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One of the first things you should do with a new hamster is to tame it. This is much easier to do when a hamster is young, so do not postpone this step. Taming is not difficult, and it will help you both trust each other and have a lot of fun together.

First of all, talk to your hamster. It will get to know your voice. Do not shock your little companion with excessive petting at first, which means do not try to pick it up or stroke it. Taming is the very step you have to make before, otherwise you may scare the little rodent very much. If you stick your finger in the cage and the hamster nips and bites it, leave it for a couple of hours alone in the cage. Remember that hamsters bite only when they are scared and frightened. Let it calm down and get used to a new environment.

Now, read carefully the steps below. If you follow them slowly and patiently, your hamster should be tamed in about three weeks.

1. Find out when your hammy is active and when it is asleep. Watching is necessary to note its favourite food so that you can use it to help the hamster overcome its fear. When you have spotted its preferences, start leaving the titbit on the cage floor. This is how the rodent will get used to your hand. In a few days, leave your hand in the cage while the hamsters eats.

2. When the hamster is completely used to your hand and eats beside it without fear, start leaving the food in your palm. It can take a while before the hamster will eat from your hand. Be patient and give it as much time as necessary. When the rodent becomes confident and eats from your hand as if it's not a big deal, you can gently stroke it on the back with a finger. Do not stroke the hamster on its head.

3. Now, it is time for your hamster to get used to being picked up. When it is eating from your hand, cup the second hand over it carefully, and lift it up slightly for a few seconds. Increase the lifting time little by little, and when you see that the furry creature is totally happy with being picked up (it happens within a few days usually), you can finally take it out of the cage in your cupped hands.

4. The last step is playing with your hamster near floor, letting it run from hand to hand, picking it up gently and putting on the floor again. Do not lift it too high so the hamster does not hurt itself if it falls down by accident. If you have been following these steps carefully, the hamster will be confident enough to run along your arm soon.

If you don't move on slowly enough, your hamster may get frightened, and you will have to start taming all over again. Do not forget that your hamster is small and vulnerable, and you are a giant in its eyes!