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Old 01-22-2022, 09:58 AM   #1
benjamin0
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Question are gloves an efficient way to hold hamsters?

i've heard before that you can practice holding hamsters with gloves while taming them, but i wasn't sure if this would make the hamster unfamiliar with my hands when the gloves aren't on when i'm trying to hold him so i wanted to get some second opinions. like maybe i would just wear mostly transparent gloves?

i've had my hamster for a few months now and i've been struggling to hold him. i had gotten used to feeding him from my hand and he had actually gotten in my hand once without biting but i think this lead him to be more curious or something because he bit my hand kind of hard. now everytime i try to feed him from my hand or let him come in i flinch away. i feel bad about it, especially because it seems like he wants to bond but i get scared so i thought maybe gloves would help?
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Old 01-22-2022, 02:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: are gloves an efficient way to hold hamsters?

Gloves really aren't a good idea unfortunately for a variety of reasons. The big one would be that hamsters wouldn't be anywhere near used enough to actual bare hands which can lead to behavioral issues and such later on. However, wearing gloves also tends to limit just how much sensation you're able to get compared to being bare handed - same with control of things like being able to make very small adjustments to the amount of pressure used, grip strength, and overall gloves just make precise handling of animals harder.

If I'm completely honest wearing gloves also leads to a false sense of confidence and ultimately makes things harder for you. It's a hard thing to adjust to but in my opinion being able to accept that sometimes being bit or scratched just comes with the territory of handling animals without letting yourself panic or be overly fearful of it.

Even with the best methods of prevention such as learning to recognize signs in body language before the animal in question has to resort to using things like biting or scratching to communicate with you, accidents can and will still happen. Work on your own confidence without resorting to things like gloves and that will go a very long way!
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Old 01-22-2022, 04:05 PM   #3
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Default Re: are gloves an efficient way to hold hamsters?

I have used gardening gloves before but it just didn't feel right for me.

I get new hamsters out of their cage via a hamster taxi, tube, jug etc and then place them on my lap while i sit in a hamster proof area. I then progress to light stroking, lifting or scooping up once they got used to my smell. Some dwarfs i've put inside my cardigan so they can hide and smell me at the same time.

I've never been one for taming inside their cages or putting my hand in because i've always seen their home as their territory and my hand as an intruder.

A cage with a large front door is a real help when it comes to taming because the hamster can walk out.
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