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?)
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^^
Yeah, I should have known these when I got my first hamster 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...
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.
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 :/
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?
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).
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...
lol thats wut i do with my gerbal 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