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Hamster Tips - 1: Out of Cage by emmil Hamster Tips - 1: Out of Cage by emmil
I have had hamsters for less than a year, but since some of you asked how to take a hammie out of its cage without getting bitten, I'll share what I know & do. Hope it helps. ^^
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jvmh79 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
cute! and thanks for the info
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StarbyStars Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
yeeaaah the first one explains alot mine bite the fuck out of my hand I was bleeding alot!! I think he bit a vein anywhoo can't blame it I did just eat something before I picked beefy (my hamster) up :)
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rachlouise3 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Another tip:

To get rid of food-smelling hands, make sure you don't wash your hands with food-scented soaps.
A lot of soaps smell like fruits so you might wanna steer clear of those, unless they don't actually smell exactly like a real fruit (like how strawberry soap doesn't actually smell like real strawberries).

Of course, for your hammy, it's confusing.

I washed my hands once with cucumber-scented handsoap and when I picked up my hammy, he was smelling my hand in the way he smells food.
And he paused a bit too because he was confuzzled (cucumber-scented owner? To eat or not to eat?)
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myshrinkingviolet Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
One important thing about not getting bitten is that you should ever force your hamster if he/she doesn't want to hang out with you, and if they have a hut or something they like to sleep or hide under, do not lift it up if your hamster retreats from you, or is sleeping. This will alarm them as well as steal away their feeling of safety. I tend not to use the grabbing method unless I have to clean my hamster's cage^^

And if you want to tame a fairly skittish hamster, you have to take it out every day. Do not put them away even if they poop on your hand. I had an extremely shy hamster once, and my mom, when i was young, would do this every day, and within less than a month, my hamster became the most precious and kind hamster you'd ever meat^^
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emmil Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
good points! Thanks :D
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myshrinkingviolet Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
Haha^^ Your welcome, but you probably already know all of that already.
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Charly-chan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I should have known these when I got my first hamster :D I didnt know a lot, so I thought I was being nice when i offered some seeds on my hand for her, and got a really nasty bite xO
I just really think people think rodents are easy. But there is so much to know. Specially from hamsters...

I miss my hamster :(
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emmil Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
things happen, but the difference between the idiots & the smart ones is that the losers don't feel sorry and might repeat their mistakes again, but the smart ones learn from the painful experience to become a better owner. :)
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Charly-chan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
My first reaction was something like anger towards the creature. But then I just assured myself that I did something wrong, she didnt mean to hurt me on purpose. It was my fault, my hand smelled like food so she tought I was something to eat.
And that I had poor knowledge about the little one and their habbits.

it's funny though how mixed information you can find on the internet :/

But I learned my lesson :D
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emmil Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
good for you! ^^
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MacAnimeGirl Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
That's cute.
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ErwtJ Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
I've had 2 female cuties! One was really shy and bit a lot at the start:O
Second one was just soo cute:D
One i have now is male, and lovely:D
Just bit once, in the beginning^^
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emmil Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, it's usual to get bitten in the beginning :D
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BaCk-FrOm-ThE-DeAd Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
that is very useful ^_^ i've had hamsters for the past 6 years :) and my first hamster was a little angel <3 i loved him so much. i just think the reason my hams are evil is because i have a male and female and they want each other (seprate cages though) snowy is a tease :) maybe if i move the cages apart a bit they might calm down?
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emmil Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
maybe but I'm not sure coz all my 3 hamsters are all female ^^"
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BaCk-FrOm-ThE-DeAd Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
bless <3 i prefer males as they have been a lot more affectionate to me :3
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Anonymonkey Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Are you 100% sure of that tho?
I bought 2 "female" hamsters and in 3-6 weeks it was then 16 hamsters...
Turns out one was a guy. haha
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emmil Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
... and they live in separated cages. =P
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Anonymonkey Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
haha okay yeah that would help too. :D
I just... I ended up getting my male neutered :P
And then he got REALLY fat. xD
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emmil Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, that's a side effect from getting neutered, must have a diet then! --> [link] :P
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Anonymonkey Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
hahaha.
Nahh I didn't bother. He lived the longest of the 3 I kept anyways, just uber-fat-like.:D
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D-Type Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
We don't have hamsters in NZ (as far as i know). We do have chinchillas - but they are really particular in terms of diet and ousing requirements (they are cute, but really genetic mutants in terms of what they can and can't digest.. ^_^ ).

Rats are very similar in terms of handling to hamsters it would seem (needing to be handled with confidence, made to feel secure intheir footing, and with non-food smelling hands). I had one who would happily step out of her cage and straight into a proffered sleeve (which was her favourite way to travel).
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emmil Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
but I'm not very fond of rat tails... <__<
their faces are totally cute though!! :3
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D-Type Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
Funny, a lot of people have difficulty with the tails. Never bothered me though. They are very cute though. Rats need handling pretty much every day, or they can lose their tameness (they also get bored). At least they don't poop all over you the way mice do...
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emmil Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
interesting fact ^^
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animegirlfroggy Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You know I wanted to make a tutorial on petcare for different animals. This is a great idea.

I think my sisters hedgehog permanently associates me with food ><
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emmil Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Go ahead, make some, I'm sure people will appreciate it! ^_-
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animegirlfroggy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
well i have lots of critters and i work in a petstore so im sure i have lots of advice
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Onewingedjeeby Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Student Digital Artist
KAWAII! So adorable! >.<
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Shirei-Shou Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Sisimpan dan diingat2
kali2 ntar bs miara. makasih senpai
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emmil Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
sama2... ^-^
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Kyubi-Kitsune09 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
This will really help me with Sunny. He likes to jump when I pick him up.
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draumstafur Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Awww, now I wish I had a hamster :giggle:
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Project-Petlist Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
This is very nice! Awesome work, and thank you for putting such a thing out here on DA. It's nice to see, I wish there were more deviations like this.

If you would be interested, please take a look at this group.

:heart:
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emmil Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I'd love to join your group by I've been slacking off to the groups I've been joined so far, so maybe later, k? ;)
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Project-Petlist Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Thats kool, Thanks for supporting animals :) our doors are open when you want to join :heart:
and if you don't I want to watch you on my art account ~Sherri-San Your art is amazing. :D
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emmil Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks... I bet you like my animal paintings, noe?
I'm working on one now ^___-
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Project-Petlist Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
I LOVE your animal paintings. Their so detailed! What are you painting right now?
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emmil Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Guess what...?
An animal...!!! LOL...
I'm sure you're gonna like my new art! XB

Thanks for so many faves, btw... :hug:
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Project-Petlist Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
lol

:hug: no problem
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WildEyedJoker Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Awww, cute tutorial.
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JullChan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Oh good...now I remmember my hamsters >:
I had over 40 if I counted well O:
There are all dead T_T
But still-nice job :D
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randomranma Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had a gerbil once, that everytime you picked it up, it would SCREAM! But it wouldn't budge or try to escape from your hands either, she was weird.. xD
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L0C0CH0C0B0 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Student General Artist
Lol I just grab him...he doesn't seem to be interested in anything unless there's food involved haha
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emmil Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
that's what hamsters live for :D
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Honey-gang Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
lol thats wut i do with my gerbal :D but even if my hand doesnt smell like food, shell still nibble XD

by the way if your hampster or gerbal has a wheel and they dont spin on it but instead of running on it she trys to digtowards the cage wall. is she trying to escape or thinking she will run like that...? lol XD
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emmil Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
you think too much, she's just doing a daily exercise to burn the fat... :P
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Honey-gang Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
lol XD really?? but shes just digging into the wall of the wheel 8D silleh lil gerbal XD

btw do ugive your hampster a paper cup? cuz i always give mine one to chew on. and it has several peanuts in it
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emmil Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
nope ^^"
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Honey-gang Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
oh ok ^w^

yr full of win!! :D
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