Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Navigation
Front Page
Forum
Gallery
Wiki

Ads by Google


Go Back   Hamster Central > Hamster Central Forum Topics > Behaviour

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-05-2024, 02:39 PM   #1
laurenashleigh
Newborn Pup
 
Join Date: Apr 2024
Posts: 1
Question Hamster recently started nibbling my fingers

My dwarf hamster is almost 4 months old and we have had her for almost 8 weeks. I feel like I have a good bond with her but recently she has started gently biting my fingers and it is gradually getting harder. They aren't sudden or drawing blood or anything like that, its almost as if she is sniffing me out and giving my fingers a (hard) nibble.

It doesn't seem to me like she is being defensive or aggressive but I could be wrong. She usually walks towards me when I open her enclosure and seems like she wants me to handle her / take her out so I place my hand out for her to walk onto - I never grab her to pick her up. She will also happily take treats from my hand and seems extremely comfortable with me now.

I do sometimes give her sunflower seeds from between my fingers, could this be why? Maybe she associates my fingers with her favourite treats?

I did place some whimzees in her enclosure that she didn't touch for weeks but has recently started going absolutely crazy on them! Could this just be a new behaviour that is developing or should I be more concerned? I heard hamsters may start to bite if they are experiencing pain.

She hasn't been a chewer/biter since I have had her so I'm slightly confused why it is happening now.

Also what is the best enrichment for chewing? As I said, she has whimzees as well as forage, sprays and chews around her enclosure.
laurenashleigh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2024, 12:41 PM   #2
Aegis
Hamster Pup
 
Aegis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2024
Location: United States
Posts: 56
Default Re: Hamster recently started nibbling my fingers

Because your hamster is only four months old, she is technically still a pup and it is normal for her to do this. If she ever bites too hard, definately scold her (gently of course) because you don't want her to develop a habit out of it.
This might not be the problem but it is important to make sure that your hamsters teeth are short, because their front teeth never stop growing. When they do get too long, this can lead to biting and it will draw blood. If they get too long, you can use a nail clipper to trim them (watch a Youtube video on how) or take her to the vet and they can do it there. Its not very hard, I've done it with one of my hamsters, but definately make sure you know how! To prevent it, chew toys like whimzees are a great idea!
I hope all goes well!
-Aegis
Aegis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2024, 11:21 AM   #3
SKB_Hamsters
PM Fluffy for custom title
 
SKB_Hamsters's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: UK
Posts: 3,192
Default Re: Hamster recently started nibbling my fingers

I think she may be thinking your finger is food and is doing an investigative bite. Even my most friendliest russians would do this. I would make sure you wash your hand before handling. As you hand feed her treats I would stop this until she stop biting as she may just associate your hand to give food.

My russians particularly enjoy chewing on cork. Not ideal really for their teeth as it softer wood but was the only items they every seemed interested in chewing. Dandelion roots are good too.
__________________
Popcorn Syrian

Owning Hamsters since Nov 2007

Last edited by SKB_Hamsters; 04-08-2024 at 11:41 AM.
SKB_Hamsters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2024, 11:26 AM   #4
SKB_Hamsters
PM Fluffy for custom title
 
SKB_Hamsters's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: UK
Posts: 3,192
Default Re: Hamster recently started nibbling my fingers

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aegis View Post
Because your hamster is only four months old, she is technically still a pup and it is normal for her to do this. If she ever bites too hard, definately scold her (gently of course) because you don't want her to develop a habit out of it.
This might not be the problem but it is important to make sure that your hamsters teeth are short, because their front teeth never stop growing. When they do get too long, this can lead to biting and it will draw blood. If they get too long, you can use a nail clipper to trim them (watch a Youtube video on how) or take her to the vet and they can do it there. Its not very hard, I've done it with one of my hamsters, but definately make sure you know how! To prevent it, chew toys like whimzees are a great idea!
I hope all goes well!
-Aegis
Please be careful recommending people trimming their hamster teeth themselves. And really should only be done by a vet under light anaesthetic and their will burr/file the teeth down which is safer. It only needs to be done if the teeth are misaligned or teeth are missing. If done incorrectly can damage the roots of the teeth or cause the teeth to splinter plus theirs a chance it can injure the hamster. Teeth that are too short can also cause difficulties eating. Any concerns with the teeth a vet advise should be sought
__________________
Popcorn Syrian

Owning Hamsters since Nov 2007

Last edited by SKB_Hamsters; 04-08-2024 at 11:37 AM.
SKB_Hamsters is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fingers, enclosure, recently, started, whimzees

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.43 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2024 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 2003-2022, Hobby Solutions
All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:56 PM.