Does anyone have any tips on how I can start handling my Syrian hamster? I have had him for a couple of weeks now and have stroked him while feeding him, but I am finding it difficult to pick him up.
I don’t want to cause any stress to him so I haven’t “swooped in” and picked him up without him knowing. He comes to me when he hears me in the room so he can get food from us, but I am worried that he only associates me with food.
However, this must mean he is not scared of me anymore, so I am pretty sure that he is ready to be picked up! I have put my hand in his cage a couple of times to see if he comes to investigate, but after not smelling any food he returns to his nesting spot. I think it’s quite important to be able to pick him up soon because I haven’t been able to give him any out-of-cage time, which I know is very important! I also can’t get him out of the cage and into a playpen.
Does anyone have any ideas? I also wanted to add that he has bitten me before and I think am a little scared of him biting me again if he thinks I am food.