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Gerbils & Hamsters: Eyes inffection, pus discharge, genetic problem
pus discharge, genetic problem, winter white: Hi Ping Ping Usually hamsters open their eyes when they are about 2 weeks old, however, sometimes they are slower. Is there any sign of any pus/discharge coming from the unopened eye? Does it look like there is an eye there? It is possible for hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My female russian dwarf hamster has something coming out of her vagina., hamster, vet
Gerbils & Hamsters: My female russian dwarf hamster has something coming out of her vagina., hamster, vet

Gerbils & Hamsters: may, pine shavings, breathing problems
Gerbils & Hamsters: may, pine shavings, breathing problems, hamster

Gerbils & Hamsters: My female russian dwarf hamster has something coming out of her vagina., hamster rectal prolapse, hamster prolapsed rectum
hamster rectal prolapse, hamster prolapsed rectum, hmaster something coming out of vagina: Hi Since you mentioned that they used to fight then it s best to separate them.. most probably it s just a cut that your hamster has. It could also be a rectal prolapse (but I think that it most probably is a cut) - if you send in a pic I can confirm....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster sitting in water bowl, hamster bathing, hamster in water bowl
hamster bathing, hamster in water bowl, hamster in bowl: Hi Sarah, Thank you for your email. Is the temparature where the hamster s cage is placed hot there? That could be the cause. Hamsters are most comfortable at temperatures between 65 į F / 18į C and 80įF / 26įC. If the temperature is high then it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamsters smell, syrian hamster, type of hamster
syrian hamster, type of hamster, best hamster: Hi Gabriela Thank you for your questions. Regarding the smell, hamsters only smell if the bedding is not replaced regularly. Cage should be cleaned at least once a week and the potty are every day. Syrian hamsters love to be handled! They really bond...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, enlarged kidney, excessive water
enlarged kidney, excessive water, hamsters: Hi Linda Is the lump internal or external? If it is external, what color is it - is it reddish, or does it look more like a spot with pus or similar in it? How old is she? Has she been drinking more water than usual just lately? What is her general...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, hamster moles, hamster lumps
hamster moles, hamster lumps, three year old hamster: Hi Adriana, Thank you for your question. That is all very normal, lumps, moles, the hamster getting quieter and less active, it s all due to old age. In my opinion you should let him go naturally, just make sure not stress is in the hamster s surroundings,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, what should I look for in a hamster wheel?, what to look for in a hamster wheel
what should I look for in a hamster wheel?, what to look for in a hamster wheel, hamster wheel: Hi The most popular running toy for hamsters is obviously the wheel. No hamster cage is complete without an exercise wheel. Choosing a hamster wheel for your pet isn t rocket science but there are a few things you should consider. The first thing to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster birth, hamster reproduction
hamster reproduction: Hi Normal hamster food and provide additional bread soaked in milk in a small food bowl as this will provided extra proteins both for the mother and baby hamsters. The cage should be placed in a quiet room and out of noises since noises can cause the mother...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster is really sick i think hes dying!!!, paper towels, dehydrate
paper towels, dehydrate, hamster: Hi I m sorry to hear that your hamster isn t well. You haven t said how old your hamster is and whether this is old age or if he is actually sick. Regarding his eyes, you can gently wipe these with a damp cloth to help them open. If hamster eyes...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, hamster baby, hamster babies
hamster baby, hamster babies, hamster reproduction: Hi Yes could be or maybe they are hidden somewhere in the nest .. mother hamsters only eat / kill the babies if they are disturbed so follow these insructions: it is very important not to touch the nest or babies and avoid cleaning the cage for the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, dwarf varieties, exercise balls
dwarf varieties, exercise balls, smart ones: Hi Jadeen this is an incredibly difficult question to answer. Male hamsters, generally, are a lot sleepier than females. Females tend to be alert more during the day time and want to know what is going on, whereas males like to sleep all day and some...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, hamster squeaking, hamster squek
hamster squeaking, hamster squek, hamster taming: Hi Joanne, That s very normal, it is squeaking since it is still afraid of you and of the new surroundings. By time the hamster will become tamed and will no longer be afraid or squeak. Taming hamsters can be difficult and time consuming. It can be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Mating, wild thing, hams
wild thing, hams, kj: Yikes! I m not sure who the younger one is and who the old one is, but a young, inexperienced male rarely gets it (the positioning) right within 20 seconds. IF she was in heat, and IF he tried to make a pass, he d probably have mounted her from the wrong angle,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Mouse Food, dwarf hamster, vitamins minerals
dwarf hamster, vitamins minerals, small animals: Hi Marla I m sorry to hear about your mouse. I should think it would be fine to give your hamster his food - I ve given my hamsters guineapig food before in an emergency when I have run out! The reason for the different types of foods for small animals...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Nutritional yeast, bakers yeast, health food stores
bakers yeast, health food stores, nutritional yeast: Hi Michelle I ve never given my hamsters yeast, but it is very important hamsters get a well balanced diet. Vitamin B is essential for energy production, healthy fur, eyes and skin. It also helps to balance blood sugar and lower cholesterol levels. Vitamin...

Gerbils & Hamsters: new dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, instruction leaflet
dwarf hamster, instruction leaflet, detective work: Hi Andrew Hamsters do sometimes scratch and groom a lot, but they shouldn t keep scratching. Does her skin look dry or sore? If she is just over-grooming, then it might be worth getting her a dust bath . You need to buy the special Chinchilla Dust....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Old Ham, water consumption, gentle giant
water consumption, gentle giant, excess water: It s hard to say. Hunching usually means to me constipation. Since diarrhea usually leads to drinking excess water, constipation could mean less water consumption. Are his stools normal? If it were a problem with his kidneys I would suspect that his urine...

Gerbils & Hamsters: The same problem has happen again, sick pets, scent gland
sick pets, scent gland, sick pet: Hi I was sorry to read your email about your gerbil. Tumors in this area (I m assuming this is on the gerbil s belly??) are quite common. If the gerbil is young, then surgery is definitely an option. I had three brother gerbils some years ago and all...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Rescue ham, bite size pieces, improper diet
bite size pieces, improper diet, crooked teeth: Hi KJ Funnily enough I have two hamsters right now with serious dental problems. One doesn t have any front teeth at all, the other one has only top teeth at the front and I have to clip these every couple of weeks. She also has a nasal problem (but I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: reproduction hamster, hamster reproduction, pregnant hamster diet
hamster reproduction, pregnant hamster diet: Hi, A normal diet and some bread soaked in milk in a small bowl. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop me a line anytime on nadia@hamster-club.com Kind Regards Nadia Vella http://www.Hamster-Club.com http://www.TheHamsterBook.com at...

Gerbils & Hamsters: reproduction hamster, hamster name, hamster names
hamster name, hamster names, what should i name my hamster: Hi Some hamster name ideas: 1.Nini 2.Akasha 3.Pupa 4.Trixy 5.Sanders 6.Elle 7.Missy 8.Yoshi 9.Loo 10.Poppy 11.Joe 12.Blue 13.Candy 14.Angie 15.Tweety 16.Dado 17.Lyssie 18.Meggy 19.Cosmo 20.Magic 21.Lou 22.Lily 23.Speditu 24.Asha...

Gerbils & Hamsters: reproduction hamster, hamster birth, syrian hamster birth
hamster birth, syrian hamster birth: Hi It will give birth 16 days after mating. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop me a line anytime on nadia@hamster-club.com Kind Regards Nadia Vella http://www.Hamster-Club.com http://www.TheHamsterBook.com at 4.99 euros only!!!!...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Suprize baby hamsters., baby hamsters, household pet
baby hamsters, household pet, curve ball: This is why it s always important to do your own research before bringing animals into the household. Pet stores rarely train their staff beyond how to keep the cages clean. They recommend anything to get a sale off of you, you don t know how common of a complaint...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian hamsters, dwarf hamsters, female hamster
dwarf hamsters, female hamster, syrian hamsters: Hi Angela I m sorry to hear you re becoming over-run with hamsters! Syrian hamsters must live alone from about 6 weeks. If you put adult hamsters together they will fight - some of their injuries can be horrific. It is very important that all the adults...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sick gerbil, guinea pig, poisonous plants
guinea pig, poisonous plants, class pet: Hi Dixie I m afraid your gerbil sounds very sick and by the time you read this it might already be too late. It is very difficult to know why she has suddenly gone like this. She might have had a fall, or perhaps has some heart problem or other illness...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sick robo dwarf hamster, robo dwarf hamster, fungal spores
robo dwarf hamster, fungal spores, wet tail: Hi Jen Your hamster does sound very ill. It could be that she has a cold - hamsters can get these, but it could be something else. First of all I suggest you give her cage a good clean - make sure it is disinfected (use a small pet disinfectant) and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian hamster, hamster lump, hamster cancer
hamster lump, hamster cancer, old hamster: Hi Sheri, Thank you for your question. At that age, it s very normal for a hamster to have some changes in its body and to develop some lumps.. Operations on such an old hamster usually do not succeed! A hamster with a tumour may live a normal and happy...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Teddy Bear Hamsters, enrofloxacin, eye ointment
enrofloxacin, eye ointment, wood chip: Hi Jo I m not an expert in medical issues nor veterinary qualified - any advice is really just from my own experience as a hamster owner/foster home - hence the reason why I suggest to most people that a vet is consulted, just to be on the safe side. Also,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: travelling with hamster, syrian hamster, cardboard box
syrian hamster, cardboard box, summer vacations: I ve traveled with a hamster over 1200 miles over 2 days, as long as you give them some place to hide in the little carrier (like a cardboard box corner or anything else home made) he ll be fine. Include some of his bedding from his cage so the new carrier...

Gerbils & Hamsters: vertical tubes, vertical tubes, syrian hamster
vertical tubes, syrian hamster, glass tank: Hi Jan Rotostak cages look great fun, but unfortunately some hamsters don t get on with them because of having to climb. I have never been able to persuade a hamster to climb up a tube and for this reason I always opt for wire cages (also because I keep...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Water, human consumption, tap water
human consumption, tap water, bottle water: Hi Emily Hamsters need fresh water daily - drinking water from a tap is fine to give - if it is suitable for human consumption, it will be fine for your hamster. Bottle water can also be given if you are concerned about any additives that might have been...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Winter White Hamsters, kinds of hamsters, hamsters for sale
kinds of hamsters, hamsters for sale, winter white: Hi Andy It is fine to leave the male in with the female while she is pregnant. The thing to remember, however, is that they will mate the very day she gives birth. So, unless you were planning on her having several litters, then it is important to take...

Gerbils & Hamsters: wet hamster, syrian hamster, bath water
syrian hamster, bath water, dampness: Hi Fiona She will probably be fine, but I would be tempted to try and dry her off on a towel and if that still doesn t work you can use your hairdryer on her - but only on the very lowest/coldest setting. When I have to use a hairdryer on a pet I never...

Gerbils & Hamsters: winter white hamster die after giving birth, porridge oats, cows milk
porridge oats, cows milk, base temperature: Hi Mich I m really sorry to hear about your hamster. It is difficult to know why she died. Sometimes hamsters do die after giving birth but without a postmortem it is impossible to know the reason. Regarding the pups, at this age they are totally dependent...

Gerbils & Hamsters: may, pot pourri, hamster cage
pot pourri, hamster cage, fungal spores: Hi Hamsters often remove pieces of food from their bowl and put it in their nest - this is normal for them. I often find my hamsters bowls full of all the bits they don t like. Providing you are giving a good hamster mix, then this is fine. In addition,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: 13 day old baby hampsters, pls help, porridge oats, hamster mix
porridge oats, hamster mix, cows milk: Iím sorry to hear about your friend s hamster. Sometimes the mum will kill her babies, but this is only because either they are ill or she is afraid for them. Alternatively, if she is ill (with mastitis) and therefore unable to feed them properly she may...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black bear hamster?, black bear hamster, hamster breeders
black bear hamster, hamster breeders, daly city ca: It s very noble of you to want a hamster from someplace other then a pet store. You ve tried all the usual outlets I would have suggested for hamster litters, but I d really reconsider having a parent take you to an animal shelter, or give them a phone call....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Just bought a new friend, dwarf hamsters, male dwarf
dwarf hamsters, male dwarf, feeding time: Hi Marianna Sorry to hear about your hamster. It is very difficult introducing adult dwarf hamsters, if not impossible. I foster hamsters for a rescue and I always end up with the single dwarf ones as they don t want to risk putting them with others....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Caring for a Hamster, syrian hamster, plastic tanks
syrian hamster, plastic tanks, aspen wood: Actually I said 20 gallon long not 20 feet long, as opposed to 20 gallon tall size. 20 gallon aquariums are only around 2 ft long, not 20ft. Sorry for the confusion, they only cost like 32 dollars, about the same as one of those plastic get ups, I d really...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cardboard bedding for gerbils, cardboard tubes, paper towel roll
cardboard tubes, paper towel roll, narrow tubes: Hi Shelly I have always given my gerbils cardboard tubes (from toilet paper, kitchen paper roll etc). At one stage I was concerned about giving them cardboard food cartons because of the ink, (but I think that these days they are pretty safe) so I generally...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My drwaf hamster gave birth this morning, hamster food, tisue
hamster food, tisue, tissue paper: Hi Manny Congratulations on your litter. It is important that she has a good nest as she will bury her babies in it to keep them warm and protected. If she doesn t have a nest as such I suggest you get some tissue paper and tear it into small pieces, then...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Female Winter White Pregnant?, dwarf hamsters, gestation period
dwarf hamsters, gestation period, signs of pregnancy: Congratulations to Cherry! Winter White litters can be small, so you may not have too many babies. I never touch new born babies unless there is an emergency - i.e. if you see one out of the nest, then warm it up in your hands and put it back in the nest....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster and heat temperature., 98 degrees, stinker
Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster and heat temperature., 98 degrees, stinker, hot days

Gerbils & Hamsters: Help please, I think my hamster is dying!, favorite foods, cardiomyopathy
Gerbils & Hamsters: Help please, I think my hamster is dying!, favorite foods, cardiomyopathy, hamster

Gerbils & Hamsters: about hamster, takin care, gerbils
Gerbils & Hamsters: about hamster, takin care, gerbils, hamsters

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster losing hair, mites, hamster
Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster losing hair, mites, hamster, week 1

Gerbils & Hamsters: fat hamster, syrian hamsters, pear shape
syrian hamsters, pear shape, ovarian cysts: Female Syrian hamsters can get quite large and this is normal. If her change in appearance is more a pear shape, or bulges on her hips then it would be worth getting her checked by a vet. They can get ovarian cysts which can cause a change in body shape...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My female gerbil just murdered my male!, heartland plains, neutral territory
heartland plains, neutral territory, gerbils: Hi Eby I m sorry to hear about your gerbil. It must have been an awful discovery. Females can be very territorial. When you introduce them did you put the male in with the females? It is important to introduce them in neutral territory or certainly...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Behaviour, apointment, hamster
apointment, hamster, hamsters: It s hard to say, but I m guessing you have the hamster in your room with you. Whenever someone has a hamster in their room, the lights and noises will change the hamsters sleeping pattern. Instead of being awake when he should be at night, since you are up...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster behavior, syrian hamster, detective work
syrian hamster, detective work, body shape: Hi Kristin Sorry to hear that your hamster has started biting. This is quite unusual for a Syrian who is tame. In my experience biting comes from fear, poor handling, mistaking fingers for food of if the hamster is unwell and they are in pain and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster damp patches on sides, syrian hamsters, hamster cages
syrian hamsters, hamster cages, scent glands: Hi Josie This is nothing to worry about. Syrian hamsters have scent glands that are situated on their hips. Sometimes they appear as brownish dots and on some hamsters you can see them clearly in that their fur can be quite thin around this area. Other...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Hamster died, siberian hamsters, pet tank
siberian hamsters, pet tank, sticky eye: Hi Jeannie I m really sorry to hear about your hamster. Sticky eyes are very common in hamsters, however sometimes they can represent an underlying medical condition. It is very difficult to know why she died so suddenly especially as she appeared...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster and heat temperature., syrian hamster, timer switch
syrian hamster, timer switch, heat stroke: Hi Toby If a hamster gets too hot they can suffer from heat stroke/collapse. It is therefore important to try and keep the area cool if possible. Heat will cause the hamster to sleep more and be quite lethargic. Is there any area of your home that is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster sleeping all day, hamster ball, bottom teeth
hamster ball, bottom teeth, body shape: Hi Edric If he has wet tail he will have severe diarrhea and his rear end will be wet. If this is the case then you need to get him on probiotics and rehydration fluids. You can do this either by taking him to a vet and they will prescribe them, however,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamsters, syrian hamster, types of hamsters
syrian hamster, types of hamsters, nadia vella: Hi Kailey, Thank you for your question. Neutering is not possible on hamster due to their small size. Also Syrian hamsters are solitary which means that if you keep more than one syrian hamster in the same cage they will certainly fight. It s something...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Help please, I think my hamster is dying!, pet hamsters, syrian hamster
pet hamsters, syrian hamster, little creatures: Hi Ashley I so sorry to hear about your hamster and cannot believe the view of your vet - this type of response makes me very angry and frustrated. At the end of the day, hamsters are still creatures on this earth and should be treated with the same respect...

Gerbils & Hamsters: about hamster, exercise wheel, fruit seeds
exercise wheel, fruit seeds, hamsters: I m sorry but I don t understand what your question is. Do you want to send me a photo? Female hamsters have very rounded rear ends, whereas male s tend to be more pointed. Also once a male hamster reaches maturity sometimes they have very large testicles...

Gerbils & Hamsters: about hamster, breed hamster, testicular cancer
breed hamster, testicular cancer, excessive water: I m afraid I don t really understand your question. Looking at the photo this looks like a male hamster. I would think it is fine to mate him with a female. If this is testicular cancer, then there would be signs - excessive water drinking, looking tired,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster alfie, pear shape, body shape
pear shape, body shape, rapid speed: Hi Shari I m sorry to hear about your hamster. 2 and a half years old is very old for a hamster and it could be that she is just suddenly feeling her age. Usually around this time they do start to slow down. However there are other possible reasons for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster baby, jam jar lids, porridge oats
jam jar lids, porridge oats, hamster mix: Hi Mike Sorry for the delay in responding to your email - I had limited access to the Internet yesterday. Congratulations on your first litter - isn t it fun raising them? By now you should be handling them all a lot so that they get tame, but they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster has a broken leg, broken legs, animal in pain
broken legs, animal in pain, broken limbs: Hi Courtney It is important that hamsters are given a well balanced diet anyway. Ideally you should feed him the dry mix that contains seeds, nuts etc. In addition small pieces of fresh vegetables/fruit daily are good - avoid giving lettuce as this can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster died!!!!! :(, congenital problem, wet tail
congenital problem, wet tail, boy and a girl: Hi Geena I m really sorry to hear about your hamster and babies. It is always such a shock and very sad when something like this happens. Babies are totally dependent on their mum in the first couple of weeks of their life for both food and warmth....

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster eye problem, eye problem, wet cloth
eye problem, wet cloth, hamsters: Hi Deanna It is probably nothing to worry about. Hamsters are very prone to sticky eyes . Whilst persistent sticky eyes can be an indicator of some illness (often this happens when they are getting older or are there is some underlying illness) it is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster gave birth, squeaks, hamster
squeaks, hamster, babies: Hehe, Cream and Sonic, that s a cute reference. Anyway I wouldn t touch her, or anything in the cage including changing her litter until the pups are 2 weeks old. Any disturbance might cause her to eat her babies. Usually at 2 weeks old the chances of her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster losing hair, syrian hamster, evening primrose oil
syrian hamster, evening primrose oil, plastic houses: Hi Bob You haven t said how old your daughter s hamster is. When they start to reach old age - around 2 years their fur can thin out a bit, which is normal. Also you mention mites - this is a classic reason for the fur thinning/disappearing. Although...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster sprayed with frebreze, sensitive sense, sense of smell
sensitive sense, sense of smell, respiratory problems: Hi Lindsey I think there is still some debate as to whether or not Febreze harms animals and therefore it is difficult to know what effect (if any) it will have on your hamster. The main problem with sprays like this is that hamsters have a highly sensitive...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, guinea pig food, food cause
guinea pig food, food cause, overeating: He s probably throwing up because of the guinea pig food. They have a completely different diet and you ll need to switch to normal hamster food asap. That s also why he s likely eating poop, he isn t getting enough nutrients from the guinea pig food. Once...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Mother hamster, egg white, cooked chicken
egg white, cooked chicken, shavings: The egg is for protein, just like the chicken. You don t have to give her egg, it s just a good way to keep her strong, only a few pieces of the whole egg, too much is a bad thing. Some moms don t constantly tend to their pups, in which case she will usually...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Need help for my dear Dwarf furball Munchy,please, dwarf hamsters, male dwarf
dwarf hamsters, male dwarf, faint traces: Hi Iím sorry to hear about your hamster. The unfortunate thing with dwarf hamsters is that they can turn on each other very suddenly. Now that you have separated them you will not be able to put them back together in the same cage, Iím afraid. Regarding...

Gerbils & Hamsters: New Rescue, little fella, running in circles
little fella, running in circles, dental issues: Hi KJ I m so glad that you rehomed this little fella, he clearly sounds as though he needed someone to help turn his life around. His life before finding you sounds miserable. It is difficult to know why he is circling - sometimes they do this if they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Newly acquired dwarf hamster isn't drinking, dwarf hamster, male dwarf
dwarf hamster, male dwarf, water dish: Hi Marianna I wouldn t worry about not seeing your hamster drinking. Hamsters generally don t drink that much, especially if they can get moisture from their food. They do need fresh water supply available in case they want it, however, the only time...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Pregnant Teddy Bear Hamster, dirty corner, new born babies
dirty corner, new born babies, cold weather: Hi Brigitte The usual gestation period for a Syrian is 16-18 days, therefore if your hamster is pregnant she is almost half way through her pregnancy. Around this time it is normal for some hamsters to rebuild their nest or relocate it. Sometimes they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: When can I play with the babies, drawf hamster, dwarf hamsters
drawf hamster, dwarf hamsters, leaving the nest: Hi Manny You can hold mum now if you want to if she wants to come out but don t keep her away from her babies for long. I never handle the babies until they start leaving the nest which is around 2 weeks of age. As soon as you see them all walking out...

Gerbils & Hamsters: poorly baby hamster, baby hamster, nasty surprises
baby hamster, nasty surprises, ear problem: Hi Nicola I m really sorry to hear about your hamster. It is difficult to know what is wrong, but it sounds as though it is neurological in some way, or perhaps an ear problem which is affecting its balance If it is neurological then I think there is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Questions about hamster combinations, teddy bear hamsters, syrian hamsters
teddy bear hamsters, syrian hamsters, territory issues: It s true, they should not live together. Your hamsters are the exception, not the rule. Sometimes they leave each other alone, but most Syrian hamsters will have territory issues and fight each other, regardless of relationship. They could live in harmony...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski Hamster Incident With Dog??, labrador retriever, little creatures
labrador retriever, little creatures, bleeding nose: Hi Hollie I m sorry to hear about your traumatic experience last night. Whilst your dog probably wasn t intending your hamster any harm, these little creatures are quite delicate and perhaps some sort of trauma occurred that you aren t aware of. The...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Dwarf & Robo Hamster, russian dwarf hamsters, robo hamster
russian dwarf hamsters, robo hamster, no doubt: Hi Eric You should not mix the different species. No doubt someone has tried this and has been successful, but I certainly wouldnít recommend it. Hamsters can get very territorial and even with the same varieties of dwarf hamsters living together they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick hamster, bottom teeth, cheese bread
bottom teeth, cheese bread, hello my friends: Hi Michelle I m afraid this hamster does sound very sick. Sticky eyes is quite common in hamsters and it is very important that they open their eyes daily (even if you have to wipe the eyelid to help them) otherwise pus can build up behind the lid. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my Syrian had babies, insufficient food, milk substitutes
insufficient food, milk substitutes, matter of minutes: Hi Tamara I m really sorry to hear about your hamsters. At this young age the babies are vulnerable and their body temperature can drop in a matter of minutes once they are out of the nest. Sadly there is little that can be done as they need their mum...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian drags rear leg, hi jill, two and a half years
hi jill, two and a half years, body shape: Hi Jill I live in Orpington and would be happy to have a look at him for you as you live so close - I wouldn t be able to treat him as such as I m not a vet, but I might be able to suggest what the problem is. Let me know if you want to meet up. I work...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian hamsters, syrian hamsters, exercise balls
syrian hamsters, exercise balls, strange sound: Hi Pat It is difficult to know if your first hamster is happy or not about her next door neighbour! Some hamsters are very vocal with speaking, snoring, chatting etc. Remember that their eyesight is very bad and they rely heavily on their sense of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Teddy Bear Hamsters, syrian hamsters, solitary creatures
syrian hamsters, solitary creatures, dwarf varieties: Hi Lance Syrian hamsters are solitary creatures and must live alone otherwise they will fight - sometimes with serious consequences. Therefore they should be separated immediately. It is the dwarf varieties that can live in groups/colonies. Your female...

Gerbils & Hamsters: teddy bear hamster itching, syrian hamsters, hamsters
syrian hamsters, hamsters, hamster: Are you sure she s itching? What many owners think is excessive itching is just normal grooming. Watch the hamster carefully. If she s bringing the paw to her mouth at all during the process, even for a second, she s just grooming. Syrian hamsters are very...

Gerbils & Hamsters: won't stop running on wheel, plastic containers, toilet paper
plastic containers, toilet paper, hamsters: Hi Amanda Some hamsters are very hyperactive and usually they do settle. I ve had hamsters who have been very stressed when I have cleaned them out and they have run around for hours with their bedding in their mouths. For some reason, running on a wheel...

Gerbils & Hamsters: i wondering, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, neutral territory: Hi The first question really is: why do you want to breed dwarf hamsters? You could find yourself with several cages. When introducing a male and female it is very important you donít put them together in the femaleís cage. The best thing is to separate...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Abuse, animal abuse case, class pets
animal abuse case, class pets, little creatures: Hi Alice I m really sorry to read your email. The problem with keeping hamsters in school is that they are nocturnal which means that during the school day they should be sleeping, and therefore these are probably not ideal for keeping at a school. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: advice for someone getting their first hamster, aspen wood, food dish
aspen wood, food dish, parent friend: You can only put one hamster in a cage. If the pet store tries to sell you 2 they obviously don t care about the safety of the animals they sell, so you should say no thanks and walk out. 2 hamsters will fight with each other, usually resulting in the death...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby hamsters, different shape, dwarf varieties
different shape, dwarf varieties, sex dwarf: Hi Andy This is a very difficult question to answer. Sexing hamsters can be quite hard, especially the dwarf varieties. I usually have a look at them when they are very small so that I can get a rough idea of the number of girls and boys. Before...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Birth, dwarf hamsters, leaving the nest
dwarf hamsters, leaving the nest, males and females: Hi Kesha Congratulations on your litter - I m sorry that one didn t make it. Once they start leaving the nest it is pretty safe to handle them. Try to handle them all the same amount of time so they all become tame. Also, make a real fuss of their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Constipated Ham, porridge oats, hamster mix
porridge oats, hamster mix, water consumption: Hi I m sorry your hamster isn t behaving normally. Sadly hamsters are very prone to getting tumors and this could be the reason. Regarding water consumption - usually you don t notice this with a hamster as they rarely drink. However, when a tumor...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I am concerned for my hamster : (, pot pourri, pet bedding
pot pourri, pet bedding, detective work: Hi Emily Congratulations on getting a new hamster. Hamsters rely very heavily on their sense of smell because their eyesight is so poor. Therefore, anything that is perfumed can affect them. They can also suffer from allergies. The type of bedding...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, black dwarf
dwarf hamsters, black dwarf, neutral territory: Hi Dan When you got your hamsters had they been together before or were they sold separately to you? How did you go about introducing them? When you put dwarf hamsters together one will always want to be dominant - even if they are the same sex. However,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf pregnancy, dwarf hamsters, winter whites
dwarf hamsters, winter whites, cause injuries: Hi Nicole Hamsters can become sexually active from 4 weeks of age. The standard gestation period for a dwarf is 18-21 days and it is unlikely you will see much of a difference until you get close to the birth of the babies. Just before the hamster can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: i dont konw wat u would be able to tell me.., body shape, resons
body shape, resons, closeby: Hi Kelsea Hamsters life expectancy is around 18 months - 2 1/2 years and therefore your hamster has done very well. The usual signs for old age are that the hamster starts to lose fur, they can look frail and may not want to come out of their nest that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I am concerned for my hamster : (, dwarf hamster, carefresh
Gerbils & Hamsters: I am concerned for my hamster : (, dwarf hamster, carefresh, paper towels

Gerbils & Hamsters: i dont konw wat u would be able to tell me.., beloved pets, hammie
Gerbils & Hamsters: i dont konw wat u would be able to tell me.., beloved pets, hammie, hamsters

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Bites Cage, healthy teeth, hamster
Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Bites Cage, healthy teeth, hamster, calcium

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbils with missing legs, 3 legs, toilet rolls
3 legs, toilet rolls, excessive pressure: Hi Kirsten Missing limbs on gerbils/hamsters shouldn t be a problem especially if they are their back limbs. With regard to the one with only 3 legs, the thing to remember is that it is important that the gerbil doesn t put excessive pressure on the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbils have mites, cardboard tubes, head lice
cardboard tubes, head lice, toilet rolls: Hi do you know if the gerbils have mites? If they do they will be scratching a lot - especially around their head area. The skin might look dry, flaky or sore. If this is the case then it is important to treat them - you can buy anti parasite products...

Gerbils & Hamsters: MY HAMSTER, paper towels, skin complaints
paper towels, skin complaints, volatile oil: Hi Thanks for sending in the photo. This is very strange - it could be a cyst, abscess or a tumor, although it almost looks like a blister. I really think that a vet needs to examine her to see if there is any fluid in this lump - in which case they will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster abandoning two babies, unexpected situation, young mother
unexpected situation, young mother, hamster: If she is still nurturing other pups and seems to be snubbing these two, try to move them back in very carefully. It s likely a very young mother hamster and a litter of 11 is very stressful. That causes them to try and lighten the load. I would move her tank...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Bites Cage, hamster gnawing cage bars, nadia vella
hamster gnawing cage bars, nadia vella, hamster gnawing: Hi Thank you for your question. Hamsters need to gnaw. Hamsters have four front incisors, two on the top and two on the bottom that keep growing throughout their lives. Gnawing is necessary to keep those teeth sharp and at the proper length. You can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster bedding, egg cartons, coloured egg
egg cartons, coloured egg, egg carton: You could, they are a safe material, but even paper towels aren t absorbent enough to keep the bedding hygienic. Random moisture is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. You can use them in a light layer on top of aspen wood shavings or recycled paper bedding...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster diet, porridge oats, apple cheese
porridge oats, apple cheese, corn on the cob: Hi Kelsey There s lots you can give him. The most important food NOT to give is chocolate as this is toxic to hamsters. Hamsters will eat: nuts (unsalted and plain ones - never give salted or flavored), porridge oats (raw or made up), fresh vegetables...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Help :(, scent glands, water consumption
scent glands, water consumption, noticeable loss: Hi Kim How old is your hamster? when they are about 2 their fur often does thin out a bit. If there is any dry or flaky skin then this can indicate mites and this is easily treated with a drug called Ivermectine. You can either get this from a vet, but...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster bleeding from rectum, bleeding from rectum, menstral cycles
bleeding from rectum, menstral cycles, pocket pets: First of all, hamsters only live obout 2-3 years. Female hamsters do have occasional menstral cycles, but because of the other symptoms or if the hamster is a male, I would not suggest this as the cause. The hamster is most likely dying because its age. I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters and cage chewing, syrian hamster, excercise ball
syrian hamster, excercise ball, dog biscuits: Hi Jenna This is a very common problem. It is hard to understand why hamsters wont chew the things they are meant to, but some persist in chewing the bars to their cage. Several of mine do this and it is very difficult to snap them out of this behavior....

Gerbils & Hamsters: help!!!, dwarf hamsters, gestation period
dwarf hamsters, gestation period, having babies: Hi It sounds as though youíre starting to get a bit over-run with hamsters! Hamsters come into season every 4th day and the standard gestation period is 18-21 days. A pair will mate again the day a female gives birth and as you have found out just...

Gerbils & Hamsters: help me, hanster, wont move
hanster, wont move, left leg: Hi I m sorry to hear about your hamster. How is she now? If she has seriously injured herself then she really ought to see a vet as quickly as possible. Sometimes hamsters can be a bit stunned if they fall, and with some rest they can be OK. they can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I hope you can help :), cheek pouches, dwarf hamsters
cheek pouches, dwarf hamsters, cotten: Now this is one question about dwarfs I CAN answer. Cotten bedding is not good at all. I don t know why manufacturers are still allowed to sell it. Not only does your hamster run the risk of getting it stuck in it s cheek pouches, but the little fibers in...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Keeping my hamster busy, chinchilla dust, dust bath
chinchilla dust, dust bath, hamster: Hi Mary Iím sorry to hear about your hamster. It is difficult when one passes away as you never quite know what to do about the other one, and unfortunately it is almost impossible to try and introduce them to another hamster. The key thing is to keep...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Leaving town for a few days nobody to take care of my Hamster, gallon fish tank, food bowl
gallon fish tank, food bowl, pieces of wood: 5 days is a little extreme for no human intervention. It depends on your hamster. Some will naturally hoard away all the food you give them and have plenty to last the week, and others will gobble it all up in the first 2 days and have nothing fresh for the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Livid, veterinary intervention, leg muscle
veterinary intervention, leg muscle, squeal: Hi KJ I m really sorry to hear about your experience at your vet, I m not surprised you are angry about this, I would be too. It is very hard to know what happened - it could be that something has been strained with the pressure that he applied, in which...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Overgrown teeth, misaligned teeth, front teeth
misaligned teeth, front teeth, salt shaker: Hi KJ I can relate totally to what you are saying - I currently have a hamster who needs her teeth clipped very couple of weeks and due to additional complications with her teeth I get really nervous cutting them. There is no easy way - other than to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: robo fighting, baby hamsters, neutral territory
baby hamsters, neutral territory, hamsters: Hi Brijesh I m sorry to hear about your hamsters. It is very difficult introducing hamsters to each other as they can fight. When introducing two adult hamsters it is important to do this in neutral territory and definitely never put the male in with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: SAM, hamsters and gerbils, gerb
hamsters and gerbils, gerb, mobility problems: Hi KJ Sorry I have taken a day to get back to you. I think that a lot of small creatures get respiratory problems Ė but these could be symptoms of other medical conditions. Iíve found that a lot of small animals (hamsters and gerbils) seem to get tumors...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Skinny hamster, porridge oats, hamster mix
porridge oats, hamster mix, pear shape: Hi Helen Is she eating normally? Have you checked her teeth? If not it would be worth having a look. The bottom teeth should be a lot longer than her top teeth. Sometimes hamsters lose or break teeth and this means that they grow lopsided or overgrow...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My sapphire winter white hamster is losing hair!, winter white hamster, sapphire winter white
winter white hamster, sapphire winter white, losing hair: Hi Jamie I think you should carefully examine both hamsters. It sounds as though the hair loss could be down to fighting. Introducing two adult hamsters is very difficult if not impossible as they often fight. The fact that this hamster has a cut on its...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian hamster babies, jam jar lids, porridge oats
jam jar lids, porridge oats, drop food: Hi Alyssa Congratulations on your litter. 2 months is very young for a hamster to give birth (although not that uncommon) but young hamsters can make good mums. The reason why sometimes they kill their young is if they are scared, afraid for their babies,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Teddy, neti pot, saline solution
neti pot, saline solution, pocket pets: I would suggest using a warm saline solution on his eye. A product called the Neti Pot has packets of saline. It is used to clear sinuses, but you could mix about half a packet with warm water. The product can be found at most drug stores. Put the solution...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Types of wood to use in Dwarf hamster cage, wood glues, dwarf hamsters
wood glues, dwarf hamsters, hamster cage: Hi Dani It s great that you are going to make some shelves for your gerbils. I ve never made any wooden shelves/toys for my animals and therefore don t have any first hand experience. However I do know that you have to be careful with some woods - cedar,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Can't stop biting., dwarf hamster, unusual behavior
dwarf hamster, unusual behavior, campbells: Hi Cassidy I suspected they were Campbells as this is not unusual behavior, unfortunately. When they reach about this age their personality can sometimes change. It really is a matter of starting over with winning their confidence and trying to stop the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Whats Wrong With My Hamster?, mite spray, scent glands
mite spray, scent glands, kindest thing: Hi Carly 2 years is old for a hamster and around this time they are prone to getting mites and serious conditions, such as tumors. Regarding the skin - it would probably be worth giving her a treatment of Ivermectin - you can either get this from your...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Same, gerbils, gerbil
gerbils, gerbil, hamster: Hi Rory Sorry to hear about your gerbil. I m not sure I understand your question - how many gerbils have you got now? How old are they? If there are babies, the mum is more important as they need her. If you want to let me have more information I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Babies, syrian hamster, separation day
syrian hamster, separation day, wire cage: 25 days is pretty close to the 28 recommended separation day, so if there s aggression it s perfectly fine to separate them a little early. Boys and girls should be separated into like gender tanks, and by 2 months every single hamster should have a separate...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Hamsters, syrian hamsters, dwarf hamsters
syrian hamsters, dwarf hamsters, result group: Hi Jenna Congratulations on your litter! What type of hamsters are these? Are they Syrians or dwarf hamsters? I find that sexing Syrians is easier than dwarf hamsters. At the moment it may be difficult to see which are male or female because their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby hamsters, baby hamster, boy babies
baby hamster, boy babies, girl babies: You can clean the cage in another 3 days (when they are 2 weeks old). Moving the cage now is fine as long as you do it very carefully. I would move her into the quietest room in the house if you haven t already done so. If you re thinking of moving her into...

Gerbils & Hamsters: The Baby's Nest, syrian hamster, time owner
syrian hamster, time owner, eleven days: It is okay to dump the nest, just put some fresh fluff bedding in the cage so she can make a new nest. When you take them out of the cage to clean it, make sure no one gets separated. Put small fresh pieces of broccoli and carrots and take it out if not eaten...

Gerbils & Hamsters: BITTING ,is it okay??, hamsters, peanut butter
hamsters, peanut butter, hamster: Hamsters bite when they feel threatened, and hitting him will only make him feel more threatened. Sometimes they are afraid of all humans and bite as a result. My favorite trick for this behavior is to take a small bit of peanut butter on my finger and let...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bleeding found in Bedding, syrian hamster, internal organs
syrian hamster, internal organs, behaviour changes: Hi Rosie Sorry to hear about your hamster - blood is always a bit of a worry. It is difficult to know why /where he is bleeding. It could be from some sort of infection - such as kidney in which case it might be possible to get him on antibiotics. However,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Bump in hamsters ear, warm compresses, brain tumor
warm compresses, brain tumor, absess: Hi Vanessa I m really glad you took him to a vet and he has received treatment. These little creatures have a tremendous will to live and whilst they can deteriorate rapidly in a very short space of time they can also improve as quickly. I ll keep my fingers...

Gerbils & Hamsters: The baby's nest, syrian hamsters, food dish
syrian hamsters, food dish, shallow dish: Hi Jenna In answer to your first question - you don t have to clean hamsters. If they are ill with a medical condition that requires bathing them, then you need to get a special shampoo (from the vet) otherwise they should never be bathed. Some people...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bleeding hamster feet, chinese dwarf hamster, separation anxiety
chinese dwarf hamster, separation anxiety, hamster: The most likely cause of bloody feet is a sharp object in the cage (inspect thoroughly: the smallest point can cut), or an attack by another hamster. Sometimes even hamsters show a separation anxiety when a hamster buddy leaves or dies, and as a result, will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cancer from insect bite., insect bite, insect bites
insect bite, insect bites, cardboard box: I m not a vet and I ve never had a hamster with cancer, so I wouldn t have the slightest idea about diagnosing it from a picture. It s really up to you if you d like a second opinion, but if it IS cancer, and you wait too long to diagnose it and take action,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: campbells dwarf russian babies deformed claw/paw, russian babies, human scent
russian babies, human scent, hammy: Sometimes this happens with litters. In fact, when my hamster had pups, 3 hamsters had deformed paws just like yours and 2 were perfectly normal. Unfortunately, there is really nothing you can do. Before the litter is even born, some pups will steal nutrients...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Daughters Dwarf Hamsters - one has died, dwarf hamsters, hamster
dwarf hamsters, hamster, hamsters: After hamsters fight, the aggressor should be fine. Either the white hamster put up a really good fight, or something else is the cause. I assumed the sores on the white hamster looked like battle wounds from another hamster. If the sores did not look like...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster Nails, quality pair, dwarf hamster
quality pair, dwarf hamster, blood supply: Hi Brenda You should either buy a good quality pair of clippers that are sold to trim cuticles or in pet shops you can buy special cutters for pet nails. Be careful when cutting her nails - you must not cut them that short - in the centre of the nail will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hampster, hampster, processed food
hampster, processed food, granola: It may or may not have been related to the granola. Honey isn t the best thing to give a hamster, and if a processed food was meant for a human, should not be given to a hamster. Watch it closely for any change; these usually heal on their own. If it worsens,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf with possible pneumonia, cat litter pan, toilet paper tube
cat litter pan, toilet paper tube, dwarf hamster: I must say, few people take as good care of their hamsters as you did. My condolences for your little friend. Often, water can leak from the water bottle and wet the litter in the cage. A good, solid wall water bottle with a ball/spring spout can work so...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my dwarf hamsters hurt :(, dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters
dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, fish tank: Hi Ashley I m sorry to hear about your hamster. She has obviously got herself caught up in the wires and injured herself. Some dwarf hamsters are OK with wire cages, but often as a precaution it is worth sliding a piece of cardboard in between the bars...

Gerbils & Hamsters: enlarged balls, testicular cancer, hamsters
testicular cancer, hamsters, testicles: Hi Gemma This sounds perfectly normal! When males reach adulthood their testicles can become very enlarged - also depending on the time of day/weather etc and sometimes they can appear as different sizes - this is all normal. Hamsters can get testicular...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster sounds?, prey animals, wild hamsters
Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster sounds?, prey animals, wild hamsters, sensitive creatures

Gerbils & Hamsters: lost tooth, finger nails, food scale
Gerbils & Hamsters: lost tooth, finger nails, food scale, broken tooth

Gerbils & Hamsters: fancy bear hamsters, syrian hamsters, desert animals
syrian hamsters, desert animals, google search: fancy bear is a fake pet store name, what you really have are 2 SYRIAN hamsters, which should not be living together. Do a google search and you ll find that Syrians are very territorial as they mature and will fight each other. Please buy a second tank...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My female doesn't come into season, neutral territory, single sex
neutral territory, single sex, early evening: Hi Connor Females come into season every 4 days. The best way of trying to mate them is to place her on the male s cage each evening (try it at different times from early evening to late) - let them sniff each other through the bars. After a few minutes,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My first hamster, glass aquarium, wet tail
glass aquarium, wet tail, roborovski: 1. Syrians will usually grow to be 6 inches long at least, and the girth depends on gender. Females tend to be bulkier then males overall, and long hair hamsters will look much thicker then a short hair. He should be fully grown and mature by 6 months of age....

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Gerbil, friends and neighbors, first few days
friends and neighbors, first few days, wire cage: Hi Devon Congratulations on getting a gerbil. I think that his behavior of putting his nose on his stomach is probably just grooming - they are very clean creatures and often wash themselves. Handling him daily will not make him die. It is good to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbils and Mice, dwarf hamsters, private answer
dwarf hamsters, private answer, winter whites: Hi I m glad you re not thinking of doing this. My personal feeling is that no animal should be bred with a different species. I know that some creatures have evolved because of cross breeding species, but I think it should be left up to nature. Even...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbals, female gerbils, hydrogen peroxide
female gerbils, hydrogen peroxide, saline solution: Gerbals are typically not my area of expertise. It is unusual that any animal would stop grooming itself; I might suggest seeing a veterinarian. For the eye, you can use a cotton ball to dab it woth a warm saline solution, or a warm solution of 3 parts water...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil, hydrogen peroxide, cotton ball
hydrogen peroxide, cotton ball, bump: Females tend to be very aggressive and territorial. Separate the gerbils, especially if the other is female. Most likely, the bump is swelling from a bite. To clean it, put hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball and gently dab the wound with it. This is going...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil identification, baby hamsters, classroom pets
baby hamsters, classroom pets, food coloring: Hi Pam This is a very difficult thing to do. When I have baby hamsters and they all look the same I usually trim their fur so I can tell them apart until they are separated off into their own cages - the only problem with this is of course that the fur...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is my gerbil ill, or just old?, little creatures, closeby
little creatures, closeby, gerbils: Hi Anna I m sorry to hear about your gerbil. From the description it sounds as though this is old age and his body is shutting down, although he might be ill as a result. They can get respiratory problems and also develop internal tumors which can put...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbils, muscle wastage, vet fees
muscle wastage, vet fees, euthansia: Hi Steve I m sorry to hear about your gerbil s situation. It is difficult to know what is causing this and what is best to do. I m all in favour of giving an animal a chance even with missing limbs etc. but the fact that he is having problems standing,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my gerbils back legs, hydrogen peroxide, cotton ball
hydrogen peroxide, cotton ball, gerbil: He may be crippled, but he should be okay. Testicles are not visible on hamsters, just the scrotum, which looks like a bulge at the base of his tail. Sometimes traumatized hamsters will bite themselves, and sometimes it could be just a sore. Monitor him and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster, puffy teats, gestation period
puffy teats, gestation period, hamster: Hi Erin Is there any reason to suspect that she might be pregnant again? Did you mate her originally? If so, did you remove the male straight after mating or did you leave them together during pregnancy? Syrians are solitary and should never be kept...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster sounds?, male mouse, hamsters
male mouse, hamsters, squabble: Hi Sandra Hamsters do make noises although some more than others. They can squeal if they are really frightened, others squeak as though they are chatting and they can even snore. I ve had some very vocal hamsters, but others who haven t made a single...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster's teeth, hamster, rodents
hamster, rodents, hamsters: You need to buy hamster wood chews at your local pet store. Most pet stores carry wood chews; if you aren t sure as to which one is best, just ask an employee. Be careful, though, if your hamster s teeth are getting to long, they can prevent the hamster from...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster walking weird, hydrogen peroxide, weird behavior
hydrogen peroxide, weird behavior, cotton ball: Considering his behavior, he might be ill. But considering the fight, he could also be injured, which would cause his behavior. Pick him up, gently grab the skin at the scruff of his neck, turn him over and look at his legs. You should look for a wound, missing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Help with my new syrian hamster please., syrian hamster, vet check
syrian hamster, vet check, wet tail: Yes she sounds perfectly healthy and normal, a vet check seems unneeded. Wet tail will present itself with a wet bottom, not always poop covered but that s a big sign. If her underside is dry and her poop is solid there s no issue regarding wet tail. Some...

Gerbils & Hamsters: about hamster, hamster mix, hamster baby
hamster mix, hamster baby, mix seeds: Are the ants actually in the cage or just near it? If they are near it can you move the cage to another area? If they are in the cage then it sounds as though they have hatched - how often do you clean the cage out? Is there uneaten food in the cage that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster., internal organs, small animals
internal organs, small animals, hamsters: Hi Ashley This is a very good age for a hamster and unfortunately these are all signs of old age. Around this time they do slow down and often feel cold. They are also prone to getting abdominal tumors which tend to make them look pear shaped and fat....

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster has a broken leg?, cheek pouches, broken legs
cheek pouches, broken legs, broken leg: Hi Sheena There are differing views on broken legs - some people believe that pain relief should be prescribed as obviously you don t want to have a hamster in pain. However, there is also the view that pain relief should not be given- this is because...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster's cheek sack, cheek pouches, hamsters
cheek pouches, hamsters, hamster: Hi Charissa I ve never come across this before. I ve known hamsters to have blocked cheek pouches and needing to empty them, but I have never seen one with their cheek hanging out. It is very important that this goes back in sooner rather than later as...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster is making squeaking noises, chinese dwarf hamster, squeals
chinese dwarf hamster, squeals, squeaks: Hi Kirstyn Some hamsters are more vocal than others. The types of noises that cause concern are squeals and cries rather than squeaks. They can also grind their teeth (normally to tell you to go away). Sometimes they do squeak as though they are chatting...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Does my hamster have a tumor?, brown dots, scent gland
brown dots, scent gland, brown dot: Hi Morgan Whereabouts is this brown dot? Is it on her hip? If so, have a look at her other hip and you should find another one. Hamsters have scent glads on their hips and these can be slightly raised brown dots. Sometimes you don t see them in a hamster,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, hoard food, dirty habit
hoard food, dirty habit, plastic containers: Hi Iain Sorry to hear that your hamster has a dirty habit! Some hamsters do this - others sleep in their tubes or hoard food in them. The best way I have found to get a hamster to pee somewhere else in their cage is to introduce a hamster toilet. These...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, logical reason, hamsters
logical reason, hamsters, loo: Hi Iain Sorry my suggestion wasn t any good! What type of cage is this? Is it possible to remove the tube temporarily or is it an integral part of the cage? If you can remove it or block it off for a few days this might help snap him out of his behaviour,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, porridge oats, hamster mix
porridge oats, hamster mix, syrian hamster: Hi Nicole The usual gestation period for a Syrian is 16 - 18 days therefore she was pregnant when you got her. Syrians are solitary creatures and she must live alone - when mating hamsters it is a case of introducing them (on the right day - they come...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters eyes, hamster big eyes, hamster bulgy eyes
hamster big eyes, hamster bulgy eyes, hamster eye protuding: Hi Catherine, Thank you for your question. If your hamster is older than 1 year then it s normal. Also hamster s eyes are naturally bulgy and look big and as they get older this can be quite visable. The most important thing is that your hamster is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: holiday, pet type, going on holiday
pet type, going on holiday, fresh food: A hamster won t go through a full water bottle in 5 days so she ll have enough water, and 5 days without fresh food is a stretch, but you can make it through it if you give her hard food treats or those large seed treat logs from the pet store. Anything that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Large Hamster Poo..., dry pellets, syrian hamster
dry pellets, syrian hamster, wet tail: Hi Amanada This is quite unusual because most times their poo is fairly dry and a regular size. However, I have recently heard of someone else with this too and they have been trying all sorts of treatments to try and sort it out. I had a hamster who...

Gerbils & Hamsters: lost tooth, chinese dwarf hamsters, pumpkin seeds
chinese dwarf hamsters, pumpkin seeds, front teeth: I haven t heard of hamsters losing their teeth, but it should be nothing to worry about because they mainly use their upper front teeth. I would be careful with their fighting, though, because female hamsters are very territorial, especially with each other...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Macy again.., lumps and bumps, fur color
lumps and bumps, fur color, consultation fees: Hi Morgan Apart from these spots how is she behaving? Is she eating/drinking normally or has there been any change in these recently? Is she active and wanting to come out to play? It is difficult to know what these lumps are without actually seeing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Maggots, dwarf hamster, open wounds
dwarf hamster, open wounds, soap and water: You probably don t need to take her to the vet. Flies lay their eggs on any thing that rots. This includes fruits or vegetables, human or animal waste, flesh, or trash. Make sure any fruits or vegetables left in the cage are taken out by the end of the day,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: macy!, dark brown hair, ivermectin
dark brown hair, ivermectin, flaky skin: Hi Morgan I m honestly not sure what this is - it is probably nothing to worry about but without seeing her it is difficult for me. Hamsters can have pigmentation on their skin and it could just be this that you are seeing. They don t usually grow another...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my new syrian hampster wont drink, desert animals, hampster
desert animals, hampster, awake at night: All hamsters are able to drink from water bottles. The reason you don t see it happening it because hamsters are desert animals, meaning they don t drink frequently. Hamsters are also usually most awake at night when you re sleeping, which is likely when it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo hamster with red nose, hamster owners, red nose
hamster owners, red nose, skin conditions: It woudn t be from rubbing her nose. Sometimes hamsters have skin conditions that need to be treated by a veterinarian, but if it doesn t seem to be bothering her, I wouldn t worry too much. I would monitor it closely and note any change in condition or behavior...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sexing my hamster, scrotal sac, syrian hamster
scrotal sac, syrian hamster, vaginal opening: Grasp the hamster gently but firmly in your left hand. The hamster will become frightened if held with too much pressure, so do not squeeze too tightly. Turn over the hamster so it is on its back. Bloww warm air onto the hamster to calm it while brushing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Siberian Hamsters, siberian hamsters, hamsters
siberian hamsters, hamsters, small pieces: It is best not to disturb the cage and all it contains at this time. Leave the male in the cage. You may take him out if absolutely necessary (for example, if he is threatened by the female). Do not touch the pups or clean the cage until they are 3-4 weeks...

Gerbils & Hamsters: smell, dwarf hamster, hand soap
dwarf hamster, hand soap, harsh chemicals: The smell has to be expected, especially with two. What goes in, must come out, thus the smell. The cage needs to be cleaned weekly. This means completely disassembling the cage and everything in it, emptying the litter, and scrubbing it with soap and warm...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian hamster ill, hamster food, probiotic yogurt
hamster food, probiotic yogurt, wet tail: Is this diet her normal diet? If not, switch back to regular hamster food. Rice and toast should not be given to hamsters. Chicken can be eaten, ONLY OCCASIONALLY, when fully cooked and has nothing else on it. I would still not suggest feeding it to her. Yogurt...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Tricks and breeding, fruits and vegetables, cats and dogs
fruits and vegetables, cats and dogs, fresh fruits: Hamsters cannot be neutered; it would be extremely difficult and entirely unnecessary. I am assuming they are brother and sister, and therefore should be separated. Brother-Sister mating can cause defects and other problems for the pups, just as it would for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my teddybear hampstetrs babies, syrian hamsters, solitary creatures
syrian hamsters, solitary creatures, leaving the nest: Hi Patti It is always a worry if a mum has her babies in an area of the cage that is confined. I usually advise people to move out any houses/tubes etc before the birth of a litter, but obviously in your case this was impossible as it was a completely...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Unexpected death of young hamster, day before yesterday, unexpected death
day before yesterday, unexpected death, muesli: It is not something your daughter could have done. The muesli is very close to their regular diet. It is possible the dog could have caused trauma to Milly; in fact, I would suggest this as the most likely cause of death. In fact, my own hamster died the day...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Wet Tail, wet tail, oral rehydration
wet tail, oral rehydration, hamsters: Hi Jamie sorry to hear that your hamsters might have wet tail. Whilst wet tail is an actual illness, this term is also often given to any condition where the hamster s rear is wet. Actual wet tail does need treating with antibiotics, but unfortunately...

Gerbils & Hamsters: animals, exoticpets, hamsters
exoticpets, hamsters, testicles: Hi Mercedes Sometimes with female hamsters you can see their nipples. They tend to have rounded rear ends as opposed to the more pointed ones that males have - male hamsters, when they reach adulthood are often easy to sex because their testicles are very...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby hamsters, chinese hamster, hamsters
chinese hamster, hamsters, hamster: Hi Terese Hamsters become sexually active at 4 weeks. Therefore it is important to separate out the boys at this age. The girls can remain with mum and the boys in a separate cage. Some people re-home them at this age, however I find they tend to do...

Gerbils & Hamsters: cannibalism, male pups, hamsters
male pups, hamsters, syrians: Hi What type of hamsters are these? Syrians must be kept alone and the male must never come into contact with a litter. If these are Syrians then the male needs removing from the cage immediately. Dwarf hamsters can live together in pairs/colonies, but...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, hamster ball
dwarf hamster, hamster ball, hamsterball: Hi Harry hamsters can over-heat quite easily and it sounds as though she suffered from this. If this happens again you can cool her down by spraying a little water on her and then drying off with a fan - be careful you don t put too much water on as you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Squeaky hamster
Gerbils & Hamsters: Squeaky hamster

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil Mites, bed bugs, manuafacturers
bed bugs, manuafacturers, chemical sprays: Hi Jessie I m honestly not sure what to recommend for this. Regarding your gerbils - you can treat them with a drug called Ivermectin - this can be bought on-line or from pet shops. Beaphar is one of the manuafacturers and they sell it as a small...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Gerbils, mainge, gerbils
mainge, gerbils, jaw line: Hi Ashleigh I m afraid most of my medical knowledge is really to do with hamsters, rather than gerbils although I have kept several gerbils over the years. Therefore I m not sure if I can advise you on this as such. However, have you had a feel around...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil ?, bottom teeth, jordane
bottom teeth, jordane, losing weight: Hi Jordane When did he stop eating? Is he losing weight? Have you had a look at his teeth to check they are not overgrown or missing? I had a gerbil once who suddenly stopped shredding cardboard and started losing weight - when I checked his teeth I found...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil, gerbils, cyst
gerbils, cyst, pus: Hi Laurie It is difficult to know what this is without seeing it. I did have a gerbil once who developed a lump in a similar place and it turned out to be a cyst which was easily sorted out by a vet. It may be absolutely nothing to worry about however...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my gerbil is acting strange...., head tilt, defense mode
head tilt, defense mode, gerbil: Hi Terri Sorry to hear that Louie is behaving strangely. Usually when there is a sudden change in a gerbil s personality it is because they are unwell. The fact that he keeps losing his balance makes me thing that he has some sort of ear infection. Gerbils...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil injured, bach rescue remedy, apple slice
bach rescue remedy, apple slice, natural remedy: Hi Shannon Sorry to hear about your gerbil. How big was this apple slice??? If it was large and hit her at the wrong angle then perhaps it concussed her but are you sure there are no other reasons why she is behaving like this? Is it possible she had...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My gerbil unexpectadly died, upper respitory infection, female rats
upper respitory infection, female rats, male rats: Hi Lisa I m sorry to hear about your gerbils. I live a very busy life too and in all honesty there are days that I tend to neglect my animals a bit - this is perfectly normal. As long as they have food and water and a clean cage then the odd day that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster ear, black bear hamster, porridge oats
black bear hamster, porridge oats, losing hair: Hi Kami I m sorry to hear about your hamster. I am afraid that he is displaying the usual signs of an old hamster. 3 is incredibly old for a hamster (most of mine only live to around 2 1/2 years). At this age they do slow down a lot, want to sleep...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Genetics, winter whites, uk articles
winter whites, uk articles, campbells: Hi Nathan I m afraid this is beyond my expertise. I do know that you should not mate brother and sister as you can end up with problems. Also, never cross mate one hamster species with another - i.e. winter whites with campbells as there can be serious...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Ilness, ilness, ivermectin
ilness, ivermectin, hamsters: Hi Emm Unfortunately the first thing that springs to mind with a hamster of this age is that perhaps there is a tumor. These are incredibly common in hamsters of this age and they can grow quite rapidly. The usual sign for an abdominal tumor is that the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster is very limp but breathing, broken legs, family cat
broken legs, family cat, leg injuries: Hi Matt I m really sorry to hear about your hamster. It is very difficult to know if it will recover from this type of trauma. Also, you don t know if there are any internal injuries. In theory leg injuries can heal on their own - I ve had several...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster with respiratory infection (has been to vet), cypress mulch, insecticide sprays
cypress mulch, insecticide sprays, tetracyclene: Hi Monica I m really sorry to hear about your hamster. I m not a vet and therefore can t really comment on the dosage etc. and as I haven t seen your hamster I m not in a position to comment on your vet s treatment. However, I can offer you some advice...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, ivermectin, beaphar
ivermectin, beaphar, abscesses: Hi How old is your hamster? Hamsters are prone to getting tumors and sometimes these can be superficial and do look red/purple/pink and are often shiny. Is this red mark an actual lump or just a mark? If it is just a mark then perhaps he has just scratched...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, cardboard tubes, dwarf hamster
cardboard tubes, dwarf hamster, coconut shell: Hi Imani What type of hamster is this? A lot of hamsters do chew their bars and this is normal for them - the only real danger of this is that they can break their teeth and some wear a bald patch on their noses. The important thing is to make sure...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is my hamster going to have babies?, female hamster, signs of pregnancy
female hamster, signs of pregnancy, drawf: If Fluffy stretches is there a bulge on her hips? Some female Syrians are large ladies and this is normal, but if they are pregnant they definitely bulge on their hips, whereas if they are not any excess fat around their lower half seems to disappear when...

Gerbils & Hamsters: itching+diarrhea, wood shavings, syrian hamster
wood shavings, syrian hamster, avipro: Hi Faith Firstly the itching - have you treated her with Ivermectin? If not it might be worth getting some of this. It is a liquid anti parasite medication that is sold for small pets (one of the manufacturers if Beaphar and this can be bought on line...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Lonely Gerbil?, little creatures, gerbs
little creatures, gerbs, gerb: Hi I honestly don t know if it will make any difference - it is certainly worth a try. These little creatures do seem to understand when a neighbor is no longer there - I had a couple of Syrians who lived side by side and when one died the other one...

Gerbils & Hamsters: male and female gerbil, gerbil, gestation period
gerbil, gestation period, divider: HI Kaitlynn I m afraid the only way you can avoid babies is to keep them separate unless you see if your vet will castrate the male. If you find she is now pregnant, then the key thing would be to replace the divider and see if she gives birth. The gestation...

Gerbils & Hamsters: which ones is better, dwarf varieties, syrian hamster
dwarf varieties, syrian hamster, glass tanks: Hi Laelle All rodents love escaping - the important thing is to make sure they are in the correct type of cage that is secure and no doors in the cage are left open. If you are looking at getting a gerbil it is important to remember that they chew a lot...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Do Russian Fancy eat Rasins?, hamsters, raisin
hamsters, raisin, russians: Hi Andie It is fine to give hamsters raisins - however, some of the Russians (Campbells) can be prone to getting diabetes and in these cases it is important not to give any sugary treats. If they are diabetic you will know because they drink loads and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Scared Hamster, syrian hamster, initial fear
syrian hamster, initial fear, housemate: Hi Craig Sorry for the delay in responding - I thought Iíd sent a reply yesterday but somehow I donít think it went through. This is a big world to a little creature, and especially one who canít see very well. Also, as Charlie is fairly new to you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Squeaky hamster, russian dwarf hamster, natural laxatives
russian dwarf hamster, natural laxatives, liquid paraffin: Hi Sarah I would be tempted to carry on with the toilet paper for a while as hamsters can develop allergies etc to some types of bedding. I think that it is probably a case of just monitoring her to see if anything changes - the fact that she is able...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian keeps blocking tube with sawdust, syrian hamster, wood chip
syrian hamster, wood chip, bottom section: Hi Jane Some hamsters just seem to do this. In the wild they collect any bedding and food and hoard it and this behaviour can be seen in their cages too. They often relocate their nest or rebuild it - sometimes they drag all the wood chip into the corner...

Gerbils & Hamsters: scent glands, dwarf hamster, scent glands
dwarf hamster, scent glands, scent gland: Hi Carol It probably is just his scent gland and therefore this is normal. Some are more obvious than others. Check to see that it isn t crusted at all - is there any sign of blood or pus? Hamsters can get tumors, some of which are very superficial,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: storing food, long haired hamster, teddy bear hamster
long haired hamster, teddy bear hamster, wet food: Although it s gross, this is what hamsters in nature do. You can try giving him alternate places to store the food. If you only have one cave or hiding spot, it s using it as both a bed and a hoard. More places to hide, more options. I d also give him only...

Gerbils & Hamsters: worried sick, cold like symptoms, blood oxygen level, black bear hamster
blood oxygen level, black bear hamster, fungal spores: Hi Danielle I m sorry to hear about your hamster. This is quite old for a Syrian and unfortunately around this time things can start to go wrong health-wise. It is difficult to know for sure what is happening, but the types of things that can cause...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bleeding under the tail, female hamster, diarhea
female hamster, diarhea, bowel movements: Hi Tanya Blood is something that really ought to be investigated. You havenít said how old this hamster is. Is she young or old? I have had some females who have had a tiny amount of blood Ė just a spot or two and this has disappeared after a day...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Campbell's Dwarf Hamster, dwarf hamster, personality change
dwarf hamster, personality change, boiled egg: Hormonal changes wouldn t necessarily cause weight loss. Have you checked her teeth? It might be worth having a look. Sometimes you think they are eating but they are not as they spit out food if there is a dental problem. Check that she hasn t broken...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cause of Death?, gerbils, blueyonder
gerbils, blueyonder, gerbil: Hi Katie I m really sorry to hear about your gerbil. I m not an expert in gerbil health and therefore cannot say for sure why she died. It could be some unrelated illness, but there is a disease in gerbils called Tyzzers Disease which presents symptoms...

Gerbils & Hamsters: campbells dwarf hamster, hamster mix, dwarf hamsters
hamster mix, dwarf hamsters, glucose level: Hi Audrey I wouldn t think this is a problem. I ve had litters where some are half the size of others and they never seem to catch up. The main thing is how they are in themselves. Apart from their size difference, are they both healthy? Are they eating...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Feeding, chopped vegetables, bottom teeth
chopped vegetables, bottom teeth, jamjars: Hi Nathan Have you checked his teeth lately? If not then this is really the first place to start. The bottom teeth should be quite long and there should be two of them. The top teeth (two) should be considerably shorter. Check they are all there and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Feeding advice, wet tail, wet bottom
wet tail, wet bottom, sunflower seeds: Hi Stephanie Sorry to hear that Treacle isn t too well. Wet tail is actually an illness that causes severe diarrhea, however a lot of people give this name to any illness that gives the hamster a wet rear. It is therefore difficult to know if Treacle...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster has diarrhea, hamster, petco
Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster has diarrhea, hamster, petco, diarrhea

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is my hamster playing dead?, little friend, gerbil
Gerbils & Hamsters: Is my hamster playing dead?, little friend, gerbil, behaviours

Gerbils & Hamsters: first pet hamster, pet hamster, syrian hamsters
pet hamster, syrian hamsters, social creatures: Teddy and fancy are both Syrian hamsters. Pet stores like to make up fancy names for Syrian hamsters. Teddy bear, black bear, panda bear, honey bear, fancy, long hair, and golden are all common names for Syrian hamsters. Winter white is a type of dwarf. They...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Geriatric Hamster, pear shape, syrian hamster
pear shape, syrian hamster, kidney problem: Hi Erica I m afraid that an increase in water consumption usually indicates a health issue and in a hamster of this age you would think of it being kidney problems or a tumor. With either of these conditions your hamster could live for another 6 months...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil dominance, recentley, gerbils
recentley, gerbils, three girls: Hi Lucy It is worth double checking the sexes of the gerbils just to make absolutely certain that a boy hasn t managed to be mistaken for a girl. If they are all girls, this kind of behaviour is fairly common. I had a similar experience once when I kept...

Gerbils & Hamsters: are my gerbils ok?, puncture wounds, toilet rolls
puncture wounds, toilet rolls, chicken wire: Hi Kayla It is difficult putting two gerbils together. In fact I often end up keeping one on its own because it is so hard to introduce them to one of the same sex. They are trying to establish themselves. As they don t know each other they are seeing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster/babies, habitrail ovo cage, tiny babies
habitrail ovo cage, tiny babies, vet bills: Hi I m relieved you have successfully relocated the tube. It will be a lot less stressful all round now. Pepper can have her tube back when the babies have left home! Regarding water - don t be tempted to put a dish in - the water gets dirty almost...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster has diarrhea, porridge oats, wet tail
porridge oats, wet tail, avipro: Hi Patti Diarrhea doesn t always mean wet tail. Wet tail is actually an illness called proliferative ileitis and this is pretty serious. A lot of people give the name of wet tail to anything that makes the hamster s rear end wet. Diarrhea is very serious...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster has an ear problem, teddy bear hamster, strange shape
teddy bear hamster, strange shape, kitchen scales: Hi It is difficult to know if there is something wrong as sometimes they do just slow down a bit and not be as energetic. However, it is unusual for one of less than a year old. Females can have quite rounded rear ends, but if she is looking pear shaped...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Illness, Please help., oral medication, skin complaints
oral medication, skin complaints, ivermectin: Hi SJ Sorry to hear about your hamster. He sounds in a bad way right now. There are skin complaints that affect hamsters. Firstly, it could just be mites which cause a lot of itching and the hamster can scratch a lot. This is easily treated with a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Pouches, cheek pouches, sudden weight loss
cheek pouches, sudden weight loss, lilah: Hi Apologies for not getting back to you yesterday on this. Strangely enough the other evening when I went to get one of my hamsters out I discovered he had a free floating lump too. This is in his neck and I can get my fingers all the way round it....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster sleeping through most of the night, syrian hamster, syrian hamsters
syrian hamster, syrian hamsters, medical explanation: Hi Natasha I had a hamster like this before. In theory Syrian hamsters should wake up in the evening/night time and in the wild they would go out a forage for food. However, in captivity sometimes they don t behave like this. I had a hamster who slept...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster won't use cheeks, dwarf hamster, cheek pouches
dwarf hamster, cheek pouches, russian dwarf: Hi Tammam I m not sure if you can train a hamster to pouch their food. Syrians do it a lot and their pouches expand dramatically to accommodate but dwarf hamsters don t really do this much. Even with some of the Syrians I have had they haven t necessarily...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamsters KIlling Each Other & the Aftermath, pet hamster, territorial animals
pet hamster, territorial animals, safe bet: I m shocked you found little information because it s common knowledge that Syrian hamsters (larger, typical pet hamster) are never supposed to be housed together. They are territorial animals and fight to the death. Dwarfs can be housed together, but they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Health, bottom teeth, foodwise
bottom teeth, foodwise, hamsters: Hi Annie When hamsters settle down into their new homes sometimes they become a bit less active. However, for a female it is a little unusual (although not unheard of) for them to want to sleep so much, especially at such a young age. You normally notice...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster, porridge oats, hamster mix
porridge oats, hamster mix, female hamster: Hi Haylee I m not too sure what you mean about him twitching. Hamsters do rely heavily on their sense of smell and their whiskers are often moving and twitching. Do you mean that his whole body is twitching? How is he to handle - is he tame? Regarding...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamster, female hamster, hamsters
female hamster, hamsters, hamster: Hi Haylee It could just be that he is nervous or startled. Some hamsters do jump more than others and sometimes they stare into space as if in a trance. When a hamster is ill/old they tend to tremble a lot and this happens all the time rather than just...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster habits., door latch, awake at night
door latch, awake at night, hamsters: Females in my experience seem to be more adamant about escaping and generally being noisy at night. Unfortunately this is hamster nature, and there s not much you can do to stop it. I would suggest moving the hamster into a different room, like the family...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster's lump/tumor??!!, hannah richardson, cheek pouch
hannah richardson, cheek pouch, hamsters: Hi Hannah Is this lump at the back of the neck or more to the side? If it is towards the side, then it is worth feeling it to see if this is just something she has in her cheek pouch. These extend a long way down the hamster s body as far as their waist...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster might have mite and have a bald spot, mite spray, chinchilla dust
mite spray, chinchilla dust, dwarf hamster: Hi There is a product you can use that you either buy from a pet shop or on-line. It is made by a company called Beaphar and is called Anti-parasite spot on and you want the one that is specially for hamsters. It contains a drug called Ivermectin which...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is my hamster playing dead?, russian hamsters, carrier bag
russian hamsters, carrier bag, defensive position: Hi I m glad that his behavior looks to be associated with being startled etc. If he collapsed after exercise, then you suspect a heart condition, however, as this isn t the case it sounds as though this is perhaps just his personality. Sometimes they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamsters ears are pinned down, syrian hamster, kitchen scales
syrian hamster, kitchen scales, bottom teeth: Hi Ashley Some hamsters do seem to carry their ears flat to their head, although this can indicate illness of some sort. Usually once they are fully awake and running around their ears should stand upright. When you say she is a .7 year old Syrian -...

Gerbils & Hamsters: help pleazz!!!!!!!!, teddy bear hamster, hamsters
teddy bear hamster, hamsters, hamster: Hi Nicole I m sorry to hear about your hamster. This is a good age for a hamster and I am afraid that her symptoms are those of old age. It sounds as though she is pretty sick and possibly getting ready to die. Sorry to give you news like this, but I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Ice cold Syrian Hamster, syrian hamster, tissue salts
syrian hamster, tissue salts, cold room: Hi Claire Whereabouts is your hamster s cage situated? Is it in a cold room? Is there any chance she has drifted into hibernation because of the cold. If they get too cold they can do this. Gently warming the hamster (as you did) is the correct procedure...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Jittery, long haired hamster, emergency vet
long haired hamster, emergency vet, wet tail: Hammies love to nibble fingers accidentally, every hamster owner has been there. If you don t like the nip you can wear some thin gloves for a while, but I would suggest getting the hamster used to your flesh. You can try rubbing your hands in the bedding...

Gerbils & Hamsters: lump, syrian hamster, testicular cancer
syrian hamster, testicular cancer, water intake: Hi Krystle Chances are there is absolutely nothing wrong with him. Some of the male hamsters have very prominent testicles and it could just be this. Sometimes they are lopsided and appear to look very strange. I suspect it is this. Do you notice this...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Male Teddy Bear Hamster, scent glands, hamster
scent glands, hamster, hamsters: Hi Sierra Whereabouts is this bump? Is it towards his hip and is there another one on the other hip too? If so, these are his scent glands. Sometimes they are very obvious and the hamster can be a bit bald around them. They often lick them which makes...

Gerbils & Hamsters: mommy hamster died while giving birth, dwarf hamsters, hot water bottle
dwarf hamsters, hot water bottle, first pup: Hi Audrey I m sorry to hear about your hamster. Sadly the likelihood of you saving any of these pups is very remote. You need to get hold of a special powdered milk that is designed for orphaned animals - this type of milk powder is easily digested....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Nervous Hamster, dwarf hamster, little creatures
dwarf hamster, little creatures, woodchip: Hi Richie It s great that you ve got yourself a hamster. However, don t be put off by his nervousness. Some of these little creatures do take a while to settle down. For many who have been bred at the big breeding centres, they have never been handled...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Old Teddy Bear Hamster (after my visit to the vet), teddy bear hamster, strange pear
teddy bear hamster, strange pear, vet question: Hi Lou Thanks for the update. I m sorry it ended like this, but at least you know she isn t suffering any more. By the sound of it she was very lucky to have found her way into your garage. I believe that these animals find us, rather than the other...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Respiratory Illness-dying?, doxicycline, respiratory issues
doxicycline, respiratory issues, best bet: Sorry to hear your news - you definitely made the right decision. It is such a shame that often illnesses only appear when it is too late and there has been so little research done into hamsters that even if a diagnosis was reached chances are no one would...

Gerbils & Hamsters: SICK HAMSTER, insect killer, speedy reply
insect killer, speedy reply, little fellow: Hi I m pleased to hear he is making progress. Regarding his eyes, it is important that he opens them daily so if they are stuck closed, if you get a warm damp cloth and gently apply this and then he should be able to open them. If they remain closed for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sore looking eye after escape, reddish fluid, close watch
reddish fluid, close watch, hamsters: Hi Thomas Sorry to hear about your hamster. It is hard to know if your hamster was really injured when he fell. Obviously any head injury can be serious, but as he is eating/drinking normally then he is probably fine. It is worth keeping a close watch...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian hamster handling, syrian hamster, sense of smell
syrian hamster, sense of smell, hamsters: Hi Tyler Hamsters only really bite if they are scared or being handled badly. I guess your brother may well have startled him. Remember that hamsters eyesight is very poor so they rely heavily on their sense of smell. In the wild they are preyed upon...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Tumour on Gerbil, superficial tumors, scent gland
superficial tumors, scent gland, gerbil: Hi Linda I ve had several gerbils with this type of tumor. In all my gerbil s cases they turned out to be superficial tumors and were removed (in fact the whole of the skin over the stomach was removed giving them a neat tummy tuck !). Obviously due...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Albino Hamster eyes changing, dwarf hamster, list of vegetables
dwarf hamster, list of vegetables, vet visit: Dear Susan, thank you for your question. Dwarf hamsters often develope cataracts, especially when they are older. This is often linked to a diet too high in sugar (they are prone to diabetes, too), but it may have other reasons. If you have been feeding...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black Bear, black bear hamster, hugo hugo
black bear hamster, hugo hugo, metal mesh: Dear Simon, thank you for your question. Is it possible that the temperature in the room dropped whioe you were away? Syrian hamsters do start to hibernate when it gets too cold and wake up again when it s warmer. I find the weakness of the legs a bit worrying,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Crittertrail condensation?, long haired hamster, crittertrail cages
long haired hamster, crittertrail cages, hamster cages: Dear Kara, thank you for your question. Crittertrail cages are not suitable for any rodent and way too small for Syrian hamsters. The condensation happens because all the plastic and tubes make the cage very badly ventilated and it can indeed be dangerous,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cyst?, cheek pouches, cheek pouch
cheek pouches, cheek pouch, scent glands: Hi Casey It is very difficult to know what this lump is. Firstly, how far down his body is it? Hamsters have scent glands on their hips and sometimes these can be quite prominent - is it definitely just one sided? Is there any possibility that this...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamster, expert vet, skin allergies
expert vet, skin allergies, dwarf hamster: The only way to treat mites is to take him to the vet who will test his skin and if it is mites, which is a good possibility, the vet will treat him with ivormectin He certainly has the symptoms of mites it is best not left any longer Skin allergies...

Gerbils & Hamsters: FEMALE TEDDY BEAR HAMSTER ILLNESS, hamster illness, teddy bear hamster
hamster illness, teddy bear hamster, female hamster: Hi Tricia I m sorry to hear that your hamster isn t her usual self. Unfortunately this could be a few different things - the first thing that comes to mind is that perhaps she has an abdominal tumor. Tumors are very common in hamsters of 2 years or older....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Feeding my Syrian, Syrian, hamster
Syrian, hamster, diet: Dear Kayleigh, thank you for your question. I mix my own hamster food, too. My recipe is a 1:1 mix of budgie and canary food mixed with grains (wheat, oats, barley, rye for example) in a 1:2 ratio. You can get such a whole grain mix in health food stores...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Help my gerbil!, spiny mice, dog biscuit
Gerbils & Hamsters: Help my gerbil!, spiny mice, dog biscuit, milkbone

Gerbils & Hamsters: female hamster ate male hamster, female hamster, syrian hamsters
female hamster, syrian hamsters, female babies: Dear Nafisa, thank you for your question. Most rodents will eat dead cagemates, that s normal. It s a source of animal protein, which hamsters need and it s their instinct not to waste it. It s also their instinct to get rid of a dead body before it attracts...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil Weight Gain, waist area, golfball
waist area, golfball, gerbils: Dear Olga, thank you for yor question. If you can rule out a pregnancy, I would definitely see a vet with her. It s possible that she has an internal tumor. Usually, gerbils that are just fat look different, they don t have the golfball-look you describe....

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil tumor?, guinea pigs, average lifespan
guinea pigs, average lifespan, veterinary expertise: It does sound as though it is neurological. There could be a back injury, brain injury or a tumor it is impossible to tell without veterinary expertise and observation. I have seen this in rabbits and guinea pigs but not every diagnosis is the same. I do...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My gerbil wil not stop diging in my hand!, gerbil, gerbils
gerbil, gerbils, shannon: Dear Shannon, thank you for your question. I don t think that there is very much you can do to stop this. You can try to put them down every time they do it if they really enjoy being held and/or give them a small treat while they are not doing it to reinforce...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbils chewing, gerbil chewing plastic, housing gerbils
gerbil chewing plastic, housing gerbils: Gerbils are best housed in a ventilated glass tank to stop this behavior. You cannot stop a gerbil from chewing plastic. This behavior is so common in gerbils. She will eventually escape. In her tank she should be given apple wood or wood gnaws from the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbils/pet, currant bushes, toilet paper rolls
currant bushes, toilet paper rolls, grated zucchini: Dear Mia, thank you for your question. Toilet paper rolls and egg containers are always big hits with gerbils, those usually don t survive the night. You can also offer small bracnhes and twigs from trees if you have access to unsprayed trees. Hazel (including...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster, hamster furloss
hamster furloss: Your Hamster needs veterinary treatment. A common problem is irritation from fragments of shavings causing an eye infection. In such cases the fur will look matted or scarce. The vet will prescribe antibiotic eye drops for this. Other than that, furloss...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster wheel nose injury, chinese dwarf hamster, animal welfare act
chinese dwarf hamster, animal welfare act, proper medical attention: Poor little thing I hope the store has got him to the vet... this is a must. He may need antibiotics to the injury and if he has laboured breathing then he might need fluids to counteract the shock. They should not be just treating him themselves without...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Help dwarf russian hamster, dwarf russian hamster, sunflower seeds
dwarf russian hamster, sunflower seeds, night animals: Dear Oliver, thank you for your question. Some dwarf hamster will never get very tame and are more comfortable with staying in their cage. You can try to offer her treats like mealworms or sunflower seeds (only one per day) at the same time every evening,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Help my gerbil!, gerbil question, warm salt water
gerbil question, warm salt water, month old baby: Hi Jordan I ve been asking around about this and I am afraid I haven t really got any news for you. The questions raised were more about the relationship between the two gerbils and whether or not they fight, bully, or chase each other and this is why...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hi, I bought a male & female gerbil but they were meant to be girls ..., male offspring, gerbils
male offspring, gerbils, brother sister: They both need plenty of room as you have pointed out they are energetic creatures The female will obviously need more room as in 4 weeks after the birth the pups will be running riot Make sure that you house her in a vivarium as the pups will get through...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, vet visit, cgi board
vet visit, cgi board, gerbils: Dear Sonja, thank you for your question. I would recommend a vet visit to find out what exactly is wrong. Itching can be a sign if parasites like mites or fleas (most are not visible to the naked eye), a fungal infection or even some kind of allergy. A vet...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster hair loss, instruction leaflet, scent glands
instruction leaflet, scent glands, kidney failure: Hi Amanda 2 1/2 to 3 years is a good age for a hamster. They do tend to lose some of their fur when they are old. whereabouts is this fur loss? Is it on his hips? if so, is it on both sides? Syrians (I m assuming he is a Syrian) have scent glands on...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster noise, cgi board, gerbils
cgi board, gerbils, respiratory infection: Hi, thank you for your question. I would recommend seeing a vet with the hamster as soon as possible. Usually, hamsters don t make any noise at all. They may squeak when they are dreaming, but that only happens rarely. If she is squeaking all the time while...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster is sneezing, help?, sneezing hamster, milk to hamsters
sneezing hamster, milk to hamsters, treating your pet: Never feed cows milk as she will become more ill. animals are lactose intolerant you will give her the diarrhea which will dehydrate her. Vitasol hamster vitamin drops are a good option If you or your family are on benefits you should contact your nearest...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Lemon Juice Safe?, teddy bear hamster, silicon glue
teddy bear hamster, silicon glue, wire cage: Hi Justin I have been asking around and the general view is that lemon juice won t harm your hamster, but it may not solve the problem. The main questions raised were really about the type of cage, size of cage and amount of things to do. From what you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: new hamster acting strange, syrian hamsters, hamster cages
syrian hamsters, hamster cages, syrian hamster: Dear Deb, thank you for your question. It sounds like your hamster has had some bad experiences with humans, did you get her from a pet shop? I would highly recommend getting another cage, since the Imac is way too small for a Syrian hamster. In my opinion,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is it possible my gerbil is pregnant & are they to lonely?, inbred line, genetic makeup
inbred line, genetic makeup, female groups: Dear Jemma, thank you for your question. Mongolian gerbils can breed when they are about five weeks old, so it s definitely possible that she is pregnant. It s good that you separated them because they can mate again directly after the female gave birth....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo Dwarf Hamster Diet Question, dwarf hamster, health food stores
dwarf hamster, health food stores, dwarf hamsters: Dear Bre, thank you for your question. Switching to a diet of small seeds would actually be much better for your hamster than the gerbil food. Dwarf hamsters feed mainly on small seeds in the wild and prefer those. I would recommend a 1:1 mix of budgie...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is my russian hamster dyeing, kidney failure, internal organs
kidney failure, internal organs, back bone: Hi Karen I m sorry to hear about your hamster. You haven t said how old he is, but certainly from his behaviour it sounds as though he is either dying or is very ill. When hamsters reach the age of 2 they start to show signs of old age, often their fur...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian Hamster's health, signs of fatigue, syrian hamster
signs of fatigue, syrian hamster, close watch: Hi Lisha Sorry to hear about Ginger s swollen toe. I had a rescued hamster once who had a swollen toe. He had been kept outside by his previous owner and as it was so cold this affected the hamster s feet and one toe went red and swollen. He ended up...

Gerbils & Hamsters: siberian hamster, biting hamster
biting hamster: Young hamster will naturally bite through fear or running away. I recommend that you use thin garden gloves and sit with you hamster and offer a tit bit of food such as a shaving of carrot to reassure your hamster he /she does not need to be scared. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sick hamster, wet tail, old age
wet tail, old age: Age can be a part of her problem. Hamster live from 12 months to 3 years on average i had one that lived to 6 this is more common with the golden Syrian hamster It is also common for old hamsters to get wet tail which is an intestinal bacterial infection...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sleeping patterns, syrian hamster, syrian hamsters
syrian hamster, syrian hamsters, life span: Hi, thank you for your question. Syrian hamsters usually don t get up early. Sleeping until midnight is not unusual and it s possible that the hamster will keep that up all his life (that s why I don t recommend hamsters as good pets for children). Waking...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my syrian hamster, i think he's dying???, porridge oats, syrian hamster
porridge oats, syrian hamster, veterinary advice: Hi Monica I m sorry to hear about Sam. He certainly sounds very ill. You haven t said how old he is and whether this is age related or just illness. I would strongly advise that you get him to a vet if you can. It is worth phoning a few vets if you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Teddy Bear Hamster Hair Loss, hamster hairloss
hamster hairloss: It may be age related hairloss due to hormone changes: This may show to start with by bold patches on the hips or Could be central heating related or It could be fur mites which is also shown as powdery or flaky skin, and may be itchy and can cause death...

Gerbils & Hamsters: How to teach hamster to drink from water bottle?, hamster mix, corn on the cob
hamster mix, corn on the cob, vitamins minerals: Hi Justin Hamsters tend not to drink very much and so often you don t notice them drinking - in fact if you see a hamster drinking a lot you know there is possible health issue. There are several of my hamsters that I have never seen drinking from a bottle....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Weird behaviour, wet tail
wet tail: She must get antibiotics from the vet. Baytril is the one commonly used in the UK. wet tail will return and kill her. The reason she is sneezing is because the nose is in contact with her bottom and the bacteria is passed to her nose and will eventually turn...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Winter White, porridge oats, female hamster
porridge oats, female hamster, winter white: Hi Jolin Often there is no actual way of knowing for sure if a hamster is pregnant. Sometimes they do show signs such as drinking more water, relocating their nest and as they get close to the birth of a litter they tend to bulge a bit on their hips. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Winter White Hamsters, breeding dwarf hamsters
breeding dwarf hamsters: You said you were buying from a breeder A pet shop is not classed as a breeder they are a retail outlet I would personally advise you not to go to a pet shop if you are planning to breed but go straight to a show breeder Pet shop stock is not necessarily...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My winter white hamster, winter white hamster, garden gloves
winter white hamster, garden gloves, hamsters: He has become territorial This is not unusual for hamsters. Especially if he is fully mature. I suggest you get some thin garden gloves to pick him up with. This way he can bite you all he likes but wont get anywhere and should hopefully be able to reduce...

Gerbils & Hamsters: winter white hamster, winter white hamster, wild hamsters
winter white hamster, wild hamsters, strange smell: Hi Michelle I m sorry that your hamster is biting you. Sometimes it is hard to stop them doing this. Whilst your hands are clean, to a hamster it is a strange smell. Their eyesight is poor and they therefore rely heavily on their sense of smell. It...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Behavior, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, cardboard tubes: With hamsters from pet stores, that almost always a possibilty, unfortunately. I can t say for sure of course and many hamsters behave fairly normal right until they give birth, so digging a lot of not leaving the house are not sure signs of a pregnancy. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Best houses for Syrian hamsters?, aquarium style, syrian hamsters
aquarium style, syrian hamsters, syrian hamster: I personally endorse aquarium style cages. 20 gallon long is the minimum size for a Syrian hamster. I recommend them for several reasons. One is that the mess stays contained inside the tank where as with a wire cage the mess can come out if the hamster digs,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black bear hamster scared, maternal instinct, great mother
maternal instinct, great mother, month and a half: Hi This sounds like a large tank (not exactly sure how big a 55 gallon tank is.) What type of roof does it have? Is it a mesh top that you can clip things to? Would it carry the weight? Hamsters do like climbing and therefore if you can attach a climbing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chinese dwarf hamsters, chinese dwarf hamsters, huge testicles
chinese dwarf hamsters, huge testicles, chinese hamster: Dear Jade, thank you for your question. Chinese hamsters have huge testicles, so my ghuess would be that you have indeed one male and ome female. Here s a picture of a male chinese hamster: http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r294/jedediah667/hamster/MuffinfritSchabe.jpg...

Gerbils & Hamsters: catching a hamster, humane mouse traps, dwarf hamster
humane mouse traps, dwarf hamster, syrian hamster: Hi Brandie I m sorry to hear that your daughter s hamster has escaped. It can be quite difficult to catch them, but the important thing is not to give up on them. I have known of hamsters turning up weeks or even months later so don t give up and don...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster, dear jill, two females
dear jill, two females, class pet: Dear Jill, thank you for your question. A hamster, either Syrian or dwarf, is a bad choice as a class pet in any case. They are strictly nocturnal and being in a classroom full of students will stress them. That may not only make the hamster agggressive,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster Diet, ues
ues: Dear Lindsay, thank you for your question. By all means feed her normal food! I m used to bad advice being given by pet stores, but what you were told is about the worst piece of nonsense I ve come across so far and it s definitely not good for the hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster fighting, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, baby hamsters: Dear Steffani, thank you for your question. Sadly, in captivity dwarf hamsters usually fight sooner or later and need to be separated. This has probably to do with the fact that even the biggest cage is much smaller than the territory they would have in...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf ham. food, dwarf hamsters, hamster food
dwarf hamsters, hamster food, bird seeds: Dear KJ, thank you for your question. I would look for a brand that has no added vitamins. I can t recommend a brand, though, since I m not familiar with most US/UK brands. It seems that online shops who offer seeds for wild birds have mixes that don t have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamser, dwarf hamster care, rigor mortis
dwarf hamster care, rigor mortis, hamster: Hi Stephen I m sure you didn t kill your hamster. Whilst hamsters can go into hibernation if their body temperature drops too much (it can occur during the winter months over night when the house temperature falls when the heating is switched off), with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster care, dwarf hamsters
dwarf hamster care, dwarf hamsters, hamster: Dear Stephen, thank you for your question. Three and a half years is ancient for a dwarf hamster, so I m very sure that she just died from old age. For dwarf hamsters to hibernate, it would have to have been very cold in the room (like heating has failed...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Black bear hamster scared, wheel, acts
Gerbils & Hamsters: Black bear hamster scared, wheel, acts

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Death and Head Tilt?, guinea pigs, wry neck
Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Death and Head Tilt?, guinea pigs, wry neck, cavies

Gerbils & Hamsters: Wheel killed gerbil?, type wheels, gerbals
Gerbils & Hamsters: Wheel killed gerbil?, type wheels, gerbals, ovals

Gerbils & Hamsters: fighting hamsters, dwarf hamsters, male dwarf
dwarf hamsters, male dwarf, hamsters: Dear Tonya, thank you for your question. You need to separate the hamsters as soon as possible, they won t stop fighting and may seriously hurt or even kill each other. At the very least, living together is very stressful for them. Winter White dwarf hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil, eye infection, logical explanation
eye infection, logical explanation, red eyes: Hi Matthew This is quite strange - I have known them to have one red and one black eye before but not one that actually changes colour. Sometimes red eyes can appear black until they are under a certain light, then you can see the redness of them. I ve...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil illness, animal vet, nasty surprise
animal vet, nasty surprise, small animals: Hi Leslie I m sorry to hear about your gerbil. You haven t said how old he is. I m assuming he is elderly??? If so, then this could just be a sign of old age, the swelling could indicate that his heart isn t functioning properly and he is accumulating...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil mazes, glass tank, sunflower seeds
glass tank, sunflower seeds, science experiment: Hi Taelor Your experiment sounds interesting. What are you making the maze out of? Is this wood? Be careful you don t use anything that is chewable otherwise they may just chew their way out. I would think that it is important that whatever you make...

Gerbils & Hamsters: guiena pig, guinea pigs, guinea pig
guinea pigs, guinea pig, consultation fee: Hi Deanna I m afraid I can t advise you on guinea pigs. Whilst I keep a few, I am no expert on them and am therefore not in a position to advise regarding their health. One of mine recently had an eye problem and I think something (hay or something else)...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Death and Head Tilt?, inner ear problems, dwarf hamster
inner ear problems, dwarf hamster, brain tumor: Hi Lin I m really sorry to hear about your hamster. Unfortunately hamsters are incredibly prone to getting tumors later in life and usually around the age of 18 months - 2 years they start showing signs of old age. Some will go onto live for another 6...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster, dwarf hamsters, chinese hamsters
dwarf hamsters, chinese hamsters, huge testicles: Dear Nadine, thank you for your question. I suspect that you are seeing your hamster s testicles. Syrian hamsters and Chinese hamsters have huge testicles, with dwarf hamsters they are not as noticeable, but you can stil see them. I still recommend a vet...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is my hamster dying?, pear shape, internal organs
pear shape, internal organs, random spots: Hi Anna I m sorry to hear about Lola. From the description of how she is behaving, I would guess that she is at least 2 years old? If so, then this definitely sounds as though she is dying and is quite ill. One sad fact with hamsters is that they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, hamster mix, syrian hamster
hamster mix, syrian hamster, view id: Hi Samantha How old is Coco? How long have you had him/her? In terms of sexing Coco, I m afraid the photo you sent is too dark and really you need to examine its underside. Can you handle Coco? If so, roll him/her over onto their back. You might...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hamsters tail has gone purple, pear shape, circulatory problems
pear shape, circulatory problems, noticeable change: Hi Heidi Unfortunately when hamsters get to around 2 years of age they can start to display signs of old age. Their fur can get thin, their weight can change and they can become quite frail and shaky. In many ways this is a normal process for them. Has...

Gerbils & Hamsters: losing hair, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, syrian hamsters: Hi Taryn It is quite hard to know what is wrong with your hamster (if anything). When hamsters reach about 18 months of age their fur can start to thin out a bit - this is quite normal. Fur loss can also occur due to hormonal changes (I ve had a few hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: lost hamster, humane mouse traps, dwarf hamster
humane mouse traps, dwarf hamster, sunflower seeds: Hi Nickayla I m sorry to hear about your hamster. The first thing is to work out which room he is in. If you look under and behind furniture, then listen carefully in case you can hear him move. Tonight you need to put out some food for him - count out...

Gerbils & Hamsters: male hamsters, winter white hamsters, dwarf hamsters
winter white hamsters, dwarf hamsters, cheek pouches: Dear Anis, thank you for your question. I would assume that they are sniffing each other to find out who this other hamster is that s so suddenly in their territory. Dwarf hamsters are used to meeting other hamsters, but don t live with other adults of their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Getting a New pet, robo dwarf hamster, gerbils
robo dwarf hamster, gerbils, gerbil: Dear Jenny, thank you for your question. A 30 gallon would work well for both a Robo and a pair of gerbils (they are social and must be kept in pairs of the same sex). But a Robo dwarf is not a pet that can be handled much, they prefer to stay in their tank....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Panda Bear Hamster, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters
dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters, panda bear: Dear CJ, thank you for your question. Syrian hamsters (both Fancy and Panda hamster are just names for different for and colour types of Syrian hamsters) often get tame and definitely enjoy time outside their cage. Dwarf hamsters are more for watching, although...

Gerbils & Hamsters: questions on robos, taking care of a hamster, parakeet food
taking care of a hamster, parakeet food, sugar honey: Dear Elizabeth, thank you for your question. Robo dwarfs are tiny and can t be handled. They may get tame enough to take food out of your hand, but mostly they are for watching. Time outside their cage is not such a good idea, since they are skittish and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: re feeding, dwarf hamsters, health food shops
dwarf hamsters, health food shops, dwarf hamster: Dear Helen, thank you for your question. I looked up the food you offer and I would recommend switching to another brand or mixing the basic food yourself, it s not hard. The Harry hamster food contains a lot of stuff dwarf hamsters shouldn t have on a daily...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Smells?, air freshener dispenser, hamster cage
air freshener dispenser, hamster cage, pleasant smell: Dear Kennedy, thank you for your question. I wouldn t use an air freshener in a room with a hamster. Their sense of smell is very acute and the smell would probably bother it because it s so powerful. It may be a pleasant smell for us, but for the hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Soar??, pine bedding, scent glands
pine bedding, scent glands, scent gland: Hi Cole The first thing that comes to mind having read your email is that this is a scent gland (assuming this is a Syrian hamster). Whereabouts on his body is it - it is more on his hips? Also, is there one the other side? Sometimes these scent glands...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange Behaviour of Russian Hamster?, russian hamster, plastic cages
russian hamster, plastic cages, strange behaviour: I m glad to hear that the hamster has calmed down a bit. It seems he needed some time to get used to all the new stuff. If you have the room for it, I would recommend a bigger cage, though. Hamsters really love to run and dig and from my experience a cage...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Should I get a Syrian Hamster?, syrian hamster, hamster cage
syrian hamster, hamster cage, hamster: Dear Kunai, thank you for your question. I would recommend leaving the hamster in one home. Since you can just walk over to feed it and check on it, that would be much less stressful for the hamster than being carried around or switching cages every week....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Syrian Hamster Teething Issue, toilet paper rolls, pumpkin seeds
toilet paper rolls, pumpkin seeds, syrian hamsters: Dear Kayleigh, thank you for your question. I would recommend taknig out both the mineral block and the honey chewing bars, they are not good for the hamster s health. Mineral blocks can cause kidey problems and the chewing sticks are too sweet (they shouldn...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is it a stroke or a fit?, little creatures, loss of vision
little creatures, loss of vision, health issue: Hi Molly When a hamster/gerbil suffers a stroke they tend to become paralysed on one side and can t walk properly. Therefore, the fact that she is walking Ok makes me think that perhaps this was some sort of seizure. It is difficult to know why this...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my syrian hamster URGENT PLEASE, diarhoea, wet tail
diarhoea, wet tail, consultation fee: Hi Natalie I m sorry to hear about your hamster. Firstly, it is important that he isn t wet - so if he is still laying under his water bottle, then either move him or the water bottle. Make sure his cage is in a warm part of the house. Wet tail is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: syrian taming, syrian hamster, woodchip
syrian hamster, woodchip, eye sight: Hi Wing I think you need to let your hamster know who is boss!! Hamsters are nocturnal and therefore it is perfectly normal for them to sleep all day and only come out at night. Females, generally, are more active than males and often wake up on and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: teddy bear hamster, teddy bear hamster, hamster mix
teddy bear hamster, hamster mix, dog biscuits: Hi Sylvia It is important that hamsters can file their teeth as they grow constantly. Some hamsters who are kept in wire cages tend to chew on the bars which in itself can sometimes cause problems with broken teeth etc. The important thing is to make...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Do I have things right? Posted earlier - ignore that one....., hamster breeders, wood shavings
hamster breeders, wood shavings, syrian hamster: Sorry I answered the first one before seeing that you also had a second one so let me address these too. 40 would be great if you have the space. You can really have fun deciding what things to put in the cage and really go nuts with all that space. The...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Wheel killed gerbil?, hind legs, gerbils
hind legs, gerbils, hamsters: Hi Jerry I was so sorry to read about Nano - this is so sad. I ve never heard of this happening before. He really must have been running fast. One of the differences between hamsters and gerbils are their paws. Hamsters have quite fat, podgy paws...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My winter white, winter white hamster, linoleum floor
winter white hamster, linoleum floor, 3 feet: Dear Natasha, thank you for your question. I would recommend that you see a vet with the hamster tomorrow at the latest to make sure everything is okay. Mostly, hamsters don t get harmed in such a fall, but I can r say for sure of course. I hope I was...

Gerbils & Hamsters: which should i get?, dwarf hamsters, robo dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, robo dwarf hamster, hamsters and gerbils: Hi Jessie This is a difficult question to answer because they are such different animals. I m not sure how big a 30 gallon fish aquarium is - it sounds big!! The point I think is worth making is that I would definitely recommend that whichever animal...

Gerbils & Hamsters: 20 gallon high vs. 20 gallon long aquarium, followup question, going tomorrow
followup question, going tomorrow, pro health: The additional height isn t too bad because the tank itself has more volume. Ventilation is only really an issue the more narrow and high it is. I don t forsee it being an issue at all as long as the tank s screen lid is clear and there s adequate airflow...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Babies, female hamster, dwarf hamsters
female hamster, dwarf hamsters, stress levels: Hi Sim The main reason why a female will kill her newborn is if she is afraid, if there isn t enough food, or if there is something wrong either with the babies or with the mum. Therefore it is important to try and prevent this from happening. Obviously,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby gerbil questions, please help?, beginnig, petshop
beginnig, petshop, gerbils: Dear Meg, thank you for your question. I would wait with cleaning the cage until the babies are t least a week older and leave as much of the old nest as possible. It s deifinitely possible that Miko is pregnant again. Since she is nursing a litter already,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Baby Hamsters, porridge oats, wastage
porridge oats, wastage, hamsters: Hi Chermaine What type of hamsters are these? Are they syrian or dwarf? Usually you separate out any males at 4 weeks - then the females can stay with mum (if they are Syrian, they remain with her for 2 more weeks providing they don t fight and by 6...

Gerbils & Hamsters: bleeding ear and swollen bum, sun flower seeds, aloe vera juice
sun flower seeds, aloe vera juice, dwarf hamsters: Hi May Ann sorry to hear that your hamster has got problems. Firstly his ear - it could be that he has mites and it is itching him and therefore this is why he is scratching. Mites are very common especially in older hamsters but they are easily treated...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Chinese dwarf bloodshot testicles, chinese dwarf hamsters, chinese dwarf hamster
chinese dwarf hamsters, chinese dwarf hamster, syrian hamsters: Dear Taylor, thank you for your question. Chinese dwarf hamsters have enormous testicles, here s a picture of how big they can be: http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r294/jedediah667/hamster/MuffinanderWand.jpg So there s a good chance that everything...

Gerbils & Hamsters: are cardboard rolls from tp and paper towel toxic for gerbils to eat?, cardboard rolls, toilet paper rolls
cardboard rolls, toilet paper rolls, epileptic seizure: Dear Jeanine, thank you for your question. Newspaper hasn t been toxic for ages, at least not the black and white kind. Toilet paper rolls are also fine, I give them to all my rodents and so does just about every other rodent owner I know about. Gerbils...

Gerbils & Hamsters: chinese dwarf hamster, what to do next, chinese dwarf hamsters, human traits
chinese dwarf hamsters, human traits, hamsters: Hi Beth I m sorry to hear about your hamster. It is hard to know what happened exactly - sometimes they do fight or bully and this can become serious, unfortunately. In terms of getting another hamster, I would strongly advise that you don t. If you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My classroom pet dwarf hamster, russian dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
russian dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, chinese hamsters: Hi Denise Would this be a chinese hamster by any chance? if so, this is perfectly normal. The males have incredibly large scrotums. The Russian dwarf hamsters are smaller, and much less noticeable. Whilst it is possible for a hamster to develop testicular...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster bathing dust/sand, sparkle dust, blue sparkle
sparkle dust, blue sparkle, sand bath: Dear Lynsey, thank you for your question. What caused the hamster s death exactly? Some kinds of bathing sand may lead to lung problems and may even be connected to cancer. Silica sands, like playsand, are not suitable because they are too coarse. Blue...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster losing hair, neat freak, animals in danger
neat freak, animals in danger, loosing hair: Dear Michelle, thank you for your question. I recommend seeing a rodent vet with the female. Loosing hair can be caused by parasites (with very few exceptions, those are not a danger to you or the other pets), a fungal infection or in some cases by a hormonal...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf winter white, dwarf russian hamster, dwarf hamsters
dwarf russian hamster, dwarf hamsters, white dwarfs: Just leave her alone and don t disturb her except for feeding her, don t clean the cage for the next three weeks (if you can wait longer, that s even better). Offer extra animal protein, for example insects (mealworms, silkworms, crickets - dead or alive)...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dead hamster, black bear hamster, dead hamster
black bear hamster, dead hamster, pear shape: Hi Beau sorry to hear about your hamster. Two - 2 1/2 is the average life expectancy for Syrians and around the age of 18 months - 2 years they can show signs of old age. Wobbling, fur loss, and slowing down a bit is quite common. However, hamsters are...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I don't know what to do?, rubbermaid storage containers, toilet paper roll
rubbermaid storage containers, toilet paper roll, wild hamsters: Dear Jessica, thank you for your question. Please don t ever spank the hamster again, not matter what it does. The only thing that will accomplish is that the hamster will become afraid of you or even aggressive. It won t learn that what it does is wrong...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Ear infection?, winter white hamster, warm salt water
winter white hamster, warm salt water, rough area: Hi Ella I m sorry to hear about your hamster s ear. If this is an infection then he will probably need antibiotics which you do need to get from a vet. The important thing, however, is keeping the ear clean. It would be advisable to gently wash the ear...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Food question, please, dried fruits and nuts, wet tail
dried fruits and nuts, wet tail, food question: I prefer Fiesta because animals need variety in their diet. The pellets will give a full balanced nutrition, but they aren t getting variety in the types of food they re getting. The Fiesta has the same vitamin enriched pellets along with other dried fruits...

Gerbils & Hamsters: older hamster diet & care, dust bath, baby food
Gerbils & Hamsters: older hamster diet & care, dust bath, baby food, vets

Gerbils & Hamsters: How to feed my hamster?, hard boiled egg, female hamster
hard boiled egg, female hamster, cage bars: You can do anything you did around the hamster before she gave birth, she is used to all that. I would look for another place for the cage that s not near the TV, though, since hamsters have very good hearing and even at low volumes the TV is very loud for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: food changes, hamster mix, pumpkin seeds
hamster mix, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ: Hi Taryn sorry to hear you are having problems getting information. I know it can be very difficult, hence the reason why i ended up writing a book with my local vet as I was so frustrated that few people seem to know much about hamsters. In terms of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hair loss-dwarf hamster, baby hamsters, litter mates
baby hamsters, litter mates, neat freak: Hi Michelle Sorry for the delay in responding. Fur loss and itching can occur for a couple of reasons. Obviously fighting is a prime cause when they are dwarf hamsters and living in pairs. However, as you ve ruled this out and removed the male anyway,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Birth, female hamster, domestic maid
female hamster, domestic maid, genetic makeup: Dear Chermaine, thank you for your question. When the babies come out of the nest by themselves and are not carried right bak by the mother you can touch them, but not take them out of the cage. When they are about four weeks old, they can be taken out and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Hamster is nibbling on me&my bf, plum trees, leafy greens
plum trees, leafy greens, kidney stones: Dear Arianne, thank you for your question. It s possible that she lacks some minerals or salt. But with a diet including animal protein and various vegetables and leafy greens, that shouldn t be a problem much longer. If you have access to trees that don...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my hampster, hampster, frost bite
hampster, frost bite, gangrene: Hi Mykela I m sorry to hear about your hamster. This is very unusual. What do her toes look like? Are they a normal pink colour, or are they black/dark red? What is the rest of her body condition like? Do you have a photo you can send in? Whereabouts...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster not opening eyes, hawk food, time heidi
hawk food, time heidi, congenital defect: Interesting. Looks like someone thought setting a hamster free in the wild was a good idea. Luckily you found it. Hamsters can t survive outside and their sight is terrible. It would have been hawk food. Anyway the baby with the eye problem could be serious....

Gerbils & Hamsters: newborn, porridge oats, syrian hamster
porridge oats, syrian hamster, scrambled egg: Hi Christina Sorry to hear that you are having problems with your hamster. Why won t the mother look after it? Has she abandoned it, or is she ill? As the baby is 12 days old, it should have left the nest by now, or at least will in the next day or...

Gerbils & Hamsters: older hamster diet & care, toilet habits, types of food
toilet habits, types of food, hamsters: Hi Jo Your hamster s loss of weight is quite common when they are elderly. The first thing really is to check his teeth - often in older hamsters they can lose a tooth or one can break and this causes the others to overgrow and make it extremely difficult...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Pregnant Hamster?, dwarf hamsters, solitary creatures
dwarf hamsters, solitary creatures, gestation period: Hi Layla I would wait another couple of days in case there has been a mix up with the dates. Usually the gestation period is 18-21 days so you have only just reached the deadline. As mentioned aboved, hamsters tend to bury their hamsters deep in their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, vet fees, vet bills
vet fees, vet bills, nasty shock: Hi Donna i m really sorry to hear about your hamster - this definitely isn t normal behaviour. is there any way he hurt himself or has fallen at all in his cage? When they first go to a new home they can sometimes climb a lot whilst exploring their cage...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Urgent! Dwarf hamster in trouble!, dwarf hamster, baby cousin
dwarf hamster, baby cousin, two legs: Dear Lina, thank you for your question. Please see a vet with the hamster immediately. She s in a lot of pain and at the very least the vet can put her to sleep. I can t tell you if the vet will be able to save her, I would assume that she has internal injuries...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is my winter white dwarf hamster pregnant?, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, white dwarf: Dear Fashira, thank you for your question. Drinking a lot of water can be a sign of diabetes, dwarf hamsters are prone to this. You can test her by letting her pee into a clean transport box or other container and then using one of those test sticks for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: 2 hamsters died within a week, dwarf hamster, female dwarf
dwarf hamster, female dwarf, portable electric heater: Hi Jessica I m really sorry to hear about your experience. You seem to have been very unlucky. It is difficult to know why you have lost two hamsters in such a short space of time. One thing to consider is that they arrived with you already sick. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Attention: Hamster, dwarf hamsters, solitary creatures
dwarf hamsters, solitary creatures, small animals: Hi If he is in that much pain then he really ought to see a vet as soon as possible. It does sound as though he has some internal injuries which need checking out - if so, the vet may be able to give you some pain killers for him or if it is serious then...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Biting Gerbil, cage mate, toilet rolls
cage mate, toilet rolls, adult males: Hi William I m sorry you are having problems handling your gerbil. It is horrible when they bite - hopefully you will be able to snap him out of his behavior. Firstly, regarding getting him a cage mate. Gerbils do live in colonies in the wild and therefore...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Buying a Hamster, black bear hamsters, honey bear
black bear hamsters, honey bear, panda bear: Syrians are the perfect first time hamster. The different names pet stores give usually denote color differences. Teddy bear means long hair, black bear is a black colored Syrian, honey bear is a cream color, panda bear is obvious. If they have not given a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamsters, baby hamsters, baby milk
baby hamsters, baby milk, hamsters: Hi Lissa I m sorry to hear about your hamster. It is very sad when this happens. Unfortunately it is very difficult to save a litter but it is definitely worth trying. You might find you lose a lot of the babies, but at least you have given them your...

Gerbils & Hamsters: black bear hampster, porridge oats, black bear hampster
porridge oats, black bear hampster, hamster mix: Hi Irene I m sorry to hear about your hamster. It is hard to know what is wrong. How old is he? Is he elderly i.e. 2 years or more? If so, then this type of behaviour is quite common. they can get very trembly in old age. Regarding his eyes,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Causes of death in Dwarfs, glucose levels, water consumption
glucose levels, water consumption, organ failure: Hi Heidi I m sorry to hear about your hamster. From what you have said I would still be tempted to think that this was diabetes related. Campbells are prone to getting this and the fact that her cage smelt could be a sign. Often with diabetes their water...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Chinese Dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, raw nuts
dwarf hamsters, raw nuts, pets at home: Hi Niloufar It certainly sounds as though they are afraid of you. You need to find a way to win their confidence so that they associate you with a nice treat, rather than make them worry. Hamsters eyesight is very bad and they rely heavily on scent....

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hampster question, hamster baby, dwarf hamsters
hamster baby, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hampster: Hi Kyle Sorry to hear about your hamster baby. It is possible to remove the pups from the first litter now if you feel you need to. They can live together until they are 4 weeks old at which time they will need sexing and separating. However, once...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil care, furry critters, natural instinct
Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil care, furry critters, natural instinct, same sex couples

Gerbils & Hamsters: new hamster, kitchen paper, pee
Gerbils & Hamsters: new hamster, kitchen paper, pee, sheila

Gerbils & Hamsters: Cannot forgive myself., undignified manner, guilt and shame
undignified manner, guilt and shame, heavy on my heart: Hi Jonny I was really sorry to read your email. I have had similar experiences myself - times when I felt I perhaps had a pet put to sleep too soon and I wished we had tried to save them, or times when, for various reasons I didn t get them put to sleep...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil care, glass tank, crittertrail
glass tank, crittertrail, body shape: Hi Angie Regarding the cage - I personally believe that gerbils should be kept in tanks. The reason for this is that they love shredding (they will shred pretty much anything) and then burrowing in it. Standard wire cages are therefore impractical because...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbils taming from pet store., female gerbils, sunflower seeds
female gerbils, sunflower seeds, pet store: Hi Kelsey Sorry to hear that you are having problems taming your gerbils. Gerbils can be very fast and quite jumpy as you have discovered. I m assuming they are very young. Even when they are tame they can still be quite fast and wriggly when you try...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster chewing, syrian hamster, plastic cage
syrian hamster, plastic cage, market houses: Hi Jan Just as a follow up - the best way I have found to tame a hamster is to talk to them a lot. She will quickly get used to your voice. Also, every time you see her out and about in her cage give her a treat (nut, dried fruit, hamster biscuit) etc...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Eyes, antibiotic eye ointment, eye infection
antibiotic eye ointment, eye infection, ivermectin: Hi Stephanie It is difficult to know if your hamster has an eye infection. Sticky eyes is common in hamsters, but it can also indicate either there is some other medical condition, or an eye infection. This is incredibly old for a hamster - apart from...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster All Hair Loss, small animal vets, female hamster
small animal vets, female hamster, mite infestation: It could be her natural smell - females do tend to give off a stronger smell than males. Because she doesn t have fur she is probably sweating more and it is more noticeable. It would be worth checking that there is no sign of diarrhoea in her cage, however....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Lip Problem, cypress mulch, bottom teeth
cypress mulch, bottom teeth, woodchip: Hi Paige There are a couple of things I would be inclined to do. Firstly, have you checked her teeth? Sometimes they can break them especially if they are chewing their bars and in extreme cases the teeth can grow at such an angle that they can damage...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Rear End / Testicles?, dwarf hamster, chinese males
dwarf hamster, chinese males, testicular cancer: Hi Craig I think you will find that this is perfectly normal for him. Chinese males are known to have large testicles - more so than any of the other hamsters. When I first saw some Chinese male hamsters I was really surprised by this. Often their testicles...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster fell, hamster, vet
hamster, vet, sheila: Hi Shielah I think that you should get her to a vet as soon as possible. It could be that she has just winded herself and she will be OK, but if by the time you read this she is still not moving, then she is seriously hurt and would need to see a vet who...

Gerbils & Hamsters: why is my hamster ill ?, ivermectin, scabs
ivermectin, scabs, mites: Hi Chloe sorry to hear about your hamster. At this age it is very common for them to lose fur. Regarding his skin this could be down to mites which seem to be worse at this age. This can be easily treated. If you get hold of a medication made by a company...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamster is sick, superficial tumors, scent gland
superficial tumors, scent gland, kitchen scales: Hi Meghan What type of hamster is this? Hamsters are very prone to getting tumors when they get old - how old is your hamster? Sometimes these tumors can be internal and you do not realise they are there until there are obvious changes in behavior,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: getting my hamster used to me, minute sessions, air freshners
minute sessions, air freshners, knowledgeable person: Hi Cherry Sorry to hear that you are having problems with your hamster. It certainly isn t very nice when you get bitten. The best way I have found to tame a hamster is to talk to them a lot - this way they get used to my voice. Also, whenever I see...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My hamsters claw is red, detective work, shredded paper
detective work, shredded paper, hamsters: Hi Bailey Has she trapped her paw in anything? Is there anything sharp in her cage that she might have injured herself on? It would be worth doing a bit of detective work to try and work out what has happened, then remove anything that has caused her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: New dwarf babies?, dwarf hamsters, cardboard strips
dwarf hamsters, cardboard strips, crittertrail cage: Hi If you can modify the cage to make it baby proof for the next couple of weeks then I would be tempted to leave them where they are - as you don t know mum that well she may get a bit spooked if you try moving her to a new cage right now. At around...

Gerbils & Hamsters: new hamster, oral rehydration, first aid kit
oral rehydration, first aid kit, wet tail: Dear Stephanie Iím sorry to hear about Treacle. Sadly when hamsters get illnesses they can deteriorate so rapidly that there is little time to do anything. I tend to keep a Ďfirst aidí kit for my hamsters and it might be worth putting one together if...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how old should a child be to get a hamaster, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster, large portion: I m worried when you say pick up and hug . Hamsters are not pick up and hug pets. Many owners get upset to learn that hamsters prefer solitude and sleep during the day when we are most likely to want to watch them. Children like to keep hamsters in the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo fight, neosporin, betadine
neosporin, betadine, time image: Hi I m glad your hamster is making progress. Regarding bathing his nose - the best way is to get some cotton wool and soak it in the solution and gently dab it on his nose. Don t actually put his nose in the solution in case he breaths in any of the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Dwarf Hamster, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, russian dwarf: Hi Brittanie It sounds as though you may have a nesting female. It is hard to know for sure - if you can handle them then you could compare them to see if there are any obvious differences. If not, then you will have to wait - the usual gestation period...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, russian dwarf hamster, fresh fruit and vegetables
russian dwarf hamster, fresh fruit and vegetables, oral rehydration: Hi Lulu Firstly it is important to thoroughly clean out her cage in case she has picked up a virus of some sort. If her cage is getting soiled easily, then you might have to clean it daily for a few days. Secondly - it is vital she doesn t dehydrate...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, russian dwarf hamster, porridge oats
russian dwarf hamster, porridge oats, fungal spore: Hi Jackie These symptoms could relate to a cold or some other respiratory problem. If it is a cold, then she would be showing other symptoms too - such as runny nose, shivering etc. If this is the case, then it is important to keep her warm and also...

Gerbils & Hamsters: serin hampster question, gallon fish tank, paper towel tube
gallon fish tank, paper towel tube, pine shavings: Hi Cheryl Whereabouts is this bald patch? Is it on his hip? If so, have a good look at the other hip and see if there is one there too. Syrian hamsters have scent glands on each hip - sometimes the fur goes very thin around them as they often lick them....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Teddy hammy - sick?, cotton swabs, cats and dogs
cotton swabs, cats and dogs, time and patience: Hi Julzy I m sorry to hear that he has taken a turn for the worse. It really sounds as though he is dying and it is only a matter of time. In many ways it might be best just to let him slip away now - it sounds as though he is hanging on because you are...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Whats wrong with my hamster?, hamster ball, panda bear
hamster ball, panda bear, human medicine: Hi Madie Sorry to hear about your hamster - she does sound quite sick I m afraid. As her rear is wet you need to act quickly. Firstly, give her cage a thorough clean with pet disinfectant. Make sure it is fully dry before putting clean bedding in it....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Winter White Dwarf Hamster, dwarf hamster, female dwarf
dwarf hamster, female dwarf, white dwarf: Hi Frankie Sorry for the delay in responding. Do you know if you have a Winter White or a Campbell? They are difficult to tell apart at times. However, if she is a Campbell, the reason for her change in behavior could be because they are renowned for...

Gerbils & Hamsters: why?, dropper bottle, evening primrose oil
dropper bottle, evening primrose oil, poor little girl: Hi Eloise What type of hamster is this? How old is she? Fur loss can occur for different reasons. Often it comes with old age in that their fur can thin out a bit. It can also be down to hormonal changes but this is very hard to treat. It can also...

Gerbils & Hamsters: 9 month old hamster with lump under jaw, hard biscuit, cheek pouch
hard biscuit, cheek pouch, polyomavirus: Hi Rebecca Is the lump hard? If it is something in his cheek pouch you could gently see if it moves. If you think of how you squeeze toothpaste out of a tube by gently easing it along from the end, use the same technique by placing a thumb behind the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Baby Hamster, porridge oats, hard boiled eggs
porridge oats, hard boiled eggs, hamster mix: Hi I would avoid giving them loads of cucumber as this can cause diarrhoea. The best thing to feed them is baby food. If you buy a packet of the powdered variety (I find the creamy porridge oats is a real favorite) then mix a little with water - mum and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Balding Gerbil, cardboard tubes, kitchen paper
cardboard tubes, kitchen paper, genetic problems: Hi Stephanie I m sorry to hear about your gerbils. It is difficult to know why they died - there could be a number of reasons. Regarding the one who is scratching - this could still be mites or a parasitic problem or some sort of allergy. You say that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding two differant syrian hamsters, panda bear hamsters, teddy bear hamsters
panda bear hamsters, teddy bear hamsters, breeds of hamsters: Hi Madie Mating a panda bear hamster with a teddy bear isn t a problem as such as they are both Syrian. However there are quite a few things to consider before mating Syrians. Firstly, what is your reason for mating them? It is important to remember that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: breeding, teddy bear hamster, hamster breed
teddy bear hamster, hamster breed, breeding hamsters: Hi Andrea A teddy bear hamster is a Syrian hamster. Providing they mate with another Syrian this is fine. You can t cross breed Syrians with dwarf hamsters etc (would be very difficult due to their size anyway) and it isn t advisable to crossbreed different...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Chinese Dwarfs, chinese dwarf hamsters, food dish
chinese dwarf hamsters, food dish, nibbler: Hi Kelly I m so thrilled they returned. I know it was hard to believe that they could have got out but it seemed too odd that they would have eaten one another. I do hope you have sorted out the cage - perhaps a large plastic tank would be a safer option...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Controlling hamster urine, plastic containers, wood chip
plastic containers, wood chip, alternate days: Hi Kiwi I can totally sympathise with you on this. I have had a few that pee up the sides of their cage and it shoots over the wall and I spend a lot of time washing the wall and re-painting it. It is hard to snap them out of this behaviour but sometimes...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hampster, high glucose levels, essential fatty acids
high glucose levels, essential fatty acids, dwarf hampster: Hi Karen Is your hamster drinking a lot too? Does his urine smell sweet? If so, then the most obvious reason for this happening is that perhaps he is diabetic. This is very common in dwarf hamsters, especially Campbells. In case it is this the first...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf Hamster, instruction leaflet, scent gland
instruction leaflet, scent gland, dwarf hamster: Hi Andrea The patch on your hamster s belly is a scent gland. Sometimes they get a bit blocked and can look like a spot. A lot of hamsters clean them a lot and this makes them obvious. You could gently squeeze it and check that no pus comes out of it....

Gerbils & Hamsters: eating blue bedding, cardboard tubes, toilet rolls
cardboard tubes, toilet rolls, kitchen paper: Hi Kiesha Your gerbil is probably just chewing the bedding rather than actually eating it. Gerbils love to chew everything. Their teeth constantly grow and it is important that they chew things to make sure they don t overgrow. The main thing is to make...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Chinese Dwarfs, cat food, dwarfs
Gerbils & Hamsters: My Chinese Dwarfs, cat food, dwarfs, climbers

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil Family Habits and Hamster questions, syrian hamsters, newborn babies
syrian hamsters, newborn babies, lifting the lid: Hi Robert Regarding the gerbils - a lot of people remove adult females from a tank when one is pregnant in case they attack the litter from the other gerbil. However, it could be that they discovered the litters and don t know who they belong to. If they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbil Sand, silica content, dust bath
silica content, dust bath, preferred type: Hi Brandon Reptile sand should be OK for your gerbils as it needs to be silica free. You need to avoid ordinary sand due to the silica content. If I want to give any of mine a dust bath I use chinchilla dust. I ve found a good website that you might...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbils, stomach area, odd behavior
stomach area, odd behavior, bald spot: Hi Gina Gerbils have very glandular skin on their stomach area and this can appear quite yellow. It is an area that is very prone to getting tumors - they are usually raised red shiny masses - these can be removed by a vet. If your gerbils do develop this...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my gerbil :(, gerbil question, little creatures
gerbil question, little creatures, own time: I m afraid this is because she is very old and is dying. If you have a local vet you could take her to then they would be able to see if there is anything they can do but they may suggest either letting her die in her own time or euthanasia. However, the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil health, bald patches, glass tank
bald patches, glass tank, shakey: Hi Sheena I m afraid I don t know what is wrong with her. The bald patches don t concern me particularly as this could be hormonal, however I am concerned as to where the blood came from. You might want to see if there is another expert who can answer...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My gerbils, gerbils, dionne
gerbils, dionne, paw: Hi Dionne I ve never heard of them changing sex. I know that sometimes it can be a bit of a worry if you see them mating as even same sex ones sometimes behave like this, but I m not aware that they can actually change sex. I have kept tanks of single...

Gerbils & Hamsters: do gerbils remember each other, power struggle, gerbil
power struggle, gerbil, medical reasons: Hi Kerry I meant to give you a link to a really good site on gerbils that gives some very good advice about introducing gerbils: http://www.gerbilsite.com/Breeding/splittank/Splittank.html it might be worth having a read of this. Regards Sheila ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: green slimy poop, hamster mix, pro biotic
hamster mix, pro biotic, avipro: Hi Courtney I ve only just seen your message in the question pool so I don t know if the situation has changed at all. Is your hamster still ill? If so then it is vital to get her to take oral rehydration - you can give the type that is sold for humans....

Gerbils & Hamsters: grieving for hamster, humane option, adult thing
humane option, adult thing, eye infection: This would be a good time for you to explain to your son about life and death. This was Sam s time. While you don t know exactly how he injured himself, on an animal his size removing an eye isn t always the best option. From the pain he was in it was unlikely...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster, kent london, loving pet
kent london, loving pet, breeding farm: Hi Angela I m sorry to hear that you have had a bad experience. Sadly diarrhoea can be common in young hamsters - this is due more often than not to stress, although sometimes it can be a bug of some sort. I m glad she has recovered well from this. I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Hamster, wild hamsters, panda bear
wild hamsters, panda bear, gaining confidence: Hi Vannessa Sorry to hear you are having problems with you hamster. Unfortunately a lot of hamsters sold in pet shops come from large breeding centres and therefore have never been handled. Also, as people earn money from breeding hamsters they tend...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is my Hamster Dead?, vet visit, hamham
vet visit, hamham, blow air: Hi Stephanie It certainly sounds as though he is dying. Chances are he is unaware of everything around him by now and is probably in a coma. I m afraid that sometimes hamsters can take a day or two to die and it is very upsetting. As you can t get him...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Experiments, science olympics, university of western ontario
science olympics, university of western ontario, www physics: Hi Rochelle I don t know of any scientists who have done this type of research although I m sure a lot of people have tried this. I have found a site, however, that is setting up this type of experiment and your son might get some ideas/info from this....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster routine, syrian hamster, dog biscuits
syrian hamster, dog biscuits, body clock: Hi Sonya I think you need to persevere with changing her body clock. Try waking her when you get home in the evening - I usually try to get mine to rally at around 7pm. Some ignore me, others come out and see what is happening. They can learn quite quickly...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster with broken back leg, strange colour, tiny size
strange colour, tiny size, granddaughters: Hi Nancy Broken bones in hamsters usually heal well. There are different views on how to treat however. Some believe that it is best to leave well alone providing the leg looks straight and the circulation is good. Others believe that pain relief should...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster paw, well balanced diet, raw nuts
well balanced diet, raw nuts, circulatory problems: Hi Demi It sounds as though she might have sustained some sort of injury at some stage. You haven t said how old she is - if she is young and has always had this, then she might have been born with a slight deformity, or had it injured as a baby. I had...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is she in heat?, black bear hamster, new cage
black bear hamster, new cage, tiny spaces: Hi Aelanah Hamster come into season every 4 days and sometimes the female can smell a bit then (it really varies from one hamster to another). Therefore the smell you notice could just be that she has reached adulthood. However, if you have only just...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Immaculate Hamster Conception, signs of pregnancy, one of the boys
signs of pregnancy, one of the boys, wire mesh: Hi Robert This really is a mystery. I have read articles about dwarf hamsters who have delayed impregnation - this sometimes occurs in the wild when a pair have mated but as the circumstances aren t good for a litter to be born (due to severe weather,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: introducing baby gerbil to father, introducing gerbils, cardboard tubes
introducing gerbils, cardboard tubes, cage mate: Hi Anne Just as a follow up. There is a very good site: http://www.gerbilsite.com/Breeding/splittank/Splittank.html - they have some great advice on introducing gerbils that you might find worth a read. Hope you get on OK. Regards Sheila ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: what kinda ham ham do i have?, types of hamsters, dwarf hamster
types of hamsters, dwarf hamster, different types of hamsters: Hi Katy If you go and have a look on my website www.thehamstersite.com there are photos of the different types of hamsters - this might help you identify her. If this doesn t help, can you get a photo to me and I ll see if I can identify her. Regards...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Lose hamster, skirting board, sunflower seeds
skirting board, sunflower seeds, tiny spaces: Hi Arianne Sorry to hear that Cookie has gone walkabout. Do you know what room she is likely to be in? If you call her then stand really quietly can you hear her at all? I usually do this if I have an escapee - then I look under all the furniture and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: loose, smelly bowel movements in gerbils, normal bowel movements, vet bill
normal bowel movements, vet bill, loose stools: Hi Donna Have you changed the gerbils food whilst they have been with you. This is probably the most likely cause for this - don t feed lettuce as this can cause diarrhoea. Is the cage with you or with your friend - i.e. has the location changed of it?...

Gerbils & Hamsters: new hamster, kitchen paper, hamsters
kitchen paper, hamsters, hamster: Hi Stephanie I m really glad he is getting on a lot better. Hamsters are very nosey and once they realise there is a big world just waiting to be explored they are usually much more interested. I m glad he s fitting in now as one of the family. Regards...

Gerbils & Hamsters: night sleeper, charolet, water consumption
charolet, water consumption, early evening: Hi Barbra Whilst hamsters are meant to be nocturnal, in captivity the female hamster often awakes on and off during the day and therefore they may well sleep more at night. When your hamster is out in her cage and in her wheel does she look bright?...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Possibly Sick Hamster?, teddy bear hamster, fresh veggies
teddy bear hamster, fresh veggies, wet tail: Hi Rachel It doesn t sound as though this is anything to worry about. He has now reached adulthood at which time the hamster s testicles can sometimes look a bit odd. They can be lopsided and at times they look like pink pea sized shapes - they seem...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pets, hapster, hampster
hapster, hampster, disinfectant: Hi Sophie I m sorry to hear that your hamster died. Do you know why he died? Was he old or young? Had he been ill or did you just find him dead? I am sure it will be fine keeping another hamster in his cage - the important thing really is to clean...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant gerbils, red fox, pregnant female
red fox, pregnant female, gestation period: Hi Chloe Your gerbil could be pregnant and the others that were with her could have been her babies - it is hard to know this. The only way would be to ask them in the shop if they can remember. If she is pregnant then you may have to wait until the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian hamsters, russian hamsters, russian hamster
russian hamsters, russian hamster, dust bath: Hi How often are you cleaning him out? It should really be just once a week and if necessary remove any soiled bedding before then. If you clean him out too often he will put his scent down more. I think the dust bath should help him. Is the smell coming...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick hamster?, syrian hamster, climbing frames
syrian hamster, climbing frames, muscle function: Hi Courtney Sorry to hear that Cotton is having a problem. It is difficult to know if this is serious and therefore a vet really ought to have a look. However, hamsters can injure themselves and break bones and perhaps this is what has happened. Broken...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is he sick or just dying? Please help..., teddybear hamster, internal organs
teddybear hamster, internal organs, kindest thing: Hi Samantha I m sorry to hear about your hamster. It is very sad when this happens. Hamsters (and other animals for that matter) have a really strong will to survive and often they just won t let go. He is clearly dying and in some ways it is just a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sick hamster, porridge oats, blood discharge
porridge oats, blood discharge, blackcurrant juice: Hi Emily Sorry to hear that your hamster isn t very well. The reddish discharge around the eye is not blood - this is a fluid that is produced to keep the eyes moist. However, when there is an excessive amount of it then there is often some medical...

Gerbils & Hamsters: sleeping habits, dwarf hamsters, sleeping habits
dwarf hamsters, sleeping habits, hamsters: Hi Laura How old are these hamsters? Are they young or old? Sometimes they can get a bit lazy and sleep a lot. When they get old they do slow down a lot more than when they are young. If you wake them up how are they? Has this behavior come on suddenly?...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Teddy bear hamster, bucket traps, hamster food
bucket traps, hamster food, skirting board: Hi Christine Sorry to hear your hamster has escaped. It is always a bit of a worry when this happens as you never quite know where they get to and if they are OK. Where ever your hamster is, he will be out and about over night foraging for food and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I think that my hamster is blind, genetic abnormality, eye infection
genetic abnormality, eye infection, hamsters: Hi Stephanie Hamsters can get cataracts and it could be this. It might be worth checking with a vet to ensure that there is no eye infection as such. If you find that he has gone blind in one eye, this isn t a real problem. Hamsters are very shortsighted...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I think my hamster may be pregnat, haired syrian hamster, new born babies
haired syrian hamster, new born babies, hamster mix: Hi Edith Your hamster could be pregnant. Unfortunately a lot of hamsters that are sold in pet shops aren t either correctly sexed or are left in with males beyond 4 weeks of age when they can be sexually active. The only real way of knowing is to wait...

Gerbils & Hamsters: How do you treat a hamster's cold., long haired hamster, upper respiratory infection
long haired hamster, upper respiratory infection, detective work: Hi Hannah It is possible to give a hamster your cold, however, if you have then the symptoms will be pretty much the same as humans - shivering, sneezing, runny eyes/nose. In these cases it is important to make sure she is warm and is eating. If she stops...

Gerbils & Hamsters: The untimely death of an awesome Panda Bear hamster, plastic hamster cages, glass aquarium
plastic hamster cages, glass aquarium, panda bear: Trust me, a nicer cage is actually worse for them. Those ones with the tubes and plastic everything are terrible. The best cage is a plain aquarium, so don t beat yourself up about that. It s hard to say without seeing the hamster or knowing how old it was,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: unusual hyper-activity, syrian hamster, strange symptoms
syrian hamster, strange symptoms, hyper activity: Hi Samantha This is unusual behaviour for a hamster of this age - usually you would expect them to start slowing down. Having said that I currently have a 2 year old who is a bit manic at times. Unfortunately around this age there are a number of illnesses...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Weird pregnant hamster, teddy bear hamsters, teddy bear hamster
teddy bear hamsters, teddy bear hamster, cheek pouches: Hi Barbra It isn t that uncommon to get a new hamster from a pet shop and find they are pregnant - unfortunately some pet shops can t sex them very well or they have been left in with the males beyond the age of 4 weeks at which time they can become sexually...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Wierd things o. My hamster, wierd things, hot weather
wierd things, hot weather, ps thanks: Hi Sam By the sound of things your hamster is definitely a boy. I think you are describing his testicles. They can look very strange and appear lopsided, different sized etc and this is normal. They are especially obvious at certain times - during the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Allergic hamster, ground flax seed, dry lentils
ground flax seed, dry lentils, volcano in iceland: Hi Sorry for the delay in getting back to you - been caught up trying to get my bosses back from the US, without any success! The volcano in Iceland is still spewing out loads of smoke so our airspace is closed. Anyway, sorry to hear your hamster is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: asthma/allergy, asthma allergy, syrian hamster
asthma allergy, syrian hamster, plastic mat: Poor little guy! Sneezing and crusty eye sure could indicate an allergy, but I would also assume that if his eye was being bothered by it, his skin would be too. Is there evidence that his skin is red or flaky? His feet don t sound like they re being bothered...

Gerbils & Hamsters: baby hamster is born, baby hamster, hamster food
baby hamster, hamster food, baby food: Hi Megan Congratulations on having a baby hamster. I would advise not touching mum - you don t want to distract her from looking after her baby. Right now you need her to concentrate on being a mum. Babies can get cold very quickly so it is important...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Which one is better?, glass tank, wire cages
glass tank, wire cages, wire cage: Hi Mandeep There is a quite a big difference between gerbils and hamsters. Gerbils need to live in a tank - ideally quite large and deep. They love shredding cardboard and form a deep nest which they burrow in. I have always found them quite fast and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarf hamster, food dish, pet sitter
food dish, pet sitter, hammy: Hi From the sounds of the smell of his urine and water consumption then it might be safe to assume this was diabetes - or diabetes related. In which case as this can run in families, I would keep a close watch on the female. As a precaution you might...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Elderly Gerbil with a leg issue, metal cage, gerbil
metal cage, gerbil, hops: Hi Miranda Sorry to hear about Noel. I think that possibly the main problems are coming from his age. Gerbils life expectancy is really only 3-5 years anything over this is incredibly old. When they get old they can develop all kinds of problems, tumors...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Fingers of my hamster began to detach!, fingers and toes, purple day
fingers and toes, purple day, rear feet: Hi Joshqune I wondered how your hamster was getting on. Would you please let me have an update and some photos? The vet who advised on this is interested to find out more about this case as it is a very interesting one. Please get back in touch. Thanks...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Fingers of my hamster began to detach!, fabric pieces, hammies
Gerbils & Hamsters: Fingers of my hamster began to detach!, fabric pieces, hammies, coffee table

Gerbils & Hamsters: My gerbil is awful looking, epsom salts, natural laxatives
epsom salts, natural laxatives, liquid paraffin: Hi Kari Sorry to hear about your gerbil. Gerbils tend not to pee that much anyway and are generally very clean - however she should be going to the toilet. Have you seen any sign of faeces? Gerbils can be quite difficult to handle initially and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is my gerbil dying?, eye boogers, gerbil
eye boogers, gerbil, fresh food: Hi Ammy Sorry to hear about your gerbil - she does sound very sick I m afraid. It is hard to know what is wrong with her, and therefore a vet really ought to check her out. Do you have one that you could take her to? I think it is advisable that you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbils, introducing gerbils, social creatures
introducing gerbils, social creatures, 2 females: Hi Carole In theory at 2 1/2 years the gerbil becomes infertile, however, this isn t always the case as cycles do vary. Also, whilst it might be possible to introduce her to a male, I just wonder what the reaction would be if there are 2 males - i.e. will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Hamster, nail scissors, exoticpets
nail scissors, exoticpets, hamster: Hi Samantha You can cut these but be careful you don t cut them too short otherwise they may bleed. Get a good pair of nail scissors/animal claw clippers and they should be fine. It can be a bit tricky holding the hamster still (it might be easier if...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster bloated stomach, bloated stomach, syrian hamster
bloated stomach, syrian hamster, loose stools: Hi Sara From the description you give your hamster may well have a tumor. This tends to make them look big on their hips whilst the rest of their body gets thin. Another thing that can cause this change in body shape are kidney problems. Is there any...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Death Cause, death cause, dirty water
death cause, dirty water, hamsters: Hi Edmund I m sorry to hear about your hamster. It is always hard when something like this happens. I think that we always want an explanation but in all honesty sometimes there isn t one. Hamsters can die from all kinds of reasons - to have a sudden...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster flat ears, water consumption, sign of nervousness
water consumption, sign of nervousness, quietness: Hi Sam One thing to know about male Syrians is that some are very lazy! I ve known some to pretty much sleep all their life. They are often a lot less active than females. The fact that he is so young makes me wonder if this is just a sign of nervousness...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster Pregnancy, baby food, hamster
baby food, hamster, couple of days: Hi Jordan I m afraid you won t know. You can sometimes do a test mating 4 days after the first mating - the best way is to place her on the bars of the male s cage and see if she goes rigid once she has smelt him - don t put them face to face or in each...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster seems Not well, russian hamster, having some sort
russian hamster, having some sort, respiratory problem: Hi As she is young I would definitely get someone to check her out if she is still behaving like this. At this age she should be quite energetic and should not be collapsing, or gasping. Hamsters can develop allergies to their surroundings and these can...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Hamster may be sick??, pear shape, kidney problem
pear shape, kidney problem, kidney problems: Hi Ivor You haven t said how old your hamster is. The way you describe him however makes me feel he is quite elderly (around 2 years old??) In which case this could well be a tumor as they are very common in hamsters. Often they grow undetected for a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Help fat hamster overnight, kidney problems, rare situations
kidney problems, rare situations, fresh food: Hi Steph How old is this hamster? Is she young - have you just got her? Is there any sign she is pregnant? They usually don t show until a day or two before giving birth then they can look much larger. If she is old (about 2 or more) they are very...

Gerbils & Hamsters: ha,ster safety, hamsters, single sex
hamsters, single sex, sheila: Hi If these are Syrian hamsters then they must live alone. If they are dwarf hamsters they can live in pairs but it is advisable to opt for single sex pairs otherwise you ll end up with loads. It doesn t really matter if they are both male or female....

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster eye problem, antibiotic eye ointment, yellow discharge
antibiotic eye ointment, yellow discharge, eye problem: Hi Marci It is difficult to know if your hamster had an infection that has caused the bedding to stick to it, or the bedding has caused the infection. If you gently wipe the area with a warm damp cloth and see if you can clean away any discharge and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: holding hamsters, syrian hamster, little creatures
syrian hamster, little creatures, hamsters: Hi Angela Sorry to hear that your hamster bit your friend. In the wild these little creatures are preyed upon a lot and therefore they can get nervous very easily and react if they think they are being attacked. I have found that the best way to handle...

Gerbils & Hamsters: mother & son, male baby, mother and son
male baby, mother and son, mother son: Hi Carol I m afraid that they may well do. Whilst you know they are mother and son once he reaches maturity they won t know this and he is likely to mate with her. Therefore unless you want a litter you really ought to separate them. I hope this helps...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Poor Rhino!, types of hamsters, different types of hamsters
types of hamsters, different types of hamsters, long hope: Hi Leanne Sorry to hear about Rhino. Firstly, it is very dangerous mating different types of hamsters. I have never heard of anyone risking mating a robo with another dwarf. I know there are often problems if you accidentally mate a winter white with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: poorly hamster, porridge oats, syrian hamster
porridge oats, syrian hamster, baby food: Hi Sorry to hear that your hamster isn t his usual self. You haven t said how old he is. From the description you give I would estimate around 2 years??? If so, then this is old age setting in. Around this time they are very prone to getting tumors...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sneezing, face cloth, cotton cloth
face cloth, cotton cloth, quick reply: Cotton cloth shouldn t be an issue as long as it s dye free. I d cut big strips so he d have trouble stuffing it in his mouth. You could also use shreds of paper towel. The only drawback of using those things is they don t lock moisture so you d have to be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: How can I tell how old my hamster is, hamster mix, baby hamsters
hamster mix, baby hamsters, leaving the nest: Hi Dottie I bet that was a surprise when you found a nest of babies! The fact that they have fur indicates that they are at least a week old as they are born bald. At around 12-14 days they will start leaving the nest. At around 13-15 their eyes usually...

Gerbils & Hamsters: winter white hamster, hamster mix, dwarf hamsters
hamster mix, dwarf hamsters, time owner: Hi Megan Unfortunately this is a very common story - a lot of dwarf hamsters are wrongly sexed and their owners end up with unexpected litters. first of all, it is very difficult to know for sure whether or not she is pregnant. You can sometimes see...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Blackspots on my hamster, porridge oats, female hamster
porridge oats, female hamster, scent glands: Hi Stacey If these are symmetrical then I think there is nothing to worry about. These sound like scent glands. Syrians have them on each hip and sometimes they are quite noticeable, other times they aren t. As your hamster is elderly it is possible that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Breeding, breeding hamsters, defective gene
breeding hamsters, defective gene, hamsters: Hi Tamra I m not sure if I m the best person to advise you on this. In the UK there are so many unwanted hamsters (some get thrown out with the rubbish). Therefore, I never encourage people to breed them - there are so many in pet rescues needing a home....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters
dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, first few days: Hi Amanda the usual gestation period for a dwarf is 18-21 days, therefore as you have had her for longer than this she won t be pregnant. She might just be settling down and getting a bit territorial. What type of dwarf is this - is she a Campbells...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarfs fighting...now biting, dwarf hamsters, warm salt water
dwarf hamsters, warm salt water, exact breed: Hi Melinda I m pleased to hear that your hamsters are doing well and you are not suffering as much with excessive hamster wheel noise! I know what you mean about the wheels spinning very fast - I have noticed this too. I am not sure if there is much you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarfs fighting...now biting, animal owner, 4 months
Gerbils & Hamsters: dwarfs fighting...now biting, animal owner, 4 months, wheel

Gerbils & Hamsters: fighting, dwarf hamsters, hamsters
dwarf hamsters, hamsters, pet rescue: Hi Abby It is a great idea keeping two or more dwarf hamsters together and in some cases this works really well providing they are related and have always lived together. However in reality this doesn t always work. I think it doubtful that you will be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: fungus on gerbils foot/claws, anti fungal treatment, fungus
anti fungal treatment, fungus, pet shop: Hi Angie I would advise either getting a vet to check this out or see if your local pet shop has an anti fungal treatment that you can use. This definitely needs treating as soon as possible. Also, how often are you cleaning the gerbil out? What type...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Gerbils biting, female gerbils, warm salt water
female gerbils, warm salt water, chickenwire: Hi Jenny This is a very difficult thing to establish. Obviously you don t want to take out the wrong one, but then again you don t want to find the injuries get worse. I used to keep 4 together and one was seriously bitten, and one had a few bites. The...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbil food, dandelion flowers, guinea pigs
dandelion flowers, guinea pigs, food question: Hi Eve I meant to give you a couple of links that you might find helpful: http://www.petermaas.nl/gerbils/food.htm http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081204125610AA5mXg8 Regards Sheila Hi Eve How is your gerbil? There are different...

Gerbils & Hamsters: gerbils, chinchilla dust, shallow dish
chinchilla dust, shallow dish, dust bath: Hi Oscar Gerbils are generally very clean animals. If you do need to give them a bath then you should give them a dust bath (not with water). If you get a shallow dish and buy some special chinchilla dust that is sold in pet shops - put some of this...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamster frequently shows penis, hamster, pervert
hamster, pervert, testicles: Hi Theresa This sounds very strange - I can t say that I ve come across this before. I know that their testicles can sometimes look very odd, mishapen and lopsided, but I have never actually had a hamster who displays himself like this! I would hate...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hamsters, female hamster, plastic houses
female hamster, plastic houses, hamsters: Hi Monica You can leave the wheel in providing it doesn t have a drainage slit or bars. Babies can get caught up in this. Solid wheels are fine. I would suggest removing any plastic houses etc. in the cage as it is safer for her to have a litter in the...