Boredom in the Hamster Cage

Unfortunately, it often happens that hamsters (but also hamsters in general) start to behave in a strange way. What may look cute or clumsy at first glance may, at second glance, be a behavioral disorder. 

A behavioral disorder can have many different faces. For example, if the hamster looks very apathetic, shows no interest in life all around, if he runs constantly in a circle, very little eats (Caution: this could be a disease!) Or gnawing at the cage. 

The latter may well be a term for some hamster owners. However, many people are unaware that this is really a behavioral disorder behind it or is currently approaching. It’s also not that you could not “stop” the hamster again. On the contrary. 

Just inexperienced hamster owners mean that the hamster might itch on their teeth, hunger or want to get out of the cage. The assumption that the little guy wants to get out of his cage is not that wrong. 

Unfortunately, it is still possible to buy cages that are too small. These standard cages of 30 cm in length and 15 cm in width are animal cruelty! Dwarf hamsters are animals that go looking for food at night, thereby covering long distances and thereby satisfying their enormous urge to move. With a cage of the size 30 x 15 cm this should hardly be possible! 

That all hamster species in a malposition, such. B. a small cage (minimum size hamster 100 x 50 x 50 cm, middle hamsters 120 x 60 x 50 cm) develop a kind of behavioral disorder is not surprising. 

It also plays a big role in how varied the cage has been designed. If the dwarf hamster does not find different things in it like hiding places, climbing facilities, sand baths, wooden houses and nagging possibilities, his life in a limited cage quickly becomes boring. Especially if he has no other way to an outlet in the apartment or a secure area. 

A loving and responsible hamster owner should therefore pay attention to the following things: 

  1. Provide the hamster with a sufficiently high amount of scattered litter in which he can dig at least 10cm deep and create aisles. Generally speaking, the deeper the better! 
  2. To offer him sufficient and diverse hiding places such as a wooden house, roots, grass nests, tunnels and corridors. 
  3. Also, the cage should be regularly “spiced up”. Simply by changing the setup. Then the ways to and from the bird feeder are completely different than before. That provides variety! 
  4. Also, the furnishings should be replaced regularly. On the one hand, that sometimes a new smell comes back into the cage, on the other hand, because it makes the hamster much fun to explore new furnishing items. 
  5. Spout is the nuts and bolts. The cage can be designed so lovingly and varied, but against daily spill something can not keep up. The spout should in any case be escape-proof and hazard-free and never take place without supervision! 
  6. Of course, great attention is also on the furnishings of the spout: hiding, climbing and digging possibilities must not be missed here either. 
  7. In addition, a species-appropriate and balanced diet plays a major role. Only when the hamster gets healthy nutrients, it also takes a big part in everything that happens around it, is alert and alert. A real little nose. 
  8. And of course not to forget: to take care of the hamster. Talk to him, feed him by hand, watch him (also to recognize early diseases, for example). 

Many of these points are very simple and easy to implement. In the interest of his rodent, therefore, one should do everything to make life in captivity as species-appropriate, varied and unique as possible! 

Of course, these points regarding the care, the spout and feeding should be decided BEFORE buying the hamster. Because even a small animal like the hamster costs a lot of time and also brings a lot of effort with it. 

In order to spare a hamster a behavioral disorder, it is important to be responsive to its needs and to fulfill them as much as possible. So the little guy definitely spends a great hamster life with his human. 

How to Deal with a Biting Hamster

You are so happy when you bring a small hamster home, that you would like to observe and touch it all day long. But beware: this is exactly the wrong approach! 

When a hamster moves in at home, it’s especially important to set up the cage in advance so you do not have to spend a lot of time at home and the hamster has to wait in its transport box for it to be done. Especially the stay in this unknown box, the new smells and noises cause him great discomfort, he stands by the move under stress. 

If the hamster is placed in his cage at home, the most important rule is to leave him alone. There should be no loud noises or fast movements around it, as well as the first five to seven days should not try to take him on the hand, without the hamster climbs alone on the hand. 

What happens if you want to forcibly take the hamster up without first being able to get used to your human being without building trust and having no certainty that hopefully nothing bad will happen to him? His first reaction will be an attempt to escape, but if he does not succeed, the little guy will try to defend himself with all his resources and powers: And best of all with his gnawed teeth, which can hurt a lot if you bite correctly! 

So what’s the best way to teach your hamster from the beginning that he does not need to be afraid of you? 

As mentioned above, it is therefore not only useful, but also necessary to let the little guy on his first day in the new home first his peace. So he can look around without pressure in the new cage, pursue the new, interesting smells dig the first tunnel in the new, high-strewn litter. The hamster gets to know his new environment without stress, can sniff and smell the bars without any danger, and there would be something to admire outside the cage. It should also be ensured that a second animal, such as a dog or a cat, is not in the same room with the hamster and is generally never left alone with him. Both should always be in separate rooms without supervision! 

Nevertheless, the little hamster needs daily fresh food and water. If you give him that, then speak to him in a calm voice so he can meet you. In addition to the food and the water you should do nothing again and respect his indulgence phase of five to seven days. Only then can you slowly start to lure him with treats or place your hand in the middle of the cage so he can explore it. If the hamster accepts your hand, then you can try to lure it with a treat on your hand (without moving your hand or raising it, that would only scare it). 

The better the little rascal gets used to you, the better you can dare to try something new to attract him. 

Small tip: If you want to pick it up, then you should not reach for it with one hand from above and put the hand first around his back and then around his stomach, but with two hands he would take it into a kind of “cave”. In that case, he does not associate that with an aerial attack, such as when a bird tries to grab it. 

If you follow these easy rules and the time to settle in, it will not be difficult to get the hamster hand-tamed in a short time – without frightening him. 

However, if you have overlooked this or are handling the hamster too quickly and rudely, then it is quite possible that he will fight back with his teeth and let you know that he does not like it or is very afraid. Do not blame him because he’s a little guy after all and you’re a big person he does not know what to think about. If he tweaks, then be careful that you do not drop the hamster out of sheer fright then! That can possibly end badly. 

If a hamster has been living with you for some time and is still biting and / or resisting, then you can start again from the beginning with the approach. Leave him alone for a few days, just give him food and fresh water. Approach it very carefully and speak calmly with it. Keep in mind, however, that it may take a little longer for the hamster to have confidence in you, as he has known for some time that he is not afraid to get out of the cage. 

But not always a hamster-human relationship succeeds – unfortunately. Some hamsters never become tame, always remain loners and are always afraid of their human being. But you should not be angry with them. Each hamster is an individual and has – just like us – his own head. 

Nevertheless, I think that you do not bring a hamster home in the first place to cuddle or cuddle with him. A hamster, like almost every pet, has actually been a wild animal that has been “adapted” by breeding to humans or humans. His proximity to humans is not in its original nature. This is why it is not only necessary to make the cage suitable for the species and big enough, but also to accept its peculiarities. 

Individual Cat Education

Every cat is an individual and just as individual is their education. Those who master the basic rules of cat education know that not every cat responds equally well to every educational method. For example, in the reward of desired behavior: Although a treat is a much sought-after reward for most cats, some cats are happy about a petting or just a little encouragement much more. 

This is similar with the punishment of unwanted behavior: A sensitive cat can be very scared by loud calls at unwanted behavior, while the boor cat in the same household even ignored the water pistol. In both cases, the punishment does not achieve the desired goal, but the opposite: The frightened shy cat closes for fear of any further educational methods and the lout hangover is becoming increasingly resistant to such. It is therefore not only important to reward and punish at the right time, but to tailor the methods to the particular cat. But sometimes that means you have to go other ways than punishment and reward. 

So, before you lose your patience, it sometimes helps to clear away fragile things and try again a few months later. If the cat still jumps on the table after months of unsuccessful attempts at education, double sided tape can help in the short term to spoil the cat. And if no attempt at education is so fruitful, one should also think about what causes the unwanted behavior of the cat could have. 

Some cats hope for more attention through misconduct. Any punishment would satisfy the cat’s desire, which is why in this case it will achieve exactly the opposite. Here it helps to ignore misconduct and otherwise exploit the cat. For example, with intelligence games or clicker training. At the latter, some cats even have so much fun that they can eventually make so many dogs in terms of tricks and obedience competition and thus prove: If you know how, let cats educate and even sometimes very happy!