Are Hamsters Noisy At Night?

Are hamsters noisy at night? This is a question that has been asked by many people and there is no one definitive answer.

Some people say that hamsters are very quiet at night, while others claim that they can be quite loud.

So what is the truth? Let’s take a closer look.

This is a cute picture of a hamster in his cage

So, are hamsters loud at night?

First of all, hamsters are nocturnal animals, which means that they are at their most active during the night. They sleep in the day and this is when they can be very quiet indeed.

However, if you have ever kept a hamster as a pet, then you may well know that even when they are sleeping, the slightest noise will wake them up. This is why you should never handle your hamster too much in the early hours, because they may very well be grumpy when they are woken up!

During the night, especially if it is dark, hamsters are naturally more active and therefore can make a bit more noise than they would during the day.

If you have ever heard a hamster running around their cage at night, then you will know that this can be quite noisy indeed! It’s not just the noise of them running about that is potentially disturbing either.

Hamsters might also squeak and chatter to one another as well as give off little high-pitched squeals if they are really happy about something. This is quite rare however and they would need to be doing something that they find particularly rewarding to let off such a noise.

Depending on the type of cage that your hamster has, you may also hear them gnawing on bars and even (although this isn’t common) biting each other! This can all be very grating and if you have a squeaker then the noise of them squeaking to one another in very close proximity might also disturb your sleep.

So, to answer the question ‘are hamsters loud at night?’ – the answer is it is possible! It depends on how much noise they make and how close they are to where you sleep.

Do hamsters scream at night?

It is not common for hamsters to scream at night, but this doesn’t mean that it never happens. If your hamster did make a screaming noise at night, then you would probably find that they would be making the sound while running in their wheel.

Hamsters do like to run on their wheels both during the day and also at night. If you have a cage with a small wheel in it, then the noise of your hamster running around in their wheel might very well be heard by you at night and this can often disturb your sleep.

So if your hamster does scream at night, then hopefully that gives you a little bit of insight as to why, but it is very unlikely that they will ever scream in the night when they are not in their cage.

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Why is my hamster quiet at night?

There are many reasons why your hamster might be particularly quiet at night. Firstly, it is due to the natural activity patterns that they become more active during the night.

If you have ever kept a pet before then you will most likely know that animals can sometimes sleep very deeply and therefore don’t always make much noise.

However, if you are trying to sleep during the night and you can hear your hamster running around their cage, then this might disrupt your sleep.

To reduce the chances of this, make sure that your hamster’s cage is always in a room where you don’t sleep or at least far enough away from where you sleep that they shouldn’t be loud enough to keep you awake.

You may also want to put the cage in another room away from where you are sleeping during the day so that they can have some time when they are quiet and they won’t disturb your sleep.

All it takes is for one little thing to disrupt your sleep, so try and make sure that your hamster is as happy and quiet as possible during the night. However, this will only work if you make sure that they are also comfortable and not loud enough to disturb your sleep during the day!

What noises do hamsters make at night?

There is some noise that hamsters make that you might find particularly annoying. Among them are:

Running in wheel

Running on a metal wheel at night can make a lot of noise, but this isn’t always the case. Ensure that your hamster has a wheel that they can run around in without annoyance and try not to keep them awake during the night with it if possible. Silent spinner is a solution for wheel noise because running is a part of their natural habitat.


Another sound that you may hear is your hamster squeaking. This is often due to either discomfort or if they are trying to show that they want something – such as food.


The next thing you will hear is your hamster chattering. The noises that they make when they chatter sound like a series of high-pitched squeaks and can be very loud. This often happens as an alarm call to warn other hamsters about danger.

Gnawing on bars

Sometimes hamsters will gnaw on cage bars and this can be very loud. It can also mean that they are trying to escape so it is incredibly important to try and prevent your hamster from doing this if possible. Some hamster cages can be loud.

Biting each other

If you have two hamsters in the same cage, then you might also hear them biting each other. This can be quite a loud noise and sometimes it is possible to even hear bones crunching!

There are lots of other sounds but those above are the most common ones. However, hamsters can also make other random noises like hissing and even purring at times. Even a water bottle can be a source of noise.

How do I stop my hamster from being loud at night?

As mentioned above, there are ways in which you can stop your hamster from being loud at night. The following are some of the most effective methods that you can use:

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Close bedroom door

The first thing that you should do is to ensure that the room where your cage is located is far enough away from where you sleep so that if they are loud enough to disturb your sleep then you won’t be able to hear them.

If you have any children in the house who are trying to sleep, then it may be worth considering where their bedrooms will be so that your hamster’s cage is not nearby.

It is better to choose a cage location wisely as it will mean a lot.

Consider night-time play

If you are willing to do it, then consider playing with your hamster during the evening when they are usually quieter so that you don’t have to worry about them running around while you are trying to sleep. Also, try and get them involved in an activity during the day so that they are tired and more likely to sleep during the night.

Close cage lid

One effective way of keeping your hamster quiet is to make sure that the lid on their cage is always closed. This will stop them from gnawing at bars and getting out while you are trying to get some shut-eye.

Get silent wheels for hamsters

If the reason for sound is the wheel noise in the cage, then you can buy a quieter one. This is especially useful if your hamster runs in a wheel at night when they are usually most active. There are a lot of wheels with a silent spinner on the market.

Hamsters are nocturnal creatures so it may be difficult to stop them from being loud at night – but there are ways in which you can reduce their noise levels so that they do not disturb your sleep.

A stable temperature is important too

If the room is too hot or cold your hamster will be more irritable and therefore make more noise. High temperature is also a reason to give more water to hamsters.

If you follow these tips, then it should help to reduce any noise that your hamster makes at night.

However, if they are still loud then there may be another cause which you can speak to a vet about like an infection, a parasite, or even dental and common health problems.

In extreme cases, the noise may be due to stress habitat and for this, you should speak with a behaviorist.

If you currently live in an apartment and your hamster is loud at night then I would advise researching whether your local council has any rules about keeping pets that might cause noise issues before moving somewhere else.

In addition, you should always avoid direct sunlight impact on a cage where your hamster lives.


​​As a final point, it is important to remember that hamsters are not loud at night all the time and most of the time they will be quiet. So if you ever hear them being loud, don’t worry too much as there may be another reason behind it. However, if this occurs frequently then you should look into the reasons so that you can try to prevent it.

Last updated on February 9, 2022 by Bruce Paxton

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