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Old 06-29-2022, 09:00 PM   #1
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What does it mean when a hamster empties their cheeks on your hand?

I've run into it with both the hamsters I've had, and read different things on it.
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Old 06-30-2022, 01:05 AM   #2
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I think Cupcake likes you and wants to share her food with you.

It can also be a defence response but in that case she'd spit the food at you like ammunitation. Usually aimed at a vet.

They sometimes empty their pouches when uncomfortable or in a hold.

I think that there can be a number of reasons depending on the circumstances.

My hamsters have only ever done this when uncomfortable. At the vet's or when i get them in a hold for a nail trim or to administer medication.
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Old 06-30-2022, 07:46 AM   #3
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I think Cupcake likes you and wants to share her food with you.

It can also be a defence response but in that case she'd spit the food at you like ammunitation. Usually aimed at a vet.

They sometimes empty their pouches when uncomfortable or in a hold.

I think that there can be a number of reasons depending on the circumstances.

My hamsters have only ever done this when uncomfortable. At the vet's or when i get them in a hold for a nail trim or to administer medication.
Thanks a bunch for explaining Ria! It's good to know from someone experienced with hamsters. After she hopped off I wasn't sure and I gave her the seeds back. She took them back, but was miffed the rest of the night. Now I know I rejected her snack xD

How do you hold them for that? When Pearl was sick I was able to gently scoop her out of her nest from underneath, and she took her medication just sitting on my hand.
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Old 06-30-2022, 08:35 AM   #4
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I wrapped dwarf Romy in a flannel and held her with her back on my palm then tilted her slightly backwards.I administered the antibiotic slowly from the syringe into the corner of her mouth.

Dwarf Gertie i hold the same way minus the flannel for a nail trim and the Robos.

Syrian Rodney's nails need a trim but he's not having any of it. He has always been a very wriggly and impatient hamster. I keep snips nearby and when he holds on to the bars i manage to snip the odd nail. Sometimes i keep him waiting till he gets annoyed and chews the bars so i can snip a nail.

Never met a hamster who would sit on my hand to take meds. Your Pearl was either an exception or you have an exceptional way with hamsters.
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Old 06-30-2022, 03:03 PM   #5
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She was very special, but was really lethargic and just slowly lapped it up from the syringe while sitting on my hand. It was heart breaking to see her not wanting to move much or come out at all. Her lower body must have really been hurting, she loved that new wheel so much.

I will have to try that out, I need to work in a health check regularly for Cupcake.

And Ria, you are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and taking care of so many hams. It's great to watch the updates of how they're all doing.
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Old 06-30-2022, 03:25 PM   #6
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Default Re: Emptying Cheeks

Just to add to the reasons. Sometimes I've found they empty their pouches because they're not back in the cage yet. And don't like having full pouches too long! Really laughed at the vision of a hamster spitting food at the vet. LOL!

ilguy - whose body must have been hurting. Is one of your hamsters injured?

Edit - I've just seen your other thread about Cupcake and saw you mention the late Pearl. I am so sorry. I must have missed that she had passed. But glad you have Cupcake.
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