Don’t attempt to pick up the hamster for the first few days.,
Use a soft, blunt object to gently stroke the hamster.,
Wash your hands.,
Place your hand inside the cage with a small treat in it.,
Leave your hand inside the cage and allow the hamster to investigate.,
Slowly cup your hands around the hamster.,
Take your hamster outside the cage.,
Handle your hamster at least once a day.,
Hold your hamster securely when taking it in and out of the cage.,
Never “sneak up” on your hamster.,
Don’t wake up your hamster suddenly.,
Don’t wear perfume.,
Never squeeze your hamster.,
Sit on the ground or hold your hamster over a tabletop.,
Let your hamster explore nooks and crannies.,
Clean a hamster bite carefully.,
Gently blow on the hamster’s face to discipline it.
Bringing a hamster home to a new environment can be very stressful for the animal. Allow it some time to acclimatize to its new cage and bedding. Experts recommend that you don’t try to handle a new hamster for the first 12 – 24 hours., This gets the hamster used to being touched making it is less likely to bite you. A Q-tip or the blunt eraser end of a pencil works well for this.
Softly speak to your hamster while you are doing this to soothe it and let it hear your voice.
Repeat this several times a day for a few days. When it ignores the eraser or starts gnawing it, the hamster is ready for the next step., Hamsters have very poor eyesight and use their sense of smell to interact with the world. You should wash your hands with unscented soap to remove any residual scents of food or other pets from your skin.
This is especially important if you have other pets, particularly hamsters.
Your hamster may get the “scent” of another hamster from your hand and think it is being attacked by that hamster. It may bite., This engages your hamster’s interest while getting it used to the presence of your hand. A very small chunk of apple works well for this. Put your hand in the cage and let the hamster come up and sniff around it.
Let the hamster gently nibble your hands if it is not uncomfortable. This is not generally a display of aggression as hamsters like to probe and test the world around it with their teeth.Repeat with different treats each time to keep the hamster’s interest., It may climb on your hand, but do not try to cup your hands around the hamster or pick it up at this stage.
Just let your hand lie limply on the cage floor.
Outstretched fingers may be perceived as an attack by the hamster., Do this with your hands still in the cage. Keep your hands low to the ground so that if the hamster jumps out of your hand it won’t fall far.
Cup with your bottom hand and place the other hand over the top to create a “hand cave.” , Only do so if the hamster appears suitably relaxed in your hands.
Remember that being outside the cage can be very stimulating for the hamster so choose somewhere quiet with minimal distractions.
If it seems agitated or starts biting, put it back in the cage and try again some other time.
, The more you play and pet with your hamster, the more friendly and tame it will become.
Neglected hamsters that have not been handled for an extended period of time can revert back to their fearful nature and may bite when picked up.You may have to go through the steps to get it used to being picked up again.
, Put your index fingers below its neck lightly and your thumbs on top of the hamster’s body.
If you are wary of lifting the hamster out of the cage with bare hands, use a cup or a small bowl to get it out of the cage.Disposable plastic cups work well for this.
, Hamsters have relatively few defenses in the wild and they are wary of sudden changes in their environment.Even if your hamster is tame and used to being held, don’t grab it from its cage out of the blue.
Always allow it to see your hands for a couple of seconds first.
, Be aware that hamsters are nocturnal. You will generally have to wake them up to play with them during the day.
Gently move their nest and allow them a minute to wake up.Alternately, you can call softly to your hamster to wake it up.
, Hamsters recognize you by scent. A strong perfume or cologne may confuse them. Avoid strongly fruit scented soap when you wash your hands as your hamster may think your hand is food and try to bite it.
, Hamsters, because of their small size, are extremely fragile. Never ever squeeze your hamster.
Be particularly gentle in the area just below the forelegs.
Pressure to this region can prevent the hamster breathing.Supervise young children when they are playing with hamsters. Teach them to be gentle with the animal., Hamsters can make sudden leaps from your hand and a fall to the ground from a height could injure them. Make sure you are always sitting down with your hamster, so that if it escapes it will fall into your lap. Alternatively, hold it over a table., In the wild, hamsters spend most of their time burrowing deep underground.Hamsters like to feel hidden. They might enjoy being wrapped up in a towel in your lap or put in your shirt pocket while you watch TV., Even tame hamsters will bite if they are startled or frightened. They may also bite if they have the scent of food on your hand. Wash and disinfect the area around the bite and cover with bandage to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding doesn’t stop or it doesn’t begin to heal within a few days, go to your doctor.Hamster bites are not generally serious and they do not transmit diseases such as rabies.
Some people can be allergic to hamster saliva, although this is relatively rare.
, Hamsters do not respond well to physical punishment. Never strike or yell at it.
If a hamster bites, the best way to stop it is by gently blowing on its face. The hamster will rear back and squint because its sense of smell is affected.Yelling or pulling your hand away quickly is likely to make the hamster more frightened and it may bite down harder.