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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...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamters, dwarf hamsters, hamster heaven
dwarf hamsters, hamster heaven, russian hamster: Hi, Mothers will sometimes eat babies if she thinks they are in danger of if they re ill. Dwarf Hamsters will not always get along, if they start to fight then the one that is causing the fight should be removed from the cage into it s own cage. Deborah...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby mice, baby mice, kittens
baby mice, kittens, field mouse: hello, if you found the baby and it still needs to be handfed like you re doing the best milk to use is milk for for kittens. Does the mouse have fur yet and it s eyes are opened?? If not then yea continue feeding him until he can start eating on it s own....

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby mouse losing hair on head, fur hair, baby mice
fur hair, baby mice, cause hair loss: Wow, such a tiny young thing and a good person that you are to try to take care of them. Right now the one that s left is so young I am really afraid for you to try anything on him. What type of bedding are you using? Sometimes rodents can have a bad reaction...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby problem, screach, problem thanks
screach, problem thanks, sorry to hear about your loss: Hi Stephanie, really sorry to hear about your loss. This is a very common occurence amongst hamsters and can happen for a number of reasons. She could have been too young to cope with the stress of the new baby and not know exactly what she was doing....

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby runt hamster, baby hamsters, baby hamster
baby hamsters, baby hamster, milk feed: Hi Kori, It s very difficult to hand-feed a small baby animal. The chance of survival isn t the greatest. You should leave the runt in with the rest. It s very important to *not* touch the babies, especially the runt. If you touch them, the mother may...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby(runt) not doing well, porridge oats, dwarf hamsters
porridge oats, dwarf hamsters, mom and dad: Hi Joy A few points: What type of hamsters are these - are they Syrian or dwarf hamsters? With dwarf hamsters, these mate the same day the female gives birth - so if dad is still with them she may well be pregnant again! If these are dwarf hamsters,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby teddy bear hamsters, teddy bear hamster, solitary animals
teddy bear hamster, solitary animals, fri: Depending on how old the mother is, rearing the baby hams can be difficult. When cleaning, try to remove litter that is far away from the babies, dont worry if you don t clean the whole cage all at once. Disturbing the mother may cause her to eat her babies...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby teddy's newborns, lethbridge alberta, soft bedding
lethbridge alberta, soft bedding, bedding material: My female recently gave birth as well, but it was planned. The mother hamster will care for her babies very well, so you won t need to change much. You can help her make a cozy nest by riping tissues into strips, she will enjoy the soft bedding material. For...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my baby, gerbil question, sleep time
gerbil question, sleep time, nocturnal animals: Sorry I only know about gerbils, but I just happened know the answer to this one. If you ever have another hamster question please ask another expert who says they know about hamsters in their profile. Lucky for you this is about the only thing I know...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babys, baby hamsters, quiet place
baby hamsters, quiet place, hamsters: Hi Marissa, Please make sure she has definately abandoned them before taking them away from her or out of the cage because it is quite normal for a female to keep some in one nest and some in another. It seems quite strange for her to abondon them when...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babys, strange sound, hamsters
strange sound, hamsters, hamster: Hi Marissa, baby hamsters should only be taken from their mother when they are about 4 or 5 weeks old but they can survive away from the mother when they are about 3 weeks old - if they are taken away from the mother any earlier than 3 weeks then they will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: babys, pet store, best of luck
pet store, best of luck, hamster: Hi Ethan, ermmm....i would leave it for another 2 or 3 days yet, after that you can hold them for short times to clean the cage out. After this time, wait until they are 3 weeks old, and start separating the males from the females. A vet or the pet store...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I am babysitting hamsters., taking care of babies, thier parents
taking care of babies, thier parents, thier eyes: heya, I m guessing that they are dwarfs becuase serians don t live together. her genital area being dark and stretched could mean she has given birth previously..but you could be right. You don t have to do anything! :D hamsters are capable of taking...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is this bad....?, hardwood trees, greenish color
hardwood trees, greenish color, jedediah: Dear Shelby, thank you for your question. I don t think that you need to worry about this as long as the droppings are solid and the hamsters are otherwise in good shape. Vegetables or fruits should be fed daily, they are an important part of the hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is baking soda gerbil safe?, corn cob bedding, pine bedding
corn cob bedding, pine bedding, spagetti sauce: Hi Melanie, Gerbils have no smell if they are kept clean. Do not use cedar or pine bedding and that alone cuts smells down but also those beddings are deadly if used on any animal. Using corn cob bedding is a great way to keep cages clean and smell-less....

Gerbils & Hamsters: balck bear hamster, cage bars, rielly
cage bars, rielly, hamster: Hello Rielly, there isn t many tricks a hamster can do and sometimes the hamster learns tricks or something due to be very routine about what you want and by using a favorite treat. My hamster choobles learned that if he came up to the cage bars he would...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bald bubble patch, dwarf hampster, bald spot
dwarf hampster, bald spot, yahoo co uk: Hi, If you could send me a picture (kathrynhaldane@yahoo.co.uk) that would help a lot. It could be a tumour, or indeed cancer, so the best thing to do is take the hamster to the vet as soon as possible. Does he seem in distress? Until you can take him...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bald patch, bitter lime, syrian hamster
bitter lime, syrian hamster, bald patch: Hi Terry, This is normal behavior for hamsters. Keep providing your hamster with chew toys, and try a vegetable wheel. Also, you can give your hamster a plain dog bone. Sine your hamster is gnawing at the cage, you ll need to stop this behavior. Buy...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bald spot on dwarf hamster, russian dwarf hamster, causes of allergies
russian dwarf hamster, causes of allergies, bald spot: How long has the bald spot been there and how old is the hamster? Is the activity level of the hamster normal and he is eating and drinking normally? If the hamster is acting normal and the bald spot isn t growing, than it is probably just a growth. To find...

Gerbils & Hamsters: balding!, vet asap, mange mites
vet asap, mange mites, pine bedding: Hello Michelle, what type of bedding are you using? If you are using cedar or pine bedding that can be the reason why your hamster is losing fur. If you are not using that type of bedding your hamster could possibly have Mange Mites which is a parasite. You...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baldness on gerbil's back, dwarf hamster, pine bedding
dwarf hamster, pine bedding, bald spots: Hello. Hmmmm.. If they are not scratching constantly and there are no red marks on their body. Than they may just be normal. If the baldness keeps spreading and it turns red and they are constantly scratching than they probably have mites or allergies. Do...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bar chewing, cage bars, pet stores
cage bars, pet stores, hamster: Hi Jamie, Try apple bitter spray (which can be found at most pet stores) or rubbing a lemon on them. These will not harm your hamster and they do not like the taste of them. If you have anymore questions, please write again. Thank you for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how to bathe,feed,dry and clean hamsters?, fruits and vegetables, hamsters
fruits and vegetables, hamsters, water use: hi gerald, you should never bath your hamster in water, use dry chinchilla sand instead. you can feed your hamster using a little bowl and hamster muesli which you can buy at the pet store, hamsters also enjoy many fruits and vegetables as a treat once...

Gerbils & Hamsters: How to bathe my gerbils, dust bath, petsmart
dust bath, petsmart, petco: Hello, when was the last time you cleaned out the cage? Sometimes an animal will lay in their pee. The best thing to do is to constantly keep their pee area clean and clean out their cage two times a week. I really don t suggest bathing a gerbil. They could...

Gerbils & Hamsters: batheing, syrian hamster, pet brush
syrian hamster, pet brush, warm environment: Hi, Submersing a hamster in water or even getting him very wet can be potentially fatal to a hamster. It should never be done, as they could easily die of chill, even if put in warm water in a warm environment. You very rarely need to clean your hamster,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bathing, hamster, dwarf
hamster, dwarf, fur: Hi Karli, there shouldnt really be any reason why you should need to bath your hamster. As Roborovskis are very small it would probably give them a severe cold. If the hamster has something sticky on its fur then it would be best to try and wipe it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bathing/cleaning our new hamster, dear kelly, soft cloth
dear kelly, soft cloth, diarrea: Hi Jeff, Do not submerge your hamster in water, as this will remove the essential oils in his coat, and might lead to dry skin or even illness. The only safe way to bathe your hamster is to dampen a very soft cloth with warm water, and wipe your hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bathing process; if any., soft toothbrush, gerbils
soft toothbrush, gerbils, hamsters: Hi Adrian, No, hamsters or gerbils shouldn t be bathed, nor should they be submerged in water, ever. Water strips the essential oils from their skin, leaving them at risk for colds and other illnesses. If you want, you can brush your hamster or gerbil...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bathing, respiratory systems, happy new year
respiratory systems, happy new year, hamster: Hi Brook, First, if you think your hamster smells bad, it s probably actually her cage. Make sure to clean the cage once a week, and use Aspen or Carefresh bedding. (Also, Carefresh bedding is very absorbent.) As far as bathing, make sure to never...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bed moving, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamster
dwarf hamsters, syrian hamster, food storage: Hi Kathryn Sometimes hamsters just move their nests. I don t think there is any real explanation for it. Syrians aren t as bad a dwarf hamsters who tend to like several places to sleep.They are generally very clean animals, and like to have a corner for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bedding, pine shavings, pine bedding
pine shavings, pine bedding, syrian hamster: Dear Andrew, thank you for your question. Pine is a resinous wood, many rodents are allergic to the resin and suffer from respiratory problems when pine bedding is used. So I recommend aspen bedding or if you can get it, flax or hemp bedding mixed with hay....

Gerbils & Hamsters: bedding, egg carton, wood shavings
egg carton, wood shavings, pet supply store: Hello Scott! The most ideal bedding for gerbils is Carefresh. Carefresh is a type of natural fiber bedding that is very very soft. It looks sort of like shredded egg carton. It is made from reclaimed wood pulp waste. It comes in an original, which is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bedding?, different colors, gerbil
different colors, gerbil, hamsters: Well yours is the first question that made me laugh! I have a hamster that uses Carefresh Bedding. I like Aspen bedding but alot of people don t, so I guess alot of gerbils are allergic to it. Carefresh bedding also comes in different colors too.(right now...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bedding?, bedding material, pumpkin seed
bedding material, pumpkin seed, beding: Hi Dana, Yes you can use sand (low dust sand you can get at a pet store) as bedding but, it won t hold heat well or liquid (like urine). You need to give your gerbil more than enough nesting material, when you use sand as a bedding material for in your...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bedding, 10 gallon aquarium, starter tips
10 gallon aquarium, starter tips, fresh foods: Use wood shaving bedding, only use aspen, do not use pine or cedar, as these have oils in them that can cause respratory problems. Syrians have to live alone, get a 10 gallon aquarium to keep him in with a wheel in the least as far as toys as go. Don t wake...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bedding, cedar bedding, room smell
cedar bedding, room smell, hamsters: Hi Harley, Well, cedar bedding is better for the smell however pine doesn t smell too bad. The only problem with cedar is that some hamsters are allergic to it. If you d like, you can give them cedar bedding, see how they react, and if nothing happens,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bedding again, cheek pouches, toilet paper
cheek pouches, toilet paper, last question: Hi Kortney, I would avoid using any sort of fabric because the hamster may chew on it and either accidentally swallow it or have it become impacted in her cheek pouches. Unscented toilet paper, on the other hand, is great for hamsters. It makes nice,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bedding, carefresh bedding, dwarf hamsters
carefresh bedding, dwarf hamsters, mahogany wood: Hi Min, Mahogany wood chips have added aromatic oils, which irritate the hamster s respiratory system. These aromatic oils can lead to respiratory infections and serious illnesses. Pine and Cedar beddings also have the oils. These types of beddings should...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bedding for the hamster cage, hamster cage, golden hamster
hamster cage, golden hamster, pieces of wood: Hi Tina, Have a close look at the bedding, if it has any sharp pieces of wood discard it immediately. If not, it should be ok. I recommend shredded pieces of cloth, which you can buy, or make yourself. I must admit, I use a soft fluffy bedding that is not...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bedding and living! help please!!, pine bedding, cause allergies
pine bedding, cause allergies, horror stories: hi jenny, you ve been hearing horror stories again haven t you? :) yes certain types of bedding can be bad for your hamster, but its won t kill it straight away, hamsters can be tough when they need to be. What you should do though is go the pet store...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bedding, nesting and burroing materiels, syrian hamsters, pine bedding
syrian hamsters, pine bedding, syrian hamster: Hi Brendan, The best kind of bedding for hamsters is Aspen bedding. If you can not find Aspen, then critter care is also a good one to get ( never use ceder or pine bedding for hamsters. It is toxic to them and it can kill them). ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bedding please help!!, jenny dear, pine bedding
jenny dear, pine bedding, resinous wood: Dear Jenny, thank you for your question. It won t harm your hamster to live on pine bedding for a few days. The problem is that pine is a resinous wood and rodents (as most other animals) can react allergic to it or can develop respiratory problems because...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bedding and sleeping, carefresh bedding, nocturnal animals
carefresh bedding, nocturnal animals, beddings: Hi Emma, Yes, they are interesting creatures! Hamsters don t usually hibernate when kept in captivity. They are naturally nocturnal animals. You would probably fight a losing battle if you tried to keep them awake during the day. That being said,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bedding, pine shavings, hamster cages
pine shavings, hamster cages, pine bedding: Dear Andrew, thank you for your question. The signs of illness your animals show or have shown may be totally unrelated to the bedding, but pine bedding can cause for example erspiratory infections in rodents. Many rodents are allergic to the resin. Woodshavings...

Gerbils & Hamsters: behaivor, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, syrian hamsters: Dear Nicole, thank you for your question. Dwarf hamsters are solitary animals, just like Syrian hamsters. It s a popular myth that they are social and can live in groups. They just don t start to fight right away like Syrian hamsters and often the fights...

Gerbils & Hamsters: behavior, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster: Hi Baby, Generally older hamsters will lose hair, be less active and will eat less. If a hamster is ending his or her time, in my experience, will lay in one spot (but will try to move some), will not eat or drink and will appear to be breathing deep...

Gerbils & Hamsters: behavior, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters
dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters, hamster cages: Dear Casey, thank you for your question. Your hamster might have made a bad experience with humans in the pet shop or she s defending her cage. Some hamsters just feel threatened by us and need to learn very slowly that it s okay to be touched. If you can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: behavior, hand soap, respiratory system
hand soap, respiratory system, hamster: Hi Taonga, Yes, too much disenfectant can be dangerous to a hamster. It has a strong smell, which can irritate a hamster s respiratory system. When you clean the cage, just use unscented hand soap instead (not dishwashing detergent, which also has a very...

Gerbils & Hamsters: behavior problems, behavior problem, behavior problems
behavior problem, behavior problems, hamster: Dear Dawson, thank you for your question. You need to give her time to adjust to you. Offer her treats from your hand in the cage and just put your hand in the cage without picking her up, let her come to you and explore by herself. When she s comfortable...

Gerbils & Hamsters: behavior, black bears, reciently
black bears, reciently, sweetest things: I guess it all depends on the hamster, and the owner. Of all my syrians, only one refused to tame, and thats because he died 2 weeks after I bought him, meaning he must have been sick which caused him to be mean. A good owner knows how to handle a hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: behaviour after cleaning cage, scent marks, food bowl
scent marks, food bowl, water bottle: Hi Simon, Your hamster is confused, since all of his scent marks in the cage are gone. Every time you clean the cage, it s as if he s being placed in a new home. So he frantically tries to mark it once again, so that it feels like home. To help prevent...

Gerbils & Hamsters: behaviour, pain killers, hind legs
pain killers, hind legs, alook: Dear Emer, thank you for your question. That really does not sound good. Have you been to the vet with her recently, after her tail went missing? She might have eaten it, but it s highly unusual. I ve just heard of a hamster who ate off his foot because...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Which is the best hamster, hamster breeds, dwarf hamster
hamster breeds, dwarf hamster, syrian hamsters: I personally love having syrian hamsters. They are my favorite out of all the hamster breeds. They tend to be a docile breed. Some need more handle and care than others. It is fine to get a hamster from petco or petsmart, just beware there is a good chance...

Gerbils & Hamsters: best sex to purchase, black bears, best sex
black bears, best sex, hamsters: Hi, Well, I ve had both sexes of a few different kinds of hamsters (Siberian Dwarf, Cambell s Dwarf, and Syrian/Black Bear) and I ve always found the male to be more docile among all breeds (except for the Siberian, which I really couldn t say since I own...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Which is better?, teddy bear hamsters, teddy bear hamster
teddy bear hamsters, teddy bear hamster, pet hamster: Hi Keith, Teddy Bear hamsters are actually Long Haired Syrian Hamsters. Syrian Hamsters are the biggest species of pet hamster and must only be kept on their own - if they kept with another, they usually fight until one of them is dead. It is up...

Gerbils & Hamsters: big butt, protrusions, hamsters
protrusions, hamsters, buttocks: It sounds that your female is most likely a male. Male hamsters have large protrusions on their bottoms that looks like a large buttocks, much like you describe. Try and use this chart to determine the gender: http://www.hamsterific.com/HamsterUniversity/images/SexingDiagramSyrian.jp...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how big should a cage be?, panda bear, precise measurements
panda bear, precise measurements, hamster: hi emmie, im not entirely sure on precise measurements, but your cage wants to be big enough so your hamster has plenty of running space, for a panda bear hamster i suggest going to the pet store and telling them how much you are willing to spend and what...

Gerbils & Hamsters: How big is he gonna get?, short haired hamster, haired syrian hamster
short haired hamster, haired syrian hamster, syrian hamsters: Hi Sarah, Syrian hamsters (both long hair and short hair) grow to between 10 and 15 centimetres. Obviously long haired hamsters look bigger because of their coat, but they both grow ro roughly the same size. If you have any more questions, please feel free...

Gerbils & Hamsters: birth, tragity, dead baby
tragity, dead baby, hamsters: Hello Jaimie, baby hamsters dieing is going to be normal. Some babies may be ill or something else may be wrong with them. It is best to let mother nature take its course. There really isn t anything you can do to stop the babies from dieing I m afraid...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Before birth, giveing, gestation period
giveing, gestation period, hamsters: Hi Hannah When hamsters give birth they often bleed slightly but they clean themselves up afterwards once they ve cleaned the babies. The gestation period for a Syrian is 16-18 days, for a dwarf it tends to be 18 - 21 days. Let me know if she produces...

Gerbils & Hamsters: birth, genitles, male pups
genitles, male pups, neutral territory: Congrats on your litter, sorry it was unexpected. The parent gerbils will eat any sick or deformed pups, if it was afterbirth then the mother will usually eat it. Now the mom is usually the one who eats the sick pups or afterbirth. You should wean the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: birthing, dwarf hamster, truthful responses
dwarf hamster, truthful responses, local police department: Georgia, This is a public web site for all users. The experts on this site are volunteer only. I apologize but just because I am available does not mean I can answer the same day. Not to mention each of us get up to 50 questions to answer at a time. I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bite wound, hydrogen peroxide, signs of infection
hydrogen peroxide, signs of infection, parent help: Hi Shelby, If possible, try to clean the wound with a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide (if this is a younger person, have a parent help) at least once a day, for a few days. If signs of infection appear, swelling, redness, pus or drainage, or the wound...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Why does it bite?, beauty queen, blood on your hands
beauty queen, blood on your hands, index finger: Hello Savneet good to hear from you again, First, you need to remember to wash your hands before picking Queen up. This is because if they smell food or even blood on your hands they will bite (only because they mistake it for food). Also since...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my bites-a-lot Dwarf Hamster, dwarf hamster, bad eyesight
dwarf hamster, bad eyesight, least three times: Hello Danielle, I am sorry you are having problems with your hamster. Dwarf hamsters often bite, but hopefully that ll be sorted! Since you just bought her yesterday, I would leave her for a few days to get used to her environment. Speak to her gently and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bites, dwarf hamsters, little monsters
dwarf hamsters, little monsters, winter white: Dear Robyn, thank you for your question. Have you tried to let them come out of the cage by themselves? Many dwarf hamsters are little monsters inside their cage, but perfectly friendly outside because there they don t feel they have to defend their territory....

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting, cheek pouches, dwarf hamsters
cheek pouches, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster: Dear Conner, thank you for your question. All Crittertrail cages just have way too little floor space even for dwarf hamsters. The chewing of cage bars is a sign of boredom and I recommend getting a much bigger cage as soon as possible before the hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting, teddy bear hamster, hamster
teddy bear hamster, hamster, petco: Your hamster, and almost all new hamsters, will need to be hand tamed. Your sisters hamster was probably socialized a bit more at a young age. It is a natural reaction for your hamster to bite out of fear of what they don t know. You must be VERY patient and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting, dwarf hamster, first few days
dwarf hamster, first few days, socialites: Hamsters have personalities and traits that are just as different as people have. One thing to try is to be sure your hands are washed VERY well. If they smell something tasty on your hands it can be a trigger. Also, it might be that you are waking him...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting, hands smell, hamster
hands smell, hamster, perfume: Hello, thank you for your question. Maybe your hands smell of something she doesn t like or likes very much. Try changing the soap and maybe perfume you use. Another reason may be that she is defending her territory. Don t reach into the cage from above...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting, mongolian gerbils, pet supply store
mongolian gerbils, pet supply store, cuticles: Hi Michael! In order to avoid stressing the parents, you probably shouldn t touch the babies until they are at least fourteen days old. This helps minimalize the chance that the parents will cannabalise their pups because of stress. I can think of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, sawdust: hi hadley, first off you should leave your hamster alone for the first 2 days as everything is very new to him and he will be a bit scared, but you werent to know this. hamsters bite because they are scared and its their only form of defence. taming...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, dad: Hi Kevin, Your hamster is very stressed right now, because he s in a new home. The best thing you can do right now is to not touch him for about 2 days. This 2-day period will help your hamster to get used to his new environment. After the 2 days are...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting, bitter apple spray, hampster
bitter apple spray, hampster, hamsters: Awww.. this is something that hamsters normally do. Your hand must be pretty tasty. :) Seriously though, do you wash your hands really well to get any scent off of them? Hamsters are very good at figuring out what s left on your hand that may be yummy. My...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster: Hi Madison, Hamsters will generally bite for two reasons, They smell food on your hand or they are scared. You should always wash your hands before handling a hamster, that way they don t smell any food on them. If he is scared, try talking...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting, syrian hamster, clear case
syrian hamster, clear case, mistaken identity: Hi June I think this is a clear case if mistaken identity! Hamsters are very short sighted and only bite either because they are scared, are being handled badly, or in your case, mistake the hand for food. Obviously you taste really good to your hamster!...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, pet store: Sorry to hear your hamster has bitten you. Generally, there are only a few reasons why they bite: either they are afraid, being handled badly or mistake your hand for food. Just because she s bitten you doesn t mean you can t turn this around. There is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting / breed type, timid creatures, careful owner
timid creatures, careful owner, rehoming: hi Aj, great question! i m assuming he is a new hamster to you as you didn t say. hamsters are such timid creatures naturally. they are so tiny and scurry around constantly aware of their surroundings. when they eat, they are on the look out for any possibility...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting the cage, mouth infection, front teeth
mouth infection, front teeth, ferplast: THIS IS A COMMON HABIT WITH HAMSTERS AND AS LONG AS HER FRONT TEETH ARE NOT OVERGROWN AND ARE IN ALIGNMENT IT IS JUST AN ANNOYING THING THAT SHE ENJOYS DOING. YOU COULD TRY GETTING HER A DIFFERENT TYPE OF CAGE, I HAVE ONE OF MINE IN A PLASTIC DUNA TYPE BY...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting cage, glass terrarium, cage setup
glass terrarium, cage setup, wire cage: This behavior is normal in all hamsters housed in a wire cage setup. It is natural for hamsters to try and find escape routes, to the hamster he thinks he may just be able to bite the bar of the cage open. If you would like to discourage this behavior try...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting cage, ventilation openings, cardboard boxes
ventilation openings, cardboard boxes, cage bars: Hi, thank you for your question. Biting cage bars is apparently an addicting behaviour and once the hamster started it, it s really hard to get him to stop. The only chance it a huge cage with plenty of toys, branches to climb and chew and other enrichment...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Just another biting hamster., bitter lime, small animals
bitter lime, small animals, ferrets: Hi Courtney, Yes, it sounds like he s just curious, not aggressive. If you want to stop the biting, there s a product sold in pet stores called Bitter Lime Spray (or Gel). It s marketed towards ferrets, but it s safe for all small animals. Before you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting hamster, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamster
dwarf hamsters, syrian hamster, hamsters: Dear Christopher, thank you for your question. It may be that he s defending his territory. This is more common with dwarf hamsters, but some Syrians do it, too. Is he friendly outside the cage? You can try to pick a spot (on top of hamster s house for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting hamster, dear mary, cuddles
dear mary, cuddles, hamster: Dear Mary, thank you for your question. It might be that your hamster is aggressive because he is in pain, I recommend seeing a rodent vet with him to rule out any medical problems. Here s a list of rodent vets in the US: http://www.rmca.org/Vets/ Another...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting hamster, dwarf hamster, food bowl
dwarf hamster, food bowl, hamster: Hi, if the hamster is very young, maybe he does not know what to expect from you, he is just unsure. The chances are good that he will stop biting once he is tamed. Try the things I suggested, you might need patience, but I m sure he will get tame eventually....

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting and handling, chinese hamster, private space
chinese hamster, private space, hamster: Hello Katie, lets just ease your mind by saying the hamster biting blood and craving for it is not true. Trust me I should know, as many hamsters that have drawn blood from me and have been tamed they don t crave it. Plus my hamster has drawn blood from me...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting, bitter lime, nervouse
bitter lime, nervouse, small animals: Hi Alexa, Well, to be honest with you, I m not sure why your hamster has started biting you after months of not doing that. Do you let him wake up fully before you take him out of his cage? Has anything changed in or around his environment? That could...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bitter lime spray, bitter lime, dwarf hamsters
bitter lime, dwarf hamsters, stereotypical behavior: Hello, thank you for your question. I assume you want to use it to stop cage bar biting? I couldn t find a list of ingredients, but I think it s safe for dwarf hamsters. It might just not be that effective. Try providing new toys to chew and investigate...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bitting gerbil, bitter lime, gerbil
bitter lime, gerbil, small animals: Hi Alex, First, make sure your gerbil has plenty of chew toys, to help keep his teeth filed down (since gerbils teeth constantly grow). And, make sure she s handlng the gerbil gently, since squeezing will agitate the gerbil and cause him to bite her....

Gerbils & Hamsters: bitting, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster: There is no way to tame her without holding her except if you get someone else to hold her, which I dont recommend. You can t make her stop chewing on her cage, because just like humans, hamsters do what they want to do. Thanks for writing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black baer hamster illnesses, black baer, cyst
black baer, cyst, hamster: Hi Serabie, Most likely, your mother is correct. Two and half years is a long time for a hamster to live, so he is pretty old. Most hamsters lose fur as they age, especially around the stomach and hips. And, like humans, they slow down as they age,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black bear going grey, black bear hamster, mounths
black bear hamster, mounths, time adam: Dear Adam, thank you for your question. This may sometimes happens with certain fur colours and it s nothing to worry about. I haven t heard of it with black hamsters before, but I asked a few friends who breed mice and they told me it can happen, although...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black bear hampster not liking to be held., black bear hamster, black bear hampster
black bear hamster, black bear hampster, black bears: Black bears are not good first time hamsters, as they like to squrim and aren t too friendly towards humans. My only advice is to not try and tame them when they are sleeping, they hate to be woken up. Only try picking them up when they are fully awake and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black bear hamster, abcess, extreme heat
abcess, extreme heat, fire place: hi Ysmith, it sounds like an abcess. it will need to be drained by a vet, so a visit to your local one is needed. yes hamsters do hibernate if the temperature gets too cold. if she is hibernating, her breath will be quicker and shollower than usual and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black bear hamster, black bear hamsters, syrian hamsters
black bear hamsters, syrian hamsters, dwarf hamsters: Hi, Syrian hamsters, no matter what other name they are given, all do not like the company of other Syrian hamsters. They generally get on well at birth, but by the time they are a few months old they become very territorial, especially the females, and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black bear hamster, nocturnal animals, lucky owner
nocturnal animals, lucky owner, first few days: Of course your little baby should be scared of it s new home, and human for the next few weeks. If it doesn t then you should consider yourself a very lucky owner. And in response to your second question, your hammy is perfectly normal. Hamsters are naturally...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my black bear hamster had babies, black bear hamster, hamster cage
black bear hamster, hamster cage, syrian hamsters: Hi Kristin, To find the male hamster, place treats (such as plain Cheerios) in a line leading to a box that is turned on its side. The hamster will find the treats and follow the line, stuffing the food in his pouch, until he reaches the box. Continue...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black bear hamster, bear hamsters, syrian hamsters
bear hamsters, syrian hamsters, time owner: It sounds like your a first time owner, and I wouldn t recomend black bears for a beginner, stick to regular syrians. Syrian hamsters in general can NEVER be kept in cages together except when breeding or when very young. Don t get a black bear, and only get...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black bear hamsters, black bear hamsters, black bear hamster
black bear hamsters, black bear hamster, hamster expert: I have a black bear male, so you came to the right place. They are the same as a normal syrian, just black. To me they seem a bit larger, and a little more layed back. He is more jumpy when woken though. I would suggest getting a male if you can, mine was...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black bear hamsters, gnawing problem, plastic tubes
gnawing problem, plastic tubes, space issue: The bigger the better as far as gnawing treats go. Pet stores sell those little wooden sticks to chew, but if you ask me the hamster would much rather chew something that tastes good, like a dog chews on a bone. Vitakraft Raviolos are a favorite of my hamster,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black bear pups/seperation/sex, syrian hamsters, pictures of hamsters
syrian hamsters, pictures of hamsters, males and females: Hi Michael. By 28 days, Syrian hamsters are weaned and should be sexed and placed into cages segregated by gender. (Boys in one cage, girls in another.) You can keep all the males together in one tank and all the girls together in another tank until...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black bulging scabs near black bear hamsters behind, black bear hamsters, black bear hamster
black bear hamsters, black bear hamster, scent glands: The sores on his back are most likely his scent glands. Male hamsters have two scab looking spot one on each side of their body, near their behind. Male hamsters use these to mark their territory. They tend to swell when in use, so they can mark their territory....

Gerbils & Hamsters: black bump on hamster's back, scent glands, skin colour
scent glands, skin colour, safe side: Hi Joey, this sounds like the hamster s scent glands, but your hamster has two - one on each side of his back - so you should be able to see two - if not - then maybe one is infected - the one you can see - and may be secreting too much. It might be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black mini gerbil, gerbil, own accord
gerbil, own accord, couple days: Hi there, Hmmmm, it could be a few things really. It may just be a lump which will disappear on its own accord, or it may be caused by an injury he did to himself in the cage, which again may go away on its own. It could be a sign of something else though,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black panda bear hamsters, panda bear hamsters, panda bear
panda bear hamsters, panda bear, happy as larry: Hi Sierra, No. Unfortunately, hamsters are very territorial and prefer to be alone most of the time, introducing a new hamster into the cage will more than likely result in fighting. I highly recommend that you do not get a companion for your black bear...

Gerbils & Hamsters: blackbear hamsters, cannibals, hamsters
cannibals, hamsters, pet stores: You still should find a way to get the male out of the cage, once the female gives birth she can get pregnant within a few hours of birth and hamsters are cannibals and they will hurt their young. I would try to find a cage that is fairly decent in size to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bleeding, female hamster, vet asap
female hamster, vet asap, amunet: Hello, no female hamsters don t have periods actually and it s not a stupid question. Your hamster probably has a urinary tract infection and should go to the vet asap for treatment. It s a good thing that you notice that she does it when she urinates because...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bleeding, female hamster, blood in the urine
female hamster, blood in the urine, lot of water: Hi Ellie, Yes, this is abnormal. Is she drinking a lot of water? It could be a urinary tract infection. The first sign of this is the hamster will drink a lot of water and the second sign is blood in the urine. The hamster may also squeal while urinating....

Gerbils & Hamsters: bleeding......................!:(, gerbils, gerbil
gerbils, gerbil, manson: Hello Brandon, is your gerbil only bleeding when he uses the bathroom? Did you wipe his bottom with a damp cloth to figure out where exactly is it coming from like his behind? He could have just suffered a cut or manson could have been nipped by nick. Check...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bleeding Hamster, female hamster, quiet room
female hamster, quiet room, physical changes: Hello. Give her plenty of bedding and water, and keep her in a quiet room. Gently and softly talk to her to see if she will come out. Inspect her to make sure there are no abnormal lumps, or any other physical changes. Do not handle or touch her for a few...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bleeding hamster, please help, responsible pet owner, vaginal bleeding
responsible pet owner, vaginal bleeding, animal lover: Normally an antibiotic will clear up a URI. You may want to either call that vet again and tell him the problem isn t clearing up as promised and he may have other suggestions. Occasionally when a small animal is in heat their will be very mild vaginal bleeding...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bleeding hamster, uterine infection, hamsters
uterine infection, hamsters, hamster: Hi Manny, Sometimes female hamsters will have vaginal bleeding once in their lives. It s just a small amount of blood, and the bleeding lasts for about 2 days. If your hamster is bleeding excessively, or keeps bleeding for several days, then she may...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bleeding hamsters, bladder infection, signs of stress
bladder infection, signs of stress, hamsters: It could be 1 of 2 things. The first is a bladder infection, and you wouldn t be able to help your hamster unless you took her to a vet to be put on antibiotics, which you said isn t an option. The second is a possibility that may happen once or twice in...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bleeding from under the tail, dwarf siberian hamster, veterinary advice
dwarf siberian hamster, veterinary advice, menstrual period: Hi Marsha Hamsters don t have periods as such. Any blood really ought to be investigated. She could have some sort of infection that is causing the bleed. Keep the area clean and monitor it. If it is a one off then it might be nothing, but if it continues...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bleeding, wet tail, lettace
wet tail, lettace, medince: hi aimee, well thats great news that shes been diagnosed as wet tail can be deadly if left untreated, the long term bleeding isnt usually assciated with wet tail as wet tail almost always kills a hamster off between 24 hours to a week. so having the symptoms...

Gerbils & Hamsters: blind gerbil, cotton bud, wet cotton
cotton bud, wet cotton, gerbils: Hello Oliver, more than likely it s a deforminity, but that won t hinder the baby from living a happy life. When one sense goes all the others do more work to compensate. The gerbil should be fine as long as you keep things pretty much in the same spot so...

Gerbils & Hamsters: blind or tumer, hamsters, other ones
hamsters, other ones, litters: Well, it s possible they could be in heat if they are mating. Generally hamsters are almost always in heat unless they are pregnant. Have they had litters before? How old are your hamsters? I am not at all too sure why their eyes would be that color. If it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: blind?, gerbil, gerbils
gerbil, gerbils, normaly: Hello Emily, she may be going blind, but it also sounds like she s suffering from deperession and she may have an ear infection. Baby Girl is also very old and so I m afraid to say that she may not be too far behind. There s not really much that you can really...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bloating chest, teddy bear hamster, 2 legs
teddy bear hamster, 2 legs, personal choice: Hi Matilda, This sounds like an internal tumor (which can not be seen or felt). I have had a few hamsters swell up like this and shortly after, pass away. Mine would not eat or drink and were around the same age as yours. Putting her down is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: blocking up tubes, syrian hamster, air holes
syrian hamster, air holes, toilet rolls: Hi Kerry, Yes, this is normal for hamsters, and yes, you should unblock the tube/s when he does this. If he would happen to block both ends of a tube, he could suffocate. One of my Daughters had this happen during the middle of the night and her hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: blood on gerbil?, gerbils, neosporin
gerbils, neosporin, gerbil: A lot of times they could be fighting when you don t see them, but generally most people see some form of dominance issues or they notice that the two don t get along. Generally wounds on the genital area is a sign that they are fighting because a lot of animals...

Gerbils & Hamsters: blood in urine, albino hamster, bladder infection
albino hamster, bladder infection, black patches: hi lee, no this isnt very good either way. it could be one of many things but the most likely causes are: bladder or kidney infection, another symptom of this is excessive drinking. aspergillis fungus, which is found as black patches somewhere in...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bloodied eyes, gerbils, gerbil
gerbils, gerbil, warm water: Hi Anne, Is it like a reddish thing around the eyes? This is not blood, they are just tears and it is a sign the gerbil isn t feeling great, it can also be down to old age, and the effects of that. The best thing you can do is pop him to the vets for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My boi's balding, flaky skin, ear wax
flaky skin, ear wax, left ear: Hi, I would take him to a very IMMEDIATELY. It could be life-threatening, so unless you want to risk him dying, you really need to take him to a vet. It may be the bedding, so change it as soon as possible too. Have a look at his skin. Are there black dots...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bonding?, syrian hamster, slightest touch
syrian hamster, slightest touch, taking your time: Dear Margaret, thank you for your question. It might be that Zoe was enjoying being petted, but I think it is more likely that she was ready to mate. Female hamsters are able to breed every six days and when they are petted during that time at just the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: boo, finger test, musky smell
finger test, musky smell, hamster: Females are naturally larger then males, so it may seem like he is having trouble, but he knows what he is doing. There is always that chance your female may not have become pregnant, you must be aware of what shows that your female is in heat, since if she...

Gerbils & Hamsters: he's boring, dwarf hamster, cage accessories
dwarf hamster, cage accessories, petsmart: Dear Samantha, A lot of hamsters are boring if they are sad, depressed, or even just old! Try going to petco/petsmart and see what you like for your little guy. Fun cage accessories and treats may make him more fun for you. Some hamsters are just boring,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: just bought our first hamster, adult animals, hamsters
adult animals, hamsters, hamster: Your hamster sound like he is no more then 6 months old, younger hamsters, to me at least, seem to take longer to tame then older ones. Young hamsters usually are not used to humans and are only used to the company of other hamsters. Hamsters learn by scent...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I bought a new hamster., syrian hamster, water bottle
syrian hamster, water bottle, water bottles: Hi Jessica, Don t worry. She is still adjusting to her new environment. She ll find the water bottle soon (make sure it s easily accessed). To help, try not to take her out of her cage for about 48 hours. This will help her to adjust faster, which means...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bought a preggy, teddy hamster, coconut shell
teddy hamster, coconut shell, having babies: Hi Erika I always get excited when the local rescue center phones me to tell me they ve got a pregnant Syrian for me to have for a few weeks - I just love having babies! But, however, occasionally things do go wrong and you need to be careful. First...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bought pregnant hamster without knowing, female sibling, hamster food
female sibling, hamster food, male babies: Hi, leaving the hamster alone was a good idea. She s probably agressive because of the pregnancy and the babies which are a great source of stress for her. Provide her with enough nesting material. Use plain toilet paper or other paper tissue for this. Forget...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I bought a pregnant hamster, baby hamsters, brown fur
baby hamsters, brown fur, white belly: Hi Kenny, There could be a couple of reasons why the baby hamsters died. First, it is possibly the bed fluff you use. Bed fluff is very dangerous to hamsters; with adult hamsters, it can get impacted in their cheeks - with baby hamsters, it often causes...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I just bought a teddy hamster and it seems petrafied, toilet paper roll, teddy hamster
toilet paper roll, teddy hamster, food dish: Dear Arden, thank you for your question. I think that everything is fine with your hamster, she just needs to get used to her new home and to you. Offer her treats on your hand or just put your hand in the cage, but don t try to hold her until she s comfortable...

Gerbils & Hamsters: two boys now identtfied as boy and girl., canary seed, lower water
canary seed, lower water, mealworms: Hello, Dont worry she can cope on her own without the father. You should take hazards out of the cage such as wheels, as these can be dangerous. The best care you can give is to leave the mother alone with the babies and not interfere as this can cause...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breathing hard, dwarf hamster, wont move
dwarf hamster, wont move, weird noise: Hi Susie, It is very difficult to tell you what is wrong with him without him having a proper examination!! It sounds like you need to take him to a vets as heavy breathing, and eyes that don t like healthy are signs of illness, as is not eating etc....

Gerbils & Hamsters: breathing rapidly, dwarf hamsters, carefresh bedding
dwarf hamsters, carefresh bedding, diagnosis treatment: Hi Robi, First, make sure you re using Aspen or Carefresh bedding. Avoid Pine and Cedar, which cause respiratory infections and could explain the rapid breathing if you re using either bedding. It concerns me that she is actually smaller now than she...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breathing trouble?, dwarf hamsters, wood shavings
dwarf hamsters, wood shavings, bald patches: Hi Charlie Sorry to hear your hamster isn t well. It could be that he was ill in the pet shop and his symptoms have only just appeared. Are there any signs of fighting? Usually when they fight, you will notice bald patches, bite marks and one of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I have bred my hamster twice..., hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster, females: Hey. Yes, exactly like you said, it probably is just that he cannot make a female pregnant. This could be because of his age (too young or too old) or his genetics. Another scenario would be if both of the females that you and your friend tried to mate...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bredding, dwarf hamsters, signs of pregnancy
dwarf hamsters, signs of pregnancy, soft bedding: Hi Katy You don t say what type of hamsters these are - if they are Syrians, you can do a test mating. As hamsters come into season every 4 days you need to try this 4 days running (ideally in the evening - you could try early evening, and then again a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how to breed, teddy bear hamster, syrian hamsters
teddy bear hamster, syrian hamsters, stress and illness: I can t believe the pet store let you take 2 syrian hamsters(another name for your type of hamster) with the intention on keeping them together. Syrians can NEVER be kept in the same cage together for a long period of time. The only reason they are housed...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how do i breed hamsters?, sapphire hamster, dwarf hamsters
sapphire hamster, dwarf hamsters, new born babies: Hi Charmaine The first thing is - how many hamsters are you planning on having? Hamsters do become sexually active at 4 weeks, although they may not mate then. However, there is always the possibility. Also, the female comes into season every 4 days....

Gerbils & Hamsters: can i breed siblingsif not how can they tell their siblings?, dwarf hamsters, genetic problems
dwarf hamsters, genetic problems, hamsters: Hi, If they are siblings you should separate them now as they will mate, but this is bad. Youd don t want to inbreed them as you can cause all sorts of genetic problems, and it is bad for the hamsters. If you want to breed you need to make sure you have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: When and How can you breed syrian hamsters?, female hamster, syrian hamster
female hamster, syrian hamster, neutral territory: Hi Elz, First make sure the female is in season before trying to mate her. Females come into season every 4 days (this may very from 3-5 days). You can tell if she is in season by firmly stroking down her back. If she freezes (underside pushed...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breed, dwarf hamster, russian hamsters
dwarf hamster, russian hamsters, syrian hamsters: hi hollie, great question! syrian hamsters are generally the larger of the two. they are the more common breed of hamster. they are also known as golden, teddy bear, fancy or standard hamsters. their colouring varies from a light honey gold to a chocolatey...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breedimg, season heat, private parts
season heat, private parts, hamster: Hi Chance, She froze because she was in season (heat). This is when to breed them. A female will come into season every 4 days (this may very from 3-5 days). Your new hamster should be at least 4 months old before breeding her. If you feel she is and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding, syrian hamsters, syrian hamster
syrian hamsters, syrian hamster, blood relationship: Hi Laura, thanks for the question. You should not keep two Syrian hamsters in the same cage together, because Syrian hamsters are extremely territorial and aggressive to other hamsters and they will fight, regardless of gender or blood relationship. Fights...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding, female hamster, bhudda
female hamster, bhudda, hamsters: Hi Jess, She is too old to mate. This is probably why she really doesn t care and tries to get out of the cage. A female hamster should have her first litter before she is 6 months old. This is because their hips start to set. Having a first...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding, syrian hamsters, responsible breeders
syrian hamsters, responsible breeders, hamsters: Hi Jimmy, you really dont sound like you know very much about hamsters at all - so please do not breed, or even think about breeding, until you have researched the subject thoroughly. It is not just a case of getting a boy and girl and waiting for the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding, breeding hamsters, female hamster
breeding hamsters, female hamster, syrian hamster: Hi Victoria, i am glad to see you have began to research breeding befor beginning it. but there are still so many more things for you to think about before starting to breed you hamsters. The Male and Female Syrian hamster can never live together at...

Gerbils & Hamsters: about breeding!, hamster food, syrian hamster
hamster food, syrian hamster, water bottle: At 2 weeks of age it is safe to clean the cage out without mom getting upset. You may also begin to handle them, but remember to be very gentle, and mommy ham may not like it. Females that are normally very kind can become very aggressive and will bite at...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding, happy new year, hamster
happy new year, hamster, good luck: Hi Ella, You can handle the babies after 3 weeks of age. At 2 weeks of age they will start crawling around but they will be 100% safe for handling after 3weeks. After 4 weeks you can separate them from their mum. Good luck and happy new year Nadia...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding, hard boiled egg, hamster food
hard boiled egg, hamster food, diced carrots: Hi Amanda, It could be that she will be giving birth soon. It takes 16 days from the day she was mated for her to give birth. Try giving her some hard boiled egg and diced carrots. This will give her the extra protien she needs to help raise her babies....

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding, syrian hamster, flecks
syrian hamster, flecks, deformities: Hi Lynne, I wish I could help you, but unfortunately I ve never studied up on colors or genetics. Most hamsters from pet stores are safe to mate, as long as they re not directly related or too young. I wish I could help you more :( If you have any...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding, fancy hamster, hoarding food
fancy hamster, hoarding food, golden hamsters: Hi Steven, Yes, they can breed because Fancy and Golden hamsters are the same as Syrians. They re just different names. (Syrian hamsters are also called Teddy Bear and Black Bear hamsters - really just cute names for the same type of hamster :)...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding, dwarf hamster, shallow dish
dwarf hamster, shallow dish, male dwarf: Wait until you think she s in heat; when you pet her inside the cage, she ll freeze for a minute before walking again and she may urinate. At that point, put the FEMALE in the male s cage, if they fight very badly take her back out. Do this until they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding?, neighbor downstairs, female hamster
neighbor downstairs, female hamster, musky odor: Hi Rachael, First, keep wiping her eye with a warm cloth. If the wound is around her eye, and not actually the eye itself, apply a mild antibiotic cream/gel to the wound. Apply just a tiny bit to prevent infection. Make sure your neighbor does this with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding, syrian hamsters, season heat
syrian hamsters, season heat, monthes: Hi Gemma, I would wait until the male is at least 2 months old. The female must be in season (heat) for them to breed or they will fight. A female Syrian comes into season every 4 days (this may very from 3-5 days). To tell if she is in season, put...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding, hard boiled egg, female hamster
hard boiled egg, female hamster, hamsters: Hi Rachel, Generally a female hamster should have her first litter before she is 6 months old. This is because at about 6 months of age the hamsters hips start to set and giving birth for the first time after this happens increases their chances of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding acertan hamster to a diffrent breed, haired syrian hamster, syrian hamsters
haired syrian hamster, syrian hamsters, heat stroke: Hi Indiya, It sounds like you re talking about Syrian hamsters (not dwarf hamsters, which are of a different species). Yes, you can definitely breed a short-haired Syrian hamster to a long-haired Syrian hamster, since they both are of the same species....

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding and biting, female hamster, bitter apple spray
female hamster, bitter apple spray, tiny baby: The size of the male and female hamster doesn t generally predict the success of mating. When attempting to mate, its best to place the female into a clean cage (if possible).. if not.. keep her in her own cage and place the male into her cage. Watch them...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding/breed/gender, dwarf hamster, russian dwarf
dwarf hamster, russian dwarf, white dwarf: Hello here is a link on sexing hamsters. http://www.hamsterific.com/HamsterUniversity/SexingHamsters.html Your first hamster sounds like a campbell or winter white dwarf hamster, but winter white s generally have white fur on their bellies hamster and your...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding my dwarf hamsters again, hoarding food, dwarf hamsters
hoarding food, dwarf hamsters, hamsters: Hi Shelby, Once Frank becomes pregnant, she will stop coming into heat. Also, she ll begin building a large nest and hoarding food in it. Around day 10, her belly will expand and her nipples may become more prominent. If you have any other questions,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, males and females
dwarf hamsters, males and females, neutral ground: heya Your female dwarfs will accept another male at this age, because they are so young, the younger the better in introducing them. The older male may not accept the new females though, there is a chance he will, but you must be careful becuase fights might...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding/hamster periods, hamster, vet
hamster, vet, periods: Hello again Sam, When a female is in heat, that is when you can breed her. But given the age of your hamster, I would not recommend breeding her because she could have a lot of problems with delivery. Remember that she should also be taken to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding my hamster, hard boiled egg, hamster food
hard boiled egg, hamster food, season heat: Hi Hattie, First, you need to make sure the female is in season (heat), which is generally in the evening. A female will come into season every 4 days. To check to see if she is, put her on a hard flat surface, then, starting at her head, firmly stroke...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding hamsters, hard boiled egg, cotton balls
hard boiled egg, cotton balls, protien: Hi Iasa, When breeding hamster you have to wait until the female is in season. Female hamsters come into season every 4 days. You can tell when they are in season by firmly stroking her from her head down her back. If she presses her body down and puts...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding hamsters, female hamster, monthes
female hamster, monthes, hamsters: Hi Lesley, Your female is too old for breeding. A female hamster should be at least 4 months old and no older than 6 months when having her first litter. If you have anymore questions, please write again. Thank you for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding hamsters, syrian hamster, blackbear hamster
syrian hamster, blackbear hamster, hamsters: Hi Kiana, As long as they are not fighting, you can let them mate for an hour. The 15 minutes could be enough time, but it is better to leave them together longer. You may get babies soon, it just depends if their mating took. Usually after mating,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding hamsters, 6th day, hamsters
6th day, hamsters, pet store: Hi April, It s possible that she is simply adjusting to her new environment. Give her a couple more weeks to settle in, then test her to see if she is in heat. She really needs time to adjust and get comfortable with her new home. It s entirely possible...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding and pregnancy, hard boiled egg, hoard food
hard boiled egg, hoard food, egg yolk: Hi Cassey, No I don t believe your hamster may die. She is at a safe age for having her first litter. I was just saying that if a hamster has her first litter of babies after she is 6 months old the delivery is more difficult on the mother and may cause...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding problems, dwarf hamsters, cob web
dwarf hamsters, cob web, hi lauren: Optimal breeding age is about 4 months so she may be a little young still but should be close enough to avoid any pregnancy complications in young hamsters. The age is less in dwarf hamsters as they have a shorter lifespan. Make sure you are introducing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: About breeding Roborovski hamsters!, pregnancy period, pregnancy and birth
pregnancy period, pregnancy and birth, escapees: Well Emily, some people say its okay on the Dwarfs to let the others stay with the mother and I have had some success with that. However you have to remember that every one is different and it might stress the mama out too much... and it could end up with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding syrian hamsters, breeding syrian hamsters, baby hamsters
breeding syrian hamsters, baby hamsters, wet tail: Hi Hallie, First, your male isn t quite old enough for mating yet. Although males can be used for mating as young as 5 weeks old, they may not be able to cope with an older female. It is best to wait until your male is at least 2-3 months old. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding teddy bear hamsters, reputable pet store, excercise ball
reputable pet store, excercise ball, cardboard box: Hi Malijh, baby hamsters are great and i love breeding them, fortunately i have a friend who owns a reputable pet store who i can get to sell them for me, so firstly please be sure you know of good homes they can go to. Breeding from your male that you have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding and treats, syrian hamsters, solitary creatures
syrian hamsters, solitary creatures, having baby: Hi Matt Syrian hamsters are solitary creatures and must live in separate cages. They may get on OK right now, but the day will definitely come when they fight - sometimes the injuries are horrendous. Therefore, if they are living together you must separate...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding, critter trail cage, new babies
critter trail cage, new babies, new cage: Hi Alexa, It would be better to leave your hamster where she s at. She may become agitated if you suddenly move her to a new cage with completely new smells, and she could possibly take out her agitation on her new babies. You want her to be as comfortable...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bringing home a new hamster, robo dwarf hamster, hamster club
robo dwarf hamster, hamster club, hamster ball: Hi, I would really suggest that you buy your hamster a wheel, they are really cheap and its vital that your hammy has a wheel as it needs exercise and robo love wheels :) Some cages come out complete like the one in this photo http://hamster-club.com/housing_cage.asp...

Gerbils & Hamsters: brown bumps., mite spray, vacation tomorrow
mite spray, vacation tomorrow, veterinary treatment: Hi Andrea, Judging by the fact that your hamster is scratching a lot, he may have a skin irritation. (The brown spot I m not too sure about, though - there is a chance it could be caused by the skin irritation.) Various skin irritations include mites,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: brown spots on my hamster, black bear hamster, good luck with everything
black bear hamster, good luck with everything, skin irritation: hmmmm.... well hamsters do scratch right above their hips a lot but is she losing fur as well and are the black dots anywhere else on her skin? Gingy may have a bit of a skin irritation going on which is very common or she could be allergic to something. It...

Gerbils & Hamsters: brown, sticky stuff, plastic spoon, sticky stuff
plastic spoon, sticky stuff, cat litter: Hi Andrea, It sounds like that s urine at the bottom of the cage. If you want to potty-train her, you can buy hamster litter at the pet store (or *unscented* cat litter). (You can also buy a hamster potty, but that s not absolutely necessary.) Pour some...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bugs, dwarf hamster, russian dwarf
dwarf hamster, russian dwarf, flea powder: Hi Clarrie, You shouldnt really have pets if you are not prepared to pay the bills that come with them! You hamster is just as important as your cat and needs medical attention as soon as possible! You should get some hamster flea powder or solution...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bump and ball, baby gerbils, bump on
baby gerbils, bump on, grandma: Hello Cody, How old are the Gerbils, do you know? Once they are over 10 weeks they are very difficult to introduce together!! I suggest for now you carry on as you are, switching them over and letting them get used to the others scent. There is no guarantee...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bump, hip leg, abscess
hip leg, abscess, hamster: Hi Dave, It sounds like your hamster may have an abscess. An abscess results from a bite or scratch becoming infected. The abscess will soon burst and spread the infection throughout the hamster, so you should get your hamster to a vet as soon as possible....

Gerbils & Hamsters: burns, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster, two hands: Hi Shaquille, I dont really understand what has happened to your hamster. How did he get burned?! Hamsters should never have hot water poured on them (actually not any water!), and especially not if they have been burned!!! Please take him to the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Before I buy a hamster..., hamster club, syrian hamsters
hamster club, syrian hamsters, bringing it home: Hi Lisa, No there is no need to take the hamster to a vet before bringing it home. You know if he has mites if s/he starts scratching himself/herself a lot. http://www.hamster-club.com/health.asp A female would be more docile :) No hamsters don t...

Gerbils & Hamsters: should i buy another hamster, dwarf hamster, hamster
dwarf hamster, hamster, veterinarian: Hi Yap Su Chii, I m very sorry to hear of your loss :( There could be numerous reasons why the mother hamster died, and unfortunately, since I m not a veterinarian, I cannot speculate as to why. I did want to answer your second question, though. As...

Gerbils & Hamsters: buying gerbils, glass tanks, gal tank
glass tanks, gal tank, long tank: Hello, yes a 30 gal tank will be more than big enough for two gerbils. As far as males or females go, their personalities are the same really. It s just if you prefer girls or boys, that s what really determines it. A 30 gal tank will provide them with more...

Gerbils & Hamsters: buying a hamster, guini pig, guinie pig
guini pig, guinie pig, dogs and cats: Alright Adam, I would suggest a nice syrian, not any dwarfs. Syrians might also be under golden syrian, although some can have long hair too. To make hand taming easy, try to pick a hamster from the pet store that doesn t squirm much when you pick it up, it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: WHY CANT MY HAMSTER LET ME HOLD HER???????????, dwarf hamster, russian dwarf
dwarf hamster, russian dwarf, palm of your hand: Hi Lucie, You ll have to be very gentle with her, and don t grab her suddenly. Instead, put a treat, such as a plain Cheerio, on the palm of your hand. Place your hand at the bottom of your hamster s cage, and wait for Lainey to come up to your hand....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cabbage for hamsters?, hamster club, petco
hamster club, petco, hamsters: Hi Danica, check out http://www.hamster-club.com/varieties.asp for types of hamsters. No cabbage is not good for hamsters as it contains vitamin c which hamsters do not need as they produce it themselves. http://www.hamster-club.com/feeding.asp...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cage, bear hamsters, size cage
bear hamsters, size cage, honey bear: Hi Ashley Bear hamsters can get to be pretty large - especially the girls, so they do need a reasonable size cage. A lot of the cages are too small - but in particular, you need to check that the cage is large enough for one of the large wheels. The standard...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cage bar chewing - health issues?, long term health, bitter apple
long term health, bitter apple, new cage: Hello Clara, The long term affects can cause the teeth to chip or break which would cause the hamster to not eat and then you would have to take your hamster to a vet. It s also been rumored to cause problems with brain although I am not sure about that one....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cage/Food, cheek pouches, hoarding food
cheek pouches, hoarding food, nest bed: Yes, one of the things hamsters are famous for is hoarding food. Any hamster not at the point of starvation puts any food it gets into its cheek pouches and puts it in it s sleeping place or clean corner of the cage. It does this because there, it can eat...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cage matter, cardboard tubes, dish water
cardboard tubes, dish water, food dish: Hi Scott, the cage looks ok but you will have to make sure you watch the hamsters to make sure they can get to the water bottle and can get up the tubes. If you buy them from a pet shop make sure you get two which are already in the same cage - then...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cage Problems...?, 10 gallon aquarium, dwarf hamsters
10 gallon aquarium, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters: Those type of cages are actually a bit too small for a full grown syrian hamster but pet stores and companies that make cages like that don t really care and encourage you to keep your animal in it. Anything less then a 10 gallon aquarium size space is really...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cage, bitter lime, small animals
bitter lime, small animals, nibble: Hi Alanna, Hamsters, like all rodents, have teeth that are always growing, so they need something to chew on to wear their teeth down. It is very important to make sure your hamster has a chew stick and a safe wooden play house to nibble on. This will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cages, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamster
dwarf hamsters, syrian hamster, cardboard boxes: Dear Jaimie, thank you for your question. Cage biting is a sign of boredom, a too small cage might also cause it. It s a stereotypical behaviour that can turn into a sort of addiction for the hamster very fast. Try to make the cage more entertaining for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Calming Spurts ?, carefresh, alergic
carefresh, alergic, hampster: Chelsea, First off unless you plan on having lots of babies, seperate the two. Hamsters do not belong in pairs. She is most likely already pregnant and the father will eat the young if he isn t removed. I m not really sure what these calm spurts mean but...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Camera Flashes, albino hamster, camera flashes
albino hamster, camera flashes, hamsters: Hello Sarah, the camera flashes don t do any damage to their eyes, but it can kinda confuse them for a little bit. I ve taken pictures of my albino hamster and he had no problems with him. I have about 10 pictures of him as a matter of fact. They don t do...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Campbell Dwarf Hamster Problem...., dwarf hamster, vitamins and minerals
dwarf hamster, vitamins and minerals, wonderful memories: well you could try giving your hamster vitamin drops which just provides them with more vitamins and minerals for their body it s good to give to sick hamsters. Other than that my advice is to spoil your hamster by buying her treats and everything else just...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Campbell's Russian Dwarf Hamster Diet, dwarf hamster, russian dwarf
dwarf hamster, russian dwarf, guinea pigs: Crickets and mealworms are sold at many pet shops and you can also buy them online. Here s a shop that sells feeder insects: http://www.wormman.com/ and here are links to more: www.anapsid.org/resources/preysources.html You can breed them, a 10 gallon...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cancer, teddy bear hamster, malignant tumor
teddy bear hamster, malignant tumor, hamsters: Jasmine, First of all, i am very sorry about your hamster. The best place i can tell you to find information on cancer in hamsters is on the internet..i ve included a few sites at the end of this that will give you some information. You will be able to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cannibalism, hamsters, pet shops
hamsters, pet shops, hamster: Hi Dana, Is your hamster younger than 4 months? If so, she was too young to breed. (I realize it was an accident; it happens all the time in pet shops). When a hamster is too young, she gets stressed, and she is not mentally or physically capable of caring...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Care of a Hamster Runt Syrian, hard boiled egg, diced carrots
hard boiled egg, diced carrots, to kill a mockingbird: Hi Theodore, First, the babies should have been separated from their mother and each other (boys in one cage, girls in another) at 3 weeks of age. This should be done ASAP. Hamsters can mate at this very young age and it would be very bad if one of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Care, sand bath, wondering what kind
sand bath, wondering what kind, hampsters: Hi Old Koot, Aspen bedding is the safest for hampsters and works good for tunneling. Bedding like ceder and pine are toxic to hampsters. For a sand bath, Chinchilla sand is best. Place a small amount in a dish and put it in their cage. Make sure it is sand...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Carefresh, syrian hamster, aspen shavings
syrian hamster, aspen shavings, hamsters: Hi Sarah, The aspen bedding may have some dust in it but is not harmful to hamsters. Carefresh is also a good bedding for hamsters and will not harm your hamster in anyway. If you have anymore questions, please write again. Thank you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Caring For Newborn Baby Syrian Hamsters, hard boiled egg, baby hamsters
hard boiled egg, baby hamsters, diced carrots: Hi Lauren, The babies need to be at least 2 weeks old before you start handling them. At this time it is safe to touch them for short periods of time and it is also safe to clean the cage. You should also be feeding the mother hard boiled egg and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Carrying, hamster, personal experience
hamster, personal experience, heather: My hamster does this too. Of all the ones ive owned, hes the only one who goes in reverse rather then forward. If your hamster wasn t going in reverse he d be going forward, and still be trying to crawl from your hands. Trust me on this, from personal experience,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cat litter material for hamsters, cat litter material, corn cob
cat litter material, corn cob, soft bedding: Hello, most doctors recommend the use of Kay-kob bedding when a hamster has allergies and they are trying to figure out if it s the bedding or not. Yes it is a perfectly safe bedding to use for small animals in my personal opinion. Some hamsters love to chew...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cat litter material for hamsters, cat litter material, corn cob
cat litter material, corn cob, guar gum: Hi Arthur, Yes i believe that the field fresh is safe to use. I have read different articles on people using cat litter for their hamsters with good results and not causing them any health problems. The litter should be scooped out every day or every other...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cat litter material for hamsters, cat litter material, corn cob
cat litter material, corn cob, guar gum: Hey! I was wondering were the heck did you get that stuff! it works great with little Hammies, really they probably can t even tell the difference. The only thing you should worry about is if your Ham starts to eat it rapidly then that might mean your...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cat litter material for hamsters, cat litter material, corn cob
cat litter material, corn cob, guar gum: Hi Arthur, Corncob bedding can be used successfully. And it sounds like the Field Fresh you re currently using is pretty much the same thing. As long as your don t notice your hamsters sneezing or having a runny nose, then you can keep using the bedding....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cause of death, chocolate cookie, cheerful manner
chocolate cookie, cheerful manner, tight ball: Hello John, First, I really don t think you poisoned him. Even though chocolate is toxic to hamsters, it would take more than a tiny bit to harm them. It is possible that he took a bad fall in his cage, but He would have probably shown some kind...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Change in Hamster Urine, protein in the urine, hamsters
protein in the urine, hamsters, hamster: Hi Logan, A hamsters urine is generally a milky white color because of large number of small crystals it contains. This is normal. Some owners just don t notice this until the hamster has pottied on them or on a surface where it is more noticeable. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Change in hamster behaviour, syrian hamster, territorial behaviour
syrian hamster, territorial behaviour, roborovski: Dear Adele, thank you for your question. I don t think that this has anything to do with the new hamster. Hamsters of different species usually ignore each other. Let a vet check your hamster, the constant urinating does not sound good. I cannot give any...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Changing food abruptly; male and female in same house (but not same cage)--Syrians, hamster mix, lab blocks
hamster mix, lab blocks, wet tail: Hi Mandi, Most hamster mixes contain roughly the same ingredients and nutrients. So, switching foods shouldn t harm your hamster at all. (Espcially since you re also going to be feeding your hamster lab blocks and a seed mix.) Also, wet tail is most...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Changing housing size, male pair, smaller housing
male pair, smaller housing, toilet rolls: Hi Lily, That shouldn t be a problem, i have moved my gerbils around several times, inlcuding into smaller cages. Just make sure that you give them plenty of things to keep busy, such as toilet rolls!! It will probably be interesting for them to live somewhere...

Gerbils & Hamsters: ChEwInG BaRz!*!*!, bitter lime, hamsters
bitter lime, hamsters, pet stores: Hi Susie, No, you don t want your hamsters chewing on their bars. By chewing on bars, hamsters can lose fur on their noses, develop red, irritated noses, and they can develop teeth problems. To stop them from chewing on the bars, buy Bitter Lime Spray...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chewing, bird section, parrot toys
bird section, parrot toys, glass cage: Hello, Yes as long as it is plain with no flavourings!! You may find that this will not stop hi chewing the cage though. If he destroys it and you have to get a new one, then go for a glass cage/tank as these are the best suited to Gerbils. Other toys...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chewing, hurry hurry hurry, dog biscuits
hurry hurry hurry, dog biscuits, hamster: Hi Chelsea, the best thing to get for your hamster to chew on are the really hard dog biscuits which are sold in most shops. The are ussually bone shaped and are very hard but only small and are sold as dog treats - put one of these in the cage every week...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chewing habits!, bitter apple spray, gerbil
bitter apple spray, gerbil, rodents: Although I can t imagine letting any of my critters out of a cage without using a ball or something of the sort to run around in, I understand that every pet is different. As far as the chewing is concerned, some people have had much success with the bitter...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chewing on plastic........., bitter lime, fishtank
bitter lime, fishtank, ferrets: Hi Maka, Many hamsters chew on their cages, whether the cage is plastic or wire. They chew because their teeth are constantly growing. I m glad you re providing your hamster with chew sticks and treats - keep doing that. To stop her from chewing on her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chewing....., cardboard tubes, syrian hamster
cardboard tubes, syrian hamster, wood sticks: My hamster does not chew on cardboard or wood sticks either. Instead, he enjoys Vitakraft Raviolos to chew on, as well as his plastic tubing much to my dismay. Hamsters need hard treats to encourage them to gnaw on things that are good for them, and not plastic...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chinchillas, hamsters, chinchillas
hamsters, chinchillas: Hi Paul, I do not know of any here on experts.com, but here are a couple of sites that might be of help to you. www.chin.buffnet.net/chinfaq.html www.chinchillaclub.com/qna/mojofaq.cgi --- This site you can post questions on. Thank you for writing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chinese Drawf Hamsters, drawf hamsters, social creatures
drawf hamsters, social creatures, bottom area: Dwarf hamsters are naturally social creatures. However, it seems as if you have a few that simply can t get along. Sometimes when hamsters fight they flip over on their backs as a defense and the other hamster will bite their private area. It s good that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chinese Dwarf Hampster, dwarf hampster, hampsters
dwarf hampster, hampsters, hamsters: hi kim, sometimes same sex hamsters cant be together, either they have not been born together, or bought from seperate cages. the only other explanation is that one may infact be male, you should take them to the vets or another pet store to be propperly...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chinese Dwarf Hamster, dwarf hamster, ok jen
dwarf hamster, ok jen, mites: Hi Sonia, bless he sounds proper poorly the poor little thing! youve really got me on this one! it could be a reaction to the drugs hes on if its not bothering him or it could be an infection, in which case the antibiotics should help clear it up. as i am...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chinese Dwarf Hamster, chinese dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
chinese dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, topical antibiotic: Hello, yes take the new hamster back. Generally hamsters will start to fight to battle for dominace and since she was alone by herself for two weeks and this is a new animal she will attack it because it s an enemy to her. The best thing to do is to just seperate...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chinese Dwarf Mice, large scrotums, male mice
large scrotums, male mice, hamsters: Hi Crystal, As with hamsters, male mice seem to have very large scrotums also. As long as they do not seem to be inflamed (very red and very warm to the touch), there is nothing to worry about, it s just the way they are. If you have anymore...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chinese Dwarf Sick?, chinese dwarf hamster, pine shavings
chinese dwarf hamster, pine shavings, days before christmas: If the hammie is eating, drinking, and playing, the chances are she is fine. What type of bedding are you using? Cedar or Pine shavings can be extremely irritating to hamsters. You will find an occasional hamster that doesn t react but most do. The colored...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chinese dwarf hamsters, chinese dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
chinese dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, hamster species: Chinese dwarfs do have a tail and look a lot more like mice than dwarfs. Here s a picture of one: http://foto.arcor-online.net/palb/alben/80/94180/400_3562646638303961.jpg http://foto.arcor-online.net/palb/alben/80/94180/400_3436313437616231.jpg I recommend...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chinese dwarf protruding rear end, chinese dwarf hamster, chinese dwarf hamsters
chinese dwarf hamster, chinese dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf hamster: Dear Marie, thank you for your question. Male chinese dwarf hamsters have huge testicles, almost bigger than their head and it can look just like a tumor or something. Here s a pic of a a male, anything you can see from his hindpaws on are the testicles:...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is my Chinese hammie pregnant?, chinese hamsters, hamsters
chinese hamsters, hamsters, pet shop: it sounds like she may be either pregnant or really aggressive. The thing is to keep cleaning out the cage constantly until she gives birth because you can t clean the cage out for at least 2 weeks. you will need to seperate the other hamster from the cage...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chinese hamsters, winter white hamster, hamsters
winter white hamster, hamsters, furry friends: Hello! No you do not need to buy another hamster for your furry friends. Three is perfectly fine. Watch them to make sure they don t start fighting. Sometimes the males will start to fight for dominance and will attack others. That s when you seperate them....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chlorophyll pine, wood shavings, timber yards
wood shavings, timber yards, small animals: If it s got a picture of a hamster/gerbil/rabbit on it, then it must have been designed for them - in which case this should be fine. My concern is when you get wood shavings from timber yards or farms - as you don t know if this is safe for small animals....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chlorophyll pine?, cause skin irritation, wood shavings
cause skin irritation, wood shavings, wood shaving: Hi Samuel A number of wood shavings contain various substances that can cause serious problems for small animals. Whilst I don t know what Chlorophyll pine is - I would be very careful before using it. Some Pine and Cedar contains volatile oils that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: CLAWZ???, nibble, hamster
nibble, hamster, hamsters: Hi Susie, If your hamster s nails are too long, it s very uncomfortable, even painful, for him. It makes normal activities - such as running on a wheel and climbing tubes - difficult. If your hamster s nails are too long, you can take him to the vet...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Clean cages, critter trail 2, condensation
critter trail 2, condensation, hamster: Hi Laura, The babies nor the nest should not be touch for any reason until the babies are at least 2 weeks old (which would be the 22nd). This is when it is safe to handle the babies for a short period of time, long enough for you to clean the cage. For...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Clicking noise in gerbil, food dishes, labored breathing
food dishes, labored breathing, gerbil: labored breathing and clicking noises are signs of respiratory infection. A gerbil not acting and acting different than normal are clear signs that something is wrong. If she passes away, her partner will realize she is gone and probable get depressed. Sometimes...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cloudy Eyes, saline drops, pocket pets
saline drops, pocket pets, cloudy eyes: It could be anything including allergy s, cataracts, and eye infections there is no way to diagnose it over the internet take Peanut to a qualified veterinarian (many are not good with pocket pets). Allergy s and eye infections are treated fairly easily cataracts...

Gerbils & Hamsters: CONFUSED, syrian hamsters, hamsters
syrian hamsters, hamsters, syrians: Hi Polly, Nearly every time, Syrian hamsters, when kept together in one cage, will fight. It s very surprising that yours aren t fighting. That doesn t mean anything s wrong with them; they could just be very placid, laid-back hamsters. Unless they begin...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cold, runny eyes, runny nose
runny eyes, runny nose, hamster: Hi Sarah, I m really not sure about the white line you described. I ve never seen one on a hamster (unless you re talking about the separation between the hamster s nostrils, which is often light-colored). Signs that a hamster has a cold are normally...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Concerned about health of new pup, mom and dad, genetic problem
mom and dad, genetic problem, danger point: I have received a lot of emails lately about a runt gerbil. Its normal, and sometimes they don t make it. Don t think that just because they have their hair now that they ve past the danger point. I ve lost pups at 6 weeks old that were the runt of their litter....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Conflicting Dwarf diet info, siberian dwarf hamster, golden hamsters
siberian dwarf hamster, golden hamsters, dwarf hamsters: Dear Mingo, thank you for your question. I wouldn t offer her beans because they give the hamster gas which is a more serious problem for them than for us. Apart from that, beans and peas are not that natural for a dwarf hamsters. Birds seeds (parakeet and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Connecting cages, new cage, hamster
new cage, hamster, mom: Hi Kegan, Sure, it s fine for you to add more parts onto your hamster s cage. It will help keep her from getting bored, and it ll be fun for her. When you connect extra parts, be sure to leave the main part of her cage as it is (at that time), so that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Considering a Hamster, syrian hamsters, wet tail
syrian hamsters, wet tail, personal preference: Hi Molly, Hamsters are very affectionate animals. The most common type is the Syrian (sometimes called Teddy Bear ) hamster. These make great pets; however, be aware that they must be kept in cages by themselves. Syrian hamsters are solitary and cannot...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Constipation...?, exact age, gerbil
exact age, gerbil, lettuce: Hello, sorry for not replying sooner, I thought I had pressed send but it seems that I didn t. If your gerbil is constipated try putting a piece of strawberry in his mouth. Him being a few years old means he is old and pretty much getting along well in years...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Contractions!?, contractions, hamsters
contractions, hamsters, vet: Hmmm. I m not sure what to make of that. Is there any way to pick her up without startling her? Feel her stomach. Is it hard? Lumpy? I dont have my vet manual on hand at the moment. i ve had hamsters do this but not if she was rolled in a ball. Please let...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Cosmo, dwarf hamster, russian dwarf
dwarf hamster, russian dwarf, roborovski: Hello Charlotte, is your hamster eating normally and acting well like a hamster :)? Dwarf hamsters typically drink so little water that you can hardly tell if they are drinking at all. I know I wanted to see how much my hamster was drinking so I kept his...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Coughing, dwarf hamster, cheek pouch
dwarf hamster, cheek pouch, heart break: dog treats are not good for hamsters. only give them hamster treats. it soounds like the treat may be stuck in her mouth. Don t feed her dog treats anymore as those aren t good at all. The best thing to do is to take her to a vet to make sure that the treat...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cranky hamster!! Please help!!, loud noises, squeals
loud noises, squeals, hamsters: Heya, i m sorry its taken me so long to reply, my home internet is down. My best suggestion to you is to make calm slow movements, no loud noises..talk gently, and follow the intructions on my site for handling new hamsters www.angelfire.com/jazz/hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Crazy Hamster mom, gallon fish tank, high protien foods
gallon fish tank, high protien foods, hard boiled egg: Hi Sarah, Frist the wheel needs to be removed from the cage if possible. If it can t then try blocking it so the mother can t get to it. The cage should be fine for now. It is too early to move the babies and mother into a different cage. When the babies...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Crusted Eyes, teddy bear hamster, eye dropper
teddy bear hamster, eye dropper, eye lids: Hi Whitney, Closed eyes could mean a couple of things. Often, a piece of dust, or perhaps bedding, becomes stuck in a hamster s eye. Make sure your hamster s cage isn t in a drafty area. Or, closed, crusty eyes could be a sign of an allergy. Two common...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Crusted eyes and wobbly, stuffy nose, hamsters
stuffy nose, hamsters, breaths: How old was she when you got her? If she was over six months, she may just be ready to die. All of the hamsters that I have had died slightly different then yours is behaving. First, they spend most of their time in bed, and eventually go into a sort of coma....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Crusty stuff on hamsters ears, cause skin allergies, mite spray
cause skin allergies, mite spray, carefresh bedding: Hi Alex, To rid your hamster of mites, buy anti-mite spray for small animals at the pet store. Cover your hamster s head, and spray his body. Then, clean out the cage and spray it with the anti-mite spray as well. If your hamster is still scratching...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Crying hamsters, hamster clubs, hamster club
hamster clubs, hamster club, syrian hamsters: Dear Valerie, thank you for your question. Since Syrian hamsters are solitary animals that meet only for mating, seeing each other agitates the hamsters. I recommend seperating them further, if possible in different rooms. Should you plan to breed the hamster,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Curious, teddy bear hamsters, dwarf hamsters
teddy bear hamsters, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters: Dear Kilana, thank you your your question. Do you keep the hamsters together? All hamsters, even dwarfs, are solitary animals and will fight each other. You must keep them seperate. The squeaking at night and the loss of fur are signs of stress and fighting....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cutting a hamsters hair?, undercoat, hamsters
undercoat, hamsters, hamster: Yes, technically you could cut your hamster s hair without any problems, but I wouldn t recommend it. It would be very hard to get an even cut, resulting in the hamster having odd lengths of hair as it grows out. You also might have a hard time judging how...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cyst on my hamster! REALLY WORRIED, pencil eraser, happy life
pencil eraser, happy life, energy level: Well hamsters only live 2-4 years and it really does seem like he may have a tumor. There is really nothing you can do, he s really too old to have surgery because he may not make it out of anesthesia. You ve already given him a good life and there isn t much...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cage, plastic storage container, carefresh bedding
plastic storage container, carefresh bedding, maximum airflow: Hi Connor, I would avoid using a plastic container - there s not enough air flow, and condensation will build up inside the cage. You might consider an all-glass 10-gallon aquarium. They re around $8 at Walmart. And, you ll need a well-ventilated lid,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: in the same cage, dwarf hamster, djungarian hamster
dwarf hamster, djungarian hamster, syrian hamster: Hi Amy, Being your hamster is a type of Dwarf, you should be able to put another type of Dwarf hamster or the same type of hamster, in the same cage. If you do not want babies, you will want to make sure that the hamsters are the same gender if putting...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cage biting, toilet paper rolls, syrian hamsters
toilet paper rolls, syrian hamsters, proper ventilation: Dear Candi, thank you for your question. Cage biting is a sign of boredom, it s a stereotypical behaviour and can get addicting very fast. Offer your hamster plenty of toys to keep her entertained: branches, twigs and leaves from hazel, beech, birch, oak,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: The cage and biting, petshop, hamster
petshop, hamster, good luck: Thanks for the question. The easiest cage to set up is a bared cage. The bars should be at least five cm apart. Normaly when you get a hamster, the petshop will give you your hamster in a box. Just keep it in there until you re finished with the cage. Let...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cage positions in home, syrian hamster, small birds
syrian hamster, small birds, pet birds: Hi Wendy, Their cages should be at least an inch apart. Being they are male and female,there really won t be any stress between them. My male and female hamsters set side by side and they seem to enjoy looking at one another now and then. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cage, mild soap, soap and water
mild soap, soap and water, hamster: Hi Andrew, I m sorry for your loss. When you get another hamster, you can put it in Speedy s old cage. Just make sure to wash it *very* thoroughly again with mild soap and water, and get a new wheel and tower. If you have any other questions, please...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cageing and breeding, critter trail cage, syrian hamsters
critter trail cage, syrian hamsters, crittertrail cages: Hi Alexa, Females usually become sterile at around 12-14 months. However, if you find that she is not sterile at 12 months, you can give consideration to breeding her again if she s healthy and robust. As for your other question - Yes, I ve heard of Crittertrail...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cages, new cage, hamster
new cage, hamster, ellie: Hi Ellie, That s fine for your hamster to move to a new cage, since the one he s in now isn t a good cage. However, once you get your male hamster into his new, good cage, you should avoid switching cages any more. He will need to get used to his new...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cages, animal pen, hamsters
animal pen, hamsters, hamster: well to be perfectly honest if she has a big cage with good food and plenty of treats to chew on and a wheel for exercise then she will be pretty happy. Sometimes if you have really bonded with your hamster they will lick your fingers and sometimes let out...

Gerbils & Hamsters: caging a hamster, cedar shavings, pine shavings
cedar shavings, pine shavings, hamster cages: Well, Sian, as long as your hamster cages are in a place where they cannot be knocked off into the floor by the cats, and as long as they have a secure lid that the cats cannot get off or break if they sit on top of it, then you should be just fine. I recommend...

Gerbils & Hamsters: calcium and sunflower seeds, sunflower seeds, calcium levels
sunflower seeds, calcium levels, warm milk: Hi lizy, You can of course give him a teaspoon of luke warm milk every now and then to boost his calcium levels. Other than that, there are lots and lots of chew toys that are high in calcium, which you can get from the pet store (just ask the assistant)....

Gerbils & Hamsters: cam tow hamsters be in same cage, teddy bear hamsters, types of hamsters
teddy bear hamsters, types of hamsters, syrian hamster: Hi Joelle, Teddy bear hamsters are a type of Syrian hamster. These types of hamsters are solitary and territorial, which means they like being in their own cage. They may tolerate other hamsters when they are young, but by the time they reach 8-10...

Gerbils & Hamsters: campbell's dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, vet asap
dwarf hamsters, vet asap, wet tail: Any time any animal is bleeding from its rectum, it needs to see a vet ASAP. It could have prolapsed--meaning due to previous complications, your hamster has pushed out pat of its intestine. In most cases, the animal will be euthanized as it is much more...

Gerbils & Hamsters: campbells dwarf making clicking noise, dwarf hamster, hamsters
dwarf hamster, hamsters, hamster: Dear Andrew, i am almost positive the noise is just the hamsters heart beating. I know the sound, and it can be a scary one, but don t worry. Also, as long as they don t fight, and you don t house them together, letting them come in contact is okay. Hope...

Gerbils & Hamsters: campbells dwarf questions, dwarf hamster, heavy breathing
dwarf hamster, heavy breathing, dumb question: Dear Andrew, The wheel thing sounds fine, it normally takes them at least a week to get used to. So don t worry about that, but the heavy breathing I m worried about. I would call a vet about that, because it seems to be something serious. E-mail me back...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cannible hamster?, dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf
dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf, cage floor: Hello Amber, I am so sorry for your loss. I wouldn t take pip back, I would keep him and let him live by himself. It is possible that they got into a fight, in all honesty the two theories you gave are really the only two things that could happen. I would...

Gerbils & Hamsters: i cant tell if my hamster is dieing, wet tail, burry
wet tail, burry, hamster: Hi Mel, You should take her to a vet as soon as possible. Until then, try wetting your finger with water and see if you can get her to lick it. She needs to be hydrated if she has wet tail. But please, do take her to see a vet, as only he can properly...

Gerbils & Hamsters: captain jack, captain jack, hamsters
captain jack, hamsters, new food: Hi Nicole, it sounds like your hamster was showing that he s the boss in his cage and you re someone he doesn t want in his cage. It s a normal threat that many hamsters will do. He s a fiesty one, which I do like in hamsters. He may nip at you if you place...

Gerbils & Hamsters: car travel for hamster, days thanks, hamster
days thanks, hamster, car travel: hi heather, your hamster will be just fine in the car, be sure to secure her cage down well. if you still need to leave her, just make sure she has enough food and water to last her the whole 2 days, do not leave her for any longer than 3 days. best...

Gerbils & Hamsters: car travel for hamster, car trip, days thanks
car trip, days thanks, fruit vegetable: Dear Heather, thank you for your question. Travelling is just a lot of stress for rodents, I don t recommend taking the hamster. You can leave it alone for two days, just give it enough food, a full water bottle and a big piece of fruit/vegetable (cucumber...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cardboard and gerbils, paper towel rolls, toilet paper
paper towel rolls, toilet paper, little pieces: Hi Mariah, Yes, it s fine for gerbils to chew cardboard (though they don t actually eat it). In fact, many people give their gerbils paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls. Gerbils love to chew these, and they use the little pieces for bedding. If...

Gerbils & Hamsters: care for my hamster, dwarf hamsters, shock to the system
dwarf hamsters, shock to the system, hot weather: heya, You didn t say where you come from, becuase in england the weather is pretty much un-hot all year round! well, hamsters are made for hot weather, they come from the desert originally, so hot weather to them is no big deal. Its always important...

Gerbils & Hamsters: care and health, hamsters, stink
hamsters, stink, hamster: Hello, hamsters actually only stink when they are sick, generally from wettail or diarrhea. You can tell if they have wettail by looking at the bottom and if it s wet you should really take them to a vet for antibiotics or you can purchase dritail which you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how to take care a newborn hamster and its mother, female hamster, cute babies
female hamster, cute babies, hamster: Its quite normal for a female hamster to canibalise one of her babies somtimes they6 do it when they have more babies then they can support or if they feel threatened. In my opinion the best thing to do is just leave her alone with her babies make sure its...

Gerbils & Hamsters: How do I take care of my sick gerbil?, fruits and vegetables, eye infection
fruits and vegetables, eye infection, respiratory infection: Hello Nikki, from my personal experience gerbils normally live 2-4 years actually. Five is really really lucky. The vet can prescribe some medication for the respiratory infection and eye infection. Generally if a gerbil has an eye infection and runny nose...

Gerbils & Hamsters: caring for baby hamsters., cute babies, having baby
cute babies, having baby, hamsters: Hi, The mother hamster will take care of the babies on her own.. - but just make sure that the mother has sufficient food and water and bedding.. Do not touch the babies until they are 2-3 weeks old or else the mother will get agitated and will kill them!...

Gerbils & Hamsters: caring for a pregnant hamster, and babies, baby hamsters, noisy family
baby hamsters, noisy family, thier eyes: heya, most hamster mixes have protein in them, so if shes got her normal food thats good, you can also give her nuts, and small amounts of cheese, not too much becuase it is fattening...but she will love it. you should put the hamster where ever it is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cat like hamster, fresh food, litter box
fresh food, litter box, hamster: You can t really stop her from using her bowl as a potty. Hamsters tend to do whatever they want to do. Just watch your hamster. If she is pregnant she will give birth to the pups 16-18 days after coming into contact with the male. Thanks for writin...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Can the catch a cold, antibiotic treatment, hamsters
antibiotic treatment, hamsters, deep breaths: hi missy, yes hamsters catch colds (they can catch them from humans too) and it sounds like she has. you need to get her to the vets immediately for antibiotic treatment, until you can put a bowl of water beside her, and keep her warm. keep a very close...

Gerbils & Hamsters: catching and handling our hamster, female hamster, move one
female hamster, move one, two hands: Hi, Firstly, do not attempt to grab her, as she will get startled, and may bite. You need to clean her cage at least once a week, so if needed use gloves to put her into another small cage while it is being cleaned, or into a ball so she can roll around....

Gerbils & Hamsters: cause of death of my 'young' hamster, emergency vet, pets at home
emergency vet, pets at home, petshop: Hi Debi, I can t really say for sure, but my guess would be that the panting was from fear (maybe even some pain) and the rocking from trying to move but not being able to. I hope all goes well with your new baby hamster and if you have anymore...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cedar shavings,tunnels, cedar shavings, russian hamster
cedar shavings, russian hamster, upper respiratory problems: Hi Kortney, Cedar shavings are very dangerous to hamsters (and other small animals). They have strong aromatic oils which irritates the hamster s respiratory system. The strong fragrance can make the hamster s nose be sore and bleed a lot, it can make...

Gerbils & Hamsters: One last chance, please help, cows milk, canary seed
cows milk, canary seed, good mother: Hi Michele, She will eat the babies if they die, as it is a way of keeping the nest clean (so they don t rot). Although this is not nice to watch it is totally naturally, and she will only do it if the babies die or if she feels very stressed out! If...

Gerbils & Hamsters: when to change cage -hammy with babies, new cage, time age
new cage, time age, wire cage: Dear Lily, thank you for your question. You can transfer them to the new cage now, but give them their old nest and some of the old bedding so that the tank smells the same. You will need to separate them much sooner than 6 weeks, hamsters can breed with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: i have just changed my hamsters from..., female hamster, semes
female hamster, semes, privet: Hello again John, Telling the difference between the boys and the girls can be very tricky. The boys will have 2 holes ( . . ) that are far apart and the girls will have 2 holes ( .. ) very close together (it may even look like there is only...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chew sticks, hamster, couple of days
hamster, couple of days, strawberry: Hi Ellee, No, you don t need to worry. However, you may want to provide your hamster with other chew toys (just to keep her interested). A hamster won t let its teeth grow too long unless it has nothing to chew on. If you have any other questions,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chewing on ball, hamster ball, sunflower seeds
hamster ball, sunflower seeds, play pen: Personally, I wouldn t put her in there anymore. It seems she just gets really stressed out from being in there. If you want to try to get her used to being in the ball. You could drop some sunflower seeds in the ball. For some reason food is a good way to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chewing bars, hamster bites, plastic cage
hamster bites, plastic cage, antibiotic ointment: Unfortunately this is just hamster behavior. You can try switching to a glass or plastic cage. Another alternative is to rub the bars with lemon juice or hot sauce to deter her from chewing. Also, try switching up her chew toys as hamsters can be picky....

Gerbils & Hamsters: chewing bars, bitter apple, chipped tooth
bitter apple, chipped tooth, hammie: biting on the bars can actually cause them to get a chipped tooth. Do you have enough chew treats to keep him preoccupied from chewing on the bars? Also, how long have you had your hammie?? Sometimes when they first get into their new home they will chew on...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chewing on plastic, plastic tubes, rotastak
plastic tubes, rotastak, losing sleep: hi courtney, as you know hamsters gnaw, and where they can they will. they are also natures little escape artists and will go to any lengths to get out, and if that means gnawing on plastic, then so be it!!. i believe (but you may want to check up on...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinaese dwraf hamster, dwarf hamsters, bloody nose
dwarf hamsters, bloody nose, hamsters: Hi Leanne, please take the injured hamster to the vets straight away. I had the same thing happen to me and although i cleaned the hamsters wounds and kept her warm, she died. It sounds like you hamsters have been fighting - it may be that your hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinchilla sand, cause allergies, carefresh bedding
cause allergies, carefresh bedding, gerbils: Hi John, No, there s no safe sand that you can use as bedding. Trust me, your gerbils will enjoy rolling in the Chinchilla sand once a week - they don t need to roll in it every day to have fun :) If you have any other questions, please feel free to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinese dwaft hamster, dwaft hamster, dwarf hamsters
dwaft hamster, dwarf hamsters, chocolate peanut butter: Dwarf hamsters are cute and really nice. They live for about 1-2 years and they get about 4-5 inches long. If you continue to handle your hamster they will become used to being with you. Hamsters can be nippy and the best way to deal with this is by placing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinese dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, ovarian cyst
dwarf hamster, ovarian cyst, private area: hi aimee, this sounds like an ovarian cyst, as im assuming your hamster has never been bred, her age would also indicate that i am correct. this isnt uncommon in unbred hamsters and she will need to go to a vet who will either, drain the cyst or perform...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinese dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, drawing blood
dwarf hamster, drawing blood, hamsters: Hi Tasha, it sounds as if your hamsters are fighting and it sounds as if they are drawing blood too! It is best for both of them for you to split them up and keep them in separate cages to stop them form fighting anymore. Kind Regards, Tamm...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my chinese dwarf hamster died, pine bedding, great health
pine bedding, great health, respiratory problems: hello Shari, dwarf hamsters can live fine just by themselves. One thing that could have caused problems was the pine bedding. Pine bedding causes respiratory problems and liver and lung disease. That could have been the reason why she died although it would...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinese dwarf hamster question, dwarf hamster, winter whites
dwarf hamster, winter whites, nervous condition: So sorry to hear your news. Unfortunately, tumors are very common in most varieties of hamsters. They often get these when they are old - anything from 2 - 21/2 years old. Unless the tumor is superficial, the vet can t operate, and in the older hamsters,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinese dwarf hamster sick??, dwarf hamster, hamster
dwarf hamster, hamster, vet: Dear Andrea, my only suggestion would be to get your little guy to the vet, quickly. The sooner the vet looks at her, the faster she can get medicine, and be on her way to recovery. I am only suggesting a vet, because I don t think anything but medicine will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinese dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, scruff
dwarf hamster, scruff, hamster: hi lola, it sound like she needs a good clipping lol gently grab her by the scruff and use nail clippers to clip the nails, do not go right to the quick as this may hurt her and cause infection, if ur not confident enough go to your vet and they will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinese dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, life span: Dear Natalie, The normal life span for hamsters is 2-3 years. He may not really think that he is not including his house in his day and is getting a dry mouth it would help if you gave him a LITTLE piece of lettuce. I am sorry about your hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinese dwarf hamsters, chinese dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
chinese dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, species pairs: Dear Jack, thank you for your question. Chinese dwarf hamsters are almost as solitary as Syrian hamster and you need to seperate your hamsters as soon as possible. With all dwarf hamster species, pairs (whether real or same sex) might live together for while,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinese dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, hamsters
dwarf hamsters, hamsters, paw: it sounds like your brother really injured his paw. he may have a sprained or broken paw. you need to keep him comfortable and keep food and water close to him. don t let him use the wheel until he s able to use the paw. use vitamin drops in his water to give...