Why Does My Hamster Hiss?

If you have had your hamster for any length of time you may have encountered them making a hissing noise at some point.

This is a bit of a strange thing for a hamster to do.

So why does my hamster hiss?

When a hamster hisses, this may mean different things.

It all depends on what their body language is like.

Giving attention to your hamster’s body language can aid you in preventing any hissing that that they may make in the future.

When a hamster is hissing they are usually either;

  • feeling threatened
  • feeling nervous
  • or, feeling scared.

There are some things you can do to stop this and help your hamster to feel less scared, threatened or nervous.

  1. Make sure you talk gently to your hamster at intervals throughout the day, not to mention when you feed it. Loud noises will really scare them.
  2. Be gentle and move slowly. Any fast reactions will scare and intimidate them.
  3. Feed your hamster food from your hand. This will help to gain trust with them.

So if you find that your hamster is hissing, then it’s a sign that they are not feeling comfortable.
It’s also a signal to us to help them better in our relationship with them.

Take the time to give attention to them, speak gently to them and feed them food from your hand.

Growing their trust in you is the way to stop any hissing from happening.