Hamsters are small and cute with a very cute face. Raising them is much less laborious than raising ordinary cats and dogs, and the cost is not too much, so they are very popular. However, small hamsters are timid, especially not suitable for those who are bluffing friends. The four words “timid as a mouse” show the timidity of mice to the fullest. What happened to the timid and quiet hamster who was probably scared to death because of a little movement around him?
Why are scared hamsters afraid?
Hamsters are at the very low end of the food chain in a wild environment. They are essentially incapable of defending themselves. They are usually the best food for other small animals. There is no escape from natural predators that run on the ground, and there is no escape from natural predators that fly in the sky. In order to survive in this environment, some sounds are regarded as the “sound of death”, and scared hamsters are naturally afraid of other sounds.
Hamsters are small and their internal organs are particularly fragile. In order to enhance their metabolism, hamsters have a very fast heartbeat. If startled again, their heart rate will directly exceed the maximum value that their internal organs can withstand, and their heart will suddenly stop, which will increase the pressure of blood supply to the hamster’s heart and directly lead to heart rupture, so the hamster will really be “scared to death”.
What are the symptoms of a scared hamster?
The symptoms of a scared hamster can vary a bit. Even if they aren’t scared to death, there will be some changes in their daily lives. Like if people hold the hamster a little harder, the hamster will spit out all the food in its cheek pouches. Some hamsters will even tremble, become incontinent, lethargic, and refuse to eat after being frightened. If this happens to your hamster, you need to take good care of it.
We can judge the state of the hamster according to how scared it is. First of all, when the hamster is slightly frightened, it will show restlessness and scurry aimlessly inside the cage. Incontinence. Secondly, when the hamster is seriously frightened, it will attack people or its own kind when touched, or it will not eat or drink and huddle in a corner or wood chips for a long time, or the mother will eat the mice. In more serious cases, it may appear to be pseudo-dead, for example, the heartbeat is weakened, the respiratory rate is lowered, and the temperature is lowered.
How to calm a scared hamster?
After the hamster is scared, the owner may be able to calm the hamster by diverting its attention, such as feeding the hamster some food, and also the owner should give the hamster a quiet environment, and if it is found to be shivering, then it is recommended not to disturb the hamster suddenly unless the hamster is very trusting of you.
Scared hamster often hides in the corner inside dare not come out, the owner first does not rush to get the hamster out, so as not to play the opposite result, you can put the hamster like to eat nuts or fruit meat or something in the hamster visible place, if the hamster came out to eat, the owner can gently touch the hamster hair to comfort the scared hamster. And appropriate interaction with the hamster, so that the hamster as soon as possible to eliminate unpleasant emotions. In fact, after the hamster is frightened, the best way to pacify the hamster is to let the hamster itself quiet, give the hamster a dim environment, the hamster will self-regulate their emotions, do not need too much outside intervention, as long as the hamster is given a safe enough environment can be.
Just bought the hamster, the owner should not be anxious to close contact with it, may make the hamster more nervous, do not directly hand feed food, there may be a hamster in order to protect themselves will accidentally bite the owner, usually do not disturb it, wait for the hamster to slowly adapt to the new environment, then go to the hamster and interact and play.
Do scared hamsters return to normal?
Normally hamsters will recover after being scared. Hamsters have the instinct to fake death to escape from predators, so the scared hamster will appear to fake death, and the owner can save the hamster by rescuing it in time after discovery. However, the hamster is relatively fragile and sensitive, in order to strengthen the body’s metabolism, the hamster’s original heartbeat is very fast. Therefore, try to avoid the hamster from being scared during the ordinary feeding process.
When we care for a hamster, we have to take a life seriously. Just bought the hamster, we should not be anxious to close contact with it first, it may make the hamster more nervous. Don’t feed the hamster directly with your hand, it is possible that the hamster will bite us by mistake in order to protect itself. We should wait for the hamster to familiarize itself with the environment before interacting with it. All in all, hamsters are our friends and should be loved and cared for.