Usually, hamsters are quiet animals, but sometimes we can hear them scream. You may wonder why they scream and what their scream means, so in this article, I will introduce you several reasons for hamster scream and what to do with it.
1. Baby hamsters scream for care
If you have experience keeping a baby hamster, it is easy for you to find that baby hamsters scream a lot more than adult ones. This is because their mom usually has poor eyesight. Once they need special care, they will use several kinds of screams to arouse their parents’ attention and express their need.
It may be difficult for us human beings to tell the difference between their screams, but knowing that screams from a baby hamster mean that it needs your care is totally enough. When it screams, we should check it immediately to make sure what it needs. Usually, baby hamster screams for food or feces cleaning.
2. Adult hamsters scream for emergencies
Normally adult hamsters are quiet creatures for the most time. Thus when it screams, it means something terrible is happening, and you must go and check him immediately.
However, I need to point out that if you have kept your fluffy since they were cubs, it is very likely that they would develop the habit of scream. Because they have formed the specific conditional reflex. For their tiny brains that are no larger than a hazelnut, screaming equals food and feces cleaning. Therefore, if your fluffy is raised up by you, then a normal scream will not be a big deal.
But once he makes an exotic sound you have heard before, you should keep an eye on him, because this may be his way to call for help.
If your hamster’s scream is quick, sharp with short intervals, the chances are that he is warning. Hamsters have a strong sense of their own territory, so when you stretch your arm into his cage and want to give him a stroke, he may feel like alien animals approaching in the wild and scream to warn the intruder.
In fact, hamsters are shy creatures and do not like human stroke a lot, so if your fluffy has made such sound to warn you, try not to touch him casually.
If your hamster makes one short single sound only when you touch him or open his cage and give him food, this means he feels insecure in this environment.
Small rodents like hamsters are at the bottom of the food chain in the wild, so any slight change in his living environment may arouse extreme fear for a tiny hamster. The lack of sense of security is in their gene, so when you first get your fluffy home, leave him alone for more than a day. Just give him enough time to get familiar with the whole new environment.
If your hamster has been kept at home and suddenly behaves like this, try to reduce the frequency of thorough cage cleaning and stop putting new toys into his cage.
Things will be much worse if your fluffy moans. This means he is suffering from serious disease, and you should take him to a vet as soon as possible.
When your hamster is rutting, he may also scream, but the sound is different， which is louder and lower than the warning scream. Usually, the female ones would scream a lot more, while male ones tend to be silent.
The rut is a necessary growing period for hamsters, so you do not need to worry a lot. If you are equipped with breeding knowledge of hamsters, you may find your fluffy a pair when you hear such sound.
3. Group hamsters scream for the fight
Though it has been announced once and once again that keeping more than one hamster in one cage is strongly disapproved, a lot of people still keep several hamsters in one cage for convenience. As I have mentioned above, since hamsters are solitary animals and have a strong sense of territory, keeping them in one cage will only cause a constant fight. During the fight, they will scream and make a loud sound to terrify the others.
When breeding baby hamsters, it is ok to put them all in one cage for heat preservation and feeding, which is really convenient. But once they grow into adolescence and sexually matured, you should separate them into different cages alone immediately. The scream for a fight will largely consume their energy and cause wounds, which both lead to health issues and quick death.
Above are the basic reasons for the hamster’s scream. The reason may differ from different individuals, but I am sure you know what to do after reading it.