Observing Behaviors

Observing Your Hamster’s Behaviors

Like all animals, hamsters have the ability to communicate with one another and with you the pet owner. Hamsters communicate for various reasons including: saying hello, telling another to back off or even for finding a boyfriend or girlfriend to mate with. Since they don’t speak words, they have to rely mainly on non verbal ques to communicate with one another or with you. These non verbal ques include: sending off chemical messages through their scent glands and displaying different types of body language to non verbally show how they are feeling.

Their sense of smell is very impressive. By smelling each others scent glands, they can find out if the other is a male or female, if they are related and possibly even know the exact individual they are smelling. Mother hamsters can smell their own babies and often know if there is a baby in her litter that doesn’t belong to her. Additionally, their scent glands are used to mark territory and attract a mate when the time is right. These behaviors are aided by visual ques in the way of body language.

observing hamster behaviors

Hamsters use body language much like we do. They can display a range of emotions that include being: happy, afraid, threatened, curious, startled, angry and many other emotions. They even use sign language to a small extent when conversing with others.

With all that said, that doesn’t mean they won’t use an auditory form of communication too. Babies use ultra sonic sounds to call for their mothers, females have mating calls to attract a mate and a hamster can squeak when it feel threatened or is being aggressive. Many of these sounds are brief and unrecognizable to the human ear.

Cute hamster standing

Behaviors and What They Mean

When you learn what all these behaviors mean, you will then be able to better care for your hamster. If you notice your little pet is upset, mad or sick, you can changes they way you care for it by improving its situation. Often times, you might just need to build more trust with your pet in order for it not to act aggressive or get frightened when you put your hands in the cage. The follow is a list of behaviors and what they mean.

  • Burrowing in bedding: This means a hamster is happy and just digging around playing or searching for a possible snack it may have buried earlier.
  • Watching you with its ears erect: A hamster behavior like this means it is just a bit curious about what is going on and in a calm way.
  • One that is grooming: They are seeking reassurance and are feeling rather content with everything that is going on.
  • Stretching their limbs: They are feeling good and relaxed about their current situation.
  • Ears forward with cheek pouches puffed up and mouth open: It’s frightened. Try to remove the stressors that are causing this behavior.
  • When it empties its cheek pouches quickly: This is a hamster that is insecure about the current situation and is likely to flee and hide.
  • Standing on hind legs with their dukes up: A hamster with this body language is telling you it feels threatened and might get aggressive if you don’t back off.
  • It gets startled when you approach: This is another sign that your pet is feeling insecure and unsure of what is going on at the moment.
  • Ears laid back with narrowed eyes: This is a sign of a suspicion and they thinks something is up.
  • Lying on its back with incisors showing: Yet one more sign of a frightened and threatened hamster that doesn’t want to be messed with.
  • It creeps slowly along the sides of it’s cage: It’s unsure of its surroundings or it’s trying to find its bearings on where they are at.
  • It freezes in place: When they are afraid they might playing dead by lying down and freezing in place.
  • When they chatter their teeth: This behavior means they are fearful and ready for aggression. It’s a warning sign to stay away.
  • If they are shy and always hiding: This occurs when it’s stressed by something or someone. (loud noises, aggressive hamsters, over eager children)
  • When it squeaks: This can mean it’s doing a mating call, feels uncomfortable, is mad or even frightened. It can also mean nothing at all.
  • They are unresponsive when you approach: This is often a sign that your has an illness or an injury.
  • When they are lazy or lethargic: Another sign that they might be sick or under the weather.
  • Biting or nipping you or another hamster: This is a sure sign of a hamster that is frightened and defensive. It show you have not built up enough trust with it yet.
  • Two hamsters fighting: One or both hamsters are trying to display their dominance or defend their territory. Separate them if the don’t stop fighting.
  • When it repeats a behavior over and over again: If this happens, this is an indicator that it’s not well mentally. This mental disorder is caused by a monotonous life in an inadequately sized hamster cage.

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418 comments on “Observing Behaviors

  1. I have a Syrian who will sometimes roll on to his back when I go to get him out! Why would that be! Is he scared? Is it submissive?

  2. Hi I have two Male Campbell dwarf hamsters. I’m curious as to why one of the males went up to my other male and flipped over on to its belly and laid there for 2 secs then got up and walked away?

    • It is most probably because he doesn’t want to be with another hamster and he did that to tell the other hamster to back off. This is because hamsters are very territorial once they are mature.

  3. I’m a new hamster owner and I have 2 dwarf hamster brothers. I’ve had them for a month now and I’ve really bonded with them! They have plenty of bedding for digging, I bought 2 large cages and linked them with tubing for loads of running space, loads of hideouts, treats, and a large sand bath. They come out every evening and run around on the sofa on their own blanket and will fall asleep behind my back together. My only thing is, one of them mouths my hand/fingers… theres rarely any pressure, never draws blood, but he will just touch his teeth and tongue to my hand for a moment. The other doesnt do this so theres no smell of food on me… does anyone know why a hamster might mouth me? Is it stress? Playing? I’ve only seen this kind of behaviour in cats/dogs before.

  4. My hamster is only using his mouth to move and it constantly lying down.what is this behaviour mean.we talked to the vet she said he’d be fine and asked if we wanted pain meds.im still unsure on what this is .please reply quickly

  5. My dwarf hamster does this thing where after he marks he acts like he’s intoxicated by the smell he fall asleep with his face often squished against the glass or often just looks completely out of it. What is this? I’m just curious to know.

  6. So one time I took out my teddy bear hamster (at night of course) and I was letting her down and playing with her. she was going somewhere I didn’t want her to go so I gently picked her up and she started trying to get out my hands and she fell. But I checked on her and she’s ok and still acting normal she never done this before. I’m confused why it happened what I think it was is probably when I picked her up she got scared? If someone knows please tell me I’m still thinking why it happened.

  7. hey! a couple of weeks ago, I got three dwarfs, originally I was told they were all females but later found out only one of them actually was. because we did not want them to mate, we separated them and put the two males in one cage the female in another one. ever since that day the males have been a little strange, they barely come out of their hiding during the day (which they used to do), don’t eat as much as they did and they let me handle them way more than before, almost not reacting to my presence. one of them has been with a cough lately and I’ve been giving them milk mixed with water and a little bit of honey. any advice on what to do with the males? any idea as to what may be wrong with them?

    • So one time I took out my teddy bear hamster (at night of course) and I was letting her down and playing with her. she was going somewhere I didn’t want her to go so I gently picked her up and she started trying to get out my hands and she fell. But I checked on her and she’s ok and still acting normal but I’m confused why it happened what I think it was is probably when I picked her up she got scared? If someone knows please tell me I’m still thinking why it happened.

  8. I had my Hamster “polly” by june. I read the comments and I think I started out wrong because when I bought polly, i really played with her a lot. Like put her out of the cage, lift her, and i touch her all the time. Maybe that’s why she’s still not comfortable with me until now. But I noticed one change about her. When I approach her now and stroke her forehead or back or belly she stays still for about 5 to 10 seconds before she walks away from me and then hide under her wheels. Does that mean she’s starting to get a little comfortable with me? Because I really need to know. I hope someone here could answer my question. Thanks.

  9. I have a dwarf hamster with a 5 story cage. All he wants to do is stay in his ball, hit doors and my legs. He squares up to bigger animals by running into them and when he’s in his cage he stares at me untill he falls asleep….is this normal????

  10. Have a dwarf. It’s taken about a year for the dude to be fairly comfortable with me, but he now is. “Audie” (male) rarely now shows any aggressive or fearful type behaviors—other than maybe a digging of his nails in my skin, a slight nip on my hand or finger when he wants back in his cage, or when he runs to the same corner of a table edge and keeps peering down…I’ve learned that this also means he wants back in his cage. That’s about it on the negative if you can even call it that (at least I think so). Some positive behaviors I notice however might conflict a little with some of what this blog piece asserts. FWIW, I offer it here simply to help shed more light on the mysterious world of hamster behavior: These include:

    ⁃ violently vibrating his head much like a dog shaking water off his fur just out of a pool or something while stroking with a finger. Actually feels like a smart phone on vibrate! Haven’t been able to text with him yet however (LOL).
    ⁃ teeth chattering is aplenty too, but Audie only does this when he’s truly relaxed…almost mushy feeling in his body due to no tenseness in it what-so-ever. I think this is known as bruxing(??)
    ⁃ eyes bulging/pulsating is another interesting little quirk too (called boggling I believe).
    ⁃ nose twitching accompanied by his head moving up and down like the way somebody readily head nods in agreement with something said.

  11. I’ve had my dwarf hamster for months now and he was really cuddly and friendly but in the last 2 weeks he’s starting getting aggressive with me. He does what he normally does when I go to handle him, but as soon as I have hold of him he bites me. I’ve tried all sort like rubbing my hands with his used sawdust, doing it at different times of day, trying different ways to pick him up but nothings working. He’s drinking fine but doesn’t seem to be eatting much although he is fine in himself still playing and comfortable in his cage but he seems to have stopped liking me. Is there something I can do? He seems upset every time I try to handle him and his bitting has gone from nibbling to drawing blood. Part of me wants to leave him to himself but he was always such an affectionate boy and I got him for company. But I don’t want him upset if I’m not doing something I should?

    • That’s frustrating I can imagine. Especially when he started out so approachable. Not knowing exactly how long you’ve had him, but assuming he’s young (like under a year old), they’re still trying to get accustomed to things. I’ve found that my dwarf hamster behaviors didn’t really stabilize until almost the year mark. So patience is the virtue here. I’d suggest not holding him so much(?). This doesn’t mean you can’t take him out of his cage and play with him. Just don’t hold him. Put him on a surface (a dresser, a stair, a small enclosed floor space, etc.) perhaps under a soft cloth (for a comfort sense), and just stroke his back very gently if he won’t squirm or try to run. Use either your finger or an perhaps old toothbrush. Mine have like that. You also gotta balance how much you approach him vs. letting him come to you. The latter obviously is preferable, because that helps reinforce trust. Have treats at the ready for the latter. You’ll have to notice where you touch him that he kind of likes. You could tell this if all of a sudden he seems kind of still and relaxed. or if you feel his body kind of vibrate a little like a cellphone. Muscle tenseness is kind of a sign of sign of stress. Not necessarily terror for them, but when you can feel they bodies get very soft and pliable (like warm dough or something) it’s a really good sign. Also have little treats ready to offer, and when you give them make sure to gently pet, or speak softy so the critter can make the associations of those things with food and positive experiences. One last thing to capitalize on too. I’ve come to notice that dwarfs have these little epiphany moments. If you’ve had a particularly nice little time with them and they’ll suddenly freeze and then stare at you for say 15-20 seconds…it’s like they’re realizing “hey…this person aint so bad, what was I being so freaked out about?” I’ve noticed after these significant stare/freezes, they actually change their behavior around you, and usually in a pretty positive way. I know I’ve written a lot here…but I do understand the frustration of that…especially when they look so cute yet in the next moment would tear your head off it they had the chance. Hope this stuff help!

  12. I recently got a female Syrian hamster . When we first got her she was really quiet then about a week after she was coming out and everything ! Unfortunately my cat managed to sneak into my room and was at her cage ever since she has been biting the cages wires and biting me even harder than before . I try and build trust by stroking her back and giving her a treat after but then I do it the next time and she will bite me and I will bleed ! My hamster is stressed as she also does excessive hoarding of food but I don’t know where to go from here ? Help?

  13. Hi I diidnt let my hamster(normal winter white) get adjusted to its new cage after getting it. It seemed fine and i was really excited so i started touching it and picking it up. Now she backs away from me at times when i try to pet her. Did i scare her?

    • Hiii okay so I just got a winter white and I did the same exact thing I picked him up and played with him he seemed alright and nice but now all he does is bite

      • My hamster usually stands up on its hind legs and i would give it a high five on the palm and it would high five me back. But, does that mean aggression? And, ive had my hamster for months but he still bites me. I tried to make him not bite me, but he sometimes still would. Does this mean that i dont have enough trust built between me and my hamster?

    • Just got a 8 week old short hair teddy bear hamster and she is super scared of me. She runs away from me, flips onto her back and urinates on me if I pick her up. Help lol

      • I had a hamster like this once. Let her come to you. Give her the opportunity to get to know you and learn you are not a threat by putting your hand in the cage with your palm up staying still, for a few minutes every day and she will eventually come up to your hand out of curiosity. It’s a lot easier to move forward if you change the hamsters perspective of you from a threat to a safe thing.

  14. I am a new hamster owner. I have two male dwarf winter whites. My cage has a wheel on the top.Tue wheels broke off when I was gone and both my Two winter whites got out.I found one but I don’t no where the other one would is. What should I do. Please let me know

  15. Hi, just recently got two Russian dwarf hamsters both girls and one of them keeps flipping the other over and the squeaks at her, i think it could be to with dominance but its happening like 4 to 5 times a day, is it likely to be anything else.

    • my 2 females have started doing this, well it’s just 1 of them if the other cones anywhere near. It’s only started in the last couple of days. Not sure why??

    • My male hamster likes to run his paws over his mouth and then his muzzle for a few seconds. What does this mean? Is he excited or nervous?

  16. I have just had 2 Robo hamsters and I’m a new owner. One of the little girls crawled into the pipe ( see through) and sat watching me. I gave her two sunflower seeds which she happily took from my hand but remained inside the tube. Is this normal, I’ve never had a hamster and have only had these 5 days. They are so very cute!! X

    • Mine is doing the EXACT same thing. Kinda weirded me out a little with the constant staring for over half an hour. Now she is happily running on her wheel. Strange but cute animals! Hope this helped

  17. Hello! I am a new hampster owner. I think mine is a long haired russian. She bites her cage alot and whenever i try to oet her she flinches and rolls onto her back. She doesnt have a large cage but i cant get her a bigger one. How can i make her more comfortable around me and how can i alleviate any stress that she has?

    • Hi! I recently got a male Syrian teddy bear hamster. I cant have a large cage at my house as well. I know when they are biting their cage alot it’s called “Cage Rage”. It sounds like her rolling on her back means she is scared. What we have been doing to prevent or fix this problem and to tame him for handling and so he is comfortable and feels safe is putting his cage in our bathtub on top of a towel and allowing him to come out. once he does we remove his cage so we can clean his poop out and so he can roam free in a safe place. we have been sitting in the tub taking turns so he can smell us and get to know us. He now lets us hold him and he comes to us right away and loves his “dry tubby time” lol We have had him for almost two weeks. He has stopped biting his cage (he only did this twice before i started doing the tub thing) we give him his treats in the tub too. it’s worth a try!

    • Make a bin cage! Tutorials on YouTube. Cheap and great with lots of (very necessary as hamsters are incredibly active and easily bored) space.

  18. Hello! I had had my Syrian for a month now, all was great until she escaped one night, we found her and returned her safely to her cage. However now she is constantly biting her cage and trying to get out. She has a three story cage connected to another smaller cage, two wheels, lots of chews, honey sticks and we regularly give her treats. I don’t know why she all of a sudden hates her cage. We let her run in her ball as often as possible, sometimes that’s up to 2+ hrs a day (with breaks every 20mins in her cage for water) and let her run around without the ball and play with her every night as well. Any tips to make her hate her cage less!?

    • Like people maybe she wants a new home (cage)…..
      When a hamster bites at her cage (bars) it could be a sign of boredom although by the way you have described her cage that shouldn’t happen.
      It could be that she perhaps leaves her cage too much in the ball and maybe handling her more might help

      • Does she seem happy in the ball? That’s a lot of small confinement time. This may sound odd but maybe her cage is actually too large and frustrating. Try removing the addition. What type of treats? Sugary treats aren’t good for them. They do love carrots and broccoli.

    • This is late but hamsters prefer big cages length wise… it allows them to run more freely. Cage biting is a sign of boredom and stress from the small cage length wise.

      • I’m a first time hamster owner, I got a female Russian dwarf about 4 days ago. On the first 2 days she was super friendly and loved being handled but now she’s getting up later, showing signs of stress or aggression and idk why. I’m sure her cage is large enough and it has another floor, i think she may have been scared when she slept i the same room as me and the fan I was using fell off a table and made a lot of noise because the following night she was less friendly. I think when she doesn’t want to play she kicks bedding at me and then stares at me. I don’t know why she’s being like this all of a sudden, she’s about 10 weeks old or younger. Sometimes she will just lay in a random spot, eyes slightly narrowed, I don’t know what’s happening 🙁 Is it bad if you hold out a treat and she kind of nibbles your finger instead? Sometimes I can’t even tell if she’s trying to nibble or bite, I knew she was gonna change eventually but I didn’t know so soon :/

  19. Hello , we got a Dwarf hamster a few weeks ago and it was very kind and cute and would run around and play all the time and then about 1 week ago we have got 2 robot hamsters in another cage across the room from the older hamster. Suddenly the behaviour of the older hamster has completely changed and it’s just sits at the cage and keeps biting us . There could be many reasons for this . Do u have any ideas why

  20. Hello, I just got a short-haired Syrian hamster yesterday. When we went to get him, the worker let us hold all of the hamsters, so we could chose the friendliest one. We currently are housing him in a 20 gallon long tank with a wheel, food, water bottle, hideouts, etc. He hasn’t been using his wheel, which worries me. The pet store had them using flying saucers. Also, we started holding him after a few hours of bringing him home, even though we should have waited. When we put out hand in, he just sniffed us and really didn’t mind. We picked him up and held him and he didn’t seem nervous. Do you think he’s already hand-tamed? Also, how should I get him to use his wheel?

    • Hi.
      You’re hamster is probally already hand-tamed due to the staff and protentional owners handling him at the pet store. As for the wheel, if he hasn’t already started using it, then perhaps it’s just not his kind of thing? Not all hamster enjoy them…. Most do but not all… Just let him decide on to use it or not.

      • is It the same type of wheel it had in the store (solid plastic)? Is is large enough? If he has to arch his back too much he may not like it.

    • Saucers aren’t big enough for Syrians so try to get at least a 7 inch wheel and just put it in there. He’ll/she’ll eventually use it and they may use it at times when you don’t even know it

  21. Ive hada female Siberian hamster for about a year now, really cute and I love her a lot, but she is biting on the bars of her cage often, every 5-10 minutes for about 10-15. She has plenty of chew toys, hiding spots, clean bedding, and tons of room, (A four layer metal cage with a non grated bottom) and two different hamster wheels (a traditional one and a tilted circular one). I try to handle her daily. I’ve tried deterring her (blowing on her face while saying ‘no’, giving her a gentle Boop on the nose(hardly touching, but enough to get her attention) and saying stop, even flicking a bit of water at her doesn’t help) but that doesn’t seem to do anything. Even putting vinegar on the cage bars isn’t helping at all. I’m loosing alot of sleep because she is so loud, and I just don’t know what to do with her. Please help!

    • Hey, this may help, if you try ignoring her she may give up and go to sleep, hamsters can develop bad habits of biting the bars and therefore getting attention, which is what they want. This may suggest that she needs more interactive stimulation in her cage, for example maybe one of those hanging toys for hamsters where they lift it up to get the treat. That being said, I’m no expert. I tried this on my own hamster and it only minimised the chewing, in a very large cage. Hopefully this helped x

    • It sounds like it could be boredom..My two did that and it was their sign that they want to come out into their exercise balls..a bit like young children…mum mum can we come out to play..They come out every evening for a few hours (even if have to wake them) then back to their respective cages..all is quiet..hth xx

  22. I have a long haired male syrian. he’s in a 40 gallon breeder, w one of those expensive silent runner wheels, a sand bath, chews, hides, etc. I’ve had him for a month and a half & he’s been great. he’s a super loving ham. but starting yesterday he’s randomly been sitting behind his wheel and staring at the wall for hours. when I take him out he’s ok and running around, and he was running around on his wheel last night; we woke up n he was sitting next to his wheel staring at nothing. it’s just so out of the blue and it’s never happened with any of my hamsters before. he’s also still eating and drinking which is good but I’m just so confused.

    • Hi there. I recently got a female Syrian hamster at a couple of weeks old. I’ve had her for just over a week and she’s been seeming very happy up until today. I woke up to her I her day bed and she’d wrecked and moved the rest of her cage. Her day bed was filled to the brim of her sawdust and paper and she has also recently started biting her cage bars. She doesn’t drink much at all but will munch away at cucumber and lettuce giving her the supply of water that she needs. She seems wreckless and can never seem to keep her burrowing corners in the same place. I’m unsure if this is normal behaviour as this is my first hamster but if someone could offer a hand that would be very much appreciated

      • Some hamsters love to rearrange their cages. The bar biting may mean she need more play time outside the cage.

  23. I just got a female short-haired Syrian hamster. I’m a new hamster owner and have had her for about a day or so and she seems fine… she’s running on her wheel in the evening/night, she’s eating, she’s drinking water, she’s grooming and nesting. I am however worried that her cage isn’t big enough for her. It’s a 24x18x12 terrarium with a mesh lid so lots of ventaliation. She’s got an 8” comfort wheel, a hideout, a tunnel, a bridge, some toilet paper for extra bedding and a couple chews (some wood and a whimzeey chew) that she seems to like. I’m unsure how to tell if she’s happy though. I’m using clean and cozy bedding and I was thinking of litter training her but there’s isn’t much room left for a tray. What do I do? I haven’t attempted much taking yet because she’s only been here a day or so but I’m anxious to know if I’m doing things right.

    • That’s perfect! I’ve also done lots of research as I am also a new hamster owner. If you would like to put in a litter tray, try moving around the toys until you have space. I also recommend giving her pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds every other day to let her get used to you.

  24. I have a winter white hamster that would have turned 1 year in November or December I believe. I kept her in a 45 gal tank with weekly bedding changes, although recently with school restarting I am ashamed to say I have been slacking so the last one was about 10 days ago. I came home today and realized Lapis(hamster) had not come out last night or this morning to run. I was curious, so I started searching around in the bedding for her(about 4-5 inches depending on where in the cage she was). I found her curled up into a fetal position, cold.

    I had recently moved rooms, so mabye that was a stress factor for her, and along with the uneven bedding changes that could be part of it? I am really sad and don’t know why she died, and would like to find the cause so I can prevent it from happening again.

    Thoughts/changes/possible causes:
    •room change(switched w/younger sib, moved into the room next to mine, so not that much of a difference air/temp wise) 2 days ago
    •bedding change was 10 days ago, half change
    •water was cleaned out yesterday
    •last play time was 3 days ago
    •she had been jumping at the glass a lot recently, and climbing on her toys to try to get out?? possible mental problem mabye??
    •under 1 year old
    •Gray winter white
    •fetal position, cold

    Any insight or help to what may have gone wrong?? Thanks!!!

  25. I have a winter white hamster and it is the sweetest little thing I got him in August and we named him gizmo when I let the cat in the bedroom she doesn’t try to hurt him she sits near his cage and stays by his side if someone walks in she wakes up and walks towards them but back to the hamster he is so sweet and I am hoping he stays that way forever I have a question what things can you feed your winter white hamsters besides hamster food I have been wondering but never gave him anything besides his normal food he loves his food it has seeds corn and some other stuff but give me more things to look forward to that I can give him.

  26. We put some new items in our hamster cages And they are running around crazy we also cleaned there cage also are they just happy this is my first time having them

  27. I have a syrian hamster about 9months old, recently she likes to bite her cage and run around like a mad hamster. I would bring her out for a while and she always find a way to escape and run away. After letting her run around for abt 5mins I’ll put her into the cage. She would bite the bars for a few seconds and after that found a nice spot to rest and sleep. It keep happening over and over whenever I approach her cage to check on her. Can someone give me advice if my hamster is bored or anything? It bothers me alot and wondering if she is happy anot.

    • Try upgrading her cage to a larger one. It sounds like you have a crittertrail cage and that is actually unacceptable for hamsters even tho they are marketed for hamsters. Get a 40 gal+ tank with a mesh ventillated lid or for a cheaper option, search up how to make a hamster diy bin cage and at least a 110 quart bin. add more toys too! bitting bars can result in chipped teeth

  28. I have a roborovski hamster she is just over 1 year old and I’ve only had her 2 months, she’s normally calm most of the time but she fell of her ladder in her cage and she is just running around, won’t get in her ball at all. I’m super worried as she won’t even let me pick her up to check she’s okay, please reply 🙁

    • I have a hamster and she loves climbing all over her cage hen falls of but she was ok if you suspect something you should take her to the vet and get her checked out

  29. We have a female winter white. She is about 7-9 month old and we have had her about 4 months. Up until about a week ago was very lovable, would love to be petted and would snuggle up and fall asleep in your arms. Now she attacks us. She acts like she wants attention then bam-she snaps. She has always bitten the cage when she wanted out and but rarely nipped-if she did it was very soft. Now she draws blood.

    Nothing has changed with her surroundings etc. She doesn’t appear injured. She runs around and when we have been able to hold her we don’t feel any bumps or issues. She appears to be urinating and pooping and is eating. We cannot figure out what the issue is.

    Today we moved her cage into her playpen which is a very large box. I read it could be an issue with her cage so I thought I would try putting her in a larger environment. Still super aggressive.

    Any thoughts?

  30. I have a what i think is a Campbell’s, she keeps running around the cage climbing on everything then jumping off she repeats until she gets tired when she sees me… she wants to get on my hand,tho i just got her yesterday… sometimes she sleeps with her head lifted up on a corner…
    I would like to know if something is wrong or she is just weird.

  31. I got this Syrian hamster about a month ago was very shy to start with then started coming out it’s shell and then me and my boyfriend went away. And Rhurbarb was fine when we seen her but today we got her out and put her in her ball that she normally goes in and loves but she didn’t move at all and it took ten minutes for her to get out of the ball and into her cage whereas normally it takes her a matter of seconds, I’m really worried about her it’s like she’s got no energy and is walking really slow like her back legs are going we don’t know how old she is as I got her from the pet store, and what she’s doing now is just laid on the bottom of her cage in a corner with all the sawdust around her, I’ve read a few things online and I’ve had a Syrian hamster before but not one like this, can someone please give me their opinion I’m really worried.

  32. I just got my hamster a new cage and put a pet safe mesh around it. My Syrian keeps shoving her nose in the gaps and sniffing. It’s a new cage so is that normal?

  33. Hello! I recent bought a Syrian hamster and brought him home in a tiny cage so we bought a 20 gallon aquarium. I put a wheel and toys with food, water and treats. When I woke up two mornings ago he had chewed his way out from the top cover. I found him tonight and put him back in the aquarium, however, his cheeks are full of food that he must have taken with him two days ago and he is taking it out in corners. He has always been very passive and so sweet but when I put my hand in to pet him he flipped over on his back and went into fight mode. I was afraid he was gonna bite me. Is this normal behavior, and is he just stressed? I am going tomm to buy a 40 gal breeder to house him for a couple weeks because we are currently building the 96 X 30 X 21 in DIY cage similar to “hoppinghammy” on YouTube so he will have a tremendous mansion home. Will he be ok? Please somebody answer me 😔

    • It’s recomended that the hamster has 24-48 hours of uninterrupted time to adjust to his/her new surroundings. Human interaction is then the following few days where the hamster will learn your sent and your intentions. Often times you should start out with a treat in your hand and allow him/her to crawl into your hand associating you with food. If your lil guy escaped before you could do this process and allow him to trust you, he may feel frighten and unsure of you. Especially after the stress of being lose in a new home for that long. Give him some time to get adjusted to his new cage and allow him to get used to your sent. Offer him his favorite treats and soon enough he will be crawling all over you!

  34. I got this Young Syrian hamster three days ago and I try to pick her up and she rolls onto her back but other than that she is friendly. what’s going on? I know she might be frightened because this is her new home but just wondering.

  35. I brought two syrian hamsters yesterday..one seems perfectly all right but the other one is showing some behaviour which is though to understand.he is running arround the cage rapidly without a stop.. sometimes running backward, and it is not going on the other floors of the cage..
    Its getting tough to understand the situation..making me feel that he is not comfortable or in some problem …plz suggest me smthing and help me out..

    • Sounds like he might have neurological problem sometimes called flipping. I know it’s common in pet shop dwarfs, it may not be that but just check it up. From what I’ve read on the illness it sounds a bit like ADHD or OCD in humans, they compulsively run and flip etc.
      Side note, you aren’t keeping them together are you? Please don’t, they really are solitary animals and they may seem fine at the moment but it’s probably causing stress etc and one day may reach boiling point causing them to fight resulting in death or injury. Please don’t keep Syrians together! It may be a cause of this problem.
      If you aren’t keeping them together, then sorry for the rant. Make sure he has the right sized cage and wheel as there is lots of wrong information on Syrian hamsters, hell pets at home sell them nesting material which is proven to kill them! I advise Erin’s animals on YouTube, she has the best care advice for hamsters and is really entertaining 🙂
      Wheel diameter – 20 or 30 cm diameter
      Cage – mines in a 1mx0.5m modified Viv, but I know there’s other options. Either way, a lot of “Syrian hamster” cages sold in pet shops are too small. Sadly it’s more profitable for them to sell too small, unsuitable cages to unsuspecting kids who trust them :/

    • Do you have soft bedding cause if not they go nutes…or it could be the small space or not enough things to do in the cage that could be the promblem

    • i Hope they aren’t in the same cage as hamsters are very solitary and territorial. If they are, separate them as they might be marking territory and preventing the other from being anywhere else in the cage

    • Please don’t tell me both Syrians are in one cage lol. if so, that literally could kill your hamster(s) and you would know that with maybe three minutes of internet research on hamsters.

  36. I let my hamster run around in his n.a. and then a couple hours later I came and went to out him back in his cage but I came in to find that he somehow got my sweatpants in the ball and are a big chunk out of it. I was wondering what that meant am I not feeding him enough or is he mad of what please let me know thanks

    • Never leave your hamster unattended outside of their cage. You’re hamster should only be in a ball for at the most 15 minutes. There can be severe health consequences otherwise.

  37. Can someone please get back to me my girl hamster who is now a year keeps running really fast up to the top end of cage and and then back and she constantly does this whenever I see her she’s doing this what does this mean and how can I help her x

    • Hello, your hamsterCould just be really excited or she might feel stressed and scared. I don’t really know that much, but it sound to me that perhaps you should seek further help online and then if you don’t find any answers, talk to your vet.

    • My hamster did that same thing when I first got him, it just means they are a little nervous with the space but its normal when you’ve only had them for a short while, its kind of the same when a hamster runs on their wheel none stop, they just need to adjust. You could tell me how long you’ve had her because it depends. You don’t need to help her you just have to make sure she calms down after awhile and try to gain its trust.

  38. I have a winter white hamster. She is almost 2 years old. I know they don’t live long. Recently, I’ve been noticing she had blood on her fur near her bottom. She seems to have lost alot of hair near her bottom too. I’m worried she has been licking her self raw. I see little patches of blood in her crate & get so worried. She is eating & drinking water. Her stool is normal too. I’m worried she could be stressed but I’m unsure why. Could this just be something due to old age?

    • It could be a deadly hamster condition called wet tail, its a disease that hamsters get and most if them die from it, i really think you should take her to the vet and see what’s wrong.

      • That’s possibly Pyometra, it’s an infection of the uterus. If it’s bleeding it means it’s an open Pyometra which can be treated with aggressive antibiotics. Keep a watch out for any abdominal swelling but either way, you need to see a vet. I really hope your hamster is still with you

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