How can biting behavior in a hamster be corrected?

It is true that hamsters occasionally bite; however, this usually only occurs when they are afraid. A pet hamster will typically make a living, cuddly friend, but hamsters may and will bite under certain circumstances. However, hamsters are not usually aggressive; they usually bite solely in response to fear.

Although those small fangs might not be as destructive as the ones of other animals, a bite will nonetheless hurt, so avoid doing so. Thankfully, you can teach your hamster to stop biting and tolerate handling over time.

Does the hamster bite?

Hamster in woman hands

Regular handling has made hamsters tame; they are accustomed to humans and do not become frightened easily. Conversely, unhandled hamsters are typically not particularly docile and may often bite when you attempt to pick them up. The most crucial thing to keep in mind when working with these hamsters is that their biting behavior is a result of fear rather than aggression. 

How to Put an End to the Biting


Patience is the key to dealing with a biting hamster. Gaining your hamster's trust is a long process that requires patience. If your hamster has been biting for a while, this is an excellent course of action. Additionally, it's a terrific way to meet a new hamster, who can be somewhat shy at first.

If you need a month or longer to earn your hamster's trust, don't give up. You can even lessen the intervals between the instructions if your hamster calms down and behaves more quickly than you anticipated. If at any moment your hamster appears afraid, return to the prior stage and give it another few days to get used to it.

Your hamster will eventually stop being afraid of you and start to view people as a supply of treats. It will eventually be worthwhile, even though it will take some time.

Week 1: Give your hamster some time to adjust.


Spend some time conversing with your hamster while sitting close to the cage in the evening, when it is most active. If you are at a loss for words, you can read instead of sing along to it. The goal is to give your hamster time to get used to your presence—particularly your voice and fragrance.

Recall that transferring to its new cage in unfamiliar surroundings may be rather distressing, so this time allows your hamster to become used to its new surroundings. Do not try to touch the hamster just yet.

You might have to pick up the hamster during its first few days to clean the cage or put it back in after an escape. If your hamster hasn't entirely come to terms with you, gently pick it up and place it in a towel or drinking glass after guiding it into a corner.

Week 2: Give your hamster time to adjust to your touch.


Put the hand inside the cage and continue talking to your hamster while you sit by it. Proceed at a very slow pace. Place your hand on top of the cage or just inside the entrance on the first day. Try extending your hand a little bit each day after that.

Your hamster may sniff or investigate your hand if it gets interested in you, but avoid trying to touch it.

Week 3: Give your hamster some goodies.


You might have found some of the hamster's favorite foods by now. If not, try apples, raisins, and sunflower seeds. Although these treats should only be given to your pet occasionally, they can be excellent training aids.

Present these treats to your hamster with your bare hands, placing them inside its cage. It's likely to come over for dinner eventually, which will help you win its trust.

Week 4: Adore Your Hamster


You can try giving your hamster some gentle pet care once it is eating goodies without discomfort. You can go to the next phase, which is to pick up your hamster, if it accepts this. If not, keep patiently giving out sweets and patting.

Week 5: Grab Your Hamster


It's time to give it a go and pick up the hamster if it accepts goodies and lets you pet it. Once more, take it slow and allow your hamster to choose how far you progress throughout each session.

Using the sweets to get the hamster on your hands is a smart strategy. Next, attempt to pick it up using both hands.

After placing one hand around either side of the hamster, bring them together under its abdomen. Instead of firmly grabbing the hamster by the back, gently cup it in your palms. Sometimes hamsters first perceive pressure across their backs as frightening.

If your hamster attempts to leap out of its hands, don't hold it too high off the ground. Try holding it slightly off the cage floor at first, then raise it a little bit higher. A hamster might attempt to jump away less frequently if you hold it with its back to you.

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