How to become friends with your hamster

How to become a friend with your hamster

With a little luck, the hamster you have just bought will already be docile and will let itself be touched without fear. If you want your contact to be always an interesting and pleasant experience for him, never force him to stay in your hands when it is tired and wants to get out.

Loving to browse and explore here and there, hamsters generally can’t stand to be immobilized for very long. Therefore, comply with their requirements. On the contrary, with a shy and fearful animal (which often happens in Chinese hamsters and Roborovski’s hamsters), running to hide at the slightest movement, it is advisable to act with patience and by steps.

Don’t try to catch him

For the first few days, don’t try to catch him : just stay next to the cage and talk to him gently, so that he gets used to your presence and voice. You will notice that the hamster will soon start to come out of its nest when you open the cage to deposit food. These animals quickly learn to associate the opening of the cage with the distribution of fresh food, and rush to see what you bring them as soon as they hear the door open. Once you have put the food in the cage, stay by it while the hamster grabs the exquisite treat.

Avoid any sudden movement or loud noise

The next step is to leave the hand holding the food inside the cage, without moving: little by little, the small rodent will approach to sniff you out. When your hamster knows that there is nothing to fear, it will become bolder and gradually lose his instinctive mistrust. Start gently stroking it, offering it one of his favorite treats, and let it makes the decision to go up in your hand. You can then hold it for longer and longer periods of time, by caressing it and talking to it gently. Never forget to avoid any sudden movement or loud noise, and to rest it at the slightest sign of intolerance.

A hamster is sometimes resistant to all attempts at taming, categorically refusing to be caught. You will then have to resign yourself and content yourself with observing the animal in its cage, enjoying its company without touching it. Even the most timid specimens get used to the human presence, continuing to carry out their activities normally under our watchful eye.

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