Music is food to the soul. Many pets enjoy music just like humans and they will have varied reactions to different music.
Hamsters are mostly solitary animals and they enjoy their own company as long as they have necessities like food, toys, and tunnels in their cage. They don’t easily get bored and you do not have to always entertain them.
But maybe you have come across hamster music playlists and are not sure if you can play them for your pet. Are they okay? Can hamsters listen to music with no side effects?
Let’s find out.
Do hamsters like music?
Hamsters like music and it can greatly affect their moods. Soft genres can have a calming effect on the small pets to the point of making them fall asleep. Fast-paced genres on the other hand can make them overexcited and active. Loud music can affect their ears and make them aggressive. Most hamsters will enjoy relaxing classical tunes.
Types of music that hamsters can listen to
Hamsters are different and that will show in their personalities. Some will like things that others will greatly dislike.
Because of their differing personalities, all hamsters will not enjoy the same type of music. Types of those they will enjoy are:
Slow relaxing music
If music beats are slow, they will have a calming and relaxing effect on your hammy. Music played from a piano or violin lies in this category.
Classical music is also relaxing. It has been said to be helpful on many fronts like in pain relief, lowering blood pressure, and helping in sleep. Pop genre is another hamster favorite and especially the fun 80’s type.
Hamsters enjoy that type of music. The slow beats even make your pet fall asleep as they listen to them.
Some music genres will have beats that are really fast. For instance, rock music.
This kind of music acts as a stimulant to your pet and you will see them become more active than they already are. They may run in their wheels faster or play more in their cage.
Fast music is especially good if your hamster looks bored, lethargic, or they’re just inactive. It will stimulate their brains and energize them.
If music is loud, your hammy will not enjoy it no matter the genre. Loud music affects their ears, stresses them, scares them, and makes them agitated.
A hamster who is constantly listening to loud music may develop some bad tendencies. They may become aggressive, begin biting on cage bars and climbing all over the cage.
How to prevent your hamster from loud noises
Hamsters have very sensitive senses of hearing. It is so good that they can hear so much better than humans.
Although this is good as a survival instinct where they can sense danger from afar, it becomes a problem when your hamster is around noises. Loud noises distress your pet. To avoid this, you should:
- Put their cage in the quietest area of the house – this can be a room at the far back end of the house where activities are limited.
- Keep music and volumes low – whether it’s a radio or television, all volumes should be minimized for your pet’s sake.
- Ensure the cage is away from playing children – children can make a lot of noise while playing including sudden screams which can scare your hamster so put the cage away from where children play a lot.
- Other pets – not only will sensing their presence scare your pet but also the noises they make like barking in dogs which is very loud for hammies.
Is music good for hamsters?
Music is good for hamsters and you can play it for your pet. Some of the reasons why it’s good are:
- It calms them if they are anxious – if your hammy is scared of something like a larger pet, music can work in relaxing and calming them down.
- It distracts them when there are noises that could scare them – some noises like thunder, honking cars, or fireworks are beyond your control. Playing music for hamsters can help in distracting them.
- Makes them active – if your pet was looking dull and lethargic, playing some good tunes could stimulate them to become active and playful.
How to know your hamster’s favorite type of music
The best way to know which type of music your pet enjoys is by playing various genres for them. There are many specially created hamster playlists on YouTube and you can start from there.
Play the songs while watching out for your pet’s reactions. This will offer both of you some good bonding time and you will get to learn more about your furry friend’s personality.
Signs that your hamster is enjoying music
Not all hamsters will react in a way to show how they feel about certain music. Some will act entirely indifferent and ignore it all together no matter the genre.
Make sure that you play the music for short amounts of time at first as your hamster begins getting used to it. If they are enjoying it they may:
- Seem to be deeply concentrating.
- Look calmer.
- Stop what they were doing.
- Become sleepy and fall asleep.
- Act playfully if they were inactive.
Signs that your hamster is not enjoying music
If your hamster doesn’t like certain types of music they:
- Will seem uneasy and unsettled.
- May produce a high pitched sound.
- Could run away to hide.
What not to do
Do not keep playing music for your hammy that they do not like just because you like it. This could frustrate and stress them.
If your hamster begins acting aggressively while listening to music, stop playing it. It could be triggering for them and you should protect them.
Hamsters like music and especially slow relaxing beats which calm them down. Fast-paced music makes them active while loud music makes them aggressive and can even damage their sensitive ears.
You can play for them some classical tunes, piano, violin, and some playful pop for them as they enjoy it. Always keep your pet in a quiet place away from loud noises.
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