|Initially your hamster may be nervous about being handled, but over time they will become accustomed to it and enjoy the time out of their cage. |
When you purchase a hamster, make sure that the pet shop or breeder that you are purchasing it from handles it, and that they do not chase it into a box. Also if it is caught by someone wearing gloves, do not purchase the hamster as it is unlikely it has ever been handled and you do not want to be the first person to touch it.
When you arrive home with your new pet, place him in his pre-prepared cage and leave him overnight to get used to his surroundings. Talk to him quietly and in a soothing tone so he will become accustomed to your voice.
Handling your Hamster
Always gently approach your hamster and do not make any sudden movements as he may become afraid. Never pick up your hamster when he is asleep in his nest as this will startle him and he may bite.
Initially it may be easier to remove the top of the cage so you can pick up your hamster with out having to chase him around. It is advisable that if you are going to do this, place the cage in a large box first so your hamster can't run away.
To lift him, place one hand gently around his body, ensuring you have a firm but not tight grip. Lift him and immediately place him on the palm of your other hand. Alternately you can cup both of your hands together and gently lift your hamster. Either method is an appropriate way to handle your hamster, use which ever one you find most comfortable.
Speak gently and in a soothing manner when handling your hamster and softly stroke him, avoiding his head, as you hold him. This will give him confidence, he will feel safe and become accustomed to being handled.
Things to Remember
Initially, just lift him a small distance above the floor of the cage, so if he struggles or jumps free he will not fall and hurt himself.
If he does struggle, do not tighten your grip as this may hurt your hamster and he may bite. Just leave him for a few minutes and try again.
Wash you hands before handling your hamster. Hamsters do not have good vision and they rely on their sense of smell, so if you have been eating food they may bite your finger thinking that it is food for them to eat!
As a matter of hygiene, always wash your hands when you have finished handling your hamster.