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Old 03-23-2019, 05:34 AM   #11
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Default Re: Where do hamsters like to be petted? Does yours? :-D

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My Bramwell is quite an active ham so never really sits still for too long! Although when he does he likes to have his back gently stroked.
My previous Syrian ham Tippi was more laid back and really enjoyed having her ears gently stroked whilst she sat in my hand, she would often get so comfy and relaxed she'd just fall asleep!
Is Bramwell a dwarf? Because sure sounds like my Frodo, who is a dwarf. Never sits still he just wants to play and eat D:

Anyway I'm still very jealous of all your cuddly hams
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Old 03-23-2019, 05:57 AM   #12
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Default Re: Where do hamsters like to be petted? Does yours? :-D

Hi Frodo.
My Bramwell's a long haired Syrian. However, he does enjoy his food! So he's definitely got that in common with your dwarf ham Frodo!
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Old 03-23-2019, 02:51 PM   #13
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Default Re: Where do hamsters like to be petted? Does yours? :-D

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Is Bear your profile picture? Because omg the FLUFFFFFF!! Bear sounds very affectionate, you're all so lucky with your cuddly hams, geeeez!
Maybe I should try and get a Syrian next haha
Yes! Shes a fluffy little bear! she looks like one :3 it felt right to name her that <3

Hammy Bear is only 3 months old (I had her for 2!) shes only recently started to get really affectionate and I had to go through a months process of getting her to let me pet her lol... Shes a dwarf hamster so she doesn't like to sit still, AND! shes also a girl (girl hammies are less affectionate and more squirmy lol)

Maybe you can try the way I did?
Wait until they're really playful (Bear will be restless in her cage and will start pacing and will paw at me) and have some treats ready for them.
Don't start out by full on petting them (like you do to dogs and cats. Hamsters are small and scared creatures)...start by putting your hands in the cage so they can smell you and get used to your scent. Then when your hammy is curious of your hands, (If they're not curious you can use treats!) slowly try petting their whiskers so they can get used to your HUGE hands coming for them (try to move towards them from the side where their eyes can see you because moving towards from the top will make them think AH BIRD!) .. They'll be less scared being pet by their whiskers this way because they can feel their whiskers and their eyes are on the side so they'll be able to see AND feel AND smell (I guess lol) you petting their whiskers without actually harming or getting too close to your scared hammy.
When they start to get used to your hand being around them (you'll know when they stop flinching or stop being generally surprised by you touching or getting close to their whiskers) Then you can move on to their side of their head/next to their ear (its the next closest thing to whiskers) when they start letting you do that, you can move on the side of their belly (next closest after the head) and then when your hammy lets you after that you can pet them anywhere now :3

Don't forget to reward your hammy for all the good things they're doing! (letting you touch their whiskers/face/belly/etc,...) They'll start to associate your hands with treats! :3

BTW this is my personal process of having my hammy let me pet her. All hammies are different and might or might not work but also took time so be patient and have fun with your hammy
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Old 03-24-2019, 06:41 AM   #14
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Default Re: Where do hamsters like to be petted? Does yours? :-D

I'll let you know once my hamster lets me pet him. He tolerates me stroking his back....as long as he's busy eating a treat. Early days (11) yet.
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Old 03-25-2019, 05:00 PM   #15
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Yes! Shes a fluffy little bear! she looks like one :3 it felt right to name her that <3

Hammy Bear is only 3 months old (I had her for 2!) shes only recently started to get really affectionate and I had to go through a months process of getting her to let me pet her lol... Shes a dwarf hamster so she doesn't like to sit still, AND! shes also a girl (girl hammies are less affectionate and more squirmy lol)

Maybe you can try the way I did?
Wait until they're really playful (Bear will be restless in her cage and will start pacing and will paw at me) and have some treats ready for them.
Don't start out by full on petting them (like you do to dogs and cats. Hamsters are small and scared creatures)...start by putting your hands in the cage so they can smell you and get used to your scent. Then when your hammy is curious of your hands, (If they're not curious you can use treats!) slowly try petting their whiskers so they can get used to your HUGE hands coming for them (try to move towards them from the side where their eyes can see you because moving towards from the top will make them think AH BIRD!) .. They'll be less scared being pet by their whiskers this way because they can feel their whiskers and their eyes are on the side so they'll be able to see AND feel AND smell (I guess lol) you petting their whiskers without actually harming or getting too close to your scared hammy.
When they start to get used to your hand being around them (you'll know when they stop flinching or stop being generally surprised by you touching or getting close to their whiskers) Then you can move on to their side of their head/next to their ear (its the next closest thing to whiskers) when they start letting you do that, you can move on the side of their belly (next closest after the head) and then when your hammy lets you after that you can pet them anywhere now :3

Don't forget to reward your hammy for all the good things they're doing! (letting you touch their whiskers/face/belly/etc,...) They'll start to associate your hands with treats! :3

BTW this is my personal process of having my hammy let me pet her. All hammies are different and might or might not work but also took time so be patient and have fun with your hammy
I tried touching his whiskers, he didn't like it ): He just thought I had food in my hand, and started climbing on me looking for the snack. I'll keep trying, but if he doesn't like to be petted, it wouldn't be the end of the world haha

He already associates my hand with food, he doesn't seem to mind me helping him scratching him on the side though
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Old 03-25-2019, 05:01 PM   #16
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I'll let you know once my hamster lets me pet him. He tolerates me stroking his back....as long as he's busy eating a treat. Early days (11) yet.
Oh wow! Is he 11 days young? Or have you only had him for 11 days? haha
But yay, please do. )
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Old 03-26-2019, 03:28 PM   #17
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Default Re: Where do hamsters like to be petted? Does yours? :-D

Hamtaro, my Syrian, hated being pet. You could stroke him a little, but he'd quickly run off to do his own thing. He was really independent. I also used to try brushing his fur with a toothbrush because he was a long-haired Syrian with a really long skirt, but he would get mad and attack the toothbrush, so I stopped doing that. I have a hybrid dwarf now named Penny, and she likes it when you pet her side or stroke her back. She's so tiny, I'm almost afraid to pet her though!
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:02 PM   #18
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Bijou doesn't seem to have any particular place he likes being touched. I normally stroke him along his back and generally avoid his face out of habit. Honestly, he would rather climb all over me and then sleep in my jacket than really cuddle, haha.
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