Many people get a pet hamster, but unfortunately do not know how to tame him or her. This means that the hamster may bite or become twitchy or scared all the time, and may never grow used to being handled.
So, I decided to do a post all about just how to train your hamster, and the hamster training 'DOs' and 'DON'Ts'
Hamster Taming DOs
- Talk to your hamster in a soft, gentle voice
- Move slowly when holding your hamster, and when approaching your hamster
- Be patient with your hamster, it will take a while to tame him/her
- Allow him/her to smell your hand before picking him/her up
- Wash your hands before handling so that you always smell the same (it will help your hamster recognize you)
- Allow him/her to calm down and relax for a while if she is afraid at first
Hamster Taming DON'Ts
- Let your hamster fall from high heights
- Make loud noises (hamsters have very sensitive hearing)
- Pick up your hamster while she/he is sleeping
- Make quick or jerky movements
- Do not try to wake your hamster with a small poke, as your hamster may think it is food and will probably bite
Also, when you first get your hamster, you should always make sure you handle him or her every day for the first few weeks. This will help your hamster get used to you.
HOWEVER, make sure you leave your hamster alone in its cage for at least 24 hours before handling her, as he or she will need time to adjust and get used to everything.
This post has also been featured in a guest post at http://inkythehamstermommy.blogspot.com/