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Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster chewing water bottle, ferplast cage, syrian hamster
ferplast cage, syrian hamster, pets at home: Hi Louise Thanks for your question. Chewing is fairly common in hamsters - sometimes they chew their cages, or bars or bottles. It is difficult getting a hamster to stop chewing once they start. The important thing is making sure that he has lots of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster with dry skin, syrian hamsters, animal vet
syrian hamsters, animal vet, syrian hamster: Hi KJ Good to hear from you again. Is this a Syrian hamster? If so, whilst the vet is saying it isn t mites, I would still be tempted to treat with ivermec. You can get the small animal antiparasite medicine made by Beaphar -they do one that is safe...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, hamster wheel, hamsters
hamster wheel, hamsters, hamster: Hi Greg I m afraid I don t know the answer to your question. I do know that some people have carried out research into this and managed to attach a light bulb to a hamster wheel, which was illuminated when the hamster ran in his wheel, but I am afraid...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Inbreeding Campbell Hamsters, inbreeding, hamsters
inbreeding, hamsters, brother and sister: Hi Anjo thanks for your question. I m not an expert in breeding - I have bred hamsters, but only Syrians. The most important thing is not to breed brother and sister. I accidentally did this once (I didn t know the history of the two hamsters I had...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf hamsters, two females
russian dwarf hamsters, two females, amy thanks: Hi Amy thanks for your question. It is quite common for hamsters to be wrongly sexed, so you may well have a male and female. What is the fighting like? How often does it happen? Is it aggressive? Dwarf hamsters can be kept in pairs or groups,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sick hamster, fungal spores, syrian hamster
fungal spores, syrian hamster, reddish fluid: Hi Linzi Thanks for your question- I m sorry to hear about your hamster, she does sound very sick right now. I would strongly advise that you get her to a vet as soon as you can. It is hard to know what is wrong, however, the sticky eyes with red around...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sleepy hamster, detective work, wet tail
detective work, wet tail, glassy eyes: Hi Eleonora Thanks for your question. Firstly, how old is he? what type of hamster is this? It is hard for know for sure what is happening and it might be a case of doing some detective work: When he walks, is walking normally or dragging a leg,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my Syrian fancy bear hamster sleeps alot, computer keyboard, petstore
computer keyboard, petstore, fresh food: Hi Maggie Thanks for your question. Chances are, there is nothing wrong with him. Male Syrians can be very lazy. When he is awake, is he eating normally, running in his wheel etc? If this is just down to laziness, then you can sometimes change their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Swollen Abdomen, rhino, little time
Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Swollen Abdomen, rhino, little time, couple of days

Gerbils & Hamsters: hammy poop white, hamster mix, safeside
hamster mix, safeside, sunflower seeds: Hi Chloe Thanks for your question. This is very unusual. What are you feeding her? She should be feeding her a standard dry hamster mix, some fresh vegetables in the evening and the occasional treat - such as cheese, scrambled egg, raisins, sunflower...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster, hamster wheel, average life span
hamster wheel, average life span, syrian hamsters: Hi Thanks for your follow up. Chewing bars is a bit of a problem with some hamsters. As their teeth grow continuously it is important for them to be able to grind them down. Therefore he must have some hard food, or hard treats (can give dog biscuits)...

Gerbils & Hamsters: MY HAMSTER SEEMS VERY SICK PLEASE HELP, dwarf hamsters, wont move
dwarf hamsters, wont move, respiratory problem: Hi Emily Thanks for your question. I m sorry to hear that Skittles isn t well right now. She does sound very sick and without seeing her unfortunately it is almost impossible to know what is wrong. Do you have a local vet that you know? If so I suggest...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Swollen Abdomen, enlarged kidneys, swollen abdomen
enlarged kidneys, swollen abdomen, little fellow: Hi Jane Thanks for your question. Sorry to hear about your hamster. This could either be a tumor or enlarged kidneys. If it is his kidneys then they will eventually stop functioning properly and start to fail. I had this with a hamster once - he...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster with wet fur on back, wet fur, coconut shell
wet fur, coconut shell, scent glands: Hi Bailee Thanks for question. I m not too sure I know what you mean in that her back is wet. Do you mean the fur on her hips? If so (assuming this is a Syrian) they have scent glands on their hips and sometimes they wash them a lot which means they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Nesting Hamster, flooring material, wire cages
flooring material, wire cages, blue tube: Hi Ashley Thanks for your question. This is a real problem with the tubular cages. There is little that can be done to stop a hamster from packing food/bedding into the tube. When I had tubular cages mine used to do this too, so they all have wire...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is it normal?, syrian hamsters, dog biscuits
syrian hamsters, dog biscuits, bad milk: Hi Thanks for the update. Grinding teeth and chewing bars for some hamsters is normal. It is a real nuisance, but it can be hard to snap them out of this behaviour, other than to make sure they have plenty of hard things to chew to keep their teeth...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Siick Hamster, enlarged kidneys, reddish fluid
enlarged kidneys, reddish fluid, ovarian cysts: HI Lesley Thanks for your question - I m really sorry to hear about your hamster. It is very difficult to know what is wrong with your hamster as she is presenting several symptoms, but this is definitely not normal behaviour for a young hamster. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian fancy bear hamster wont let me hold him, pets store, first few days
pets store, first few days, sudden noise: Hi Maggie Thanks for your question. Definitely don t give up on your hamster this quickly - most Syrian hamsters tame well. First of all it is important to remember that these are very small creatures and our world is huge to them. Their eyesight...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian Hamster with sore nose, cardboard sheets, syrian hamster
cardboard sheets, syrian hamster, obsticles: Hi Laura Thanks for your question. It is difficult to know what this lump is and if he needs to see a vet. It could be that he scratched himself somewhere in his house, or if he was chewing the bars, that can make the nose sore. If it was this, perhaps...

Gerbils & Hamsters: teddy bear hamster pouch, teddy bear hamster, cheek pouches
teddy bear hamster, cheek pouches, hoard food: Hi Eva Thanks for your question. Hamsters do like to hoard food and sometimes they will pack their cheek pouches and not empty them. This is very common, especially with Syrian hamsters. Occasionally they can get food stuck in their cheeks - if they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby hammies, russian hamsters, russian dwarf
russian hamsters, russian dwarf, leaving the nest: Hi Millie Apologies for the delay in replying to you - I didn t have Internet access. Campbells are quite vocal hamsters and often chat - however this should be a chirping/soft squeaking sound, or when the hamsters are a bit bigger, play fighting. However,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil tail problems, egg cartoons, cardboard boxes
egg cartoons, cardboard boxes, safety precaution: Hi Steph I don t think you need worry about this - this could just be natural pigmentation or scar tissue. I d only worry about it if the end swells or clearly changes in some way or another. The fact that she is happy otherwise is great - she clearly...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, porridge oats, baby food
porridge oats, baby food, little baby: Hi Helen thanks for your question - I m sorry to hear about your hamster. How is your hamster today? Is there any improvement? It is hard to know if she will be OK - it really depends on whether or not there are any injuries. I had a hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Hamster just gave birth!, wet food, food bowl
wet food, food bowl, hamster: Hi Lian Thanks for your question. There is no problem with washing the food bowl and returning it will more food. Sometimes you need to do this, and especially if you have put any wet food in it - in which case it will need washing daily. I advise...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Tippy Cocobean, cage mate, head tilt
cage mate, head tilt, consultation fee: Hi Alina Thanks for your question. Your gerbil is doing very well - I don t think any of mine live to be that old. Unfortunately all his symptoms you describe sound like old age and in many ways it is difficult to know if any treatment would be effective....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Travelling, hamster cage, syrian hamster
hamster cage, syrian hamster, hot humid climate: Hi Akshaya Apologies for the delay in getting back to you - I didn t have Internet access. Regarding travelling, it is OK to travel with a hamster, providing: the car is cool - ideally it is best to travel at a cool time of day the cage will not...

Gerbils & Hamsters: undescended testicles in a syrian hamster, syrian hamster, abdominal cavity
syrian hamster, abdominal cavity, testicular cancer: Hi Ruth Thanks for your question. I wouldn t worry too much about this. I honestly don t know if this makes him more prone to testicular cancer or not. The fact is that some Syrian males have extremely large testicles, others you hardly notice. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Why does my baby hamster have a huge hole in its skin?, tiny creature, large hole
tiny creature, large hole, loud noise: Hi Victoria Thanks for your question and for the photo. I suspect that this is a bite mark - babies skin is incredibly delicate and if mum keeps gathering them up and moving them, she may well have nipped him. Try to keep the area clean - it is difficult...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bald hamster, dwarf hamster, ivermectin
dwarf hamster, ivermectin, hormonal changes: Hi Susan Thanks for your question. Sometimes hamsters do lose a bit of fur, especially when they are 18 months or older. Their fur often naturally thins at this stage. Baldness behind the ear might be due to scratching, but it is good that the area isn...

Gerbils & Hamsters: something bulging from the rear end, balloon shape, testicular cancer
balloon shape, testicular cancer, mths: Hi Vicki Thanks for your question. There is probably nothing wrong with your hamster. Often the testicles in some hamsters look very strange - balloon shape, lopsided, etc. Sometimes they are much larger than other times. i suspect it is this. Your...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil's eye is closed, person job, cotton ball
person job, cotton ball, gerbil: Hi Kari Thanks for your question. It is important that your gerbil opens his eyes daily - if the lids remain shut they can develop and infection. Wiping with some soaked cotton wool or cloth is the best way. I appreciate how fast gerbils can be and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hammy scars, time emailing, syrian hamsters
time emailing, syrian hamsters, cats and dogs: Hi Jan thanks for your question. First of all, have you tried treating her with an antiparasitic medication? if not, I would suggest you do this. If you can t buy it locally, or get it from a vet, you can find it On-line. The one you want contains...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, dwarf hamsters, leaving the nest
dwarf hamsters, leaving the nest, mastitis: Hi Jacklyn Thank you for your question. I m sorry to hear about the litter. I m assuming these are dwarf hamsters???? With hamsters, they mate again the day a litter is born, hence the reason why you ended up with two litters. You haven t said...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is my hamster hurt or sick?, swollen cheek, bottom teeth
swollen cheek, bottom teeth, little creatures: Hi Stephanie thanks for your question. I m sorry to hear about your hamster. There could be a number of things going on. Generally hamsters are pretty robust little creatures and a fall doesn t always hurt them. However, they can get winded, bruised,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster does'nt run on the wheel, syrian hamsters, big wheel
syrian hamsters, big wheel, hamsters: Hi Mia Thanks for your question. Syrian hamsters do need exercise - in the wild they can run for up to 5 miles each night in search of food and bedding. Therefore, in captivity they need a way to exercise. Without exercise they can become obese and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Holiday away!, hamster cage, syrian hamster
hamster cage, syrian hamster, kent area: Hi Stephanie Thanks for our question. I m afraid there is no way you can leave your hamster for that length of time. Even if you put loads of food in the cage, the water bottle will need topping up, and water changed. His cage will become filthy in that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Mole on hamster's stomach, dwarf hamster, scent gland
dwarf hamster, scent gland, losing hair: Hi Ling thanks for your question and photo. Is this a dwarf hamster? If so, this could be the scent gland that they have on their stomachs that has got blocked/infected. However, the fact that there is more than one makes me wonder if this more likely...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Tumour or what ?!, tumour, cyst
tumour, cyst, rump: Hi Molly Thanks for your question. It s hard to know what this lump is - would it be possible for you to send me a photo, so I ll get a better idea. If he is young it is unlikely to be a tumor - what type of hamster is he? If he is a Syrian he needs...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My bitting hamster, bitting, waterbottle
bitting, waterbottle, clean hands: Hi Nana Thanks for your question - I m sorry to hear you are having problems with taming Dusty. Remember that this is a big world for a tiny hamster. Hamster s have terrible eyesight and therefore rely heavily on their sense of smell. Therefore, what...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Blindness in hamsters, syrian hamster, reddish fluid
syrian hamster, reddish fluid, daily basis: Hi Emily Thanks for your question. Hamsters have gland at the back of their eyes that secrete a reddish fluid that helps lubricate them. If a hamster is unwell or elderly they tend to secrete more fluid than usual which often results in sticky eyes...

Gerbils & Hamsters: exssive drinking, strange pear, pear shape
strange pear, pear shape, syrian hamster: Hi Julie Thanks for your question. The symptoms you describe are fairly typical with a hamster of this age. Sadly hamsters are very prone to getting tumors when they about 2 or more years old. Often then tumors are internal ones that can t really be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbals, poor animal, wishbone
Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbals, poor animal, wishbone, mid summer

Gerbils & Hamsters: Winter White Hamster Bald spot, plain yogurt, anti biotics
Gerbils & Hamsters: Winter White Hamster Bald spot, plain yogurt, anti biotics, bite wound

Gerbils & Hamsters: Female gerbil help, ovarian cysts, water consumption
ovarian cysts, water consumption, wrong answer: Hi Bryn Sorry for the delay in responding. How is your gerbil now? Has there been any change? When she pees, does it look normal? I know that gerbil or hamster pee can look quite orange at times, but does your gerbil s pee look like there is blood...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbals, leg fracture, leg fractures
leg fracture, leg fractures, lack of circulation: Hi Karen I m sorry to hear about your gerbil. There could be a couple of things wrong - he could have winded himself and caused an internal injury, or he could have fractured a bone. Can he use either back leg? If both are out of action then he may...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil question, acting tips, bamm bamm
acting tips, bamm bamm, petstore: Hi Emma Thanks for your question. Gerbils are very different to taming compared to hamsters. I ve had a number of gerbils over the years and whilst most I could handle, they were never docile, and wouldn t sit still - I always hold them with both hands....

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster, dwarf hamster, cheek pouches
dwarf hamster, cheek pouches, food type: Hi Camila thanks for your question. Hamsters have cheek pouches that extend almost down their waist. In the wild a hamster will travel up to 5 miles a night in search of food and bedding. They pack anything find into their cheeks to be able to carry...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster bite, tetanus injection, antiseptic
tetanus injection, antiseptic, hamsters: Hi Kimerbley I m sorry to hear about your hamster. I know these bites can really hurt. You could phone your doctor s surgery and ask them whether or not you need a tetanus injection. I think with tetanus you need to be injected within a certain number...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster growth, ivermec, consultation charge
ivermec, consultation charge, ivermectin: Hi You are doing well with her - I always feel a sense of satisfaction when I get mine to that age - most die around 2 years of age. It is great that you have seen a vet to get an opinion - hopefully the cream will clear up the lump - but even if it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, food bowl: Hi Alexia thanks for your question. Sometimes hamster just do strange things and there isn t always any explanation. Dwarf hamsters tend to move their nest around anyway - whereas Syrians tend to always make their nest in the same place. I ve often...

Gerbils & Hamsters: ill gerbil, walking in a straight line, going in circles
walking in a straight line, going in circles, tangible reasons: Hi Debbie Thanks for your question. I m sorry to hear about your gerbil. It is difficult to know what is wrong with him without seeing him. It could be that he is behaving like this because of his age, although he isn t terribly old. Have you checked...

Gerbils & Hamsters: roborovski hamster, roborovski hamster, hamsters
roborovski hamster, hamsters, hamster: Hi Heidi Thanks for your question. The chinchilla bath sand should be fine for your robo. I use this for my hamsters and they seem to enjoy it - put some in a small dish and let him roll around in it. It sometimes takes a while for them to get the hang...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Skinny gerbil, hamster cage, wood shavings
hamster cage, wood shavings, kidney disease: Hi Janet thanks for your question. When I used to keep gerbils I had a similar thing happen. Initially you don t notice bullying, but it can escalate quite quickly into fighting. You were right to separate them, and now Tom will need to live on his...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sudden death of moma hamster and her babies.?, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, moma: Hi Taylor thanks for your question. I m really sorry to read your story - how sad. It is difficult to know why mom and babies died. If the mum died, then the babies would die too as they are so dependent on her in these early days. There are a couple...

Gerbils & Hamsters: SYRIAN HAMSTER EXTREME LARGE LITTER, canned dog food, food dish
canned dog food, food dish, shredded cheese: Hi Yan Yan thanks for your question. I ve never had a hamster with this size litter, although i have heard of someone who had over 20 - although sadly not many survived. Realistically I think if the litter is this large you will lose some as nature...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Teddy bear hamster hair loss, teddy bear hamster, exersize
teddy bear hamster, exersize, hamsters: Hi Katrina thanks for your question. Firstly, what type of wheel do you have? Some wheels are quite small and a fully grown Syrian barely fits in them. If you have the standard small wheel I would suggest you change this for a large wheel - this might...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Winter White Hamster Bald spot, winter white hamsters, aspen shavings
winter white hamsters, aspen shavings, bite wounds: Hi Kelly Thanks for your question - I m sorry to hear about Marcus. It is very difficult for me to know exactly what this is. If this is ringworm, then your vet can do a simple test - if they shine an ultraviolet light on the area it should fluorese....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Worried for our pet hampster.....:-(, eye lubricant, lil penny
eye lubricant, lil penny, hampsters: Hi Dixie Thanks for your question. I m sorry to hear about Penny. How old is she? Is she 2 or more? Hamsters have glands at the backs of their eyes that secrete a fluid that acts as a lubricant. If a hamster is unwell or elderly then they tend to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: 2+ year old winter white hamster has a lump on face, winter white hamster, dwarf hamster
winter white hamster, dwarf hamster, warm salt water: Hi Milly I think you have a difficult decision to make. All anaesthesia carries a certain level of danger, and the older the hamster, the more the risk. However, it is important to consider other factors - how the hamster is in himself - is he fit and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: ear cut on my syrian hamster, syrian hamster, ear area
syrian hamster, ear area, aloe vera: Hi Holly Thanks for your question - apologies in the delay in replying. Is there any other sign she has been scratching? Hamsters are prone to getting mites, and these tend to affect their head area - therefore if you think this could be a problem,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil, warm salt water, colliflower
warm salt water, colliflower, growth doesn: Hi Cathy Thanks for your question. Three is a very good age for a gerbil. The growth could well be a tumor of some sort - the problem with external tumors is that if they get scratched they can bleed/infect. Does he seem bothered by this lump? Apart...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil hurt, sweat pants, small animals
sweat pants, small animals, xray: Hi Kathleen I m sorry to hear about your gerbil. It could be that he is just very bruised and this will sort itself out, but you cannot rule out a broken back - the only way you will know that is to get him xrayed. In himself how is he apart from...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hammies living Together, dwarf hamsters, cardboard box
dwarf hamsters, cardboard box, winter whites: Hi Fiona Thanks for your question. The answer is Yes - winter whites can live together. Campbells, or Chinese can also live in pairs. Syrians definitely cannot. In terms of them fighting - this is always a danger and you need to prepare that this...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster - dried blood on tail, dwarf hamster, female dwarf
dwarf hamster, female dwarf, water consumption: Hi Lin Thanks for your question. Blood is always something that should be investigated, but it doesn t always mean there is a serious problem. Now and again I have found a spot of blood on one of my hamsters, but nothing else seems to happen. It...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster wont chew toys, toilet paper tubes, dog biscuits
toilet paper tubes, dog biscuits, dreadful noise: Hi Fiona thanks for your question. firstly, hamsters don t really chew. They will chew the bars to their cage, or some toys just to keep their teeth short. As you say, gerbils chew all the time and shred a lot to make bedding etc. to burrow in. However,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski and Milton sterilizer., syrian hamsters, pet bowls
syrian hamsters, pet bowls, congenital diseases: Hi Lisa I m really sorry to read your email. I honestly don t know if the Milton sterilizer is to blame. I ve never used this before and if it says that it is safe for pet bowls I would have thought it was OK to use. Sudden death is hard to determine...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robovoski separation, dwarf hamsters, new toys
dwarf hamsters, new toys, squeals: Hi Kayleigh Thanks for your question. Unfortunately this does happen in that two hamsters get along really well and then suddenly they don t. That is why it is important to always be prepared to split dwarf hamsters if necessary. The fact that one...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Ruburouski Hamster, congenital problem, heat stroke
congenital problem, heat stroke, car fumes: Hi Angela I m really sorry to read your question. Robos are very lively little hamsters and when they are well they do run about a lot. How hot was the car they were travelling in? Did you leave them in it unattended at all during the journey? If...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how to tame a nervous gerbil, pets at home, dare devil
pets at home, dare devil, sunflower seeds: Hi Lucy Thanks for your question. Some gerbils are quite jumpy - I think it is in their nature. I find the best way to tame a gerbil or hamster is to talk to it a lot. It doesn t take long for them to recognise a familiar voice. Then try tempting...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I think my gerbil is sick., enlarged kidneys, ovarian cysts
enlarged kidneys, ovarian cysts, metacam: Hi Taliah thanks for your question. I m afraid your gerbil does sound as though she is very sick. Three years old is very good for a gerbil. It is hard to know exactly what is wrong, but this could well be a tumor, or ovarian cysts. Either can make...

Gerbils & Hamsters: What is wrong with my Robo Dwarf Hamster?, dwarf hamster, baby hamster
dwarf hamster, baby hamster, loose stools: Hi Christian Thanks for your question - I m really sorry to read about your hamster. This is definitely not right. It is hard to know for sure what is happening - it could be that he suffers from some genetic problem - such as heart problem. I had...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster cut leg, hydrogen peroxide, woodchip
hydrogen peroxide, woodchip, specks: Hi Kalika sorry to hear about your hamster. How deep is the cut and how long is it? Providing it isn t too big, and the area is clean it should heal given the chance. You might want to swap any woodchip for paper bedding just for a few days so that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster dry skin patches, dry skin patches, syrian hamsters
dry skin patches, syrian hamsters, scent glands: Hi Miranda Thanks for your question and photos. It is hard to know what this is. It could be a number of things. Firstly, it is always worth ruling out mites. With Syrian hamsters this is easy because you can buy the medication in pet shops or on-line....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Won't stop Sneezing Unless In Her Cage Sleeping, pot pourri, air freshners
pot pourri, air freshners, watery eyes: Hi Megan Thanks for your question. The fact that your hamster starts sneezing when they are out of their cage makes me think this is an allergic reaction to something. If she had a cold, she would behave the same inside and outside her cage. Also,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick hamster?, dwarf hamster, graham crackers
dwarf hamster, graham crackers, birthday money: Hi Marissa thanks for your question. Your hamster sounds very poorly - thank goodness you are now looking after him. It is hard to know if this is illness or not. If you aren t completely sure about his age, then this could be age related. Hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My syrian hamster, wood shavings, unborn babies
wood shavings, unborn babies, leaving the nest: Hi Nout Thanks for your question. It is hard to know whether or not she is pregnant, although she may well be. When hamsters move to a new cage they do sometimes behave like this as they mark their territory. Also, some females can be quite large -...

Gerbils & Hamsters: vicks vapourizer, hamster cage, vapourizer
hamster cage, vapourizer, air freshner: Hi Kiara Thanks for your question. Generally speaking I would never put any form of air freshner/perfume near a hamster cage because they have very sensitive noses. As they are very short sighted they rely heavily on their sense of smell, therefore...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bloody stump!!??!!, warm salt water, bloody stump
warm salt water, bloody stump, gerbil: Hi Marybeth Thanks for your question - sorry for the delay in responding. How is your gerbil now? They can lose limbs if they get them caught up in bedding etc - in these cases sometimes they gnaw their limb off. How does the stump look? Is it clean?...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cleaning hamster, dwarf hamster, hamsters
dwarf hamster, hamsters, hamster: Hi Vi Thanks for your question. I usually use chinchilla sand, but I ve googled critter powder and it seems to look fine. They advertise it as being safe for hamsters, so it should be fine to use. Once they get the hang of bathing in this they usually...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Female hamster odour, odours, porridge
Gerbils & Hamsters: Female hamster odour, odours, porridge, water bottle

Gerbils & Hamsters: Female hamster odour, female hamster, syrian hamster
female hamster, syrian hamster, avipro: Hi Thanks for your question. Some females really smell - I ve had them before. They all have a scent that they give off around the time they are in season but they can also release a strong scent if they are scared. Some of mine that were smelly I thought...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster not drinking water., excessive water consumption, hamters
excessive water consumption, hamters, sign of diabetes: Hi Subhash Thanks for your question. Generally hamsters don t drink much water - occasionally you see them drink but often you don t. It is important they have a fresh water supply however. Excessive water consumption is usually something to be concerned...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is my hamster pregnant ?, pearl winter white, female hamster
pearl winter white, female hamster, gestation period: Hi Olivia Thanks for your question. It is hard to know for sure if she is pregnant. They come into season every 4 days and the usual gestation period is 18-21 days. It might be a case of waiting to see what happens. You need to decide if you are leaving...

Gerbils & Hamsters: A very itchy 11 week old long-haired Syrian hamster., golden retriever puppy, wood shavings
golden retriever puppy, wood shavings, cage floor: Hi Lauren I m glad your hamster is improving. Regarding food and weight - they should have dry hamster mix available at all times. If your hamster does get fat then cut out treats and not other food. It is hard to give you a specific weight for a hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: New to Teddy Bears, teddy bear hamsters, aspen shavings
teddy bear hamsters, aspen shavings, expert instructions: Basically Teddy Bear hamsters are just long hair Syrian hamsters. I think I ve answered this question several times before so you can look up what other tips I gave, but the main points to consider on buying your first are the following: Don t settle...

Gerbils & Hamsters: second time my hamsters eye won't open, natural bedding, sticky eye
natural bedding, sticky eye, detective work: Hi Alicia Thanks for your question. Some hamsters get this more than others. It can sometimes indicate illness but some of my hamsters who regularly have a sticky eye are fine. Wiping the area with a warm damp cloth usually helps. It could be some...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Skinny hamster, porridge oats, hamster mix
porridge oats, hamster mix, syrian hamster: Hi Maddy Thanks for your question and photo. The best way to get a bit of weight on a hamster is to give them baby food - if you buy the powdered variety (mine love creamy porridge oats) and mix a little with water. If you give him a small amount of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Teddy Bear hamster(Tinkerbell), teddy bear hamster, hamster mix
teddy bear hamster, hamster mix, solitary creatures: Hi Devonna Thanks for your question. Syrians should never be kept together as they are solitary creatures therefore the male should be removed. The gestation period is 16-18 days - often there aren t many signs but close to giving birth the female can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Teddybear hamster, skin mites, mite spray
skin mites, mite spray, food allergies: Until the hamsters have been seen by a vet you cannot guarantee that the scratching is due to mites. scratching can also be due to overheating or allergies to material or bedding or even possible food allergies. the other treatment for mites through a vet...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Gerbils are Lost!
Hi Maddy Any sign of your gerbils yet? The problem with gerbils is that they can burrow and chew through things easily - this means that they can hide easily, but they can also give themselves away too. Look for any tell-tale signs such as chewed...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamster
Hi It s good to hear from you - apologies for the long delay in responding. Dwarf hamsters can be nippy - I ve had some that I ve never been able to handle properly. Regarding her fur - I would suggest very gently squeezing her scent gland to see...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamster
Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamster

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster has impacted cheek/pouch
Hi Ruan Thanks for your question - apologies for the delay in responding. Sometimes hamster do get food stuck in their pouches. This could be for a number of reasons. You can try to empty it but be careful as you don t want to damage it. Working...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster noises & changed behaviour
Hi Helen I m really sorry for the late response. I thought I d sent a reply, but obviously not! Hamsters can make noises - squeaking, snoring etc. These are normal, even if they suddenly start making them. However, teeth grinding is usually to warn...

Gerbils & Hamsters: 4 week old hamster, baby hamster, hamster ball
baby hamster, hamster ball, syrian hamster: Hi Alicia Thanks for your question - I m sorry to hear you are having problems with taming your hamster. I have heard of this happening before in the hamster seems to go backwards with their taming development. I m assuming he is a Syrian hamster???...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinese hamster coughing, dwarf hamster, chinese hamster
dwarf hamster, chinese hamster, pets at home: Hi Natasha Thanks for your question. It is hard to know for sure what is wrong with her. Hamsters can get colds which can be serious - if this is the case make sure she is in a warm part of the house with plenty of bedding. As she is eating normally I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamster., pumpkin seeds, essential fatty acids
pumpkin seeds, essential fatty acids, diastix: Hi Kennedy Thanks for your question. it is hard for me to know for sure what is wrong. however, the first thing you need to consider is diabetes. This is quite common in dwarf hamsters, especially Campbells. What is her drinking like? Does she...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamster., healthy handfuls, hamsters
Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamster., healthy handfuls, hamsters, hamster

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil chewing plastic, plastic food container, glass tanks
plastic food container, glass tanks, toilet roll: Hi Sarina Thanks for your question. Gerbils chew all the time so it is very important to give plenty of things to chew. The best thing is cardboard - I get everyone to save their toilet roll tubes so that mine have a few of these to chew daily. I would...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbils broken arm, broken arm, fracture
broken arm, fracture, fractures: Hi Anna Thanks for your question. Often broken legs heal on their own however it is important she gets to rest it - this means removing any platforms from her cage so that she doesn t climb. Make sure her food and water are closeby. Also remove her wheel...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Mysterious Purple Lump, wet tail, signs of infection
wet tail, signs of infection, close watch: Hi Sarah thanks for your question. I m sorry to hear about your hamster. This certainly does sound like a tumor. It is very difficult to know how aggressive it is, or how quickly it will affect her. Some hamsters can live with tumors for a long...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian dwarf hamster, russian dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters
russian dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, pets at home: Hi Shannon Thanks for your question - I m honestly not sure if I can give you an explanation for this. It does sound strange, but I have seen hamsters do strange things before. If you put ledges in his cage does he do the same thing? Dwarf hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: stumbling ang rocking back and forth, syrian hamster, physical reason
syrian hamster, physical reason, hamsters: Hi Zack Thanks for your question. It is hard to know for sure what is happening to your hamster. firstly, his eyes - these need to be opened daily otherwise he will develop an infection. Therefore if he can t open them, you need to help him and you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian Hamster, syrian hamster, signs of pregnancy
syrian hamster, signs of pregnancy, gestation period: Hi Brian Thanks for your question. The gestation period for a Syrian is 16-18 days. Often you don t see any real signs of pregnancy but close to the time of giving birth there is often a definite bulge on the hips. You might just have to wait and see...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian hamster death, hamster death, jaw movement
hamster death, jaw movement, travel box: Hi Mayra I m really sorry to hear about your hamster. Firstly, you must not think that you did anything wrong, or that you buried him while he was alive - I am sure he would have been dead. The way you describe his behaviour definitely sounds like a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamster advice?, toilet paper tubes, cereal boxes
toilet paper tubes, cereal boxes, wood houses: Hi Thao Thanks for your question. The first thing to remember is that hamsters have terrible eyesight therefore anything that they smell is potentially food or an attacker. This can result in accidental bites. Hamsters do also taste fingers in that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Siblings Reunite, dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf
dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf, neutral territory: Hi Jennifer Thanks for your question. It is very difficult introducing hamsters - they won t remember that they are related. The only way you might be able to do this to swap them from one cage to the other so that they smell each others scent. After...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Eye infection?, dwarf hamster, crusty eyes
dwarf hamster, crusty eyes, cotton swab: Hi Thao Thanks for your question - apologies for the delay in responding. As hamsters eyes protrude they can become infected or damaged quite easily. For many, crusty eyes are quite normal and with these it is a case of gently wiping the eyelid with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Feeding dwarf hamster treats, dwarf hamster, essential fatty acids
dwarf hamster, essential fatty acids, two seeds: Hi You need to be careful not to just give seeds as they are fattening - however when given as part of a varied diet they are fine. The reason for giving a teaspoon of seeds is for treating diabetes when you need to increase their essential fatty acids...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Feeding dwarf hamster treats/taming, dwarf hamster, hamster mix
dwarf hamster, hamster mix, dwarf hamsters: Hi Thao Treats are fine but you are correct in that diabetes is quite common. Avoid giving sugary treats. Remember that honey is often included in hamster treats. You could give scrambled egg, cheese, nuts, seeds etc as treats instead of processed ones....

Gerbils & Hamsters: how to NOT make my hamster bored, dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters
dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, edible toys: Hi Riley Sorry to hear that your hamster is bored. I m assuming this is a Syrian. It is important that a hamster s cage is large and the hamster has an opportunity to climb therefore the wire cages are better for this. You can buy ladders that you can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster lumps, cheek pouches, two lumps
cheek pouches, two lumps, strange colour: Hi Angel Sorry for the delay in responding. Firstly, how old is she? You say that she has developed two lumps - are sure this isn t just food stashed in her cheek pouches? These extend right the way to their waist and food that hasn t been removed can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster is sick, bulging eye, consultation fee
bulging eye, consultation fee, abscess: Hi Nani I m sorry to hear about Chubby. You haven t said how old he is. Elderly hamsters (from around 18 months) are prone to getting tumors and it could be that he has something like this. Alternatively it could be an abscess that is causing the swelling...

Gerbils & Hamsters: HELP PLEASE, vagina area, vet asap
vagina area, vet asap, pain killers: Hi Melissa I m sorry to hear about your hamster - apologies for the delay in responding but I ve been having a few email issues. How old is your hamster? Occasionally female hamsters do bleed, although it literally is a spot or two, and this never occurs...

Gerbils & Hamsters: teddy hamster with eye infection, teddy hamster, ophthalmic solution
teddy hamster, ophthalmic solution, eye ointment: Hi Kaleigh Thanks for your question. It is important that your hamster does open his eye daily so if you gently wipe with a damp cloth to help him. Hamsters can get eye infections such as conjunctivitis. It is difficult to know what is wrong without seeing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster questions (not urgent), dwarf hamsters, kidney infection
dwarf hamsters, kidney infection, symptoms of illness: Hi Evie I m sorry to hear about your hamster. How old is your hamster? Why did the other one die? Hamsters can pine but usually they are fine after about 4-5 days especially if you give the cage a good clean to try and get rid of the scent of the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Female teddy bear hamster injury/illness?, teddy bear hamster, hind legs
teddy bear hamster, hind legs, body shape: Hi Tiff Thanks for your question - I m sorry to hear about your hamster. How is she today? It is very difficult to know for sure what is wrong. Firstly I wondered if she had fallen and injured herself - in which case with rest this should correct...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster echolocation?, bats and echolocation, investigative technique
bats and echolocation, investigative technique, ultrasonic frequencies: Hi Nicole Thanks for this - it is fascinating. I personally think that hamsters are far more intelligent than most people think. I have had some very strange experiences with them so it wouldn t surprise me if you are right about this. I m going to pass...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Lone Dwarf Hamster, dwarf hamsters, dust baths
dwarf hamsters, dust baths, male babies: Hi Paula Thanks for your question - sorry for the delay in responding. It is very difficult introducing dwarf hamsters. The only real way is to introduce her to a male, but then of course you end up with babies. In the wild they do live in colonies...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Panda Bear Hamster, hamster wheel, panda bear
hamster wheel, panda bear, males and females: Hi Bobby Thanks for your question - sorry for the delay in replying. Your hamster could well be pregnant. The usual gestation period for a Syrian is 16-18 days. During this time a pregnant hamster might change their nest around, and you often notice...

Gerbils & Hamsters: 1 gerbil died, 1 left but he's 5 yrs old,.... so have a ? please, sunflower seeds, gerbil
sunflower seeds, gerbil, brownie: Hi Kara Thanks for your question. I m sorry to hear about your gerbil. It is difficult when one dies as the other can pine for them but usually if you thoroughly clean the cage and any toys a couple of times to try and get rid of the other gerbils scent...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamster itching, dwarf hamsters, dust bath
dwarf hamsters, dust bath, dwarf hamster: Hi Crista Thanks for your question. Your hamster might have mites as these can be found in bedding however they are difficult to treat in dwarf hamsters because the treatment for mites is designed for Syrians and it is hard to calculate the dosage. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Acting very strange, hamster owners, lung tumor
hamster owners, lung tumor, pain killers: Hi Devlyn Thanks for your question. You hamster does sound very sick and sadly he may have died before you receive this. It is hard to know what this fluid is - hamsters can get colds or he might have pneumonia - both of which are very serious especially...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster with broken bone, glass tank, broken bones
glass tank, broken bones, water close: Hi Cassandra Thanks for your question. I m sorry to hear about your hamster, Broken bones can heal on their own providing the bone isn t protruding and the circulation isn t affected. . It is important for the hamster to rest so you must remove any...

Gerbils & Hamsters: please help, scent glands, two bumps
scent glands, two bumps, hamsters: Hi Zoee Thanks for your question. Hamsters do not change sex. Regarding the bumps you mention if these are on his rear end they could be testicles - these can be quite prominent and sometimes appear lopsided or uneven. If these are on his hips then...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syria hamster sleeping problems?, syrian hamster, plastic cages
syrian hamster, plastic cages, behaviour changes: Hi Hannah Thanks for your question. Hamsters can sometimes behave in strange ways and what is normal for one might not be normal for another. I personally prefer wire cages with platforms rather than tubes because hamsters do have a habit of packing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamster poop problem, dwarf hamster, enlarged anus
dwarf hamster, enlarged anus, prolonged diarrhoea: Hi Cheryl I m sorry to hear about your hamster. You could try feeding lettuce as this tends to act as a laxative. You could also try giving fibrous vegetables such as brocolli, peas, cabbage etc. Also give his usual dry mix but I would avoid giving...

Gerbils & Hamsters: panda hamster losing fur & mites in food, scent glands, ivermectin
scent glands, ivermectin, mites: Hi Estela Thanks for your question. Whereabouts is the fur loss? Is it on his hips? Is it symmetrical? If so it could just be the fur thinning by his scent glands that are on his hips. If not how old is he? When hamsters get old their fur can thin out....

Gerbils & Hamsters: winter white hamster, vet bill, winter white
vet bill, winter white, small animals: Hi Tae Thanks for your question. Hamsters are very prone to getting tumours around this age so this would be the first thing I would think of. At this age surgery is very dangerous and not many vets would risk it. Also if this tumor is internal rather...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My gerbil, eye medication, eye infections
eye medication, eye infections, pink eye: Hi Aliyah Thanks for your question. It is hard to know what is wrong without seeing her but eye infections do need treating. She could have injured herself and this has infected. You should carefully bathe the area with cooled salt water as this might help....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Should I get a hamster?, wet tail, two dogs
wet tail, two dogs, wire cage: Hi Jamie Thanks for your question. I would think it is fine to get a hamster however I would be tempted to get a slightly older Syrian rather than a baby as babies can get stressed and this can cause a terrible illness called wet tail. If you get one...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster drinking a lot, high glucose levels, pumpkin seeds
high glucose levels, pumpkin seeds, syrian hamster: Hi Elizabeth Thanks for your question. I m afraid that an increase in water consumption can be bad news especially for a hamster of this age. It could indicate that your hamster is developing a tumor which is common in a 2 year old unfortunately. Hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster suddenly acting odd, hamster owners, syrian hamster
hamster owners, syrian hamster, cuddles: Hi Claire Thanks for your question. This is really strange. The only thing I can think of is that he is in pain. Hamsters of this age are prone to getting tumours and often you are unaware of them until they start to cause problems. I suggest you just...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Possible mastitis.., russian dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters
russian dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, small pets: Hi Alana Thanks for your question - sorry for the late response. You have done exactly the right thing with the compress. If this is mastitis then she will need to see a vet and be prescribed antibiotics. She should not be allowed to have another litter...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Balls?, dwarf hamsters, hamster ball
dwarf hamsters, hamster ball, syrian hamster: Hi Cristie Thanks for your question. I always put my Syrians in hamster balls - they love them. Mine are only around 7 inches/18cm and these are fine. There are the much smaller ones which are designed for dwarf hamsters. The important thing is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Lump under hamsters throat, syrian hamster, veterinary intervention
syrian hamster, veterinary intervention, kind response: Hi Mary Thanks for your question and photo. It is very difficult to know for sure what this lump is from the photo I m afraid. How is he behaving apart from this? Is he drinking and eating normally? Does he look bright? Tumors are very common in...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Panda bear hamster?, teddybear hamster, caterham surrey
teddybear hamster, caterham surrey, panda bear: Hi Danielle Thanks for your question. If you try phoning GBH Rescue they might be able to help. They are about 12 miles from you in Beckenham. They rescue hamsters and are often looking for good homes. Their number is 020 8658 5452. Regards Sheila...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrien hamster (exuse the spelling) sniff biteing, bad eyesight, hamsters
bad eyesight, hamsters, hamster: Hi Emily Thanks for your question. Your mum is correct. Hamsters have very bad eyesight and therefore rely on other senses. If they aren t sure about something they tend to scape their teeth against it to taste it . Be careful if your hamster does this...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamster
Hi Charlotte Thanks for your question. How are your hamsters behaving? Are they getting on OK? The reason for asking is that sometimes with a group of dwarf hamsters they pick on one of them and tend to nip at their rear end. I wondered if this is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamster - gangrene of the foot
Hi Vivien Thanks for your question - I m sorry to hear about your hamster. The foot might well fall off or she might chew it off. However, I suggest you keep a close eye on it - in many ways it would be better if it was amputated as you might find that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Syrian hamster has a crusty ear
Hi Lynette Thanks for your question. Regarding Punky - some hamsters lick their scent glands a lot and this can cause the area to become pronounced or dry. You shouldn t apply anything to this area otherwise you will affect their scent gland. Regarding...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil
Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil
Hi KJ Nice to hear from you again. One of my gerbils stopped shredding - when I checked their teeth one of these was missing, so he couldn t bite any more. In a way it was really sad as he desperately wanted to chew but couldn t. Instead I needed to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster tumor
Hi I m really sorry to hear about your hamster. I m afraid I don t know about sedating hamsters. I have found another site - justanswer.com and there is a Dr Keri who is a vet on that site who talks about this technique so it might be worth contacting them....

Gerbils & Hamsters: how much bedding and litter do gerbils need?
Hi Kim Thanks for your question. The great things about gerbils is that they are very clean animals - I ve never put litter in, just some woodchip in one of the levels. Also you don t need to put in much bedding. This is because they shred cardboard...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Disaster
Hi KJ In all the years I ve had hamsters I ve never had one with ringworm, fortunately! You are definitely doing all the right things with quarantining him, and wearing special clothes. I had to do this when I had an outbreak of wet tail with a new group...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Male Syrian Hamster Discharge
Hi Alicia Thanks for your question. It sounds like this discharge is probably semen. If he is behaving normally and there is no sign of redness or swelling then this is probably nothing to worry about. If anything else changes then if would be worth...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I'm worried
Gerbils & Hamsters: I'm worried

Gerbils & Hamsters: I'm worried
Hi Bethany Thanks for your question - I m sorry for the delay in replying. It is hard to know what this is but there are a few things that come to mind. Firstly he could have scratched himself which is irritating him and become sore. It could be a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo dwarf with lump
Hi Madison Thanks for your question. It is difficult to know for sure what this lump is without seeing Toasty. A few things spring to mind however. Firstly it could be mites, especially if he is scratching. It is hard to treat mites in small hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: should i keep soil in tank for hamster to make burrows?
Hi Fiza Thanks for your question, your hamster sounds like a great little character. I ve never had a hamster who burrowed and generally they don t - you usually associate digging with gerbils. You need to be careful with what you put in his cage...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski Undiagnosed Illness
Hi again How are you getting on? I ve heard back from my vet friend - his view is that you should take your hamster to the vet. If he hasn t made any progress or has deteriorated then I suggest you do this. According to him ... Palpating of the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian Hamster
Hi Alison Sorry for the delay in responding. Has the 10 pence piece reappeared yet??? Some hamsters do chew a lot - I ve had several who have done this. The only ways I ve found to deal with this is: 1. Relocate to a larger cage with loads of things...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black bear hamster
Hi Jinene Thanks for your question. It is relatively easy to sex a Syrian hamster at 4 weeks, sometimes you can do it before then. At 4 weeks hamsters should be sexed and males separated out as they become sexually active at this time, therefore I m...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Companion for gerbil left?
Hi Tracy I m really sorry to hear about Emma. It is very sad when this happens and one gerbil is left on their own. Whilst gerbils live in colonies in the wild, this is an extended family. In captivity you can get them to live together if they are related...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo Hamster
Hi Roger Thanks for your question. It is difficult to know for sure if a hamster is pregnant. It is advisable, however, to assume that she is if you have mated her, until after the usual gestation period, which for a robo is between 22 - 26 days. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster no longer using potty, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster faeces: Hi Jinene, Thank you for your question. Well usually the hamster potty is more used for the pee and not for the faeces...Hamsters usually prefer to choose a corner and poop in it and in your case, he chose the loft.. Even though faeces must be cleaned,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Weevils in food
Hi Edmund Thanks for your question. Weevils are often found in grains and other dried food. I understand that you can kill them by putting the product in the freezer. However whilst it is not nice finding them it does mean that the food has not come...

Gerbils & Hamsters: 2Q'S, spider plants, daises
spider plants, daises, houseplant: Dear Bradon, thank you for your question. You can put plants into the cage that you know for sure to be safe. Spider plants is the only houseplant I know that is perfectly safe for rodents. You can grow grass from hamster food or offer dandelion or daises...

Gerbils & Hamsters: MY 3 BABY HAMPSTERS LOST THEIR MOTHER!!HELP!!!, isue, hampsters
isue, hampsters, orphans: hello Taylor, this is a very serious isue and it will be very hard to raise the pups because you will need to feed them every hour on the hour. Do you know of any hamster that has had babies around the age as yours. Here is some information on how to raise...

Gerbils & Hamsters: 4 Gerbil questions, hamsters and gerbils, bitter lime
hamsters and gerbils, bitter lime, cardboard tubes: Hi Sarah, Don t worry, you re not bothering me at all! :) I m glad you want to be an informed gerbil owner, and I m always happy to answer follow-up questions. 1. Gerbils use the bathroom wherever they feel like it. However, you can potty-train them...

Gerbils & Hamsters: 4 Year Old Gerbil called Scooby, ok charlie, scent gland
ok charlie, scent gland, 500ml bottle: Hi Jayne, The absolute best thing to use on wounds on animals is hibiscrub. It s main purpose is as an antibactieral handwash, however it is safe for use on animals and does wonders to prevent germs getting in. You can buy hibiscrub from anywhere on the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: 7-8weeks syrian hamster, scent glands, these patches
scent glands, these patches, patchs: Hi kate, where are these patches? if they are on either side of his back legs or hips, these are scent glands called hip-spots and they are completely normal, they should be black in color. If you could tell me where they are, I can then answer your question...

Gerbils & Hamsters: 7 month old Broxi, syrian hamster, washing my hands
syrian hamster, washing my hands, saw dust: Hi Tammy, I have tamed hamsters that are the same age as your hamster is before and it would not hurt to try the taming process. Here are the steps if you want to try (start as if he was a new hamster, bringing him home for the first time and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Abandoned baby Dwarf hamsters, jar lids, eye problem
jar lids, eye problem, cotton wool: Hi Shelia, You can dampen a piece of cotton wool and run it very gently over the hamster s eyes. If this doesn t work, then you should take your hamster to the vet, as your hamster may have an eye problem. As for the itchiness problem - Make sure your...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Abandoned gerbil pups?, ran one, grocery shopping
ran one, grocery shopping, paranoia: It s possible that several may die due to the injuries. The mother could have rejected them and decided that something was wrong with the babies. The only thing that you can really do is wait. This is a part of the process unfourtunately. Sometimes you have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Abandoned Hamsters, two dogs, bald spot
two dogs, bald spot, play pen: Obviously the poor little things need to go to a vet or they will probably not last long. You did do a wonderful thing by actually caring for them and giving them a better life then what they had. I personally don t think you will get sick from the hamsters,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Abandoned hamsters, porridge oats, poor pup
porridge oats, poor pup, dead babies: Hi Andrea Sorry to hear the last baby didn t make it. An idea I had about this is perhaps the mum had problems feeding them - hence the reason why she abandoned them. If you can, have a look at her nipples and see if they are red and sore. Some hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Abandoned/injured baby gerbils?, tiny kitten, dead babies
tiny kitten, dead babies, ran one: Sorry it s taken me so long to get back to you on this, my internet has been screwy the last couple days. Take Dad out since he doesn t seem to be helping matters. Leave mom and pups alone as much as possible and don t disturb the nest. If this is her first...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Abnormal behavior, syrian hamster, abnormal behavior
syrian hamster, abnormal behavior, good relationship: Hi Mina Sorry your hamster isn t too good at the moment. 2 years is old for a hamster. Most live for around 18 months - 2 1/2 years, therefore he is pretty old right now. The symptoms you describe are common with an old hamster - however, the biting...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Absesses possibly?, scent glands, cats and dogs
scent glands, cats and dogs, honeybear: Dear Liza, thank you for your question. I m fairly sure that what you ve found is one of the hamster s scent glands. Syrian hamsters have two, one on each side, right in front of the hindlegs. They look a lot like moles.Here s a picture: http://foto.arcor-online.net/palb/alben/80/94180/1024_6565616464373264.jpg...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Accidental gerbil breeding, breeding gerbils, respitory problems
breeding gerbils, respitory problems, two females: Hi Stryker.. This is so way off topic but I want to ask: Do you play Warmachine? (The name.) Okay, and now back to our regularly scheduled answer.. Breeding gerbils and doing it right is pretty time consuming. That s why a lot of people consider...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Accidentl matings, porridge oats, little bits
porridge oats, little bits, peices: heya, now worries about the language! as i long as i know what you mean its ok!! depending on how old the second hamster is, chances are she is pregnant, you can check this by putting her with the male again four days or 8 days after she mated before,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: ADVICE PLEASE, age span, life span
age span, life span, hamsters: James, Hi. I ll tell you a bit about each and then give you my personal opinion. Hamsters are chubbier and furrier than gerbils. They are much more likely to cuddle than gerbils who are very fast and love to run around. Personally, i think that hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Adopted gerbil, correct food, pelets
correct food, pelets, seed mix: Hi Diana, I m guessing you don t know the age of this little guy? He sounds as though he is quite old, in which case this would explain him being bent over and having his eyes closed frequently. If you can, i would take him for a check up at the vets just...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Age?, dwarf hamster, baby hamsters
dwarf hamster, baby hamsters, cedar bedding: Hi Kaitlyn, It is very hard to tell when a Dwarf hamster is pregnant. They say if she gets fat quickly (and she has been with a male), you can expect babies in 2-7 days. Dwarf hamsters carry their babies for 18-22 days. If no babies come by then,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Age that you should buy a dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, wet tail
dwarf hamster, wet tail, t pay: Dear Lexine, thank you for your question. I apologize for taking so long to answer, I haven t been able to access the internet for the last two days. The hamster should be at least 29 days, but it s better when they can live with older hamster for some more...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Age, dwarf hamster, golden hamsters
dwarf hamster, golden hamsters, syrian hamster: Hi Caroline, Typically, a Syrian hamster (also called Black Bear, Teddy Bear, and Golden hamsters) will live an average of 2 1/2 years. However, it s not unusual for a hamster to live 3 years. Some even reach the age of 4! A dwarf hamster typically...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Aging Hamsters/what breed, teddy bear hamster, dwarf hamsters
teddy bear hamster, dwarf hamsters, losing hair: 1) I would go to this website: http://www.petwebsite.com, and go to the forums. They have a general hamster forum for dwarf hamsters that can help you with specific questions you have. Just describe your hamster to them--I have only had Syrian hamsters,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Aging hamsters, parasitic mites, unpleasant odour
parasitic mites, unpleasant odour, rotting flesh: hi cheryl well this is a tricky one, this could be 2 things, but only your vet will know for sure. 1. either he has cut himself, under his neck, and the wound has gotten infected (which would explain the smell, and the wetness, as he will try and lick...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Aging & Sick Hamster, vet bill, bad shape
vet bill, bad shape, human baby: Hi Becky The symptoms you are describing are typical for an old hamster. The skin scrape is because her skin will be a lot thinner now. The ideal situation would be to take her to the vet and probably have her put to sleep. You could try phoning the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Agitated Hamster, proper ventilation, separate dining room
proper ventilation, separate dining room, plastic tubes: Dear Trish, thank you for your question. I highly recommend getting a different cage for your hamster. I googled for pictures of the rotastack cages because I m not familiar with them and even with plenty of accessories, those cages are a joke. Hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: ALISSA AGAIN!!!, dryer lint, cedar bedding
dryer lint, cedar bedding, bedding material: Dryer lint is not safe, and the lint stuff they sell at pet stores isnt safe either. It contains fibers that can be very small and wrap around the hamster s limb and cause a loss of blood flow. Hamsters like to pack their cheeks with bedding material to transport...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Albino Pups, bear hamsters, syrian hamsters
bear hamsters, syrian hamsters, syrian hamster: Hello Matt. First I would like to tell you that Black Bear is just a nickname for the black color of the Syrian hamster invented years ago by pet stores. There is not a separate breed, nor are they European. There IS a European hamster, but it is ill-tempered,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Aloe toilet paper, dwarf hamster, dry quarts
dwarf hamster, dry quarts, carefresh bedding: Sometimes I really wonder what the pet industry is thinking when they make up the recipies for treats and food...more often than not they are designed to appeal to the owner and not the animal and ice cream flavoured mineral chews are definitely such a case....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Angelina the Gerbilina :(, angell memorial, animal hospitals
angell memorial, animal hospitals, realistic hope: I am so sorry your cat and guppy died. I hope the cat didn t die because of the pet food recall. It sounds like it could be old age that is suffering, but since you say she is breathing heavily she could have a respiratory. Since you will be taking your gerbil...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Animal safe ink or dye, science fiction author, paw print
science fiction author, paw print, vonnegut book: Hi Nick and Sara I don t know of an animal-safe dye - I would think that a vegetable coloring would be safest, like beetroot or similar, but the only problem is that I don t know how long it will last on paper before it fades away. I definitely wouldn t...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Approaching death, dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters
dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, waiting game: Hi Andrew, Oh, i am so sorry!! That must be awful for your son! At least you know it was most likely old age, and that he had a good life (sounds like he was loved very much), as 2 is old for a hamster!!! I hope he is coping okay, and again i am...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Appropriate housing sizes..., exercise wheel, dwarf hamster
exercise wheel, dwarf hamster, cardboard tube: Hi, Dwarf hamsters are very lively, and can run over 5 miles (8 kilometres) per night. Because of this, they need a cage of at least 20 inches long, and if possible more than one level. They also need a good wheel to run in. Therefore, a cage the size of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: ASAP!!!, short haired hamster, wet look
short haired hamster, wet look, scab: You never mentioned where the black spot is. I am guessing you mean hip spots. It can cause a wet look on the hips on the fur, or appear as a black scab on the skin on the hips. Some hamsters have a really obvious hip spot, and some you can t even notice it....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Aspergillus Fungus, true fungus, dwarf hamster
true fungus, dwarf hamster, bladder infection: hmm.. the humidity can cause fungus to grow faster than normal and since she s peeing more that could certainly add to it. It is true fungus can kill especially if it s left in the cage for a while. I would call the vet first because maybe the vet could give...

Gerbils & Hamsters: abandoned baby hamsters, baby hamsters, kitten formula
baby hamsters, kitten formula, least three times: Hello. Well generally a hamster will eat her babies if she s stressed or doesn t feel she can take care of them. Since you removed her you will have to feed them a few times a day, at least three times a day actually. You will need to buy KRM Kitten Formula....

Gerbils & Hamsters: abnormal 'Squeaking' behaviour, dear hannah, syrian hamster
dear hannah, syrian hamster, respiratory problem: Dear Hannah, thank you for your question. This sounds very much like a respiratory problem and a vet should have a look at your hamster. If it really is a respiratory infection, the hamster will probably need antibiotics - with rodents, a cold doesn t just...

Gerbils & Hamsters: accidently mating, plastic pipes, hamster
plastic pipes, hamster, good luck: Hi, Yeah I d stop her from using the tubes. Especially if you have ones that the pups could fall down. A good cage for a pregnant/nursing hamster is a tank/tub because some pups are able to escape through the bars on a cage. Good luck with your pups! ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: accidently mating, syrian hamsters, male babies
syrian hamsters, male babies, solitary animals: Hi, no, Syrian hamsters are solitary animals and will fight and eventually kill each other when kept together. They don t recognize their children once they reached a certain age and the female will fight the male once they mated. And I assumed that you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: accidently matings, hamster food, high protein
hamster food, high protein, toilet paper: Hey, Ryan. Truth is I couldn t be able to tell if the female is pregnant unless I could look at her now or had seen them while they were mating. If she starts building large nests and you see her abdomen getting bigger around 10 days after you put your hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Over active?, tufts of grass, food bowl
tufts of grass, food bowl, hamsters: Hi, younger hamsters are as a rule more active than older ones. They tend to climb and run more and the hamster of your granddaughter is probably exploring his new home. Hamsters need a lot of toys and things to occupy themselves with. Tubes made of cardboard,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: addition to: dwarf hamster sickness?, wet tail, wet bottom
wet tail, wet bottom, dwarf hamster: Hi Martha, you dont say if there are any other symptoms apart from the wet bottom. usually with wet tail they lose weight rapidly and go off their food, they will also become lethargic, this doesnt usually take as long as two weeks. it may be an idea to poop...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my adopted gerbil, new mate, gerbil
new mate, gerbil, small animals: Hi Jayden I m honestly not sure about getting him a friend - as I don t know how easy it is to introduce gerbils - you might want to ask another expert this question. However, with regard to your relationship - you need to find a way to win his confidence...

Gerbils & Hamsters: What would you advise, judgement call, uterine infection
judgement call, uterine infection, realistic chance: well that is sort of a question of a judgement call. Although all of our hamsters mean the world to us, I don t think I could put one of them through that. If she recovers from the surgery she would have a quality life possibly, however hamsters just generally...

Gerbils & Hamsters: agression, gerbils, gerbil
gerbils, gerbil, younger ones: Hi Cody, It is quite unlikely you will ever get an older gerbil to accept gerbils that are pet store age. Is it male of female? It is practically impossible to put females together and get them to get on. Males it is slightly easier, but only with gerbils...

Gerbils & Hamsters: agressive behaviour, shallow dish, boiled egg
shallow dish, boiled egg, porridge: Hi David Hamsters can get very aggressive when there are babies. Unfortunately I ve been bitten a few times and have learned my lesson - so I don t go that close to the babies until they are 14 days old. I m sure she will calm down - she is likely to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is my albino gerbil a boy or a girl?!, national gerbil society, scrotom
national gerbil society, scrotom, big butt: If Mario is 7 weeks old or older, watch him/her inside of your cage. If you see a bulge [the scrotom] just below of the tail if Mario a male, if you don t Mario s a female. If Mario is younger then 7 weeks then pick him/her up and look under the tail,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Just alittle worried, vets office, condition thanks
vets office, condition thanks, funny noises: The noises can be a number of things, hic-cups, sneezeing, or coughing. Since her breathing is not normal I would guess that she has a cold, there might be some phylm in her lungs, if this doesn t clear up in a few days call a vets office for information...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Can they get along, syrian hamsters, adult animals
syrian hamsters, adult animals, hamsters: If you are talking about syrian hamsters, they CAN NOT live together at all. Syrian hamsters are very territorial adult animals, and will kill any other hamsters if put together, no matter what gender. They are only together at the pet store because they are...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I already touched the Hamster Babies!!!, websies, pet store
websies, pet store, orphans: Hello Brian, wow it seems that there is a big dilemma here. The thing is that you have to hand feed these babies every hour on the hour until they are about two weeks old and then you can feed them every other hour and reduce the amount that you feed. It...

Gerbils & Hamsters: aluminum foil, dwarf hamsters, egg cartons
dwarf hamsters, egg cartons, cardboard boxes: Hi John, that is absolutely fine. Anything cardboard will make an excellent toy for your hamsters. Empty egg cartons, toilet rolls, any cardboard tube which is no longer needed, cardboard boxes etc. Good luck and let me know if you need any more...

Gerbils & Hamsters: angry mum, chinese dwarf hamster, ready brek
chinese dwarf hamster, ready brek, mum and dad: Hi Karen, i am glad the mother is better now. You should feed the babies some made up ready brek to give them some of the things they are missing from their mothers milk. The Mother will come into season on the day she has a new litter, so if the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: answer quik, plastic cage, air circulation
plastic cage, air circulation, hot weather: Hi Charlotte, Hamsters aren t hot-weather creatures. Like humans, they prefer comfortable temperatures (around 75 degrees F). Try to keep your hamster s cage, and the room he is in, at a comfortable temperature. If you can t adjust the air conditioner...

Gerbils & Hamsters: asPEN!, siberian hamster, wood shavings
siberian hamster, wood shavings, cause allergies: i had my hamster on aspen bedding and aspen bedding is generally not a bad bedding to use. it doesn t cause allergies generally and it doesn t have a lot of dust. I use carefresh bedding because i ve never known an animal to become allergic to it and it doesn...

Gerbils & Hamsters: He may have ate rat poison, rat poison, hamsters
rat poison, hamsters, hamster: Hi Jassi, i m not sure of the affect rat poison has on hamsters but i am sure that if he has eaten any then it wont be very good for him at all! I think you should ring the vet and ask if there is anything to look out for or if there is anything he can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: He may have ate rat poison, killing rats, rat poison
killing rats, rat poison, hamster: Hi Jassi Sorry to hear about your hamster. This could be very serious - I would be tempted to phone your local vet and ask them if they have any antidote that you could have that you could administer just in case your hamster ate the poison. When you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: over attached hammy, tame hamster, toilet paper rolls
tame hamster, toilet paper rolls, syrian hamsters: Hi, thank you for your question. I don t think that this is anything to worry about, you just have a super-tame hamster. If he comes to you and climbs onto your hand, it s perfectly okay to handle him. I ve known hamsters that really demanded human attention...

Gerbils & Hamsters: BABIES!, cow and gate, male babies
cow and gate, male babies, meal worms: Hello there, Have they just been born?Follow the advice below. This is what you should do: Take the father out (if still in there) and give him his own cage. Allow him in with the babies and mother once or twice a day so that he gets used to his babies...

Gerbils & Hamsters: BATHS!!!, shallow dish, blow dryer
shallow dish, blow dryer, foul odor: A hamster shouldn t need a water bath because they groom themselves, if your have hamster has a very foul odor and his behind looks very wet he s sick with diarrhea also known as wettail and should see a vet. If your hamster looks healthy over all and you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Babies?, dwarf hamsters, binx
dwarf hamsters, binx, roborovski: In which case, the gestation period is 18-21 days - so this would mean taking dad and the boys from the first litter out on day 17 - that is if you can work out when she gave birth - this is of course if she is pregnant. If she didn t conceive on the day...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Babies, baby hamsters, golden teddy
baby hamsters, golden teddy, 2 sisters: Hi Nicole, Hamsters can have anywhere from 1-14 babies. There s no way of knowing how many babies your hamster will have. When the baby hamsters are 6 weeks old, then they can be given away. If you have Syrian hamsters (aka Golden, Teddy Bear, ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: No Babies, high protein foods, dwarf hamsters
high protein foods, dwarf hamsters, unborn babies: Hi Rachel The usual gestation period for a dwarf is between 18-21 days. Sometimes they do conceive but then for various reasons they reabsorb (miscarry). This could be what happened. How is she in herself? Does she look well? Don t overfeed her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Babies and more babies....., having babies, 2 females
having babies, 2 females, gerbils: Hello, Oh dear you do have a problem. What ever you do keep the male separarte from the female. If i was you i would go back to the pet shop who sold them to you in the first place and demand they help you out. It is their mistake and you are trying to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Babies...how many to expect, baby hamsters, hampster
baby hamsters, hampster, baby head: Baby hamsters under 8-10 days old are very, very difficult to keep alive without a surrogate mother around. It isn t entirely impossible though. Here is a terrific page about raising orphans, with the best info in the bottom half. http://www.hamsterific.com/orphans.cf...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Babies in high places., plastic shovel, syrian hamster
plastic shovel, syrian hamster, little ones: Hi Kristin, You ll need to place the babies on the ground floor of the cage. This will need to be done carefully, since you don t want your scent on any of the babies. First, place some extra bedding on the ground floor, so that the mother can make an...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Babies legs, bank holiday weekend, runts
bank holiday weekend, runts, strange thing: Hi Lindsey Glad to hear your hamsters are doing well. With regard to separating them - by the time they are 6 weeks old they may well be fighting. I usually separate and re-home them at 5-6 weeks. Apart from fighting, check that no one hamster is always...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Babies training, dinner time, human contact
dinner time, human contact, hamsters: Thanks for the question. You are doing well with your hamsters if you have 9 healthy pups. First, you would want to take it slow. Just stick your hand in their cage (with a glove on if you don t want them to bite) and let them come to you. They may nibble...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Babies!!!, dwarf hampsters, cheek pouches
dwarf hampsters, cheek pouches, toilet roll: Heya, its ok to leave all the hamsters in together, dwarfs are social animals and will help out with the babies. its up to you whether you leave the male in or not, if you don t want more babies, its best to remove him, but if you don t mind more babies...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Dwarf Hamsters, black bear hamster, dwarf hamster
black bear hamster, dwarf hamster, shallow dish: Leave the mom and babies alone as much as possible until about 2 1/2-3 weeks. Go in only to clean the cage and take out dead ones as you can stress out the mother and she ll actually eat the babies. In about a week, place a shallow dish of water (very shallow)...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby, Dwarf Hamsters!!!, baby dwarf hamsters, new babies
baby dwarf hamsters, new babies, carefresh: Hi McKenna, Hamsters are frequently inbred (often accidentally), and although they re not as likely to be as healthy as a normal hamster, that doesn t mean there will be anything noticeably wrong with them. Hopefully your adult hamsters don t have any...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Dwarf Hamsters, baby dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
baby dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, eye dropper: Hi Jericha, Without Mom and the babies only being 2 days old, their chance of surviving slim to none. The babies will have to be fed 2 drops of kitten replacement milk with an eye dropper every hour. After every feeding you will need to stimulate...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby, Dwarf Hamsters!!!, baby dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
baby dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, baby hamsters: McKenna, baby dwarf hamsters are extremely difficult to sex by the untrained eye. Since their genitals are not developed enough to tell the difference. I would not recommend you put any babies in with the father because since the babies will be so young...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Dwarf Hamsters, baby dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
baby dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, female baby: Hello Pam, at 4 weeks of age you can seperate the males from the females. At six weeks of age I would give them to a new home or pet store as generally that s the youngest they should be sold to a pet store. I do know that you can put the males with their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Dwarf Hamsters, baby dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf hamsters
baby dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf hamsters, female dwarf: If you see that your female dwarf comes into heat remove the male dwarf until the female has come out of heat then you can put him back in do this until the babies are out of the cage and then after that seperate for good to ensure there are no more...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby dwarf hampsters, dwarf hampsters, baby hamsters
dwarf hampsters, baby hamsters, dwarf hampster: Hi Olivia, Actually, since you have Dwarf hamsters, the father would have helped raise the babies. But, he and the mother would have mated again, and you would have ended up with a lot of babies. So, ultimately, it s good that you ve placed the father...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby dwarf hamsters, baby dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
baby dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, hamster cages: Babies often squabble but the time you need to be concerned is if it becomes more of an aggressive fight. At two weeks old there s not a lot you can do, other than keep an eye on them as they are too young to be taken away from their mum, but once they are...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby dwarf hamsters., dwarf hamsters, best guess
dwarf hamsters, best guess, physical differences: Hello John, Congrats on the babies and congrats on everything you have done so far. You have done everything right so far. The mother normally moves all her pups around and she is probably trying to make sure all the pups get milk. Also, a mother knows whether...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Gerbils, mongolian gerbils, google
mongolian gerbils, google, pet shop: Hi, Did you get your gerbils from a pet shop? If so then they are highly likely to be Mongolian gerbils which are the most common and easiest to keep as pets. There are many types of gerbil, too many to list, but if you did a search on google for types...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Gerbils, poor dad, human scent
poor dad, human scent, baby gerbils: Hi Tim, I m very sorry to hear about poor Dad :( It s true that male gerbils will help take care of the young, but they re not absolutely necessary. In fact, many times the male gerbil is placed in a different cage before the female gives birth to prevent...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Gerbils, gerbil, cannibals
gerbil, cannibals, litters: Gerbils are cannibals and they will try to eat the young. It s just something that from time to time happens. The gerbil that is trying to eat the babies should be seperated. If it s the mother that s eating the babies than the mother might be stressed out...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby gerbils clicking and squeaking when breathing, baby gerbils, gerbs
baby gerbils, gerbs, consultation fee: Hi Emma, That is very lovely of you, thank you!!! I am very happy i could help you, and i am pleased they are ok! If you do ever need Baytril, a measurement of 0.05ml is fine (don t worry im not just guessing, i used to have to treat them all the time!)...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby gerbils, porridge oats, cardboard tubes
porridge oats, cardboard tubes, toilet rolls: Hi Samuel I assume that when you get your gerbils they will be around 5-6 weeks old??? This is the usual age for homing them. They will be able to eat all kinds of foods - if you go to your local pet shop they will sell a special gerbil mix of seeds and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Hampsters, russian hamsters, baby hamsters
russian hamsters, baby hamsters, syrian hamsters: Hi Geeon, Well, first, to help you determine what kind of hamster you, I ll send you a couple of links. First, here s a link to what a Syrian hamster looks like: http://www.petwebsite.com/hamsters/syrian_hamsters.htm Syrian hamsters are large and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Hamster Mania, dwarf hamster, baby hamster
dwarf hamster, baby hamster, syrian hamsters: If he you have syrian hamsters that is true, the male will eat the babies. If you have a dwarf hamster you can leave the male in the cage. He will help take care of the babies, but if he starts to eat them take him back out. Thanks for writing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Hamster, porridge oats, baby hamster
porridge oats, baby hamster, dropper bottle: Hi Paloma Sorry to hear your hamsters have died. Is the mother feeding them at all? At this young age sadly there is not much you can do as they need their mother to feed them. I would, however, suggest the following: Don t clean her out at the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Hamsters, baby hamsters, new borns
baby hamsters, new borns, hamsters: Hi Angie, Up until the babies are 3 weeks of age, they nurse on their mother s milk. When they are 3 weeks old, they are fully weaned. At this time, they should be moved into 2 separate cages - one for the males, one for the females. If you have any...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Hamsters, syrian hamsters, new babies
syrian hamsters, new babies, hamsters: Hi Trina, Well, first, you should remove the male from the cage and place him in his own cage. Syrian hamsters cannot live together. They will always fight, often to the death. Also, the female will be stressed having the male there, and she may take...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Hamsters, dangerous position, hamster
dangerous position, hamster, water bottle: Hi Kyleigh, Well, there s not all that much to do - I m very glad you know not to touch the babies until they re 14 days old. In the meantime, remove your hamster s wheel. Make sure she has plenty of bedding. (Aspen and Carefresh are the safe choices...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Hamsters, baby hamsters, dwarf hamsters
baby hamsters, dwarf hamsters, social creatures: Hi Ellie, Dwarf hamsters are very social creatures, so yours may get a little lonely. Since they have had babies, you can put 1 baby female in with the mother, and 1 baby male in with the father. (Just remove the rest of the babies once they are weaned...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Hamsters, full proof, food bowl
full proof, food bowl, amy amy: Amy, Hi. Congrats on the babies!! If they are eating mom s food that is great! it mean they are getting weaned which is a good thing. You can also add some rice krispies for the babies to munch on. You may be able to tell if they are boyas if they have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby hamster not eating, long haired hamster, rich fruit
long haired hamster, rich fruit, hamster: Hi Heather, Since it has been a day since you brought your hamster home, he should be eating and drinking. He may indeed be frightened, especially because of his age. Try placing a small pile of food in front of his house. Also, give him a small piece...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby hamster, russian dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters
russian dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, fur ball: Hi Mallaidh, Pet stores generally do not sell hamsters until they are at least 6 weeks old. At this age, they are pretty small, so it s likely your new hamster is around this age. There s nothing different that you should do. If anything, just handle...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby hamsters, baby dwarf hamsters, bottom hole
baby dwarf hamsters, bottom hole, hamsters: Hi Rachel, How old are the babies now? If they are younger than 18 days, then all the babies should be with the Mom. To tell which one is the Mom, look at the hamsters tummy, you should be able to see her teats. A female will also have two holes...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby hamsters, dwarf hamster, pictures of hamsters
dwarf hamster, pictures of hamsters, female dwarf: Hi Unfortunately, this is a very common story - a lot of pregnant hamsters get sold and the owner ends up with a lot more than they had bargained! They can be sexually active at 4 weeks - therefore this is the time to sex and separate them. The boys...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby hamsters death, baby hamsters, mammary glands
baby hamsters, mammary glands, mysterious deaths: Hi Don I m really sorry to hear about your pups. I honestly don t know why they died - sometimes there is no logical explanation and unless there is a post mortem you ll never know. If the mum gets stressed she can turn on her babies or neglect...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby hamsters and the wheel, critter trail x, baby hamsters
critter trail x, baby hamsters, nest area: Hi. I am so sorry...i actually answered this question before and i guess it never sent which is why i said it was a duplicate. I do apologize for that and here is your answer: Ideally the babies should have just been left to their own devices. However,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby hamsters, black bear hamster, black bears
black bear hamster, black bears, hamsters: Hamsters eat their babies in a twisted display of defense, try putting the cage in a dark room and just leave it alone, any disturbance, even normal stuff can trigger this in any hamster. Black Bears can be different then other hamsters, and mine is pretty...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby syrians, hi jack, syrians
hi jack, syrians, bedding: Hi Jack, If the baby is trapped, you ll definitely need to move it. However, if you touch the baby with your bare hands, the mother will probably reject it and stop feeding it. So, you ll need to gather some of the bedding from the cage, and rub it all...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Babysitting Hamsters, scent glands, pot pourri
scent glands, pot pourri, hamsters: Hi Katie Glad to hear you re making progress. If he s interested in the female - another way I calm down male hamsters is to handle the female first to get her scent on my hands and clothing! Then, I get the male out and they can smell the female on me...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bad hind legs, syrian hamster, hind legs
syrian hamster, hind legs, diarrhoea: Hi Tom, Usually when a hamster starts dragging his back legs around it is a sign of Cage Paralysis. But given he is in a two level home, I don t really think it is that, unless it is one of the smaller two level homes. Cage Paralysis has a simple cure,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bald Hamster, cod liver oil, brewers yeast
cod liver oil, brewers yeast, yeast tablets: Sorry about Mable - I must have missed your email/forgotten. The rodentologist didn t know what had caused the fur loss - in fact they were asking my opinion! We came to the conclusion it was probably hormonal - as usually with mange/mites the fur loss...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bald hamster, mange mites, evening primrose oil
mange mites, evening primrose oil, internal consumption: Hi Lindsey Hamsters do lose some of their fur when they get older and from what you ve said, she is around 18 months old, which is a time when they can start losing fur, or it starts to thin in some places - some hamsters more than others. I m assuming...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bald patches of fur with lumps?, dwarf hamster, mite spray
dwarf hamster, mite spray, russian dwarf: If you honestly think it s the bedding then I would take out any bedding and see if the bumps go down. It is true that hamsters are sensitive to certain types of bedding especially woodshavings and beddings with scents, now if your toilet paper had scents...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bald patches on sides, scent glands, bald patches
scent glands, bald patches, sand bath: It s very hard to tell what can cause a hamster to lose hair without some sort of skin swab. In regards to the litter causing it, you would likely see a very itchy ham, with red spots on the skin as well as the hair loss. If the patches didn t look red or...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Balding Hamster, typical life span, fungal skin infections
typical life span, fungal skin infections, bacterial skin infections: Hi Michele! You didn t say the age of your hamster, but around a year and a half and past (approaching two, which is their typical life-span) it is perfectly normal for a hamster to start losing hair. Other causes of hair loss in younger hamsters could...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bar biting, bitter apple spray, hamster ball
bitter apple spray, hamster ball, hamsters: Hello again Savneet, Here are a couple things you can try. Rub lemon juice on the bars (hamsters don t like the taste) or try bitter apple spray on the bars (which is for dogs, but it is safe for hamsters). You could also try this, when she starts...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bar chewing driving me crazy......., bitter apple spray, cardboard tubes
bitter apple spray, cardboard tubes, hamser: Hello Sarah, my hamser chewed on his bars as well, I decided to buy grannick s bitter apple spray and spray it on the bars of the cage. Eventually he came to not like chewing on them. If vinager does the same thing I would try vinager as well. The chewing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Barking and urinating, defense mechanism, respiratory infection
defense mechanism, respiratory infection, hamsters: Dear Garrett, thank you for your question. I ve heard of hamsters peeing when frightened, although they don t do it very often. The barking is definitely unusual, it might be a sign of a respiratory infection. Usually hamsters don t make any sound unless...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bath Sand and Hibernation, long haired hamster, heart attact
long haired hamster, heart attact, petsmart: Hi, First, here s a link to a great website where you can learn more about your hamster: http://www.petwebsite.com/hamsters/syrian_hamsters.htm Hamsters usually enjoy chinchilla sand about once a week. They usually roll around and dig in it. Perhaps...

Gerbils & Hamsters: How To Bathe A Hamster, long haired hamsters, baby shampoo
long haired hamsters, baby shampoo, washcloth: Hi Tina, Normally hamsters do not need bathed, even long haired hamsters. But if for some reason they would need one, the best way is to fill a sink with little luke warm water, get them wet, use a little baby shampoo, then rinse. Dry very well with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bathing Hamsters, time tip, wash cloth
time tip, wash cloth, hamsters: Hi Brooke, there is really no need to bath a hamster at all as they keep them selves clean and can get cold if wet so this is really not a good plan. see if you can get hold of some chinchilla sand from your local pet shop, i havent tried it yet but apparently...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bathing Hamsters, dishwashing soap, little bit of water
dishwashing soap, little bit of water, hamsters: Wow! I am glad that you found your hamster. I am surprised that you found her. You can bathe hamster. Hamsters need to be bathed every once in a while. When you bathe your hamster, put her in the sink with a little bit of water (just enough where she will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bathing a Teddy Bear Hamster, teddy bear hamster, hamster
teddy bear hamster, hamster, pet stores: You can bathe them and you should use a small animal shampoo that you can find at many pet stores. Fill a little container or tub up with warm water and place the hamster in the water and just massage the shampoo in the hamster and rinse the hamster clean....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bathing, hi lauren, hampsters
hi lauren, hampsters, hamsters: Hi Lauren, Well, hamsters shouldn t need bathing at all - at least not from humans, as hamsters bathe themselves. And, you should never bathe your hamster. Water strips the essential oils from their skin and chills them, leaving them at risk for illness....

Gerbils & Hamsters: BBH biting, black bear hamsters, black bear hamster
black bear hamsters, black bear hamster, household noises: It sounds like he is just stressed out. He definatly needs some taming. But if he s a black bear, thats very unusual behavior. Black bear hamsters are bred for temperment. I would advise ways to tame him, but for a three year old, i would recomend exchanging...

Gerbils & Hamsters: BED FLUFF, fluff, best of luck
fluff, best of luck, hamster: Hi Sam, Hopefully he will be all right. It would be best to keep an eye on him for the next week. If he should start to swell up, not eat or drink, then you should take him the vet. If you have anymore questions, please write again. Thank...

Gerbils & Hamsters: BED FLUFF, loss of blood, fluff
loss of blood, fluff, suffocation: It s good that you got it out of the cage, but since your hamster has already gotten in contact with it, all you can do is monitor that he is not behaving strangely. The fluff can cause suffocation and loss of blood to limbs if a fiber has wraped itself around...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bear Hamster with mysterious symptoms - hope to diagnose the problem, syrian hamsters, solitary creatures
syrian hamsters, solitary creatures, remarkable improvements: Hi Nathalie sorry to hear your hamster isn t well. It is difficult to know what is wrong because of the number of symptoms and therefore you are right to get a vet to check her out. The first thing, however, that concerns me is the fact that she lives...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bedding, dwarf russian hamster, wood shavings
dwarf russian hamster, wood shavings, sure what kind: Hi again Kaitlin, unlike the more common Syrian hamsters that dont like being in company, Russians get on well in small groups. its best to keep these groups same sex unless you want a million babies!! two males should be fine as long as they are introduced...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bedding. Asap, shredded tissue paper, syrian hamster
shredded tissue paper, syrian hamster, toilet paper: Hi Jaimie You are right - do NOT use the fluffy bedding. This can get caught around a hamster s leg and cut off circulation. I have ended up fostering a few hamsters where this has happened - in fact I ve got one now who came in with a missing foot -...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bedding and breeding, cardboard boxes, hamser
cardboard boxes, hamser, shredding machine: Hi Richard I ve never actually given any of mine shredded paper other than the type you buy. I don t see any real reason why you can t give your hamster this - my only concern is that sometimes people put all sorts of things into the shredding machine...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bedding and Chewing, corn cob bedding, cardboard tubes
corn cob bedding, cardboard tubes, dwarf hamsters: Dear Eline, thank you for your question. Corn cob bedding is not good for rodents because they cannot dig in it and it feels unpleasant when they walk on it. I recommend wood shavings or flax bedding (often used for horses), mixed with hay to make it diggable....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bedding and Washing, soap residue, animal bedding
soap residue, animal bedding, spruce trees: Hmmm.. CHIPSI classic bedding is made from fir and spruce trees and I haven t seen anything bad about fir or spruce trees used as animal bedding, so I think you re fine. If you wash out the cage with soapy water just make sure to get all of the soap residue...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bedding..., carefresh bedding, skin allergies
carefresh bedding, skin allergies, yesturday: Hi Susie, Aspen bedding is great for small animals, including hamsters. It s very safe. (Carefresh bedding is great, also.) Just make sure you avoid Pine and Cedar, which cause respiratory infections and skin allergies/infections. Have a great day!...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Behavior, food dish, heat stroke
food dish, heat stroke, hamster: Dear Alex, thank you for your question. I cannot tell you what s wrong with your hamster. It might be a heat stroke, but this is just guessing. You should see a vet with him. If you don t know where to find a rodent vet near you, either call a few vets and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Behavior, dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters
dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, old tanks: Dear Minh, thank you for your question. Dwarf hamster often bite, especially when you reach into the tank from above or whe ntheir enclosure is too small. Your hamster is fully mature now, they are adult with 8 months, although they can breed much earlier....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Behavior, carefresh bedding, syrian hamster
carefresh bedding, syrian hamster, wire cage: Hi Shannon, It sounds odd, but when hamsters are bored, they are pretty active, perhaps trying to find something to do. Make sure your hamster has a solid wheel, as well as a run-around ball (8 1/2 diameter). Let her run in the ball, supervised, for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Behavior Normal?, syrian hamster, gallon aquarium
syrian hamster, gallon aquarium, guinea pig: Hi Christopher, The being less active, sleeping more and the weight gain (which is because of her being less active) are generally normal signs of aging. This process generally starts around the 1 year mark. I would suggest cutting back on her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Behavior problems in our hamster., saw dust, neurological problems
saw dust, neurological problems, maxie: Some older hamsters may begin to act like older humans, and develop neurological problems. This is just part of age and you won t be able to do much about it. If it has become warm in your house that could explain why your hamster won t sleep in his hut. My...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Behavior, teddy bear hampster, recovering from a stroke
teddy bear hampster, recovering from a stroke, cucumber slices: Hey, Billie. Anytime you notice sudden changes in behavior like those you mentioned with Fluff, this usually means the hamster is sick. And, from the symptoms you described (lack of coordination, lethargy), I d say your hamster is probably recovering from...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Behaviour, syrian hamster, move one
syrian hamster, move one, best of luck: Hi. Leave him for another couple of days, but try this method to try and get him hand trained. They usually do not bite unless startled, so do not make any sudden movements. Allow him to sniff you. 1) Put food on your hand and wait for him to come over....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Behaviour, chew toys, hamsters
chew toys, hamsters, coco: dear Katelyn, thank you for your qouestion. You can try to reintroduce Coco and Daisy by putting them in the bathtub or a small cage that both of them haven t been in before (or that was cleaned well with hot water and vinegar), a kritter keeper is also...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Behaviour change, syrian hamster, behaviour change
syrian hamster, behaviour change, aggressive behaviour: Dear Korinne, thank you for your question. I don t think it has something to do with the age of the hamster, but it might be that he is in sick or hurt and in pain when you try to handle him. See a vet with him to rule this out. If it s nothing medical,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Behaviour of my Syrian Hamster, syrian hamster, bedding material
syrian hamster, bedding material, wire cage: Hello Janette, hamsters really do have different personalities. Some hamsters are so active and friendly that you truly wonder if they ever sleep. Others are so mean that you think they will never be normal. Others are so lazy that you wonder if they are...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Behaviour again, hamster cage, lastweek
hamster cage, lastweek, hamster: Dear Korinne, thank you for your question. Being obsessed with food is normale behaviour for a hamster. They are used to storing away as much food as possible and will do so in captivity, too. Some hamsters are not very cuddly and don t enjoy being petted,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Behavoir, fancy hamster, cardboard tube
fancy hamster, cardboard tube, tank style: Hi Beth. I m sorry to hear about the troubles with your hamster. There are a few articles I know of that would probably greatly help you. They were written by members of the California Hamster Association. Agressive Hamsters: http://www.geocities.com/calhamassoc/QandAAggressive.html...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Best Kind, syrian hamsters, hamsters
syrian hamsters, hamsters, pet store: Hi Megan, the best kind to get are syrian hamsters. These are the bigger ones, and once tamed, they are great pets to have, like all hamsters they are playful, energetic and easy to look after. go to your pet store and ask them to show you the syrian...

Gerbils & Hamsters: BIG hamster..., long haired hamster, short haired hamster
long haired hamster, short haired hamster, size pieces: having a fatty hamster is a good thing. Mine is a fatty too. If you want to switch food then that s fine. My hamster has two different types of foods because he likes the small and medium size pieces, but hates the large pieces. They are always going to waste...

Gerbils & Hamsters: BITING AND HANGING, bitter lime, cage bars
bitter lime, cage bars, walmart: Hi Ali, There are a couple of things you should do to stop your hamster from chewing on her cage bars (which is bad for hamsters teeth). First, give your hamster chew sticks and a vegetable wheel (both found in petstores and stores like Walmart for cheap)....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Big Hamster butt, dwarf hamster, health nutrients
dwarf hamster, health nutrients, dwarf hamsters: Dear Tim, thank you for your questions. It s sex-related ;) You have a male hamster and what you describe as odd-shaped are the hamster s testicles. They can grow huge, especially with Syrian and Chinese dwarf hamsters. The testicles tend to get bigger when...

Gerbils & Hamsters: How Big...., syrian hamsters, hamsters
syrian hamsters, hamsters, hamster: Hi Sarah, Syrian Hamsters generally grow to be 5-7 inches long and are usually done growing by the time they reach 6 months of age. So your little guy has a little more growing to do. If you have anymore questions, please write again. Thank...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Birds, bird experts, mom and dad
bird experts, mom and dad, baby bird: Hi Kegan, I m glad your hamster likes her cages. Unfortunately, I don t know anything about birds (just gerbils, hamsters, and mice), so I m afraid I can t help you with your problem. However, there are bird experts at allexperts.com, so I m sure someone...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Birth, hard boiled egg, diced carrots
hard boiled egg, diced carrots, syrian hamster: Hi Lvette, If you have a syrian hamster, then yes the female needs to be in a different cage with her babies. If the male is in the cage with her he will kill the babies. If you have a dwarf hamster then it is alright for the male to be in the same cage...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Birth, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters
dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters, good mother: Dear Natalie, thank you for your question. You must have male and female because hamsters aren t pregnant longer than approximately 3 weeks. It sometimes happens that the mother doesn t care for her babies because she s stressed, not experienced enough or...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bite, hamster heaven, hamster
hamster heaven, hamster: Hi, If you haven t washed your hands before handling she could have smelt food on your hand and decided to bite thinking it was food. Something around you could have possibly frightened her and caused her to bite also. Deborah http://www.hamster-heaven.co.u...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting, hamster cage, noticeable difference
hamster cage, noticeable difference, hamster: You can definitely train them at this age. My advice would be to not scoop them up with a cup, as this frightens them immensely. Get a pair of gloves, preferrably a pair of gardening gloves; nothing too bulky, and grab each hamster with the gloves on. Then,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting, hamster bites, bitter lime
hamster bites, bitter lime, hamster: Hi Ali, First, when you bring your hamster home, don t touch it for 2 days. This 2-day period will help your hamster get used to its new home. When you pick up your hamster, first place a treat (such as a plain Cheerio) on your hand, and put your hand...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting, best bet, gerbil
best bet, gerbil, vets: Hi Emily, How old is he? It isn t normal for a gerbil to bite, and is actually quite rare to get a gerbil who will ever even try to bite you properly. If he is young it maybe that he is scared although this still shouldn t really cause him to bite you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting, little angel, pet store
little angel, pet store, hamster: Completely normal, your hamster is just trying to wear down his ever growing teeth. If the biting gets to be irritating (mine chews his tubes at night and it gets very distracting) just try to coax him to chew on something else. Get him hard treats from the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting, green discharge, chompers
green discharge, chompers, human attention: Just try handling Chompers more or hand feed her treats like raisins. Some hamsters just take a little while to get used to human attention and if it s been awhile since you held her she may slip back into old habits of being afraid of people. You may need...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting, syrian hamsters, move one
syrian hamsters, move one, hamsters: Hi, Hamsters bite if they feel threatened, so be careful never to make him scared or he will bite again. It takes time to hand train him, but don t give up. Follow this step by step guide explaining how to train Syrian hamsters, and do not move on a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster: Hi Trang, First, you should always wash your hands before handling your hamsters. If they smell food on them, they will think it is food and bite. Also make sure your hamster sees your hand when going to pick him up so you don t startle him, this could...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting!, dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf
dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf, ocassions: Hi, thank you for your question. you need patience with them, they probably are really scared now and treat anything coming to their cage as a threat. You will need to tame them all over again. Offer food or maybe even their normal food only on your hand...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting, toilet paper roll, dwarf hamsters
toilet paper roll, dwarf hamsters, hamester: Dear Jennifer, thank you for your question. That s a common problem with dwarf hamsters. Many of them will defend their territory and are prefectly friendly outside their cage. You can try to teach him to sit in a certain place to get out of the cage, like...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting the cage, bitter lime, tiny cage
bitter lime, tiny cage, cage bars: Hi Ali, Many hamsters chew on the bars of their cages. Since this can cause teeth problems, and it can also rub the hair off their noses, the behavior should be stopped. Buy Bitter Lime Gel (or Spray) at the pet store. It s marketed towards ferrets,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting cage bars, cage bars, peculiar problems
cage bars, peculiar problems, surprise gift: Dear Neal, I m sorry to hear this. I really cannot give you any other advice. The Habitrail cages are absurdly small and pose a serious danger for the hamster s health because of lack of ventilation and because of all the plastic. The hamster is just bored...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting the cage, bitter lime, small animals
bitter lime, small animals, hamsters: Hi Denise, Sure, there s a product called Bitter Lime Spray (or Gel). It s sold at pet stores and marketed towards ferrets, but it s safe for all small animals. Just spray it on the wires and anything else you don t want your hamster to chew on. You...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting Dwarf, dwarf hamster, russian dwarf
dwarf hamster, russian dwarf, syrian hamsters: Hi Emily, thanks for the question! It sounds like you ve got a hamster that was either never properly socialized, somehow lost trust in humans, or was inadvertantly trained to bite. (Or, perhaps, a combination of all three, oh my!) She s not afraid...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, thick gloves
dwarf hamster, thick gloves, quiet voice: First of all i am sorry that it took me this long to answer your question. Your hamster was probably never handled before you bought her. This will make her very timid. Use thick gloves to pick her up. Make sure you have a good hold on her. Then just talk...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting and Hanging, cardboard tubes, syrian hamsters
cardboard tubes, syrian hamsters, cardboard boxes: Dear Ali, thank you for your question. Cage bar biting is a sign of serious boredom and a too small cage. It can turn into an addiction very fast. Get a bigger cage - as big as you can, but at least a long 20g (that s the minimum for Syrian hamsters in my...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting hamster, syrian hamsters, syrian hamster
syrian hamsters, syrian hamster, bad habit: Hi Ramona, Your hamster is actually a Syrian hamster, as were the brown ones too. All Syrian hamsters have different personalities and some will like the wheel more than others - this is normal and nothing to worry about as long as he isnt getting...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting / mites, biting mites, dwarf hamster
biting mites, dwarf hamster, vet appointment: hi chloe, it sounds like hairy potter has mites and must get treatment as soon as possible. mites are a common problem in hamsters. they are so tiny you wouldn t be able to see them. they burrow into the skin and irritate the hamster so much, he begins...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting, hamster bites, poor eyesight
hamster bites, poor eyesight, soft towel: Hi Sariah, Hamsters only bite when they are frightened. These tips will help him (and you) become more comfortable with each other so he ll stop biting. First, make sure that you re not startling him awake. If he s asleep and you suddenly...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bits, bitter lime, small animals
bitter lime, small animals, hamster: Hi Jose, Yes, it s pretty common for hamsters to bite fingers. Usually, after taming, the biting stops however. There are a couple things you can do to make your hamster stop biting your fingers. One, you can wear gloves when you handle your hamster....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bitting Hamster, bitter lime, hamster time
bitter lime, hamster time, small animals: Hi Tori, Many hamsters bite when they re in a new home. They re stressed out, and it will take time for them to trust you. Try buying Bitter Lime Spray (or Gel) at the pet store. It s marketed towards ferrets, but it s safe for all small animals. Spray...

Gerbils & Hamsters: BLACK BEAR HAMSTERS, classic signs, hamsters
classic signs, hamsters, hamster: Hi Jeremey, Your hamster is likely not ill; it sounds as if she is displaying the classic signs of an older hamster who may soon pass away. It always seems as if hamsters age overnight. One day, they ll be lively and active, and the next, they do not...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black Bear Hampster, black bear hampster, shiny fur
black bear hampster, shiny fur, scent glands: hi betty, you didnt say where these spots are, so im going to assume theres one on either side near her back legs. these are called hip spots and are completely normal. they are your hamsters scent glands and are much more noticable in males, so u might...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black Bear Hamster, classroom pet, black bear
classroom pet, black bear, hamster: Hello Kelly, the hamster may be drinking, but since they drink so little it s hard to notice a difference. To make sure the hamster is not dehydrated, pick him up and pinch his skin, if it goes back to normally immediently he s fine, if his skin doesn t then...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black Bear Hamster, black bear hamster, lookout tower
black bear hamster, lookout tower, busy place: Hamsters sleep a grand majority of their day, and some are more active than others at night time. Also if you have your hamster in a busy place in the house, or your bedroom, they respond to noises and lights as such. For example, my black bear boy was kept...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black Bear Hamster Behavior, black bear, excercise
black bear, excercise, hamsters: Hey, Aaron. This behavior is somewhat normal. Some hamsters simply like their wheel more than others. Also, since you just got him, just give him some time, and after a while he should calm down some. For the mean time though, the excercise is actually...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Black Bear Hamster's poo problem, wet tail, pootie
wet tail, pootie, poo: A hamsters poo can be just as unique as human poo. The only time poo should be a sign something is wrong is when their bottom is covered in it, and diarreha is visible in the cage. The difference in poo could be from something he ate that was out of the norm,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black Bear Hamster, plain yogurt, stomach problems
plain yogurt, stomach problems, digestive tract: hmmm.. and you re sure he is not constipated? you can give him a piece of strawberry to help with any constipation and I suggest you give him some plain yogurt from the grocery store since yogurt has stuff in it to help with the digestive tract and see if...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black Bear Hamsters, black bear hamsters, little faces
black bear hamsters, little faces, hamsters: Hello, generally when you purchase them they should be mature. Generally 4-6 weeks is when they are mature. I would actually seperate them now because you should only have 1 per cage so they don t fight. :) Black bear hamsters are so adoreable and cute though....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black Bear Hamsters, black bear hamsters, fur colors
black bear hamsters, fur colors, carefresh bedding: Hi Julie, As long as you re using either Aspen or Carefresh bedding, the fur loss isn t due to the hamster s bedding. Your hamster is most likely losing fur due to aging. This is very common. Most hamsters lose some fur, especially after the 1 to 1 1/2...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black Bear hamster-strange noises, upper respiratory infection, small rodents
upper respiratory infection, small rodents, strange noises: If he is making squeaking noises, and is acting less enthusiastic than usual, it is possible that he has an upper respiratory infection, which is very common in small rodents. He will need to be seen by a vet, as only prescription antibiotics will clear it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black Bear hamster, having babies, black bear
having babies, black bear, hamsters: Ouch. The poison has gotten into the hamsters system somehow, since it had been in her mouth. If she injested some, this will contaminate her milk, and hurt her pups. Only if she shows no signs of sickness will her babies be fine. If the mother begins to eat...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black Bear(Shadow) Problem, bear shadow, cupped hands
bear shadow, cupped hands, compaired: This liquid is actually the urine. Hamster urine looks this way normaly, and can stain clothes. Females are very squirmy compaired to males if you ask me. It just takes alot of time for them to get used to the idea of being held, since they weren t hand raised...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black bear Hamster teeth, black bear hamster, toilet paper rolls
black bear hamster, toilet paper rolls, hay cubes: hi debbie, are you sure your hamster is only 5 - 6 months because from the information i have read, it usually tends to be older hamsters who are prone to crooked or broken teeth. but it seems he isnt using this tooth to chew with, hence why it keeps...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black bear hamster-acting weird/noises, accurate diagnosis, weird noises
accurate diagnosis, weird noises, black bear: Hi Heather, Lethargy is a sign of several different illnesses, so I m afraid I can t pinpoint which one. My best advice would be to take your hamster to a vet as soon as possible, who can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment. I hope everything...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black bear hamster emergency, black bear hamster, floating platforms
black bear hamster, floating platforms, mild stroke: It sounds like it may be a few different problems. First may be constipation from not having water access. Feed the hamster a piece of watery fruit or veggie and see if that helps. Another could be the hamster has had a mild stroke, to which nothing will be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black bear hamster, urine color, hamsters
urine color, hamsters, black bear: You shouldn t really be able to see a hamsters urine unless it goes while your holding it. It doesn t sound like a problem, a hamsters color will vary as much as a humans will. The only time you should worry about the urine color is if there is blood in it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black Hamster, age spots, testicles
age spots, testicles, yard sale: A male hamster s testicles can range in size and color throughout the day, the only cause for alarm is when the testicles are extremely red, or hard like a tumor. Blackening is likely due to age, and nothing sounds seriously wrong with your little guy...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black Spot on Female, riyadh saudi arabia, russian dwarf
riyadh saudi arabia, russian dwarf, dwarf hamster: It sounds like a nipple that may be bruised or infected. I would really take your dwarf hamster to a vet since it seems that it may be hurting a little bit if she won t walk on that side. I haven t heard of anything like this either, but it does sound like...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Blackish Bump on Hamster, superficial tumors, appearance changes
superficial tumors, appearance changes, scent gland: Hi Kayla I just want to check that this isn t her scent gland - they are situated on their back, towards the sides and are symmetrical - sometimes they are very obvious - slightly raised and a black dot. Tumors tend to be more reddish/purple. What...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bladder Infection, syrian hamster, bladder infection
syrian hamster, bladder infection, answer asap: It is possible that your hamster healed itself, since he would still be bleeding if there was a problem. As long as your hamster isn t acting funny, and is drinking a usual amount of liquid (more or less would indicate a problem), then the infection cleared...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bleeding, dwarf hamster, female dwarf
dwarf hamster, female dwarf, kidney stones: Hi Daniel, I believe that she should be seen by a vet. Even though a female dwarf hamster may bleed from the private area once or twice a year, she may have a urinary tract infection or even kidney stones. With it reoccurring she really should be seen....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bleeding Gerbil, veterinary questions, scent gland
veterinary questions, scent gland, pimple: Oh. You know, none of my guys ever had that and i really am not qualified to answer veterinary questions but i m sure if someone else said it than i have no reason to believe it is anything else. Just make sure he starts to heal well and if not, get him to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bleeding Hamster, bladder infection, white dwarf
bladder infection, white dwarf, uterine infections: Hi Laura I honestly don t know what this is - but I have had the exact same thing happen to a couple of my hamsters - in fact one of mine at the moment is like this. Sometimes the bleeding seems to go as quickly as it appeared with no logical explanation....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bleeding hamster paw, veterinary center, couple minutes
veterinary center, couple minutes, hamsters: heya Hes squeaking becuase he is in pain. Really you ought to try and persuade your mum to take him to the vet. but if you can t do that, theres nothing you can do, bathe it in salt water to stop infection, or a very very mild antiseptic, becuase hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bleeding hamster paw, vet asap, veterinary center
vet asap, veterinary center, couple minutes: Hi, Sounds like your hamster needs a vet asap. I cannot give you any other advice as I m not a qualified vet and the hamster may also need medication. There are no home remedies that can make the hamster better. Hope you hamster gets better soon! Deborah...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bleeding and injury, vital nutrients, dropper
vital nutrients, dropper, petsmart: my hamster uses oasis vitamin drops and you can find them at petsmart. I love them and a a little goes a very long way. The little bottle lasts for months!! You may have to use the dropper that it comes with to feed her water as well since she may refuse to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bleeding mouth, types of lung diseases, pine bedding
types of lung diseases, pine bedding, hamsters: Hello Sharon, I m sorry your hamster passed away. You know I think that the pine bedding could have had something to do with the mouth bleeding. Pink bedding is known to cause liver and lung disease and sometimes you can get a little blood in your lungs depending...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bleeding.....spooky, dwarf hamster, female dwarf
dwarf hamster, female dwarf, hamster: Hi Nicole, Did your female get really fat within a couple of days? Have you looked to see if there are any babies in the nest (do not touch the nest with your hand, use a pencil or something to look)? Has it been at least 18 days since you saw them...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bleeding, gerbils, vanilla
gerbils, vanilla, vet: Wow. I ve never heard of that. I had that happen to one of my gerbils but it was as a result of an other gerbil. I would search the cage and see if there is anything in there that may have cut him. Other than that, only a vet can help you. Good luck. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Blind Hamster, blackcurrant juice, hamster cage
blackcurrant juice, hamster cage, water dishes: It is difficult giving hamsters medication or applying lotions and I m afraid there is no easy way. Putting her in a towel is OK, and also scruffing, but some hamsters don t like this and it can stress them a lot. It is really a case of experimenting to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Blind Hamster, albino black bear, fluffy coat
albino black bear, fluffy coat, q tip: As much as it may seem cruel, doing this procedure during the day when the hamster is drowsy and will want to go back to sleep after everything is done is what I would do. You can also try distracting her with a little dollup of yogurt or any food that she...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Reply to your comments :), eye lids, eye medication
eye lids, eye medication, congenital defect: I am very sorry that you do not agree to my answer. I am taking a vet course and that is why I said I was a vet, but I guess I am a vet to be That week I was very stressed out with lots of homework. One of the requirements for my class was to help people...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Blind Hamster, black bear hamster, albino black bear
black bear hamster, albino black bear, mutant gene: Hi I ve never actually seen one of these hamsters - I know that it is caused by a mutant gene that is present in albino hamsters. As far as I m aware there isn t normally a problem. I have had a blind hamster before and I had to make a few adjustments...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Blind hamster?, wet toilet paper, poor eyesight
wet toilet paper, poor eyesight, cage floor: You may not have noticed it before, but all hamsters have pretty poor eyesight, and rely on their sense of smell and hearing much more. They notice movement and figures rather then recognize faces. You probably noticed him smelling around more because I assume...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Blind, whitish color, hamster
whitish color, hamster, eye color: Hi Thu, Usually when they are going blind, their eye color will change (kind of like a whitish color or film covering the eye). I really just think that your hamster is somewhat starting to slow down do to age. This will usually start to happen around...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Blindness, close watch, hamster
close watch, hamster, hamsters: At this point in time I think you just need to keep a close watch on him and see if anything changes. It s good to hear that he s walking oK, so it doesn t sound as though he s injured himself. Something must have spooked him though for his behaviour to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bloated bottom, hams, pet stores
hams, pet stores, hamster: A lot of pet stores don t separate their hams by gender, and don t train associates to properly identify them, so even though they may have thought it was a female, there s a possibility it could be a male. Testicles can vary in size and shape, from pea to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Blood and Scratching, small animals, private area
small animals, private area, hamster: Hello Jess, hamster don t have periods, so the bleeding is something that I would certainly bring to a vet s attention. Do you notice where the bleeding is coming from and what type of bedding are you using? Ceder and pine cause major reactions in small animals...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bloody gerbil paw, blood clot, vet
blood clot, vet, circulation: It sounds like he had lost circulation to his finger in his paw. The best thing to do is to take him to a vet so he can get looked at. He may have had a blood clot or something. Poor thing, but he will be just fine. Make sure he is eating and drinking normally....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bloody Syrian Hamster Fight, critter trails, first few days
critter trails, first few days, q tip: Hi Stephanie, I have been through this too. Although for most part they get along fairly well I would suggest that they be separated. The older they get the more territorial they will become and one will end up being more dominate over the other which...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Blossom is no more, blossom, sorry for your loss
blossom, sorry for your loss: Hello! I am so sorry for your loss, that is very sad!! I would however, be very careful putting a new gerbil with your existing one. Gerbils don t accept strangers very well, and when this happens they will actually fight until death!!!!!! It can take...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Blueberry hamsters, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, fur colour: Dear Jennifer, thank you for your question. Blueberry or Blackberry hamster is just a name for Campbell s dwarf hamster with the fur colour blue/black. Here are pictures of such a hamster: http://www.myhammie.com/blue-berry-hamsters.php They need the same...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bored hamster, dwarf hamsters, hamster cage
dwarf hamsters, hamster cage, syrian hamster: I apologize if you did get this message before, but I have problems with the AllExperts site and I didn t get a message send -notice before. Hi, sorry, it took a day longer, Sunday was chaotic for me :) Here s a picture of a cage used in the study, with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bottle?, sawdust, hamsters
sawdust, hamsters, dish: Hi Sabatha, it is fine to put in a small dish of water - the hamsters can drink out of a dish fine. The only problem you might have is that the sawdust often gets in the water and soaks it up. So make sure you check the dish every day and replace...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Boy or Girl, dwarf hamster, scent gland
dwarf hamster, scent gland, males and females: Hi Darius! Sexing hamsters can be tricky, especially when they are young. Male Dwarves will have testicles, but they are less obvious than say, a Syrian. Also, male dwarves have a scent gland near their belly button. All male hamsters are capable of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Boy or Girl, dwarf hamsters, large testicles
dwarf hamsters, large testicles, hamsters: Male hamsters develop rather large testicles that are very out of proportion with their body size. Generally, if it s a boy, you ll know it. If he s still very young, it may be harder to tell. Generally, the distance between the genitals and anus is longer...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Boy or Girl, female gerbils, brother brother
female gerbils, brother brother, living in groups: Hi Sarah. It is better for gerbils in captivity to live in pairs rather than colonies, because we can rarely duplicate the space and enviornment required for very large groups of gerbils to live together in harmony. Plus, gerbils living in groups in the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Boy mating with boy?!? #2, wire mesh, gerbils
wire mesh, gerbils, skittles: Hello, Unfortunately there is noting that you can actually do to teach or stop him doing that. The only real solution would be to separate them for good, and maybe put Mickey and another one in a different cage. Maybe if you didn t want to separate them...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Boy mating with boy?!?, desturbed, males and females
desturbed, males and females, gay right: Hi Kacee, OK, so which gerbils do you have in together? Mickey and Little Dude? If only those two, how old are they and how long have they been together? It is normal to see males and females behaving in that way.....weird as it is. It helps them to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: BREEDING SYRIAN HAMSTERS!!!!!, breeding syrian hamsters, syrian hamster
breeding syrian hamsters, syrian hamster, hamsters: Hi Gabby, Ok, first of all, syrian hamsters are solitary. They need to live by themselves. If kept together, they will fight. If you already have them in separate cages, great. If you don t, you need to place the male in another cage. Now...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breathing Troubles, little campbell, pain killers
little campbell, pain killers, hamsters: Hi Sean Sorry to hear your Campbell is ill. If he is still alive today, then he needs to get to a vet urgently. It could be a couple of things: Hamsters are very prone to tumours and sometimes these can affect their breathing or actually be in their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breding Dwarf Hamsters, dwarf hamsters, food dish
dwarf hamsters, food dish, apoligies: heya apoligies for taking so long to answer the question, i went away and the site wouldn t let me change my status to away. Firstly, when introducing hamsters its always important you put them in the males cage, otherwise the female will be territorial....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breed of Hamster, hamster ball, syrian hamster
hamster ball, syrian hamster, google search: First off, it is excellent of you to rescue that hamster, if everyone could have the same compassion towards animals, there would be a lot less strays. Your hamster is likely a syrian hamster, if it is around 6 inches long. It could also be a dwarf, just do...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding, unwanted litters, pregancy
unwanted litters, pregancy, dwarfs: Hi, Are hamsters hard to breed? - No, it s quite easy to breed hamster, thats one of the reasons why there s so many unwanted litters in the world. How old do they have to be to breed? - They should be at least 3 months old. Any earlier and it may cause...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters
dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters, neutral territory: Hi Cheryl First of all, Syrian hamsters must live alone, otherwise they will fight, sometimes they cause very serious injuries, therefore they must be separated. Dwarf hamsters can live together providing they don t fight. Hamsters come into season every...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding, porridge oats, hamster food
porridge oats, hamster food, apoligies: heya Apoligies for taking so long to answer the question, i went away and the site wouldn t let me change my status to away. congratulations on your baby hammies! baby hamsters stay with mum for 3 weeks, but you mustn t touch them or the nest for 2 weeks(or...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding, hard boiled egg, female hamster
hard boiled egg, female hamster, diced carrots: Hi Jason, Don t let them fight. One of them could get hurt bad. If they are fighting then the female is not in heet. She must be in heet to breed them. Before putting her with the male check to see if she is in heet by petting her from her head down her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding, chinese dwarf hamsters, hamster species
chinese dwarf hamsters, hamster species, hamster breeders: Hi Ryan. The Chinese dwarf hamsters and the Roborovski s dwarf hamster are more tricky to breed than any of the hamster species. So I would say that s out, unless you are willing to learn what is necessary to duplicate their mating season and get them...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding, teddy bear hamsters, hamsters breed
teddy bear hamsters, hamsters breed, days thanks: Different types of hamster can t interbreed. If you want to breed your hamster you have to have the same type. You don t have to take them anywhere just put the hamsters together when the female is in heat. If all prevail babies should be born in...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding, syrian hamsters, hamsters
syrian hamsters, hamsters, giving birth: Hi Beccy, Since your female is around 10 months old, it would not be safe to breed her. A female should have her first litter before she is 6 months old (the best time to breed a female for the first time is 4 months). This is because a female hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding, dwarf hamsters, gestation period
dwarf hamsters, gestation period, t pay: Hi Brittney, Yes, this is normal breeding. It is very possible she will become pregnant. The gestation period for a Dwarf is 18 days. So count 18 days from the day they mated and this will be her due date. Pregnant Dwarf hamsters usually do not start...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding, syrian hamster, syrian hamsters
syrian hamster, syrian hamsters, neutral ground: Hi Christina, before breeding please make sure you have a place for the babies to go to, there could be over 10 of them! Also please make sure that the Female is between 5 and 6 months old before mating her. Your hamster is a Syrian Hamster so you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding Dwarf Hamsters, dwarf hamsters, mother thanks
dwarf hamsters, mother thanks, short periods: Hi there, The hamsters should be at least 3-4 months old before they mate. I m assuming the female and male are in the same cage? In that case, they will mate as soon as the female is in season. (Females come into season about every 4 days.) Once...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding Dwarf Hamsters, dwarf hamsters, vocal animals
dwarf hamsters, vocal animals, dear kelly: Hi Shelby, Hamsters squeak as a mating call. They can also squeak while they re actually mating. The male and female can squeak; usually the male squeaks the most. And as long as you don t see any injuries or blood, the squeaks are harmless. (As you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding Dwarfs, dwarf hamsters, professional breeders
dwarf hamsters, professional breeders, hamsters: Hi, Breeding within the family can cause problems it only should be done by professional breeders who know the genetics of the hamsters. A litter can be anything from one pups onwards. Pregnancy can last for 18-21 days. Also another thing, you said the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding Gerbils, females, babies
females, babies, dad: Hello, Everybody seems to have different views on whether to keep the father in, and personally i take him out purely because they just mate non-stop and it exhausts the female. The father is good at bringing up the babies too, but the mother is perfectly...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding Gerbils, two females, babys
two females, babys, gerbils: Hi, It would not be a good idea to put all these gerbils together, and it will be hard to take one male and give him time to mate with a female and then get him to go back peacefully with the other male. How were you planning on doing this? If you email...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding Gerbils, color palette, white belly
color palette, white belly, red fox: You might encounter a fight trying to introduce the others. Don t be surprised if your boys start fighting in the next couple months too. Now they ll fight over who gets to be dominant since they both bred and only one is suppose to have the right . The...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding Hamster, black bear hamster, syrian hamster
black bear hamster, syrian hamster, stomach area: Hi Sheridan, You re right, female hamsters do become aggressive toward their babies if they have them too close together. That s why it s recommended that they only have 2 litters in their lifetime. Also, it doesn t matter at all that the female hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding Hamsters..., chinese hamster, cute names
chinese hamster, cute names, potties: Hi! Wow what cute names. Okay lets first stsrt with the potty training. I wouldn t invest in a cornet toilet for your hamster. The hamster potties are really to take advantage of your hamster s way of liking to go in one specific corner more than the other...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding Hamsters, hook ups, social animals
hook ups, social animals, days thanks: Yes you should definately seperate them. HAMSTERS ARE TO BE KEPT SEPERATE FROM EACH OTHER. They are not social animals. It doesn t matter if they are getting along or not. If you want to breed them put them together when the female comes into heat...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding Hamsters, hamsters, 4 months
hamsters, 4 months, rest assured that: Hi Nicholas, There s not really a way to determine how many times they have to mate before the female becomes pregnant. Keep in mind, also, that a female comes into heat about once every 4 days. I m not sure how old your hamsters are, but for hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Blood bubble?!?!?!?, blood bubble, open wound
blood bubble, open wound, hamster: Hi Tyler, If your hamster acts like he cannot walk well, or if you can see an open wound on his toe, you should take him to the vet. If your hamster does not have those symptoms, then you probably don t have anything to worry about. If you have any...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding Hamsters, teddy bear hamsters, hamster mix
teddy bear hamsters, hamster mix, syrian hamsters: Hi April, Well, first, teddy bear hamsters (or Syrian hamsters) are solitary animals, and they really shouldn t be kept in the same cage. In the wild they don t live in groups, and they shouldn t live in groups in captivity. Check her diet. A good...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding hamsters, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster, coral: Hi Coral, You can either keep her in her Crittertrail 2 cage or buy a bigger bed and put her in the flat cage. If you keep her in the Crittertrail 2 cage, you ll need to make sure she makes her nest on the ground floor of the cage. To do that, block off...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding hamsters, female hamster, breeding hamsters
female hamster, breeding hamsters, hoarding food: Hi Jason, Don t worry, you re not bothering me - I ll be happy to answer your question :) Yes, getting fatter around the belly is definitely a sign of pregnancy, as is building a large nest and hoarding food in it. Since you have already noticed a larger...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding, possible miscarriage?, haired syrian hamster, phantom pregnancy
haired syrian hamster, phantom pregnancy, syrian hamsters: Hi Anna, It is very possible that she could be pregnant. With Syrian hamsters, the female will get really fat about 10 days into her pregnancy and her teats will become more noticeable. A Syrians gestation period is 16 days, so you can expect the pups...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding possible?, russian hamster, chinese hamster
russian hamster, chinese hamster, hamsters: Hi Tina, It is possible they will breed. Although dwarf hamsters do better in pairs, If you do not want babies, it would be best to separate them but keep their cages close to each other. If you have anymore questions, please write again. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding-Roborovski's dwarf, dwarf hamsters, unwanted litters
dwarf hamsters, unwanted litters, roborovski: Hi Calvin! Thanks for the question. The dwarf hamsters are social and they do not need to be separated after breeding like the Syrians. In fact, the male helps the female to raise the litter by bringing her food so she doesn t have to get off the nest...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding Roborovski, genetic problems, reputable breeders
genetic problems, reputable breeders, science project: Hi Charlotte, It seems to me as if you already know that what you are doing is wrong! If you know it is wrong and you feel bad about doing it then you shouldnt be doing it in the first place. I have not heard of any schools making it compulsory for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding Syrian Hamsters, teddy bear hamsters, breeding syrian hamsters
teddy bear hamsters, breeding syrian hamsters, baby hamsters: With syrians, it does not matter if they grew up together, brother and sister will still fight at the right age of around 2-3 months old, territory is territory. Also think about it, if they are together from childhood, they are most likely related, and mating...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding Syrian, female hamster, syrian hamsters
female hamster, syrian hamsters, female mate: Hi Sam, You should leave the male and female mate for a least a hour, unless they start fighting. This does not mean that she will get pregnant, but there is a very good chance of it happening. When a female hamster is pregnant, you can hold...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding my Syrians..., honey bear, panda bear
honey bear, panda bear, gallon tank: Hi Mandi Hamsters come into season every 4 days. In my experience, the best way to mate them is to do a test before hand. The window of opportunity for Syrians can be quite limited and therefore it is worth trying this once or twice during the evening....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding, female hamster, spare cages
female hamster, spare cages, t touch: heya, Ok hamsters are relatively easy to breed, all it really involves is a bit of time and a few spare cages.. i ll talk you through it... Female hamsters are in heat every fourth day in the evening, so if you are breeding serian hamsters(not dwarfs)...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bringing a baby hamster home., baby hamster, extreme stress
baby hamster, extreme stress, panda bear: Hi Michele, Ideally, the hamster should stay with its siblings for another 2 weeks. During this time, it will mature further. If you were to bring it home with you now, it would be under a lot of stress, as you suspected, and extreme stress can lead to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Broken gerbil leg, soft bedding, lower abdomin
soft bedding, lower abdomin, carefresh: Hello Tori. The droppings could be because of the milk and bread you re feeding him. If his droppings are still firm then I wouldn t be too concerned. Keep your gerbil from climbing and take out any wheels in the cage. Also, buy a soft bedding like soft sorbent...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Broken Hamster Tooth, front teeth, snippers
front teeth, snippers, soft food: I would suggest first off getting an aquarium cage to prevent this from happening again. Then not only will your hamster not harm himself on the bars, you also won t hear the annoying chewing anymore. As long as the tooth is broken flat it is not a problem....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Broken Pelvis, broken pelvis, rear legs
broken pelvis, rear legs, broken bones: Hi Daryn, You re right, hamsters can recover from broken bones. Because of their size, they cannot have a cast or anything like that, so the bone must heal on its own. However, if you can see any bone sticking through, you ll need to take Rocket to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Broken Pelvis, broken pelvis, pinched nerve
broken pelvis, pinched nerve, rear legs: Many hamsters can recover from a broken pelvis just fine, as long as they are given the proper attention. To ensure he doesn t injure himself any further. Take out the wheel of the cage. You want him doing as less work as possible. I would also buy some vitamin...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is my Buddy sick or just adjusting, dirty butt, wet tail
dirty butt, wet tail, hamsters: Hi Tina, Your hamster may have wet tail, which is a stress-related disease that often occurs in new hamsters. Wet tail is often fatal and cannot be treated with products such as Dri-Tail. Rather, a hamster with suspected wet tail should go to the vet...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Buddy, vet asap, wet tail
vet asap, wet tail, wet bottom: hmm.. wetail symptoms are diarrhea, not eating and drinking and when an animals stops eating and drinking that always means something is wrong. Weight loss is another factor for wettail but the main symptom of wettail is diarrhea and a wet bottom from the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bugs, daddy long legs, wild bird food
daddy long legs, wild bird food, night crawlers: Hello Georgina, actually hamsters do benefit from having little bugs in their diet. It will provide them extra protein. I m not sure exactly what bugs are safe but I do know maggots, meal worms, night crawlers and other worms are good. I don t think daddy...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bump on hamster??, dwarf hamster, best of luck
dwarf hamster, best of luck, hamster: Hi Liz, It is possible that it is just a growth and it also could be cancerous and need to be removed. The best thing would be to have her seen by a vet and it will also help to ease your mind (with it being brown colored, I am thinking that it is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Buy from same store?, hamster breeders, russian hamster
hamster breeders, russian hamster, genetic condition: Hi Katie, Tumors are common in hamsters, more so in Syrian females. I would suggest trying a different pet store, if only to ease your mind. Most hamster breeders breed their hamsters for show, so if they have an unhealthy hamster, this hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Buying a baby hamster, dwarf hamster, baby hamster
dwarf hamster, baby hamster, honey sticks: Hello, you will need a fairly nice size cage for the hamster. If you are buying a dwarf hamster you can buy the cute plastic tube homes for them. If you are buying a regular short haired, long haired or teddy bear hamsters then I would stay away from the plastic...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Buying a dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, hamster
dwarf hamster, hamster, hamsters: thanks for the question and sorry i couldn t answer sooner. dwarf hamsters only bite when threatened or scared, babies bite in play. another reason for hamster biting is that their teeth might be getting too long. rodents teeth never stop growing so they constantly...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Buying a hamster, syrian hamster, hamst
syrian hamster, hamst, cardboard box: Hi Chloe, Petco and other pet stores (as long as they are clean and well-maintained) are fine for buying a hamster. However, if you can find a breeder in your area, I would encourage you to get your hamster from a breeder. Hamsters from breeders are thoughtfully...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hi kelly! Follow up., dwarf hamsters, hamsters home
dwarf hamsters, hamsters home, syrian hamsters: Hi Jon, It sounds like your hamsters (which sound like they re rather pretty) are indeed males. Here is a link to pictures showing the difference between males and females. I find it to be very helpful: http://www.hamsterhideout.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=10517...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Buying a hamster, eastern massachusetts, bald spots
eastern massachusetts, bald spots, bottom area: Hi Jessie, I have been doing searches, but have come up with nothing. There is a site called petfinder.com, you may want to keep checking this site. You can get good hamsters from pet stores. If you decide to go to a pet store instead, here are...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babbies, babbies, males and females
babbies, males and females, hamsters: Dear Cari, thank you for your question. The hamster is probably just building a nest. Some hamsters just don t like to sleep in a house and will build their nest in one corner. There is a small chance that the hamster is pregnant, especially if you just...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babby gerbil question, cow and gate, gerbil question
cow and gate, gerbil question, canary seed: Hello Rachel, There isn t too much you can do really, it is normal to have a runt and they do normally grow up to be happy healthy gerbils. I kept the runt of my litter, and although she has never caught up properly in size she is the most dominant gerbil...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babby hamsters, baby milk formula, baby hamsters
baby milk formula, baby hamsters, female hamster: You may nurse baby hamsters yourself, however using a bottle would prove very difficult. You should try using either a plastic blunt ended syringe or a thin medicine dropper. You should NOT use cow s milk, nor human baby milk formula. Go to your local...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Why are my babie hamsters dying?, baby hamsters, fresh veggies
baby hamsters, fresh veggies, essential vitamins and minerals: The baby hamsters may be sick or something internally wrong with them and that s why they are dieing, or the mother may not be producing enough milk for all of them. It is common for some litters to die because something is wrong with them. If you are able...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babies!, light blanket, hamsters
light blanket, hamsters, distractions: Cover her cage with a light blanket or sheet to drown out the distractions outside of her cage, this will ease the stress on her, making her more comfortable. She was most likely not eating her babies, but probably trying to clean them off, and move them...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babies, baby hamsters, dear kelly
baby hamsters, dear kelly, hamsters: Hi Iman, What do you mean, you have separated them? Can you elaborate please in a follow-up question? You ll need to put the nest on the ground floor of the cage. Scoop up as much of the nest as you can, and put it on the ground floor. Then, rub your...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babies, resource library magazine, small mammals
resource library magazine, small mammals, hamsters: Hi Amanda, With a boy, the anus will be farther from the urinary opening. Here s a link to an illustration that will show you how to sex your hamsters: http://www.animalsheltering.org/resource_library/magazine_articles/jul_aug_2000/how_to_sex_small_mammals.html...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babies, new born babies, gerbil
new born babies, gerbil, periods: Hi Mary, He is totally capable of helping to look after the babies, and does not pose any threat, however he and the female will mate straight away after the birth and so it can turn into a bit of a cycle where you continuosly have babies, and the mother...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babies!, dna testing, gerbil
dna testing, gerbil, babys: Hello, there is really no way to tell the father unless you pay for DNA testing which is expensive. If your female gerbil isn t already seperated from the older male gerbils please do so now as she can get pregnant within a few hours of mating. Here is a good...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babies, having babies, gerbil
having babies, gerbil, survival: I ve never breeded gerbils before, so I m not exactly sure when it s safe to play with them. Sorry! I do know that gerbils tend to eat their young because they see them as competition. You see, they still think they re in the wild, and they think that by...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babies, baby hamsters, hamsters
baby hamsters, hamsters, babies: Hi Tina, If you have Syrian hamsters, you will need to separate them from each other (boys in one cage, girls in another). If you have Dwarf hamsters, you can put the girls with Mom and the boys with Dad. If you have anymore questions, please...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babies, hamster food, syrian hamsters
hamster food, syrian hamsters, short periods: Hi Katie, The most important thing is that you *do not touch* the babies at all until they are 2 weeks old (14 days old). If you touch the babies, the mother will stop feeding them. Also, don t disturb the mother, either, since she ll need to take care...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babies, baby hamsters, hamsters
baby hamsters, hamsters, new baby: Hi Victor No your baby hamsters don t need shots. What type of hamsters are they? Is this your first litter - if so, are you happy about what you re doing? If you ve got any questions or concerns about raising them, please feel free to drop me a line...

Gerbils & Hamsters: The babies are BORN!!!, hard boiled egg, exercise wheel
hard boiled egg, exercise wheel, little babies: Hi Kiana, Most important thing is do not touch the babies. If Mom smells your scent on them, she may reject them. You also need to start feeding her pieces of hard boiled egg along with what you are already giving her. This will give her the extra...

Gerbils & Hamsters: what should i do after the babies are borned, baby hamsters, animal sanctuary
baby hamsters, animal sanctuary, pet store: hi martina, first of all you MUST NOT touch the babies, the nest or the mother, leave them completely alone for 2-3 weeks. after this time you will need to take them somewhere to be sexed, either to a pet store or a vet, you will need to seperate the males...

Gerbils & Hamsters: getting babies to drink water, baby gerbils, curiousity
baby gerbils, curiousity, water bottles: Doesn t sound like dehydration to me. They would get enough liquid from their mother to survive. What type bedding do you use? I have never had a problem with water bottles with pups, just make sure its low enough and their curiousity and their parent help...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my babies hamster, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, syrian hamster: the Christmas season is the worst season for hamsters and other small animals. with other kids banging on the cages and disturbing the hamsters it s no wonder they get sick when caring people like you take them home. Guardia is not something stays in their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babies and mom, respitory infection, hamsters
respitory infection, hamsters, captivity: Hi Alexa, Well, it would seem that would work, but unfortunately, it just won t. It would never happen in nature, not to mention captivity. Eventually they would begin acting just like 2 hamsters who were strangers to each other, and they would fight,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babies and mother, dwarf hamsters, anal prolapse
dwarf hamsters, anal prolapse, syrian hamster: Dear Nicole, thank you for your question. Your hamster is a Syrian hamster, they are much bigger than dwarfs. There are four species of dwarf hamsters: Winter White Russians, Campbell s, Roborovski Dwarfs and Chinese dwarfs. Here you can find pictures and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster pups, hard boiled egg, hamster pups
hard boiled egg, hamster pups, female hamster: Hi Audrey, Yes it is normal to hear noises from the babies. Yes the cage should be cleaned thoroughly. I don t have an ID at youtube, sorry. Annie s scratching could be from the cage not being cleaned, but when you do clean it, I would...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babies on the way, hard boiled egg, dwarf hamsters
hard boiled egg, dwarf hamsters, hamsters: Just let her give birth where ever she wants to. When the babies come I suggest feeding the mother hard boiled egg to keep up her protein. Also make sure you clean the cage before she gives birth, because the cage cannot be cleaned until after the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babies, hamster, babies
hamster, babies, good luck: Sariah, Hi. Sometimes the mother hamster just eats some of the young. There are many reasons why. They could have been sick, she could have known she had too many and ate the weak ones, they could have been still born. I wouldn t worry too much about the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babiess, hamster food, russian dwarf
hamster food, russian dwarf, female baby: Hi Brianna, Yes, you should take the father hamster out immediately, if you don t want them to breed any more. (If you do want them to keep breeding, leave the male in the cage. He will actually help the mother take care of the babies.) Once you take...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby in cage, baby hamsters, syrian hamsters
baby hamsters, syrian hamsters, mother move: Hi Tina, The babies will open their eyes when they are 14-16 days old. They will also be covererd in short fur. Hamsters come in many colors, so their skin tones vary. The babies with light skin will most likely have light fur, and the babies with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My baby dawrf hampster, dwarf hamster, q tip
dwarf hamster, q tip, hampster: I m sorry it took me so long to answer. If your hamsters eyes hasn t opened by three weeks heres what i suggest. At three weeks you can hold your new hamster for short amounts of time. Take a q-tip and dip it in warm(not hot) water, you ll have to make...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, heating pad
dwarf hamster, heating pad, pet stores: Hi Diane, i have never had to hand rear babies as young as this but you seem to be doing great! I think that if he has survived for two days without getting weaker then he should be fine. Babies will start to eat normal hamster mix even before their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby dwarf hamster with adopting adult female, female hamster, dwarf hamsters
female hamster, dwarf hamsters, sure what kind: Hi Sorry to hear about Gigi. It is always very sad when a pet dies and it is easy to blame yourself for their death when in actual fact more often than not nothing could be done. The fact is that 3 is a good age for a hamster. None of mine have ever...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My baby dwarf hamster won't eat, dwarf hamster, baby thanks
dwarf hamster, baby thanks, cheerios: It should definitely be eating. You could try switching brands of food or try offering cheerios and raisins until her appetite kicks in. Try offering water in a dish since she may not be able to reach/know how to drink from the bottle. Also, the water may...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my baby dwarf hamster, hamster, dwarf
hamster, dwarf, barley: Hello Madison, This sounds quite serious so I would certainly recommend taking him to the vet as soon as possible. Check him to see if it is just a cut first. If it is just a small scratch, leave him for a few days for it to heal, but if there is a large...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby dwarf hamsters w/out a mother, baby dwarf hamsters, humane trap
baby dwarf hamsters, humane trap, male pups: hi jess, first of babies and pregnancy in hamsters isnt really my field but ill have bash at your question anyway :) ok here goes, as far as what to do when they open their eyes and start to roam. this should be fine for first couple of weeks after,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My baby Gerbils, toilet roll, bald patch
toilet roll, bald patch, baby gerbils: Hello Kristen!! It is normal for their to be a dominant one of the two, and sometimes they may playfight and chase each other just to establish who is the dominant one! When i first got one of my gerbils she got a bald patch on the side of her nose,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby gerbil, hamster mix, cow and gate
hamster mix, cow and gate, hibiscrub: Hi Matthew, That was lovely of you to do that!! I can do my best to try and help you save him!! Food wise you need to feed him a gerbil mix which you should be able to buy from the pet shop, if there isn t one then a hamster mix will do!!! Top his food...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby gerbil runt, natural selection, pup
natural selection, pup, good luck: Lorna, Sometimes a gerbil pup just isn t strong enough to survive. Don t be suprised if the mother eats the baby. It s sad but it does happen frequently. It s natural selection unfortunatly. Good luck and remember it has nothing to do with how you took...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby gerbil's, kitten milk replacer, gerbil
kitten milk replacer, gerbil, pup: The best thing is to try to find someone with a gerbil who has pups and see if they will foster them. Unfortunately that isn t always possible. The only other option is to try to use KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer) and feed them yourself. Best of luck. Ashle...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby gerbil sick, baby gerbils, good mother
baby gerbils, good mother, pet store: Hello, It would probably be safe to get them all checked as well as some things can be contagious!!! So that would be a good idea! Also, remember if you keep this gerbil seperate you may have difficulty putting him back in with the other(s) as they seem...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby gerbil, blood vessels in the eye, hi jill
blood vessels in the eye, hi jill, best bet: Hi Jill. The only difference between mammals that have red eyes and mammals with any other color eyes is that the red eyes have no pigment in them - which means we can see the light reflecting off of the blood vessels in the eye, which gives them the red...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby gerbils, baby gerbils, warmth
baby gerbils, warmth, babies: Hello Elvia, It is hard but the best thing you can do is leave the babies and the mother be, if you intefere she will ignore them further and may even cannabilse them. If they hav survived over night the chances are she is looking after them, as they can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby gerbils, dropper, pet store
dropper, pet store, blueyonder: Hi Ristana There is no way you should have been sold baby gerbils who are this young. They should not be separated from their mum until they are at least 3 1/2 - 4 weeks old - if they haven t opened their eyes they may not even be 2 weeks old. Even if...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby gerbils breathing, baby gerbils, upper respiratory problems
baby gerbils, upper respiratory problems, upper respiratory infection: Make sure they are in aspen or carefresh bedding as pine or cedar can cause upper respiratory problems. If you re already doing that, make sure it is clean. It sounds like they have an upper respiratory infection. As they will rarely get over it on their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: what does baby gerbils eat?, cheerios cereal, baby gerbils
cheerios cereal, baby gerbils, canary seed: Hi Andy, It depends how old the baby gerbil is. If it is 3weeks or over, you can start offering it canary seed, or cheerios (cereal), and gerbil food, as it should be able to begin eating solid food. If it is younger than this then it still will need it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby gerbils rejected, baby gerbils, predators
baby gerbils, predators, babies: Hi Ben, It must be really sad for you to have seen that, but unfortunately it is actually natural. The chances are that baby may have already been dead, or died shortly after birth. When this is the case the parents will normally eat them to keep the nest...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My baby gerbils, baby gerbils, stink
baby gerbils, stink, momma: Hello, parents will normally eat their babies because the babies may be too weak and may not survive, they may have already been dead or she may not have enough food to give to all of the babies. You can start cleaning out the cage now actually, the babies...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hampster, loss of apetite, stomach blockage
loss of apetite, stomach blockage, shelled almonds: Hi Shannon, From petwebsite.com: Constipation usually occurs due to a lack of water, stomach blockage or eating too much dry pelleted food. The symptoms of constipation are a lack of droppings, or a reduced amount of droppings, in the cage. Any droppings...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hampsters, baby hamsters, old baby
baby hamsters, old baby, hamsters: Hello again Danielle, Yes, the babies need to be separated from their Mom at 3 weeks of age. The babies also have to be separated from each other (boys in one cage, girls in another), this is because they can mated at this young age and it would not...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hampsters, dramatic difference, lilly
dramatic difference, lilly, seven days: Hi Lilly and congratulations!! they should start opening their eyes about now, they tend to start shuffling around the cage before they open their eyes and mum will keep taking them back to the nest after a while she will get sick of this and leave them...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hampsters, chaps, drinking water
chaps, drinking water, lilly: Hi Lilly, your little chaps will be 3 weeks old on monday by my calculations and therefore still being weaned from their mum, in the next week or so they will start being independent from her and drinking water. they shouldnt leave her until they are at least...

Gerbils & Hamsters: After baby hampsters are born,..., noticeable gap, hampsters
noticeable gap, hampsters, hamster: Hey, Brittany. You can t immediately tell the sex of a hamster as soon as they are born. However, at around 21 days you should be able to notice the differences. Here s how to tell if they re male or female: -if you turn the hamster on its back.. you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hampsters, golden hamsters, syrian hamsters
golden hamsters, syrian hamsters, babbies: Hi Ken, I m glad you ve already removed the father from the cage. He will need to be in a different cage from now on. (Syrian hamsters, also known as Golden hamsters are solitary and should not be kept more than one to a cage.) As for the babies...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Can i put my baby hamster with the father?, dwarf hamsters, baby hamster
dwarf hamsters, baby hamster, russian dwarf: Hi Esther, You can try placing the male baby in with the father. There are no guarantees that they ll get along, so watch them very carefully, and if you see any injuries or blood, place the male baby in another cage. If you have any other questions,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamster fighting, baby hamster, hamsters
baby hamster, hamsters, hamster: At this age the baby hamsters are just playing around. It is not until they reach weaning age of three weeks that I d show any concern over this. When they do reach nearly four weeks, try to separate them by gender in two other enclosures. One for boys,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamster food, baby hamsters, hamster food
baby hamsters, hamster food, scrambled eggs: Hiya Shanna! Yes, it s perfectly okay for the babies to sample a little of everything that mom eats. They have probably already started to venture out on their own and take taste tests of everything in their environment - bedding, and all! Baby hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamster swollen front paw, cotton fluff, baby hamster
cotton fluff, baby hamster, cotton bedding: This is a hard one. Pet stores should really stop selling cotton fluff bedding, this sort of thing ALWAYS happens. If it isn t loss of blood flow, its choking. If your mother ham is very used to you, kept in a quiet place, and on the older side, then it is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamster swollen front paw, baby hamster, vetinary advice
baby hamster, vetinary advice, cotton bedding: Hi Bailey Sorry to hear one of your babies has hurt itself. I am assuming this is the fluffy bedding? If so, I have heard of this causing problems in the past as it tightens around the hamster s legs and they are unable to get free. If it is this...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamster urinating on me, sunflower seeds, taking my time
sunflower seeds, taking my time, hamsters: Hi Sara, There are two reasons why hamsters urinate by accident. The first one is in young hamsters, lots of movement weakens the muscles around the bladder and causes them to lose control of it, they will grow out of this eventually. you ll notice this...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamster, baby hamsters, hamsters
baby hamsters, hamsters, little ones: Three weeks is the recomended time to seperate your little ones. Also at three weeks the babies have to be seperated male from female to prevent premature mating. Do not let the boy and girl hamsters together past three weeks, if the females get pregnant...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, teddy bear hamster, thier eyes
teddy bear hamster, thier eyes, hamsters: Aww you re a granny now :-). Yes it is okay to change the bedding now. Waiting 2-3 weeks is great. I would leave the nest alone until they are 26 days old and you can take them from their mommy. :-). Other than that they will probably be happy to have a new...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, baby hamsters, having babies
baby hamsters, having babies, new cage: Hi April, She is most likely stuffing her cheeks with toilet paper so she can move it and make her nest. Did you get her on the first floor? I wouldn t be too worried about her stuffing her cheeks as long as she is not completely eating it. GOOD LUCK once...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, baby hamsters, fighting chance
baby hamsters, fighting chance, chopstick: There could be several reasons for this. One reason would be that she doesn t even know the fifth baby exists, the second reason could be that the fifth hamster does not smell like her own so she is just ignoring it, and third final reason could be that the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, hot water bottle, cedar chips
hot water bottle, cedar chips, hamsters: Hello, Feed them every couple of hours if you can manage this, or as near to this as possible. You could try putting a strong lamp against the cage to warm it up, or lean a water bottle up against it. The best thing you can get is a snuggle pad from the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters (14 days old), hard boiled egg, hamster mix
hard boiled egg, hamster mix, baby hamsters: Hi Catherine, At 14-16 days the babies eyes should start to open. If they are not open by the 18 day I would suggest using a Q-tip and dip it in luke warm water and very gently wipe it over the babies eyes. Also at this point the babies should be eating...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, female hamster, syrian hamsters
female hamster, syrian hamsters, heat stroke: Hi Nicole, It is possible they could all be the same sex. Here is a website that shows the difference between the males and females http://russiandwarfhamsters.tripod.com/hams/id19.html There are no tricks that I am aware of and If you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, baby hamsters, short periods
baby hamsters, short periods, survival rate: Hi Brittney, Baby hamsters are extremely difficult to hand-raise. Their survival rate is slim (i.e. many die). Instead, let the babies stay with their mother - she will feed them and take care of them. Be very careful to not touch the babies at all until...

Gerbils & Hamsters: our baby hamsters, baby hamsters, shallow dish
baby hamsters, shallow dish, squeeling: Hi Jenna, i understand a little more now. If the Male and Female hamsters were in the same cage at the shop then they were probably from the same litter - and that is probably why they are so aggressive! The store should be shut down! they shouldnt...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, baby hamster, acquarium
baby hamster, acquarium, likelyhood: Hi Jodean, There s a risk of cannibalism if a human touches the babies. However, since you said you lifted the house they were in, instead of lifting each baby hamster, the mother shouldn t reject them. Remember, don t touch the babies until they are...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, hamster food, seed blends
hamster food, seed blends, hamsters: The best time to clean the cage is 2 weeks after the pups are born, I know it will get pretty stinky, but it s safest for the pups. The less you disturb mom, the less likely she is to panic and eat her babies. Feed the babies softened hamster food, the crunchy...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, breeding hamsters, syrian hamsters
breeding hamsters, syrian hamsters, baby panda: Hi Deming With regard to the school keeping the mum, dad and a baby - it doesn t matter how large the cage is, Syrian hamsters must be kept separately or they will fight and sometimes kill each other. Once the male and female have mated (under close...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, baby hamsters, short periods
baby hamsters, short periods, hamsters: Hi Julianna, You ll have to wait until the baby hamsters are at least 14 days old to handle them. When they are 14 days old, you can handle them very, very gently for short periods of time. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, teddy bear hamster, mother thanks
teddy bear hamster, mother thanks, born yesterday: thanks for the question. you can sell them when they start to eat their mom s food don t worry, you don t have to train them, the person who buys them does. thats what makes it so fun to raise hamsters! and yes the father will harm the mother and babies so...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, hamster food, red cabbage
hamster food, red cabbage, hamsters: Put the mom in, turn the lights off, and leave them alone. The mother needs to be with her children, and hamsters move their babies with their mouth. If she eats a few more of the babies, it will be at the cost of saving the rest. They will all die without...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, hamster pups, baby hamsters
hamster pups, baby hamsters, syrian hamster: Hi Christa, If possible, you should leave it for at least another few days. Hamster pups should not be handled until they are 2 weeks old. When you do move them and if they are not 2 weeks old yet, I would suggest not moving them with your hands...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, black bear hamster, hard boiled egg
black bear hamster, hard boiled egg, diced carrots: Hi Ryan, The only thing you need to do is make sure the Mom gets her extra protein she needs to help raise her babies. Start feeding her hard boiled egg and diced carrots, about 5-6 pieces of each every evening while she is awake. Also make sure she...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, food dish, hamsters
food dish, hamsters, pet store: Hi Sherri, I would say that the babies are about 14-16 days old. This is generally the period when the babies start to open their eyes. At 2 weeks of age, it is safe to handle the babies for a short period of time and the cage can be cleaned(I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, baby hamsters, russian babies
baby hamsters, russian babies, hamsters: Hi vincent, well done to you and mom hamster for rearing her babies to fully grown hamsters. You should take the babies away from the mother at 3 weeks old, they then must be seperated into 2 cages (one for the males and one for the females, to avoid...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters died, baby hamsters, water dishes
baby hamsters, water dishes, hamsters: I m honestly not sure, this question is probably best answered by a vet. It could be a lot of things. If this was her first litter, she may have had complications that you could not prevent. When breeding hamsters, it s always best to clean the cage as soon...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters killing the moms?, congenital heart problem, baby hamsters
congenital heart problem, baby hamsters, syrian hamsters: Hi Melanie. I doubt that the babies killed the mothers. You didn t say what kind of hamsters you have, but four and eight babies is not a very large litter for a Syrian hamster to raise. Even twelve babies (when you put the two litters together with one...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters & mom, sky wheel, baby hamsters
sky wheel, baby hamsters, attatchments: Hi Kelly. If you really feel the babies are in danger, then I would suggest removing them to the cage and removing the sky wheel and any other attatchments that mom may utilize to make a nest until the babies are weaned. Since you handled the babies...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters and mother, baby hamsters, hamsters
baby hamsters, hamsters, thr: Hi Kelly, The Mother is not hurting the babies (even though it may look like it sometimes), she is teaching them. Sometimes she may even pick them up by their leg or behind their head (neck). This is normal, Mom is just doing her job. No need to worry....

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters sex????, baby hamsters, pet shop owner
baby hamsters, pet shop owner, hammies: heya! congratulations on your baby hamsters! shops are often really bad at sexing animals, sometimes relying on the breeder to sex them and not double checking. its quite possible to have a litter of males, but you can wait til they are 4 weeks to separate...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, baby dwarf hamsters, maternal instinct
baby dwarf hamsters, maternal instinct, alive thanks: Hey, You didn t tell me how old the baby hamsters are, but i ll try and answer anyway. you need to put the cage on the floor door open, if the babies are still very little,and not crawling about the cage, otherwise they could escape themselves.This way...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsterssssss, bottoms, bump
bottoms, bump, holes: The boys will have a noticable bump at the end of their bottoms. The holes on their underside will also be farther apart than the girls. The girls will have two holes on their undersides that are closer together, and they won t have the bump like...