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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-30-2007, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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my Dess is a winter white regular sized hamster. i've had her for about a day and a half, and i just went to check that she was alive. when i saw her she opened her mouth and started to hiss. it was like a high-pitched clicking sound...is that normal?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-30-2007, 08:29 PM
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My class had a hamster that did this too. I'm not sure if it's normal but just wanted to share my experience.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-30-2007, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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k at least i know she's not the only one that did that!
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It usually indicates agitation (in my experience). My hamsters only hissed when I accidentally surprised them. Many times the hissing is followed by a chattering/clicking sound. I think these sounds work the same way as a dog's growl, it's a warning. You should give the hamster time to get used to you before you handle it without gloves. She will take time to trust you. It is also important to remember hamsters are nocturnal (night time is when they are awake). She will sleep a lot during the day and you shouldn't wake her up. It is best to hold her in the evening. If you have to wake her up for some reason don't touch her while she is sleeping. I always made a sound or called the hamster's name quietly to wake it up. This seemed to work well and I didn't get the hissing response.

It is important not to push the hamster in to accepting you. You must take plenty of time to tame her. Try hand feeding her treats when she is awake or letting her run around on you lap in a secure area (such as a fenced play circle or a DRY bath tub).

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You have had her less than 2 days? She is in a completely new habitat and scared stiff... How old is she? Would you not be scared if an elephant tried to step on you.. Sure, you would... There is an established procedure how to tame your new pet. Have a look at the link and also other articles and posts here, to tell you exactly how to succeed.. It all depends on this period, how your hamster will behave for the rest of her life...

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well she stopped hissing, and she hasn't bitten me.
and shes about 6 months at most.
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well she stopped hissing, and she hasn't bitten me.
and shes about 6 months at most.
well done... she got used to you and you should have no problems...
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-01-2008, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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she loves me now! i set her in her cage after i played with her and she like started crying so i played with her until she fell asleep!
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haha thats adorable! My hamster will cry forever and jump (which is totally cute!!!) until i let her out in her ball or hold her, but if i put her back too soon she starts making her little cry again, i feel horrible on the days i dont have time to get her out for a hour!
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2008, 08:47 PM
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Hamsters cry for attention? I didn't know that. How adorable.

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My 2 RWW boys rattle their little metal ladder. They have leared that I would come by just to see what's going on. And often take them out for a while... just for a chat or let them go in their balls.
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