Hamster nightmare !
Right so this may sound really daft but Its bothering me and theres pet owners on here who may be able to put my mind at ease.My beloved dwarf hamster died so I decided to get a new one after missing having a pet in the house. Im slightly allergic to them too but I love animals so much sneezing fits and runny eyes dont hold me back. Commitment ey ?
I bought a dwarf hamster and it was 9 weeks old, I noticed it was fast in the shop but they only had to one so I settled. I got it home and it was major leauge skittish, Ive tried handling it only to have it dive out my hands and its murder to catch. It also started squeeking ! It doesnt bite but its certainly not keen on being held. Im doing what all the advice says, leave it be and tame it with food and hold it in a covered space and blah blah blah. Im woried that If I cant handle it and it never calms down Ive failed and since Its my pet it reflects back on me as a bad pet owner, but my parents keep bringing up the allergies and how Im not handling it condfidently and I dont want a hamster I can only look at. Now it is still a baby but can any rodent keepers put my mind at ease because Im panicking.
My hammie was like that too. Granted I have a teddy Bear, so they have slightly different personalities, but the main thing is to just leave him be for a while so he can get used to the environment. Some hamsters are also just naturally more skiddish than others. My first was a lazy slug I could hold forever, this one I just take out for a minute or two multiple times, because he moves so fast.
Hamsters are just weird little things, I wouldn't worry to much.
oooh, it´s sad your dwarfy died!!!
i rescued two dwarf hamsters one and a half year ago. they were kept as food for snakes so i couldn´t resist... they weren´t used to people, they only knew a hand that gave them some food and water. and i have to say that they didn´t get used to me too... we have to catch them with toilet paper rolls and put them in shoe boxes when we clean the cages and i was never allowed to touch them.
one died this week, i was sooo sad, but she passed away quietly without suffering. the other one had a bad experience with cotton batting once and lost a foot, but she´s vital and as quick as before that happened.
it´s sad that your dwarf don´t wanna get touched, maybe you´re right and it just needs time, but i think liz is quite right too when it comes to personalities. all people i know who had different "sorts" of hamsters (including me) said that the dwarf ones are hard to tame and they just let them on their owns. but please don´t worry, even if you aren´t allowed to touch you can make the life of this little creature happy!!! at least that was the phrase i told myself everytime and i know that they know me deep inside and are pleased when i come with food.
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