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It is best to get a young hamster so that it will get used to you easily: One around 5-7 weeks old is best.
Once you have your hamster, no matter the age, leave it in its cage with the following:
food dish, water bottle, exercise wheel and toys. Give it about two days to explore its new home and get used to its habitat.
Every day talk to it gently and, after the second day, while it's not sleeping or eating, let it sniff your hand, then pick it up gently and put it on the floor.
Make sure that the area has no electric cables that the hamster can chew on, cracks it can climb through or holes it can hide in.
You should always wash your hands before and after you hold the little critter.
Feed and give water to your hamster daily. The hamster will like its owner more if it is treated well.
Take a piece of celery, apple or cucumber and put it near your hamster.
Let it eat while you stroke it gently.
If it bites do not hit your hamster or yell at it. Instead firmly but gently say "No", then put it back in its cage.
The next day, try to let the hamster eat the celery from your hand. If it eats from your hand, stroke it and praise it. If not, put it on the ground, watch it eat and try again tomorrow.
Once it eats from your hand, hold it and stroke it every day.
How to Bring Your Hamster Home from the Pet Store
Edited by Vrasmusen, Annie, Teresa, Cheeser and 3 others
Confused on how to bring your new hamster home from the pet store, breeder, or where ever your getting your furry friend from? Well, read on to find the perfect way to transport your rodent.
Prepare a carrier.
Your carrier could be anything from a small cage to a shoebox. Inside should be bedding and food. You should have a water bottle hung in the carrier, or one in your hand in case of emergency.
Come with a friend.
A friend is useful for holding the cage when in the car (if using one).
Leave your hamster alone for a few days so it can get settled in its new home.
A hamster will be very scared after leaving its home and going somewhere else. You may look at it, but do not touch it or it may become aggressive towards you.
Research hamsters before buying this big responsibility.
When buying a hamster, do it later in the day or in the morning, when the hamsters will be more active, and less grumpy.
Prepare the hamster's cage before going out to buy the hamster.
Things You'll Need
A hamster carrier of some sort
food or treats
a water bottle