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Old 06-12-2019, 11:47 AM   #1
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Default Hamster vocalization/communication (squeaking)

Hi Friends:

Arthur has never been a very vocal ham. Typically the sounds he makes are the following:

1. Chattering usually when he seems excited or in some rare cases, stressed.
2. When you was younger he would make those snuffling "vvvt vvvt" noises, but much less than I've heard other hams make.
3. A few times he made some warbling noises in his sleep when he seemed to be having an especially vivid dream.
4. Squeaking usually a) when he's received food that he especially likes or b) when he's expecting food especially on a favourite food day (he receives breakfast and dinner every day and gets his favourite scrambled eggs and corn every other day). He seems to do the latter to actually wake us up, as he only has done it in the morning. I've seen him squeak for negative reasons once when he seemed to squeak angrily and in annoyance at a cleaner who was trying to be cute with him but talking too loud, and another time when he accidentally fell from my hands and got scared.

Lately he has been very vocal, squeaking in his house a lot more than usual. He is older, past 2 yrs now, and seems in very good health and energy apart from some typical old age things like sticky eye one day, or some flakiness another day. When we check on him, nothing seems to be distressing him, and he usually seems to be eating when he's doing it. Though he did seem to be squeaking when he had his sticky eye too.

In summary, we're not concerned about anything, just very interested in hamster communication and vocalization. We wonder if he has become more "skilled" or comfortable with vocalizing as he's gotten older. Has anyone else noticed interesting trends in when your ham squeaks or vocalizes, and any correlation with age?

Best to you and your lovely hams,
Mike and Arthur
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Old 06-12-2019, 12:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: Hamster vocalization/communication (squeaking)

Our Henry is very expressive with his body language but rarely squeaks. I'm just wondering if it may be a good idea to check Arthur's teeth, now that he's squeaking while eating.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:04 PM   #3
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My Luna gives a happy chunter/chatter when she is eating her Rosewood Maze. She can also give me an angry chunter if I don't get her out of the cage quick enough for her liking.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:04 PM   #4
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Oh interesting- that's a good thought. He has been gnawing on a lot of things lately. Do you think maybe they could be getting long? (thus resonating with the old phrase "long in the tooth" ). I'll check them for sure. Thank you so much.

That's so cute about Henry. I find that hams are remarkably expressive once they get to know and trust you. I think they are such tremendously underestimated creatures.

All our best to you and Henry,
Mike and Arthur
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