How to Stop your Hamster from Biting You

Hamsters are lovable and adorable animals that are normally extremely friendly, especially towards their owners. However, they have a tendency to get provoked or scared easily, which is why they may sometimes end up biting their own owner. If the hamster was not as friendly and lovable as it is, this biting issue could have become a real nuisance. Fortunately, the gentle, furry pet can easily be trained to get over its fears and trust its owner so that it does not bite the very finger that is there to stroke it.


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    Always remember to ensure that you hands are washed and properly cleaned before you handle your hamster. You need to keep in mind that hamsters do not have a very good sight. If you handle your pet right after having your meal, it may confuse your finger for a treat due to the smell of food and would therefore bite it. This bite is not out of aggression or fear, but mainly out of hunger and an invitation from your finger itself.

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    Hamsters are nocturnal animals and do not enjoy having their sleep disturbed. If you disturb them while they are sleeping, they will instinctively bite you to discourage you from bothering them any more while they are asleep. The best way to handle your hamster while it is seemingly asleep is to put some food in its cage. If the scent of food catches the interest of your pet, then there should not be any problem with handling him. However, if it ignores the food and continues to sleep or try to sleep, then it is best to leave it alone.

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    In order to keep your fingers safe, consider wearing a thick pair of gloves. This way, you will not be harmed even if your pet tries to bite your finger. Wearing gloves is particularly recommended when your hamster has been biting you a lot lately. Unless you discover the reason behind its agitation and remove it, you should take an extra bit of precaution.

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    Even if your hamster bites you, do not stop stroking it. You will need to show a bit of patience to create or reinforce the bond and trust between you and your pet. Continue to stroke it and patiently wait for it to get over its nervousness.

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    Call out your hamster’s name before picking it up. You can train your pet to become familiar with your voice so that it knows that it is you who are handling it. This may curb the biting behaviour.