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Old 01-18-2016, 12:44 AM   #1
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Default Biting

Hello everyone. Well I've had my female hamster for a week now. I've had her for about a week. She constantly keeps biting him to the point she draws blood. I have no idea what to do. How do I teach her to stop biting?
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Old 01-18-2016, 01:06 AM   #2
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Default Re: Biting

Does she just bite when in the cage?
Female russians more than males can be a bit territorial in the cage which is why they bite unless they are stressed or frightened which can also lead to biting.
If you've only had her a week you may be going a little too fast with taming/handling so it might help to take a step back.
Have you done the tissue trick?
Put a tissue up your sleeve for a few hours then put it in the cage, repeat that daily for a while so she can get used to your scent & see it as something that she doesn't need to fear.
Once she's had a chance to settle into her new home try to get her to climb into something safe like a large mug or box or a tube of some sort then carry her to a playpen or other safe area where she can run around a little (use some familiar toys & her wheel from her cage if need be to make her feel safe) & then try introducing your hand to her there.
A large plastic bin can be useful for taming if you don't have a playpen, nothing too big or she will be scared by the open space.
When she's in the cage always approach her from the side, never from above, try just placing your hand just inside the cage door with something like a sunflower seed or mealworm on your hand & wait to see if she will come to take it, don't force your hand on her, go slowly at her pace & she will gradually get used to you & the biting should stop.
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