Hamsters are beautiful small rodents often used as pets all around the world. They are quite cheap to buy and to keep, and do not require tons of attention or cleaning habits, making them the best way to teach your little children the responsibilities that come from owning a pet. But, even though they will not learn too many tricks and will not be able to bring your keys from the locker like dogs, or wake up in the morning with their paws like cats, hamsters can still be cute companions to anyone. Read below to find out how you can tame your new hamster friend and keep him for a long time:
Buying a baby hamster is the first step in order to turn your pet into a nice companion. Like any other animals, the older they are, the harder it is for them to adjust to new owners, housing conditions, and, inevitably, to become tamed. Thus, the first and most important step into taming your little hamster is to bring it to your home as soon as possible. After bringing him home, introduce him to his new shelter (cage) and leave him with enough food, water and bedding to last anywhere between two days and a week. Usually, just like any other animals, hamsters will adjust to their new housing conditions in the first couple of days and will instinctively learn how to eat and drink water from the provided containers.
After a few days, begin feeding your new friend between the bars of his cage. This is the first step of closure and culinary rewards represent the easiest way to tame any animal. You can even rub the delicious treats between your palms for a few seconds to give your hamster a sniff of your scent and recognize it later on. Repeat the operation for a few weeks.
Talking to your partner is also important. Because rodents usually do not have very strong eyes, thus, cannot easily recognize their owners by facials, they follow their other senses. Talking to your hamster will allow him to adjust to your voice and sounds and recognize you easier.
After a few weeks, try putting your hand inside the hamster cage, but only when he is awake. And, since hamsters are nocturnal animals, try not to disturb his beauty sleep during the day, or else you will risk being bitten. You can even slip a couple of treats in your hand to allure your hamster easier. Soon, he will recognize your scent and will jump into your hand. After that, you just have to show him a safe and protected environment to make him your little partner in crime.