Are Hamsters Afraid of Vacuum Cleaners? Let’s Discover

Last updated on January 9th, 2024 at 08:03 pm

Maintaining hygiene in the hamster cage and the room where you keep them is essential for both your pet and all owners.

Hamsters poop all the time and scatter food and bedding in and around the cage, so a vacuum cleaner is a solution for maintaining hygiene.

Are hamsters afraid of vacuum cleaners?

Hamsters are afraid of vacuum cleaners, they are afraid of their sound, size and their movement, so they should be further away when you use them to clean the room.

In today’s article, you will find out why hamsters are afraid of vacuum cleaners, whether you should use a vacuum cleaner often and similar questions related to this topic.

Are hamsters afraid of vacuum cleaners?

Hamsters are scared when you turn on the vacuum cleaner because they care about the sound and the size.

Although some hamsters may adapt after some time and won’t be so scared, in general, all hamsters will show a certain reaction.

The vacuum cleaner has a loud sound, and especially when you first start it, it will immediately scare your pet.

Hamsters are afraid of vacuum cleaners because the sound they hear is not characteristic and is unknown to them, in nature hamsters will rarely hear the sound of a vacuum cleaner.

Since hamsters are prey animals, they will be scared at the same time by the sound and the size of the vacuum cleaner and think that a predator is coming to attack them.

Indeed, the hamsters that we keep at home gradually get used to the sounds in the room such as the radio, TV, and other sounds, but the vacuum cleaner has a specific sound and it will be difficult for them to get used to it.

How do you know if your hamster is afraid of the vacuum cleaner?

Some hamsters are more afraid of vacuuming while others are less so, but either way, they will show signs of being scared.

Here are some of the signs:

Aggressive behavior

When you start using the vacuum cleaner, your hamster may become aggressive. When hamsters are aggressive they show the following signs:

  • they will start screaming
  • they will show their teeth
  • their ears will be tilted back

If you notice these signs then you will know that your hamster is aggressive because of the vacuum cleaner.

The hamster will be hyperactive

When hamsters are afraid of the vacuum cleaner they will become hyperactive. They will start running around in the cage and look very restless.

Hamsters will start running very fast on the exercise wheel or climbing the cage bars.

A hyperactive hamster will start digging in the bedding until you finish using the vacuum cleaner.

Unusual behavior

When hamsters are scared of the vacuum cleaner they start to behave strangely.

They will then start biting the bars of the cage, and may even start banging their heads against the walls of the cage.

When your pet is scared of using the vacuum cleaner, it may start rolling over on its back, as well as doing other unusual things.are hamsters afraid of vacuum cleaners

Hiding

Each hamster is individual and can show that it is afraid of the vacuum cleaner in a different way.

Some hamsters as soon as you turn on the vacuum cleaner will start to run and hide in the cage, for example in the play tunnels or the corner.

They will probably stay hidden until you finish vacuuming or turn it off because the sound of it scares them.

Should I use a vacuum cleaner near the hamster cage?

If you notice that the hamster cannot get used to the vacuum cleaner and its sound then it is best not to use it near him.

When you need to use the vacuum cleaner, move the hamster with the cage to another room, and when you are finished, put it back again.

This is the best solution because if the hamster is constantly afraid of the vacuum cleaner, it can get stressed and develop diseases.

As we know stress is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to your pet, stress causes fatal consequences and death of hamsters.

Will it be ok if you use a vacuum near the hamsters?

It will be okay to use a vacuum cleaner near the hamsters, but only if your pet manages to get used to it and stop being afraid of its sound.

For the hamster not to be afraid, it takes time to get used to the vacuum cleaner, although it is not certain that your pet will get used to it and not be afraid.

Hamsters can get used to the vacuum cleaner if you as the owner use it because then your pet will feel safer in your presence.

But if you notice that the hamster simply cannot get used to it and is constantly afraid, then do not try to get it used to the vacuum cleaner, because you would not want it to experience stress and dangers to its health and life.

Is it okay to vacuum the room when the hamster is out of the cage?

This is probably the worst way to try to vacuum the room while letting the hamster out of the cage.

In such situations, the hamster’s stress and fear will be even greater than when your pet is in a cage.

Some owners put their hamsters in a play ball while vacuuming, but this is not good for the hamster as it can only cause additional fear and even more stress.

How to use a vacuum cleaner near your hamster?

To be able to use a vacuum cleaner near your hamster you will need to try to get your pet used to it, using some interesting tips.

Here’s what to do:

Run the vacuum cleaner in another room

Play the vacuum cleaner in another room so that the hamster can gradually get used to its sound.

While the vacuum cleaner is on in another room, you play with your hamster so that he will get used to its sound more easily and will not be afraid so much.

This way, hopefully, the hamster will realize that he is not in danger and will not mind when you let the vacuum cleaner into his room.are hamsters afraid of vacuum cleaners

Cover the cage with a blanket

An effective way to prevent your hamster from being afraid of the vacuum cleaner is to use a blanket and cover the cage.

In this way, the sound that the hamster will hear from the vacuum cleaner while you are cleaning will be reduced and you will certainly reduce the fear and danger of stress for your pet.

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Light up the room

When you want to get the hamster used to not being afraid when you use the vacuum cleaner, the room where the hamster is must be well-lit.

This way your pet will see better and can see you and the vacuum cleaner and may not be too scared, and even better it may get used to the operation of the vacuum cleaner.

A well-lit room can help your hamster not get scared when you use the vacuum because hamsters naturally have very poor eyesight anyway.

Try it with food

Another way to try to get your hamster used to the vacuum cleaner and its sound is to use food.

Let someone else turn on the vacuum cleaner and you give your pet his favorite food and maybe then he won’t be afraid because he will be preoccupied with eating.

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Use the vacuum away from the hamster

So that your hamster is not afraid of the vacuum cleaner, use it at a distance of 2 meters.

In this way, the hamster who will be in the cage at that moment will not feel so threatened and just being in the cage will in some way provide him with additional security.

The most important thing is not to get too close to the hamster cage so that your pet does not get scared.

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Turn on the vacuum cleaner at the lowest power

Buy a vacuum cleaner with a low noise level, you can find a vacuum cleaner with a sound power of 60 dB.

Hamsters will not have a problem with the sound of a quiet vacuum cleaner because the human voice is at 60 dB.

Another solution is to turn on the vacuum cleaner at the lowest volume because then its sound will be the least audible and will not bother your pet.

FAQs

Can I play music in the room where the hamster cage is?

Playing music in the same room as the hamster is fine as long as you watch the volume.

Hamsters have much better hearing than humans, so the music will have to be played at the lowest volume to not disturb them.

Can the hamster cage be in a room where there is a laundry room?

The sound of the washing machine can be unpleasant for the hamster and he may be scared, so it is recommended that his cage be in another room, never together with appliances that emit loud and noisy sounds.

Conclusion

Hamsters are generally scared of the sound of the vacuum cleaner when we use it in the room where their cage is.

Hamsters are not used to the sound of a vacuum cleaner because they don’t hear it that often, and when they are in nature they don’t have the opportunity to hear it at all.

The sound of the vacuum cleaner scares the hamsters who may experience stress which can lead to illness and death of your pet.

To get your hamster used to not being afraid of a vacuum cleaner, you should try a variety of methods such as a silent vacuum cleaner, using it from a longer distance, and similar methods.

Finally, all hamsters are individual, some more and some less will be afraid of the vacuum cleaner, but in general, hamsters usually run away and hide when you turn it on.

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