Understanding Your Hamsters Behaviour

Have you ever wondered what your hamsters behaviour actually means?

Hopefully this will help you better understand your hamsters behaviour.

 

Laying on its back

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Photo credit: Chief Trent / Foter / CC BY

 

This is a sign that your hamster is frightened or startled, it is a defense mechanism. It is a sign that your hamster should be left alone for a few minutes  until he/she calms down.

 

 

 

 

Squeaking/Hissing

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Photo credit: Chimerastone / Foter / CC BY

 

Hamsters often squeak and hiss through fright or if they are agitated. They are sometimes seen in a defensibe pose, crouched with legs raised and teeth showing. Hamsters can also squeak when fighting with each other or establishing dominance.

 

 

 

 

Grooming

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Photo credit: digital_image_fan / Foter / CC BY

 

 

Hamsters groom themselves when they are feeling calm and secure, it is a sign that a hamster is happy in its environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Yawning/Stretching

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Photo credit: jpockele / Foter / CC BY

 

 

Also a sign that your hamster is happy and comfortable.

 

 

 

 

 

Listening

Hamsters Behaviour
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Hamsters can often be seen standing up on their back legs with their ears twitching, they do this when something has caught their attention.

 

 

 

 

 

Scent gland marking

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Photo credit: digital_image_fan / Foter / CC BY

 

 

Hamsters will often mark their scent in their cage, they do this by rubbing their bellies along the object. This marks their territory.

 

 

 

 

Teeth grinding

Hamsters can sometimes be heard making a chattering sound, this is often a warning before a bite.

 

Biting

Hamsters bite out of fear, if they are startled they may bite. They may also bite if they can smell food on your hands, this is why it is important to wash your hands before handling your hamster.

 

Biting bars/cage

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Photo credit: Lyn Lomasi / Foter / CC BY

 

This can be a sign of boredom, if your hamster is not stimulated in its environment then it will resort to bad habits to keep itself occupied. It could also be a sign of stress.

 

 

 

 

 

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