What does it mean when a hamster squeaks?


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Hamsters squeak to communicate a variety of positive and negative emotions. It is sometimes difficult to detect the meaning of a hamster squeak, but the volume and persistence of squeaking offers clues as to what is going on. Brief, infrequent squeaks are typically an attempt at basic interaction.

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Hamsters often squeak with joy when receiving a treat or engaging in activity. A more distressed, persistent squeak is more likely to be a signal that a hamster is upset, in pain or annoyed. These types of squeaks are common when a person first gets a hamster as a pet because it takes time for the animal to adapt to a new home.

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