No animals will attack you unprovoked, and hamsters are the same. There is no way that a hamster will attack you if it is not bothered or disturbed. However, when you bring a pet home, you intend to get to play with it at some point or another. When your pet is a hamster, you need to remember that it will take time for the hamster to get used to you and your surroundings. Once it does, it may become comfortable and extremely playful around you and the members of your family, but you will have to understand that this will happen gradually, not at once.
Much like the taming of a shrew, there are a few steps that you will have to follow to make the hamster listen to you. A significant amount of conditioning that you will have to do to make the hamster and compliant. This is to make sure that the little creature is obedient to your words and pays attention to your commands. All of this is very important to consider because without it, the hamster will not be under your control, and it will not be able to adjust to the environment you have brought it in.
Treats and Location
For starters, you have to be as friendly as possible with it. You may be able to start by giving it treats and such and then feeding it with your hands. The thing with feeding with hands is that it increases familiarity between you and the hamster. Hamsters can recognize the sense of smell, and it will affiliate your smell with the smell of treats. Sooner or later, it will be conditioned enough to be happy when it takes in your scent.
In the first few days, it is always better to keep the hamster in a location that is nearest to you. That way, it will start to become more and more familiar with you and your surroundings; you have to understand that familiarity with you is essential if you want the hamster to be playful towards you.
Another thing that you will have to take care of is the location where you will keep the animal’s cage. It can not be in a location that is too loud or where lights are flashing all of the time.
It has to be a serene environment where the hamster will feel calm, and it will have the time it needs to be able to adjust to your new home. It may take around 2 or 3 days for the hamster to be fine and calm in the new location. In some cases, when the hamster is too timid, it may take longer than 2 or 3 days. You have to be patient with them, and you can not rush the process; you might end up making the hamster even more hostile if you do. Be wary of that.
When you give the hamster its treats, make sure that you can be near it and feed it by hand. Feeding it by just putting the treats in its cage is no good. You have to have that physical interaction to create and maintain a connection with your hamster. The hamster may be very reluctant at first, which is where you have to remember to be patient. You have to let the hamster come to you; there is no way to speed up the process without damaging the situation even more. Let the hamster take its time.
Your job is to make it as comfortable as possible. This also includes the bedding of the hamster. What you can do is lay some toilet paper in the base of the hamster’s cage. If the hamster is peaceful and well-rested, it will feel so much more comfortable, which will ultimately make it easier for you to tame your hamster. Your hamster will become so much more comfortable with you once it is comfortable and calm itself. The tendency for it to bite your hand will lower by a lot, increasing the chances for you to give it a treat easily.
Playing with your hamster can be a bit of a task, even after it is comfortable with you and familiar with your scent. There are a few steps that you will have to follow to initialize the situation. You can start by petting the tiny creature. You can scratch it on the top of its head and make it feel safe. Once it starts to feel nice and at ease, you may be able to lift the hamster and play with it. If you feel that you are anxious and might risk dropping the hamster, wear gloves to ensure that if the hamster bites, it will not affect you that much. This way, you might not drop it. If you feel like you might end up dropping the hamster, either way, give yourself some time. Let yourself be open to the possibility of being slightly bitten. You have to understand that it will not affect you much because of the gloves.
How to Pick It Up
There is a certain method of even picking up the hamster in the first place. You can not grip them too tightly. Squeezing them will only alarm them, and it will create a negative reaction towards you. It might start to squirm and might even end up biting your hand if push comes to shove.
It would help if you supported their bottom using a cupped hand to make sure they feel safe, and you do not drop them. Please make sure you and the hamster both are at ease before you lift it off the ground.
Taming a hamster requires a certain level of patience that not every person has. You will have to do some research regarding taking care of it and making it feel comfortable and then applying these methods accurately to make the hamster playful enough.