Allergies can go both ways when owning a hamster. Some people are allergic to hamsters, while hamsters can also be allergic to certain substances.

Human Allergies to Hamsters:

  • Caused by Exposure – Allergies develop from exposure to hamster proteins in their urine, saliva, and fur. Common symptoms include congestion, sneezing, and itchy eyes.
  • See an Allergist – Get medically tested to confirm you are not reacting to other allergens before assuming a hamster allergy.
  • Take Antihistamines – Oral antihistamines like Zyrtec help control symptoms upon hamster exposure. Nasal sprays also help some.
  • Use Air Purifiers – HEPA air purifiers in the hamster environment filter out allergens.
  • Rehome as a Last Resort – If allergies persist despite treatment, rehoming the hamster may be necessary.

Hamster Allergies:

  • Bedding Irritation – Hamsters can develop respiratory irritation from low-quality wood shavings, dust, or scented bedding. Use only unscented paper or aspen bedding.
  • Scent Reactions – Strong perfumes, candles, cleaning products, and scented oils can irritate hamster’s sensitive respiratory system. Avoid using these near your hamster.
  • Dietary Sensitivities – Some hamsters may have gastrointestinal reactions to certain fresh foods. Slowly introduce new foods and discontinue anything causing diarrhea.

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