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6 Things Not to Do If Your Hamster Has Babies

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Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.

So, Your Hamster Had Babies

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

Do you know how to care for a baby hamster?

Do you know how to care for a baby hamster?

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.

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.

The mom will hide her babies!

The mom will hide her babies!

2. Don't Make Loud Noises

It's very important that the hamster cage is somewhere quiet after the mom has 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 a good amount of fur. If the mother detects your scent on her babies, she'll kill them. You also shouldn'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 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.

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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

Question: 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?

Answer: 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?

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

Answer: 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.)

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

Answer: 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.

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

Answer: 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?

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

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

Answer: 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.

Question: Can I leave the father hamster with the mother and babies?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: What are other reasons that a mother hamster would eat her young?

Answer: 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.

Question: The baby hamster is now 6 days old, and the mother is neglecting it. Should I be feeding it and giving it water?

Answer: 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.

Question: Are hamster babies loud, or do they make little squeaking noises?

Answer: 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.

Question: Is it not advisable to take my pregnant dwarf hamster into travel?

Answer: 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.

Question: Can my hamster mom die of stress from the babies?

Answer: Hamsters can die of stress; that's how they get wet tail. Usually, if a hamster mother can't handle the responsibility of having babies, she'll neglect or kill them.

Question: What foods and drinks should be given to the mother dog for healthy pups?

Answer: 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.

Question: My mother hamster is racing around after I've just cleaned her cage. Her babies are 14 days old. What does that mean?

Answer: 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.

Question: All of the newborn hamsters died on the 2nd day, what should I do?

Answer: Unfortunately, this can easily happen, especially if the mother is very young or it's her first litter. You can breed her again in a few weeks if you want to, but first, make sure she doesn't have any health problems and that she's old enough to breed.

Question: Why isn’t my mother hamster opening her eyes after giving birth?

Answer: 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.

Question: When is it safe, as in the mother won’t kill her babies?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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.

Answer: 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.

Question: Why is my hamster not feeding the other babies? She just fed the three babies and the other four are left there.

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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!

Question: Why does my hamster always kick its baby?

Answer: Is she standing on it and climbing over it? Because that’s normal.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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!

Question: What do I do if the hamster babies get wet?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: If you’ve had her for a while and she trusts you, it’ll probably be fine. Only time will tell.

Question: Is it OK to give pieces of tissue after the mother hamster has given birth and her nest babies are three days old?

Answer: Yes! Please give your hamster lots of tissue paper. She will love you for it. Just make sure it’s unscented.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: Why do we need to seperate the father hamster from the mother hamster?

Answer: The father may kill the babies, or the mother might attack the father. Moreover, the father might get the mother pregnant again.

Question: 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.

Answer: 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.

Question: How do I separate the father hamster from the mother without stressing the mother out and making her kill the babies?

Answer: Quickly and quietly. Wait until you have a chance to grab the father while the mother is busy in the nest.

Question: My hamster did not give birth in one spot of the cage. Her babies are scattered around. Is it normal?

Answer: Yes, this can happen. Hopefully she’ll round them up into her nest.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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.

Answer: 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.

Question: How many weeks should you leave hamster babies and their mom alone?

Answer: Leave hamster mom and her babies alone for two weeks, or fourteen days.

Question: Can I clean a female hamster if after she gave birth the pups didn't make it?

Answer: 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.

Question: My hamster already had her babies while she is with the daddy hamster. Should I separate her from the daddy hamster?

Answer: 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.

Question: My hamster had pups, and the cage stinks really badly. Do I just leave them alone, or can I clean it?

Answer: You could try to spot clean the area as long as you don’t disturb the nest or touch the pups.

Question: How can I take care of my baby hamsters? I already cleaned their cage. I'm so worried that their mother will eat them.

Answer: 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.

Question: My hamster made her nest in her tube, is that okay?

Answer: 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.

Question: When hamsters have babies, is it good to have a big or small house?

Answer: 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.

Question: When can I put back the hamster wheel and chew toys after my hamster gives birth?

Answer: Ideally, after the hamsters have been moved out of the cage.

Question: Is it OK for my pregnant hamster to exercise or run on her wheel?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: I was cleaning my hamster's cage and I found three pink babies wiggling. My brother screamed loudly, and it woke the mother, who ran and hid somewhere. I changed the wood chips because I didn’t know they were in there. The female (Cinderella) has been attacking my male (Gus Gus) and making him bleed a lot. Now I know why. Will the mother kill the babies now that I cleaned the cage?

Answer: Remove Gus Gus immediately and put him in a separate cage! Females and males should NEVER live together! As for the babies, follow the instructions in this article and hope that you didn't disturb them too much. Buy a new cage for Gus Gus; male and female hamsters should never live in the same cage.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

© 2017 Poppy


Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on September 09, 2020:

Please see this article on what to do if the mother dies:

Bobi on September 08, 2020:

My female dwarf hamster died, she left 2 babies at 1 week old, what should i do please people help me... i don't wana lose them too

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on September 07, 2020:

Hamsters bite when they're scared. You might have hurt or frightened it by accident.

orin on September 07, 2020:

my haster bite me when she didn't have a baby i dn't know why

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on September 03, 2020:

They drink milk from their mother (like human babies!) They'll drink water from the bottle once they've grown fur and are walking around (about two weeks old).

haley on September 02, 2020:

hey! i just have a quick question, when the babies are born do you have to give them a way to drink water or do you just have them drink off of there mother?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on August 25, 2020:

If they're at least two weeks old, then yes, you can touch them.

Zayne on August 24, 2020:

My baby hamster have hair can I touch them

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on August 13, 2020:

Some babies are runts. It sounds like the girl was the runt of the litter and had some health problems :( It can happen.

MbulNici on August 13, 2020:

My pair of hamster had 5 babies 4 boys and 1 girl

The boys grew up well they big and fast

They live with their father now they are all big more than 1½ months

But the girl was so tiny and she lived with her mother

She eat well and active (run in a wheel) but recently she died

How come one of the babies fail to grow (small) like stunting in human

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on August 10, 2020:

Follow the steps of the article and hope they'll be OK.

Phoebe on August 10, 2020:

i didnt know anything about my hamster having babys so i accadentily picked her up to play in her ball now i dont know what to do

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on August 03, 2020:

You shouldn't have touched the babies. It's likely that you got your smell on them. I wish you the best.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on August 02, 2020:

I'm sorry that happened. Give her some food and water, but maybe leave her alone (unless her cage is SUPER dirty) and clean it tomorrow.

Laine on August 02, 2020:

All the baby hamsters died hours after my hamster gave birth. She ate them all. What should I do to the mommy hamster now? Can I clean her cage already or leave her there for a while?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on July 27, 2020:

You can open the cage to change the food bowls, just don't touch the mother or the babies.

Lucy on July 27, 2020:

How do I feed the mother if I cannot open the cage or else I will leave my sent on the cage?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on July 22, 2020:

Please don't breed brothers and sisters, it heightens the risk of birth defects.

Secret on July 22, 2020:

Hi i wanna ask if its ok to pair male hamster to its sister? Or i really need another hamster to pair for my hamster?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on July 14, 2020:

How on earth did that happen?? How did the baby escape? You need to find it as soon as possible. It'll die without its mother.

Lena on July 14, 2020:

Hello, my hamster has baby’s now. One of them just escaped the nest. He/she tries to find the mom but can’t. What do I have to do now?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on July 11, 2020:

Do not house males and females together!

nopce on July 11, 2020:

hey so my hamster had babies 2 times

and all of them died :(

i didnt touched them or anything

male hamster was with her in cage can that be the reason?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on July 05, 2020:

Sorry that happened Rebecca. There can be many reasons for that. The mother could have been overwhelmed or inexperienced,

Rebecca on July 05, 2020:

hello my hamster gave birth to 8 babies it was all good at the start but they all died! she did not eat her young but she was feeding them i dont know what was wrong

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on July 02, 2020:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on July 02, 2020:

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.

Melissa on July 02, 2020:

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

Sonny J on July 02, 2020:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 28, 2020:

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.

Priya on June 27, 2020:

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 ?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 27, 2020:

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.

Priya on June 27, 2020:

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 ?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 25, 2020:

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

Luke Poh on June 25, 2020:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 23, 2020:

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.

Yoselyn on June 23, 2020:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 22, 2020:

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

Eva hussey on June 22, 2020:

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.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 11, 2020:

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.

Fifi on June 11, 2020:

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.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 04, 2020:

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.

Ms. Lee on June 04, 2020:

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?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on May 21, 2020:

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.

Serenity on May 20, 2020:

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.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on May 05, 2020:

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.

Antonella Viloria on May 04, 2020:

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.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on April 14, 2020:


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!

Rylei on April 14, 2020:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on April 12, 2020:

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.

AJ Bais on April 12, 2020:

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?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on April 11, 2020:

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.

Kats on April 10, 2020:

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?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on April 08, 2020:

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

Hannah on April 08, 2020:

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?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on April 02, 2020:

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.

Lily on April 02, 2020:

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.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on April 02, 2020:

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

Molly on April 01, 2020:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on March 31, 2020:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on March 31, 2020:

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

Linh on March 31, 2020:

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

Suzie from Carson City on March 31, 2020:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on March 31, 2020:

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.

Leslie on March 31, 2020:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on March 27, 2020:

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.

Lilli on March 25, 2020:

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?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on March 16, 2020:

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.

Lee La on March 16, 2020:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on March 04, 2020:

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.

mimiersli on March 03, 2020:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on February 27, 2020:

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.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on February 27, 2020:

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.

Shantanu Patil on February 27, 2020:

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

Isabel Preciado on February 26, 2020:

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.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on February 24, 2020:

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

Maddie on February 24, 2020:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on February 03, 2020:

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.

jami on February 03, 2020:

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?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on January 15, 2020:

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.

del on January 15, 2020:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on January 12, 2020:

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.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on January 12, 2020:

See this article on Hamsterrific for information on orphaned hamster pups:

Angie2.0 on January 12, 2020:

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

Mar on January 12, 2020:

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?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on January 10, 2020:

Yes, I think it's OK!

Anan on January 09, 2020:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on December 17, 2019:

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

Jane on December 17, 2019:

My pregnant Hamster is ignoring her tissue why is this

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on December 03, 2019:

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).

Brad on December 02, 2019:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on November 16, 2019:

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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on November 16, 2019:

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

Allen Carlos on November 16, 2019:

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

Christine on November 15, 2019:

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?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on October 23, 2019:

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

Cathy on October 20, 2019:


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

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on September 30, 2019:

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

Jasmine on September 30, 2019:

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.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on September 28, 2019:

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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