Syrian Hamster Facts FAQs

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Syrian hamster facts FAQs

Whether you’re looking into getting a pet for the first time or you’ve already had one, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about Syrian hamster facts to help you get started.

Why is it necessary for my Syrian hamster to be alone?

Syrian hamsters are quite territorial and prefer to live alone once they reach adulthood. We keep them together in our establishments since they can survive living in groups at a younger age. They will have found their forever home by the time they reach maturity.

What can I do if my Syrian hamster is standing on his/her back legs and screeching at me?

This behavior indicates that your hamster is scared and disturbed. Your hamster will require some time to adjust to their new surroundings and to you. When dealing with them, you should be patient, beginning with short, frequent sessions. Avoid waking your hamster awake for handling because it causes stress and makes them more inclined to bite. Handle your hamster in the evenings or at night because that is when they normally wake up and get active.


I have a female Syrian hamster, and she occasionally emits this foul odor that I can detect on my hands after petting her. Do I need to see a vet because I can’t see anything wrong with her and she appears healthy?

When female Syrians are in season, they can generate a thick, yellowish mucus from their bottom, which is completely normal. The odor is powerful and a natural attractant for male Syrians. There are also various sorts of stinky discharge that are abnormal, and we would always recommend consulting with a veterinarian.

How to properly handle my Syrian hamster?

Try to handle your hamster in the evening or at night as that is when they naturally wake up and become active.

Start by slowly getting your hamster used to your hands being in their cage rather than immediately picking them up and moving them to an unfamiliar area. Make sure you have washed your hands prior to handling before rubbing your hands in the hamster’s substrate and letting them sniff you. You can also put a treat or piece of food on your hand to make it an enjoyable experience. Never approach them suddenly from above as it can startle them, approach them from the side instead.

When your hamster is confident enough to climb on to your fingers and eat then you can gently lift them up over the cage with cupped hands and even let them walk from hand to hand. Always do this above a table or whilst sat down as they can be easily injured if dropped from a height. Getting your hamster used to managing can take a few days or even weeks so be patient, it will be worth it in the end.

Avoid waking your hamster up for handling as this is very stressful for them and makes them more likely to bite.


Why does my hamster sleep in his tunnel rather than his hide?

Hamsters in the wild will live and sleep in small tunnels and burrows. If your hamster prefers his tunnel to his hide or house, it suggests he feels safe there. You may observe that they bring their bedding material in with them and build a nest. It’s fairly uncommon for hamsters to relocate their beds within their cage, but it’s important to rule out any underlying causes, such as extreme heat or cold draughts. Always situate your hamster’s cage in a peaceful area of your home, away from the hustle and bustle, to help them feel more safe.

My hamster has escaped! How can I catch it?

First and foremost, try to remain calm; there are a few things to consider.

Begin by placing your hamster cage on the floor and leaving the cage door open, with a tiny quantity of food in their dish or even some yummy treats such as a small slice of apple to entice your hamster back into their cage.

Another option is to buy a humane rat trap and fill it with your hamster’s food or treats. Check your cage/trap on a regular basis.

But keep in mind that hamsters can go absent for several days before reappearing. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t catch them within the first 24 hours.


Why isn’t my hamster sleeping at night?

Because hamsters are nocturnal, they sleep during the day and are most active at night. This is very normal.

How can I keep my hamster from chewing on their cage, especially the wire bars?

This could be your hamster’s attempt to catch your attention, or it could be a sign that they want to come out and explore. Take your hamster out of its cage to explore. Always give enough toys and gnawing stimulation for your hamster to keep them occupied, as cage chewing can also be a sign of boredom.

I’m concerned that my hamster has a tumor on its back. What should I do?

It is best to seek veterinarian advice for any unusual lumps or bumps because there are numerous probable causes.

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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