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. 

Leave a Reply