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How to Get Over Your Fear of Hamsters

Updated on September 15, 2013
Hamsters Are As Afraid Of You As You May Be Of Them
Hamsters Are As Afraid Of You As You May Be Of Them

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How To Get Over Your Fear Of Hamsters

In case you're wondering there is no scientific name for the fear of hamsters. Zoophobia is the fear of animals. Doraphobia is the fear of fur. If you do have a fear of hamsters you can most likely get over it by purchasing a hamster and making friends with it. If you do decide to go this route purchase a 4 - 6 week old young hamster for the best possible results.

If you go with a young hamster and follow the tips and suggestions below about hamsters there is no reason for you to ever be afraid of hamsters. Yes you and that hamster can be friends. It may take you and the hamster some time but it can happen. And no your fear of hamsters is not irrational. I handle venomous snakes on almost a every day basis but I'm afraid of spiders. I would give a spider my house but I'm not afraid of hamsters.

The key thing though is to start with a very young just weaned hamster. If you pick one that's been in the pet shop for months then it's never going to make friends with you. It has so many learned bad habits that you'll never get it to be friends with you.

There Is No Reason To Be Afraid Of Hamsters

Being afraid of something is not crazy. But there really is no reason to be afraid of hamsters. I've been keeping them for over forty years and while I have been bitten a few times it was mostly my fault. I was trying to be to friendly to fast with new hamsters that I had usually just received. Once I learned to make friends with a hamster first before trying to pick it up I was almost never bitten again. Hamsters bite when they are afraid. You must make friends with the hamster before you approach it or try to handle it.

You should not try to pick up or make friends with your hamster for the first 24 - 72 hours after you bring your hamster home. You want it to get used to its surroundings first.

Hamsters Are Usually Very Friendly

Their really is no reason to fear hamsters. For the most part they are friendly and will make friends with you if you'll approach them in a friendly mood and with a soft voice. Hamsters don't like loud noises or loud voices. So keep this in mind if you plan on getting a hamster or you already have one.

Have you set and studied a hamster and noticed how very small they are compared to you. Would you not be afraid of you. In case your wondering there has never been a case of a hamster attacking and killing a human. It is possible to get a hamster bite but even that can be avoided if you'll just make friends with the hamster.

The hamsters that you find in pet shops are not very tame because they have not been handled very much if at all. Then one day someone walks into the pet shop and buys the hamster. Then they are amazed or horrified that the hamster bites them to try to protect themselves. Unfortunately the hamster sees the human as a threat and they are just trying to protect themselves. If the roles were reversed you would be afraid also and try everything you could do to protect yourself.

Your going to have to use patience to win the trust of your hamster. You need to talk to the hamster in a soft low voice and you need to offer the hamster treats in order to make friends with the hamster. Know that your not going to win over your hamster in a day or two. It may take a few weeks or even a month.

At first you should set near or at your hamsters cage and talk to it in a soft soothing voice. You can even read a book or two to the hamster in a quiet calm voice. You should be careful not to make any loud noises and if you have a cat around keep the cat away from the hamster. You don't want to allow any thing to happen around the hamster that will upset it. You have to make the hamster the center of your attention if you want it to be your friend.

Giving Your Hamster Treats Is A Good Way To Make Friends With It

You can also offer treats of sunflower seeds, pieces of apple, and slices of strawberry. All of these treats are loved by hamsters and in time they will be friendly towards you in order to get more of their favorite treat.

Ideally Choose A Hamster That Is Four To Six Weeks Old

You should ideally purchase a hamster that is four to six weeks of age and then you won't have behavior problems with your hamster. Now I'm not saying the hamster won't still be afraid of you but it will be much easier to get the hamster to trust you and accept you.

Fear Of Hamsters

If you have a fear of hamsters and you really want to get over that fear then the best thing to do is to get a hamster and become friends with it. Hamsters really do make wonderful pets. You do have to be willing to spend some time every day with your hamster. You need to buy a young 4 - 6 week old hamster and you need to spend thirty minutes a day with your hamster. Remember when you first bring your hamster home to allow the hamster along for 24 to 48 hours before you try to bother the hamster. Then offer it treats and make friends.

Hamsters As Pets

Hamsters are so friendly and there is no reason to be afraid of them.
Hamsters are so friendly and there is no reason to be afraid of them.

How To Get Over Your Fear Of Hamsters

There really is no reason to be afraid of hamsters. And there is no reason to touch your hamster for a little while. For about three days just get used to being around the hamster and watch it as it plays in its cage. Set there and talk quietly and gently to it. Consider reading a book to it out loud. It doesn't matter what you read as long as you read it out loud quietly and calm.

Name Your Hamster

This will help you to think of your hamster as a friend. And in no time at all your hamster will learn its name and respond to you when you talk to it and call it by name. When you say the hamsters name offer the hamster a treat.

Give The Hamster Treats After 24 Hours

After 24 hours has gone by start to offer the hamster treats of sunflower seeds, slices of fresh strawberry, and pieces of apple. Don't ever give a hamster apple seeds. They can be harmful to your hamster.

Touch The Hamster With Out Picking It Up

After 24 hours have gone by start trying to pet the hamster with out picking the hamster up. Offer it a treat and when it takes the treat rub it on the side gently while talking to the hamster gently and softly. You should start saying its name now. What you're doing now is building trust. You need to learn to trust the hamster and the hamster needs to learn to trust you. Keep in mind that the little hamster is afraid of you as you are of it. Now I'm going to ask you a very important question. What about that cute little hamster makes you fear it. Is there really any reason at all for you to fear that little hamster. Not really is there.

Get Someone To Lift The Hamster Out Of The Cage For You

You need to get someone to lift the hamster out of the cage for you and hand it to you. You need to hold the hamster firmly but gently and you need to talk to the hamster in a quiet calm voice and get it used to you. Do this for about five minutes and then either return the hamster to its cage or get a friend to put it back for you. This is the best way I know of for you to get over your fear of hamsters. Your friend should stand near while your doing this so that if you need help with the hamster your friend is there,

You should always wash your hands before and after handling any small animal like a hamster. Yes they can carry diseases but guess what. Your hamster is more likely to catch a common cold from you than you are to catch a disease from your hamster. Yes hamsters can catch the cold or flu from you. So be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your hamster.

Are You Really Afraid Of Hamsters

If your really truly afraid of hamsters don't force yourself to hold the hamster unless you really want to. That little hamster really is afraid of you. Maybe much more afraid of you than you are of it. So take as much time as you need to and really don't try to rush things. There's no timetable set in stone for when you and your hamster should make friends with each other.

Some things to remember is to keep your voice quite and gentle when your talking to your hamster. Also don't allow any loud noises around your hamster. Hamsters really don't care for loud noises or loud voices. So always keep this in mind when doing anything with your hamster.

Hamsters can and do bite at times but usually the bite is more startling than painful. If your really scared of getting bitten wear gloves when you first start handling your hamster. And I bet you and your hamster will soon be the best of friends.

And I know at the same time that yes you may really be afraid of hamsters. I really want you to know that your fear may really be real and I wish you lots of luck in dealing with it. If you have questions you would like to ask about hamsters you should feel free to post them below and I will try my best to give you an answer quickly. If your goal is to make friends with your hamster and overcome your fear of hamsters I wish you luck.

I want you to know that I've been keeping a huge collection of hamsters for over forty years now and I have never been injured by a hamster. Sure I have been bitten but 99 percent of the time it was my fault. I caused it by handling hamsters that had just been shipped or hamsters that had been injured. If you make friends with a 4 - 6 week old hamster there is no reason for you to ever be afraid of your hamster. I want to thank you for taking your time to read my Hub Page On, How To Get Over Your Fear Of Hamsters. If you have questions, tips, suggestions, or comments feel free to post them below. And thanks very much for taking the time to read my Hub Page.


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      Gosia 

      12 months ago

      I am really scared of my hamster whenever it goes near my hand because it has already bitten me but i really want to make friends with it but can't get over my fear

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      maddot 

      5 years ago from Northern NSW, Australia

      Never knew some people had a fear of hamsters... learn something new every day..not sure where I'll use this piece of informtion but you just never know when it will come in handy..thanks!

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