How To Hold Your Hamster Safely?

by Hamster Care
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Don’t worry if you’ve never held a hamster before! It’s simple and enjoyable. Once your hamster has gotten to know you, there is a simple method for getting them to sit in your hands. Simply follow the steps below, and make sure to supervise any young children who attempt to do so.

How to hold your hamster safely?

Before you begin, keep in mind that if you scare your hamster, you may be bitten. Their only real defense is to bite, and it’s their primary means of communicating with you to stop doing something. If your hamster bites you, instead of punishing it, try to figure out why.

If you have only recently acquired your new hamster, it will be unfamiliar to you, and the following method for picking up your hamster will not be effective. Before you try this method, you must first tame your hamster.

Why are some hamsters afraid to be picked up?

Hamsters are naturally nervous because they are hunted by other animals in the wild. They may attempt to defend themselves by biting or jumping out of your grasp.

If your hamster appears fearful when you pick them up, it may be best to pet them in their cage instead. You can feed them treats and let them approach you at their leisure.

How should you pick up your hamster?

Once your hamster has been tamed (and is awake!), follow these steps to safely pick up your hamster:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Because hamsters have a keen sense of smell, an unscented soap that does not leave you smelling like a treat is a good choice. It will also eliminate any smells that may frighten or unnerve them, such as the smell of cats, dogs, or other hamsters. Washing your hands will also prevent hamsters from licking anything off of them – they’ll eat anything, even if it’s bad for them! Washing your hands before handling your pet eliminates the possibility of them ingesting something that isn’t good for them.
  • Before touching your pet, place your hand inside the cage. Having a big, scary hand in your house will give your pet a fright, so don’t grab your pet. Predators take hamsters, and you don’t want your pet to perceive you as a threat, or it will flee, become uncomfortable near you, and possibly bite you! Place your hand, palm down, on the cage floor for four or five seconds before moving it towards your pet.
  • Wait for your hamster to crawl onto your hands by turning your palm up. This may take some time, but if you seize your hamster, it will most likely bite you. Instead, be patient and let the pet come to you (after you’ve repeated the picking-up process a few times and your hamster knows it has nothing to fear from you, this step will likely take much less time). If your hamster does not crawl into your hands, gently scoop it up by scooping up some of the bedding it is sitting on. Use both hands to keep your hamster from falling.
  • For the first few times you pick up your pet, keep your hands inside the cage. Your pet may attempt to jump out of your grasp, and you don’t want it to do so and fall a long distance. Once you’re more comfortable handling your pet, you can gently place one hand on top of it to keep it from jumping out, and then move it around very slowly. In general, it’s best to keep your pet as close to the ground as possible. Hamsters are extremely wriggly little animals, and even the most confident owner risks having one squirm out of their hands. Keep your pet close to the floor to reduce this risk.
  • Move slowly and keep your hamster close to your body when holding it; this will make your pet feel more secure. Your pet will be less likely to panic if your movements are smooth and slow. Those who haven’t held a hamster before may want to sit down while cuddling it, so that if it wiggles free, it falls a short distance onto someone’s lap rather than further and onto a hard floor.
  • It’s a good idea to feed your hamster a treat the first few times you hold it. This is because you’re attempting to socialize your hamster. If you feed it good food, it will form a positive association between spending time with you and having a good time.
  • It is best to hold your pet for no more than one or two minutes before returning it to its cage. Keeping it brief for the first few times you hold your hamster will reduce stress – being picked up for the first time by a strange human will be a little frightening, but if it’s only for a few minutes and it gets a nice treat, your hamster will soon look forward to the time it spends with you. Picking up your hamster may be frightening at first, but if you’re gentle and offer plenty of treats, your hamster will soon look forward to it.
  • To reintroduce your hamster to its cage, make sure it cannot jump out of your grasp and gently move your hands a centimeter or two above the cage floor. Then, lift one hand and let your hamster walk away from it. Hamsters can break their little legs if they fall for more than a couple of centimetres.
  • Repeat this process three times a day for several days, or until your pet actively seeks out your hands when you open the enclosure. It’s okay to start holding your pet for longer periods of time at this point, and you probably don’t need to give them a treat every time you hold them.

If you want more helpful advice on looking after your hamster, including tips on food, toys, accessories and accommodation, add a comment below to let us know!

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