Has your Russian dwarf hamster had unexpected babies?
It is more common than you may think but, sometimes young Russian dwarf hamsters are mixed with the wrong sex. This leads to pregnant dwarf hamsters that are sold on without the store or breeder knowing.
In this week’s post we are going to look at proper Russian dwarf hamster babies care, how to deal with unexpected baby hamsters and important advice on caring for baby Russian hamsters. This post is for unexpected, not breeding.
Guide to Russian Dwarf Hamster Babies Care
A Russian dwarf hamsters babies are hairless at birth and begin to grow fur within the first week. Here is a video of what to expect…
New-born are very cute however there are some very important rules you should abide by, if your hamster has unexpected babies.
RULE Number 1 – Do not touch the babies… Although they may seem very cute and cuddly, if you touch the young within the first 17 days (2 and a half weeks), the mother may abandon her young or worse eat them. Do not touch the mother and young within the first 3 weeks if possible.
2 Plenty of food water – The mother will care for her young, however she cannot do it all on her own. She will need almost double her daily amount of food and water. This is because her young will require milk that she should provide. Enough nourishment for the mother will be essential for healthy babies. Add extra food and change water daily.
3 Mother and child time – Caring for dwarf hamster babies is stressful for the mother. Be sure to give her as much time and space as possible. Disturbing her and the young may only cause future problems. Keep their cage/tank in a quiet location where disturbances are minimal. Music should also be kept low or off.
Here is a picture of Russian dwarf hamster pups from 2 days old up to 6 weeks old. Notice how they grow fur on their backs quicker than undersides and how their eyes develop to open.
Have Two Hamsters But Not Sure Which One Is Female?
Do you have two Russians, but not sure which one is male and which is female?
Pet stores and breeders sometimes may accidentally put different sex’s together thinking they both are the same gender. If you have two and one is pregnant then one may be a boy and the other may be a girl.
The best way to find out is by taking them to a vet or seeing our “How to Determine the Gender of a Russian Dwarf Hamster” By Clicking Here.
If it appears that you have a male and a female, although males make great fathers and help bring up the young, they may reproduce within the first 24 hours of birth which will result in more babies within the gestation period (20-29 days).
We advise that you split the father into his own tank, cage or environment and allow the mother to bring up the young. Another reason for this is – The farther may mate with the baby females when they become 3 weeks old causing future problems.
What You Should Do – To Help The Mother Bring Up Healthy Pups
If your hamster has surprised you with new pups, there really is not much else you can do to help.
Allowing her to do her job is crucial and could save their lives.
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There are many causes for Russian dwarf hamster hissing.
For an owner, it may make you think like you are doing something wrong. Today you are going to learn:
- Why Russian dwarf hamsters hiss
- Common behavior when biting and hissing
- How to stop your dwarf hamster hissing
Why Is My Dwarf Hamster Hissing At Me?
Hamster hissing is very similar to when a cat hisses.
When a hamster hisses, this is a sign of aggression towards something they may feel is a threat. Every hamster can hiss when they want to but will only do this when feeling trapped, in danger or cornered.
Some hamsters are mistreated at a young age and can develop hissing behavior towards almost everything. We will look at a way to solve this later down the page.
What does hissing look like?
All types of hamsters including Syrian, Chinese, Roborovski and Russian dwarfs will do this action in the same way.
Normally they will stand on their back feet, open mouth and flare teeth. This is a warning that a bite and aggressive behavior will come.
See picture on the right, this is very similar behavior.
Common Behavior With Hissing & Biting Russian Dwarfs
Not only do they hiss and bite. But you may also notice a strange smell that comes from between their legs.
This is another warning sign that is normally used for marking territory. The scent that they produce is strong and in the wild is used to ward of predators.
If your hamster is hissing at you, spraying and also biting then there may be a problem with your hamster. Possibly an infection, miss handled at young or even in pain.
A trip to the vet can always find out what’s wrong.
In the next stage, we are going to look at how to stop your dwarf hamster hissing, biting and spraying foul smells.
How to Stop Your Russian Dwarf Hamster Hissing and Biting
Pets that show aggression towards their owners need to be tamed.
But what does taming do? Taming, is an excellent way to build up a strong relationship with your pet hamster. Taming will allow your dwarf to realize that you mean no harm.
Generally if a dwarf hamster is hissing, biting you or spraying smelly fluids, then it feels in danger around you. This can easily change when your hamster feels safe around you. This is why taming your hamster will stop hissing and biting.
If you own a Russian, or any type of dwarf hamster and experiencing any of the above. I recommend you see our Video guide – How to Tame a Russian Dwarf Hamster by clicking here.
Alternatively if you still have questions, please leave a comment below…
Your new Russian dwarf hamster is a biter?
Having a hamster that bites, may make you feel like you are doing something wrong or your hammy does not like you… This is not always true!
Today you are going to learn:
- Why dwarf hamsters bite?
- What is normal behavior vs problem
- How to stop your Russian dwarf hamster biting
My Russian Dwarf Hamster Keeps Biting Me?
Campbell’s, Winter Whites and Russian hamsters show all similar behavior towards a threat. In the wild, they are prey animals and this is one of the reasons why they are nocturnal. Foraging at night is safer.
But why is my Russian dwarf hamster keep biting me and what am I doing wrong?
- Putting your hand in front of your hamsters face (before tamed)
- Attempting to pick a hamster up before they have fully awoken
- Picking them up to quickly or in a threatening manner (towards a hamster)
It is very easy to forget that your hand (towards a hamster) is the equivalent to a elephant to an human. When it intrudes within their cage, it can seem like a big scary threat to them. This normally results in your hamster biting your hand.
It is very important that you pick your hammy up with two hands using the scoop method whilst being gentle and quiet. They are easily frightened and bite when feel threatened.
What is Normal Behavior VS Problem Biting?
It may be difficult to distinguish the difference between biting and nibbling.
What is Nibbling? – Nibbling is a method rodents use to determine what you are. Food, bedding or skin may be gently tested by a hamster’s mouth. Similar to a bite, a hamster will bite slower and with less intention to hurt you to understand either what you taste like, how you react to it or either to acknowledge you.
What a Defensive Bite Is Like? – An animal will do this when they feel threatened, cornered or in danger. This could be a defensive warning or a means of getting your attention. Normally these bites will draw blood and hissing will happen too.
What is Hissing? – Hissing is a noise hamsters make when they are angry or threatened. It sounds very similar to a cat hissing. They only do this when they are upset, bite and think you are a predator.
How to Stop Your Russian Biting You?
Getting a bite by your Russian dwarf hamster can hurt and discourage you from handling them. No one likes getting bitten!
There are a couple of things to do but the best one I will save till last.
1. Make sure your hamsters cage/environment is spacious. Rodents may bite because of boredom and chew through their accessories. This can be prevented with a bigger cage/tank. See what we recommend you get here.
2. Have two hammies living together? Maybe one is being bullied by the other and this is why one is biting you. They can be defensive to humans and other hamsters when they grow older, especially 2 males. Learn more about this behaviour here.
3. Our final recommendation and the best one for you. Taming your hamster is an excellent way to get your pet to stop biting, become very handle able and relaxed around you plus others.
Hamsters need taming before they are comfortable with being handled regularly and if you have not tamed your hamster yet, you can learn How to Tame a Russian Dwarf Hamster in 5 Easy Steps Here.
Our 5 steps to success have helped hundreds around the world and will benefit you if you are experiencing biting, aggressive behaviour or boredom biting. Now that you know what to do, click here to see our taming guide VIDEO…