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Hamsters that bite


Hamsters are not used to reach the people (and this includes and many copies are sold in pet stores) will bite if someone tries to take in hand. When you are dealing with these hamsters, remember that the rodent tries to bite just because he is afraid. Unfortunately, they see people as a threat and tries to defend. Under no circumstances should you believe your pet has an aggressive temperament.

The key to handling a hamster that bites is patience. Hamster must gain the trust and this process may take a while (in some cases even a month or more). Some hamster owners may be discouraged by the lengthy period needed for pet confidence. But this is a risk that any new owner of a pet and assume his duty is to care for the welfare of pet friend, even if it means a lot of patience and perseverance. There are several steps that the owner of a hamster that bites must follow for the animal to get used to handling. Each hamster learns his pace so it is preferable to adapt the periods of each stage depending on the animal side.

Week 1: Spend time near the hamster cage and talk to your pet, especially at night when it is active. You can even read something aloud. The idea is that the hamster to get used to your presence (especially the smell and his master's voice). Remember that moving into a new cage is very stressful for the animal and in this period should give your hamster the opportunity to adapt to the new house. At this stage, do not try to touch the hamster.


Week 2: Allow the hamster to get used to your hand. When you sit near the hamster cage and talk, put your hand inside the cage. And in this step must be slow to act: on the first day, put in the right hand only access Portitei or cage bars. Then, "dare" becoming more and more each day. Do not try to touch the hamster, but if the rodent is curious, let you "explore" hands.

Week 3: Add a few snacks. Until now, might have realized that you are favorite snacks of the hamster. Most hamsters prefer sunflower seeds, and even if you have given in moderation, it may be helpful in learning. March raisins or small pieces can be used, but not give too many at once. Give these snacks in hand which is in the cage and, eventually, the hamster will come only from your hand to eat. From this stage, the hamster will be increasingly more confident master.

Week 4: When the hamster feels comfortable eating from your hand, you try to lift it easily. It is good to hamster lured a few snacks. Put your hands around the hamster and close them easily in the animal. For this maneuver will be to give the cage lid aside. Do not lift too much hamster in the air, as if frightened and salt over your hands can be severely hit. At first, keep the animal only slightly above the cage floor. If you hold the dog facing you are less likely to want to jump out of your hands.


- If you need to pick up the hamster (eg, when you clean) before being used to your dog, try to use a glass. Guided by a corner of the cage hamster and take it easy in the cup which he then put his mouth up;

- If your hamster jumps out of hand and will not let you touch, you can use the above method or a thick towel with which to catch him and bring him back into the cage;

- Do not forget to wash your hands before you pick up a hamster. If your hands smell like food, hamster (who does not see very well) may be confused with food hands;

- Some people use thick gloves when touching a hamster bite. This option is good only for a short period of time for the hamster will not get to know the smell and will not relieve stress. So the gloves only help owner, not the pet;

- No matter how hard it bites hurt, try not to shake hands to get rid of the hamster. Try to gently remove the hamster with the other hand, do not argue or hit the animal. Stay calm and remember that just because hamster bite feels threatened.