Hamster's Behaviour

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Post by Admin on Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:50 am

Its ideal that one understands the behavior of hamsters although its not essential. It will helps you handle them easier.

* Hamsters are nocturnal creatures which means active at night. Hence it would not be surprising that you will always see them asleep, waking up and running on the wheel when you are about to off the lights. Its possible to change their lifestyle, but with a certain degree of difficulty. Play with them intensively during the day so that they are tired at night, which will makes them sleep through the night.
* Hamsters usually curl up and sleep in a nest. This is because it resembles the posture when they are in their mother's fetus, which is the safest period before birth. Hamsters in colony might sleep in groups, stacking one upon another as this gives them a sense of security and warmth between them. One that sleeps on its back with its underneath facing upwards indicate that the surrounding is so danger free that it can even expose itself.
* Sleeping hamsters (young or adult) are observed to have twitching limbs. These is known as sleeping exercise and is a sign of healthiness.
* Hamsters are timid by nature. They are easily alert at any slight movement of the cage or noise made. They might not have woke up and look around, but you can observe their ears are twitching, trying to pick up signals. Due to their timid nature, its not advisable to wake up a sleeping hamster by stroking at them or carrying them directly. A nasty bite is rewarded although a small minority of them do not mind, which will depends on how strong your bond is with them. Making a high pitch squeak is highly encouraged and this will usually do the trick to wake hamsters up. Try this at pet shops too; I have never failed to wake up any hamsters with that sharp squeak.
* Hamsters are inquisitive by nature. When they are interested in something, they would sit up on its haunches and sniff the air for long period of time. Its position is relaxing, with its front paws at the belly level and its hind paws resting on the ground. Click here to view a picture showing such behavior.
* When a hamster is startled or irritated, it will tilt it ears back and stand with one or both front feet raised. Hiss or squeaks might be heard sometimes, and leaving it alone is strongly encouraged.
* Due to the fact that hamsters have poor eye-sight, they rely on their scent a lot. Hamsters scent mark their territory by rubbing their scent glands against surfaces when they climb onto objects and walk around their cage. Their scent glands secrete a chemical substance containing pheromones, chemical signals that can be perceived by other hamsters.
* Hamsters love to hide as they are stays in burrows in the wild. They tunnel under bedding due to their survival instincts: to keep them warmth and to protect them from their enemies. Hideouts are encouraged to be given to them for a secured environment.
* These furries love to dig and forage for food. They use their cheek pouch to transport the food into another corner of their cage and hoard it. Hence if you see their food dish is empty, do check around other corners of the cage. Refer to Food for more information.
* Hamsters are clean animals and they groom themselves frequently. This is because they loses less heat when their fur are smooth with many tiny spaces within their fur which is able to trap air.
* Hamsters are playful by nature. In fact, they are like a child in terms of characters too. Try putting a few litters of pups (around 3 weeks old) in a big tank from various families. In no time, you will see them playing with each other. This can be compared with the scenario at a nursery/kindergarten where your baby sibling is.

There are isolated hamster in a corner (quiet and inactive child in class).

There are those playful and jumpy hamster running around when they see your hand (playful child with active response to teachers).

There are those greedy hamster that eat till their fill when you feed them (glutton who ate 2 burgers during break time).
There are those hamster that are too lazy to eat, even at the sight of food (child who are always skinny and not tempted by tidbits).
There are bullies trying to disturb the rest from sleep by pouncing on them and running off (child which likes to push small built children)
There are hamster who play with their litter mates only (child that plays with siblings and not sociable to friends).

Source: Hamster's Basic Care


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