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How Do I Stop My Hamster From Biting Everyone?

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Deborah Profile
Deborah answered
It's probably cause it's afraid. Hamsters usually bite for self-defence. It needs to get used to a human touch. Try holding it with a towel so you don't get hurt. It will soon get used to being held by humans and wont bite as much or at all. I've got 6 hamsters and most of them used to bite. So... Just try doing this method...hope it works!
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jay mungallegos answered
I feel my hamster bites when she first gets up. I think she needs at least 10 to 15 minutes to her self so she can eat and drink water. I know I'm grumpy when I'm hungry lol and offer her a treat in your palm at the entrance of her cage. Not inside her/his cage. A lot of hamsters don't like people trying to pick them up when they are in their home.
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Sarah Bough answered
Well To Tame My Hamster, I Put The Plug Into The Bath And Made Sure The Bath Was All Dry. And Got In There And Allowed The Hamster To Go Wherever He Wanted, And So He Could Smell Me And Get Used To My cent !!

Hope I Have Helped !! Sarah xx
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
You should probably get it allot of wood strips it really helps my hamster did that allot
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Anonymous answered
Try and hold them with there head under your hand or let them run up your arm because they don't usually bite your arm.
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Anonymous answered
If you slowly put your hand into the cage while it's not eating or sleeping you can stroke a few times then attempt to pick it up slowly without squeezing it.I hope it helps!
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Ryan Rugraff answered
Hamsters bite. Sorry, but they do. They can be notoriously hard to tame. This is often because they are sold as adults rather than has young/ young adolescents. By that time they have already become socialized basically as a wild hamster. They need to be hand reared with regular attention early in their life (as soon as the eyes are open and the are roaming their enclosure) or this tends to be true. One way that you may be able to fix the situation (no promises) is to remove all food. Then you hand feed your hamster, if it bites, no more food. It may take a while, but eventually it will realize that if it bites you, it does not get to eat. Then when it does eat without biting at all, reward it with a favorite treat, apple, carrot, grape etc. Good luck!
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Julie Baxter answered
Usually when a hamster or any rodent bites you its because they think you are trying to feed it a treat. Do not feed them treats by hand always put them in their bowls. I don't know if this can stop your hamster from biting but if you get another one in the future then don't feed it treats from your hand.
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Anonymous answered
I also have chinese dwarf hamsters and one bites me every so often. The way I stopped that was I put on CLEAN work gloves with my scent on and let her sniff it. I did that for a couple days and then I took the gloves off and let her smell me and she crawled right onto my hand. When she is used to your scent then try putting a treat into the center of your palm and see if your hamster will crawl onto your hand to get it. Hope I helped!
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Anonymous answered
Like someone said before, they bite for self defense. My hamster bites me when I try to pick it up but you cannot force it to do something because that is when it will bite you, or if it is busy doing something and doesnt want to be disturbed it will get frustrated and give you a pinch.
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Anonymous answered
To the ppl who have hamsters that only bite them in the cage....Hamsters are territorial and might only bite you when you invade their cage. It is sometimes best to take the hamster out of the cage by using a hamster ball or some other thing to pick them up  and then hold them after they are out.
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Take things slowly never rush because you may frighten your pet and remember always wash your hands before you handle your hamster and after also try to let your pet sniff your hand before you pick it up. Hope this helps :)
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Suhail Ajmal answered
Some hamsters are just more nervous than others and don't trust you. You should not give up on her. Give her a treat of your palm so that she can feel comfortable. For more details, click
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michelle smoot commented
well if it were a puppy i would say bite them back but in your case a hamster is like zuhail says "nervous" gain trust and try not to get discouraged...animals sense your nervousness also...or a friend may be nervous and attempt to hold him...they sense this and have a natural reaction. Keep calm and collective while engaging with any animal large or small because they sense how you feel as well.
Try giving a chew of some kind while handling your hamster...it could detour the biting...also is it alone or does it have a mate? Sometimes a natural reaction to gain and keep what is his will be a factor as well as protection from attacks. If so hold the two together see what happens.
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Anonymous commented
What treats can you give them?
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Anonymous answered
When I play with my hamster she doesn't bite me but as soon as I put her back in the cage and still stroke her a bit she bites me (this morning I started to bleed).Why does she keep biting me?
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I have an albino male hamster he keeps on biting and I hold it gently he still does it
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Anonymous answered
I put sox on my hands for the first day then I Put three for the rest of the days but she still bytes me.
She is doing it right now.
But she does net get through.
Sam Chang Profile
Sam Chang answered
If your hamster keeps biting its teeth might be very itchy to it because its teeth keep growing. So try giving it a stick so it could chew on.
Paige Smith Profile
Paige Smith answered
Everytime it would bit someone he hated it when things touch his back so I spray water on it and its doing better also hes getting used of his caje more if you take him out he wants to go back in so best thing is not to take him out the cage that much because my cosin held her to much yesterday and she bit my cosin to get in his cage
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Anonymous answered
If  yr hamster is biting you should tad its bum and say in a firm voice "no bad boy/girl"  but be careful not to yell that will scare the hamster and you will lose all trust if it keeps on biting take all the food out of its cage and after a day put a pice of its food in yr hand if it acepts it you have gaines trust if it dosent try for a few more days and the hamster will rilise that if they r hungry they need not to bite and they will problobly take the food hope it helped :):> bye
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Anonymous answered
My hamster bites me too! Whenever I try to either hold her or just pet her shell run away or bite! I don't know what to do! HELP?!?!?1
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Anonymous answered
I don't know that is why I am asking you guys...I have a chinese dwarf hamster...it bites me when I am trying to take it out of the cage
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Anonymous answered
You can take him to the pet store and buy another one because the hamster will just get worse.
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Anonymous answered
My hamster is a chew nuts hamster and bite me I had it a couple of seek is this right and can I feed it chew nuts
Brooke Profile
Brooke answered
Pat him lightly, then when he bites you say "no" in a strong voice.
Then try feeding him some cream cheese or avacado, or yogurt or something like that of your finger or the top of you hand. If he bites you say no. Then try petting him again. If hes a new pet then just let him sit with you, or let  hide in an item of your clothing to get used to your smell.  Hope that helps !! =)

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Anonymous answered
If it bites flick it in the head and say no then put a towel in if it bites it say no and flick do this 4-6 time it will stop hurting by the sound no

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