The bright little eyes of a small rodent make you fall in love with it, its neat coat makes you want to stroke it, you feel that you have already adopted this adorable rodent. However, on his side, the introductions remain to be made…
When your hamster arrives at your home, he loses all his bearings: he is in a new land. Everything is a source of stress, even his carefully chosen cage is unfamiliar to him. To tame your hamster, several steps must be respected. Patience remains the key to success.
Welcoming your hamster
To evolve in complete serenity, the hamster needs a protected space. Choose a quiet corner, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. An adapted cage offers him a complete living space where he can rest, eat quietly and go about his favorite activities. At first, the hamster appreciates to find its marks in this new environment, without any other solicitation. Its comfort contributes to its well-being and encourages the conquest of its reserved territory.
Think of providing him with a shelter with a comforter to settle down in the warmth in all intimacy. He will quickly find his water bottle and the food dispenser. Don’t worry if he doesn’t touch it as soon as he arrives: the stress of transportation and changes still prevails. A suitably sized wheel allows him to release his energy in a positive way. The exploration of the pipes and games available to him in the cage will come naturally after this phase and certainly during the night. Equipment appropriate to its size and activities provides the relaxation your new pet needs to gain confidence.
Special hamster treats will stimulate his natural appetite and his desire to discover his cage. Hamster food, like a welcome gift, contributes greatly to the pleasure of getting used to his new habitat. At first, he’ll fill his cheeks with food and then run off to nibble in his house. Little by little, he will get used to the noises of the house and will feel protected in his specially designed cage.
Let your hamster get his bearings
As soon as it settles in the cage, you can observe it from a distance. Avoid any sudden movements. You’ll then have plenty of time to get to know your hamster in its instinctive occupations. Do not miss the installation of the comforter in its house. The hamster has mainly olfactory marks. He marks his territory at the same time as he grooms himself.
Once it has established its habits, you can put a hand on the cage and talk to it gently. It is not necessary to stay too long: it is better to repeat the gesture at regular intervals. It’s best to do this in the early evening, when your hamster is active. Of course, you must give him time to stretch his legs before making contact. You will then be able to savor a first victory: he should come and smell and maybe taste your fingers through the cage! It is important to remain calm at this stage to maintain a relationship of mutual trust.
To reinforce this first positive contact, you can present him with a seed. You will have the opportunity to observe that he has his own preferences… Continue to talk to him while he gnaws on his reward, but remember that he functions mainly by smell. A new step remains to be taken: open the cage without him hiding!
Taking your hamster in your hands
Opening the cage requires slow movements. Any precipitation could awaken his survival instincts as if he were facing a predator. Your hamster must feel safe. You can put your hand in the cage. We recommend that you keep your fingers slightly bent to provide a welcoming hollow.
Once your hamster’s hand is in the cage, it is important that you do not move. You can still talk to him as usual. Let him find his olfactory references. The most adventurous ones will go up to snuggle in the hand, for the others a treat will do the trick. Repeat this step at regular times to establish habits.
When you feel your pet is completely confident, take it out of its cage. To avoid any risk of falling, it is recommended to place the hamster facing you and, possibly, over a table. If the experiment is not successful, there is nothing to stop you from trying again, when your rodent seems more willing. Respecting your hamster’s rhythm will help create a lasting bond. Once tamed, your hamster will allow itself to be handled.
The relationship between man and hamster is not limited to the supply of food. Repeated encounters allow feelings under the sign of delicacy, before becoming expected reunions, then precious appointments. Once in confidence, the hamster lets itself approach without fear. Its natural vivacity and curiosity will amuse you. Your little mammal will quickly appreciate the warmth of your hand. Don’t rush, even if you can’t wait to share moments of complicity with your hamster: give it time to adopt you in turn!