Want to get a hamster or learn more about your little companion’s temperament and behavior? This is a great idea because if the hamster is an adorable rodent, it really is best to get to know him before getting him. This more or less sociable animal, depending on the breed and the method of its breeding, can be affectionate if you give it time to trust you. Moreover, the rodent is nocturnal; he lives at night and sleeps a lot during the day, which makes him not the most suitable companion for children. In this file, we invite you to learn more about the hamster, its behavior, character and habits.
What is the personality of a hamster?
The hamster is a fairly solitary and territorial animal. However, his sociability is directly dependent on the human contact that he enjoys; the sooner he gets used to a man, the friendlier and more tender he will be. Hamsters not familiar with humans until adulthood tend to be more suspicious and aloof.
Some types of hamsters are more cuddly than others and are easier to tame. The dwarf hamster and Russian hamster, for example, are quieter, calmer and gentler, ideal for children. A golden hamster can be adopted by a family with children if you show a lot of patience, because he needs time to trust and let people near him.
When a hamster feels good and appreciates your company and environment, he will play, jump or run, which shows that he feels good and safe. When he is snug in his litter box, he is comfortable, and when he is washing or stretching, he is usually relaxed.
How to characterize the behavior of a hamster?
Hamster, active animal
The hamster is primarily a nocturnal animal. It is at night that he is most active, plays, jumps and has fun, walks in his cage and walks along it in all directions. If you offer him a wheel, he will give it to his pleasure for long minutes throughout the night. Remember, however, to invest in a large, sturdy model so as not to bend your back too much, and a full one, because steps pose a risk of injury and leg fracture.
Having finished playing, the hamster washes. It licks its fur and uses its paws to rub and clean itself like an adult.
Hamster, an animal that makes reservations
Even if his bowl is full, the hamster’s natural survival instinct pushes him to stock up. He stores his seeds in his jaws and thus carries them to his pantry, a place where he believes his stores will be safe and protected from his congeners.
This characteristic is certainly delightful – even if it requires frequent cleaning as the hamster spreads it everywhere – it is necessary to remove this stored food because some fresh food can become moldy and promote the growth of bacteria and fungi in the cage.
Hamster, a rodent that eats… its own excrement
Eating feces is a natural behavior for many animal species, including the hamster. Indeed, bowel movements are rich in vitamins and various nutrients. So let your pet do it without disturbing him.
Hamster, not a very talkative rodent
In general, the hamster makes little noise. Little screams and growls are often the signal to leave him alone. In this case, do not insist and leave him alone, calm. In any case, the hamster does not like to be disturbed in his activities. Some may even bare their teeth to let you know they don’t want to be approached, or even bite as a defensive reflex.
When he whistles or squeals, he shows pain or health problems. Do not wait, this sign should alert you. It is important to quickly take him to the veterinarian for examination.
The hamster bites very rarely, usually in order to be heard and respected if you offended or disturbed him. You may have mistreated him and hurt him, you may have frightened him, or he may have been frightened by the sudden noise. The hamster cannot stand being disturbed in his sleep, he may bite to protect himself.
Hamster, precious sleeping animal
The hamster is very active at night, which means that it sleeps during the day. Many owners are disappointed to see their little companion inactive during the day, especially if the animal has been adopted to satisfy children.
However, it is important to respect your hamster’s sleep. Do not disturb him when he is sleeping and do not try to wake him up. These awakenings are a big source of stress for this little rodent, which can start biting. But these awakenings are, first of all, great shocks for his organism. Often an awakened hamster will become disoriented and develop health problems that will lead to premature death.
Hamster, an animal that can be aggressive
The hamster is a loner that does not tolerate the presence of other individuals of the same species. Avoid cohabiting with another hamster, same sex or not, because he will be aggressive and cocky.