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Old 04-27-2021, 02:03 PM  
Ria P
House of Hamsters
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Wiltshire, UK
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Cool Re: Skittish Hamster - Help taming?

Yes, similar situation here. I rescued a male Syrian when he was a very scared baby and he was so skittish i had little hope of taming him. It took about six weeks and he's a very tame and friendly hamster now.

My method was different because i didn't put my hand in his cage waiting for him to take a treat or go on my hand.

I started by feeding him treats through the bars then stroked him lightly when he was busy eating.
I took him out of his cage and sat in a hamster safe area then let him sniff around on my lap without touching him at first. Eventually moved on to stroking and later picking him up. By keeping him on me as much as possible he became familiar with my smell.
Nowadays he uses me like a climbing frame and runs up my legs and front to get onto the sofa.
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