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Are you looking into getting a new pet hamster or bringing another furry friend home? You may be wondering what animals get along with a hamster and which do not. It's a good question to ask as a pet parent and animal lover. Introducing new pets to one another should only be done after adequate research on both species has been done. This will help prepare you on what to expect or answer if this introduction should even happen at all. If you are a fan of small mammals, it is not uncommon to come upon the question, can hamsters and bunnies get along? We have compiled our research on the relationship between bunnies and hamsters to give you this answer.
Hamsters and bunnies do not and will not get along. The size difference, need to control territory, social and feeding behaviors are vastly different. Having a bunny and hamster living together will cause destruction for both pets and increased stress for you and your home. This is an incompatible pair. While both need to socialize, they cannot fulfill this need with one another.
Individually, hamsters and bunnies make great pets but put together, you are asking for trouble. The differences of the species are what make them incompatible housemates. Read on as we explain in detail what separates these two furry friends and answer what animals can live with hamsters.
What's The Difference Between A Hamster And A Rabbit?
When a hamster is around a bunny, the stress levels will rise. This stress may ultimately put one or both of your pets in harm's way. This is why it is important to keep bunnies and hamsters separate, not even allowing playtime with one another. What makes hamsters and rabbits so different, and why can't they get along? Let's take a closer look at these differences and what they mean for your pets.
Hamsters are small creatures; it is part of their charm. Most hamsters weigh between 0.5-10.5 ounces, while domestic bunnies can reach 1-4 pounds. Some giant bunny breeds can reach weights of over 15 pounds. The size difference is enough to stress your hammy out. When a hamster sees an animal much larger than them bouncing around, they assume they are in danger, and they might be. Due to the size difference, if your bunny accidentally lands on your hamster, it may cause serious injury.
The size difference leads to many conclusions. Your rabbit can accidentally hurt your hammie, but they also take up more resources. A hamster will already be on edge because they feel physically threatened by this large, bouncy creature. They may also begin to worry about not having enough water, food, or space as well.
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Bunnies tend to be social creatures. They enjoy the companionship of other bunnies and can get behind a cuddle with their human. Hamsters can be a bit picky when it comes to whom they spend time with and how much.
Hamsters enjoy their space and may become quite territorial when another animal is around. The social aspect of our animals is usually why we want to pair them together. When it comes to pairing a bunny and hamster, this mix will increase stress rather than fulfill needs.
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Bunnies are very active. Hamsters can be too, but their energy or activity levels will never match up due to the size difference. A bunny will spend the day zooming around and hopping here and there. The fast, constant movement may bring up some aggression with your hamster. Even our most energetic hamsters enjoy a little downtime in their favorite snooze spots.
One thing hamsters and bunnies have in common is they are both prey animals. This means both species are timid and have a natural fear of being harmed or killed. The constant fear will increase both species' sensitivity to sound, fast movement, and animals larger than them. In moments of high stress or fear, there could be a lash out of aggression.
If your hamster is constantly exposed to a larger animal, like a bunny, they can start showing signs of chronic stress. Some of these signs include shaking, fur loss, and aggressive behaviors, like biting.
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These are key differences between a hamster and a bunny. The contrast is why these two do not get along. Trying to force a relationship between the two will leave you with a stressed-out hamster and an unhappy home. It is necessary to consider individual pets' comfort levels and needs before introducing them into the same environment. Some species, like these two, don't mix.
Can You Put A Bunny And A Hamster In The Same Cage?
You absolutely cannot put a hamster and a bunny in the same cage. Hamsters and bunnies in the same room aren't a good mix. The two in the same, small enclosure is even worse. Hamsters tend to be territorial and often look at their cage as their safe space. Placing a bunny in your hamster's home will tear that comfort away from them. This comfort will be replaced by fear and anxiety, ultimately leading to aggression.
If your hamster attempts to bite or scratch your bunny, your bunny may feel under attack. A bunny under attack will be aggressive back. Due to the sheer size difference between the two, aggression from a bunny may lead to the death of your hammy. If you have bunnies and hamsters under your care, it is wise to keep them as separated as possible.
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Will A Rabbit Attack A Hamster?
Rabbits and hamsters are both capable of aggression. While rabbits normally have a friendly temperament, they will respond if they feel under attack or the need to defend themselves. A bunny will give warning signs before they attack, but your hamster will likely not pick up or respond to these. So, yes, a rabbit will attack a hamster in some cases. The strength and size difference puts your hamster at risk for serious or, even fatal, consequences. Keep your hamsters safe by keeping them away from rabbits.
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What Animals Can Live With Hamsters?
A rabbit is out of the question, but what about other species? There's got to be some other animals that get along with hamsters. Yes and no. If you have a very young pet, they are more likely to get along with your hamster. Younger animals are more flexible, tolerable, and adaptable to their surroundings. Even these situations do come with some risks.
Most, if not all, household pets will be larger than your hamster. Even if the two get along, mistakes can happen, and this may lead to your hammie being unintentionally hurt. Different species require different habitats as well. You wouldn't catch a turtle in the same environment as a hamster. They have unique needs that differ from one another.
Knowing your hamster's needs may give you insight into their want for a furry companion. Take notice because even hamsters living with other hamsters can come with some risk. Certain species of hamsters want to live absolutely alone and are happiest with this.
Other species may or may not want a companion, and it will rely on their individual personalities. Keep these points in mind when introducing new pets to the home. Always ensure your hamster has their own space and enough resources to feel safe. This will keep stress down and quality of life up.
The video below breaks down which species of hamsters can and cannot live together.
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Hamsters and bunnies do not get along. These two species are vastly different and have many differences. These differences range across temperament, activity level, social needs, and body size. If you have both a hammie and a bunny, keep them separate and never place them in the same cage. Monitored playtime should even be considered risky.
The presence of a bunny in a hamster’s space is enough to induce stress and highlight their prey mentality. Keep your hamster safe and happy by keeping them away from your rabbit and other animals in the household. We hope you found some helpful insights throughout this article and won't be introducing a rabbit into your hammie's life. They are sure to be happier without them.
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