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Gerbils & Hamsters: My New Dwarf Hamster, paper towel tube, little chunks
paper towel tube, little chunks, dwarf hamster: Hi Shannen Dwarf hamsters love running through tubes and some can be extremely fast so it doesn t surprise me that she is behaving like this. I would think this is normal behavior for her. With regard to sleeping in the tube - this, again, isn t that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: New Robo Babies!, hamster cage, cannibalism
hamster cage, cannibalism, hamsters: Hi Amanda. Yes, you should seperate the father because the father is usually the canabilistic one. You need to wait 4 weeks or so until you touch the babies unless they have all fur at 3 weeks. If it s just the mother and the two babies in the cage, you shouldn...

Gerbils & Hamsters: natural remedies for gerbil mites, hamsters and gerbils, cat mites
hamsters and gerbils, cat mites, red dots: Sarah, Yes, those are mites. I will give you a few things of what you can do. First take out the gerbil, clean out the cage with soap and water. Then, either buy some ornacyline for birds or cat mites powder. Put a little bit on the gerbil. That should...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my new hampster,,, hampster, hamster
hampster, hamster, water bottle: Dear Heidi, thank you for your question. I think that there is nothing wrong with your hamster. You have had him for a very short time and he needs some time to get used to you and to his new home. Some hamsters don t drink very much, especially when you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my new hampster.., pregnant females, kidney problems
pregnant females, kidney problems, hampster: Hi Heidi Hamsters love chewing. Because their eyesight is poor and they rely on smell, if they come across something they re not sure about they often taste it. This means that they rub their teeth against it to give them some idea whether or not it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my new robo dwarfs, russian dwarf hamster, hamsters
russian dwarf hamster, hamsters, hamster: Hi Laura. I recommend just trying to be a little more gentle. I am sure you are not hurting them, but you could be starteling accidentally without you knowing it, causing them to spit the food stored in their cheeks out. I m sure that they will break out...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my new roborvski, tin tin, one of the girls
tin tin, one of the girls, robos: Hi again Rebecca. The two girls don t get along very well so for the sake of the litter and tin tin, take peaches and put her and leave her in a different cage for a long while until the litter comes and goes and then maybe try to re-introduce them to eachother....

Gerbils & Hamsters: nosebleed, syrian hamster, toys wood
syrian hamster, toys wood, intervent: Hi Josie there are different types of nosebleeds - if the blood is definitely coming out of the nostrils and she keeps bleeding, then I would strongly advise that you get a vet to check her out. Any unexplained bleeding is something to be wary of. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: nosebleed, nose sores, bald patches
nose sores, bald patches, apple flavor: The bars would be my main concern. Hamsters who bar chew excessively tend to get nose sores and get bald patches on the bridge of their nose because of rubbing. Unfortunately there isn t much a cage owner can do to stop the problem 100%. All you can do is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Oily looking fur, baby shampoo, fur coat
baby shampoo, fur coat, sand bath: Hello,Ariana well you really don t have to worry to much about anything.Your gerbils sound perfectly fine.Some gerbils are just skinny just keep an eye and make sure they drink there water and eat plenty.There fur will get like that.Theres two things you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Overdue pregnant hamster!, chinese hamster, mitsu
chinese hamster, mitsu, lorelei: Dear Louby, I have had several of my hamster carry for a week overdue with no problems. There are not many signs of when she will give birth except for right when it happens. I would not worry about it too much, if she becomes overly over-due and then you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: old hamster, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, old age hamster: Hi Tracey, Thank you for your e-mail. Thinning of the fur and dark areas are very common on old hamsters. At 2 years of age, the hamster is very, very old. Actually there is nothing you can do since those are all symptons of old age, but consider yourself...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Pet Store gave me the wrong sex?, gerbil sex, gerbil breeding
gerbil sex, gerbil breeding: Dear Susan, if you going to breed them, please make sure you know what your doing. I m not saying you don t, I don t know what you ve researched, but I m just warning you, because I get so many questions asking what to do because they bred hamsters or gerbils...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Pregnat Syrain Hamster, syrian hamsters, solitary creatures
syrian hamsters, solitary creatures, pink head: Hi Syrian hamsters are solitary creatures and therefore can t live together unfortunately. The female comes into season every 4 days from about the age of 4 weeks old, therefore it doesn t surprise me she has got pregnant. At this young age, it is important...

Gerbils & Hamsters: please help., scent gland, gerbil
scent gland, gerbil, gerbils: It all depends.If you are going to get a girl be aware that they will mate.So if you don t want pups then i wouldn t get a girl.For the male gerbils they might fight.If you introduce then on a flat surface and you see no fighting then your good. If you do...

Gerbils & Hamsters: prego hamsters!!!, petstore, hamsters
petstore, hamsters, pet stores: Well they dont feed them to snakes that i know of.They may just put them up for sell.If you do choose to take them to a petstore ask the manager if they feed them or not.If you dont want to take them then you could go to a flea market and give them away or...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Q and As, questions, Q&A
questions, Q&A: Hi Elizabeth. Q1. Yes, it is okay to handle your mated hamster as long as you are gentle with her, and don t hold her for long periods of time. Q2. I don t recommend removing the female from the male until close to her due-date time area. Q3. If you have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: questions about my hammies!!, haired syrian hamster, teddy bear hamster
haired syrian hamster, teddy bear hamster, syrian hamsters: Nope, not at all. That s a very common concern about hamsters which leads people to buy 2 in the first place. Hamsters are solitary animals in the wild, and will not get lonely. The fact that they are fighting over territory means they will be over joyed to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo Hamster, parasites
parasites: Hi Lisa. It is most likley parasites so I recommend giving your hamster a bath in medicated shampoo and cleaning their cage and then use a safe disenfetint on their cage. The best thing you can do after doing this is hope that the parasites go away. Good...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo Hamster Male Introduction, hamster, pet store
hamster, pet store, females: Hi Hildi. If you really want these two to live together and get along it might take them some time to get used to eachother. Don t force them to socialize, but you can always try to get them in the same cage together under a close eye. Just be sure that they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Robo Hamster (Melody), hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, robo hamsters: Hi Alexandria, Robo hamsters drink less water than any other hamster due to their size. They are smaller in size than any other hamster 4-5cm and so they need less water. Make sure that the water bottle works and just leave it there. Don t worry, dwarf...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Robo Hamster (Melody), robo hamster, dwarf hamsters
robo hamster, dwarf hamsters, melody time: Hi Alexandria! Your welcome! All hamsters are verryy picky...some more then others. They will constintly dig and pick through the food you give them and there really is nothing you can do about it except make sure that you change the food in the dish everyday...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian dwarf hamster babies, dwarf hamster babies, russian dwarf hamster
dwarf hamster babies, russian dwarf hamster, hamster pups: Hi again Rose! :) My main concern is just that the babies will fall down the tube/tunnel and not be able to get back to the nest, which is why I think it should be covered, but if they food and water is down the tube, then you can leave it open. Just make...

Gerbils & Hamsters: ringworm, best bet, mites
best bet, mites, hamster: Cheyenne, it could be a ringworm, but it could also be mites. Your best bet i think would be bring it to the vet so they can give it some antibiotics to make it go away. sorry, thats all i can really think of. i hope your hamster gets better. Samanth...

Gerbils & Hamsters: robo drawf hamsters, fighting
fighting: Hi Nancy. I would just keep them separated temporarily. The mom might just be upset with the male...or just crabby. Just give them a day or two and you should be able to put them back together. If they still fight then keep them separated for a little longer....

Gerbils & Hamsters: robo dwarf hamsters, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster, syrian hamster: Hi Molly, Is this the first time you want a hamster or did you ever had another hamster before? If this is your first time, then I would suggest a Syrian hamster. A syrian hamster is more easy to handle and gets tamer more easily than robo hamsters. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is my roborovski pregnant??, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, roborovski hamsters: Hi Abigail, Roborovski Hamsters usually do not breed until they are eight months of age. To know the gender of the hamsters The easiest way to tell if your hamster is a male or female is to look at the distance between the two openings at the rear. In...

Gerbils & Hamsters: School pet hamster, good answer, hamster
good answer, hamster, fluff: Mariah, poor thing, What kind of bedding are you using? Do you use hamster fluff in the cage? Hamster fluff if hamsters eat too much of it they can get bloated and constipated. If you are using carefresh bedding, the same thing can happen if they eat too...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Drawf Hamster, drawf hamster, porridge oats
drawf hamster, porridge oats, human baby: Hi Germaine Sorry to hear your hamster isn t very well. This is a very good age for a hamster and sadly these are likely to be symptoms of a hamster who is getting ready to die. Sorry to be so negative, but as they get to around 2 years old they often...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sly baby hamsters, baby hamsters, hamster cages
baby hamsters, hamster cages, wire cage: Hi As you will have realised, bird cages or any cage for that matter with bars an inch apart are unsuitable for hamsters, especially baby ones. Hamsters can get out of pretty small places, and therefore must be kept either in tanks specially designed for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sneezing Hamster, hamster, hamster cage
hamster, hamster cage: Hi, Send me an email on nadia@hamster-club.com and I will send you exactly an example of how you stick the bottle to an acquarium cage.. you should drill a hold for the bottle. If you have any more questions, you can always drop me a line anytime on...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Swollen, teddy bear hamster, testicular cancer
teddy bear hamster, testicular cancer, hamster: Hi Elaine What you are describing sounds perfectly normal. When a male hamster reaches adulthood you can often notice their testicles. Sometimes they are uneven and they can look a bit lopsided too. This is normal - some days they will be more apparent...

Gerbils & Hamsters: SYRIAN HAMSTER, syrian hamster, hamster
syrian hamster, hamster, soaps: Dear Taylor, thank you for your question. Since you can hold your hamster, he won t bite you. They are very careful and he will take the food from your fingers without hurting you. Make sure you don t smell of food and you shouldn t use any strong-smelling...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian Hamster losing fur., hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters: Hi, Thank you for your email. Yes age related sytmptons include thinning of hair loss and if he is acting normal i wouldn t worry :) but to make sure you could always take it to a good rodent vet but i m sure it s just an age related thing :) If you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian hamster behavior problem., toilet paper rolls, hamster ball
toilet paper rolls, hamster ball, punch ball: Dear Alex, thank you for your question. Cage chewing is a stereotypical behaviour caused by boredom and/or cages that are too small. It s not that unusual for hamsters to be as aggressive as your hamster is, they are just frustrated because the cage bars...

Gerbils & Hamsters: scent gland, scent gland, soft bedding
scent gland, soft bedding, gerbil: I don t have much experience with scent gland tumors my advice is just to keep your gerbil comfortable with lots of soft bedding and maybe take out his wheel so he doesn t bump it when he runs in the wheel. Sorry I can t help more, I wish your gerbil best...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sick and dead hamsters.... PLEASE READ, dead hamsters, guinea pigs
dead hamsters, guinea pigs, sugar in the water: Dear Bree, sorry to hear about your hamsters.:/ They may have died from wet tail, its a contagious and deadly disease found in many rodents, but since your guinea pigs are fine then I doubt it, especially if all the pets were kept in the same room. If any...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sick gerbil, vet asap, little fella
vet asap, little fella, applesauce: Hannah, Your gerbil could have had a stroke. You might want to bring her to the vet asap. But if you cant do than, then see if she will eat anything. Try feeding her some applesauce or some bread dipped in milk. Try to give the little fella plenty of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: He sleeps in a puffball!, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, dwarf hamster: Hi Ally, All hamsters have their own character, some have different tastes and ways of life than other hamsters. It s normal if a hamster sleeps in a puffball. If you have any more questions, you can always drop me a line anytime on nadia@hamster-club.com...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my syrian hamster could be hurt BAD, syrian hamster, pink balls
syrian hamster, pink balls, elephantitus: Hello. I saw your question in the question pool and just wanted to tell you that you need to take him to the vet ASAP. Most likely he had elephantitus which causes the testiciles to swoll and sometimes (like what happened with you) explode. This is very serious...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian hamsters, hamster food, apple cheese
hamster food, apple cheese, special diet: Hi Sherie The gestation period for a Syrian can be between 16-18 days. Once she s gone beyond 18 days then you know she isn t pregnant. Hamsters do store a lot of food - I ve had several who move the entire contents from their bowl either into their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Teddy Bear Hamster - ill or old?, porridge oats, teddy bear hamster
porridge oats, teddy bear hamster, eye dropper: I m sure the Pedialite will be fine. Lettuce can cause diarrhoea and therefore is best avoided as she is showing possible signs of wet tail. In view of this I would definitely recommend giving her some rehydration fluids otherwise she really will get dehydrated...

Gerbils & Hamsters: teddy bear hamsters, two females, hamsters
two females, hamsters, pet store: Hi Anna. Make sure you get the male from a different pet store then you got the two females from because you don t want to inter-breed. And there is no way to make them breed. They mate when they want to so don t expect them to get pregnant soon. Thanks...

Gerbils & Hamsters: i think my dwarf hamster is going to die..., dwarf hamster, vets office
dwarf hamster, vets office, damp rag: Hi Angie. For now, continue to rub the damp rag on it s eye, but as soon as you can, try to get him into the vets office. They might be able to help you with eye drops or something. The sweaty stomach could be because he might have a fever or cold of some...

Gerbils & Hamsters: i think my hamster is pregnant, syrian hamster, little cutie
syrian hamster, little cutie, sign of pregnancy: Hi The problem with igloos, tubes etc is that you do not want her having babies in there. This is because it might be OK for a few days, but as the babies grow they will be squashed and some might get pushed out of the nest. It is also very difficult...

Gerbils & Hamsters: tissue, no tissue, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster babies: Hi Aleksey, The best time to hold hamster babies is at 3 weeks of age, you can use a tissue but at that time they will start to walk, eat and be independent :) You can separate them from the mother at 4 weeks of age. If you have any more questions, you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how do u know if ur hamster is a boy or a girl, solitary animals, exoticpets
solitary animals, exoticpets, hamsters: Hi Maddie You don t say what type of hamsters these are. If they are Syrians they must live alone as they are solitary animals and will fight if kept together. If they are dwarf hamsters (Chinese or Russian) they can live together (providing they are...

Gerbils & Hamsters: The vanishing mother returns, mother returns, human scent
mother returns, human scent, genital areas: Dear Gail, sorry, but the mother will eat them if you put them back in the cage because you ve touched them. You should have tried putting the other female in with them after rubbing them in her litter, it probably wouldn t have worked but there would ve been...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is it wet tail or not?, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster vet: Hi, 1. A winter white is white without any stripes. 2. It depends on what type of medicine it is. That is why I mentioned in bringing it to a very good rodent vet since a normal vet would not know exactly what it could be. I know of a lot of vets...

Gerbils & Hamsters: wet tail.....i think, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster diarrhea: Hi, I must say that it sounds more like diarrhea, since wet tail is far more fatal and he would be more sick. If your hamster has diarrhea, remove any moist food out of the cage and feed your hamster only dry bread, boiled rice and crispbread. Replace...

Gerbils & Hamsters: white dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, hamsters
dwarf hamsters, hamsters, hamster: Dear Jarius, thank you for your question. You can train the hamster to sit in a certain place at a certain time by offering treats only at that time and in that place, for example on the house. Most hamsters learn that pretty fast. Some will also learn to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Why?, syrian hamster, heart failure
syrian hamster, heart failure, exact reason: I am very sorry for the loss of the little guy.I m trying to think this sounds like nothing i have ever herd before.If he was very old he could have had a heart failure.If he was eating while he went in his is house he could have choked on some of the corn...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how, sholder, rudy
sholder, rudy, rats: Hi Rudy In my experience gerbils are very fast animals, and whilst it is possible to tame them so that they can be handled reasonably easily, I ve never been able to get one to sit around for long. I think it unlikely you d get them just to sit on your...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Yogurt Treats, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters
dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters, sunflower seeds: Dear Mike, thank you for your question. I wouldn t give the treats to the hamsters at all. Sugar, molasses or honey in any form is not suitable for dwarf hamsters. Sugar shouldn t be given to any rodent, but species that don t have the diabetes problem (like...

Gerbils & Hamsters: 2 syrian hamsters together, syrian hamsters, dwarf hamsters
syrian hamsters, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamster: Pet stores that carry hamsters in a huge communal tank do not care about the safety of the hamsters. They will inbreed (since it is usually the same few families in the tank together) and I have watched fights happen between the older hamsters kept together....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Babies robovski hamsters, 2 females, hamsters
2 females, hamsters, good luck: May, hello! If The other female is mature enough to mate, dont put her and the mom in with the Male. He would probably fight over the females and you dont want that to happen. If the other female is a baby or not mature enough yet, That should be fine....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bad Eyes., hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster eye sight: Hi Melissa, Hamsters have a very poor eye sight. They rely on the smell and hearing senses so the blindness should not affect your hamster that much. Since your hamster is 2 years old, he is very old and you did a great job in having a 2 year old hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Birth issue., porridge oats, syrian hamster
porridge oats, syrian hamster, wire wheels: Hi Mimmo I would be tempted to take the wheel out, and also remove any houses/tubes in the cage. It is really difficult if the hamster gives birth in a confined area - it is much less stressful if the babies are either born in the open or under a platform...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby teddies, teddy bear hamster, syrian hamsters
teddy bear hamster, syrian hamsters, local newspapers: Hi Anna Syrian hamsters can have as many as 14 babies. At 4 weeks they need to be sexed and the boys removed from the cage, then at 6 weeks they all need a cage of their own. It is a big responsibilty breeding Syrians as there are so many unwanted ones...

Gerbils & Hamsters: beeding, dwarf hamster, russian dwarf
dwarf hamster, russian dwarf, honey bear: alysa, The babies will be able to rebreed but, if you want them to be like show or purebreds, Then you may not want the babies to rebreed. I am so sorry i took so long to answer this, but i am so busy right now i dont even know what to do. From, Samanth...

Gerbils & Hamsters: birth of hamsters, dead babies, inbreeding
dead babies, inbreeding, hamsters: Although not your fault, I hate the fact that pet stores keep hamsters in a communal tank and allow them to inbreed. I usually tell people only to buy from stores that separate by gender. Your mother is probably very young and was not ready to have a litter...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my black bear hamster, scent glands, detective work
scent glands, detective work, bald spots: Hi Kaitlin First of all, the two bald spots on his sides are probably just his scent glands. Sometimes they are red, other times black and on some hamsters they are very noticeable and the hamster often washes them. If they are symmetrical, then this...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bleeding in the eyes, hamster bleeding eyes, hamster
hamster bleeding eyes, hamster, hamster: Hi Olivia, Bleeding eyes are very common in most rodents. Hamsters have special glands behind their eyeballs called Harderian Glands. These Harderian Glands produce a reddish material that may look like blood but is not. Its purpose is to act as an ocular...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my blueberry dwarf hamster, boxes cardboard, dwarf hamster
boxes cardboard, dwarf hamster, cardboard boxes: Dear Cori, thank you for your question. I recommend not using a ball at all. Hamsters rely on their sense of smell, hearing and touch to find their way around and inside the ball, all they can hear, smell and feel is the ball. They will climb in because...

Gerbils & Hamsters: To breed or not to breed, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster reproduction: Hi Elizabeth, I wouldn t recommend mating since hamsters usually have a lot of babies. Nevertheless, if your friend still want to mate her hamster then follow the below insructions. You did not mention what type of hamsters are they? I will give you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cancer?, hollie, hamsters
hollie, hamsters, artemis: Hi Hollie How old is Artemis? Hamsters often show signs of old age around 2 years old. They are very prone to getting tumors around this time as well and the symptoms usually are weight loss and drinking lots of water. If he is quite a bit younger...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Car Travel, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster long trip: Hi Brooklyn On a long trip, your hamster will need roam room. So forget the small travel carrier and use one of his larger cage modules instead. A wire one is better for air circulation but leaves the seats open to tooth attacks. To prevent this, slot...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is Cardboard Box Safe?, cardboard boxes, cardboard box
cardboard boxes, cardboard box, desk chair: Hi, thank you for your question. The smell may be a problem, gerbils are very sensitive to smells and they may be disturbed by it. Try leaving the box for a few days and see if the smell goes away, but if it keeps smelling, I would just throw it out. I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chinese Dwarf Hamsters Fighting, chinese dwarf hamsters, chinese hamsters
chinese dwarf hamsters, chinese hamsters, scent glands: Dear James, thank you for your question. Chinese hamsters are not social at all. They are not true dwarf hamsters, who live as breeding pairs (but will usually fight in captivity, too). You need to separate the hamsters as soon as possible, they may fight...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Concerned, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster skin mite: Hi Lindsay, Your hamster could have skin mites if he is inching. Disinfect the whole cage and apply some anti-mite spray on the hamster bedding and on the hamster. Do not apply the spray directly on the hamster but apply some on a small brush, comb the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Curious nice behavior, hamster, good chance
hamster, good chance, daily basis: Theres a good chance that she s in heat. When a female comes into heat, breeders can tell by stroking the female s back. If she freezes and stands still, usually with her tail in the air, she s in heat. Not all females will do this when in heat, but yours...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cancer, hamster tumour, hamster cancer
hamster tumour, hamster cancer: Hi, Hamster cancers and tumours are often treatable. Sometimes when hamster tumours are removed, these can grow up again. Vet s operations on hamsters are not always successful due to their small size and some antibiotics may also be harmful to the hamster....

Gerbils & Hamsters: What colour?, sapphire winter white, winter whites
sapphire winter white, winter whites, different color: Hi Elizabeth. Most likely they will all grow up to be Sapphire Winter Whites, unless both parents were to have a secondary color gene of the same type which may cause one or two of their kids to grow up with a different color. Thanks for the question, Eric...

Gerbils & Hamsters: curious nice moment, baby hamsters, right moment
baby hamsters, right moment, hamsters: Hi Sophie This sounds like an incredible moment. Hamsters do love to be on the move and it is fantastic when you find one who is prepared to sit down. I ve only had this happen a few times over the years - one curled up and fell asleep on me once. All...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dehydrated Gerbil, porridge oats, bottom teeth
porridge oats, bottom teeth, little creatures: Hi Katrina This sounds a lot like old age - some gerbils age better than others. Have you checked her teeth? It would be worth trying to have a look to make sure the bottom teeth aren t overgrown. They are meant to be long, but if they are too long...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster, dwarf hamster, hamster
dwarf hamster, hamster, hamsters: Hi, It could be heat. Hamsters are most comfortable at temperatures between 65 ° F / 18° C and 80°F / 26°C. Also if she has her back legs and tail wet then she could have diarrhea. If your hamster has diarrhea, remove any moist food out of the cage and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster 2 or 3, dwarf hamster, social creatures
dwarf hamster, social creatures, roborovski: Hi Kevin. Usually, most breeds of hamsters can be in threes (except for syrian usually). Just be carefull that they are all the same sex and that they two new ones get along with the old one, so I would test putting the two new ones in first for a look-see....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster And A Gerbil, dwarf hamster, two tanks
dwarf hamster, two tanks, gerbil: Hi Mansa I would not risk putting them together. It is extremely difficult if not impossible introducing two adults of the same species, therefore putting two different species together is likely to result in fighting and serious injuries. I know that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster Gone Mad, mary kate and ashley, food dish
mary kate and ashley, food dish, kate and ashley: Hi Jenna. This is unexplainable aggression that she should eventually get over. In the meantime, make sure your cousin is dropping food into the food dish (doing this while the hamster is sleeping so she can t attack her). Good luck to you and your cousin!...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Dwarf hamster, hamster fur problems, hamsters
hamster fur problems, hamsters: Hi Sophia, Hamster skin problems is more found on old hamsters so I would say that it is a sign of old age. Also, the most common signs of hamster s fur problems are: loss of fur, sores, dry, itchy skin, reddened skin. These problems may be caused by tiny...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamsters
Thank you for the good rating. I just wanted to clarify a bit about dwarf hamsters being social: it s a problem that has no really good solution. They are social, but not as social as mice or rats for example, who are happy to live in groups of the same sex...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Russian hamster fur loss, hamster fur loss, hamster
hamster fur loss, hamster, hamsters: Hi, The most common signs of hamster s fur problems are: loss of fur, sores, dry, itchy skin, reddened skin. These problems may be caused by tiny skin parasites, allergies, hormonal imbalance or improper diet. Mother hamsters shed fur around their teats...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My daughter's gerbil has developed a scaly tail., pet store owner, scaly tail
pet store owner, scaly tail, time kind: Hi Aimee, What the pet store owner said is true to a point. Ive had questions from people that have gerbils that are 4 years old. The scaly tail could be from old age though. Try putting neosporin on her tail and see if that helps. If it doesnt get any...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamster diareer, dwarf hamster, hamsters
dwarf hamster, hamsters, hamster: Hi. This is most likely nothing to worry about. It could be the change in diet, or it may be that your hamster isn t as active as it used to be. But that is just the way that some hamsters poo looks like. Unless it starts to get runny, you really have not...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, female parents
dwarf hamsters, female parents, hamsters: Hi Rachel. It had to of been the babies parents that mated again because at 3 weeks of age, hamsters aren t ready to mate and/or get pregnant. You need to seperate the sexes at about 3-4 weeks when they are no longer dependant on their mom. Also you are...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamsters, hamsters, fresh food
hamsters, fresh food, water bottles: Hi Gabriele I have left my hamsters over a weekend before, but never risked anything more than that. It is OK to leave them for a couple of days, providing they have plenty of food (don t put in fresh food or it might go mouldy). Also, as a precaution...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my dwarf robo hamster, dwarf hamster, french beans
dwarf hamster, french beans, water content: Hi Rebecca I don t give any of my hamsters ice berg lettuce due to the high water content. Lettuce can also cause diarrhea, so I only give it about once every couple of weeks, and then I only give the drier lettuces, such as little gem etc. Lettuces...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is my dwarf winter white russian hamster sick?, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster temperature: Hi, Probably it s because of the hot weather. Hamsters behave differently due to hot weather...soem feel the heat more than other hamsters. Hamsters are most comfortable at temperatures between 65 ° F / 18° C and 80°F / 26°C. You must make sure that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarfhamster, dwaf hamsters, habitrail cages
dwaf hamsters, habitrail cages, new cage: Dear Catrina, thank you for your question. I think the hamster is just stressed, he needs some time to get used to his new cage now. He will get used to you again, especially if you offer treats on your hand. I recommend getting another cage, though. Habitrail...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Eye closed - roborovski hamster, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster sticky eye: Hi Oliver, Some hamsters have this problem of having sticky eyes . This is often because they may have something it the eye such as a piece of dust or it could be because the hamster s cage is placed in a draught or could be a symptom of a cold or allergy....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Fat or pregnant?, hamster, hamstesrs
hamster, hamstesrs, dwarf hamster: Hi Elisabeth :) When the female hamster is pregnant, she will start to build a nest and during the last two days, she will gain weight in her stomach area which will become very noticeable. If she gives birth, it is very important not to touch the nest...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Frantic gnawing at the bars and handling, hamster cage, syrian hamster
hamster cage, syrian hamster, wild hamsters: Sorry to hear you are having problems handling your hamster. It can be difficult initially and it really is a case of you winning her confidence. The problem is that if you feel nervous around her (which is understandable) this will make her nervous. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: beeding, health and wellbeing, gene pool
Gerbils & Hamsters: beeding, health and wellbeing, gene pool, inbreeding

Gerbils & Hamsters: Car Travel, pet carrier, source of water
Gerbils & Hamsters: Car Travel, pet carrier, source of water, water bottle

Gerbils & Hamsters: Frantic gnawing at the bars and handling, hamster, hamsters
Gerbils & Hamsters: Frantic gnawing at the bars and handling, hamster, hamsters, pet store

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Picks,,,, animal shelters, hamsters
Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Picks,,,, animal shelters, hamsters

Gerbils & Hamsters: Lump on my Hamsters neck, sensitive animals, indian friends
Gerbils & Hamsters: Lump on my Hamsters neck, sensitive animals, indian friends, cyst

Gerbils & Hamsters: Normal Hamster Behavior?, cage floor, big wheel
Gerbils & Hamsters: Normal Hamster Behavior?, cage floor, big wheel, hams

Gerbils & Hamsters: roborovski dwarf, bald patch, wood chip
Gerbils & Hamsters: roborovski dwarf, bald patch, wood chip, hampster

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hampster, vet, cancer
Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hampster, vet, cancer

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian and dwarf hamstrs, dwarf hamsters, hamsters
Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian and dwarf hamstrs, dwarf hamsters, hamsters, wich

Gerbils & Hamsters: taking pictures, what the bleep, thanx
Gerbils & Hamsters: taking pictures, what the bleep, thanx

Gerbils & Hamsters: feeding a very old gerbil, dogs section, cats and dogs
dogs section, cats and dogs, juice box: Sally, You can feed the gerbil this stuff called Kitten Replacer milk. It Gives the gerbil nutrients it could have lost from not eating as much. You can usually buy it at the store in the cats and dogs section. The milk comes in what looks like a juice...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My female teddy bear is sick.:( Please help, syrian hamsters, vet bill
syrian hamsters, vet bill, solitary creatures: Hi Karina I m sorry to hear your hamster isn t well. Syrian hamsters are solitary creatures and must be kept alone otherwise they will fight. This lump could be a number of things: a tumor (although I m not sure that the description you give matches...

Gerbils & Hamsters: fur, wood shavings, hamsters
wood shavings, hamsters, fleas: Sofia, Hello, It could be because of the bedding. You could switch to corncob or carefresh. But it could be a tumor. If it keeps getting bigger, you may want to bring it to the vet to see what they can do. Im so sorry i was a little late answering, but...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Getting a Gerbil Neutered, worth the risk, small animals
worth the risk, small animals, neutered: Hi Becky It is possible to have small animals neutered - however, there is always a risk to the animal. With regard to your gerbil, it would really depend on how old he is, and what condition he is in. There are never any guarantees with anaesthetic -...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Getting a Gerbil Neutered, neutered, small animals
neutered, small animals, babies: Becky, Yes i believe it is possible to get a gerbil neutered. My best advice, since all veternary clinics have different prices, is to call one in your area that takes small animals and ask them how much it would cost. Hope all goes well, From, Samanth...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil, low body temprature, question thanks
low body temprature, question thanks, gerbils: Hi Alyssa I ve not heard of this before, but there is no reason why this isn t the case. Hamsters/gerbils can suffer from very similar illnesses to humans, such as epilepsy, diabetes etc. so it wouldn t surprise me if a gerbil can develop some sort of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil, territory issues, two females
territory issues, two females, campany: Dear Vicki, as long as they are the same gender it s fine! It s even better that you have sisters. In fact, it s the opposite, gerbils love the company of other gerbils and it is a proven fact gerbils that live in pairs live longer! Hamsters are the ones that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil has a bold patch, bald patch, small animals
bald patch, small animals, bowel movements: Hi Hannah Is your gerbil scratching at all? Does the area around the bald patch look dry/sore/red? It could me that he has mites and this is what has caused the baldness. Mites are common in small animals and are easily treated by a vet. You don...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My gerbil is ill but what is it?, gerbil, lumps
gerbil, lumps, appetite: Aimee, Wow!! Three years old! Thats pretty good for a gerbil! She could have had a stroke but i dont think so. Try feeding her some bread dipped in milk. If she doesnt get any better, I would take her to the vet. Id hate to see the little thing die :(...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil pee, silly question, turds
silly question, turds, pee: Jill, Thats alright i dont care if its a silly question. Yes the answer is its just gerbil pee. It wont hurt it, just make sure to clean the cage every two weeks. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. Thanks!! From, Samanth...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my gerbil - sick or lonely?, jerky motions, red crescent
jerky motions, red crescent, pet rescue: Hi Whilst gerbils live in colonies in the wild, it is OK for them to live on their own in captivity - in fact it is very difficult introducing adult gerbils to each other, so I often end up with single ones from the pet rescue. This is fine - you just...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbils, weather temperature, shape size
weather temperature, shape size, testicular cancer: Hi Scott Gerbils testicles can change shape/size - this is normal and this can be down to a number of things, such as weather/temperature etc. It is quite rare that they develop testicular cancer, especially all at the same time. Also, the babies will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster babies, acceptable time, hamster
acceptable time, hamster, babies: You can hold the mother without fear, my female was the same way. Once her babies were big enough to roam the cage, she wanted out to explore. I would hold her for a few minutes at a time and then let her go back to her babies. Be careful as well, she may...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster bottom, hamster, hamstes
hamster, hamstes, syrian hamster: Hi Lizzie, Thank you for your question. Yes they might be his testicles since on syrian hamsters these are very well shown like in this picture http://hamster-club.com/article.asp?ID=66 If it s not the testicles it could be a rectal prolapse. If...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster CAGES, CAGES CAGES!!!, hamster housing, hamster cages
hamster housing, hamster cages: Hi Marisa, The bigger cage is the best for your teddy bear hamster to avoid any boredom. a wire cage with tubes and different storey levels is very nice and very entertaining for a teddy bear hamster. It actually depends on your budget, but a big cage...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster cage, top gum, hamster cage
top gum, hamster cage, bottom teeth: Hi Karen Some hamsters love chewing their bars - it doesn t seem to matter what you do they still do this. I have had several who have chewed them so much they ended up with a ridge on their noses. I think that for some they do this to wear their teeth...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster with cancer?, hamsters, hamsters
hamsters, hamsters, hamster cancer: Hi, A hamster with cancer would have a red / pinkish lump. Hamster cancers and tumours are often treatable. Sometimes when hamster tumours are removed, these can grow up again. Unfortunately one of the causes of hamster tumours is in-breeding ie: breeding...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Help Fast, chinese hamster, hamsters
chinese hamster, hamsters, hamster cold: Hi Liz, Your hamster could have a cold. A hamster with a cold should be kept in a draught free and warm room. Palatable foods (soft food) are good for sick hamsters. A little added honey with water may encourage the hamster to drink. Also, you can give...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster health, hamster, hes
hamster, hes, anus: Paul, If hes not in any pain, i would think that he s okay. He might have a reaction to the bedding you are using, as weird as that might sound. If you are using pine, maybe you should switch to carefresh. If you have any other questions id be happy to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster help, persay, pregnacy
persay, pregnacy, hamster: Hi Elizabeth. This happens with every hamster couple. Withen 24 hours of having their litter they mate again. It s not going to shorten her life persay but there is always a increased chance of complications with every pregnacy. She should be fine though,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster illness?, swollen belly, hamster
swollen belly, hamster, olive oil: Hello. My guess is that it was the change in diet that caused the constipation. Just continue to do the drops of olive oil, and if she doesn t seem to be pulling out of it, I would try to switch back to your old food. If she still has constipation it might...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster illnesses, hamster cold, dwarf hamster
hamster cold, dwarf hamster: Hi Carlynn, Your hamster has a bit of a cold. A little added honey with water may encourage the hamster to drink. Also, you can give the hamster some lukewarm milk mixed with water. This would definatley help. Repeat the lukewarm milk procedure for approximately...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Picks,,,, hamster cages, wire cage
hamster cages, wire cage, hamster: Hi Mansa It s great to hear you are thinking of getting a hamster. My favorite variety of hamster are Syrians. These have to live alone otherwise they will fight and therefore as you only want one hamster this is probably the best type to get. They...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Picks,,,, hamster, hamstes
hamster, hamstes, syrian hamster: Hi Marisa, I would suggest a syrian / teddy bear hamster. They live alone so you can purchase only 1 per cage :) they are very playful and by time become also tame :) This page shows you a syrian hamster / teddy bear hamster. http://www.hamster-club.com/varieties.asp...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster question, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster death: Hi Lisa, I must say that your hamster died of old age. At 2.5 years it is a very old age for a hamster and usually hamsters die before being 2 years old. She slept on you an dyour fiance since she knew you and became very tame on you and your fiance....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Sickness?, pine bedding, heating pad
pine bedding, heating pad, stuffy nose: Hello Kate, Yes, Your hamster could have a cold. It could also be allergies. Try changing the bedding. Lets say you have pine bedding, You may need to change it to corncob or carefresh bedding instead. If it does have a cold, Make sure to give it lots...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster has a skin problem... or something, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, teddy bear hamster: Hi Bella, Those are scent glands and they are more visable on teddy bear hamsters. Scent glads are used to mark territory :) so it s very normal. If you want you can send me a picture for me to confirm. My email is nadia@hamster-club.com Kindest...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster tumor/cyst?, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster cyst: Hi Ali, Does it look like this? http://hamster-club.com/health.asp See cyst section bottom page. A cyst is a fluid-filled cavity or sac. Cysts grow more when the hamster is old and being 3 years of age means that your hamster is very old. A hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamsters, fungal spores, fly sprays
fungal spores, fly sprays, detective work: Hi Kate I m sorry to hear that your hamster is getting worse. She certainly sounds as though she is very ill. All you can do is try to make her comfortable -make sure that her food/water is close by and you might need to change her nest again if it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamsters, hamster mite, hamster mites
hamster mite, hamster mites: Hi, Hamster mites are different from cat mites so no, they should not be able to infest your cat. You can prevent mites by cleaing the hamster s cage regularly.... in that way mites appear. If mites appear you will use an anti mite spray for hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamsters sneeze, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster cold: Hi Ann, A hamster with a cold should be kept in a draught free and warm room. Palatable foods (soft food) are good for sick hamsters. A little added honey with water may encourage the hamster to drink. Also, you can give the hamster some lukewarm milk...

Gerbils & Hamsters: HELP! Bulging hamster eye!, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster bulging eye: Hi, One of the illnesses hamsters may have is Glaucoma. Glaucoma affects the eyes of the hamster and its symptoms are that the hamster s eye will appear larger. When Glaucoma takes place, there is an increased amount of fluid within the eyeball which will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hurt Robo Hamster, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, robo hamster: Hi Michelle, Avoid touching the wound with soap since soap is not good. Only water with a bit of salt should be used. No, hamsters don t inflict damage on themselves but only on other hamsters. You should keep them separate if they are fighting. You...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hampster, hampster, losing hair
hampster, losing hair, hamsters: Hi Erin When hamsters reach about 2 years of age they are considered old and around this time (if not before)their fur can go very thin. This is normal. It is worth checking his skin - is it dry/flaky? If so, he might have mange in which case this can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hampster keeps sneezing, hamser, hamsters
hamser, hamsters, hamster cold: Hi Nicholle, Your hamster has a bit of a cold. A hamster with a cold should be kept in a draught free and warm room. Palatable foods (soft food) are good for sick hamsters. A little added honey with water may encourage the hamster to drink. Also, you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamstedwarf, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster skin mite: Hi, You can buy an anti mite spray for hamsters from a pet store or from the internet....with regards to the homemade solution if it didn t work I would really recommend in purchasing an anti mite spray. When applying the anti mite spray (with a brush...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster =[, hamster, ears
hamster, ears, fur: Hi JJ I m honestly not sure what you mean - are the ears swollen? Is there any way you can send a photo? Are the ears sore, weeping/bleeding/ dry? Is the skin peeling away? Apart from this, how is he behaving? Is he eating/drinking/playing the same...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster, mealworm, safe room
mealworm, safe room, sunflower seed: Dear Kim, thank you for your question. Your hamster needs a bit more time to get used to his new home and to you. Keep putting your hand in the cage and leave it there until the hamster comes out of the tunnel again (which may take a long time at first)....

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, hamster bedding, hamsters
hamster bedding, hamsters, hamster pine shavings: Hi Wood shavings are not ideal as bedding for hamsters as hamsters may suffer from the wood shavings dust and get a skin reaction to it. Shredded paper / tissue paper is good for them to play with and may be ideal for nesting. Also, regular changing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster, glue trap, hamster
glue trap, hamster, vegetable oil: Hi Lina Sorry to hear about your hamster. It is great you got her back, but it sounds as though the glue has either reacted with her skin or burnt her in some way. Are her feet sore, is the skin red/peeling? I would be tempted to get a vet to check her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, male hamster: Hi, In the case of dwarf hamsters this can be done, but would also result in breeding again so removing the male hamster to a separate cage would be more appropriate if you don t want more breeding to take place. Nevertheless if the male hamster is left...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, teddy bear hamsters, teddy bear hamster
teddy bear hamsters, teddy bear hamster, syrian hamster: Dear Cheryl, thank you for your question. Teddy bear hamsters are Syrian hamsters, it s just a name for those with long fur. This website has pictures that show how to sex hamsters: http://www.petwebsite.com/hamsters/sexing_hamsters.htm If you don t want...

Gerbils & Hamsters: which hamster should i get, dwarf hamster, kelly taylor
dwarf hamster, kelly taylor, t kelly: Hi Taylor. I don t know if you meant to ask a different expert, because my name isn t Kelly, but just in case you did mean to ask me I ll give you my opinion. If you plan on getting more then one hamster then I recommend the dwarf hamster, if not then I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster was bit by my cat, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster injury: Hi I would suggest in using tea tree cream. It can be bought from the pet shop in a potency specially designed for small animals. Due to tis strong smell, however, if you keep more than 1 hamster in the smae cage it is a good idea to put a small dab of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster bite me and now im scared of him, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster, emma: Hi Emma. Hamsters may not be able to sense when you are scared but they do know when you are trying to be careful that they don t bite you. Just carefully pick him out of the cage very carefully and then hold him and that should eliminate some of the fear...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster has a cold, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster cold: Hi, A hamster with a cold should be kept in a draught free and warm room. Palatable foods (soft food) are good for sick hamsters. A little added honey with water may encourage the hamster to drink. Also, you can give the hamster some lukewarm milk mixed...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster just died :(, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster died: Hi, I know how it feels, it feels really sad in losing such a loving pet even though hamsters are so small in size... You said that your bought your hamster and it was the same size, so probably your hamster was already 9 months old or older.........

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster has escaped......:(, loving owner, laundry room
loving owner, laundry room, day before yesterday: Dear Lauren, When a hamster escapes you have to remember that they are going to look for shelter, food, and water. Most of the time when mine escape they go to the laundry room to see if the washer will leak for them to drink. Also they might go to the kitchen...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster's eyes, teddy bear hamster, hoard food
teddy bear hamster, hoard food, eye lids: Hi Cameron Taking the first issue: are her eyes crusty? Won t they open properly? Hamsters can suffer from a condition called sticky eyes - but this usually happens when they have been sleeping, or if they are ill/elderly. It is important that a hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster food, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster travel: Hi, I would not suggest in leaving a hamster on it s own for 1 week. If you are going to be out for more than a weekend I would suggest to call for a favor a friend, relative or neighbour to look in on your hamster. Preferably at your house and preferably...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster growth worries?, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster tumour: Hi, Usually a tumour does not fall off, so I would say that it might be some sort of infection. It could be hamster ringworm but but i m not sure since i did not diagnose your hamster. Hamster ringworm Medication with griseofulvin for at least 4 weeks...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster illness?, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster constipation: Hi, Yes, olive oil helps constipation. Two drops of either liquid paraffin or lactulose can be given 4 times daily. Mild cases can be given natural laxatives such as lettuce or dandelion or a pinch of Epson salts can be added to the drinking water. The...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster can not move his back legs, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster fractures: Hi Patricia, It cold be fractured bones. Suspected fractures are an emergency and veterinary treatment should be sought. Handle the hamster as little as possible to refuce further damage with sharp broken ends of bones penetrating through the skin resulting...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster safe foods, porridge oats, hamster mix
porridge oats, hamster mix, scrambled egg: Hi Kate It is good to give a well balanced diet - so a little of several foods is good. The dry hamster mix is good to give them all the time, and this can be supplemented with porridge oats, seeds, nuts, sunflower seeds and pine nuts. I wouldn t just...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster is very sick, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster diarrhea: Hi Charlene, Thank you for your question. Avoid giving your hamster a bath, this does not help him at all even though he has diarrhea. Rremove any moist food out of the cage and feed your hamster only dry bread, boiled rice and crispbread. Replace its...

Gerbils & Hamsters: will my hamster get sick from bedding, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster bedding: Hi, Yes it would get sick, it can get a cold. Replace the bedding as soon as possible. You can use tissue bedding if you want. Was the bedding wet because of the water bottle? Make sure that it does not leak. The most hamster water bottle that I found...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster sounds like Mogwai, empty cereal, cereal box
empty cereal, cereal box, little fellow: Dear Toni, thank you for your question. The sounds your hamster makes are signs of a respiratory infections. Hamsters are never vocal except when they are frightened or angry and the clicking/kissing sounds are a sign that he has trouble breathing. You need...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster has swollen toes that looks like a butt. A.S.A.P, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster swollen toes: Hi, Can you send me a picture? It could be a skin reaction. Hamster s feet can become swollen if you are using a wire cage, with a base made of wire. A wire floor can be made easier on the hamster s feet by covering it completely with Magic Mat from Oasis...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster teeth, toilet paper tubes, hamster food
toilet paper tubes, hamster food, dog biscuits: Hi Juli Sorry to hear about your hamster s teeth. Teeth are tricky - it is difficult to know if they will grow back - I ve currently got a similar problem with a gerbil - his top teeth have both fallen out and it doesn t look as though they re ever going...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster teeth, nail clipper, nail clippers
nail clipper, nail clippers, dear paul: Dear Paul, thank you for your question. I highly recommend to see a vet if your hamster s teeth have grown so long that they need clipping - it s not easy and very risky if you re not sure what you do. The vet can show you how to do it and they you can decide...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster in wheel, signs of exhaustion, wild hamsters
signs of exhaustion, wild hamsters, heart conditions: Hi Phillip In the wild hamsters run for up to 5 miles in search of food each night, hence the reason why they need to be able to exercise. I usually don t restrict my hamsters and let them run for as long as they want to. If they show signs of exhaustion...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, testicals, litters
testicals, litters, hamsters: Hi Anthony The fact that your hamster s testicles are large doesn t necessarily mean they are ready to mate - they do change shape and size over the course of the year. The most important thing with mating two Syrians is to make sure the female is in season...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster, air conditioner: Calee, No, Im pretty sure that a hamster wont get sick by that... but if so I guess im taking care of mine wrong!! :) Just kidding anyway the answer is no. Just make sure she has lots of bedding to bury up in so she doesnt get cold and she will be alright!...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamsters, hamster, hamster
hamster, hamster, hamster skin problems: Hi, Does it look like this pic? http://hamster-club.com/health.asp in the skin problems section. The picture shows a hamster with skin problems. It was due to the heat. The cause of the skin reaction could be from the bedding or from a change in the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamters, male genitalia, hamsters
male genitalia, hamsters, hamster: Hello. Female hamsters look depends on the breed of hamster. It s a lot easier to just sex them by gently pressing on their stomach and if no male genitalia comes out then it is a female...it sounds gross but it works! Thanks for the question. Eric...

Gerbils & Hamsters: handling my hamster, hamster taming
hamster taming: Hi Abbie, Your hamster is still very young and he is shy too. You should try handling him every time gently and by time it will get tamed. This usually takes months. Some hamsters are more nervous than others and may take a little longer to become accustomed...

Gerbils & Hamsters: help me, excercise ball, osb panels
excercise ball, osb panels, play pen: Dear Kim, thank you for your question. Just be patient and keep on offering your hand and talking to him. He will forget what happened and will be come tame again, but it may take some time. I m not a friend of hamster balls. Hamsters rely on their sense...

Gerbils & Hamsters: How else can I help my hamster lose weight?, health food stores, brine shrimp
health food stores, brine shrimp, grain mixtures: Dear Rachel, thank you for your question. 80 grams is almost twice the normal weight for a dwarf hamsters, they should weigh 30-50 grams (Roborovski hamsters even less). I recommend mixing your own food. Start with a good mixture of bird seeds, it should...

Gerbils & Hamsters: help please, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster: Michael, Are you talking about a hamster?? Well if you are They are quite easy to catch. Just put out some food, and then a few hours later check and see if its been eaten. If you happen to see it eating the food you could get something to catch it with....

Gerbils & Hamsters: honey bear hamsters mating, or not?, honey bear hamsters, one of my best friends
honey bear hamsters, one of my best friends, new cage: Andrea, The hamsters could have mated, However if it was only for a few seconds im pretty sure the female isnt pregnant. If you really want to go into breeding hamsters, id be glad to help. But, Im not going to talk about that right now. Well, Hope you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Lump on my Hamsters neck, black bear hamster, close watch
black bear hamster, close watch, abscesses: Hi Misha Lumps in hamsters can be a few things - first of all they are very prone to getting tumors. These however rarely get smaller - they tend to grow (often rapidly over the course of a matter of days) and often are reddish if they are superficial...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Making nest in wheel?, golden hamster, sized cage
golden hamster, sized cage, hoard: You have no idea how often I get asked this very question. The fact is, plastic hamster homes are set up to look pleasing to a human, but the way a hamster sees it conflicts with what the human sees. When we look at the set up we assume the hamster will use...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Medication Administration, blackbear hamster, medication administration
blackbear hamster, medication administration, pain medication: Usually the drops are manually given, ie just picking up the hamster, sticking the plunger in the hammies mouth and giving a drop. If she ll have it, you can try placing the drop on a bread cube. The bread will soak with the medication and she will be able...

Gerbils & Hamsters: MITES, ivermectin, mites
ivermectin, mites, antiseptic: Hi Cattie I ve never actually used a homemade solution for mites therefore it is difficult to know how long it lasts. I usually get hamsters treated by the vet with a couple of doses of Ivermectin which usually does the trick. I m assuming the listerine...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Milk and bread?, baby hamsters, baby hamster
baby hamsters, baby hamster, hamster food: Dear Kelly, thank you for your question. Both milk and bread are unhealthy food for hamsters and particular for baby hamsters, who can get diarrhea from cow milk (diarrhea can kill a hamster in days). If the hamster is old enough to eat seeds, you can mix...

Gerbils & Hamsters: what is a mineral wheel?, hamsters, cadmium
hamsters, cadmium, good question: Michele, Very good question!! A mineral wheel is a block of minerals For Hamsters and other rodents. You do not Need a mineral wheel, But it is a good idea to have one because its good for it. Some of the things it has in it are: Magnesium Phosphorous,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: mom fighting with babies, hamster babies, hamster diarrhea
hamster babies, hamster diarrhea, hamster cold: Hi Nicole, Thank you for your question. What kind of hamsters are they? Syrian? Ideally the temperature should be between 65 ° F / 18° C and 80°F / 26°C. At 3.5 weeks old hamsters are already grown and usually one separates them at 4 weeks of age so...

Gerbils & Hamsters: New cage for my dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, hamster cage
dwarf hamster, hamster cage, syrian hamster: Dear Mhairi, thank you for your question. Hamsters are escape artists, so you should get a new cage as soon as possible before the hamster discovers the broken apart and gets out. Wheel running can be addictive for hamsters. It s normal for them to run...

Gerbils & Hamsters: New Dwarf, dwarf hamster, gray fur
dwarf hamster, gray fur, hamsters: Hello Barbara. It is normal for hamsters to pee while they are in their wheel. The generally pee whenever. You might just have to clean it out every other day. To get him going on his wheel, while he is on it, push it a little so he knows that it moves when...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Normal Hamster Behavior?, chinese dwarf hamster, syrian hamster
chinese dwarf hamster, syrian hamster, fancy name: Hi Melody First of all, when hamsters go to their new homes they do tend to slow down a bit, especially males who are generally quite lazy. This is perfectly normal. Sleeping half in and half out of his tube is interesting - hamsters are pretty good...

Gerbils & Hamsters: new mummy, robos, rebecca
robos, rebecca, wheel: Hi Rebecca. The best thing you can do right now is take the wheel out of the cage and gently jiggle them out trying as hard as possible not to hurt them. You don t want to disturb the nesting and the litter too much because this will make the mom angry. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: old age, hamster, hamster
hamster, hamster, hamter stroke: Hi, Unfortuantely it could be a stroke and / or brain tumour (waltzing). Sometimes hamsters may develop a brain disorder which causes the hamster to constantly run in small circles. The hamster is unable to run straight. When a hamster has a stroke...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Potty on the wheel..., brittany brittany, gerbils
brittany brittany, gerbils, solid surface: Brittany, This is kind of funny. The same thing has been happening with my gerbil. The reason they do this is that they have like a little litter box in the cage. Usually each time you change the cage, they move to a different spot. There isnt really...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is it possible for hamsters and mice to mate?, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster, mice: Dear Carol, thank you for your question. Hamster (both Syrian and dwraf hamsters) and mice are completely different species that don t even belong to the same family. They cannot mate and the hamster would probably attack the mouse. I hope I was of some...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster?, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, stomach: Yes, hamsters have to mate in order to get pregnant. If you got your hamster from the store and she looked a bit chubby, there is a chance that she mated with a hamster at the store. Are you sure that it s a female? Another thing that it could be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant syrian "fancy" hamster, porridge oats, fancy hamster
porridge oats, fancy hamster, rectal area: Hi Melinda The gestation period for a Syrian is 16-18 days - therefore around day 14 you start to notice they are gaining weight/size. Hamsters carry their litter around their hips and therefore they become a bit pear shaped and their hips bulge. If she...

Gerbils & Hamsters: No pups eaten, dwarf hamsters, winter white dwarf hamsters
dwarf hamsters, winter white dwarf hamsters, baby hamsters: Hi Elisabeth, Well, no it s not normal but mother hamster react very different from each other. You were very lucky that she did not eat it. Try to avoid the tempatation of touching the pups.. I know that they look so cute and defenceless but to be on...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo dwarf hamster, robo dwarf hamster, wodent wheel
robo dwarf hamster, wodent wheel, food dish: Dear Jonathan, thank you for your question. I think it would be better to use another food dish (will be easier to clean, too) or just to scatter the food in the bedding, that will make it more interesting for the hamster and keep him entertained. The...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski fur loss, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, robo hamster: Hi Emma, The most common signs of hamster s fur problems are: loss of fur, sores, dry, itchy skin, reddened skin. These problems may be caused by tiny skin parasites, allergies, hormonal imbalance or improper diet. Mother hamsters shed fur around their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski Hamster, robo hamster, dead hamster
robo hamster, dead hamster, paper shredder: Dear Kris, thank you for your question. I recommend getting a new cage because plastic cages are not suitable for hamster or other rodents, the plastic can be harmful or deadly when chewed and swallowed and the cages are usually badly ventilated. They are...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski Hamster - Having a Fit?, hamsters, tantrum
hamsters, tantrum, hamster: Hi Laura. Yes, she was probally just having a fit. Every now and then, just like humans, hamsters will have a fit or throw a tantrum of some sort. A lot of times they don t like to be touched when they are having these fits and will avoid your hand or turn...

Gerbils & Hamsters: robo hamster, robo hamster, roborovski hamster
robo hamster, roborovski hamster, hamster: Hi, Your hamster is still very afraid. In order to have your hamster to trust you, you should occasionly give hime treats and avoid handling him until he will gain trust in you and will come on your hands on his own. This usually takes days or even months!...

Gerbils & Hamsters: roborovski dwarf, bald patches, hormonal problems
bald patches, hormonal problems, bald patch: Hi Luci Do you know why the other one died? Was he ill or did they fight? Blood on the nostrils is OK providing it is due to burrowing etc. which makes the nose a bit sore and can cause it to be bloody. If it looks more like a nose bleed then this is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My russian dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, russian hamster
dwarf hamsters, russian hamster, russian dwarf: Hi again Lucy! First you might want to make sure that you get rid of the mice because that would be bad if one of them happened to get into your cage, because they can get into anything! It may be wet tail that the female is having issues it but if it is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Short Hair Hamster Dieases, close watch, hamsters
close watch, hamsters, short hair: Hi Tayler Unfortunately hamsters are very prone to getting tumors, especially when they are about 2 years old. Obviously, it isn t good that he has these and it is important to keep a close watch on them. Some tumors grow quickly (over night) and sometimes...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hampster, teddy bear hampster, change shape
teddy bear hampster, change shape, testicular cancer: Hi Stacey Are you sure his butt isn t normal for him? The testicles on some hamsters are incredibly large and can alter/change shape or even be lopsided from time to time. Whilst it is not impossible, it is quite rare that a hamster develops testicular...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster!, wet tail, human medicine
wet tail, human medicine, pepto bismal: Don t give your hammy Pepto, human medicine is never a good thing to give to animals, especially one as small as a hamster. Even a drop could prove to be fatal. Even though you may think your hamster doesn t have wet tail, it really sounds exactly like wet...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Snacks to give, baby hamsters, hamster babies
baby hamsters, hamster babies, hamster: Hi Elisabeth, Yes you can. You can also provide additional bread soaked in milk in a small food bowl for the mother hamster and babies as this will provided extra protein for these hamsters. If you have any more questions, you can always drop me a line...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Suseptable?, hygiene rules, guinea pigs
hygiene rules, guinea pigs, washing hands: Hi Heidi To a certain extent all hamsters have mites, but it is only really if they are ill or elderly that you notice them. Sometimes they scratch when they have them, especially around the head area. Mites/mange is easily treated by a vet with a couple...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Swollen cheek pouch, hamster abcess, hamster cheek pouch
hamster abcess, hamster cheek pouch, hamster: Hi, Well it could be many reasons but a picture would definately help me more in telling you what it could be.... These are some ideas what it could be: 1. a tumour 2. an abcess 3. impaction of the cheek pouch. Impaction of the cheek pouch...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian Hamter, hamster cancer, hamster testicles
hamster cancer, hamster testicles, hamster tumour: Hi Hannah, Young male hamsters have 2 testicles that can be present within the abdomen or in the srotum below the tail. These are initially small and my not even be noticed by the owner. As the hamster reaches puberty (from four months) and especially...

Gerbils & Hamsters: just sent you mail but put wrong email, sorry!, salt pepper, confussion
salt pepper, confussion, gerbils: Dear Josh, since you already touched the gerbils, The only hope you have is to put both females in with the babies, and hope they don t get eaten. That is probably all you can do, besides take out all the babies and care for them yourself, which is even harder....

Gerbils & Hamsters: separated robos after fighting, sociable animals, anti biotics
sociable animals, anti biotics, play time: Hi Jenni. Seperating the robos are a good idea. The reason that Fizel is suffering the most is because fighting is their way to socialize. Whether it s just playing or showing dominince, that s what they do most to socialize. The hamsters will be fine and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sick hamster, hamster glaucoma, hamster prolapse of the eyeball
hamster glaucoma, hamster prolapse of the eyeball, hamster rupture of the eyeball: Hi, Does it look like this? : http://hamster-club.com/health.asp see glaucoma section? If yes then there is some information on hamster glaucoma.. if the eyeball is comletely out of the socket then your daughter s hamster has a prolapse / rupture...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is he sick or just hurt, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, prolapse eyeball: Hi Becky, Your hamster has a prolapse of the eyeball. This means that the eyeball comes out of its socket. The cause may be from fighting or from rough handling especially if the hamster has been held by the scruff too tightly. It is possible to prevent...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my sons dwarf hamster, pet hamsters, hamsters
pet hamsters, hamsters, hamster: Hi Stephanie. This is one of the situations where you would take your hamster to the vet as soon as possible. When injuries like this occur they often get worse with time (especially if it involves blood). So try your best to get with your vet as soon as...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sorry to bother you but to add something to my question..., hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster skin mites: Hi Alice, Yes, if the hamster is scratching itself then it could be skin mites. A skin mite is a small spider-like creature that goes into the hamster’s skin making the mite itself almost invisible! Skin mites can be passed on to other animals. Due to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: strange behaviour, osb panels, hamster cages
osb panels, hamster cages, syrian hamster: Dear Yasmin, thank you for your question. Hamsters love to dig, so his behaviour is normal. He just doesn t think about getting blocked in by the sand he digs away. It might help to put the sand somewhere else or to offer an open bowl with sand he can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian and dwarf hamstrs, hamster, syrian hamster
hamster, syrian hamster, golden hamster: Hi Abbey, Well, both syrian and dwarf hamsters are cute :) Syrian hamsters should be housed alone ie one per cage while dwarf hamsters love company so if you decide to buy a dwarf hamster you would have to buy at least 2 dwarf hamsters since dwarf hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syriran hamster, porridge oats, milk formula
porridge oats, milk formula, veterinary advice: Hi Terri I m sorry to hear about your hamsters. Sadly, when they are young they are totally dependent on their mum and there is often little chance of intervening (although not totally impossible). By now nature might have taken its course and this response...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Teddy Bear Hamster Lumps, teddy bear hamster, scent glands
teddy bear hamster, scent glands, little dots: Hi Megan This definitely sounds like his scent glands. Sometimes they are really easy to see and some hamsters tend to lick them a lot. They can be dark spots, sometimes their fur is thin or missing around them. Providing they are symmetrical, I m sure...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Teddy Bear Hamsters, pet hamsters, syrian hamsters
pet hamsters, syrian hamsters, community tank: I m a little bit against the practice of giving animals as gifts, but you ve come to the right place for advice. Pet store hamsters are usually 3-6 months of age, which is the perfect age to get a hamster. If you ve ever seen or held a large full grown hamster,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: taking pictures, dwarf hamsters, drake and josh
dwarf hamsters, drake and josh, hamsters: Carmen, This is so funny, Ive actually seen that episode because nickelodeon is one of the only channels i get in my dorm room, Anyway, No usually It doenst even do anything to them. Maybe for a second they will be like what the heck was that? well in hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: teddy bear hamster babies, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster pregnancy: Hi Rachel, If she is housed with a male then there is a chance every 4 days! Syrian hamsters get very aggressive towards male and even through mating they should always be monitored and separated if aggression takes place. Kind Regards Nadia Vella...

Gerbils & Hamsters: teddy bear hamster - eye infection?, hamster eye, cause of death
hamster eye, cause of death: Sorry about your daughter s hamster. :/ and sorry I couldn t get to you sooner. My computer was down. Since there was a scratch it could ve gotten infected or let a virus germ in, and what is minor if in humans is really bad in hamsters, because there immune...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I think my hamster is Pregnant, chinese hamster, male hamster
chinese hamster, male hamster: Hi, Thank you for your email. A male hamster will have testicles and by time these will become more noticeable especially on chinese hamsters. This article shows you male hamster pictures and how easy it can be to distinguish a male hamster from a female....

Gerbils & Hamsters: I think my hamster is pregnant?, porridge oats, gestation period
porridge oats, gestation period, drink alot: Hi Carly You don t say what type of hamster this is. If she is Syrian, then the usual gestation period is 16-18 days, if she is a dwarf it is 18-21 days. Don t overfeed her right now - just give the usual amount of food. Close to the date she is likely...

Gerbils & Hamsters: we thought tha we had three boy gerbils, now we have babies, what do we do?, salt pepper, 2 girls
salt pepper, 2 girls, infact: Dear Josh, since you already touched the gerbils, The only hope you have is to put both females in with the babies, and hope they don t get eaten. That is probably all you can do, besides take out all the babies and care for them yourself, which is even harder....

Gerbils & Hamsters: travel, hamster trip, hamsters
hamster trip, hamsters, hamster: Hi On a trip, your hamster will need roam room. So forget the small travel carrier and use one of his larger cage modules instead. A wire one is better for air circulation but leaves the seats open to tooth attacks. To prevent this, slot a sheet of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how to treat hamster mites, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster skin mites: Hi Viki, Usually hamster mites are different from dog and cat mites. So I would say no, the mites would be gone if you use an anti mite spray. Disinfect the whole cage and apply some anti-mite spray on the hamster bedding and on the hamster. Do not apply...

Gerbils & Hamsters: type of my hamsters, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, types of hamsters: Hi, Thyank you for your question. Panda hamsters are also called teddy bear or syrian hamsters. these should be housed alone that is one per cage. these pages give you some information and pictures of the various types of hamsters http://www.hamster-club.com/varieties.asp...

Gerbils & Hamsters: types of hammies, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, syrian hamster: Hi Anna, Both short and long haired teddy bear hamsters have the same temperament :) Sometimes they are also called Syrian hamsters. I would suggest 1 syrian hamster, they live alone since they are solitary pets. If you have any more questions, you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Whats wrong with my Bubby?, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster reproduction: Hi Nick, Your hamster is neither sick not pregnant... her behaviour is very normal. Usually most syrian hamsters do that at first. In order to have your hamster to trust you, you should occasionly give hime treats and avoid handling him until he will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is my Winter White Russian hamster sick?, guinea pig food, russian hamsters
guinea pig food, russian hamsters, fungal spores: Hi Alice I m sorry to hear that your hamster doesn t appear to be well. Hamsters can suffer in the heat as they have no way of cooling themselves down. However, if it is the heat then it is strange that the other hamster is OK. Is it possible to fix...

Gerbils & Hamsters: water & hampsters, fungal spores, insect killer
fungal spores, insect killer, hanging plants: Hi Lucy sorry to hear about your hamster. A hamster should not die from getting wet unless they developed a cold from it. Hamsters can die suddenly for a number of reasons. They can suffer heart attacks and heart failure, they can also develop an illness...

Gerbils & Hamsters: weird behavior, sick babies, animal protein
sick babies, animal protein, weird behavior: Dear Tammy, thank you for your question. She s probably nervous and agitated ebcause her babies are gone and she doesn t know where they are. But the babies needed to be separated from her (at least the males) at 28 days anyway, so she will calm down soon....

Gerbils & Hamsters: wet bedding, dwarf hamsters, wet tail
dwarf hamsters, wet tail, water leaks: Hi Catrina. There is no telling when specifically you will start seeing signs of wet tail, but once the wet tail disease begins, symptoms will be obvious and you will know right away if she has the disease. As far as stopping the leaking goes, I can only...

Gerbils & Hamsters: wierd spot on gerbil, scent gland, gerbils
scent gland, gerbils, gerbil: Carolyn, Yes, this is normal. it is on every gerbil. It is called a scent gland. It will not hurt the gerbils in any way. But, if the gland gets swollen or anything like that, it could be a tumor. So if that ever happens, bring it to the vet right away....

Gerbils & Hamsters: What should I get?, dwarf hamster, paper towels
dwarf hamster, paper towels, furry friend: Myranda, There are a variety of toys you can get for your little guy. I was just at walmart today and i see that they have tons of things for them to play with at a low price. Im so sorry its been a couple of days, but i literally have like 15 questions...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Not acting normal, old hamster, hamster wet tail
old hamster, hamster wet tail, hamster: Hi, Thank you for your question. Yes it is very normal, when hamsters start getting old (from the age of 1 year onwards) their behaviour will slightly change. They will sleep more, be less active, his appearance will also change slightly, with some white/grey...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby dwarf who is the neglected runt., proper substitute, substitute milk
proper substitute, substitute milk, milk mixture: Dear Courtney, Alright you need to look up a proper substitute milk mixture on-line. Other than trying to save him by keeping him warm and fed every two hours which is very difficult is the let nature happen. I know its harsh that one of them have been eaten...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Hamsters, female hamster, exact breed
female hamster, exact breed, time and patience: Thanks for you question. You mother hamster may have felt threatened. As long as you don t disturb her she ll do fine. She may have not been ready to be a mother yet. She was only doing what she felt she needed to do. If you feel like she may eat more,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, male dwarf: Dear Cassie, Yes this is an old enough age to breed but I urge you to do much research before making such a decision. You want to look into the process of breeding, gestation, rearing, possible problems, how much time you have, the supplies you need, and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting, hamster biting, hamster bite
hamster biting, hamster bite, hamster is biting: Hi Catrina, Thank you for your question. Yes, when hamsters start growing up sometimes they start biting especially when they are startled or amused by the object (your finger) which they see coming through the cage bars!! I know it sounds strange, but...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting, hamster biting, hamster bite
hamster biting, hamster bite, hamster is biting: Hi Catrina, Thank you for your question. Yes, when hamsters start growing up sometimes they start biting especially when they are startled or amused by the object (your finger) which they see coming through the cage bars!! I know it sounds strange, but...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black bear hamsters, gallon aquarium, solitary animals
gallon aquarium, solitary animals, maximum age: Sexing babies is very, very difficult, and you can begin sexing them at 2-3 weeks of age. Usually by 4 weeks, the absolute maximum age they can be together without separation, the males tend to start showing a scrotum, which makes it very easy to tell the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: blueberry dwarf hamster, hamsters and gerbils, plastic cage
hamsters and gerbils, plastic cage, walmart: Hi Cori. Some hamsters hide when they eat their food because they are just naturally nervous animals, so when she sees you watching her, she probally gets a little nervous...it s normal though. And no you don t have to get her new food, because all hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding my hamsters, breeding guide, proper knowledge
breeding guide, proper knowledge, hamsters: Why are you deciding to breed? I don t condone breeding without the proper knowledge. You shouldn t touch the babies until they are 28 days old. www.hamsterific.com has a breeding guide, I would also suggest going to your local library and checking out...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding my teddy bear hamster, solitary animals, syrians
solitary animals, syrians, hamster: Thanks for asking ans wanting to know more about breeding, Olivia. I don t suggest you start breeding until you are able to answers some questions. Hamsterific has a great list of questions you should be able to answer first. http://hamsterific.com/HamsterUniversity/WhyBreed.html...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding teddy bear hamsters, teddy bear hamster, syrian hamsters
teddy bear hamster, syrian hamsters, genetic makeup: Dear Justin, thank you for your question. Syrian hamsters cannot be kept together and will fight to the death in one cage. You need to separate the hamsters immediately. If you want to breed them, you must put the female in the male s cage or let them meet...

Gerbils & Hamsters: i am going to buy a black bear hamster, t training, hamsters
t training, hamsters, hamster: Potty training works on the idea that hamsters tend to use the same corner for urination. By finding out what corner the hamster is using, you place the potty in that corner, in hopes that the hamster will go inside and urinate. Now, this obviously is NOT...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chinese dwarf hamsters, chinese dwarf hamsters, chinese hamsters
chinese dwarf hamsters, chinese hamsters, dear jennifer: Dear Jennifer, thank you for your question. Chinese hamsters are not social at all and must be kept alone. They are not dwarf hamsters, despite their size, dwarf hamsters are only Roborovski, Winter White and Campbell hamsters, all belonging to the Phodopus...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cleaning a Teddy Bear Hamster, long haired hamster, hamster
long haired hamster, hamster, wetness: If you absolutely must clean your hamster (and I mean if there s something toxic spilled in his fur or something he can t clean out on his own)then I recommend using a soft bristle toothbrush and some warm water. Do not soak large portions of the hamster,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cage help plz, hamster cage, syrian hamster
hamster cage, syrian hamster, gallon aquarium: Dear Brandon, I can t see so I can t tell really how long it is, but it s probably long-haired. If more is short than there is long it s short haired. The right size for a cage is at LEAST 10 gallon aquarium, but I always get more like 15-20 so they have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinese dwarf hamster, sun flower seeds, dwarf hamster
sun flower seeds, dwarf hamster, paper towel roll: Dear Ailish, 1. There are many types of hamster food you can get at any pet store. I would suggest one that doesn t have a majority of sun flower seeds. 2. The cage should be large enough to have a sleeping area, potty corner and wheel. 3. If he is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: couple of questions..., dwarf hamster, male dwarf
dwarf hamster, male dwarf, pink ears: Dear Samantha, 1. Yes I would try to take him in to the vet. It could be a tumor. 2. Your female is already sexually mature. 3. No you cannot breed the two together, nor would I keep them in the same cage either. 4. It is quite possible they could fight,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cream coloured puss out of the eyes, female hamster, eye lids
female hamster, eye lids, mark dean: Hi Mark Sorry to hear your hamster doesn t appear to be well right now. Whilst these two conditions could be connected, taking the eye discharge first - what do her eyes look like? Are they sore, does she seem bothered by this discharge, are the eye...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Campbells or Gerbil, gerbil, gerbils
gerbil, gerbils, campbells: Dear Kayla, you should probably just go and hold them and see which you like most, fitted for your personality. The only thing is that gerbils you should get two and hamsters you should only get one. By what you said you sound like a gerbil person but please...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf's in cages, dwaf hamster, dwarf hamsters
dwaf hamster, dwarf hamsters, dwarf together: Hi Kim, Thank you for your email. Dwarfs are friendly yes. You can keep more than 1 together in the same cage if they are of the same gender. They should have separate beds but probably they will all cuddle up together all the time, eat together, play...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster, female dwarf, drink more water
female dwarf, drink more water, girls and boys: Hi Wendy It is difficult to know if hamsters are pregnant in the early stages. They come into season every 4 days, and if they get pregnant, the litter is born between 18-21 days later. Close to the time they produce a litter they sometimes relocate their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster breeding, dwarf hamsters, birth complications
dwarf hamsters, birth complications, winter white: Dear Conner, You should never ever mix two different breeds. They may get along, even may breed although its not good and against nature. It could kill both the babies and mother. The two breeds look and act alike but in the wild are not meant to breed. Their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Dwarf Hamster Maybe Pregant, hamster pregnancy, hamster reproduction
hamster pregnancy, hamster reproduction, mother hamster: Hi, Thank you for your question. For how long have you had this hamster? If it s still a new hamster then she could just be still afraid of you (since she squeeks when you try to hold her) and runs away to hide. If you had her for some time then yes there...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster Rage, males and females, hamsters
males and females, hamsters, hamster: Dear Vanessa, thank you for your question. You need to separate the babies from their mother right now and then sex the babies because the males are able to breed already. If you are unlucky, all the females including the mother are already pregnant. Judging...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamsters, dwarf hamster, water bottle
dwarf hamster, water bottle, hamsters: Hi Myranda. If the bottle is low to the bottom of the cage, make sure that there is no bedding around the end of the bottle (giving the hamster more room to get to it and drink). If you still notice that the hamster is not drinking from it, then I would put...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamsters and sudden aggressive behavior, dwarf hamsters, hamsters
dwarf hamsters, hamsters, aggressive behavior: Dear Chris, They may have hit sexuall maturity and become territorial. This won t happen all the time, but if they are getting aggressive enough toward each other that they cause injury then you may start thinking about separation. Good luck, Lorele...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I dont know what my hamster is!!!!, Dwarf Campbell Russian Hamster, hamsters
Dwarf Campbell Russian Hamster, hamsters, hamster varieties: Hi Cynthia, It could be a campbell hamster since you mentioned that it is small. These pages shows you further details about them. http://www.hamster-club.com/varieties.asp and http://www.hamster-club.com/article.asp?ID=78 Dwarf Campbell Russian Hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, grey color
dwarf hamsters, grey color, petco: Hi. That is just minor fighting and they should get over it...they just aren t used to eachother yet. Fighting is usually the first step of introducing them...but if you notice that they continously fight, then I would seperate them and possibly try again...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamster, russian dwarf hamster, establishing dominance
russian dwarf hamster, establishing dominance, lorelei: Dear Abram, Dwarf hamsters usually need to be raised together to get along. Also sometimes you can introduce them slowly, outside of their cage and they may not fight because it is not in their territory. Whether or not it is in their nature to breed when...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamster, winter whites, best guess
winter whites, best guess, stressful situation: Dear Kim, Normally you would have separated the babies from the mother once they are old enough. This gives the mom a break after raising her pups. Sometimes raising them together is fine and as long as Lilly isn t acting stressed or scared they should be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my dwarf hamster has a lump, dwarf hamster, scab
dwarf hamster, scab, hamster: She may have. Or she may have gotten into it it with another hamster, and it s just now scabbing up. You can clean it up with a small amount of peroxide and put a little ointment on it to help it heal up. If it doesn t appear to get better within a week,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamsters, hamsters, rejection
hamsters, rejection, confusion: Hi Kelya. I m sorry you must of misunderstood. You see, when there are questions that I have answered before there is this thing called an Auto-Rejection button the automatically sends: This is a duplicate question. I ve answered it before. Which doesn...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, empty cage
dwarf hamsters, empty cage, agouti: Dear Abram, thank you for your question. Dwarf hamsters often don t get along in captivity and it s very hard to introduce hamsters that didn t grow up together. I recommend not trying it at all, at least not for housing them together permanently. You can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf hamsters, least three months
russian dwarf hamsters, least three months, campbells: Dear Abram, thank you for your question. You should wait until you introduce them because at that age they are perfectly capable tomate. The female must be older for her first pregnancy, though, at least three months. Try introducing them at that time again,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how do i get to earn my gerbals trust?, hamster training
hamster training: Dear Taylor, first of all, Tazer, cool name!! :) Gerbils are very social creatures and should usually warm up to you, but to keep the bond very strong here s what to do: Every day put a treat in your hand and stick your hand in the cage until Tazer...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Fany hamster, fancy hamster, haired syrian hamster
fancy hamster, haired syrian hamster, panda bear: Fancy is one of the many pet store names for a normal Syrian hamster. Syrians come with many odd pet store names, usually Black Bear (a black short haired Syrian) a Teddy Bear (any color long haired Syrian), Golden, (a normal golden coat pattern), Panda Bear...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby dwarf who is the neglected runt., warm bedding, substitutes online
Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby dwarf who is the neglected runt., warm bedding, substitutes online, pet store

Gerbils & Hamsters: couple of questions..., hamster handbook, patricia bartlett
Gerbils & Hamsters: couple of questions..., hamster handbook, patricia bartlett, dwarf hamster

Gerbils & Hamsters: cream coloured puss out of the eyes, wet tail, petsmart
Gerbils & Hamsters: cream coloured puss out of the eyes, wet tail, petsmart, eye infection

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil with leg injury, gerbil, 3 years
Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil with leg injury, gerbil, 3 years

Gerbils & Hamsters: Could our Hampster have worms?, scent glands, hamsters
Gerbils & Hamsters: Could our Hampster have worms?, scent glands, hamsters, hamster

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster, cat hairball, wood shavings
Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster, cat hairball, wood shavings, hair balls

Gerbils & Hamsters: going round in circles!, 3 legs, brain damage
Gerbils & Hamsters: going round in circles!, 3 legs, brain damage, hamsters

Gerbils & Hamsters: runt gerbils
Gerbils & Hamsters: runt gerbils

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sand bath for gerbil?, buddies
Gerbils & Hamsters: Sand bath for gerbil?, buddies

Gerbils & Hamsters: My female hamster, female hamster, hamster
female hamster, hamster, vet: Hi Katie. I know you don t want to spend money on the vet, but I really think that if you don t want your hamster to suffer, taking it to the vet would be the best thing to do. Hamster expenses usually aren t as much compared to those of larger animals either....

Gerbils & Hamsters: female hamster, hamster pregnancy, mother hamster
hamster pregnancy, mother hamster, hamster pregnant: Hi Lilly, Thank you for your question. Yes 2 symptons of pregnancy are storing food and being more aggressive. When the female hamster is pregnant, she will start to build a nest and during the last two days, she will gain weight in her stomach area which...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My friend's hamster, cold environments, body temp
cold environments, body temp, hibernation: Dear Kegan no a hamster usually will not wake up when you pick them up if they are in hibernation, and if the temp. in the cage was 68-78 (more towards the 74-76 is the best) then she shouldn t be in hibernation. Hope I ve helped! - Best wishes, Jen :...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil Breeding, gerbil intoducings
gerbil intoducings: Dear Becky, if you really want to you would have to use split cage method or age in a cage method to introduce them ( see some other answers for info on how to do that) but if you don t have to put them in the same cage, then it s a better idea not to because...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil with bugs?, gerbils bugs infestation, ticks
gerbils bugs infestation, ticks, fleas: Dear Brook, what a predicament! I hope I can help! they might be ticks or fleas, but either way a vet should be able to give you medication that won t harm the pups. If your local vet can t you should probably get help from a vet out of area/town. Also...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil fighting or play?!, gerbil fighting or play?
gerbil fighting or play?: Dear Brittany, the way you explain it it sounds like play, as long as they don t get hurt and don t get bitten, no blood or scratches, it should be fine. If they do start fighting for real, separate them ,probably permanently. Hope I ve helped, best wishes,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil with leg injury, leg injury, gerbil
leg injury, gerbil, healing process: You if your hamster can still move his leg, but is sorta dragging it, then he might have just sprained it. The best way to tell for sure is to take him to your vet. That s if you have the money to. Most vets won t splint it, because the hamster will likely...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil pups, old hamster birth risks
old hamster birth risks: Dear Shari, it could happen, not usually, but not rarely either. But please don t breed her it s a terrible idea, if she gave birth this old there is a high chance she d die plus it would be a painful death! You really don t want that for her, do you? If...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbils are lazy and not responding, gerbil training
gerbil training: Dear Joram don t worry, your english is fine and I understood it perfectly.ore comfortable about their cage and have been in it for a while, they have probably regulated there schedule again and probably come out more at night when you are asleep, which...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Will two gerbals fight if in the same cage?, gerbils introduction
gerbils introduction: Dear Taylor, gerbils love another gerbil s company! But you have to introduce them properly. Get two wire cages and put one in each and put the cages right next to each other, as close as possible, so the can see and sniff each other. After about 3 or...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil, gerbil tail, gerbil lost its tail
gerbil tail, gerbil lost its tail: Hi, I m sorry to hear that your gerbil lost its tail. Gerbil s tails are very fragile, so they shouldn t be picked up by the tail. That being said, your gerbil will probably be OK without any intervention. The exposed bone will eventually dry up and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hampster, hamster lump, hamster tumour
hamster lump, hamster tumour, hamster tumor: Hi Saffy, Thank you for your question. No you should not be worried since you are very fortunate in having a hamster of 3 years old. Lumps seem to appear more on older hamsters and since yours is very old it is a good sign since usually the average lifespan...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hampster Life Expectancy, black bear hamster, sick with something
black bear hamster, sick with something, hampster: Hamsters tend to live no more then 3 years, even with excellent care. As long as you make sure she still has plenty of food and water, she ll be comfy. If you see her having a hard time drinking, you can give her a little bit of moist food like grapes, carrots,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Could our Hampster have worms?, hamster intestinal parasites, hamster worms
hamster intestinal parasites, hamster worms: Hi Christy Knott, I m sorry to hear about your son s hamster. It has intestinal parasites. Symtons may include weight loss and diarrhea. Pinworms can be treated with piperazine, fenbendazole or ivermectin. A good rodent vet might confirm whether it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Balding, hamster fur loss, hamster
hamster fur loss, hamster, hamsters: Hi Paris, Thank you for your question. The most common signs of hamster s fur problems are: loss of fur, sores, dry, itchy skin, reddened skin. These problems may be caused by tiny skin parasites, allergies, hormonal imbalance or improper diet. Mother...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster bed?, seperate areas, place thanks
seperate areas, place thanks, hamster: Thanks for asking your question. Yes, it s normal for a hamster to do this. As much as you try to train your hamster to potty in one area, they are still gonna do what they want. I had a hamster bring food, bedding up to his attached ball and use it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster has broken her front paw, fish tank, hamster
fish tank, hamster, hamsters: Hey Jasmin, thanks for asking. There isn t much you can do. Most vets will not wrap, or splint it because hamsters will just chew the wrap off. You hamster foot may not grow back straight, or it may. No telling. If it looks like it s swelling up too much,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster and Gerbil together?, female hamster, cage space
female hamster, cage space, adult animals: Hamsters are solitary adult animals. This means that an adult hamster can t even be kept with another hamster, let alone a gerbil. They get to be very territorial and will fight anyone introduced into their cage space. If you would like the gerbil too she...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster living, hamster potty training, hamster potty
hamster potty training, hamster potty, hamster poo: Hi David, Thanks for your question. Most hamsters at first do that and they will need time until they will adjust to the new surrounding of a new cage since 2 weeks is still a short period of time. By time the hamster will chose a favourite spot for him...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster - Missing Fur/Funny Smell, hamster skin mites, hamster mite
hamster skin mites, hamster mite, hamster mites: Hi Kim, Thank you for your question. The most common signs of hamster s fur problems are: loss of fur, sores, dry, itchy skin, reddened skin. These problems may be caused by tiny skin parasites, allergies, hormonal imbalance or improper diet. Mother hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Sore paw, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster mites: Hi Kathryn, Thank you for your question. The cause of the skin reaction could be from the bedding or from a change in the food and / or lifestyle of the hamster. If the bedding is the cause of the hamster’s skin reaction, change the hamster’s bedding...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster sleeps more than usual and doesn't eat, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster eating: Hi Annie, Thank you for your question. A normal hamster would sleep all day and will not drink so much so I must say that it is quite normal :) Also it will eat during the night so you won t be able to see it eating that much during the day. If you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster swollen eye, old hamster, swollen eye hamster
old hamster, swollen eye hamster, hamster swollen eyes: Hi Kathy, Thank you for your question. Yes it is very normal since your hamster is 3 years old. Usually they live 2 years or less so you are very lucky to have a 3 year old hamster :) Now that he is old it will show signs of old age like swollen eyes,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamsters, dwarf hamsters, toilet paper roll
dwarf hamsters, toilet paper roll, pumpkin seeds: Dear Stephanie, thank you for your question. Adult hamsters can be tamed, they don t have to be young for that. If you are afraid of being bitten, try wearing gloves at first. I recommend making a room hamster-safe (the bathroom or the hallway for example)...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamsters, noise, breed of hamster
noise, breed of hamster, feeding: Thank you for your question Kyra. Depending on the type of cage you have, your hamster make make a little noise. Bar cages tend to be more noisy, hamsters will chew on the bars. Which is not safe for them to do. If you decide on a bin cage (a plastic storage...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamsters, hamster cage, hamster acquariums
hamster cage, hamster acquariums, hamster glass: Hi Thank you for your question. Yes but these these tend to be more expensive as an investment and they do tend to be heavier so you will need to take that into account when you decide where you want to put your pet hamster s home. Other disadvantages include...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Help Gash!, cuts and scrapes, q tip
cuts and scrapes, q tip, polysporin: You ve done exactly as I would have done, which is excellent. The main concern was to make sure that the cut was not making the hamster lose too much blood, and it doesn t sound to be quite that bad. Most cuts and scrapes will heal on their own thankfully,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hi, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster house: Hi Ashley, Thank you for your question, yes a 4 level cage is good, the larget the cage the better for the hamster since hamsters get bored very easily! The most effective bedding material that I found is paper based bedding. I use toilet paper or tissue...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, male hamster, hamsters
male hamster, hamsters, male hamsters: Hi Jessica, That is quite normal. All male hamster sometime pee white. This happens due to their hormones and repoductive system. If you have any more questions, you can always drop me a line anytime on nadia@hamster-club.com Kind Regards Nadia...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster!, hamster babies, pregnant hamster
hamster babies, pregnant hamster, mother hamsters: Hi Aly, Thank you for your question. When the female hamster gives birth, it is very important not to touch the nest or babies and avoid cleaning the cage for the first 3 weeks or else the female hamster could panic and kill the hamster babies. If it is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, distinguish hamsters, female hamster
distinguish hamsters, female hamster, male hamster: Hi Begonia, Thank you for your question. Yes, hamsters should never be bathed or wet. Hopefully your hamster will be ok but avoid putting water on it. Hamsters have their own natural oils to maintain the condition of their fur and will spend a long...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, teddybear hamster, breeding hamsters
teddybear hamster, breeding hamsters, female hamster: You should never keep that type of hamster in pairs, they may be fine now, but they will eventually start fighting, and one may kill the other. As for mating, yes. They will, it s nature, boys and girls will mate. But that doesn t mean you should do it....

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster, hamsters, dwarfs
hamsters, dwarfs, hamster: You just have to give her time. She may not be used to humans. Here is a great site, take a look at it, it has great tips for handling hamsters.http://hamsterific.com/HamsterHandling.cfm Some hamsters are more social than others, I had a Syrian that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster, hamster constipation, hamster poop
hamster constipation, hamster poop, hamster: Hi Jackie, Thank you for your question. Yes it sounds like constipation especially if he pooped less than usual. Two drops of either liquid paraffin or lactulose can be given 4 times daily. Mild cases can be given natural laxatives such as lettuce or...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster, dwarf hamster, skin and bones
dwarf hamster, skin and bones, quarter size: Dear Cathy, Your hamster should eat normally and have about a small handful (about quarter size)every day at least. You can let her run as much as she wants but don t leave her on the floor too long. You can t really judge how big she should be, just as long...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, hamster wheezing, hamster cold
hamster wheezing, hamster cold, hamster crying: Hi Sophie, Thank you for your question. I sent you an email too :) Does he whine while asleep? If yes then he could be dreaming. If he whines during the day and wheezes it could be a bit of a cold. A little added honey with water may encourage the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, hamster lump, hamster tumour
hamster lump, hamster tumour, hamster's tumours: Hi Sam, Thank you for your question. I m sorry to hear about your hamster. It could be a tumour. Tumours can be below the skin (like in your hamster s case) or on the skin. The hamster develops a lump which gets bigger by time and early referral to a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, hamster trust, hamster behaviour
hamster trust, hamster behaviour, hamsters trust: Hi Karen, Thank you for your question. In order to have your hamster to trust you, you should occasionally give him treats and avoid handling him until he will gain trust in you and will come on your hands on his own. This usually takes days or even months!...

Gerbils & Hamsters: about my hamster, hamster pregnancy, mother hamster
hamster pregnancy, mother hamster, hamster being pregnant: Hi, Thank you for your question. Well, I cannot tell you exactly whether she is pregnant or not since I did not see her but hoarding and making a nest could mean that she could be pregnant, but sometimes this could be a false alarm. The only way one confirm...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster babies, distinguish hamsters, male hamster
distinguish hamsters, male hamster, female hamster: Hi, You are welcome :) It is very tricky to determine the sex of a hamster. In Syrian Hamsters, it is more easy to know their sex than Dwarf Hamsters due to their size. A male hamster will have testicles and by time these will become more noticeable....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is my hamster blind in her left eye?, hamster cataracts, hamster blind
hamster cataracts, hamster blind, hamster eyes: Hi Temi jo, Thank you for your question. I m sorry to hear about your hamster. Probably she has cataracts. Usually the sympton of cataracts is that the transparent lens within the ye becomes cloudy and white. A good rodent vet would definately confirm...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster cage, hamster bedding, hamster housing
hamster bedding, hamster housing, hamster: Hi Jessica, Thank you for your question. Normal bedding is the best - paper best is the best. Wood shavings are not ideal as bedding for hamsters as hamsters may suffer from the wood shavings dust and get a skin reaction to it. Shredded paper is good...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster cages, hamster cages, plastic surfaces
hamster cages, plastic surfaces, lysol: Dear Jessica, thank you for your question. You can clean the cage with hot water and vinegar, that s usually enough. You can use a disinfectant like Lysol, just make sure to rinse really well after using it. Some disinfectants will corrode plastic surfaces,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster death, cedar shavings, respiratory problem
cedar shavings, respiratory problem, hammie: Dear Marcie, sorry about your hammie. :/the cedar shavings might have caused a respiratory problem, and if the room is less than 68F(I go by 70F to be safe) or more than 78F than it s to extreme of temperature which could of caused it. best wishes, Jen...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster hair loss, hamster fur loss, hamster fur
hamster fur loss, hamster fur, hamsters: Hi Jennifer, Thank you for your question. I m sorry to hear that your hamster has fur loss. The most common signs of hamster s fur problems are: loss of fur, sores, dry, itchy skin, reddened skin. These problems may be caused by tiny skin parasites, allergies,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is my hamster happy, cheek pouches, wild hamsters
cheek pouches, wild hamsters, hamsters: Hi Christina Hamsters can be very nervous pets and it is a case of winning their confidence. This can be done by talking to them a lot - every time you see him out and about in his cage. Also, if you give him treats, such as nuts, dried fruit or special...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster health, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster diarrhea: Hi Kristina, Thank you for your question. I think that it is diarrhea. Hamster diarrhea is a result of incorrect feeding and sometimes in combination with draughts or damp. Rotten food or dirty drinking water and overfeeding of vegetables can also be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster health, health food shops, dwarf hamster
health food shops, dwarf hamster, soft poop: Dear Kristina, thank you for your question. You need to change your hamster s diet. He shouldn t get human food or boiled rice any more. The sunflower seeds are mainly be given as treats. He needs to have grains and seeds as the main part of his diet. A...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster illness, hamster allergy, hamster cold
hamster allergy, hamster cold, hamster: Hi Sandra, Thank you for your question. Yes it could be an allergy or a bit of a cold. Hamster colds can be a cause of draughts so a correct place for the cage is very important. Cold mixed with a draught leads to a cold to the poor hamster. The symptoms...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster has a injury, hydrogen peroxide, black knot
hydrogen peroxide, black knot, ovarian cysts: I m assuming he is the only hamster. Let s see, are you sure that it s a boy? If it s possibly a girl, then it could be ovarian cysts. Not sure though. It could be that he s got fleas, or even mites and your hamster is chewing/itching too much. My suggestion...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster mother, mother hamster, hamster pregnant
mother hamster, hamster pregnant, hamster pregnancy: Hi Joanna, Thank you for your question. Yes 2 symptons of pregnancy are storing food and being more aggressive. When the female hamster is pregnant, she will start to build a nest and during the last two days, she will gain weight in her stomach area...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is my hamster pregnant?, lorelei, hamsters
lorelei, hamsters, hamster: Dear Sophie, She may or may not be pregnant. Hiding (being nocturnal) and stashing food is typically normal behavior for all hamsters. It is possible she is pregnant though if she has been around a male in the last 3 weeks or so. As for the wheezing, make...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster regading his teeth, hamster lost teeth, hamster lose teeth
hamster lost teeth, hamster lose teeth, hamster no teeth: Hi Heather, Thank you for your question. It is important to remove any sugary or sticky items from the hamster s diet. If the whole tooth broke off they will never grow back. If this has happened or until the teeth grow back, your hamster will be quite...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster rubbing, female hamster, coconut shells
female hamster, coconut shells, scent glands: Hi Linda This sounds like normal behavior. Hamsters have scent glands on their hips - sometimes they are quite obvious (a dark spot on each hip and the fur can be slightly thin there). Some hamsters also wash these glands a lot. When you clean a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster has wettail but is still breathing but wont wake up, wet tail, hamster
wet tail, hamster, hamsters: Hi Ross I m sorry to hear about your hamster - it sounds as though she is very ill. Wet tail is the term that is often given to hamsters with diarrhea, although true wet tail is an illness. The problem with diarrhea is that this dehydrates the hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, roborovski hamsters, syrian hamsters
roborovski hamsters, syrian hamsters, types of hamsters: Hi Jessica, No, roborovski hamsters only grow up to 4-5 cm..... the largest ones are called Syrian hamsters (these should be housed one per cage) while roborovski hamsters can be housed in groups (of the same gender). Syrian hamsters live approximately...

Gerbils & Hamsters: what happened to our gerbil?, aspen shavings, check ups
aspen shavings, check ups, having trouble breathing: Dear Hope, since I can t really see how everything happened and exactly how she was acting, I can t really give you a diagnosis, so sorry. :( I probably wouldn t get the last gerbil a new friend because when they are older they don t adapt to new things...

Gerbils & Hamsters: help me, hamster babies, hamster mother
hamster babies, hamster mother, hamster escaped: Hi, Did the mother hamster get back to the nest or she escaped? IF YOUR HAMSTER ESCAPES Close all the windows and doors and put some hamster food and some vegetables on the floor. Be always on the look out when you walk, as you might not see your...

Gerbils & Hamsters: help, parent gerbils aren't taking care of new litter., corn cob, kitten formula
corn cob, kitten formula, eye dropper: Dear Patty, if you really want them to survive, you have to put them in their own cage and feed them Kitty formula every hour. Use corn cob in their cage because some other kinds cause respiratory problems, and shred some cardboard for a nest to keep them...

Gerbils & Hamsters: help pleasee, hamster skin mites, hamster skin mite
hamster skin mites, hamster skin mite, hamster mange: Hi, Thank you for your question. Yes but it is more likely used for skin mange and not mites. For hamster mange, diluted oils can be used cautiously like olive oil, for direct application. Lavender, rosemary, tea tree and garlic oils may also be useful....

Gerbils & Hamsters: housing for hamster, teddy bear hamster, syrian hamsters
teddy bear hamster, syrian hamsters, glass tanks: Hi Brandon I personally don t like putting Syrian hamsters in glass tanks. This is because they do love to climb, and also glass tanks can attract condensation because of the restricted ventilation. It also means that in order to pick him up you would...

Gerbils & Hamsters: ideas on homing, hamster glass cage, hamster homemade toyes
hamster glass cage, hamster homemade toyes, hamster: Hi Brandon, Thank you for your question :) Glass cages these tend to be more expensive as an investment and they do tend to be heavier so you will need to take that into account when you decide where you want to put your pet hamster s home. Other disadvantages...

Gerbils & Hamsters: injured hamster, hamster bone, hamster broken bone
hamster bone, hamster broken bone, hamster fractured bone: Hi Sophie, Thank you for your question. If the hamster has a fractured bone the hamster will drag the affected leg and find it difficult to climb. Handle the hamster as little as possible if the hamster has a fractured bone to reduce further damage with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: introducing gerbils, gerbil introducing
gerbil introducing: Dear Brittany, put them in the same cage for a few minutes and watch them the entire time, then put them in separate cages again where they can still smell and see and hear each other, and each day do the same thing for five minutes more each day, a few times...

Gerbils & Hamsters: introducing hamsters, hamster separation, hamster split cage
hamster separation, hamster split cage, introduce dwarf hamsters: Hi Brittany, Thank you for your question. What type of hamsters are they? If they are syrian then there is no way that the method is gonna work. But it can work for dwarf hamsters (even though it is very difficult since the old hamster is already 2 years...

Gerbils & Hamsters: itching and pooping, hamster ball, hamsters
hamster ball, hamsters, hamster skin mite: Hi Kerilyn, Yes it is very very normal. Hamsters love keeping themselves clean and so will clean themselves on their own always grooming themselves :) But if it excessive scratching it could be mites. A skin mite is a small spider-like creature that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Lettuce, iceburg lettuce, vet
iceburg lettuce, vet, diet: Dear Kegan, hi again! :) Sh should be fine depending on how much you gave her, but if she starts acting weird at all take her to the vet. From now on if you add something to Butter s diet you might wanna research it first. Best wishes, - Jen :...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Long haired female hamster, female hamster, longest hair
female hamster, longest hair, longer hair: I had a long haired male named cappuccino because he was light brown with white tufts of hair that jutted out from his butt which reminded me of whipped cream. Most long haired get those classic back end tufts as the longest hair on their body, but compared...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Losing fur, hamster fur loss, hamster losing fur
hamster fur loss, hamster losing fur, dwarf hamster fur loss: Hi Aisling, Thank you for your question. I m sorry to hear about your hamster. The most common signs of hamster s fur problems are: loss of fur, sores, dry, itchy skin, reddened skin. These problems may be caused by tiny skin parasites, allergies, hormonal...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Lost Hamster, need help!, bunck, neigbor
bunck, neigbor, soft towel: Dear Michelle, I don t know where to find her, but I do know how to find her. First all the rooms you are are sure she is NOT IN ( if any), seal the cracks under the door with a rolled up towel or something. Next if you have any pets that pose as a threat...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Male Siberian, eyes closed and decreased activity, hamster sticky eyes, hamster eye closed
hamster sticky eyes, hamster eye closed, hamster: Hi Shane, The reason for s hamster having sticky eyes is that the hamster might have conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the insides of the eyelids that cause the eyes to stick together. In most cases the hamster s eyes will look red....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Mange, hamster mange, hamster
hamster mange, hamster, hamsters: Hi Peggy, Thank you for your question. Yes it will come back to normal, but it would take some months. If you have any more questions, you can always drop me a line anytime on nadia@hamster-club.com Kind Regards Nadia Vella http://www.hamster-club.com...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Mother and Father with babies, dwarf hamster, lorelei
dwarf hamster, lorelei, mother and father: Dear Martha, You cannot add the father back until the babies are gone, also you need to be careful that the mother accepts the father back and doesn t start fights. Putting them in a class is fine as long as you can be sure your able to monitor the interaction....

Gerbils & Hamsters: mite, hamster mites, hamster
hamster mites, hamster, hamsters: Hi Catrina, Thank you for your question. I m sorry to hear that that method did not work :/ Hamsters can catch mites and these should be treated by an anti-mite spray intended for hamsters. Disinfect the whole cage and apply some anti-mite spray on the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Nervous me right now..., hamster water bottle, hamster drinking
hamster water bottle, hamster drinking, hamster drink: Hi Reilly, You should not be worry if you refilled her water bottle again. Probably she will drink during the night. Make sure that the water bottle is a good one and that it works. The most hamster water bottle that I found useful is Karlie Snuggel...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Nikki and Perry, hamster gender
hamster gender: Dear Sierra they are probably female and male or they probably would have fought. You should always keep hamsters in separate cages because even if they seem like great buds, they can turn and fught at any moment, and hamster sometimes fight to the death....

Gerbils & Hamsters: My new fancy hamster, fancy hamster, hamster
fancy hamster, hamster, hamsters: You have to understand, you hamster was just brought to a new home. You have to give her time to adjust to her new surroundings. Give her a couple days, the slowly start working with her, feed her a treat, let her know that you mean no harm. When she is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Orphaned hamsters, abandones baby hamsters, baby hamsters
abandones baby hamsters, baby hamsters, hamster babies: Hi Adria, Despite a lot of work to try and keep the babies fed and warm, some losses may occour. The babies should be fed hourly and kept warm continually until they were big enough to take care of themselves. Since you removed her you will have to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Overweight Hamster, hamsters, lorelei
hamsters, lorelei, hamster: Dear Lianne, There are a lot of overweight hamsters that are just plain lazy like people. Also some hamsters are diabetic, you should look into this possibility. Also not all hamsters like being in the ball, although this provides safe and good exercise this...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Please help me with my dwarf, hamster eyes, hamster eye
hamster eyes, hamster eye, hamster glaucoma: Hi, Thank you for your question. Does your hamster s eye look like this? http://www.hamster-club.com/health.asp see glaucoma section please. If yes, then it could be hamster glaucoma. Glaucoma affects the eyes of the hamster and its symptoms are that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: plucking cage bars at night, toilet paper rolls, russian dwarf
toilet paper rolls, russian dwarf, cardboard boxes: Dear Gabrielle, thank you for your question. Gnawing cage bars is a sign of boredom and/or a too small cage. It can turn into stereotypical behaviour very fast and then it s hard to get rid of it. If the cage is smaller than 30x15x15 (length, depth and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: plz help me ..., hamster pregnancy
hamster pregnancy: Dear Adham, empty the cage except for bedding and some cardboard. She should already have made a nest if she s pregnant. Feed her small pieces of hard boiled egg. Don t touch the babies until they are 2-3 weeks old and don t clean the cage until then either....

Gerbils & Hamsters: question, safe side, lorelei
safe side, lorelei, hamster: Dear Maria, The majority of the time the male will eat the babies. I would remove the male before the mother even gives birth. If you are lucky he may help raise them but to be on the safe side you should take him out, she will be able to raise the litter...

Gerbils & Hamsters: re: hamster not well, hamster, intestines
hamster, intestines, intestine: Hmmm, I ve never heard of something like this. Was she living with another hamster? If so, it could have been the other hamster. Her eye could have been infected. As for the intestines, when you say there were coming out, you out of the mouth? Or out of her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: relaxed hamster, hamster on heat, femal hamster freezes
hamster on heat, femal hamster freezes, hamsters on heat: Hi Sophie, Female hamsters become on heat every 4 days, and sometimes when you stroke the hamster s back and she is on heat she stands still.....this is normal behavior and nothing to be worried about. Please feel free to contact us if you need any further...

Gerbils & Hamsters: not the right hamster??, syrian hamster, pointy nose
syrian hamster, pointy nose, pet store: Dear Jaime, Its really not my place to give an answer on ethics. You have made all of the points in any argument I would have made so you know quite well your options. I think since your posting this question because you are no longer really wanting him that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: going round in circles!, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster stroke: Hi Rhianne, Thank you for your question. I m sorry to hear that your hamster is going round in circles. This is due to a stroke. When a hamster has a stroke, there would be some head tilt and the hamster could go round in circles for hours - sometimes...

Gerbils & Hamsters: runt gerbils, gerbil runt, gerbils baby feeding
gerbil runt, gerbils baby feeding, gerbils-kitten milk: Dear Amanda, if you touched the hamster he may get eaten by his mom so I would take him out, put him in a cage with fresh bedding and shred some cardboard as a nest to keep him warm. Pretty much just do what the mother hamster does with the rest. When she...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sand bath for gerbil?, sand baths, sand bath
sand baths, sand bath, gerbil: Dear Kevin, gerbils absolutely LOVE sand baths, but if you get sand for them you will have to probably put it in a separate cage and only for about twenty minutes every other day at most. Also make sure it s a good brand as some brands that aren t good can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Does a Sedentary Hamster Mean She is Pregnant?, hoarding food, syrian hamsters
hoarding food, syrian hamsters, pregnant female: It is extremely difficult to tell when a female is pregnant, so I would not be able to tell you that for sure, in fact no one but a vet would be able to give you a 100% positive answer about pregnancy. People will try to say well if shes sleeping a lot or...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, vet asap
dwarf hamster, vet asap, shivering in the corner: Dear Emily, Yes dwarf hamsters often do get wet tail. It could also be something else I ve seen before but not sure what its called. You can try to keep her in a very warm room and make sure you get her to drink some slightly warm water, also try to get her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Panda Bear Hamster, hamster mange, hamster skin mite
hamster mange, hamster skin mite, hamster skin mites: Hi Mikaela, Thank you for your question. Yes it sounds like mange. Hamsters can catch mites and these should be treated by an anti-mite spray intended for hamsters. Disinfect the whole cage and apply some anti-mite spray on the hamster bedding and on...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sore eye, hamster sore eye, eyes stuck hamster
hamster sore eye, eyes stuck hamster, hamster sore eyes: Hi Aisling, Thank you for your question. Your hamster might have a conjunctivity... but it is very common on old hamsters. A conjunctivity is an inflammation of the insides of the eyelids that cuase the eyes to stick together. The eyes will look red....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange behavior prior to death, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster died: Hi David, Thank you for your question. I m sorry to hear that your hamster died, but she died of old age since 21 monhts is an old age for a hamster. Probably she felt that it was her time to die and wanted you beside her, you did a very good job in holding...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Swollen Nail, cut claw on hamster, hamster-neosporin
cut claw on hamster, hamster-neosporin: Dear Sue, there really isn t anything else to do except wait and see how it goes. Sorry. Just make sure you put Neosporin on the law and face every day. It won t make him sick if he licks it, so all s that can do is help. Don t put to much peroxide, maybe...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian Hampster, hamster cold, hamster sticky eye
hamster cold, hamster sticky eye, hamster sticky eyes: Hi Charlotte, Thank you for your question. Does your hamster sneeze? Since you mentioned that he is lethargic and snively. It could be a bit of a cold. A little added honey with water may encourage the hamster to drink. Also, you can give the hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian hamster, hamster cold, hamster lukewarm milk
hamster cold, hamster lukewarm milk, hamster honey: Hi Sandra, You are always welcome to ask me as many questions as you like... :) I usually put another hamster s bottle at the cage so that the hamster has the lukewarm milk always available and also the water bottle as usual. You can mix the lukewarm...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian hamster, hamster broken bones, hamster broken bone
hamster broken bones, hamster broken bone, hamster fractured bones: Hi Sandra, Thank you for your question. If the hamster has a fractured bone the hamster will drag the affected leg and find it difficult to climb. Handle the hamster as little as possible if the hamster has a fractured bone to reduce further damage with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: (Syrian) hamster diet, hamster cold, hamster with a cold
hamster cold, hamster with a cold, hamster ill: Hi Sandra, Thank you for your question. Yes you are doing very well if you already gave him lukewarm milk and honey mixed with water. Yes seeds should always be available and usually the hamster will get better after drinking the lukewarm milk and honey.......

Gerbils & Hamsters: scratching and sounds my hamster makes, flea shampoo, hammies
flea shampoo, hammies, weks: Dear Brooklyn, thank you for your question. I recommend seeing a rodent vet with the hamster as soon as possible. Fleas are very rare with hamsters, he probably has mites or a fungal infection. You need to treat him for the mites/fungus, the vet will prescribe...

Gerbils & Hamsters: stres, hamster stress, hamster
hamster stress, hamster, hamsters: Hi Roberta, Thank you for your question. Yes it is a stress issue, try not to disturb her that much for the 1st few days until the hamster adapts itselft well. Feed your hamster only dry bread, boiled rice and crispbread since it has a bit of diarrhea....

Gerbils & Hamsters: about my syrian hamster, female hamster, syrian hamsters
female hamster, syrian hamsters, golden hamster: Most hamsters use one corner of their cage as toilet, but some don t. Thze bedding will be moist in the toilet corner and usually the first thing the hamster does after getting up is peeing into that corner. I can t tell you what s wrong with your hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian hamster behavior, short haired hamster, bacterial infections
short haired hamster, bacterial infections, hamster: Hi Ann Sorry to hear your hamster hasn t been well. What is her eating like - is this normal? Is there any sign of diarrhea at all in her cage or a dirty rear end? Sometimes antibiotics, especially relatively long term, can cause diarrhea which can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Teddy Bear- Sick, hamster's sticky eyes, hamster sticky eye
hamster's sticky eyes, hamster sticky eye, hamster eye: Hi Candace, Thank you for your question. I m sorry to hear about your hamster being sick. Hamsters with sticky eyes is very common on old hamsters. The reason for sticky eyes is that the hamster might have a conjunctivity. A conjunctivity is an inflammation...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Traveling, mile journey, cardboard box
mile journey, cardboard box, apple slices: I have first hand experience moving hamsters, twice. My favorite black bear male drove with me 1200 miles in the summer heat last year, and when I returned home this year I brought my new hamster, his daughter, through the same 1200 mile journey. You will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how to tame my hampster, pumpkin seeds, safe room
pumpkin seeds, safe room, silkworms: Dear Ben, thank you for your question. Offer the hamster treats (sunflower or pumpkin seeds, mealworms, dried silkworms for example) on your hand and always at the same time and place, like on top of his house. If he doesn t take treats from your hand, put...

Gerbils & Hamsters: over tamed hamster?, syrian hamster, hamsters
syrian hamster, hamsters, hamster: This sounds like the reaction some females give when in heat. If you stroke their back they become very still and quiet, and freeze up. Not every female gives this reaction when in heat, but hamsters that do come in handy to breeders, since your able to tell...

Gerbils & Hamsters: teddy bear hamster, syrian hamsters, hamsters
syrian hamsters, hamsters, hamster: Well, when ever you put two teddy bear (syrian hamsters) together they are going to fight. Wether they are female and male, or same sex. You can not keep these two hamsters together. I d remove one as soon as you can. Or they may fight until one dies. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: tumor or ??, hamster cyst, hamster tumour
hamster cyst, hamster tumour, hamster cancer: Hi, Thank you for your question. A tumour would look like this http://www.hamster-club.com/health.asp see tumour section and also see the cyst section... Vet s operations on hamsters are not always successful due to their small size and some antibiotics...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Wart-Like Spots, top gum, syrian hamster
top gum, syrian hamster, bottom teeth: Hi Michelle I m glad to hear that he is his usual self apart from this. In the event that this is what is wrong with him, the cause of them would be a virus which results in skin tumors of the hair follicles (and can also be a contagious lymphoid cancer...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Weaning baby hamsters, dwarf hamsters, baby hamsters
dwarf hamsters, baby hamsters, weaning baby: Dear Shorna, thank you for your question. The babies need their mother until they are 29 (dwarf hamsters) or 32 (Syrian) days old, then you need to separate the male babies frmo the group, they can mate at that age. The males should stay together and the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: weird bedding behaviour, shredded paper, little food
shredded paper, little food, neice: Dear Dot, it s probably fine, she can get it out if she wants and if theres a little space at all, she can probably fit there. You d be surprised how small they can fit through. If there head fits through, they can get through all of the way. So don t worry...

Gerbils & Hamsters: What is wrong with my hamster?, hamster glaucoma, hamster eye
hamster glaucoma, hamster eye, hamster tumour: Hi, Your hamster had glaucoma on one of its eyes. One of the illnesses hamsters may have is glaucoma. Glaucoma affects the eyes of the hamster and its symptoms are that the hamster s eye will appear larger. When Glaucoma takes place, there is an increased...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Young female, hamster diarrhea, hamster wet tail
hamster diarrhea, hamster wet tail, hamster: Hi Rick, Thank you for your question. Yes it is a stress issue, try not to disturb her that much for the 1st few days until the hamster adapts itselft well. Feed your hamster only dry bread, boiled rice and crispbread since it has a bit of diarrhea. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: 1 family, 1 ruler, dear elizabeth, lorelei
dear elizabeth, lorelei, hamsters: Dear Elizabeth, Normally you can tell if the others are careful around her, they will to some extent avoid picking fights unless trying to gain dominance. She may mount the other hamsters as if to breed to show her dominance. If they are all living together,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Babies, dwarf hamsters, male dwarf
dwarf hamsters, male dwarf, dear john: Dear John Walker, Do not touch the babies. You shouldn t need to care for them since the mother should do this. Take the father out before he eats the children. I recommend that you take as much time as possible researching how to care for them and what to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, baby hamster, hamsters
baby hamster, hamsters, hamster: Dear Ashley, thank you for your question. As soon as the babies are running around outside by themselves and the mother doesn t constantly carry them back into the nest, you can hold them. But be careful, they might just jump off your hand not caring how...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bald patch on cheek, hamster fur loss, hamster's fur loss
hamster fur loss, hamster's fur loss, hamster losing fur: Hi, Thanks for your question. The most common signs of hamster s fur problems are: loss of fur, sores, dry, itchy skin, reddened skin. These problems may be caused by tiny skin parasites, allergies, hormonal imbalance or improper diet. Mother hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: biting problem, bitting, lorelei
bitting, lorelei, good luck: Dear Alex, Keep working with your gerbil. Hold them every day around the same time, make sure your hands don t have any smell or you haven t just eaten. Since its a baby it may just be exploring you with nibbling and just need to be held every day until it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
russian dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, white dwarf: Dear Abram, There are able to breed. Though in the wild this is not natural and will not happen. There are also chances that you can have complications. The websites you read were correct that if the pairing is not perfect the mother and children could die....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cheeko, desert creatures, hamsters
desert creatures, hamsters, ounce: I m glad Cheeko is feeling better, I bet the change to a healthy, appropriate litter definitely helped his skin and sneezing. All of my hamsters seem to drink very little every day, and if the bottle is left alone it would take about 2 weeks for one of them...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cages, metal bars, hamster
metal bars, hamster, habitats: Neither, get an aquarium, minimum 10 gallons. 20 gallon long is the ideal size for an aquarium hamster cage. Aquariums let you design the layout of your hamster s cage, and switch out toys as much as you want. Also when you want to get your hamster out all...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinese dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, chinese hamsters
dwarf hamsters, chinese hamsters, roborovski: Dear Thomas, thank you for your question. Chinese hamsters are not true dwarf hamsters (like Roborovski, Campbell and Winter Whites, who may live together as breeding pairs in captivity) and they are not social at all. You will need to separate the hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: coloring, hamster nomination, hamster site
hamster nomination, hamster site, best hamster site: Hi Amy, Thank you so much for the nomination and for the good rating you gave me :) I appreciate it a lot :) Pic was added on http://www.hamster-club.com on slideshow 1 the 1st pic from the back. She is adorable! Please press ctrl and f5 to be able to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamsters fight, dwarf hamsters fighting, dwarf hamster fight
dwarf hamsters fighting, dwarf hamster fight, hamster fight: Hi Emily, Thank you for your question. Yes it could have been a fight even though dwarf hamsters love to live in harmony, but there are some cases where fighting might occour. Kindest regards Nadia Vella http://www.hamster-club.com nadia@Hamster-club.co...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dawrf hamst, syrian hamsters, scent glands
syrian hamsters, scent glands, dropper bottle: Hi John Paul The first question would be - how old is your hamster? Hamsters do lose their fur sometimes as they get older - usually from about 2 years old. This is normal. Hamsters can also lose their fur due to hormonal changes. I had a hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: diarreha, soft poop, stress change
soft poop, stress change, use of antibiotics: Hi Kim Diarrhea is very serious in hamsters as they can lose fluids very quickly and become dehydrated. Changes in diet can cause diarrhea, and also it is important to check the cage is thoroughly clean and there is always a clean supply of water. Are...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamster, lorelei, hams
lorelei, hams, hamster: Dear Kim, Aside from seeing a vet there isn t much you can do for tumors. I m sorry to hear this. Just make sure she isn t in pain and be careful about touching it. Keep an eye on her and give her a happy normal life. That s all the advice I can give you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamster, hamster diarrhea, dwarf hamster diarrhea
hamster diarrhea, dwarf hamster diarrhea, dwarf hamster: Hi Deb, The hamster has a bit of diarrhea. Probably due to the change of location (yes hamsters get stressed very easily!). Remove any moist food out of the cage and feed your hamster only dry bread, boiled rice and crispbread. Replace its water with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, heart conditions
dwarf hamsters, heart conditions, hamsters: Hi Emma Sorry to hear that your hamster isn t well. It is difficult to know what is wrong with him, I m afraid. Hamsters can suffer from heart conditions and this could be what is causing him to breath quickly as his heart might be beating faster than...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamster, hamster dandelion leaves, hamster diarrhea
hamster dandelion leaves, hamster diarrhea, hamster bladder stones: Hi Kim, Yes normal bread or toast is better. Any type of bread. Rice should be boiled rice and then left to cool a bit. Dandelion leaves are hardly found unfortunately :/ one can obtain them if one knows a gardener or usually some people may also grow...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamster pregnant, hamster pups, dwarf hamsters
hamster pups, dwarf hamsters, foods high in protein: Dear Ashley, You need to take the father out before she has the babies. Also she may want some tissues to make a nest. Make sure your only feeding her appropriate foods. When the babies arrive do not touch them, and leave them with the mother for about three...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamster pregnant, hard boiled egg, dwarf hamsters
hard boiled egg, dwarf hamsters, gallon tank: The tank is fine, and I would leave everything in it. It s hard to tell from those pictures if she s preggers or not, I d wait it out and see, she ll be ready to have the babies in 16-18 days, so if you don t see any babies by then, then there s nothing to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamsters, hamster mating, mate a hamster
hamster mating, mate a hamster, dwarf hamster mating: Hi Rachel Thank you for your question. Before breeding hamsters, one should consider why s/he should breed his/her hamster. One can opt for adopting a hamster, which is much better as there are so many unwanted hamsters out there! If you still want...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamsters, hamster bladder stones, hamster blood
hamster bladder stones, hamster blood, hamster diarrhea: Hi Kim, Thank you for your questions. By ham food do you mean hamster s food ie: the pelleted food? The male hamsters must have a bit of diarrhea if he is making soft watery poop. Remove any moist food out of the cage and feed your hamster only dry bread,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamsters, toe nails, dwarf hamsters
toe nails, dwarf hamsters, crazy girls: Hi Kim Dwarf hamsters can have very different personalities - often one is much friendlier than the other. Sometimes they fight and one gets bullied (if it is bad then they have to be separated). The only thing really is to try and handle them as much...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Few Hamster Questions, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster housing: Hi Biance, Thank you for your question. 1. Only the Dwarf Campbell Russian Hamsters and Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamsters and the Roborovski Hamsters need company. check out tho know which species I am referring to in here: http://www.hamster-club.com/varieties.asp...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Fleas!, signs of fleas, cats and dogs
signs of fleas, cats and dogs, room mate: Hi Emily Considering I ve had hundreds of hamsters over the years I ve never actually had one with fleas. However, I have had a cat and dog before and found fleas on them. In many ways a cat or dog is more likely to get fleas purely because they are out...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamsters, little lilly, toe nails
Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamsters, little lilly, toe nails, hammies

Gerbils & Hamsters: Howto trim a hams teeth, vet, teeth
Gerbils & Hamsters: Howto trim a hams teeth, vet, teeth, little guy

Gerbils & Hamsters: Tubes for exercise, empty cereal boxes, toilet paper tubes
Gerbils & Hamsters: Tubes for exercise, empty cereal boxes, toilet paper tubes, empty cardboard

Gerbils & Hamsters: female and male, hamster on heat, female hamster
hamster on heat, female hamster, hamster pregnancy: Hi Cat, The female attacked the male since she was not on heat. A female hamster is on heat which means ready to get pregnant again, every 4 days, and on the day that she licked the male s bum she was on heat but it would not be healthy for her. Obviously...

Gerbils & Hamsters: fights??, dwarf hamsters, animal protein
dwarf hamsters, animal protein, move your hand: Dear Naileen, thank you for your question. Dwarf hamsters do live as breeding pairs in the wild, but not in groups and not with adult hamsters of the same sex. They also have huge territories, can avoid each other completely for days if they want to and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: fur loss, old hamster, hamster flaky fur
old hamster, hamster flaky fur, hamster flaky skin: Hi Louise, Thanks for your question. Probably your hamster is approx 2 years old since you got him when he was not a baby and since it has been with you for 15 months. It is very normal that an old hamster has chanings in his fur, it will lose some fur...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil attacking, dear jennifer, social animals
dear jennifer, social animals, gerbils: Dear Jennifer, thank you for your question. Gerbils are very social animals, but strict breeding for colours and not for personality and giving away the babies before they are properly socialized has left many with problems in their social behaviour. So...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil Housing, glass tanks, angelfire website
glass tanks, angelfire website, plastic tanks: Hi Leah On a temporary basis this should be fine. Ideally, gerbils need glass tanks (provided they aren t put on a windowsill/in direct sunlight as they overheat easily). Most gerbils shred all the time. It is therefore important to give them plenty...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil, dear joy, broken arm
dear joy, broken arm, easy access: Dear Joy, Often times the arm will heal. Please be very careful and try not to touch it. If he is in pain I would talk to a vet. Make sure your gerbil has easy access to food and water, take the wheel out and keep him away from anything he could get his leg...

Gerbils & Hamsters: HAMSTER LIKES TO CHEW ON ME, hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, hamster nibbling food: Hi Dominic, Thank you for your question. Probably he nibbles you after you touch food, so after touching the food and aftering giving him the food wash your hands and your hamster will not nibble you. Hamsters only nibble if they smell food :) Their sense...

Gerbils & Hamsters: HAMSTERS HAIR LOSS, hamster oil, hamster's wheel squeeking
hamster oil, hamster's wheel squeeking, hamster's wheel: Hi Cameron, Thank you for your question. Then the problem could be from the oil -he could be allergic to it. what oil was it? Olive oil? I would suggest in stop putting oil and buying a new wheel. Kind regards Nadia Vella http://hamster-club.com/behaviour.asp...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster, teddy bear hamster, kitty litter
teddy bear hamster, kitty litter, t training: Pine is not recommended because it contains oils that, when released into the air, will irritate the hamsters delicate lungs. Aspen bedding has very little, or no oils, which is why it is recommended above all other wood based beddings. I have raised hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Hamster has bald patches under its arms ! :(, hamster fur loss, dwarf hamster loss of fur
hamster fur loss, dwarf hamster loss of fur: Hi Rachel, The most common signs of hamster s fur problems are: loss of fur, sores, dry, itchy skin, reddened skin. These problems may be caused by tiny skin parasites, allergies, hormonal imbalance or improper diet. Mother hamsters shed fur around their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster balding, old hamster, hamster losing fur
old hamster, hamster losing fur, hamster grey fur: Hi Shelley, Thank you for your question. Yes it is due to old age. The blackish spots on his skin are very normal, every syrian hamster has them and those are the scent glands . Old hamsters lose their fur and / or sometimes the fur becomes greyish /...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster better in 2?, black bear hamster, syrian hamsters
black bear hamster, syrian hamsters, hamster living alone: Hi, Thank you for your question. No, Black bear hamsters love to live alone. It s in their natural behavior to live alone. Only russian and campbelle and roborovski hamsters love company. Kindest regards Nadia Vella http://hamster-club.com/varieties.asp...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster breeding, syrian hamster breeding, hamster breeding
syrian hamster breeding, hamster breeding, hamster sexing: Hi Katarina, A female Syrian Hamster can breed from as young as 21 days, but it is best to breed for the first time at around four to six months of age. Once bred, the female hamster should be given four months to recover condition before breeding again....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster cage smell, hamster vegetables, hamster food
hamster vegetables, hamster food, hamster clean cage: Hi, Thank you for your questions. Veg and fruits should be given less often so that your hamster does not poop alot. Like once a week is enough. Clean the potty area (usually they pee in one corner) daily and change the bedding and disinfect the cage...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster eye related, old hamster, hamster's sticky eye
old hamster, hamster's sticky eye, hamster's sticky eyes: Hi Natalia, It is very normal for a 2 1/2 yr old hamster to have sticky eye/s, unfortuanately at that age the hamster is very very old and the end my be near too :( But you are doing very well in washing it with a soft cloth with lukewarm water, this will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Hamster gave birth, hamster baby, hamster babies
hamster baby, hamster babies, mother hamster: Hi Justin, Thank you for your question. You can hold the mother after 1 week and can hold the babies after 3 weeks of age. When the female hamster gives birth, it is very important not to touch the nest or babies and avoid cleaning the cage for the first...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Illness, hamster rectal prolapse, hamster prolapsed rectum
hamster rectal prolapse, hamster prolapsed rectum, hamster: Hi Emily, I m sorry to hear about your hamster. It sounds like rectal prolapse. A photo would make me confirm if it is a recatal prolapse or not. A Hamster s rectal prolapse / hamster s prolapsed rectum is an illness where the hamster s portion of its...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster with right eye closed, hamster sticky eye, hamster's sticky eye
hamster sticky eye, hamster's sticky eye, hamster eyes: Hi Cindy, The reason for s hamster having sticky eyes is that the hamster might have conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the insides of the eyelids that cause the eyes to stick together. In most cases the hamster s eyes will look red....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamsters, hamster black paw, hamster black paws
hamster black paw, hamster black paws, hamster black feet: Hi Coleen, Some hamsters may have black paws and tails, it is nothing to worry about, it s all natural, yes you don t see so much of them but it s normal. If you have any more questions, you can always drop me a line anytime on nadia@hamster-club.com...

Gerbils & Hamsters: HELP, male hamster, female hamster
male hamster, female hamster, hamster: Hi Natasha, It is best to separate them since the male will mate her again and its not healthy for the female. If you have any more questions, you can always drop me a line anytime on nadia@hamster-club.com Kind Regards Nadia Vella http://www.hamster-club.com...

Gerbils & Hamsters: HELP! URGENT! PLEASE OPEN A.S.A.P.!, hamster, antibiotics
hamster, antibiotics, miranda: Hi Miranda Bleeding is something that should be checked out by a vet. Does the blood look like it is coming superficially from the mouth in that he could have injured himself, or does it look like the blood is coming from him internally? What are his...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Howto trim a hams teeth, small rodents, hams
small rodents, hams, lorelei: Dear Katarina, You don t trim a hamster s teeth. If you think your hamster needs that then you should go buy some safe wood from a local pet store that is made just for hamsters and other small rodents. They will chew on this and it should file the teeth...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster, abscesses, lot of water
abscesses, lot of water, hamsters: Hi Cassidy How old is your hamster - is she around 2 years old? Hamsters can get cysts, abscesses or tumors. Unfortunately, tumors are very common in hamsters and often there is little that can be done. A vet would need to examine her - if this is a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster bedding, cotton balls, toilet paper
cotton balls, toilet paper, hamsters: Toilet paper is fine, mine love it. Cotton balls however, shouldn t be given to a hamster. If they ingest this, it could cause a blockage in they re tummy. I always use store bought bedding, and add some shredded toilet paper as a nesting material...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster bugs, little creatures, hammies
little creatures, hammies, ivermectin: Hi Laura I think you need to approach this from two sides: ivermectin for the hamsters (are you getting the vet to apply this??? If not, you must make sure you get the right dose). Secondly, I would advise that you thoroughly clean out the tank and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster bumps, hamster tumour, hamster's cancer
hamster tumour, hamster's cancer, hamster cancer: Hi Ashley, Your hamster could have a tumour. The hamster develops a lump which gets bigger by time and early referral to a vet is vital to increase the chance of successful treatment. The risk of cancer rises when the hamster ages. Hamster cancers...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster who drinks a lot!, Karlie Snuggel Bar, hamster water bottle
Karlie Snuggel Bar, hamster water bottle, hamster's water bottle: Hi Caroline, No, it s not possible, I m sure that the water bottle is leaking.... and when you find the bedding it is black in places due to the water leaking... some water bottles are very difficult to find which are non leaking...A drinking bottle supplies...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster not in heat AGIAN?, colleuge, colleuges
colleuge, colleuges, agian: Hamsters come into heat every 4 days. This means that if you have attempted to mate her 5 nights in a row (and I mean night, don t try mating during the day) then it s possible the female just won t mate. Also consider the age of the female, is it possible...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster illness, definite possibility, hamsters
definite possibility, hamsters, hamster: Hi Angela Three years old is very good for a hamster. I m afraid she is just very old and her symptoms are part of this. Unfortunately hamsters are very prone to getting tumors, especially when they reach 2 years old and the huge lump she has on her side...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster itch, hamster skin reaction, hamster skin problem
hamster skin reaction, hamster skin problem, hamster's skins problems: Hi Andrea, Thank you for your question. The most common signs of hamster s fur problems are: loss of fur, sores, dry, itchy skin, reddened skin. These problems may be caused by tiny skin parasites, allergies, hormonal imbalance or improper diet. Mother...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster nipple, dwarf hamster, streptococci bacteria
dwarf hamster, streptococci bacteria, female dwarf: Hi Michelle Mastitis is the inflammation and infection of the mammary gland often caused by streptococci bacteria and it is likely to happen when the glands are swollen with milk. I haven t heard of it happening with a hamster who isn t pregnant, but...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster pregnancy, two lumps, nine weeks
two lumps, nine weeks, lorelei: Dear Georgie, At nine weeks it is possible if she was around a male before you got her. You should know in about three weeks if she will have pups. She might get a little moody, make a nest, sleep more, and have what seems to be two lumps on her hips (although...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster teeth color, hi eden, bottom teeth
hi eden, bottom teeth, vitamin minerals: Hi Eden I would suggest you change the diet slightly - if you can give some fresh vegetables daily. Avoid lettuce as this can cause diarrhea - but hamsters are OK with broccoli, french beans, cabbage, spinach, apple etc. They only need a very small piece....

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster wound, hamster cut, cut hamster
hamster cut, cut hamster, cut a hamster: Hi Leon, Thanks for your question. There are some times when a hamster cuts itself from an accident and inorder for the cut the heal itself one can use tea tree cream. It can be bought from the pet shop in a potency specially designed for small animals....

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, dwarf hamsters, hamsters
dwarf hamsters, hamsters, lorelei: Dear Cassie, After mating (sometimes it take several times before she becomes pregnant) it takes about three weeks for the babies to be born. From there she will raise them for about another three or four weeks. Before deciding to breed I urge you to do...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, hamster mating, hamster sexing
hamster mating, hamster sexing, hamster pregnancy: Hi Josh, Thank you for your question. Before breeding hamsters, one should consider why s/he should breed his/her hamster. One can opt for adopting a hamster, which is much better as there are so many unwanted hamsters out there! If you still want...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters age, golden hamsters, fluffy fur
golden hamsters, fluffy fur, hamsters: Hi Valerie It is very difficult to guess a hamster s age. Usually you can see if they are young, purely by their energy levels and fur - some tend to have more of a fluffy fur as babies, which they lose as they reach adulthood. Golden hamsters often get...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters eating a plant, loose stools, umbrella plant
loose stools, umbrella plant, umbrella tree: Hi Maria Hamsters do love to nibble anything they come into contact with, don t they? I honestly don t know if an umbrella plant is poisonous to a hamster. I know that some plants are, but I ve no experience of this as such. Hamsters do metabolize food...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamsters eye, hamster glaucoma, hamster's glaucoma
hamster glaucoma, hamster's glaucoma, hamster popped eye: Hi Taniya, Thank you for your question. One of the illnesses hamsters may have is glaucoma. Glaucoma affects the eyes of the hamster and its symptoms are that the hamster s eye will appear larger. When Glaucoma takes place, there is an increased amount...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hurting hamster, golden hamster, little babe
golden hamster, little babe, pain killers: Hi Imza I m really sorry to hear about your hamster. It is very difficult knowing what is going on from an email as seeing a hamster makes it much easier. However, I have kept a lot of hamsters over the years and sadly there is often a pattern of symptoms...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Impacted anal glands in syrian hamsters, syrian hamsters, syrian hamster
syrian hamsters, syrian hamster, safeside: Hi Sarah I would advise getting someone to have a look at her. If she has been free roaming for the last six months she might have come into contact with anything. Females do sometimes smell more than males as they release a special scent around the time...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Lonley :(, syrian hamster, hamster
syrian hamster, hamster, hamsters: Hi Melissa, Thank you for your question. Since they are syrian hamsters you should remove the babies at 4 weeks of age. Syrian hamsters shoule be housed 1 per cage. Kindest regards Nadia Vella http://www.hamster-club.com nadia@Hamster-club.co...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how long do hamsters typically stay pregnant?, average life expectancy, neutral territory
average life expectancy, neutral territory, gestation period: Hi Nicole Hamsters come into season every 4 days - the gestation period for a Syrian is 16 - 18 days. The average life expectancy for a hamster is 18 months - 2 1/2 years - I m wondering if the male is too old! The best time to mate a female is when...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how long are teddy bear hamsters pregnant, hamster reproduction, syrian hamster pregnancy
hamster reproduction, syrian hamster pregnancy, teddy bear hamster pregnancy: Hi Jerika, s/he should breed his/her hamster. One can opt for adopting a hamster, which is much better as there are so many unwanted hamsters out there! If you still want to breed your hamster or if your hamster had an unexpected pregnancy then the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how long are teddy bear hamsters pregnant, hamster reproduction, syrian hamster pregnancy
hamster reproduction, syrian hamster pregnancy, teddy bear hamster pregnancy: Hi Jerika, s/he should breed his/her hamster. One can opt for adopting a hamster, which is much better as there are so many unwanted hamsters out there! If you still want to breed your hamster or if your hamster had an unexpected pregnancy then the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I'm not sure but i think my hamster is going blind or has some sort of disease?, hamster cataracts, hamster cataract
hamster cataracts, hamster cataract, hamster cloudy eye: Hi William, Thank you for your question. Your hamster has cataracts. The lens withing the eye beomes cloudy and white. It may be just a feature of ageing as in many humans or a sympton of diabetes. Cataracts will not affect your hamster since hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: male hamster, wet tail, testicular cancer
wet tail, testicular cancer, behavior changes: Hi Susan In all honesty I don t know. The fact is that with some male hamsters their testicles are more obvious than in others, especially in the warmer weather. They do sometimes look lopsided, or almost a third one seems to appear. They tend to be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: mimi, lolly, hamsters
lolly, hamsters, hamster: Dear Emilie, thank you for your question. Some hamsters get tamer or get tame more quickly that others, it depends on their personality. I ve had a hamster who went to sleep right in my shirt, no other hamster ever did that for example. If she takes food...

Gerbils & Hamsters: mother and newborn, hot water bottle, rubbermaid container
hot water bottle, rubbermaid container, dear jennifer: You will need to see the vet with that, itching is usually a sign of mites or even a fungal infection. If she still cares for her babies, take a piece of adhesive tape and put it on her fur a few times. If she has mites or other external parasites, they will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: New Rescue, rough shape, wet cotton
rough shape, wet cotton, open ended question: Hammies can have boogers, and unless he is always sneezing up something I wouldn t think too much of the white piece of something, since your most likely correct in thinking its just a piece of bedding. My female rarely packs her cheeks either, but I think...

Gerbils & Hamsters: new born hamster, baby hamsters, baby hamster
baby hamsters, baby hamster, hamster reproduction: Hi, Are you sure that both hamsters are female? It could be the there are male and female? check out bottom diagram to know the sex of a hamster. http://www.hamster-club.com/reproduction.asp The easiest way to tell if your hamster is a male or female...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is this ok?, hamster handling, handling a hamster
hamster handling, handling a hamster, hamster scruff: Hi Miranda, At first yes, but try to avoid picking it from the neck since there is a sickness called glaucoma which is majorly caused by picking a hamster from the scruff. The best way is to pick the hamster from under the belly and lift it. If...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnancy, syrian hamster, having babies
syrian hamster, having babies, plastic houses: Hi Scruff ball! Have you mated her??? The usual gestation period for a Syrian is 16-18 days. They often don t show that they are pregnant until a couple of days before giving birth and at that stage they tend to bulge on their hips. Sometimes they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is she pregnant?, campbell hamster, campbelle hamsters
campbell hamster, campbelle hamsters, pregnant hamster: Hi Liz, Thank you for your question. Sometimes hamsters may fight and sometimes it could be because the female could be pregnant. When the female hamster is pregnant, she will start to build a nest and during the last two days, she will gain weight in...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Ronny, hamsters and gerbils, introducing gerbils
hamsters and gerbils, introducing gerbils, male babies: As the tank is large and you can separate it, why not do this on a permanent basis - this way you could have a gerbil each side - they will be able to smell each other, but won t actually come into contact. If you were to do this, would you be able to fix...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Dwarf Hamster - red raw skin!, dwarf hamster, russian hamsters
dwarf hamster, russian hamsters, cedar bedding: Dear Lora, He could have an allergy, to possibly a food item or the type of bedding your using. Here is a food list for what you can feed him; http://www.hamsterific.com/HamsterUniversity/FoodList.html also you should not be using pine or cedar bedding. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: roborovski hamster, beautiful name, random questions
beautiful name, random questions, lorelei: Dear George, Yes there is always a chance of internal injury. But I think he was just stunned, as if you fell down and bruised your arms your not going to want to use them at first. Since he s roaming I would think that he is fine. Keep a close eye on him...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick hamster?, old hamster, hamster old age
old hamster, hamster old age, hamster weight loss: Hi Deirdre, It s very normal since at 9 months of age the hamster starts getting older and the activity would be less, he would lose less the wheel and thus he will gain more weight. Not all hamsters are the same, some will lose the weight when getting...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sleep paterns, toilet paper rolls, cardboard boxes
toilet paper rolls, cardboard boxes, good toys: Dear Jere, thank you for your question. Some hamsters will just sleep until very late at night, that s normal. You can try to offer new toys to make the cage more interesting and to make him get up earlier. Most hamsters will get up at a certain time if...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Swollen Back Foot, hamster skin reaction, hamster paw problems
hamster skin reaction, hamster paw problems, hamster: Hi, If the bedding is the cause of the hamster’s skin reaction, change the hamster’s bedding to tissue / toilet paper and see whether it might help at all. If you see that there was no improvement, then monitor the hamster’s diet; see whether there were...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian hamster, hamster broken bones, hamster broken bone
hamster broken bones, hamster broken bone, hamster fractured bones: Hi Sandra, Thank you for your question. If the hamster has a fractured bone the hamster will drag the affected leg and find it difficult to climb. Handle the hamster as little as possible if the hamster has a fractured bone to reduce further damage with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian hamster toys, hamster toys, toilet paper rolls
hamster toys, toilet paper rolls, paper shell: Dear Reily, thank you for your question. Hamsters like to chew and to explore tunnels and caves , so you can use toilet paper rolls, egg containers and other cardboard boxes (without staples) as toys. You can hide some of the hamster s food in them to make...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sense glands, scent glands, syrian hamster
scent glands, syrian hamster, scent gland: Hi It sounds as though he is behaving normally. Some hamsters do lick their scent glands a lot and large areas of their back are wet and stuck down. Others don t seem to be bothered by them at all. It is sometimes difficult to know how much food a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sick teddy bear hamster...plz help, hamster eye, hamsters eyes
hamster eye, hamsters eyes, hamster old age: Hi Alyssa, Thank you for your question. It sounds like old age. At 3 years old it is very normal to have all those symptons and there is nothing you can actually do. If the eye is closed : he hamster s eye can be washed out with cooled boiled water rubbed...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sock for a hammie?, paper tissues, cage stand
paper tissues, cage stand, hammie: Dear Teryn, thank you for your question. I wouldn t recommend it because the fabric and the dye may be harmful when chewed and swallowed and fabric that unravels into long threads like wool may wrap itself around the hamster s legs. A piece of a cotton shirt...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian hampster, tiny chunk, fruit seeds
tiny chunk, fruit seeds, green grass: Hi Misha In all honesty I m not sure what these clumps are without seeing them. I do feel, however, that they should be checked by a vet. Hamsters are very prone to getting mites and it could well be this. In which case, this needs treating with a drug...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian hamster, flower petals, houseplant
flower petals, houseplant, air fresheners: Hi Raich I am so sorry to hear that your hamster died. She did sound very ill but there is always hope that they will get through it. It is always such a shock when a hamster dies unexpectedly, and especially when they are so young. I doubt if you will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian hamsters, syrian hamsters, syrian hamster
syrian hamsters, syrian hamster, bite wound: Hi Ryan What has bitten Rufus? Syrian hamsters must be kept in a cage on their own otherwise they will fight. It really depends on where the bite is and how bad it is. The main concern is that they can infect which would require him being treated with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Tubes for exercise, syrian hamsters, fungal spores
syrian hamsters, fungal spores, syrian hamster: Hi Lisa It is difficult to know if the tubes will be too small. Some Syrian hamsters remain reasonably small, however, others can become quite large. It would probably be a case of waiting to see. Females do tend to get more rounded than males. Hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how to tame?, dwarf hamsters, interaction time
dwarf hamsters, interaction time, hamsters: Hi Katelyn I m assuming that as you have more than one hamster, these are dwarf hamsters and not Syrians (who have to live alone)? Dwarf hamsters are generally harder than Syrians to tame, but it isn t impossible. The main thing is to win their confidence....

Gerbils & Hamsters: teeth shattering, shaking and suddenly sleeping, stress level, human baby
stress level, human baby, nervousness: Hi Dee The usual behavior for a hamster is for them to sleep most of the day and become active at night. However, females are often awake a lot more during the day as they like to see what is going on. The chattering of teeth - this is something that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: How to tell if my hamster is pregnant, teddy bear hamster pregnancy, hamster pregnancy
teddy bear hamster pregnancy, hamster pregnancy, hamster birth: Hi Tim, thank you for your question. Yes she could be pregnant. When the female hamster is pregnant, she will start to build a nest and during the last two days, she will gain weight in her stomach area which will become very noticeable. When the female...

Gerbils & Hamsters: things to eat and chew, cardboard tubes, hamster food
cardboard tubes, hamster food, chocolate drops: Hi Dee The number one food that you should never feed a hamster is chocolate as this is toxic for them. Apart from this most foods are OK (in the vegetable line). Avoid giving too much lettuce (I might give a tiny amount every few weeks or so) as this...

Gerbils & Hamsters: i think my hamster is sick, hamster depression, hamster
hamster depression, hamster, hamsters: Hi Hannah, Yes it is possible. A hamster even though it s small size sometimes it will bechave like a dog - you know dogs are very loyal to its owner and miss their owner very much after 2 weeks so your hamster had the same syptons of depression.......

Gerbils & Hamsters: The vet doesn't even know..., teddy bear hamster, pear shape
teddy bear hamster, pear shape, strange shape: I suggest you make his home as hamster friendly as possible - I usually remove any enclosed areas or tubes and even platforms so that the hamster doesn t try to climb or get stuck anywhere. It s important to make sure that he has his water bottle close by...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Weird behaviors of hamsters, hamster ball, russian dwarf
hamster ball, russian dwarf, petsmart: Dear Dan, I think she is perfectly fine. If your worried about her though you can keep an eye on her. As long as she doesn t have some dramatic behavior change then she should be healthy. Also if she is pregnant all you can do is wait, and in about three...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Wet Tail Medicine, loose stools, syrian hamster
loose stools, syrian hamster, wet tail: Hi Patty To be honest I wouldn t give medicine if it isn t needed. I ve never used Dritail, so I don t actually know what is in it. When you say that he has early signs of wet tail - do you mean that he has diarrhea/loose stools? If so, there are a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Wheezing, pine shavings, allerg
pine shavings, allerg, hamsters: What type of bedding are you using? If you re using cedar or pine shavings, you need to stop using it right away. This could be why it s wheezing. Cedar and pine can cause problems for hamsters Or it could be an allergic reaction to something else. http://hamsterific.com/IllnessGuide.cfm#Allerg...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Worrying Hamster escaping attempts, size aquarium, tank mates
size aquarium, tank mates, syrian hamsters: Syrian hamsters are solitary animals by nature, and will usually fight other tank mates, regardless of age or family. The female will always need a separate cage because of the risk of breeding, and the boys will likely begin fighting if they don t each get...

Gerbils & Hamsters: wat type of hamster should i breed, hamster breeding, breeding hamsters
hamster breeding, breeding hamsters, hamster's breed: Hi Katie, Thank you for your question. Before breeding hamsters, one should consider why s/he should breed his/her hamster. One can opt for adopting a hamster, which is much better as there are so many unwanted hamsters out there! If you still want to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: How much??, dollar size, half dollar
dollar size, half dollar, lorelei: Dear Katarina, I wouldn t worry about exact amount so much just as long as you are feeding them enough. Hamsters don t normally over eat and will store some food in their pouches sometimes. Just give your hamster a fresh at least half dollar size amount of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Yellow Spot, dwarf hamster, lower abdomen
dwarf hamster, lower abdomen, wet tail: Dear Anna, It could just be a stain from his urinating. I wouldn t worry too much as long as he is acting normal and nothing else is wrong. As for the wheel, this could just be where he has chosen to use the restroom, there is nothing wrong with him for that....

Gerbils & Hamsters: yellow hamster?, dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters
dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, hamster underside wet: Hi, Usually dwarf hamsters have a scent gland on their stomach which sometimes becomes wet due to them marking the territory. Also regular cleaning of the cage would help your hamsters from having a damp underside. Kindest Regards Nadia Vella http://www.hamster-club.com...