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Old 01-16-2021, 09:51 AM   #1
PurpleKat
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Default Bitting dwarf hamster

So, I have had a hybrid hamster for about 5 months now.
We have named her nougat, as she's a dark creamy colour.
We got her from a local rescue, who said she was used as a breeding hamster. We are unsure of her age but about 6 months.

They said they had been trying to help her gain weight as she looked underweight, you could see nougat's lower ribs.
This issue has been resolved working with my vet.

She's still really nippy.
She is in a delolf, 6inch plus bedding, lots of enrichment, 8 inch wheel.
I try and get her out every day into the playpen.

The playpen is the back part of the living room, 7ft by 4ft, hamster safe area, with lots of bridges, tunnels and places to hide and play,
I try to sit in there with her and she always bites me or my clothes. She bites and draws blood often.
She plays round the area, exploring very confidently, but when she gets to me she bites any part of my body (thigh, feet, bum and back).

I try to give her food that she loves and she ignores the food and bites fingers or hand. I try not to react, I've worn gloves so it's no my flesh and she still bites.
I have managed to get her on my lap, with a blanket over my lap, on the sofa. Where she explores and kinda lets me stroke her, but I can't pick her up from there.

She seems happy with her current life
I've tried many different ways to tame which have worked in the past with other hamsters from this rescue.

Do I except that she's not handable? After 5 months of trying.
I think she was probably traumatised from been used as a breeding hamsters and probably wasn't handled at all.
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Old 01-16-2021, 11:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: Bitting dwarf hamster

It could well be that your hamster won't tolerate handling and that you'll have to accept her for who she is.

I had a dwarf hamster like that who appeared to have been traumatised plus on top of that he was ill with diabetes.
He improved a lot in the short time he was with me but never quit biting, any chance he got. I was able to stroke him while he was busy eating and while he was on my lap but that was it. I was never able to pick him up. Still, he took food from my fingers through the mesh of his bin cage window, enjoyed "flying" in his mug from his cage to my lap and generally hamstered about.

You've tried different taming methods and so did i. Main thing is that you took in this rescue hamster willing to give her a good life and she'll be enjoying every minute of it, in her own way.
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