12 March 2018 - Updated 27 March 2019

Hamster Language

Hamster language - understanding your hamster

Hamster are much loved pets. Even though they don’t coo like guinea pigs or squeak like rabbits, hamsters have a complex language. Here are a few tips to help you understand your new pet!

Cheeping

Hamsters like to talk to themselves, for example, when looking for a tasty snack or when building their nest. However, increasing and urgent cheeping can indicate your hamster is in pain and you should check your pet thoroughly in this case.

Sneezing

Hamster show their excitement with a noise that sounds like a sneeze.

Squealing

A loud squeal indicates that your rodent is scared or is in great pain.

Growling

If your hamster wants to be left alone, it will hiss or growl.

Guinea pigs can also communicate! Read all the interesting facts about guinea pig language.

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