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Taming Your Tiny Companion: A Guide to Training Your Hamster to Be Tame

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Discover the Art of Bonding and Building Trust with Your Furry Friend

Taming Your Tiny Companion A Guide to Training Your Hamster to Be Tame
Learn to tame your pet hamster

Handling a hamster can be a joy, but not all hamsters are ready for cuddles right away! Learn the ropes of taming your tiny pal with these tried-and-true steps. Follow our guide to ensure a stress-free experience for both you and your hamster.

Let a New Hamster Adjust

Give your new hamster time to settle into its new home. Provide a cozy cage and a quiet space away from disturbances. Avoid handling during its sleeping hours, and let it explore its surroundings on its own terms.

Do ensure that your hamsters cage is large enough for your new friend. Always remember to ensure that it is also safe and secure because these little guys are escape artists.

Prepare Yourself and Your Hamster

Patience is key! Take the time to understand your hamster’s behavior and earn its trust. Spend time near the cage, talk softly, and create a bond before attempting handling. Watch for signs of a relaxed hamster, like eating, drinking, and playing.

Do not ruse this stage, you will want to do this slowly and ensure your hamster is not stressed out.

Coax Your Hamster With Treats

Win your hamster over with tasty treats (we recommend these yogurt drops). Offer them through the cage bars or at the cage door. Let your hamster come to you, and gradually introduce your hand. Be patient, and let the trust build naturally.

Please be aware that hamsters can and do bite. So be cautious around them. Once they get used to you they should stop trying to nibble on your hands. If biting continues it may be behavioural.

Hold Your Hamster

Encourage your hamster to climb onto your hand for treats. Gradually progress to gently scooping it up. Be persistent and gentle. The process may vary based on your hamster’s age and personality. Your hamster will learn that your hands are safe over time.

Let Your Hamster Move Around

Cup your hamster gently in your hand, with the other hand over its back. Start above a soft surface in case it jumps. As your hamster becomes more comfortable, let it explore your hands and arms. Offer treats to keep it engaged. Do not throw your hamster or put it at risk of falling.

Discover the Art of Bonding and Building Trust with Your Furry Friend
Hamsters are great companions

Problems and Proofing Behavior

For tasks like cage cleaning, gently guide your hamster into a cup or tube. Use gloves or a thick towel if necessary, but be extra gentle to avoid stress. If your hamster bites, remain calm, place it back in the cage, and wash the bite gently. Avoid harsh reactions to maintain trust.

Taming your hamster is a journey, and each hamster has its own pace. With patience and love, you’ll soon have a tame and happy hamster companion!


Here at Can My Hamster we help people learn all about their fury little friends. What foods they can eat, what things they can do and how to look after them. Please note though, we are not trained Vets we have just looked after Hamsters for many years. So if your hamster is showing any health concerns ensure you get them to a vet as soon as you can.

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