Hamster Sounds and What They Mean: Useful Tips for Hamster Owners

A hamster is a tiny animal that can make some intriguing sounds. It’s essential to understand what these noises mean to care for your pet correctly. Hamsters are incredibly social animals, so they should be kept with others of their kind at all times.

They also require an exercise wheel and lots of toys. Luckily, most people will never hear the more frightening noises because hamsters don’t usually get scared or frightened as often as other critters do.

If you’re considering adopting one, here are some things you need to know before bringing home a new furry friend.

What types of noise do hamsters make?

Hamsters make sounds that tell you how they are feeling. Some hamsters meow when they are scared, and some roar in anger when disturbed by someone during the day.

Hamster sounds and what they mean with audios

Hamsters make a variety of noises, but the most common sound emitted is a squeak. When they are in distress, a hamster can also let out high-pitched screams.

Why is my hamster Squeaking?

The most frequently heard sound from a hamster is the squeak. Hamsters will squeak more often than anything else, and they will make that singular noise when they are happy as well as when they are young.

It’s the way they show you how much fun he or she is having with your feedings, sessions on the wheel, or playing with toys.

When a hamster is hurt, it will squeak. But you can predict what hamsters are doing if you listen to the sound. Where it is coming from and what your location is will help.

Why is my hamster Hissing?

A hamster is likely to hiss if they feel threatened or angry, and this is a typical sound when introducing new hamsters into your home.

After socialization, the animals should stop making this sound as they become more comfortable with their surroundings.

If you notice your hamster hissing while alone, there may be something in their immediate environment that is making them uncomfortable, like the presence of a new toy or cramped living conditions.

If you notice any changes in your hamster’s cage, check them. Remove any new toys from the cage and see if the hamster is calmed down. If it looks like they are scared of something, this may indicate that they are feeling fear. Hamsters will typically scream when they are afraid or frightened.

This sound is like when a person cries. It means the hamster needs your help, and it’s scared. It would help if you did something quickly before your hamster reaches full-blown hysteria.

Why is my hamster Clicking?

Often, hamsters grind their teeth, which creates a clicking sound. The grinding of the teeth is usually an indication that your hamster is content and happy.

When you hear this noise coming from your cage, it’s a sign all is well in your pet’s world.

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Why is my hamster Crying and Screaming?

Whether heard from very close or seen in a video recording on the Internet, a hamster’s scream or cry can be shocking to its owners. It is, without exception, alarming and disconcerting.

While screaming happens only rarely, it is usually due to someone dropping their hamster, causing pain or fear in the animal so that he screams for help.

Why is my hamster Sneezing?

A hamster’s sounds are generally, but not always, expressions of concern. Sometimes it is nothing to worry about, and they may be exhibiting a normal dispersion of noises in their natural environment.

Other times, the sound could mean something more serious such as allergies or some sort of illness that needs professional attention.

Why is my hamster Chirping?

Just like birds, hamsters chirp too! They will usually make this sound for the same reason as squeaking. They could be excited and happy or possibly in fear or anger, and context is important to ascertain the cause.

Why is my hamster Cooing?

The cooing of a hamster is not necessarily rare, but some owners report hearing this sound from their happy hamsters. Coos are soft and quiet vibrations from content animals and can be heard when eating or playing in most cases.

Do you hear your hamster make these sounds? Please add them to the comments below!

How do hamsters show their emotions?

Hamsters do feel emotions just like people, but they cannot speak their feelings. They have to find an alternate method of expression.

Hamsters use both auditory and physical cues to communicate with their owners. But unlike humans, hamsters do not have vocal cords. They communicate through squeaks and high-pitched chirps.

That’s all there is to know about interpreting hamsters’ emotions by listening to their sounds. But there are other factors to consider, such as allergies, pet noises, and just what the hamster might want when it chirps or squeaks at you.

If our hamster friends make a louder noise than usual, they may be frightened and need reassurance from their owners. If they cry out loud because of hunger, maybe food is necessary for their cage-like fresh veggies or an oat-based treat.

You should keep your hamsters away from things that scare them. For example, if you have a cat or a dog, don’t let them near your hamster for the first time.

What do hamster noises mean?

Hamsters, much like cats and dogs, make different noises for a variety of reasons. The most common noises that your pet may make are squeaks, squeals, screams, and teeth grinding.

Listen closely to what your hamster is doing when they’re making the sound – a frightened or hungry hamster might squeak in delight or squeal out loud from fright.

Hamsters typically make noises to let their caretaker know when they are frightened, angry, or in pain.

Squeaks and squeals – A squeak can be an adorable sound, but it could be your hamster’s way of telling you something is wrong. However, the occasional squeak should not be a problem because it is just your hamster’s way of trying to tell you how they are feeling.

Hamsters often squeak and squeal when fighting for dominance. If you have two Dwarf hamsters in the same cage, be mindful of their behavior to ensure they are getting along well.

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Screams – When a hamster screams, it usually signals fear. More importantly, this scream is how they ask for assistance and time to get used to their environment.

Hissing – Hamsters will try to tell you when they are not happy. Sometimes they will hide or show their teeth and crouch low if someone is touching them too much. But if someone keeps bothering them, the hamster might hiss. When a hamster sizzles, it may start biting. Be careful if a hamster begins to hiss.

Grinding of teeth – This chatty sound is usually an indication that your hamster wants to be left alone. By baring its teeth and grinding them, the hamster gives both a visual and aural warning before it attacks.

Tiny gray hammy among the wood shredding

Happy hamster sounds

When a hamster is happy, they make short squeaks. They also rub their lower teeth against their upper teeth, creating a sound called “bruxing.” A hamster does this to show that it is happy.

What does it mean when your hamster coughs or sneezes?

You may not know that hamsters sneeze and cough for the same reasons humans do. Dust or a strong odor can cause them to cough or snuffle intermittently.

If you hear a sneeze-coughing-sneeze combo, then it could be an allergy to foods, chemicals in the air, or items within their cage. If your hamster’s health is seriously affected by this problem, you should see a veterinarian for advice.

What’s more?

Hamsters can catch colds from humans. If you have a cold or flu, do not touch the hamster. Please wash your hands before touching them.

Hamsters can be challenging pets. They do not speak, and we have to know what they are doing to understand how they feel. For example, when a hamster is chewing on the bars or running in its wheel, it could be that the hamster feels safe and happy.

If your hamster makes noises, you should take them seriously. These are warning signs that the hamster is not happy at home.

Do hamsters make noises at night?

Yes, hamsters do make noise at night. Hamsters are nocturnal animals, which means that they play and make noise at night.

There are things you can do to make the sound your pet makes quieter. You can use a toy or bedding, but it won’t stop your hamster from making noise during the day.

  • Place your hamster cage in a room far from your bedroom and using a cage or toy wheel that isn’t noisy.
  • Tired hamsters are more manageable to put in their cage than those who are full of energy. They will use their strength to get away when you try to pick them up.


In this article, we have explored the different sounds hamsters make and what they mean. I hope you’ve found it helpful.

If any questions remain unanswered or if you would like to share your own experience with us, please reach out in the comments below.

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Last updated on June 9, 2021 by Bruce Paxton

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