Dwarf Hamster Handling

Dwarf Hamster Handling

When there are new Dwarf hamsters in the house, don't try to handle them immediately. Allow a couple of days for settling in. Chat away gently to get your pets used to the sound of your voice. It all helps.

When you think the right time has come, hold your hand in the cage so your Dwarf hamsters can smell you. It's a good idea to wash your hands first, so you smell the same every time.

Your pets may walk onto your hand, or you can scoop them up gently with two hands. Keep your hands over a table or sofa or close to the floor in case there's an escape attempt or they fall and hurt themselves.

The more you play with and handle your Dwarf hamsters, the better. Confidence will rise and they’ll be very happy to be handled.

Waking your pets up to handle them is a very bad idea. You wouldn't like it, and nor will they. But unlike you, they may bite out of fear.

Different Dwarf hamsters have different temperaments and may need slightly different treatment. Both species of Russian hamster are very sensitive – handle with extreme care. Roborovski hamsters are active and wriggly, and could make a break for it. Chinese hamsters, on the other hand, are docile and will sit quietly.

Never pick dwarf hamsters up by the scruff of the neck - it puts pressure on the head and may cause their eyes to pop out.

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