Fully Observing Your Hamster Behaviors

by Hamster Care

How can you fully observing your hamster behaviors?

Like all animals, hamsters have the ability to communicate with their owners as well as with other animals. Hamsters communicate for a variety of purposes, such as saying hello, telling someone to stop, or even looking for a partner for mating. Since they cannot speak, they must primarily communicate with you or one another through nonverbal cues. For the human ear, many of these noises are short and unidentifiable.


They have an extraordinary sense of smell. They can determine whether each other is male or female and, if they are related, even identify the specific person they are sensing by smelling each other’s scent glands. Mother hamsters are able to smell their own young and can frequently tell if there is a baby in the litter who is not her own. Their scent glands are also utilized to mark territory and attract a partner at the appropriate moment. The use of body language as a visual cue helps these activities.

Hamsters exhibit similar body language to humans. They are capable of expressing a wide range of emotions, including as happiness, fear, menace, curiosity, startle, anger, and many others. They even communicate with others in part using sign language.

Having stated that, it doesn’t follow that they won’t also employ aural communication. Females use mating cries to entice a partner, babies use ultrasonic noises to call for their moms, and hamsters squeak if they feel threatened or are acting aggressively. Non-verbal clues that people use to communicate non-verbally include chemical signals released by their smell glands and other body language expressions.



Providing enrichment, a bigger habitat, and stress release can solve the most prevalent problems pertaining to strange behaviors that are not illness-related.

A Behavior’s Significance

You will be able to take better care of your hamster once you understand what all these behaviors in hamsters mean. You can alter the way you care for your tiny pet by making changes to its environment if you detect that it is upset, angry, or ill.

Often, all your pet needs to stop acting violently or becoming scared when you put your hands in the cage is more trust between you two. The acts and their meanings are listed below:

  • Burrowing in bedding: This means a hamster is happy and just digging around playing or searching for a possible snack it may have buried earlier.
  • When they are lazy or lethargic: Another sign that they might be sick or under the weather.
  • One that is grooming: They are seeking reassurance and are feeling rather content with everything that is going on.
  • Stretching their limbs: They are feeling good and relaxed about their current situation.
  • Ears forward with cheek pouches puffed up and mouth open: It’s frightened. Try to remove the stressors that are causing this behavior.
  • When it empties its cheek pouches quickly: This is a hamster that is insecure about the current situation and is likely to flee and hide.
  • Standing on hind legs with their dukes up: A hamster with this body language is telling you it feels threatened and might get aggressive if you don’t back off.
  • It gets startled when you approach: This is another sign that your pet is feeling insecure and unsure of what is going on at the moment.
  • Ears laid back with narrowed eyes: This is a sign of suspicion, and they think something is up.
  • It is lying on its back with incisors showing: Yet one more sign of a frightened and threatened hamster that doesn’t want to be messed with.
  • It creeps slowly along the sides of its cage: It’s unsure of its surroundings, or it’s trying to find its bearings on where they are at.
  • It freezes in place: When they are afraid, they might playing dead by lying down and freezing in place.
  • When they chatter their teeth: This behavior means they are fearful and ready for aggression. It’s a warning sign to stay away.
  • If they are shy and always hiding: This occurs when it’s stressed by something or someone. (loud noises, aggressive hamsters, over-eager children)
  • When it squeaks: This can mean it’s doing a mating call, feels uncomfortable, is mad, or even frightened. It can also mean nothing at all.
  • They are unresponsive when you approach: This is often a sign that your has an illness or an injury.
  • Watching you with its ears erect: A hamster behavior like this means it is just a bit curious about what is going on and in a calm way.
  • Biting or nipping you or another hamster: It is a sure sign of a hamster that’s frightened and defensive. It shows you have not built up enough trust with it yet.
  • Two hamsters are fighting: One or both hamsters are trying to display their dominance or defend their territory. Separate them if they don’t stop battling.
  • When it repeats a behavior over and over again: If this happens, this is an indicator that it’s not well mentally. A monotonous life causes this mental disorder in an inadequately sized hamster cage. Consider a larger cage or some enrichment toys.

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