Everyone is familiar with stereotypical behavior of hamsters. Unfortunately, many hamster owners don’t understand why their hamster shows this behavior. Any stereotypical behavior is the cause of an underlying problem for the hamster. The size or the layout of the accommodation is often the cause of the problem.
What is meant by stereotyped behavior?
When I talk about stereotypical behavior, I mainly mean the following:
- Gnawing bars;
- Licking the enclosure;
- Climbing in the bars;
- Extremely gnawing stuff;
- Obsessively demanding attention;
- Obsessive running in his wheel / on the flying soucer.
Some people believe that stereotypical behavior is just part of the hamster’s behavior or that the hamster likes to do it. This gives you misconceptions such as that hamsters love to climb, while they are not naturally climbing animals at all. Hamsters see no depth and just drop when they hang on the bars in the top of the cage, life threatening!
It is therefore a task as a hamster owner to closely monitor and recognize stereotyped behavior. This is how a hamster tells you something is wrong. This can usually be solved by changing the setup of the enclosure (if it’s the minimum size. ). If that really does not help, your hamster is probably ready for a enclosure that is even bigger.