I just got a baby hamster 2 days ago. His name's Panda. I realize that hamsters are nocternal, that they sleep during the day, but Panda is asleep very early in the morning until very late at night. And I mean, like 5am-12midnight. No, he's not dead. He wakes up every few hours to eat and drink. But between midnight and 5am he digs around in his cage and then in the morning it's a mess with shavings scattered everywhere around his cage and a huge mountain of hamster fluff and shavings which he is totally buried under. Then he stays like that, buried for the rest of the day and the rest of the night only poking his head out for food and whatnot. Seriously, I thought hamsters awoke in the evening(5pm-7pm) not midnight! Is this normal?
And just a note that he is not totally comfortable with being held yet so how am I supposed to clean his cage wait until midnight? (He has to be awake in order to willingly crawl into his box that I keep him in while cleaning his cage)
Can I ask what kind of hamster he is? I've had lots of hamsters before and all of them have woken up around 7pm every evening and stay up until around 4am. I'm not sure if your hamster is normal, lol, is he very young? Being a baby still may be the result of him sleeping so much. I've had mostly blackbear hamsters, but I've had one teddybear kind..
As for cleaning his cage, I'd wait until he's fully awake, unless he's a little biter it might not be too pretty. The only male I once had was a biter, all the females I had would never even think of biting anyone. I think females are more tame/calmer than the males, just my opinion. If he continues to sleep too much over the next couple months than I'd definitely ask your vet for advice. Good luck :)
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My hamster has went through phases that for months, he will wake up at 7 pm and run in his wheel until 12 or 1 am. Then a few months later, he isn't awake until 9 p.m. and will run to 3 - 4 in the morning. Even other times, when I get up for work (7 am), he is gathering food and getting ready to go to sleep. They all seem to be phases. It isn't really abnormal for your hamster to have that schedule - and it may not always be like that.
As far as cleaning his cage, most hamsters are pretty cranky and are far more likely to bite if woken up. However, you don't have to wait till midnight to clean his cage - it may be convenient for him, but not for you. If you have a smaller, chew-proof carrier or container (you can buy them at pet stores), try to put it in his cage and with your finger direct him into the container that is on it's side and close the top. Keep him in there while you clean the cage and then gently put him back to get comfortable again to sleep. I always change my hamsters bedding in the daytime, however, mine has never bitten me, even when I wake him up. But I work at Petco, and when they clean the cages there (in the daytime), with those that are "biters", this is what they do.
At petsmart you can buy a hamster coral for him to run in when he is awake, while cleaning the cage my daughter takes her hamster out and puts into the coral and he just walks around being curious, we found him in the dumpster a few months ago and I believe he was a baby because he slept alot and now he is much bigger but he still sleeps alot and I guess this is normal and he also makes a mess out of his cage. He makes a mound of cage savings and gurantee he will fill his house with it and you can always find him underneath all the shavings. He's too cute for words. His name is arnold and he sometimes hangs from the top of his cage and swings back and forth.