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#511 Celine21

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 06:09 PM

Hello !

I got a dwarf hamster (russian) 4 days ago. His name is cookie ! The first day I let him alone in his cage, and after I started taming him: I gave him scented tissue, food from my hand... He doesn't look afraid when I put my hand in his cage. When he is eating, I can stroke him, put him in my hands... he doesn't move. But when he has finished eating, he starts biting ! How can i tame him so I can hold him and stroke him when he is not eating ?

Also I can give him food with my fingers, he takes it without biting. But if I put the food in the middle of my hand he starts biting my hand !

I trieds to put my hand closed and my arm in the plastic bin I use when I want tu put him out of his cage: he tries to bite my hand, but goes over my arm without biting it. I always wash my hands before handling him.

Do you have any tips ?

I come from france, sorry if I made any mistake.

Thanks ;)




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Posted 27 December 2011 - 04:43 PM

So say your taming your hamster, your on days 5 and when it's time to sit in the playpen with them, they seem to be scared and shaking so you only sit for 2 more minutes and let them back in their cage. Then the next day you go slower and only sit in the bathtub for 3 minutes. Then when your hamster seems to get used to you sitting in the tub, you move on to day 6. Is this basically The whole point of taming? You follow all the steps and If your hamster seems scared, you slow down but if your hamster seems ok with it and goes along with it, you move on to the next step?

#513 MsCrumby

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 08:40 PM

It's just about taking it at the hamsters pace. Some take months and months whereas others are pretty tame right off the mark. I don't really follow any set steps, I just test the water and go from there.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 12:44 AM

My Hamster doesn't mind when I hold her. She loves exploring. If I hold a treat between my thumb and index finger she will take it and eat it. If I put one in my palm, she nibbles my hand a little and takes the treats. I have been able to put my hand in her cage and pick her up twice. She is already hand tame but is a little territorial, she is in a bin cage, what should I do?

Edited by HamstersForLife, 28 December 2011 - 12:44 AM.


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Posted 28 December 2011 - 01:06 AM

On your other thread I read she used to be in quite a small cage and she was sort of aggressive in that? She may well be in a bin cage now but some hamsters just don't get used to the bigger space. The only thing I can recommend is take it slow, and keep her bin cage big and open so there's no fiddly bits she can get protective over. She may just not be used to you yet and be uncomfortable with you invading her space, you only got her on xmas eve if I remember correctly? Patience :veryhappy:

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 01:17 AM

She came from a Pey Store o she had decent cage to live in but not big enough for a growing hamster, so yes it was sort of small.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 02:10 AM

Hm, well if she was living with her littermates still she may be used to having to kind of compete in there for a small space which would explain it as well. Just give her time and see if she gets over it.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 02:19 AM

Ok, thanks,

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 09:09 AM

Been leaving Bill my tissue for a few days now...time to start with the food. If only he'll wake up before i leave for work at 10:40pm lol

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 01:23 PM

How long would you do the tissue method and feed hand treats before you are ready to start taming?

And you use another Mini bin with a couple toys in it for taming?

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 04:20 PM

I do the tissue thing as an ongoing sort of thing, there's no harm in it :) After about 2 days I start with treats and stroking and stuff though.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 03:50 PM

I do the tissue thing as an ongoing sort of thing, there's no harm in it :) After about 2 days I start with treats and stroking and stuff though.


Thanks:)

but how many days should I do the tissue method before I can stop and start taming? when is it safe to stop?

and do you use another Mini bin with a couple toys in it for taming?

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:59 AM

Hello! I got a Syrian hamster around 2 weeks ago. And this two weeks, the only think that he can do is eat from my hand. If I pu my whole hand in the cage and put some tasty stuff in the middle, he will only smell my fingers and perhaps bite them, but he will never go in the middle of my hand:( What shall I do?

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:54 AM

Well not sure how helpful this is but Poptart will never climb on my hand if I just put it in there; she would bite my fingers. The only way she will go on my hand is if she is on something higher and has to go down an inch or so.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:49 PM

Ooh.... sented tissue. Never thought about that. Thanks a lot!