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Old 04-10-2019, 08:36 AM   #1
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Default New hamsters a biter

Hello
So we got our new hamster a week ago..
We let her settle in for four day just speaking to her and cleaning. Whenever I put my hand in the cage ( washed with unfragranced soap ) she comes up sniffs and bites Evey time, . Anyone got any advice?
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:24 AM   #2
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Default Re: New hamsters a biter

She may just not like hands in the cage, it's probably best to begin short out of cage taming sessions, find something she'll climb into to transport her safely & avoid putting your hands in the cage while she's awake for now.
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:08 AM   #3
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Ok will give this a go and hope for the best! what if she still does it out the cage?
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:26 PM   #4
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Just go slow with letting her get used to your hands, don't rush things & see how she goes, nibbling is just a way of exploring & different to biting from fear so don't worry if she does give you little nibbles, they tend to grow out of that pretty quick.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:00 AM   #5
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Since i last posted we have tried to get her use to us out the cage daily. Every time you put your hand near her/ lay your hand on the floor she comes straight up and bites it. It definitely a bite and not a nibble Its to the point we are all a bit edgy about putting our hand near her.
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:30 PM   #6
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Have you tried rubbing some of their bedding onto your hands? It's a more familiar smell so they might trust you more therefore probably not biting your fingers off )

- Also when I first got my hamster I would put my hand in the cage for like 10 seconds and then took my hand out, repeating this every day ( routine ) until the hamster approached it welcomely then putting treats on my hands for the hamster.

- Hope this could possibly help? )
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Old 04-20-2019, 12:31 PM   #7
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I feel like I've tried all. We always rub bedding. My son managed to hold her yesterday without bites. Were gonna keep trying! She was 6
Weeks old when we got her so I imagine she's still adjusting even now. Thank you for your response!
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Old 04-20-2019, 02:18 PM   #8
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Well done for keeping on trying. Hamster bites are quite something.
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Old 04-20-2019, 03:02 PM   #9
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Yes they are! Mind you I've been bit a few times at work so hamster bites don't feel too bad hahaha. gone from constant bites to a tester nibble, to nothing or a taster nibble. So she is definitely improving. I'm willing to do anything to tame her. I even got to give her a quick health check tonight
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