. Since the female just gave birth, her nipples will be much easier to see. The mother will also be spending more time with the babies and if they’re very small, she’ll be lying down with them so she can feed them.
Should I take the father hamster out of the joint cage after the mother gave birth?
Yes. A male and female hamster should not be living together anyway because they will breed again and quickly.
My hamster gave birth to eight baby hamsters. It’s been two and a half weeks, and there are five left. One of them is smaller than the others. I am so scared, and I don’t know what to do. Is the smaller one likely to have health issues?
Some hamsters are just smaller than others, though it’s a possibility that it’s a runt. The mother hasn’t culled it so that might mean it’s okay.
How do I determine the sex of a hamster?
Watch a YouTube video for help.
Can the male dwarf hamster be with his pups? Or should I remove him?
Definitely remove him. Even if he doesn’t harm the pups, he might breed with the mother again in a couple of weeks.
When can I put back the hamster wheel and chew toys after my hamster gives birth?
Ideally, after the hamsters have been moved out of the cage.
Is it OK to give pieces of tissue after the mother hamster has given birth and her nest babies are three days old?
Yes! Please give your hamster lots of tissue paper. She will love you for it. Just make sure it’s unscented.
The mother hamster had her babies on a tube and the babies keep falling. What should I do?
Remove the tube if possible, but don’t touch the babies. If you must touch the pups, use a warm spoon.
The baby hamster is now 6 days old, and the mother is neglecting it. Should I be feeding it and giving it water?
You should not interact with the babies until they’re two weeks old. What do you mean by neglecting it? Is it separate from the other babies? It’s normal for the mother to go off and do her own thing sometimes and just lie with them when they’re feeding. You should just let her do what she needs to do for now as they’re still very young.
My hamster just had babies but I didn’t have a male. How did that happen?
If you recently bought her, then she likely got pregnant while she was at the pet store.
My hamster is making sneezing noises and acting weird. Is she pregnant ?
That isn’t a sign of pregnancy. She might have a cold.
How do I know if my hamster is pregnant? Mine has had a huge stomach for ages, but still acts as it would normally.
Has she been bred in the past few weeks? She might just be overweight!
Should I remove the toys that can harm hamster babies? Like wheels and chews? If I removed them will the mother get bored?
Definitely remove the wheel. Chew chews should be fine unless they have sharp pieces or other things that could hurt the pups. The mother won’t get too bored as she’ll be taking care of her kids.
My hamsters just had babies. The father and she have always been together, from birth. When I got them from the pet store, I was told they were the same sex. Do I need to remove the father?
Yes, please remove him as soon as possible. Sexing hamsters is difficult, and pet shops often make mistakes. Get a new cage for the dad.
Does the size of the hamster impact litter size? I know baby hamsters that get pregnant typically have smaller litters, but I was wondering if this was due to the fact they’re still growing or the fact they’re smaller in general.
I’m not sure about that. I would imagine it’s the size of the babies that are smaller, not the amount. I wouldn’t say it’s a good idea to breed your hamster before it’s fully grown at any rate.
I mated my hamsters four days ago and I tried to mate them again but they are fighting. Is she pregnant or not in heat?
Just like humans, hamsters don’t always feel like breeding. Female hamsters have certain times they want male company and other times they will fight him. Please research more on how to breed hamsters before putting them together to avoid one or both of them getting hurt.
My hamster has made a nest in her wheel, and I’m afraid it’s not the best place to have babies. Should I leave it?
If she hasn’t given birth yet, then remove the wheel and the upper floors. Give her a little house to hide in if she doesn’t already have one. If possible, move parts of the nest like tissues and things to a more appropriate part of the cage to try to encourage her to nest there.
Two of our hamster females delivered babies a few hours in between. The other hamster mother died, leaving her five babies. Is it safe to transfer the babies to the other hamster mother?
I can’t guarantee that they’ll be welcomed in her nest because they will smell different to her pups. However, the five babies would die without their mother anyway. If you want to move them, use a warm spoon to transfer the pups. Do not touch them with your fingers. I don’t know if the mother will take care of them, and there’s a chance she will kill all of her babies, not just the orphans but her own as well. Please consult your vet or a professional if you’re unsure. As time is of the essence, please research how to take care of orphaned hamster babies.
Why isn’t my mother hamster opening her eyes after giving birth?
There isn’t enough information for me to make a proper guess. If she’s only just given birth, she could be resting. She could be sleeping. If it’s been hours and she hasn’t moved, there’s a chance there have been complications after the birth. Take her to the vet if you’re really worried, but bear in mind that taking her away from her babies could endanger them.
My hamster has forgotten about one baby, what should I do?
Babies sometimes get separated from the nest. The mother might have moved it for a reason; perhaps it’s sick or a runt. If you’re really worried, move it back with a warm spoon but DO NOT touch it with your fingers.
My hamster is in labor right now, and before I found out, I picked her up and that’s when I found the first pup. Did I just screw everything up? I didn’t even know she was pregnant. I got her two days ago.
It’s hard to say. Hopefully she’s all right. You should be able to hear the pups now even if you can’t see them (if they’re in a small house or something).
For now please follow the advice in the article and check up on the babies in two weeks.
Is there is any problem in keeping the dad hamster with his mate at the time of the mother hamster are giving birth?
It’s better if you don’t. Though in the wild males can help the babies be born, there’s also a chance that he will eat or attack the pups, so it’s better to separate them. The mother can also get very aggressive right before birth so it might endanger the father to keep him in the cage. It’s less stressful all round if you just separate them. Hamsters are not like humans; keeping the father away from the babies won’t cause any emotional discomfort.
When can you pick up the mother hamster after she gives birth?
Don’t pick her up for at least two weeks. She is nursing and won’t be in the mood to play. Your smell might get on her and then it’ll get on the babies which might confuse or upset her.
We think my hamster is pregnant. How are we supposed to know how to get prepared?
Put the father in a different cage. Clean the mother’s cage thoroughly since you won’t be able to clean it for two weeks after the pups are born. Give her food with protein such as cooked eggwhite and cheese. Give her soft, unscented tissue paper to make a warm nest. If the mother’s cage is more than one floor, remove access to the upper floors so the babies don’t fall off and die.
In about two weeks you may notice her belly is bigger and she might become aggressive. Put her in a quiet room and keep an eye on her. Be sure to give her fresh water and food every day. Ideally, she should have a small house or shelter when she can hide. After the babies are born, please follow the steps of this article.
Our hamster just gave birth then the other one is a little far from the cage. Is it ok if the mother hamster didn't see its baby?
Do you mean the baby is far from the cage? Put it back with a warm spoon but don’t touch it with your fingers.
Are hamster babies loud, or do they make little squeaking noises?
They make squeaky noises, sort of like weak little bird chirps. Don’t panic if you can’t hear them though because they sleep a lot, too.
Is it normal for two-week-old baby hamsters to play fight?
I think it’s normal for them to play together, but if they’re doing serious harm (biting), then it might be best to separate them, if possible. Keep it so the mother has access until the babies are three weeks old.
Some of my hamster's babies tend to move out of the nest even though it is their first day. Should I try moving my hamster's baby back into the nest? I'm so terrified because the mother sometimes doesn't notice them, and they end up staying out of the nest for too long.
No, please don’t move them, especially if they’re only a day old. The mother will retrieve them. Hamsters manage their babies all the time without human interference, remember! If you’re really scared, you can use a clean, warm spoon to pick them up. Just make sure you don’t touch them.
My female Syrian hamster is always sleeping and nesting. Is she pregnant? I got her from a store and she was with others until she was 12 weeks old. Could they have mated?
Hamsters sleep and nest a lot during the daytime. It doesn’t necessarily mean she’s pregnant. If she has a round belly then that’s a big clue, but it’s not always easy to tell.
I asked you a couple of days ago if I should move my hamster babies because they were born in a high area. I did not know that she was pregnant. A week after I got her, I found babies. The babies are now a week and a half old. There is no way to disconnect the high part. Should I move them all to a new cage? I'm worried if I do, she won't make a new burrow and leave them out or she will become really stressed. What should I do now?
Your baby hamsters are already a week and a half old, so they only need a couple more days until they're safe to touch without the risk of the mother culling them. If they've been OK so far, I'd wait until they're two weeks old and then move them to the bottom floor of the cage. Try and take bits of the nest with you if possible, things like tissue paper or bedding that is in their nest so they can recognize the smell. The mother hamster is likely frightened because you only bought her a few weeks ago, correct? So she isn't used to you yet, either. I'd say you're quite lucky the babies are fine so far. If you're truly worried about their welfare right at this moment, then use a warm spoon to move the babies (but don't touch them and make sure the spoon is not cold). However, if they've survived this long, they should be all right until the two-week mark. The mother probably thinks that's a safe place for her litter which is why she gave birth to them there. If you go messing with the nest, she might panic and become stressed. Is there a bottom floor of the cage with bedding? If so, that's the best place for them. At this point, I strongly recommend leaving them be until they're two weeks old, but move them with a warm, clean spoon if you're really worried.
My hamster gave birth this morning. Two of them died while she was giving birth, and another two died while she was hiding her babies. Is that normal for hamsters?
I’m so sorry that happened to you. Does the mother have a dark place to hide? Is she in a calm and quiet room? The best thing you can do is to leave the mother with lots of tissue paper, water, and food and make sure she is in a stress-free environment. Disturb her as little as possible.
It is possible that she killed some of her pups because she’s worried that there isn’t enough food, or that she can’t take care of them all. However, you said they died, so it might just be that they didn’t survive. Dispose of the bodies of you haven’t already.
As you’ll find in the article, try to keep the hamsters in a quiet room, and don’t disturb them. The mother will generally know what to do. If the mother is very young, she may not be able to take care of them, unfortunately.
Can I trim a mother hamster’s teeth two weeks after she gave birth?
Yes, that should be fine.
My hamster is pregnant and I think she is hibernating. Is this normal, for a hamster to go into hibernation while pregnant, or is she dead?
Sleeping more often is normal when pregnant, just like humans! Obviously I can’t know the answer to your question unless I see the hamster. Is she breathing? Does she respond when you pick her up?
Does the mother hamster eat the babies if you touch them?
It’s likely that will happen, yes. The younger the pups are, the higher the risk. It’s ok to touch them (but be very gentle) after they’ve grown fur.
My hamster is eating the dead body of its' young. Is that normal?
Yes, many hamster mothers kill and eat their young for a variety of reasons.
I cleaned the hamster cage except for the house part which is where the babies are because I didn’t know she had babies earlier. Will they be okay?
I can’t guarantee anything. If you made a lot of noise and got your hands smell all over the cage then that isn’t good news. However, if the mother didn’t notice your presence and you didn’t disturb her house, it might be OK. Check back in a few days and listen out for their little cries. Only time will tell.
I’m confused; when can I hold the baby hamsters?
When they’re at least two weeks old and have grown fur, you can touch them. Be very gentle and try not to startle them.
Is it normal for baby hamsters to have dandruff on their skin? It looks like a small, white dry patch. The baby hamster is eight days old.
If it was a serious problem, the mother probably would have culled it already. It might be a birthmark.
All my hamster’s babies died. Should I remove them quickly? Can I put my female hamster back with other hamsters?
You should remove the bodies and clean her cage. Only put the female with other hamsters if all the hamsters are also female so she won’t get pregnant again.
Is it OK for my pregnant hamster to exercise or run on her wheel?
Yes, it’s fine for her to do that. However, near the end of her pregnancy you should remove the wheel so her babies aren’t hurt by it.
My hamster had three babies. I came into the room and picked up the mother hamster and felt movement underneath and one of the babies fell through my hand (I was holding her about 2 to 3 inches off the ground in the cage) so I gently set her back down and she picked up her baby that fell through my fingers and carried her back to her little house with the other two. Should I be worried? I have been planning for and wanting baby hamsters for a long time now.
You shouldn’t be bothering and picking up the mother while she’s nursing babies. The baby could be injured after its fall. Hopefully, it’s OK. Please leave them alone until they’re at least two weeks old and follow the steps of this article to give the pups the best chance of survival.
My hamster had ten babies last night. This morning she had them in her cheeks. Now there is no sound or sight of the ten babies. Would she have eaten them all?
If you can't see or hear the babies, it's likely the mother has culled them. Since you could count them, it means you were looking at them and this can make the mother panic. They can also suffocate if they're in her cheeks. There are probably many reasons that this happened. Please read the article carefully so you know what to do if you plan on breeding her again.
My hamster bites her baby and the baby squeaks; is it normal? Why does she do that?
She’s probably cleaning or licking it. If she bit her baby it would probably die. Baby hamsters squeak all the time; it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s in pain.
My mother hamster is racing around after I've just cleaned her cage. Her babies are 14 days old. What does that mean?
If you cleaned up everything, including the nest, she's probably confused and thinks she's in a new place. Hamsters recognise places mostly by scent, so if you got rid of everything that smells like her, she'll think she's in a new location. If it's evening or night where you are, she's also probably got a lot of energy.
My hamster gave birth to three pups last night but she was sick all throughout the night so I took her to the vet. Turns out two pups were stuck inside her. Sadly, she didn’t make it and now I have three newborns in my hand. I bought the basic milk for them. Could you please advise me on what else to do?
Can two female hamsters care for the baby hamsters?
I’m not sure. The mother might attack the other adult hamster if she feels she’s a threat. I advise against housing them together while the pups are young.
Can you have a wooden house in a newborn hamsters’ cage?
Yes, there’s no problem with a wooden house at all.
My hamster first had babies about 3 three weeks ago. I just noticed she was pregnant three days ago and she just gave birth. Her first children, the dad, and one of the babies are in the nest sleeping and the mom is lying near the nest, she doesn’t mind them being there though. Should I just leave them alone?
Please remove the father and put him in a separate cage. Males and females should NOT be housed together. Having dozens of hamsters in the same cage is cruel and they’ll end up fighting or breeding with each other.
My hamster just give birth. I was so afraid because I wasn’t aware that shes was pregnant. We moved the babies and the mother to a different cage where they can live together, but I’m worried because I touched the babies that she might eat them. Also, the mother hamster keeps on climbing up her cage, is it normal?
Since you touched the babies and disturbed their nest, the mother is probably very distressed right now. If any of them survive, please give them to new owners who know how to take care of hamsters when they are three weeks old. And DO NOT house males and females together.
What if my house doesn't have a room that is peaceful and quiet? What do I do?
Make it as quiet and as peaceful as you can. Keep the TV and radio switched off, keep other animals out, and make as little noise as possible.
Hamsters should, in general, have a quiet place to live anyway as loud noises frighten them and disturb their sleep.
My hamster gave birth this morning, and now she won’t even look at her babies. Should I do something to keep them warm and fed? Or do I just leave them alone and see if she starts to care for them?
There are some things I need to know first. Is your hamster young? Is it her first litter? If your answer to these questions is yes, then it’s more likely she will abandon them. Don’t interfere though; let nature take its course. She may not abandon them at all. Give her extra food and water and make sure she’s in a quiet room. Leave them alone, just giving her food and tissue paper, for two weeks and then check up on them.
What shall I name my boy and girl Syrian hamsters?
There’s a great article on PetHelpful with lots of hamster name ideas: https://hubpages.com/rodents/hamster-name-ideas.
Our hamster just gave birth today and I just noticed it, and also the cage is not yet clean. Is that okay? I already removed the father.
As the article says, don’t clean the cage until the pups are at least two weeks old. If there are big problem areas, clean them as quietly as possible but do not disturb the nest.
When can I clean my hamster cage with her babies inside?
As the article says, you can clean the cage after the babies are two weeks old.
Can you keep hamster babies with the mother for the rest of their lives?
It’s not a good idea. Hamsters get territorial, and cages often aren’t big enough to accommodate more than two. Boys will also try to breed with the mother after they’re a few months old. It is okay to leave one female with the mother though, if there’s space and if they are NOT Syrian hamsters.
Do hamsters actually eat their young?
Sometimes, yes, if they don’t have enough food to feed them or if their baby is weak or too small.
My dwarf hamster gave birth yesterday and the male hamster been bringing her food and sleeping by her side, should I separate the male hamster?
You shouldn't be housing males and females together because she'll likely get pregnant very quickly again. Please remove him as soon as possible. There's not much you can do to move the babies to a safer area without risking their lives. Please do thorough research before breeding your hamsters again.
How long do I have to wait before I can put the father back with the mother? I sort of showed the father to the mother from a rolling ball, and they kissed (blocked by the glass rolling ball). Once I separated them again the mother freaked out like she missed the father.
Hamsters don’t kiss, they smell each other. They don’t really miss each other either as humans do. If you want them to breed again, by all means, put them together. However, it’s wiser to just let them play (not breed) for a few minutes at a time. Makes and females will start to breed immediately so it’s really not a good idea to have them living together.
Can I clean the bottom part of my hamster’s cage since my hamster gave birth in the upper part of the cage anyway?
No. The noise will disturb them. If it really stinks, then spot clean, but ideally wait until the babies are at least two weeks old.
Could the baby hamsters live with the dad in his cage?
No. The dad can’t take care of them. One male might be OK with the father as long as they aren’t Syrians and there’s enough space in the cage, but only after it’s 2-3 weeks old and they don’t fight when they’re together.
Because we didn't know when we purchased Mama and Daddy hamsters from our local pet store that they were NOT Daddy and Daddy, a month later we had two babies. Mama was separated from Daddy immediately after we found out they were born, but we don't know how long Mama and Daddy were together before we found the babies. So how do we know when or if Mama will have another litter? If she does, should we separate Mama and her three-week-old babies like we did the Daddy last time?
Yes, keep the adult hamsters separate. If the baby is already three weeks old, then it’ll be safe to remove him after about another week or so. It’s unlikely the mother is pregnant again, but if she is her stomach will be bigger, and she’ll be hoarding food and making a big nest. Please keep Mum and Dad in separate cages from now on.
We have seven hamsters in the cage. We thought we should sort them out properly, but it turned out one just gave birth. I was able to identify who, but since it is from a huge cage, I removed the babies and the mommy. It seems that the mom is bothered. She goes around the cage carrying one baby when she has four. I'm afraid they might die. What do I do?
First of all, please don’t house so many hamsters together. They’re solitary animals, and they’ll likely fight or, in your case, breed. Since you touched the babies, they might be in danger of being killed by their mom. Sort out your hamsters by separating them all (give some away if you can’t keep them in separate cages) and then follow the steps of the article to make sure the mother and her pups are OK.
When is the best time to put the male and female hamster together after the birth of babies?
You shouldn’t house a female and a male together unless you want them to breed. It’s best to keep the father separated until all the babies have found a new home. Even then they should really be housed separately or else they might breed again quickly or even fight.
All four of my hamster's babies died. Should I clean the cage? My hamster seems sad and hasn't moved the whole day.
If you’re going to try breeding her again, make sure she’s in a quiet room and has plenty of food and soft tissue for bedding. And yes, clean her cage if you’re sure there are no more babies. If you’re worried she’s ill, take her to the vet. Complications can occur after birth.
Our hamster just had babies and we cant find our other hamster to separate them. Would the mother harm the father?
Yes, she might. Or the father will attack the babies. Please find and remove him as soon as possible. You shouldn’t be housing males and females together anyway.
I accidentally held my hamster's babies. What should I do now? One of my hamsters is going pale.
There’s nothing you can really do now except wait. Leave your hamsters alone for a bit with extra food and bedding; hovering over them and watching them will just make them nervous.
Is it good to have the father hamster with the babies if the mother dies?
I’m sorry the mother died. Unfortunately, if the babies are very small, they may not survive without the mother because the father can’t provide them with milk. It’s possible to take care of the babies without the mother, though. There are guides online on how to do so.
How many days old should a baby hamster be before transferring it into a larger cage?
They can be removed from the mother after they’re 2-3 weeks old. Only house babies together if they’re the same sex.
Is it possible for a female hamster to eat and kill her babies long after they’re born?
Usually, the danger passes after three weeks, though if they’re older than that and still living with her, they may fight, which can result in a dead hamster. Be sure to move them to their own cages when they’re big enough. Syrians, for example, should never be housed together.
My water bottle was leaking when my hamster was pregnant. Now I have wet bedding everywhere! I want to clean the cage, but here it says don't clean the cage for weeks. Should I clean it?
Wet bedding can be fatal to your hamsters. Remove the wet bedding as quietly as possible (but don’t disturb the nest). Add tissue paper as well. Be sure to get a new water bottle.
Before reading these rules I didn’t know what to do so I moved the father hamster out of the cage and the mother went into panic mode so I put him back in and put her and her babies in a quieter and darker cage. They both go crazy when separated so I put them back to their original cage together and now I've seemed to have caused mayhem. She’s not in with them now and hasn't been back in with the babies in about 15 minutes. I don’t know what to do. Can you help and tell me what I need to do?
Moving the babies wasn’t the best idea. I have a hard time imagining the mother going into “panic mode.” Are they usually housed together? It isn’t a good idea to have males and females in the same cage because they’ll breed too quickly. They should be living apart.
The best thing you can do is follow the rules of this article and check back when the pups are two weeks old.
Does a hamster hide its babies under the bedding or did it just eat them?
Listen out for their cries. Does the mother go back to the nest a lot? She should have a small house to hide in so she feels safe. If you can’t hear the babies anymore then I’m afraid she might have eaten them.
I had provided sufficient space, food, and water. First few days after giving birth, the mother was fine. One night, I saw the mother escape the cage, but I found her and put her back inside the cage. Since then, she is always looking for a way to escape the cage. I could not understand why she is eagerly wants to escape the cage. Could you enlighten me?
Just like humans, mothers need a break from their kids at times! When my female hamster had eight pups, she would sometimes climb to the upper floors to take a break. If the pups are older than two weeks, let her run around in her ball or playpen for a bit. She’ll blow off some steam.
Is it okay if i combine the two pregnant hamsters in one cage?
No, please don’t do that. They’ll probably fight.
I have a teddy bear hamster. I got Cinnamon two days before Easter Friday. She has all the signs of being pregnant. She's chewing through her wired cage. What should I do? I know that I'm going to have to buy a big plastic bin a week before she gives birth. What exact day will she give birth?
Since you bought her on the 17th, that means she's at least ten days pregnant now. Do you know if she was in a cage with a male before you bought her? A teddy bear hamster's gestation period (pregnancy) lasts about 16 days, so she should be ready to give birth any day now. Be sure to follow the steps of the article and give her plenty of food and tissue paper. As for biting her cage, is her new home big enough? Do you let her out for exercise often enough? Does she have a wheel? A cage that is too small with not enough stimuli can be bad for a hamster and make her want to escape.
Give her chew toys to keep her teeth busy. If her belly is very big and round, she's pregnant. Keep in mind hamsters do also make nests and stockpile food even if they aren't pregnant.
At what age do you have to separate baby hamsters from their mum? Or sell them?
They need to be with their mother for at least two weeks. Three weeks is about right.
The father hamster just ate one of the babies. The baby was a little smaller and moved a little slower than the others. But this is the first time this has happened out of all the times I’ve put the father in the cage with the babies. What do I do? Why did he do that to the baby? He died a very graphic death.
Please do not put the father in with the babies! Keep them separated always! It’s OK to put one MALE hamster with the father after it’s at least three weeks old but please do not mix new pups and male adult hamsters together.
I accidentally touched the mother hamster one week and two days after she gave birth. Now she doesn't feed the babies anymore. What should I do?
How do you know she isn’t feeding them? She should have a private house or igloo to hide her pups in and you should be leaving them alone, not watching them. There isn’t anything you can do except follow the steps of the article.
What are other reasons that a mother hamster would eat her young?
As detailed in the article, a female hamster may kill her pups because she believes she can’t take care of them all, she thinks predators are nearby, the hamster is a runt or sick, or she thinks it’s for the overall good of the nest.
Is it not advisable to take my pregnant dwarf hamster into travel?
What do you mean by “travel?” Hamsters aren’t ideal to take anywhere since they get nervous in new environments. Hamsters can be fine on their own for up to a week so long as you give them plenty of food and water.
My hamster just had babies but has separated two of them. Should I be worried?
Babies wriggle away from the nest all the time. The mother will collect them. If you’re super worried, move them back to the nest with a warm spoon but do NOT touch them.
My baby hamsters have been scattered all over the cage and the mother is only giving warmth to one of them. What should I do?
The mother should bring them all to her nest (does she have a little house to keep them in?) it’s fairly normal for the babies to be scattered, but she should round them all up very soon. If not and you’re really worried, you can pick them up using a clean, warm spoon (DO NOT use your fingers) and put them together, but it’s best to leave them alone when they’re very small.
I adopted a baby, mom, and dad hamster. The baby is eating solids and is no longer breastfeeding. However, the dad and the mom have both attacked the baby, and I didn’t know what to do so I separated them all. Was this a good call? When can I put them back in the same cage?
Yes, definitely house them separately. Hamsters shouldn’t live together unless they’ve been together since birth and they’re the same sex. Never have males and females together because they will breed too quickly and possibly fight.
Since the baby is eating real food, it doesn’t need its mother anymore and should be living alone. Unlike humans or other animals such as dogs, families don’t stay together in their cages. I don’t know what sex the baby is, but it would eventually fight or breed with one of its parents. Please do keep them separated always from now on.
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