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Old 04-14-2019, 12:14 PM   #1
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Hello everyone.

Can you tell if your hamster likes cuddles? I have been taming mine (seems to be going pretty well), but I have noticed that she doesn't like to be touched to much, or be picked up much. She doesn't have much interest in me. Is this because I am petting her too soon, or because she just doesn't like me? I have had her for 2 weeks now, if that helps any. Thank you!!
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Old 04-14-2019, 12:46 PM   #2
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You are not alone. I've had my hamster for a month now and he's shown no interest in me whatsoever.
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:18 PM   #3
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My hamster only recently started to really show interest in me when he turned exactly three months, like running towards me when i'm near the cage, running onto my hands without treats, licking my face, cleaning me when he's cleaning himself etc.
This is his way of showing affection, but he's still not fond of being actually petted. It has taken me 8 weeks for him to become this comfortable with me.

Basically, some hamsters just do not like being petted - doesn't mean they don't like you. They just aren't a cuddly-type. Your hamster might be more of an explorer or haven't bonded with you quite yet. It's all a process and figuring out your hamster's personality.
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:34 PM   #4
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"Like" is a strong word.. Maybe tolerates is a better word for my hamster when it comes to cuddles
I've had my hamster for exactly 4 months now.
He usually lets me pet him if he's distracted, like taking a drink or eating a treat, but he doesn't usually sit still for it otherwise.
If I'm walking around with him he seems to like watching the surroundings, or maybe smelling the smells, and he'll walk slowly from hand to hand or even sit still in my hands for a cuddle.
He rarely gets onto my hands from inside his cage, I usually have to get him out with a cup. But from a playpen or the bathtub he'll usually run all over me, and he often runs right to my hands when I get out because he seems to realize I'm the elevator and transportation vehicle. Mind you, climbing easily onto my hands only occurred after a lot of training sessions. Like daily for weeks, and only from the playpen, almost never from the cage.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:58 AM   #5
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I've got some who really do seem to like human interaction and others are less keen.

The ones that enjoy interaction will often seek it by climbing on the front of their cages and Juno, my oldest will wait in the spot where I'll always pick her up from if she wants to come out for cuddles and then she'll often cling to your fingers so it's difficult to put her down until she's ready. Jack on the other hand will go and snuggle up in my jumper and take a little nap. He's usually quite comfy there.

Cora, another one of my older girls is not keen on handling and she wriggles and squirms until you put her down... the only time she wanted to be picked up actually was when she was pregnant. I do still pick her up every so often though because I find that it's the easiest way to give them a healthcheck.
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:50 AM   #6
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Thank you so much! Disappointed that my hamster probably doesn't like cuddles (I want to hug her!!), however, I am going to continue working with her. I saw this one YouTube video where it said that the taming process (or getting your hammy to like you) takes a few days, a few weeks, or a few months. I am going to work with my hamster until she likes me! Hopefully in a few months she will love cuddles. If not, I'll still pick her up and hold her, but I want her to be interested in me and like me.
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:18 AM   #7
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Some hamsters can take longer than others to form a bond and may eventually start to enjoy cuddles more but others seem to prefer other kinds of interaction. One of my previous girls took three months efore she really trusted me enough to allow our taming efforts to make progress but once we got there, we had a lovely bond.

I've noticed both with babies I've bred as well as youngsters that I've got from other sources that sometimes they'll go through a lively spell and they're not as keen on cuddles until they get a bit older and calm down a bit.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:12 AM   #8
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I made the mistake and watched too many youtube videos and introduced my hamster to things he really does not like because I thought he ought to, like the youtube hamsters. I now believe that youtube hamsters are like the models (human) in glossy magazines, not quite the real thing.
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:24 PM   #9
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I think that's a great way to look at it Ria. Plus, if it's a big channel and it's monetized these people may have to put a superhuman effort into getting their hams to a certain stage. And they can edit out the pings and the panics

I'm happy enough to keep trying with my hams but if it doesn't happen and they stay more interested in exploration that's fine. So long as they're happy. Maybe there is a critical limit of apple bits and sunflower seeds that I have yet to reach and one day Jin will snap and love me, I'll just have to keep at it lol

she's just after running over my foot and completely blanking me when I tried to get her attention so we're not there yet!
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Old 04-15-2019, 02:17 PM   #10
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Yes, it's down to the hamster's personality in the end. In fact, tonight was the first time my hamster climbed out of his cage on his own accord to get onto my legs.........because he couldn't stretch far enough to reach the sunflower seeds!
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