First Time with Hamsters! Share your experience.

@ergg78 (344)
Malaysia
April 11, 2007 10:37pm CST
I recently bought a pair of hamsters as pet. It was fun to play with them. I had hard time holding them the first time because they bite. But as time goes by, they no longer bite. It is fun watching them exploring maze and tunnels. What bother me sometimes is when they start having babies, i was shocked to find out there's no baby hamsters after the next day they were born. I found that there's a small body part lying in the cage so i suspect they were eaten alive! Anyone know how to prevent this from happening again?
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@cikedo (3486)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I never would have taken hamsters for cannibals. The hamsters I use to take care of liked to kick out the shavings in their cages. They were messy pets.
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@kiukitsu (291)
• Philippines
23 Apr 07
no. they are not. It depends on the owner. You must buy a proper cage, with a base that is high enough to put beddings where they can bury themselves.
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@ergg78 (344)
• Malaysia
24 Apr 07
hmm.. i need to learn from the master.. :) anymore tips?
@kiukitsu (291)
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
when i first bought my hamsters, they never bit me so i thought hamster won't bite, but now, i have a hamster that bites hard and won't let go! i hate it. oh well. I love my first hamster, we trust each other. She can make tricks. I let her live in my bedroom and kept the door closed. She made her own hideout, cute! Whenever she heard me coming, she would come to me. I think i'm lucky coz i have read somewhere that once you let your hamster free, he/she will become a wild animal. But mine didn't become one. Too bad, my brother forgot to close the door and when i came back, my hamster's gone :( i'm really mad at that time . .
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@meng23 (146)
• Philippines
26 Jul 09
Actually hamster knows how to take good care of their babies. First when your hamster gave birth you should seperate the guy hamster. Reminder never touch the mother or the babies . Never clean the cage. Let the mother hamster take care of her baby. In your case, If ever you haven't violate the tips I've given above. It only means that the baby can no longer survive because the hamster only eats the baby with no life or cannot exist anymore. I also experience what you experience my hamster first birth wasnt successfull but now the second time around I just follow those tips and the babies survive.
• Singapore
27 Oct 08
My hamster also bit me the first time I handled him because he was not used to handling yet. After a while he gets tamer and more friendly. Hamsters are very curious animals and they love to explore! Anyway. When the female is pregnant, you have to separate the male from the female. It could be your hamster's first litter. The babies come as a surprise to her, so she wasn't too sure what to do. Don't worry, she'll understand when her second litter comes! The third thing to do would be to put the cage in a quiet environment. I covered part of the cage with newspaper so she would not be disturbed by movements outside her cage. Remember to give her lots of bedding too! She makes nests to protect the babies. Happy lotting.