He can’t get it into the cheek pouch!
Golden hamsters are not particularly bright animals.
They are one of the few truly solitary species we’ve been able to domesticate (somewhat).
When I was a child, it was almost impossible to find one that didn’t bite. I never owned one that didn’t try, no matter how tame it was normally.
Not only are they solitary, they are also nocturnal, so your entire way of being is utterly incompatible with its way of being.
They’ve bred some strains of golden hamster that are not as likely to bite, and they have also been selected for a cuter, more teddy bear-like appearance.
This is also the most inbred of all domestic animals. All of the ones available on the pet market are derived from a single female and her litter that were captured near Aleppo in the 1930′s.
A dog is an animal that is pretty close to a person. They make you part of their world, and they definitely consider you to be a social partner.
A golden hamster merely comes to tolerate you.
I comes to tolerate being taken out of its cage at night and handled.
But they never come to love you.
They are a different being, existing in an entirely different universe of senses and emotions.
A dog comes to be “almost human.”
A hamster stays a hamster.
No matter if you name him Twinkles or Buttermilk and feed him high-priced hamster treats.