Hamster Behavior – 5 Traits You Should Know


In the wild, hamster behavior was expressed for the purpose of survival. In your home, these same behaviors can be seen being played out in your hamster’s day-to-day activities. By understanding all of your hamster’s instinctual needs, you will be better able to care and provide for your new friend.

These attributes definitely contribute to the behavior of your hamster:

Nocturnal – This means that your hamster will be spending most of the evening and nighttime hours scurrying about his cage and being very busy. Perhaps this is because the temperature drops as the sun goes down in the hamster’s natural setting allowing for more activity. For whatever reason, your hamster will gather food, exercise on his running wheel, and explore his surroundings the most in the dark. When the sun comes up, you are likely to find your hamster tucked away in one of his hideaways fast asleep.

Hoarder – One of the cutest characteristics of the hamster is his ability to gather large amounts of food or bedding in his cheeks. Your hamster will stuff his face, literally, with anything and everything to take to various hiding spots throughout his cage. This is important to understand so that you remember to clean his cage out daily. You don’t want his hoards of food spoiling and making him sick. To appease your hamster’s natural hoarding tendencies, drop a few pieces of paper towel in his cage each night. He will have a blast ripping it to shreds, burrowing a hole, and hiding them for safekeeping.

Solitary – Your hamster does not necessarily need any other hamsters around to be satisfied. In fact, the Syrian hamster should absolutely not be caged with anyone else or you could have disastrous consequences. Instead, they prefer to be alone and are quite content with this solitary life. If you do have hamsters in the same cage, make sure each one has their own space, their own bowl, and their own toys to play with.

Chewer – If it is chewable, your hamster will chew it. Because they have very sharp front teeth, hamsters have a need to chew to keep their teeth healthy. Provide yours with a lot of chew toys, which you can buy at the pet store or order online. You can also put natural, unpainted woods in his cage, which will serve the same purpose.

Groomer – Thankfully, hamsters are meticulous about their grooming habits. This is one hamster behavior, we can all agree, that is a blessing. While you might notice some odor when you first place your hamster in his cage (there is slight odor when first marking his territory), hamsters are clean and odor-free pets. The only time you will have an odor problem is if you are not cleaning the cage every day.

Other hamster behaviors can include things like nipping or biting but working to tame your hamster can help. The best way to learn additional hamster behavior traits is by observing your hamster closely and learning more about their natural instincts.


Source by Liz Andrews

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