Are you hearing clicking noises coming from your hamster cage, are you wondering what these noises mean, is your hamster bruxing?
What is bruxing? How to tell? Should you be worried?
I will cover this and more below.
What Is Hamster Bruxing?
Hamster bruxing is the noise your hamster makes they grind or crunch their teeth together, what is a sign that your hamster is happy.
Many people confuse hamster bruxing thinking their hamster is showing signs of aggression, this is not the case as I will go into below
Is A Hamster Bruxing Bad For Them
If a hamster is Bruxing it is actually good for their teeth as it grinds then down and prevents them from overgrowing, which could leave to health issues if they grow too long
When a hamster is bruxing you will hear clicking or grinding noise as they are rubbing or chattering their teeth together. he can also sound like a cat is purring.
if you do hear these noises do not worry as everything is fine with your hamster.
Why Is My Hamster Bruxing?
A hamster will typically bruxing when they are feeling happy and content, this behaviour is the equivalent of a cat purring.
If a hamster is bruxing it is a good sign as they are happy in their environment.
In rare situations your hamster could be angry or nervous and this causes them to grind their teeth which could be mistaken for your hamster bruxing
How To Tell If Hamster Is Bruxing Or Stressed
if your hamster is bruxing they will only grind their teeth and make clicking noises, if they are stressed they will also show additional signs such as making squeaking noises hissing and frequently standing up.
Other signs of a stressed hamster include
- Biting their cage
- Climbing up the side of the cage
- Frequently standing up
- Pacing around the cage
- Making noises such as squeaking kissing
- Looks unsettled
If you noticed the above signs you can try to comfort your hamster by picking them up in their cage and stroke them whilst inside of the cage.
Do not remove them from the cage good add to their stress. also check their cage to make sure nothing is wrong such as no food or water for them.
Why Is My Hamster Making Clicking Noises When Asleep
A hamster will rarely make clicking noises when asleep, if they do make a clicking noise when asleep it is most likely because they are dreaming.
A hamster will also make clicking noises they are relaxed and content which they will be feeling when asleep.
In rare occasions it could be something in the cage that is causing your hamster to make clicking noises when asleep.
For example if you have something with a strong smell like scented bedding this could be causing the hamster to make clicking noises when asleep.
If your hamster is constantly making clicking noises when they sleep you can try to remove objects from the cage that smell such as bedding, food, substrate and so on. then monitor if they stop making clicking noises