The Ultimate Guide to Taking Care of Baby Hamsters
One can’t just take his eyes off hamster pups, as these tiny cute little creatures will sure have your attention. Baby hamsters are born without any fur and are closely attached to their mother. Though you may have the desire to hold them, bear in mind that there is nothing you can do within two weeks period after delivery.
REMEMBER NOT TO TOUCH THE BABIES!! Your action might harm the babies and change their scent thus confuses the mother. She will think that they are not hers, abandon them and worst she might even eat the babies (it did happen to my hamsters). Not to cause any stress to the mother, avoid cleaning up the cage within this period. It is advisable to place the babies at the bottom of the cage as none of them had opened their eyes yet.
After this two weeks ‘vital’ period, you can hold them but only for a brief period as not to disturb or stress the mom or babies. You can also clean up the cage and place fresh beddings in most of it. Remove just the soiled parts in the nest area and put a good portion of the old bedding in it. Put the babies back in the nest after it is cleaned up followed by the mother.
Once the babies’ eyes are opened (which should occur on the 11-12 days, but some take less/more), they should figure out how the bottle works. In order for them to reach it easily, put it lower and in an area where they frequently go. If they haven’t figured out how to use the bottle, and you are worried about them not drinking enough, you can give them pieces of cucumbers to prevent dehydration. Do not put water in a bowl to prevent them from falling in and drown or catch a cold.
At three weeks, you can separate the babies if you observe any fighting among them but if they seem immature, less developed, and not quite independent enough to leave mom just yet, let them stay together until they are four weeks old. When they reach five weeks old, independent, and have a healthy development, they can be placed in new homes and play in new surroundings and environments.