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Old 11-30-2018, 07:55 AM   #1
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Question Help with taming hamster?

I recently bought a 3 month old Syrian hamster and while he is much tamer and doesn't bite as much as the breed I had as a kid, I'd like to know if there are any ways to stop him from biting altogether. He also has a tendency to jump from the hands of whoever's holding him which became a problem especially when he's being handled by the elderly members of my family. If anyone has advice or tips, I'd love to hear them!
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Old 11-30-2018, 09:58 AM   #2
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Default Re: Help with taming hamster?

As you haven't had him long & are still taming him it might be better if it was just you that handled him until he's more comfortable with it, it might be a bit much for him to be getting used to more people in the early stages of taming.
Are you handling him in or out of the cage when he bites? It's better to buy or make a large enough playpen so you can sit in with him, let him get used to climbing onto you & your hands before trying to just hold him, it's only natural for young hams to want to run around & explore rather than sit still so don't expect him to sit in your hands for long just yet!
If he's in a playpen or other safe area then jumping isn't really a problem as long as you keep him close to the ground when you interact with him.
Sometimes biting or nibbling is just a way of exploring, washing your hands with unscented soap before handling him should help.
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Old 12-01-2018, 05:53 AM   #3
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As you haven't had him long & are still taming him it might be better if it was just you that handled him until he's more comfortable with it, it might be a bit much for him to be getting used to more people in the early stages of taming.
Are you handling him in or out of the cage when he bites? It's better to buy or make a large enough playpen so you can sit in with him, let him get used to climbing onto you & your hands before trying to just hold him, it's only natural for young hams to want to run around & explore rather than sit still so don't expect him to sit in your hands for long just yet!
If he's in a playpen or other safe area then jumping isn't really a problem as long as you keep him close to the ground when you interact with him.
Sometimes biting or nibbling is just a way of exploring, washing your hands with unscented soap before handling him should help.
Thank you for the advice! I'm handling him out of the cage when he bites but I think it could just be, as you said, a way of exploring since he seems to nibble softly more than bite aggressively. I do keep him close to the ground when playing with him so when he jumps it isn't a problem for his safety. I just hope that his unpredictable jumping won't end up in him escaping as he runs extremely fast. Thanks once again for the tips, I'll definitely try them out!
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