Miriam in Heat
Female hamsters go into “heat” (estrus) every four days and when Syrian hamsters specifically go into heat, you may observe an interesting behavior — something I call the “Female Syrian Hamster Freeze” 🙂 . If you gently pet their backs and sides, they may put their little tails in the air and freeze in place while you pet them, and sometimes for some seconds after you stop, too!
Also, when they are in heat, you may notice your female Syrian hamster has a “funny” smell — I find that this can vary quite a bit depending on the hamster both in nature as well as intensity. I describe it as kind of a cheesy, p