When Can You Touch Baby Hamsters?

How long do you have to wait to touch your hamster?

If you just brought your hamster home, chances are he will need a little time to get used to you before he will enjoy being handled and held. Wait at least 12 to 24 hours before trying to hold him.

What happens if you touch your hamsters babies?

If you touch the babies, you leave your scent on them. This can confuse the mother so she doesn’t recognize the babies as her own, or she may consider them suddenly flawed. In either case, she may reject and kill them. Don’t hold or even touch a baby hamster at all, lest his scent be compromised.

Can you touch hamsters when you first get them?

When you bring home a new hamster, give it a week or so to adjust to its new home and surroundings before you try to do much handling. Make sure your hamster has a good-sized cage and the other necessities for stress-free housing.