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Gerbils & Hamsters: pet gerbil with bloody tail, pet gerbil, boiled water
pet gerbil, boiled water, female partner: HI THERE, Firstly be aware that by separating the gerbils, they can forget each other very quickly and then fight once you try and put them back in together! From what you are saying it doesn t sound like something contagious, it sounds more like an injury...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my pet gerbil, old chap, pet gerbil
old chap, pet gerbil, antibiotics: Hi donna, bless the little old chap! it sounds like he could have an infection, either in his ear or eye if he is tilting,or maybe he banged himself on something in the cage, there is of course the possibility of it being something worse, so i really have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pet gerbils, deep sleep, food bowl
deep sleep, food bowl, water bowl: Hi Jackie!! I am so sorry for your loss, and i hope you are ok! The vet could look but i will just warn you the chances of them being able to honestly tell you what happened without sending it off for a post mortem is slim. They probably will not offer...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pet hamster, pet hamster, hamster
pet hamster, hamster, hamsters: Hi Aliya, As this is quite a broad question i have provided a web link for you to visit, telling you everything you need to know about getting your first hamster!!! I hope you find it useful, and if you have anything you need to ask please feel free, ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pet rodent for 6 yr. old daughter, dwarf hamster, pet rodent
dwarf hamster, pet rodent, plastic cages: Well, hello! A pet is always wonderful for a child who is ready. At work I always tell people you should be aware that all the pets may bite a child and sometimes it can hurt, so if you don t mind your child being bitten by one and you don t mind having a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pet store or breeder?, gerbils, gerbil
gerbils, gerbil, pet store: Hello, Well pet stores get their Gerbils from breeders anyway, but with a breeder you can go at least go and see the gerbils and see how they are being raised where as with a pet shop you don t know who the breeder is and what sort of start to life they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: about my pet, dwarf winter white, russian hamsters
dwarf winter white, russian hamsters, russian hamster: Hi Mary, The way you can tell if you have a Syrian hamster is mainly by size. If she s large, then she s a Syrian hamster. Syrian hamsters come in many different colors. Dwarf hamsters are just that - dwarves. They re very small. The Siberian Dwarf...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how do you pick up a dwarf hamster!:(, dwarf hamster, rasins
dwarf hamster, rasins, hamster: It tries to bite because it s not used to you. Try to her to eat rasins or another treat from your hand. To pick her up, gently scoop her up by placing your hands on either side of her body. Alternatively, pick her up using one hand to scoop under her belly...

Gerbils & Hamsters: how do i pick the right hamster, clear eyes, hamster
clear eyes, hamster, lumps: Hi Omar, First, you want to pick a healthy hamster. Signs of a healthy hamster are: Active, energetic and has an alert disposition. They have bright and clear eyes. The nose should be clean without any discharge. The coat (fur) should be well groomed...

Gerbils & Hamsters: picking my hamster up, bitter lime, thick gloves
bitter lime, thick gloves, leather gloves: Hi Sofie, You can use leather gloves, or other thick gloves, until your hamster stops biting you. If your hamster bit the glove, he wouldn t swallow or even chew the leather, so it wouldn t be dangerous to him. Or, you can use Bitter Lime Spray (or...

Gerbils & Hamsters: picking up hamsters, syrian hamster, soft toothbrush
syrian hamster, soft toothbrush, foot fall: Hi, Unfortunately, the longer you leave a hamster untrained, and the older he gets, the more difficult it is to train them. However, it is not impossible, and if you persevere he will eventually allow you to handle her. Here is my guide to handling them....

Gerbils & Hamsters: picking healthey hampsters, black bear hamsters, gestation period
black bear hamsters, gestation period, golden teddy: Hi Kelly, Wet tail is one of the most common diseases in hamsters. It is generally triggered by stress associated with weaning, environmental changes, malnutrition, dirty cages and overcrowding. When picking a hamster from a pet store, be very careful....

Gerbils & Hamsters: One is always picking on the other, fighting escalates, hamsters
fighting escalates, hamsters, wheel: This is because syrian hamsters (boy or girl, it doesn t matter) will fight as they age and should NEVER be kept together. You are lucky the territorial battles haven t left one dead. Get another cage for one of they boys and please separate them before the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: picking it up, leather gloves, sofie
leather gloves, sofie, hamster: Hi Sofie You can wear gloves to handle a hamster - but need to be careful as your hands won t be as sensitive. However, it would be better to try and tame your hamster so that you can pick it up with your bare hands. How old is your hamster? Have you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: i have had pine bedding for a couple days now, cypress mulch, pine bedding
cypress mulch, pine bedding, thujone: Hi Jenny The reason why some people are experiencing problems with pine bedding is because of the smell. What might smell nice to humans, unfortunately isn t good for small animals. Cedar, pine and cypress mulch contains the volatile oil, thujone and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pine bedding and living help please!!!, dish detergent, pine bedding
dish detergent, pine bedding, hand soap: Hi Jenny, You re right, pine bedding is dangerous to hamsters. Pine, as well as Cedar, beddings contain strong aromatic oils that irritate the hamster s respiratory system. The hamster can develop a severe allergy, or he can develop a respiratory infection,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pine bedding / treats / homemade toys, gallon fish tank, teddy bear hamster
gallon fish tank, teddy bear hamster, hamster wheel: hi natalya, to be honest there s a lot of bad press about pine bedding, however i have never had a problem with it myself and my hamsters have all lived to be nearly 3 so i don t think it shortens their life span. you know your hammy best and if you are happy...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pink, pink eye, gerbil
pink eye, gerbil, little bit: Hi Tasha, Yes this is very common, one of my gerbils seems prone to it. It symbolizes that the gerbil isn t feeling 100%, although it normally goes away without the need to do anything. i just suggest making sure the cage is warm and clean, away from a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pip died very suddenly =[, choncho, exact kind
choncho, exact kind, life span: Hello Lauren, thanks for all the details. The way you are describing things it sounds like she was having seizures up until she died. Did she have a wet tail or diarrhea? If so she probably died because of the disease wettail that hamsters normally get. There...

Gerbils & Hamsters: play time, dwarf hamster, hamster ball
dwarf hamster, hamster ball, guinea pig: Hi, I wouldn t let hamster and guinea pig together. They won t understand each other s body language and I d be afraid of the pig accidentially hurting the hamster (for example if it runs over the hamster). I am no friend of hamster balls. There have been...

Gerbils & Hamsters: play, hamsters, chines
hamsters, chines, normaly: Hello Emma The sybearn hamster normaly likes to be alone, is this hasmster a normal sized hamster? if it is then they like to be alone. The Chines hamsters can be kept with other chines hamsters I think but I am not sure, hamsters dont play with other...

Gerbils & Hamsters: are they playing?, dwarf hamsters, baby hamster
dwarf hamsters, baby hamster, asap thanks: Thanks for the question. It s normal for a baby hamster to squeak while there re playing. It means that the hamster doesn t like the way the other hamster playing or to stop. I request to have one cage for eachif the squeaking doesn t stop. Dwarf hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: please help, hamster food, wet tail
hamster food, wet tail, kinds of food: Hey, i am so sorry to hear about your hamster sandy :-( If you are to get another hammy, make sure you disinfect everything sandy used thoroughly, becuase wet tail is so contagious, you don t want to pass it on at all. its best to disinfect and then...

Gerbils & Hamsters: please help, hamster ball, syrian hamster
hamster ball, syrian hamster, fruit pieces: Hi Molly, It is normal for older hamsters to loose some weight. To help with his poop problem, try giving him some fresh fruit pieces like apple and banana (about 3-4 pieces of each 3 times a week). A hamsters ears usually lay back, especially when...

Gerbils & Hamsters: please help, proper behavior, bitting
proper behavior, bitting, roomate: Hi Gabby, it is best not to try to introduce hamsters who have not been together since they were young. They do not need a friend and trying to make them get on is just going to stress them both out and may even lead to their death. They could turn...

Gerbils & Hamsters: please help, teddy bear hampster, wet tail
teddy bear hampster, wet tail, hamster: Hi Ashlee, Sorry to hear about your hamster. It seems wet tail.. Yes if you have another hamster do not leave the hamster near the sick hamster . Usually wet tail is more common on old aged hamsters and it seems that yours was very fortunate to live...

Gerbils & Hamsters: please help me, warm water rinse, skin problem
warm water rinse, skin problem, hamster: You are very welcome. You should be proud of yourself. You care a lot for you little hammie and you did a great job taking care of him. Keep doing the treatment and the disinfecting of the cage for a few more weeks to be sure they won t come right back....

Gerbils & Hamsters: please help my hamster, hamster lives, mom and dad
hamster lives, mom and dad, hamster: Hi Naomi, All you need to buy him is a little hamster bowl, which you can get from the pet store cheaply. however, you must change it once a day so that it doesn t get dirty and make your hamster sick. Hamsters do prefer to live alone actually, as long...

Gerbils & Hamsters: can you please help my hamster?, scent glands, q tip
scent glands, q tip, granma: hi sultan, please tell me you are joking???!!! your granma put bleach on your hamsters scent glands????!!!! these brown spots are totally normal and are sometimes called hip-spots and are more noticable in males, so chances are your hamster is male, not...

Gerbils & Hamsters: please help, syrian hamster, stomache
syrian hamster, stomache, hamster: Alright here goes: Building a nest isnt really an indication of pregnancy, they build nests to sleep, to store food in, and sometimes even as a toilet. I haven t heard you can feel the babies, I wouldn t try because pressing on the stomach might harm her,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: please open, teddy bear hamster, personal preference
teddy bear hamster, personal preference, sorry one: Your hamster sounds perfectly normal to me. Right now I have 2 hams, one who is very active, and one who sleeps for 80% of his day. Both are very healthy, and it is just personal preference. Hamsters are to sleep most of their day anyway and be up at night,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pleeeeeeeeeese help me, leather gloves, hamsters
leather gloves, hamsters, gerbil: Sorry, I don t know anything about hamsters, but if they re like gerbils, you should feed him or her some seed from your hand and if your worried about biting wear leather gloves. Ask somebody else in the list of experts that says in their profiles that they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: plese help me!, toilet paper roll, hard nuts
toilet paper roll, hard nuts, hamsters: Proper care, and lots of enrichment. Keep the hamster busy-- give it hard nuts, put its food in a toilet paper roll and plug up the ends with hay, give it things to knaw-- the possibilities are almost endless. Also, I don t breed my hamsters, and I think that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pls help my hamsters are sick, dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf
dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf, wet tail: Even though my description says I don t take illness questions, the first hamster sounds like it has wet tail, which can be fatal. It usually causes the hamster to die of stress and dehydration. You can get some dri tail at your pet store as an antibiotic,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pls help jen, dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf
dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf, scrambled egg: Hi Christine, your little friends dont sound well at all, the one with the lump and the diarrhoea sounds like he could have a tumour though i couldnt be sure without seeing him, the other sounds like a skin irritation, if you use any fluffy bedding or sawdust...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pls help karen, dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf
dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf, eye dropper: Hi Christine, Diarrhea is generally caused by the overfeeding of fruits and vegetables. It could also be wet-tail. Either way you need to make sure he is drinking plenty of water. if he is not drinking then you need to try giving him water with an...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pls help, lauren, dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf
dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf, wet tail: The first one sounds like he has wet tail. You need to immediately pick up some DriTail from the pet store or better yet, take him to the vet where they ll likely give him an antibiotic such as baytril. He will not recover without treatment. Keep him warm...

Gerbils & Hamsters: poop, enaa, hamsters
enaa, hamsters, poo: hi enaa, hamsters pee and poop when they are scared, excited or stressed, esspecially when they are young, as the muscles cant control themselves. chances are all the excitemant and fear is causing her to have a poo. she will grow out of this, and chances...

Gerbils & Hamsters: poor fat thing, dwarf hamster, hamster ball
dwarf hamster, hamster ball, plastic tubes: Wow, thank goodness I am not the only one with a fat, lazy one year old dwarf hamster. Your hamster is perfectly normal. She s just lazy which is what happens. I hardly ever see my hamster on the wheel and he is so fat that he can t turn around in the plastic...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my poor hamster, female hamster, vet visit
female hamster, vet visit, hind legs: Dear Sam, thank you for your question. I m fairly sure that what you see are only the hamster S testicles. They can grow huge with all hamsters and sometimes may appear a lot larger when it s warm or when they are getting older. The visit to the female hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my poor hamster, vet surgeon, swolen
vet surgeon, swolen, meloxicam: Hi Emma, It could be glaucoma, the symptons consist: eye will look enlarged, hamster rubbing his eyes, and this can also affect both eyes. There is no specific treatment for glaucoma but meloxicam may be used if severe discomfort is shown. Affected...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Not sure why our poor hamster died. . . please help?, dwarf hamsters, minor case
dwarf hamsters, minor case, hammie: Jillian, Hi. I m very sorry for your loss. If you adopted them from a friend, he may have just been old and died of natural causes. Or if he was perhaps ill to begin with and you hadn t seen it yet, the heat may have just pushed him over the edge. It s...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My poor hamster, hind legs, wire cages
hind legs, wire cages, hamster: Hi Natalya, It sounds like he may have broken his leg. You could take him to the vet but there isn t much that they can do for him. The best thing for him is rest. He should be moved to an aquarium (no barred or wire cages, as he might try and climb...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My poor little gerbil...., sweetest little girl, litter mates
sweetest little girl, litter mates, tiny pet: Hello Falon, Poor little thing, she sounds like she has had a tough time!! I do think she will be okay, and i think she can probably live a happy life, and there may be some things you can do for her! As for the eye i would probably get a vet to have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: ? poorly gerbil, carefresh, eye ointment
carefresh, eye ointment, gerbils: Well. Hello! I must say this gerbil is quite old. Gerbils only live 2-4 years. Bob is going through old age right now and it also seems like he has some diarrhea. Dritail should help with that. With him being so old, I doubt if the vet would do anything but...

Gerbils & Hamsters: A poorly hamster?, blood blister, bottom teeth
blood blister, bottom teeth, scent gland: Hi Gemma Sorry to hear Mannie isn t very well. Your first symptom - hamsters can get mites/mange. When they have this, the skin becomes crusty and darkened, it is very itchy and scaling dermatitis develops. This can be treated by a vet and as it isn...

Gerbils & Hamsters: poorly hamster, eye infection, unfortunatly
eye infection, unfortunatly, exact answer: Hello, your hamster seems really old, he has an eye infection for sure and he needs to go to a vet. I really think he is having internal problems although at this time I can t think of what he has. I really think he should see a vet. The vet may give you two...

Gerbils & Hamsters: possible hamster stroke, hot water bottles, wet tail
hot water bottles, wet tail, scrambled egg: Hi mark, poor little snowdrop she sound in a bit of a state! i agree with your petshop owner on one thing, that it wont be wet tail, and it is not inherited, they only really get this when they are young, however i wouldnt recommend putting too much heat around...

Gerbils & Hamsters: possible mating act?, dwarf hamster, act one
dwarf hamster, act one, hamster: Hi Mac The fact that the males were fighting sounds as though the female was ready for mating and they were deciding who was the dominant one who would mate with her. The mating can sometimes be very quick. The female often washes after a successful...

Gerbils & Hamsters: possible wet tail?, fur kind, wet tail
fur kind, wet tail, bacterial infection: Hi Steve, Wet Tail is a bacterial infection which is often confused with diarrhea. The hamster comes wet around the anus and at the top of his tail. There will be a strong smell and the poop would be pale in colour and soft. If he shows all the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is it possible, gerbil, hamster
gerbil, hamster: Hi Anthony, No, it s not possible at all. They re 2 different species. (It would be like a cat and dog mating - not possible.) And if you put them in a cage together, they would fight violently. They shouldn t have any contact at all. If you have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: potty trained hamster & cleaning, teddy bear hamster, baby hamster
teddy bear hamster, baby hamster, dwarf hamsters: Hi Naera, Teddy Bear hamsters (formally known as Syrian hamsters) are great first pets. They re larger and generally more calm than Dwarf hamsters (which would be fine if you have older kids). Male Syrians tend to be more docile than females, so you may...

Gerbils & Hamsters: potty training, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, teddy bear hamster: Right now it is too late to potty train both hamsters. All hamsters are normally territorial that is just in their nature. Hamsters are not social animals and usually don t live or play together. I would keep them apart, you might have to buy two...

Gerbils & Hamsters: potty training...?, entrace, hamsters
entrace, hamsters, hamster: Hi Danielle, Hamsters generally potty in one part of their cage. It is best to put the potty training container in that spot. The hamster will generally potty train it s self. The one thing you will have to watch out for is hamsters love to chew...

Gerbils & Hamsters: potty training, dwarf hamsters, bitter lime
dwarf hamsters, bitter lime, crittertrail cages: Hi Charmaine, It sounds like you re doing everything right to get it potty-trained. Give it a little more time (say, about a week) and keep doing what you re doing. She might come around and begin using her potty. However, some hamsters just refuse to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my precious hamster won't stop biting me, toilet paper roll, paper towel rolls
toilet paper roll, paper towel rolls, dear nora: Dear Nora, thank you for your question. I think you are doing fine. Some hamsters are just more nervous than others and not so trusting. But they can be tamed, too, so don t give up on her. Put your hand into the cage without doing anything. Let her explore...

Gerbils & Hamsters: the precise timing for mating, time females, incubation period
time females, incubation period, precise timing: Hi Bernard, Yes he will know that she is in heat, and yes, it not uncommon for the female to instigate the mating....poor fella hahaha. They are acting completely normal as far as breeding and mating is concerned, so don t worry about them. clean the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Which do you prefer?, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, best bet: If you have less to time to spend with it and want a friendlier animal, i would suggest gerbil. Dwarf hamsters can take much longer to tame so i would have to say a gerbil would be your best bet. they are quick to tame and make very friendly companions. Good...

Gerbils & Hamsters: preganacey, hamster club, hamsters
hamster club, hamsters, hamster: Hi Michelle, What type of hamsters are they? Are they dwarf hamsters? see varieities on http://hamster-club.com/varieties.asp if they are dwarf hamsters then the male may be an imp mort of the being with the babies but he will mate the female agin...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregant hamsters, time owner, hamsters
time owner, hamsters, peace: Hi Elizabeth, do not move or change anything in the cage for the first three weeks or the mother might destroy them if she feels threatened. Dont worry, they wont die, the mother will look after them if she is left in peace to do so. Kind Regards,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnacy, empty cage, neutral area
empty cage, neutral area, hams: Well...me being a male I never accually tried that type of pregnacy, but a Hamster will enter a heat about every 4 days. Your can tell this by stroking her back lightly and she ll become very stiff-backed and this means that she is ready to mate put her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnacy, hoard food, dwarf hamsters
hoard food, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters: Hi Amy, First, do you have Syrian hamsters or Dwarf hamsters? If they are Dwarf hamsters, and they re in the same cage, you ll need to remove the male from the cage before the babies are born (unless you want them to keep having babies). If you have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnacy, dwarf hamster, cotton balls
dwarf hamster, cotton balls, paper towels: Dear McKenzie, ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! I cannot stress this enough, so many people belive this, and i am not sure why. The mother will get angry, the babies will get frightened, and this could lead to violence. As gross as it is, don t change the bedding for at...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnacy on hamsters or sickness, hoarding food, dwarf hamsters
hoarding food, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters: Hi Jessica, Do you have Syrian hamsters or Dwarf hamsters? If you have Syrian hamsters (the larger, more common type of hamster), then the male should be separated from the female. Syrian hamsters can t live together. If you have Dwarf hamsters, however,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnacy, female hamster, hamsters
female hamster, hamsters, hamster: Hi Randy, You ll notice that her belly is larger. Also, she will begin making a large nest in a corner of her cage. Here is some information about pregnant hamsters (in case yours is pregnant); it is very useful and I would highly recommend reading it:...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my pregnanat dwarf hamster, cheek pouches, dwarf hamster
cheek pouches, dwarf hamster, female star: Hi Daniel, To find out when the babies are coming, try to remember what day she mated. Then, count ahead about 18-21 days, and that s about when the babies will be due. A couple of days before she is due to give birth, clean the cage and fill it with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnancy, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters
dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters, hamsters: Technically speaking only dwarf hamsters should ever be kept together since they are the only species that can live with one another. Syrian hamsters, the most common kind, will fight when kept together, so they really shouldnt like each other. In mating they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnancy, hard boiled egg, hamster food
hard boiled egg, hamster food, diced carrots: Hi Katelyn, It is possible that she is pregnant. A Syrians gestation period is 16 days (from the day she was mated) and usually around the 10th day the female will get really fat. If possible, remove or block off this area that is now her favorite...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnancy, dwarf hamsters, hamsters
dwarf hamsters, hamsters, caitlin: Hi Caitlin, you should only keep dwarf hamsters together in the same cage so if they are not dwarf hamsters then please split them up immediately. Please see one of my previous answers about how to sex hamsters - if you so not want babies then you should...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnancy of hamsters, dwarf hamsters, natural behavior
dwarf hamsters, natural behavior, gestation period: Hi Kamber If she is a Syrian - then it is quite easy to tell when one is pregnant. With dwarf hamsters it is a bit more difficult. From your earlier mail you said that two were living together - is this correct? Are there others in the same cage? I would...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnancy, hamster, pet store
hamster, pet store, sandra: Hi Sandra, Has your hamster come in contact with any males since you brought her home? If not, then she s not pregnant. A hamster s pregnancy only lasts about 16 days, so it s not possible for her to be pregnant unless she s been in contact with a male...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant, steady companion, gerble
steady companion, gerble, pregnant female: Hi Britney, Well, since the gerbils are sisters (and I m assuming they ve grown up together), you can take down the divider. Gerbils are very social, and it s likely that both of your gerbils are experiencing anxiety because they ve been separated. The...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is she pregnant?, new borns, dwarf hamster
new borns, dwarf hamster, tell tale signs: Hi Michelle When she comes out of the nest you could very gently have a look in it. Don t open the nest completely as new borns can get cold very quickly, also you don t want to spook your hamster. If there are babies and you accidentally touch any, I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is she pregnant?, dwarf hamster, female dwarf
dwarf hamster, female dwarf, bedding material: Hi Eileen, It s pretty difficult to tell if your hamster is pregnant. You may not be able to tell if your hamster is pregnant in the first few days from her appearance but some owners say that she might act differently - you might notice her start to hoard...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant, dwarf hamster, golden hamster
dwarf hamster, golden hamster, syrian hamster: Hi Tresa, A Syrian hamster (also called a Teddy Bear hamster, a Golden hamster, and a Black Bear hamster) will be pregnant for 16 days. Sometimes, she won t give birth until the 17th or 18th day. A Dwarf hamster will stay pregnant for 18-21 days. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant?, last november, november 15
last november, november 15: Hi, thank you for your question. I think you should wait for some time to be able to tell whether she s pregnant or not. The fact that they fought might be a sign that the mating was successful. but there s no way to tell for sure at the moment. I hope...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant, dwarf hamster, hamster
dwarf hamster, hamster, 4 months: Hi Katie, It is very hard to tell when a Dwarf hamster is pregnant. One of the best ways to tell is if she gets fat really fast (within a day or 2). When this happens, you can expect the babies in about 2-7 days. When she is having her babies, they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, male dwarf: Hello Valerie, I would put the female in a seperate cage since the males will try to mate with her as soon as she has finished giving birth. She will be fine by herself in raising the pups. Put some tissue paper in the cage and give her some privacy. :...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is he/she pregnant?, syrian hamster, food bowl
syrian hamster, food bowl, hamster: Hi Michelle, Since you have a Syrian hamster, it ll be pretty easy to tell if it s a boy. Male Syrians have prominent testicles below the tail. If you don t see any testicles, then you know your hamster is a female. Also, if you have a female Syrian,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant cashmere, pets at home, cashmer
pets at home, cashmer, taska: Hi Elle, I actually worked in Pets At Home for a year, and so can advise you well on this situation. Firstly, the gerbils come in from the breeders to Pets At Home ready sexed. So all the staff at pets at home need to do is put them in their cages. Unfortunately,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant chinese dwarf hamster, I think, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, big bulge: Ya, it sounds like you have a mating pair, but the one with the buldge is the male. You may have seen him building the nest if she is pregnant as the males do help but i would remove him before she has babies as he may eat them. If she is pregnant, you may...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My pregnant dwarf hamster, high protein foods, dwarf hamster
high protein foods, dwarf hamster, female hamster: Hi Shelby, Here are some signs that might help you tell if she is pregnant, she gets fat quickly in two days, usually around the rear, she eats and drinks more, hoards food and makes a big nest. When you figure out she s pregnant start feeding her high...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, dwarf campbell: Hi Sam, For pregnant dwarf hamsters, it s best for the male to help raise the babies. However, if the male and female have not been living together, suddenly placing the male in the female s cage would just produce fighting, since she is pregnant. And...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My pregnant, dwarf hamster .... ?, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, dear kelly: Hi Shelby, If your hamster is pregnant, it s very important that you leave the male in with the female. The male will help to take care of the babies, relieving some of the stress from the female. The cage should be cleaned several days before the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: very pregnant gerbil, long periods of time, male babies
long periods of time, male babies, new babies: Hi there, Yes i would take the male out now!! It is true that males are good fathers but for the reasons i put next you want to take him out for good!! 1. He may be related to the female, such as a brother, and it is not good for families to inbreed....

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant gerbil, gerbils, gerbil
gerbils, gerbil, two brothers: Hi Leah, Good on you for trying the cage separator, hope it works!!! I think it is unlikely she is pregnant, as they only take 24 days to give birth. Was it in december or January they were together? If it was december then i would say definitely not,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is my pregnant gerbil sick?, little creatures, gestation period
little creatures, gestation period, closed eyes: Hi Do you know exactly when your gerbil conceived? The gestation period for a gerbil is around 24-26 days, therefore her behavior sounds strange if she is only 14 - 21 days into her pregnancy. I ve never had a pregnant gerbil before (hamsters are really...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant gerbil, gestation periods, false pregnancy
gestation periods, false pregnancy, scent gland: Hi Shannon. The typical gestation for gerbils is 24-25 days, which is just shy of most months and much longer than the gestation for hamsters, so she may just be having a longer pregnancy than is *typically* normal. These gestation periods are typical,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant gerble, cedar bedding, pine bedding
cedar bedding, pine bedding, gerble: Hi Britney, Well, I realize you didn t really ask a question here, but I felt like I had to respond because I noticed that you said your gerbils keep their teeth filed down with their cedar. I m assuming you mean cedar bedding. Many people put cedar bedding...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant gerble, gerble, males and females
gerble, males and females, gerbil: Dear Britney, thank you for your question. A gerbil is pregnant for 23 and 26 days and they usually have 2-8 babies. The babies should be seperated between males and females, when they are 5 weeks old, but should stay together in those groups (the females...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant gerbles, gerbles, having babies
gerbles, having babies, new babies: Hi Britney, The length of time that a gerbil is pregnant is about 24 days, so try and think of when your gerbil could have gotten pregnant. A pregnant gerbil will not show her pregnancy until a few days before the birth, so your gerbil may be pretty...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Is she pregnant?! HELP!!, hard boiled egg, diced carrots
hard boiled egg, diced carrots, dwarf hamster: Hi Erin, I am guessing since you have them in the same cage, that they are Dwarf Hamsters. If so, it is possible that she could be pregnant. The best way to tell if a dwarf hamster is pregnant, is they will get fat quick (within a day or 2. When this...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hampster, hampsters, hampster
hampsters, hampster, tissue paper: The two should certainly be seperated so she can have some privacy. Put some tissue paper in the cage and allow her to build a nest. You don t want the male around the babies because he may eat them. Your hamster will stay pregnant for about 19-22 days. When...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, dwarf hamsters, baby hamsters
dwarf hamsters, baby hamsters, new babies: Heya, I ll be honest i don t know much bout dwarf hamsters, but i m almost sure they ll be the same as serian so i ll answer the question for you anyway. At four weeks baby hamsters are ready to be taken from the mother and moved into cages. at 6 weeks...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, contractions, hamsters
contractions, hamsters, hamster: Hello, well if she is pregnant it s best not to touch her so you won t hurt her or hurt the babies. Sometimes you can tell if they are pregnant if you look down and you see that their belly is in the shape of egg really. When she goes into labor sometimes...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my pregnant hamster, phantom pregnancy, cotton balls
phantom pregnancy, cotton balls, noisy place: Hello Lindsay, I have not heard or read anything on hamsters having a miscarriage,only a phantom pregnancy, but i would say that it could be possible if the pregnant hamster was hurt bad enough. I would suggest keeping her out of the ball for now. Just...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, high protein foods, hard boiled egg
high protein foods, hard boiled egg, diced carrots: Hi Tess, If Coco is pregnant, there are a few things you need to do. First, clean her cage, put in extra bedding and some cotton balls (the cotton balls help keep the babies warm when Mom is out of the nest). Her wheel should be removed 3 days before...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, monthes, hamster
monthes, hamster, lesley: Hi Lesley, Although it is preferable to wait a couple of months before you breed your hamster, this new pregnancy shouldn t harm her. So, you should basically do the same things you did for your hamster s last pregnancy, and everything should be fine :)...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, hard boiled egg, female hamster
hard boiled egg, female hamster, hamster food: Hello again Amy, There are a couple ways to tell if she is pregnant. One, check to see if she comes into season (heat). A female Syrian will generally come into season every 4 days (this may very from 3-5 days). To see if she is in season, place her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, hard boiled egg, hamster food
hard boiled egg, hamster food, syrian hamster: Hi Kate, The green poo could have been from something she ate or she may have had a slight cold. As long as she is eating, drinking and staying active, there isn t anything to worry about. Pregnant hamsters can be wary or jumpy, this just depends...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, pvc tubes, golden hamster
pvc tubes, golden hamster, awesome mom: Hi, Firstly do you know that you re not supposed to touch the babies until they are 2 weeks old? Touching them before then may cause the mother to eat/kill them. I would also take the nesting box out because the pups will never be able to get out once they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, hard boiled egg, hamster food
hard boiled egg, hamster food, syrian hamster: Hi Kate, Tomorrow may be to late (remember if she is having babies, it could be tomorrow or Saturday and they usually have them late evening or early morning) and if she has babies, you won t be able to clean the cage for 2 weeks. If it isn...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, hard boiled egg, hamster food
hard boiled egg, hamster food, syrian hamster: Hi Kate, Yes, the wheel should be out of the cage, this is because the Mom may give birth in it and that would not be good, also if she has babies and they get in the wheel, being as little as they are, they could get hurt. You should not be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, hard boiled egg, hamster food
hard boiled egg, hamster food, syrian hamster: Hi Kate, Yes they will be active when they are pregnant. You should hold her now because this could cause stress on her and holding her could hurt the babies. Her stomach getting harder could be a sign of a contraction (meaning it could be getting...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, hard boiled egg, hamster food
hard boiled egg, hamster food, syrian hamster: Hi Kate, Got to listen to Mom. Normally a hamster will have her babies in the nest. The wheel should be removed because if she does have babies, some Moms will run in the wheel instead of taking care of the babies. If your hamster does not have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, hard boiled egg, hamster food
hard boiled egg, hamster food, syrian hamster: Hi Kate, Does your hamster still look fat? Have you looked in her nest (if you look in the nest, make sure you use a pencil or something to lift up the bedding, not your hand)? Can you hear any noises coming from the nest? Generally a hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, pvc tubes, golden hamster
pvc tubes, golden hamster, awesome mom: Hey, Mark. Yea, sounds like she s a good mom, and to answer all your questions... -about the nesting box: yes, I would say leave it, because if she spends alot of time in it and builds nests in it chances are this is where she ll feel most comfortable having...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, hard boiled egg, hamster food
hard boiled egg, hamster food, syrian hamster: Hi Kate, You shouldn t use your hand because if there were babies in the nest and Mum smelled your scent, she may reject the babies or even eat them. Yes the babies should have came by now, so she is probably not pregnant. You can return her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, simptoms of pregnancy, little space
simptoms of pregnancy, little space, hamster: Hi Agustin, Making a nest and putting food in it is normal behavior for hamsters. It doesn t really mean your hamster is pregnant. What type of hamster do you have? How long ago was the female with the male? Has the female gotten really fat looking?...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, hard boiled egg, syrian hamsters
hard boiled egg, syrian hamsters, hamster food: Hi Bob, It sounds like she may be pregnant. If you have Syrian hamsters and you bred them 14 days ago, then she should give birth within the next 2 days. If you have Dwarf hamsters, then she would give birth within the next 4 days. For either...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, simptoms of pregnancy, little space
simptoms of pregnancy, little space, hamster: Hi Agustin If she is pregnant you do not want her having her babies in her wheel. What makes you think she is pregnant? Have you mated her - if so, when? If you can, move her nest to a single level and make sure all her food is close by. She will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, porridge oats, syrian hamster
porridge oats, syrian hamster, paper variety: Is she a Syrian hamster? I usually find they have their litters on day 18. Some hamsters are better than others with regard to making nests. I wouldn t worry too much about this - so long as there is plenty of bedding for her (not the fluffy sort as the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, dwarf hamsters, hard boiled egg
dwarf hamsters, hard boiled egg, dwarf hamster: Hi Monica, It sounds like you keep the hamsters in the same cage, so I am thinking they are a type of dwarf hamster (Syrian hamsters like to live alone). A dwarf hamsters gestation period is 18 days ( from the day they mated), so I would say...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, hamsters, early evening
hamsters, early evening, syrians: Hi Stephanie Hamsters come into season round about every 4 days. When I ve mated Syrians - the way I do this is to firstly determine whether or not she is ready for mating. You place the female on top of the male s cage and let her walk over it. The...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my pregnant hamster, storing food, hamster
storing food, hamster, vet: Hi Harper, it sounds as if you have done everything you can to prepare for the birth - your female will do everything else which needs to be done to care for the babies. But please remember that your hamster can only be pregnant if she has been in contact...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster?, female hamster, taking a nap
female hamster, taking a nap, miricle: Hello Bethany, she may have had a miscarriage if she got really stressed out. there is a possibility that she could just be tired and stressed from what happened. However some hamsters actually will actually make a routine of running on the wheel and then...

Gerbils & Hamsters: hello, syrians, hahahahah
syrians, hahahahah, hamsters: Hi, You don t say if your hamsters are syrians or dwarfs. If they re syrians then no, as syrians are solitary and must live on their own. If you have dwarf hamsters and you place the father back into the cage with the mother and pups then Mum will get...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, informative website, hamster
informative website, hamster, newborns: Hi Mike, It shouldn t harm her or her babies, unless the male hamster hurt her in some way. If you ve noticed that she s acting differently or if you see that she s hurt, then you need to take her to a vet. If not, then more than likely she s fine. Also,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, golden hamster, hamster
golden hamster, hamster, aquarium: What you read is pretty acurate. I would put the mom in an aquarium by herself. But if shes in a cage by herself right now thats also ok. just as long as dad isnt near her. You shouldn t move the babies at all while they are still being weaned. I wouldn t...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, hoarding food, syrian hamsters
hoarding food, syrian hamsters, syrian hamster: Hi Arlene, When a hamster is pregnant, her belly will expand, and she will begin building a large nest and hoarding food in it. The gestation period is 16 days. A few days before the babies are born, remove the wheel from the cage. Also, it s a good...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, black bear hamsters, teddy bear hamsters
black bear hamsters, teddy bear hamsters, dwarf hamster: Hi Acasia, Whether or not the male should be removed before the birth depends on what type of hamster you have. If you have a Syrian hamster (also called Black Bear hamsters, Teddy Bear hamsters, and Golden hamsters), then the male should absolutely be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, russian hamsters, hoard food
russian hamsters, hoard food, syrian hamster: Hi Samantha, Yes, the Syrian hamsters are the larger ones. Here s a link to a picture of one: http://www.petwebsite.com/hamsters/syrian_hamsters.htm Dwarf hamsters, like the name implies, are small, and they re usually tan or grey with dorsal stripes...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster diet, black bear hamster, chex cereal
black bear hamster, chex cereal, chex mix: Hi Nicholas, It s okay to give your hamster fresh, small amounts of cheese. Like any other supplement to your hamster s regular mix, give the cheese sparingly - no more than twice a week. Also, Chex Mix is fine. You can also give the hamster Rice Crispies...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster? HELP!!!, baby hamsters, hamster food
baby hamsters, hamster food, female babies: Heya if you ve had her for 2 weeks shes gonna give birth very very soon, hamsters are only pregnant for 16 days!! if her belly feels tight underneath that is a sure sign of a pregnant hamster... my site has pictures too (www.angelfire.com/jazz/hamsters),...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster mistake, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster, mishap: Hi Agustin, Since the nest is in the wheel, you should definitely move it before the babies are born, to the lowest level of the cage. In fact, the wheel should be removed from the cage a couple of days before the babies are due to be born, to prevent...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Maybe a pregnant hamster and some questions about my gerbils, teddy bear hamsters, cardboard egg cartons
teddy bear hamsters, cardboard egg cartons, teddy bear hamster: Hi Sammy, Here s a great website to get all the information you ll need about pregnant hamsters: http://www.petwebsite.com/syriangestation.htm (Also, check out the other links at the top of the page that cover all of the other aspects on pregnancy.)...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I have a pregnant hamster i have some ?s answer them soon plz, long haired hamster, short haired hamster
long haired hamster, short haired hamster, high protein foods: Hey, Britney. To answer all of your q s: -Hamsters are pregnant for 16-21 days. -You should feed Cocoa the same hamster food you ve been feeding her, but it would also help if you can give her high protein foods.. such as small pieces of bread soaked in...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamster, human ear, hamsters
human ear, hamsters, squeaks: hello Jen, Baby hamsters are usually born in the evening, and it is difficult to tell when the mother is going to give birth, she may pace up and down, she may rearrange her nest around a bit, or she may just do normal hamstery things. when hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamsters, female hamster, syrian hamster
female hamster, syrian hamster, hoards: Hi Theresa, Indications that a female hamster is pregnant is that she begins building a large nest, and she hoards her food. You ll also notice her belly expanding. A Syrian hamster is pregnant for 16 days (sometimes 17 or 18 days). The average number...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamsters, female hamster, syrian hamster
female hamster, syrian hamster, stages of pregnancy: Hi Holly With most small animals, it is difficult to tell if they are pregnant until the very last stages of pregnancy, when they will rapidly gain weight (especially toward the back, they seem to bulge out on either side of the spine). Sometimes, though,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamsters, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster, scrotum: If the hamster is pregnant, which it sounds like it is, you won t be able to do much except accept the fact that the hamster will have it s babies and try to either give them back to the dad or find proper homes for them. I m not sure why the hamster would...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamsters, syrian hamster, syrian hamsters
syrian hamster, syrian hamsters, heat cycle: Hi Kelly, thanks for the question. Syrian hamsters have a heat cycle of four days, but they will only breed and get pregnant when they are in heat. Otherwise, they will fight. Breedings should take place when the female is confirmed to be in heat, and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamsters????, e type, hamsters
e type, hamsters, hamster: What type of hamster is this? It sounds as though she could well be pregnant. Was your intention to breed hamsters? If you want to let me have a few more details: i.e. type of hamster, age, how long she s been with the male - I might be able to help you....

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamsters, hamster mix, plastic houses
hamster mix, plastic houses, time owner: Hi Veronica First question - why do you think she is pregnant? What type of hamster is she? Do you know that she has mated? Hamsters come into season every 4 days and become sexually active from about 4 weeks. The gestation period for a Syrian...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamsters mistake, dangerous location, wire frame
dangerous location, wire frame, dangerous place: I do remember that email, thank you very much. That does sound like a very dangerous place for a hamster to build her nest. Hamsters are pretty particular with finding their nesting areas. Apparently she feels it is safe up there. If this area of the cage...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My pregnant hamsters nest, female hamster, glass aquarium
female hamster, glass aquarium, pets store: Hello olivia, the glue can be dangerous since it s not digestible. You can buy more aquarium glue but another thing you can do is put some vinegar on the edges and hopefully she will stop. Also as far as a nest goes I d throw some toilet paper in the cage...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant hamsters, paper towels, toilet tissue
paper towels, toilet tissue, yelp: ALL you can do is give her plenty of nesting materials, keep her cage clean and keep plenty of food and water with her! For nesting materials, 10-15 squares of toilet tissue would work...and maybe a few paper towels, it doesn t have to be a fancy nest!...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant????, syrian hamsters, new cage
syrian hamsters, new cage, question thanks: Hi Patrick, I would have no way to know that. You ll just have to guess. Around day 10 of the pregnancy, she will start getting bigger, and her nipples may be more noticeable, so that should help you determine how far along she is :) If you have any...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant mouse, first sign of pregnancy, sign of pregnancy
first sign of pregnancy, sign of pregnancy: The best way to know if a mouse is pregnant is to look at their belly and see if it s more rounded. It s pretty hard to tell whether or not an animal is pregnant sometimes. If you see that she has a fat belly than chances are she s probably pregnant....

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant robo hamster???, dwarf hamsters, robo hamster
dwarf hamsters, robo hamster, sbcglobal net: Hi Bethany, Do you know that you definately have a female?? You need to find out for sure if the hamster you have is a female. The scene you described sounds like they were either fighting or trying to get to know each other by testing each others...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant and running in a wheel, hamster wheel, tissue paper
hamster wheel, tissue paper, hamster: Hello! Congrats on being a grandparent. Yes I would remove the wheel so she won t run on it so much. Sometimes they may hurt their babies by doing all of that running. Don t try to handle her or anything and put some tissue paper in the cage to let her build...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant syrian, carefresh, human scent
carefresh, human scent, beddings: Hi Sandy, If your hamster is younger than 4 months old, there will be a greater chance of her eating her babies. She will be inexperienced and stressed out. Also, she may eat her babies if you touch them before they are 14 days old. It s very, very...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant syrian, hard boiled egg, lab blocks
hard boiled egg, lab blocks, seed mix: This is normal for the last few day of her pregnancy, she is sleeping to save up her strength for birth. You can also give her hard boiled egg, just dont leave it in her cage for more than a day otherwise it spoils. Make sure she has penty of food and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I have a pregnant teddy bear hamster, teddy bear hamsters, teddy bear hamster
teddy bear hamsters, teddy bear hamster, porridge oats: Yes, i ve been searching far and wide on the internet, and teddy bear hamsters are just another name for a serian hamsters, some sites say you only have long haired teddies, and some say you can have short haired ones, but The teddy bear hamster is just another...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant i think i do not know, hoarding food, syrian hamsters
hoarding food, syrian hamsters, signs of pregnancy: Hi Donna, First, you ll need to separate your two hamsters. Syrian hamsters just cannot live together, so you ll need another cage. Signs of pregnancy include building a large nest and hoarding food in it. Around day 10, the female s belly will start...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnant???, carefresh bedding, critter rescue
carefresh bedding, critter rescue, girl in a cage: Taylor, First off let me say it is a wonderful thing you do for small animals. Now to your hammies. The girl with the tail tip cut off should be mine. Just watch her and make sure it doesn t start to look infected. If it does, you can try to put a little...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnat hamster, soft materials, dalmation
soft materials, dalmation, grouchy: hamsters are only pregnant for about 16 days during that time you will notice her belly getting bigger, shredding paper or other soft materials to build a nest with as well as her getting grouchy and not wanting to be disturbed. How long have you had her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pregnent, hoard food, sign of pregnancy
hoard food, sign of pregnancy, hoarding food: Hi Josh, I really don t think your hamster is pregnant. Tipping her wheel is just one of her ways of having fun. I have one that tips his wheel all the time. I would suggest you stop feeding her the turkey. That is probably why she...

Gerbils & Hamsters: About a previous letter you answered, baby hamsters, hamsters
baby hamsters, hamsters, hips: Hi Olivia, A female hamsters hips will start to set around 6 months of age. If the female has had a litter before, then breeding her after 6 months of age is fine, but if she hasn t, then the risk of having problems with delivering goes up. If...

Gerbils & Hamsters: price, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters
dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters, carefresh: Hi Cassandra, It kind of depends on your area. I paid less than $10 for my Syrian hamsters (in Alabama). (Dwarf hamsters may cost a couple dollars more.) Of course, it s not really the hamster that costs anything - it s the cage, food, and bedding....

Gerbils & Hamsters: prices, fruits and veggies, sarah dear
fruits and veggies, sarah dear, glass tank: dear Makayla, I think a dwarf hamster is a great pet for anyone who is loving, and can devote lots of attention to their pet. A dwarf hamster is a good alternative to a Syrian, only because they are more playful. I think you would love having a dwarf hamster,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: i have a problem, desert animals, dry climate
desert animals, dry climate, ball bearing: Hamsters a desert animals, so they do not need to drink as much as you expect them to. All hamsters are able to seek out water from their instincts of living in a dry climate. The problem may be your bottle instead. I had a water bottle once that had a very...

Gerbils & Hamsters: problem with hind left foot, dwarf hamster, battle wounds
dwarf hamster, battle wounds, bedding material: Hi June, They could be battle wounds, but it could also be mites,with the hairloss and reddness (another sign of mites is excessive scratching). Which could be caught from other hamsters or even bedding material. I would suggest checking over both hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: A problem, snake food, hampsters
snake food, hampsters, runn: Hi, thank you for your question. I really advise that you take your hamster to the vet, this sounds like she might be ill. She might be pregnant (hamsters mate VERY quickly), but this wouldn t explain her behaviour. If your friend brings his or her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: protective mother., porridge oats, hamster food
porridge oats, hamster food, fruits and veggies: Hi Karen At this age the babies should be leaving the nest - the mum usually gets pretty stressed around now as the babies wander off and she often drags them back by their legs. You really ought to try and get them out. There is always the danger that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pup eyes, q tip, hamsters
q tip, hamsters, pup: Hi Matt, This happens sometimes to hamsters. The important thing is you should not pull open his eyes. You could easyly tear the eyelid. Instead take a wet Q-tip and gently rub over his eyelid, going from the outside of the eye to the inside corner until...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pups, russian hamster, hamster
russian hamster, hamster, mom: Hi Michelle, Yes, it would be best to separate the older pups so that Mom can take care of the new ones. The older pups are old enough now to take care of them selves. If you have anymore questions, please write again. Thank you for writing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: pusie eyes, vet asap, good luck with everything
vet asap, good luck with everything, eye infection: It sounds like your hamster has an eye infection and I strongly advise that you take your hamster to a vet asap for some medication for the eye infection. Outside of a vets help there isn t much you can do, the infection will only get worse. Good luck with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: ANOTHER QUESTION, dwarf hamster, nasty bacteria
dwarf hamster, nasty bacteria, feral cats: Hi Lacey! Unfortunately, you cannot put a gerbil and a hamster in the same cage together. They are two completely different species, and each as a species is intolerant of small animals of other species. This could be disasterous for a dwarf hamster,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Question, rabbit cage, floor space
rabbit cage, floor space, thanks a bunch: Hi Alec, i am sorry but hamsters will go to the toilet where they want to - but they do usually only go in one corner. Maybe you should by a hamster potty for it to use as a toilet? The only other thing to do is to clean out the cage more often. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Question about mom and baby gerbil, life span, daughters and sons
life span, daughters and sons, gerbil: If her pups are girls yes. If you keep a mother gerbil with her daughters and sons then they ll all breed and you ll be so overwhelmed with pups you won t know what to do. If there are any boys in the litter take them out but her daughters can stay with her....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Question about my TYPE of hamster., fur type, syrian hamster
fur type, syrian hamster, wavy coat: I love rex hamsters, but unfortunatly I don t believe your little guy is a rex. Most of the time rex hams are identified by crinkly whiskers, and not just on frizzy hair. Some rex hams alone can only be identified on having crinkly whiskers, and have a coat...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Another Question About Wet Tail, syrian hamster, wet tail
syrian hamster, wet tail, monthes: hey, apoligies for taking so long to answer the question, i went away and the site wouldn t let me change my status to away. Ok, it doesn t sound like wet tail, if shes eating and drinking, and shes had it for so long, what i think it actually is, is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: One More Question, red eyes, smell taste
red eyes, smell taste, hamsters: Hey, Trevor. It s normal for a hamster like Mufasa to have red eyes, and to answer your question.. no, it doesn t make them more sensitive to light. Your hamster probably did that because he was sleepy, so unless it happens quite often, there s nothing to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Questions about frightened hamsters, social behaviors and cage size., roborovski hamsters, syrian hamsters
roborovski hamsters, syrian hamsters, two different places: Hi Samuel, Roborovski hamsters are the smallest and fastest species of hamster and this sometimes makes them difficult to tame. Roborovskis can get tame but they dont usually get as tame as Syrians, and sometimes people prefer to have them as pets to look...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Questions: How can i get a hamster?, syrian hamster, local rescue
syrian hamster, local rescue, daily basis: Hi Alex It is very difficult convincing people that hamsters don t have to smell. The only time they smell is if they don t get cleaned out weekly or if they are cleaned out too often (I know someone who was so afraid of their hamster smelling they cleaned...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Questions of hamster., syrian hamster, wool bedding
syrian hamster, wool bedding, wet tail: Hi eduardo, This could be any number of things, almost all hamster illnesses start with lazyness, not eating and drinking. I suggest taking her to the vets. it sounds like something infectious such as wet tail, if so then look for signs of diahorrea. what...

Gerbils & Hamsters: More Questions on unexpected birth..., dwarf hamster, hamster food
dwarf hamster, hamster food, hamster: Hi Sara, The babies can be removed from the mother as soon as they start eating normal hamster food, about two weeks from birth. You can clean the cage when the babies and handle the babies now if you like, as long as all their eyes are opened. Just be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Questions..., pine shavings, pine bedding
pine shavings, pine bedding, water line: Most hamsters will naturally find in time to lick the bottle to produce water. Just mark the water line and watch to see if it goes down. If you ever catch your ham drinking, you can tell water is coming out if you see a bubble rise every so often when they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: question, hamster, day time
hamster, day time, glue: Hi Kimmy, the glue that holds the tank together might not be toxic but i cant imagine it will do him any good, could you get him a new home? one without any glue? and yes, once your hamster is tame he should be easy to pick up during the day, i find that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: i have a question, black bear hamster, female hamster
black bear hamster, female hamster, syrian hamsters: Hi Dylan, A Black Bear hamster is a Syrian hamster. Black Bear is just a nickname for a Syrian hamster. So you really have 3 Syrian hamsters. And since Syrian hamsters are solitary animals, you should have 3 cages. If you have more than one Syrian...

Gerbils & Hamsters: question, hamster, anti bacterial soap
hamster, anti bacterial soap, aspen: Hi Consuelo, It is very possible that your hamster did get a cold from you. There really isn t anything that can be done for this, just let it run it s course. Do keep an eye on her, to make sure that she is still drinking. Remember that is important...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I have question-health related., lumps and bumps, human baby
lumps and bumps, human baby, overgrow: Hi Jessica Your hamster sounds as though he s doing pretty well for a four year old! Hamsters can get a number of lumps and bumps. They can get abscesses or cysts, which need draining and treating with antibiotics. They can also get tumors, which occasionally...

Gerbils & Hamsters: another question sorry!, plz answer, franki
plz answer, franki, poos: hi franki is your hamster doing his business in his bedding or is he acctually sleepin where he poops? my hamster poos in her bed all the time, its pretty normal and the poops dont do any harm (infact hamsters eat their poop from time to time as it has...

Gerbils & Hamsters: another question sorry!, franki, dear frankie
franki, dear frankie, be4: Dear Frankie, thank you for your question. If he doesn t make a habit out of this, it s normal and nothing to worry about. When he builds his nest there and keeps on sleeping there, he might feel more comfortable in the toilet than in his house, then a...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Last question, soft bedding, hamsters
soft bedding, hamsters, last question: Hi Eileen, Since female hamsters come into heat every 4 days, your hamster was probably in heat on 11/30 when they mated. She is only in heat for one day, so when you put them together today, she had no interest in mating. If you want to try again, wait...

Gerbils & Hamsters: questionable pee, transport cage, shis
transport cage, shis, hamsters: hello Nye, i want to address the pee issue first. A hamsters pee can yellowish or milky white and will look cloudy and thick. It won t look like normal pee. It s actually normal. Hamsters can have a good memory and mine is actually at college with me and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: questions, syrian hamster, sure what kind
syrian hamster, sure what kind, matter what kind: All you will need for the food is any of the dishes that they sell at the pet store in the rodent isle. Any one with a strong bottom is great. Any hard treat is best, vitacraft raviolos are my best choice. By ALL means, do not get a wheel that is attached...

Gerbils & Hamsters: questions about gerbils, gerbil, gerbils
gerbil, gerbils, giving birth: I ll give you a link below on how to sex gerbils, the best way to know is generally through a breeder or a vet can take a quick look and see. When your gerbil is pregnant you shouldn t have to do anything outside of what you would normally. When the gerbil...

Gerbils & Hamsters: some questions about my white-face roborovski, dwarf hamster, foot tank
dwarf hamster, foot tank, 2 females: Hello, a four foot tank is big and the bigger the better!! However, even though it s fun watching three hamster get into a wheel and go up and down the wheel and get knocked off I would buy another one since you have some active hamsters that love the wheel....

Gerbils & Hamsters: questions, cage doors, going on a trip
cage doors, going on a trip, true thanks: Hi Alexa, Don t worry, you re not bugging me at all! I enjoy answering questions about small animals. I too have 5 hamsters, and I learned a lot by asking questions. So feel free to keep asking :) As long as your brother feeds and gives fresh water...

Gerbils & Hamsters: ANOTHER RAT QUESTION, hamsters and gerbils, mice and rats
hamsters and gerbils, mice and rats, preferred choice: Hello, the kaytee exact for hamster/gerbil is generally okay for rats and mice but really isn t the preferred choice to use for them. Generally if the label on the front says it s for rats and mice than that s the preferred choice of food because the food...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Raising Hamsters, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters
dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters, solitary animals: Hi Steven, Syrian hamsters are solitary by nature; they live alone in the wild and in captivity. When adult Syrians are in the same cage, they ll fight, often to the death. (When you see Syrians together in the pet store, they re young hamsters who have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Raising Pet Hamsters, pet hamsters, syrian hamsters
pet hamsters, syrian hamsters, battle wounds: Hi Steven, From personal experience male Syrian hamsters do not do well at all together, even if raised together from birth. One of them will generally become very dominate over the other (not letting the other one eat,drink or even run in the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Rapid Weight Loss and Weakness in Gerbil, rapid weight loss, gerbil
rapid weight loss, gerbil, food bowl: It sounds like she s wasting away due to old age. There isn t much you can really do though. It really is a part of old age. You can try and take your gerbil to a vet to get looked at and maybe some antibiotics would help her. I hope she gets better...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Rascal is still hand shy what steps do I take, move one, hamsters
move one, hamsters, two hands: Hi, Aaaw, my last hamster was called Rascal. It was a good idea to leave him a few days and just let him get used to your voice. Follow these steps to hand train him. 1) Put food on your hand and wait for him to come over. Do this every day until he...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Rascal, wet tail, temperature extremes
wet tail, temperature extremes, draughts: Hi, I would suspect a cold, and although in humans this is not very serious, in hamsters, it is deadly. However, a decent vet will give you antibiotics for it. So, as soon as possible, take him to the vet. Until then, keep him warm and keep his cage away...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Rat questions, rat questions, vitamins and minerals
rat questions, vitamins and minerals, neutral territory: Hello, how are you? Generally, I would feed corn that is dried since mold likes to grow on things that are rotting. I have heard of a mold growing in some types of corn that you buy at the store but generally the frozen mix veggies are fine. The mold could...

Gerbils & Hamsters: RE:teddy bear hamster, teddy bear hamsters, hamsters
teddy bear hamsters, hamsters, hamster: Teddy bear hamsters will get about 6-7 inches and they usually get quite fat. Get him a wheel/hamster ball and try scaling back on the treats while still providing lots of wooden chew sticks to keep his teeth filed down. As far as the eye crust goes, it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Re:, little house, hamsters
little house, hamsters, hamster: Hi, this is quite normal - please do not worry about it - it may be that he only feels safe in the wheel because it is enclosed. You could try buying him a little house to sleep which is all enclosed except for the entrance hole - fill it with clean...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Re: My hamster is sick!!, mite spray, scabs
mite spray, scabs, small animals: Hi Bethany, I m really not sure. Part of your question sounds like it s just old age and the other leads me to think that it could be mites. I would suggest treating your hamster with a mite spray that can be found at your local pet store (it is a mite...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Reading..., chinese dwarf hamsters, hamster species
chinese dwarf hamsters, hamster species, bells and whistles: Hi Hannah. Thanks for the question! Of the hamsters, Syrian hamsters are the best climbers, and up until very recently, the most popular of all the hamster species to be kept as pets. Therefore, most of the cages you see on the market today with the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Really fat or sick?, hamster, seams
hamster, seams, good health: Samantha thank you for writing. This is a medical related question that I cannot answer to the full potential you may be seeking. It is hard to say if it is more than her getting fat or getting sick, because this is hard to diagnose without looking at the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Really old hamster, cotton bud, water taste
cotton bud, water taste, fact of life: heya, theres nothing you can do to stop your hamster aging, its just another fact of life. hair loss is a sign of aging so there is nothing you can do for that at all sadly. and wrinkles the same, although hamster skin is pretty wrinkly anyways. i ve...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Reasons hamster may have died, dwarf hamsters, wool bedding
dwarf hamsters, wool bedding, white dwarf: hi DJ, short of becoming very ill very quickly, which would usually be a result of some sort of poison, for example, plastic chew toys, air freshners etc, it does seem as though it will remain a mystery. will you be taking your daughters friends hamster?...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Recovering Gerbil & Diet?, gallon fish tank, antibotics
gallon fish tank, antibotics, sunflower seeds: Use half milk mixed with water. This will help your gerbil gain weight. If you have given chicken broth before and it worked then use that, but I do know that half milk and water in the water bottle will help gain weight so they won t get so skinny. :-) Try...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Red/Closed Eyes (2nd Question), guinea pigs, ball races
guinea pigs, ball races, carefresh: You are a really good parent to save up all of your b-day money to take her to a vet. I am very proud of you. You know you may also want to look into soft-sorbent bedding as well. I know a few people who love soft-sorbent bedding especially for guinea pigs...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Red/Closed Eyes?, dwarf hamster, puffy eye
dwarf hamster, puffy eye, hammie: Don t feel like a failure. Hammies get sick, it s normal. What type of bedding are you using?? I would switch to soft-sorbent bedding or carefresh bedding. Take your hammie to a vet so he can get some antibiotics. That s the best thing to do. Don t feel bad...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Red-coloured et shavings, blood in the urine, shavings
blood in the urine, shavings, excessive thirst: Hello Gretchen, hmmmm.. wow this is kinda tough because if your friend gave them the strawberry that would especially explain the redness. When a hamster has a urinary tract infection, it generally doesn t clear up on it s own and you will constantly see...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Red-coloured wet shavings, classic signs, blood in the urine
classic signs, blood in the urine, excessive drinking: Hi Gretchen, I believe that the blood was from a urinary tract infection. The classic signs are, blood in the urine, excessive drinking and making a squealing sound when they are urinating. Your hamster/s were doing what they needed to do to get rid...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Red nails and tail, wood shavings, finger nails
wood shavings, finger nails, blood clots: It sounds that her body is having a hard time supplying blood to other parts of her body. She may have blood clots in her fingers and she will probably lose them. There is nothing that you can buy for her. What type of bedding are using for her??? The best...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Red nose??, dwarf hamster, white dwarf
dwarf hamster, white dwarf, liver disease: Hello! Poor little hamster with a red nose. Yeah, he s not feeling well. There could be a number of things, allergies or sickness. If you are using pine or ceder bedding that causes allergies as well as lung and liver disease. Switch to aspen bedding. He may...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Red pouches under robovorskis, bottom hole, hamsters
bottom hole, hamsters, month and a half: Hi Dorcas, The only sure way to tell if they are male or female is to pick them up. Males will have 2 holes that are far apart ( . . ) and will also have 2 lumps, one on each side of the bottom hole (may be hard to see in younger male hamsters). Females...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Red stuff in eye?, stomach problem, old animals
stomach problem, old animals, respiratory problem: Hello Adam, it sounds like your hamster has an eye infection or respiratory problem and is also in her old age and the weight loss is something that happens to old animals and is sometimes called wasting away . :( Your gerbils health may be failing because...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Red Urine, hurry hurry, bladder infection
hurry hurry, bladder infection, red urine: hi theresa, it sounds like your hamster has a bladder infection, he will need to go to the vets to get antibiotics, he also needs to be kept warm. you will need to clean his cage out more often until he is better, with small animal cage disinfectant to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Refusal to be picked up and biting, ball in the house, calm voice
ball in the house, calm voice, hamsters: Hi Amanda, Has he been dropped? It sounds like something happened that frightened him. Syrian hamsters generally don t bite unless they smell food on your hands or they feel threatened. Try putting your hand (without the glove) and part of your arm in his...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Relationship, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters
dwarf hamsters, syrian hamsters, diabetes research: Hi, I don t think hamsters as a species benefit very much from being kept as a pet (or as a laboratory animal). Syrian hamsters are rare in the wild because they are considered a pest, so you could say that we conserve the species. But since there are very...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Remember me?, oh happy days, happy days
oh happy days, happy days, joanne: hi miranda, of course i remember you lol, im glad to hear you did so well with your project, and im rather pleased i had a little to do with it :) so thank you again for all your questions and giving me the opppertunity to help you out. all the best...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Reply to your questions about my question, syrian hamster, dear charlie
syrian hamster, dear charlie, dear mrs: Hello, You can call me charlie, that s fine!! Hmmm, it sounds as though it is something that may need medical treatment, although i know you said you can t take him. If it is leaking any fluid (puss/blood) you need to wipe it gently away with a warm...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Reply!, hamsters, health conditions
hamsters, health conditions, becca: Hi Becca, if they both have health conditions but both live on their own then i would take them back to the vets - if the vets does not know enough about hamsters then try to find a vet who does - you need a vet who speialises in hamsters. Regards, ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Rescue Gerbil, aspen shavings, male adult
aspen shavings, male adult, little sand: Hi there, You sound as though you are doing a fab job!!! Firstl the don t really have a set routine, but you will find they are very different to Hamsters. Gerbils will have an hour or so of active play, and then an hour or so of sleep, and this cycle...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Reunited, new babies, ellie
new babies, ellie, hamsters: Hi Ellie, Your mother hamster fought with her daughter because of the new hamsters. She was protecting her new babies, which is very normal. You will have to wait until the new babies are 3 weeks old and in a different cage before you try putting the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: wHAT IS RONG WITH MY HAMSTER AND WHAT CAN I DO!!!!, hamster food, cage bars
hamster food, cage bars, wooden sticks: HI Melissa Firstly, hamsters often bite at the bars. This is normal. Just keep an eye on her teeth in case she breaks any. hamsters teeth grow all the time and they have to continually grind them down - make sure she s got other things to chew - some...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Robo Just Had Babies !! Help !!, cow and gate, supervised period
cow and gate, supervised period, human baby: Hello, You should separate them unless you always want babies, as this can exhaust the mother. You want to try to disturb the mother and babies for at least a week and a half, as the first week is the most critical in their lives. You may allow the male...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo Death w/in 1st 48 hours, roborovski hamsters, onew
roborovski hamsters, onew, new cage: Hi Carolyn, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. i am based in the uk so there may be slight differences in the Roborovskis over here and the onew you have over there but i should think they are all relatively similar. I have over 30 of them and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo dwarf hamster fur, dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters
dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, silky fur: Hey Amanda, you have like a silky fur dwarf hamster, I hardly ever get to see one and I only saw one when I was working and I wanted to buy him but he was sick and died after I rushed him to the hospital. I really like the silky look of them. Oh yeah about...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo Hamster, robovorski hamster, reasons for hair loss
robovorski hamster, reasons for hair loss, hamster: Hi Zak Are your two robovoskis living together? If so, have they been fighting at all. They don t normally lose fur until they are much older, as 1 year is still reasonably young. sometimes they do pull their fur out, or rub themselves that can cause...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo Hamster.., hamster, hamsters
hamster, hamsters, couple weeks: Hi Shayna, Roborovskis can live happily in pairs or small groups but only if they are used to it from a birth or a very early age. They can also live very happily alone. Your hamster has lived on her own for two weeks now so will probably not take...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo Hamster, food bowl, hamster
food bowl, hamster, vet: Hello Amy, It may be possible that maybe you are feeding your hamster to much food or to much treats a day. I recommend to only fill half the food bowl and give your hamster 2 treats a day.It may also be since the hamster is 2 years old it may be sick. However...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo Hamsters, scent glands, bald patches
scent glands, bald patches, question thanks: Hi Sandra All hamsters have these - it s just that on some hamsters they are incredibly noticeable, whereas others they re almost invisible. You don t have to do anything. Some hamsters clean them a lot which makes them even more obvious. Regard...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo Hamsters, female hamster, dwarf hamster
female hamster, dwarf hamster, sexual organ: Hi Jason, You ll need to hold your hamster on his back, so that his belly is facing up. On a male hamster, there will be more distance between the sexual organ and the anus. A female hamster will have a smaller distance. Here s a link to a picture to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo hamster pair, robos, loki
robos, loki, hamster: Hello Catherine, Actually robo hamster can be happy by themselves. If you really want to reintroduce them I would try introducing them outside their cages and place them together. That way they can have a reunion and if they don t start fighting then you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo hamsters fighting, 90 gallon aquarium, food bowls
90 gallon aquarium, food bowls, hierachy: Hi Midge, between the ages of 3 and 5 months Roborovski hamsters begin to mature and during this time they will try to establish a hierachy. It is during this time that you will know wether one or more of the hamsters are going to be solitary and have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robo hamsters, dwarf hamsters, humane mouse trap
dwarf hamsters, humane mouse trap, syrian hamster: Hi Rachel I ve never had a Robo long term (I ve just fostered them before for my friend s hamster rescue), but I ve heard that they are great hamsters to have - but more to watch rather than handle as they can be so fast. They love lots of tubes and tunnels...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roboroskvi skin condition, scabs, serious situation
scabs, serious situation, close watch: Hi Lisa First of all - are they picking on him? From what you ve said it sounds as though he s being bullied and the missing fur and scabs are from bites. Have you heard any scuffles/squealing coming from the cage? Are there any signs of bites on the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski babys, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster, tammy: Hi Hong Yong, I am very sorry to here about your loss. There are a number of reasons why this can happen. Firstly the mother could have been too young to take on the responsibility of rearing a litter of babies, this can be quite common. The parents...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski Dwarfs, definatly, bringing them home
definatly, bringing them home, natural behavior: Dear Steph and Bob, This is a case that almost everyone I know, with hamsters has come across (fighting and Is she pregnant? ).First of all, thank you for seperating them, that was the right thing to do, and yet it is rarely done. Hoarding is a natural...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, pine bedding
dwarf hamsters, pine bedding, new babies: Hello again Tanya, There is always a chance that the Male could kill the babies. The mother may kill her babies if she feels threatened or feels her babies are in danger. So I feel that it is best to remove the Male. On the sawdust, From what...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my Roborovski Hamster, roborovski hamster, nail trimmers
roborovski hamster, nail trimmers, dog biscuit: Hi Heather, all hamsters chew things, some more than others, it is sometimes because they are bored but it is also a way to trim down their teeth too. A good thing to let him chew on is a small dog biscuit - you can get them from most shops and they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski Hamster + Broken Leg?, question response, broken leg
question response, broken leg, questioner: Hi there, I just read your ratings, and I m curious as to why you gave me a 4 on politeness? I thought I was very polite. Did it have to do with the duplicate question? When I get 2 of the same question, I press a button that says duplicate question....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski Hamster fighting, hamsters, captivity
hamsters, captivity, hamster: Dear Benedicte, thank you for your question. Dwarf hamsters live together as pairs in the wild, but in captivity even breeding pairs often sart to fight. Pairs of the same sex will fight almost certainly, especially when they are fully grown. You should...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski Hamsters - infighting, dwarf hamsters, hamster species
dwarf hamsters, hamster species, social species: Hi Nick, Roboroskis are the most social species of hamster but this does not mean that all Roborovskis are social! As with all dwarf hamsters, some of them are just solitary, preferring to live alone and fighting with any other hamster they come in contact...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski Hamsters, natural instinct, roborovski hamsters
natural instinct, roborovski hamsters, hamsters: Hi Nicole, i am sorry but i dont know what caused your hamster to die, i am sorry to hear about your loss. When a hamster dies, any other hamster which lives with it will try to dispose of the body by eating it - i know this sounds disgusting to us but...

Gerbils & Hamsters: My Roborovski hamster, roborovski hamster, responsible breeder
roborovski hamster, responsible breeder, responsible breeders: Hi Sarah, You really do sound as if you are trying to be a responsible breeder and this is one of the most important things when thinking about beginning to breed hamsters. It sounds as if you have done some research and it seems like you know most of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski hamster babies, roborovski hamster, tummies
roborovski hamster, tummies, hamsters: Dear Trudy, thank you for your question. You can start to handle the babies now, but not for very long and you must be careful that they don t jump off your hand, they will just run over and jump off any edge around that age. Just form a cave with both hands,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski hamster, carefresh, pieces of wood
carefresh, pieces of wood, pet shops: I ve never heard of CHIPSI bedding. We may not have it in the states. Try to find something paper based or that doesn t contain pine or cedar. You can always use newspaper as they tend to shred it to make nesting material. Let me know if I can help with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski hamsters, roborovski dwarf hamsters, roborovski hamsters
roborovski dwarf hamsters, roborovski hamsters, exact time: Hello Alison. The Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters are definitely the choice hamster for those who would like to house more than one hamster together. However it is not a must to have more than one hamster together. When hamsters are raised together from youth...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski hamsters, eye infection, conjunctivitis
eye infection, conjunctivitis, hamsters: Hi Stacey There are a few eye problems hamsters get. The common one is sticky eyes where the eyelid is stuck . This can be sorted by gently washing the area with warm water until the hamster is able to open their eye properly. However, the symptoms...

Gerbils & Hamsters: One of my Roborovski hamsters died...., living in harmony, plastic cage
living in harmony, plastic cage, roborovski: Hi Angela, i m really sorry about your loss but it is something that happens. I dont know why it happens, but i have heard of it twice recently, it appears that the other hamsters actually eat the hamster or at least rip it open any way. It is best...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski hamsters, roborovski hamster, air circulation
roborovski hamster, air circulation, best bet: hi Jessica, I ve never owned a roborovski hamster personally but i know each cage type has its pros and cons so it can be a hard decision. with roborovskis being such a small breed i would probably steer clear of the full wire type as you don t want a loose...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Roborovski issue, dwarf hamsters, sad prospect
dwarf hamsters, sad prospect, hind legs: hmmm.. in all honesty your older hamster wouldn t live a sad life and dwarf hamsters actually only live 1-2 years. dwarf hamsters can actually do fine by themselves and once they are used to a certain company they generally don t accept anyone else into the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Robos Fighting, hamsters, underbelly
hamsters, underbelly, 4 months: Hi Leann, you never really know if a pair of Roborovskis is going to live together happily for ever - it is best to keep a very careful watch on them until they get to the age of maturity - this usually starts at 3 or 4 months old - so it looks like your...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Round thing on my gerbil!, one of the boys, gerbils
one of the boys, gerbils, gerbil: Hello, Unfortunately i can not tell you what it is without him being examined. I think you need to take him to a vets to get him checked over! Is it seperate to the skin, or is it growing under the skin? Sometimes gerbils can get tumours, and the earlier...

Gerbils & Hamsters: RUNAWAY HAMSTEr, runaway hamster, sunflower seeds
runaway hamster, sunflower seeds, uip: Sorry i couldn t answer sooner. you did mostly everything i was going to right except for the egg and cheese. try hamster sunflower seeds. put a bucket with a small ramp of books in each room. put a certain number of treats that leads into the bucket...

Gerbils & Hamsters: MY RUSSIAN CAMPBELL DWARF, dwarf hamster, russian campbell
dwarf hamster, russian campbell, campbells: Hi Michelle, my experience with campbells has led me to believe that they can be very aggressive - and i think this is worse when a Female is pregnant. You might have to separate them if she gets any more aggressive because she could end up killing him....

Gerbils & Hamsters: RUSSIAN HAMSTER - HAS BUMP, russian hamster, vet bill
russian hamster, vet bill, abscess: Hi Rich, Your hamster may have either an abscess or a tumor. If it is an abscess, you may be able to see a bite or scratch mark. The abscess will soon burst and become infected, which can be fatal. So, you should take your hamster to the vet. But, it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Rudy our dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, freddy lopez
dwarf hamster, freddy lopez, sticky eye: Hi Freddy, This could be a number of things so lets go through the possibilities. One - a cold: hamsters can catch colds from humans so its vital that you keep contact with your pet to minimum if you have a cold. The symptoms are lethargy, refusal to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Runny stool///Inactive hamster, dwarf hamster, wet tail
dwarf hamster, wet tail, dangerous disease: Ok it s very good that you sanitized the cage. It seems as though Hoppy may have a pretty dangerous disease, Wet Tail, if not treated. Have you seen any diarrhea? If he does have wet tai it can be fatal if not treated properly. Most pet stores sell something...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Runt, babies, few days
babies, few days: Hi Vix, because the female comes into season on the day she has the babies then she could be pregnant again because the father was present at the birth. This could be why she she is turning on the babies ahe already has. It should be ok to take the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Runt baby, first time mom, scrambled eggs
first time mom, scrambled eggs, new mom: Hi Andrea, Sounds like you re doing a great job in your new mom role :) You re right, you re not supposed to touch the babies until they are 14 days old. But, even if you could, there s really nothing you can do to help the runt. Just because it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Runt, baby hamster, hamsters
baby hamster, hamsters, hamster: Hi Vix, It sounds to me as if the runt has had his foot bitten off by another hamster. Because he is so young he will probably be ok without it because he will get used to it. He will probably need to be left with the mother for a few extra days more...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Campbell diet, dwarf hamsters, fresh fruit and vegetables
dwarf hamsters, fresh fruit and vegetables, russian campbell: Hi KJ, you seem to be really considerate of your hamsters diet and that is a really good quality. I own over 20 hamsters, mostly Roborovskis, but also three Russian Campbells and one Syrian. I feed all of my hamsters on the same food - Burgess Supa...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Campbell's Hamster Problem, dwarf hamsters, russian campbell
dwarf hamsters, russian campbell, plastic cage: Dear Pete, thank you for your question. You can try top introduce them to each other again. Put them into a kritter keeper (a small plastic cage) or in the bathub. If they get along there, you can put them back into the cage after a day or two in the kritter...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Campbells, roborovski hamsters, shy one
roborovski hamsters, shy one, hamsters: Hi Amy I m sorry to hear that Pip and Ham aren t getting on. Unfortunately this does happen with dwarf hamsters, and in my experience Campbells can be a bit temperamental. If you are lucky they get on fine, but there always has to be a dominant one in...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Dwafrs, breeding hamsters, genetic combinations
breeding hamsters, genetic combinations, genetic makeup: Dear Alex, thank you for your question. Unless you have a lot of room or know exactly that you have at least 10 people who will take the baby hamsters (just from the first litter), I don t recommend adding a female. Breeding hamsters without proper knowledge...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Dwarf Hamster Babys, dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf
dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf, short periods: Hi Beverly, To help you determine how old your babies are - At 5-7 days old, short fur will begin to emerge. At 9-10 days, the babies are covered in the short fur. At this time, the babies will begin wandering around the cage. They re still blind, so...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Dwarf Hamster Bleeding, russian dwarf hamster, vet asap
russian dwarf hamster, vet asap, serious thing: Hello! Wow bleeding is always a serious thing and there could be many reasons for the bleeding. Did you look in his cage and see if there was a lot of blood there? I would try to whipe the blood off and see if there is anything sticking out of his behind....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Dwarf Hamster with a problem, russian dwarf hamster, abscess
russian dwarf hamster, abscess, abscesses: Hi Kelly, Your hamster may have either an abscess or a tumor. Not all abscesses (or tumors, for that matter) are pink. Try to smooth back the fur and look for a bite or scratch wound on the bump. If you can see a bite or scratch mark, then it s almost...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Dwarf Hamster, russian dwarf hamsters, russian hamsters
russian dwarf hamsters, russian hamsters, campbells: Whilst Russian hamsters can live together, they need to be related and never separated beforehand. It is very difficult to introduce Russian hamsters to each other and therefore I recommend you keeping the one you have on her own. I had two cages of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Dwarf Hamsters, russian dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
russian dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, hamster species: Dear Sara, thank you for your question. Most dwarf hamster species are social, but they don t live together in pairs of the same sex. Breeding pairs have huge territories and they change partners. In captivity, even breeding pairs often fight and pairs of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Dwarf Hamsters Squeak!, russian dwarf hamsters, battle wounds
russian dwarf hamsters, battle wounds, hamsters: Hi Steph, Dwarf hamsters will sometimes have little fights, this is normal and usually the fights are not serious. Should you start to notice battle wounds on one or both, then I would suggest separating them or taking one back. If you have anymore...

Gerbils & Hamsters: is my Russian dwarf hamster pregnant?, hamsters breed, dwarf hamster
hamsters breed, dwarf hamster, hairless babies: Hi Amanda, Breeding hamsters is not a very easy thing to do correctly! I would suggest that you not think about breeding until you have researched everything fully! Even though Russians can be kept together it does not always work and she may have started...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian dwarf hamsters fighting help, russian dwarf hamsters, neutral territory
russian dwarf hamsters, neutral territory, close watch: Hi Emily this is a very difficult situation. I m honestly not sure if you will succeed. However, the only way I would try would be to put their cages side by side, then a couple of times a day for the next few days, swap them over so that they are in the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Hamster Pregnancy by sibling, russian hamster, behavioural problems
russian hamster, behavioural problems, mother and father: Hi Alex, it is not a good idea to let closely related hamsters breed, but in this case there is nothing you can do about it. There is a high chance that there could be something wrong with the babies because the mother and father are siblings and the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Hamsters, mom and dad, thanksgiving weekend
mom and dad, thanksgiving weekend, hamsters: Hi Susan, thanks for getting in touch. Believe it or not, this is quite a common occurance - it seems as pets shops really have no clue at all as to how to sex any of their animals!! They are also no help at all when you try to tell them about their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian hamsters white eye!, russian hamsters, good luck with everything
russian hamsters, good luck with everything, white eye: It sounds like he may have scratched himself in the eye or he may be getting an eye infection. If you can take him to a vet it would be the best thing to do. Maybe the vet could give you antibiotics to help clear up the infection. Good luck with everything...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Russian Winter Whites, winter whites, russian winter
winter whites, russian winter, frenzy: Hi Kath, congratulations on the babies! If the male was present at the birth then it is possible for the female to be pregnant again because she is receptive to the male and able to get pregnant again on the day she gives birth! So she could have...

Gerbils & Hamsters: r my gerbils pregnant, resource library magazine, hoard food
resource library magazine, hoard food, gerbals: Hi Chaim, A female gerbil will build a large nest and hoard food in it when she s pregnant. She will begin to show her pregnancy a few days before she is due. Remember, you cannot have more than one female in a cage when one of the females is pregnant....

Gerbils & Hamsters: rats and dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, syrian hamsters: Rats are more social animals than Hamsters, so many rats can live together. Dwarf hamsters are more social than Syrian hamsters however hamsters overall are usually solitary animals, I have never combined a rat and a hamster together before. I have had...

Gerbils & Hamsters: When do they ready to born, female hamster, hamsters
female hamster, hamsters, female 1: Hi Kim, you do not seem to know much about hamsters so i would not advise you to breed them. Please separate your Male and Female straight away and please do not attempt to breed hamsters until you have researched the breed thoroughly. Breeding is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: a real qusten, baby hamsters, russian dwarf
baby hamsters, russian dwarf, hamster food: Baby hamsters can leave their mom when they are 4 weeks old. At 4 weeks, or a day or two before, they must be sexed and the boys separated from the girls. If these are Syrian hamsters, they can live in two cages together for another week or two before being...

Gerbils & Hamsters: a real qusten, hamsters, mom
hamsters, mom: Hi Rachel, Baby hamsters should be moved to a different cage when they are 3 weeks old. They should stay in this separate cage until they are 6 weeks old. Then, when they are 6 weeks old, you can give them away. If you have any other questions, please...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I really want to try, teddy bear hamster, hamster world
teddy bear hamster, hamster world, critter trail x: I hate to say it, but there isn t much you can do to change your hams behavior. Sure those cages look like total packages to us, but most hams don t use the intended areas for intended usage. Almost everyone who has an attached wheel cage has told me their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: red claws, dwarf hamster, poor circulation
dwarf hamster, poor circulation, exotic pets: When you took her to the vet, did he/she say anything about any sort of respiratory infection? Those are usually characterized by wheezing and lethargy. I ve heard of the red claws thing before and if the tail starts to turn red it may be a blood infection...

Gerbils & Hamsters: red eye, eye infection, hamsters
eye infection, hamsters, red eye: hello jack it sounds like your hamster is getting an eye infection. he ll need to go to a vet to get some antibiotics, after which, he ll be fine. the vet wont charge alot of money as hamsters are only small so please take him so he s not in any pain....

Gerbils & Hamsters: red sores?, teddy bear hamster, hamsters
teddy bear hamster, hamsters, hamster: Hi Vanessa I m honestly not sure what is wrong with your hamster - but I think you need to get her to a vet. Hamsters life expectancy is anything between 18 months and 2 1/2 years - and around the 18 month time they can start getting old age problems...

Gerbils & Hamsters: reddish skin, dwarf hamster, glucose levels
dwarf hamster, glucose levels, kidney problems: Hi Anders Is this the same hamster who is drinking a lot? If so, I would suggest you get her along to a vet - she could have mites/mange, in which case this can be treated. Your vet would also be able to confirm whether or not her glucose levels are high....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Are regular hamsters syrian hamsters?, syrian hamsters, syrian hamster
syrian hamsters, syrian hamster, hamsters: Hi Savneet, More than likely they are a type of syrian hamster. Generally that is the type that most pet stores carry. And yes you are right, they will start to fight each other soon. Female hamsters are very territorial and should be put in thier own cage....

Gerbils & Hamsters: rejected baby hamster, dwarf siberian hamster, milk mixture
dwarf siberian hamster, milk mixture, baby animals: I m very sorry to hear this. I ve learned that no matter what I do to help these little creatures when something like this happens I always wish I had done more, but the fact is that there is always the possibility that it didn t develop properly in the womb...

Gerbils & Hamsters: relatively new gerbils, one has a bald patch?, odd patch, bald patch
odd patch, bald patch, toilet roll: Hi Meg Are you giving your gerbils plenty to chew? Their teeth are constantly growing, therefore they have to grind them down. They need to be given cardboard (ideally the inner tube from a toilet roll is the best) every day to chew. I usually get all...

Gerbils & Hamsters: when can i remove my pups, older mom, first few days
older mom, first few days, hampster: Hi Amanda, When the pups are 3 weeks old. This is when they need to be separated from Mom and each other (boys in one cage, girls in another). This happens when the pups get older, Mom wants out and it is fine to take her out of the cage now and let...

Gerbils & Hamsters: removing father gerbil, three babies, tiny dots
three babies, tiny dots, guestbook section: Hi Shelby, Ok, is the actual father still in the cage? If so you want to take him out now and keep him out as he will constantly mate with the female. You can if you wish put the baby boys with him so he has company. If the babies are 5 weeks old you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: reply- hamster noises, hamster noises, squeal
hamster noises, squeal, time don: This is why I put almost . I replied with an auto reject, and the words are not my own. Hamster squeaking is actually something even biologists have not been able to figure out. The general conclusion is it is a remnant from living in the deserts of Syria,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: What is the right size cage for a hampster?, dwarf hamsters, plastic tubes
dwarf hamsters, plastic tubes, size cage: As long as the cage you have doesn t contain plastic tubes because the plastic tubed cages found in most pet stores aren t wide enough for a hamster that is going to be big like your hamster. The all plastic cages with tubes and stuff are for dwarf hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: robo babies, hamster cages, hamsters
hamster cages, hamsters, litters: Hi Caro, your post is a bit confusing?! I know this was all by accident and that its not your fault. First of all please do not let any of the hamsters have any more babies at all!! Breeding should only be done if you have researched everything fully....

Gerbils & Hamsters: robo babies, hard boiled egg, hamster food
hard boiled egg, hamster food, mom cook: Hi Jenny, First, you will need to start feeding her pieces of hard boiled egg and carrots (have Mom cook the eggs and dice the carrots if you are not allowed to) along with her regular hamster food. This will give her the extra protein she needs to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: robo depression?, roborovski hamsters, social species
roborovski hamsters, social species, alergy: Hi Gary, Roborovski hamsters are the most social species of hamster and this means that they are more likely to be able to stay in pairs or groups for the whole of their lives, but, it does not mean they will live happily together in every circumstance!!...

Gerbils & Hamsters: robo hammies, roborovski hamsters, different breed
roborovski hamsters, different breed, hamsters: Hi Mariah, Roborovski hamsters are the fastes and smallest species of hamster and this can sometimes mean that they are very hard to tame! They can be tamed but they will never be as tame as a Syrian! The are more of a look at pet than a pet to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: robo hamster, roborovski hamsters, tummys
roborovski hamsters, tummys, two wheels: Hi Karen, Roborovski Hamsters are very sociable so i would recommend getting him a friend. A hamster from the same litter should be fine as long as they are both the same sex but they may need reintroducing to prevent any fights. You will need to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: robo hamster, hamster, vet
hamster, vet: Hi Isis, your hamster will probably be ok on his own for a week as long as he has plenty of food and water but an accident might happen and then he wouldnt be ok! I think it would be better if you either took him with you or got someone to check on him...

Gerbils & Hamsters: robo hamster training, robo dwarf hamster, christmas eve
robo dwarf hamster, christmas eve, happy new year: Hi Danni, Robo hamsters seem to be quite fussy sometimes and as other hamsters you have to give them time to get used to you. My trick to this is giving them some treats during the day - avoid holding him during the first days as sometimes they tend to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my robo hamster, robo hamster, cotton pad
robo hamster, cotton pad, draughts: Hi, Your hamster is clearly very ill, so my best advice would be to get him to a vet a quickly as possible. Keep the cage warm, away from draughts or sources of extreme heat. Make sure he has plenty of bedding and food, and, most importantly, fresh water....

Gerbils & Hamsters: robo hamsters (dwarfs), 30 gallon aquarium, adorable pets
30 gallon aquarium, adorable pets, hind quarters: Dear Carol, thank you for your question. I m sorry that this happened to you. Roborovski, Campbell s and Winter White dwarfs do live as breeding pairs and sometimes family groups in the wild, but there they have a lot of room to avoid each other and they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: robo hamsters, dwarf hamsters, two wheels
dwarf hamsters, two wheels, hamsters: Hi Sandy, i have over 20 hamsters and most of them are Roborovskis. I have never had any trouble with any of them getting on so maybe they are just trying to sort out which is the dominant one? You need to make sure they have the biggest cage you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: roboroski, slow breathing, burried
slow breathing, burried, hamster: If you look closely you should still see the heart beating. Also you can hold your head against his chest and listen for a heart beat. Hibernating or not, the heart will still beat and you should still notice VERY slow breathing even if hibernating...

Gerbils & Hamsters: roborovski, weird behavior, stomache
weird behavior, stomache, hamsters: hi emma, there is a very very good chance that she is pregnant, which would explain the weird behavior of not wanting to be out of her cage. signs to look for are: bigger belly building a nest sleeping more eating and hoarding more food if she...

Gerbils & Hamsters: roborovski bites, adoption section, thick gloves
adoption section, thick gloves, pets at home: Hi Emma, It sounds as if he has had a bad past or been treated badly in the past - it is very difficult to tell a hamsters age after it is over a few months old. If i was you i would seperate him from any other hamsters and put him in a cage with only...

Gerbils & Hamsters: roborovski dwarf hamsters death, dwarf hamsters, glass tank
dwarf hamsters, glass tank, diahorrea: Hi Jessica, I m pretty sure that is was not the broccoli, as this is a safe vegetable for hamsters. The bog-wood is concerning to me. I wasn t for sure what this was, so I did some research on it and found that it represents the first early stages...

Gerbils & Hamsters: roborovski hamster help, roborovski hamsters, petco
roborovski hamsters, petco, hamsters: Hi Brian, Roborovksi hamsters are very social hamsters so must be given the chance to live with another Robo - but sometimes they just do prefer to live on their own! As a last resort some hamsters do have to be separated because they turn out to be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: roborovski hamster, leafy greens, roborovski hamster
leafy greens, roborovski hamster, hamster: Dear Kimberley, thank you for your question. Keep offering water, but Roborovski hamster really don t drink that much, especially when they are offered enough vegetables and leafy greens (fruits and sugary treats are not that good for them because they are...

Gerbils & Hamsters: roborovski hamsters, roborovski dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters
roborovski dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, solitary creatures: That was a very reasonable thing to do. Hamsters are solitary creatures whether or not they are guaranteed not to bite by the pet shop. Robo hamsters are new to the trade but are no different than most other dwarf hamsters, except for their tendency to be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: roborovski hamsters, scent gland, boy and a girl
scent gland, boy and a girl, hamsters: Hi Anna, if one of them has a yellowish stain on its tummy then that one is definately male. The smell maybe because the male is marking his territory - i m not sure really - none of mine smell even though i have mature Males. Maybe you should take...

Gerbils & Hamsters: roborovski hamsters, follow ups, hamsters
follow ups, hamsters, ups: Hi Anna, please feel free to ask me as many questions as you like - i would rather you have some advise than something bad happening! Some hamsters are just more friendly than others so i wouldnt worry about them not being close. They will probably...

Gerbils & Hamsters: roborovski hamsters, dwarf hamsters, toilet paper rolls
dwarf hamsters, toilet paper rolls, cardboard boxes: Dear Trish, thank you for your question. It s very hard to introduce dwarf hamsters that are not from the same litter, I don t recommend trying this. The male will be fine alone, but keep him entertained, by scattering food, offering new toys (change one...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my roborovski, heart disease problems, bluish tinge
heart disease problems, bluish tinge, roborovski: Hi Fiona Sorry to hear your hamster isn t too well at the moment. How old is your hamster? This type of behaviour is not normal and as you suggested, it could be his heart in which case heart disease would also affect your hamster s breathing. A hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: roborsvski dwarf hamsters, roborovski dwarf hamsters, dear emma
roborovski dwarf hamsters, dear emma, hamsters: Dear Emma, thank you for your question. Separating them was definitely the right decision. Roborovski hamsters are social in the wild, but they live together as breeding pairs with a huge territory and may even change their partner once in a while. In captivity,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my rodent is uncontainabil!!!, syrian hamsters, bulldog clips
syrian hamsters, bulldog clips, glass tank: Hi Aly, Unfortunately, it seems as if many cages are not made for the Herculean/Houdini hamsters! A glass tank of at least 10 gallons would be a good option. However, you will need some special items. They do make free-standing wheels that you can place...

Gerbils & Hamsters: rodents...all!, long haired hamsters, sudden death syndrome
long haired hamsters, sudden death syndrome, mange mites: There needs to be more small animal vets. They are hard to find and more people are taking small animals to vets. In all honesty, I can t tell all the rodent illness because I don t know many, just the most common ones. Wetail which occurs in hamsters...

Gerbils & Hamsters: which room, hamster cage, kitchen kitchen
hamster cage, kitchen kitchen, heat and light: Hi Naera, I would avoid placing the cage in the kitchen. Kitchen lights tend to be bright. Also, when cooking, the room heats up, and hamsters are sensitive to heat (like you suspected). And, loud noises tend to make hamsters stressed. Instead, try...

Gerbils & Hamsters: going round in circles?!, haired syrian hamster, going round in circles
haired syrian hamster, going round in circles, saw dust: Hi Cassie Sorry to hear your hamster isn t well. It sounds as though he might have had a stroke. Hamsters can also get ear problems which can affect their balance. I would advise that you get a vet to check him out. I have heard of hamsters/guineapigs...

Gerbils & Hamsters: runaway blck bear hamster, indoor pets, electrical wires
indoor pets, electrical wires, uip: Hi Michael, It sounds like you ve done a great job so far. Make sure all the doors in your house are closed, and watch where you step, obviously. And, pick up any electrical wires that are on the floor. If you have any other indoor pets, such as a cat...

Gerbils & Hamsters: runt baby dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, male dwarf
dwarf hamster, male dwarf, special diet: Hi Cait, No, you won t be able to do anything to make him grow. And, even though he s a runt, he requires the same nutrients as any other hamster. Therefore, you should feed him a good-quality hamster mix, such as Hartz Bonanza. Also, is there any...

Gerbils & Hamsters: runt gerbil, eye dropper, kmr
eye dropper, kmr, feeding time: Hello, it seems you are doing everything you can to save the little guy. The dropper is really a good thing to do especially since he is soo small. The mother gerbil seems to not care too much for the litter. The KMR you are giving is great and good for him....

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian darwf hamster problem medical, hard boiled egg, worryed
hard boiled egg, worryed, bald patch: Hi Emma, Hair loss in hamsters is common, especially in older ones. Try giving him a little extra protein, like a few pieces of hard boiled egg, 3 times a week. The hair may or may not come back and as long as he is not scratching excessively or has...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian dwalf hampster, high protein foods, hard boiled egg
high protein foods, hard boiled egg, first time mom: Hi Tony, You just need to make sure that there is plenty of food and water for Mom. Also you should start feeding her some high protein foods such as hard boiled egg. The nest should not be disturbed for at least 10 days. If a pup goes astray, leave...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian dwarf hampsters, dwarf hampsters, russian dwarf
dwarf hampsters, russian dwarf, social animals: Hi Katrina, The babies should stay with their mother for 3 weeks. Once they are 3 weeks old, they are fully weaned. At that time, you should separate the boys from the girls - put the girls in one cage and the boys in another cage. When the babies...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian dwarf hamster, russian dwarf hamster, prolonged vaginal bleeding
russian dwarf hamster, prolonged vaginal bleeding, fresh veggies: Hi Melissa, Look around your the hamster s genital area. You may see dried blood. If it s just a small amount, and the hamster has stopped bleeding, you probably don t have anything to worry about. Female hamsters can have vaginal bleeding once or twice...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, russian dwarf
dwarf hamster, russian dwarf, hamsters: Some hamsters will never play on their wheels, or it can take them a while to realize how to work it. Hamsters sleep a large majority of their day, and the most active they are is at night, which is why it may seem like the hamster is never active. Hope I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian dwarf hamster, russian dwarf hamster, liquid medication
russian dwarf hamster, liquid medication, wet tail: You can either take her into the vet and they ll give you something (baytril possibly) or go to your local petstore and purchase DriTail. It s a liquid medication that should clear it up. Also, remove any fresh foods or sugary treats for the time being....

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, mange mites
dwarf hamster, mange mites, ear mites: Hello jennifer, what type of bedding are you using?? Cedar and pine and cause fur loss, but since the skin is looking red and irritated it could be mites and probably mange mites. Generally if it s mange mites the only thing that does work is ivermectin and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian dwarf hamster, dwarf hamster, russian dwarf
dwarf hamster, russian dwarf, shiny nose: Heya It is possible that he could have caught a cold, but normally hamsters would have moved from the wet bedding. If hes not eating it would be best to take him to the vet, check all the other signs, such as mouth/teeth(teeth may be too long), ears(should...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf
dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf, winter whites: Hi Lance What type of russian hamsters are these? Are they Campbells by any chance? If they are opposite sexes, had you planned on having several cages of hamsters? The female comes into season every 4 days, and if she does fall pregnant, which is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian dwarf hamsters, breeding hamsters, dwarf hamsters
breeding hamsters, dwarf hamsters, russian dwarf: Dear Donna, thank you for your question. Dwarf hamster live together as pairs in the wild, but in captivity even breeding pairs often fight (probably because of lack of space even in big cages), two hamsters with the same sex almost certainly do. Since your...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian hamster, russian hamsters, social animals
russian hamsters, social animals, dwarves: Hi Kirsty, Occasionally male Dwarves will fight. Since yours are fighting, you ll need to separate them. The fighting will only continue to increase in violence if you don t separate them. You ll need another cage. Dwarves are social animals, but since...

Gerbils & Hamsters: my russian hamster bites, hamster bites, dwarf hamsters
hamster bites, dwarf hamsters, bitting: Dwarf hamsters are naturally more jumpy and skittish than those of the Syrian variety. Dwarf hamsters can sometimes get a little more territorial INSIDE their own home. I have two methods of training a bitting hamster. Traditional, and Stubborn. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian hamster turning white no more, winter white hamsters, russian hamster
winter white hamsters, russian hamster, shop man: Dear Elle, thank you for your question. I m sorry that I took so long, but I haven t been able to access the internet for the last two days. Some hamsters just don t turn white after the first colour change and some don t turn back. There s not much you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian hamster, dear scott, petsmart
dear scott, petsmart, hamsters: Dear Scott, The problem is not a big deal. My hamster has the bump too. In fact, most hamsters at Petsmart has the bump too. It s just part of it s body. But, if you are extremely worried consult a vet. Hoping The Best, Making the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian hamsters, russian hamsters, food bowl
russian hamsters, food bowl, bacterial infection: it sounds like he is dieing. he sounds really really sick. I can t exactly tell you what s wrong with him, but it sounds like he has a serious bacterial infection or something. If he s not moving hardly then he won t live pass tomorrow morning i m afraid...

Gerbils & Hamsters: russian winter cambles, disguisting, comrads
disguisting, comrads, russian winter: Hello Shelley, hamsters are naturally cannibals and they will eat the bodies of their other comrads as a habit and basically instincts. In my opinion, they do it because they are also disposing of the body. I know it s disguisting and I ve seen it a lot....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sad News, Please Help!!!!, quiet room, sad news
quiet room, sad news, all fours: hi Miranda, this isn t looking good for this little hamster, it seems she may have been having a stroke, or going into shock. if she hasn t passed away already, see a vet immediately. if her symptoms start to fade away and she appears to be recovering,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Samarra's fur loss!, russian dwarf, belly area
russian dwarf, belly area, samarra: Hi Kelsey, I apologize for not getting back to you sooner - it has been a very hectic day. Your hamster may be losing fur because of her age. Older hamsters tend to lose fur, especially around the hip and belly area. Or, it is possible that she is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: I SCARED!, red stuff, something red
red stuff, something red, lot of water: Hello again Jenna, It sounds like he may have had a slight urinary tract infection. If you have not seen anymore red spots around his cage, the infection is probably gone. Sound the red spots appear again for more than 2 days, then he should...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Scared Stiff Hamster ?, little bits, little house
little bits, little house, water bottle: It sounds like your little guy is sick. I am not quite sure what for, the loss of energy is usually a sign of old age,but since you got him three weeks ago he shouldn t be too old. My best advice is to take him out and work with him offer him little...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Scared Syrian, syrian hamster, hamster
syrian hamster, hamster, grabs: If you want to tame him more, just hold him for small amounts of time. After you hold him let him play with his toys. Then when you go to put him back hold him a little longer. Just keep building up the time you handle him, this will over time increase...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Scared, move one, hamster
move one, hamster, two hands: Hi, A hamster will not bite unless it is provoked, or it feels scared, or it simply smells food. The longer you don t train him, the harder it will be. You should get started as soon as possible. It will need patience and time, but any hamster can be trained....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Science fair project on dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamsters, science fiar
dwarf hamsters, science fiar, science fair project: They ll probably just try to seek out the food and stuff their faces. I don t know if it ll be that different from the ones who ve had access to food as they ll probably do the same thing because hamsters are pigs and will store as much food as possible...

Gerbils & Hamsters: SEXING Baby HAMSTERS, baby hamsters, syrian hamsters
baby hamsters, syrian hamsters, hamsters: Hi Jaime, Here is a good site for sexing hamsters, http://www.hamsterific.com/HamsterUniversity/SexingHamsters.html Sexing baby hamsters can be tricky so it doesn t hurt to check them twice, just to be sure. If you have anymore questions,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Seeing if my female hamster is in season., female hamster, genetic predisposition
female hamster, genetic predisposition, season thanks: I m sorry about the long answer, but nothing about taming an animal is simple, and breeding is definately not, at least not when it s done right. You know how to tell if a female hamster is in heat, you said exactly what one has to do in your original post....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Seizures in a dwarf hamster?, dwarf hamster, 2 month old baby
dwarf hamster, 2 month old baby, eye dropper: Dear Janette, thank you for your question. Please see a vet with your hamster immediately. It sounds very serious and every day is critical with rodents, they die very fast. If you can find a rodent vet, that s perfect. Phone a few vets in your area and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Selecting a hamster..., types of hamsters, dwarf hamster
types of hamsters, dwarf hamster, fancy rats: hello! Well to be honest I ve never known a hamster to sit in your lap for longer than a few minutes. And of course all hamsters have the tendancy to bite so maybe a hamster isn t for you since hamsters aren t really that big on being held constantly. They...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Separating my pups, syrian hamsters, syrian hamster
syrian hamsters, syrian hamster, hamsters: Hi David I always separate my babies when they are one day before their 4 week birthday. I have heard of only one occasion when hamsters younger than this mated. I ve never have a problem separating them at 4 weeks. The reason why I go for a day before...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Seperating the male..., hamster cage, having babies
hamster cage, having babies, mom and dad: Well if you don t have the room, gerbils will produce litters until they are two years old. If you don t want to have anymore pups then they would have to be seperated, but if you don t want get rid of the male gerbil and you don t mind having more and more...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sepertating babies, resource library magazine, small mammals
resource library magazine, small mammals, male baby: Hi Andrea, First, here s a link to a website which has an illustration so that you can be absolutely positive about the sex of your hamsters: http://www.animalsheltering.org/resource_library/magazine_articles/jul_aug_2000/how_to_sex_small_mammals.html...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Serian Hamster, dwarf hamster, lookout tower
dwarf hamster, lookout tower, hoarding food: Hi Cindy, Hamsters frequently hoard food in odd places. My dwarf hamster did the same thing your hamster is doing - hoarding food in his wheel. Every time your hamsters puts his food in the wheel, move it to a different location. (Make sure it s the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sex of Baby Hamsters, baby hamsters, sex of baby
baby hamsters, sex of baby, sex animals: Hello, well you gotta seperate them asap. What type of hamster are they? Because if they aren t dwarf hamsters you should buy several cages for all of them so they can each live by themselves because hamsters are cannibals and my biggest concern is that the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sex of hamsters, hammy, hamsters
hammy, hamsters, hamster: Hi Helen, The best way to tell what sex your hamsters are is from a picture. Here s a link to a good, clear picture: http://www.hamsterhideout.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=10517 If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. Kell...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sexing gerbil pups, little gap, sexual maturity
little gap, sexual maturity, two females: It seems like you have one male and two females. I don t believe males have nipples at all. A female should have a very small gap to almost where it looks like only one hole. I believe you have sexed them right. Also, it is normal to lose half a litter or...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sexing Hamsters, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster, bottoms: The females will have a line of small dots on each side of their tummy. These are there nipples. The females will also have to holes on their bottom that are close together. Males will have a bump at the end of their bottoms and have two holes that are farther...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sexing hamsters, baby hamsters, male babies
baby hamsters, male babies, old baby: Hi Kristie, it depends on how long they have been away from the father? If they have been away from him for more than a week then he will probably not recognise them anymore and he could end up fighting with them. It may be best not to. If you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sexing young dwarfs, new babies, genders
new babies, genders, dwarfs: Hi, I can be hard to sex hamsters if you ve never done it before. But once you get used to it s very easy. The holes on a female are very close together almost looking as one were males have them further apart. You ve still got about another week until...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sexing, online resources, anus
online resources, anus, babies: Hello again Mikael, Judging from your picture, I would say that this one is a girl and if they all look like that, then the rest are too. It can be hard to determine their sex. I would suggest checking them again in 3 days, just to be sure. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: SHOWERS AND CAGES???, crittertrail cages, syrian hamsters
crittertrail cages, syrian hamsters, solitary animals: Hi Susie, It depends on what kind of hamsters you have. Do you have Syrian hamsters? If you do, they can t be kept together, as they re solitary animals. However, if you have Dwarf hamsters, they re very social and love to be kept in pairs. I personally...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Shaking Hamster, teddy bear hamster, small rodents
teddy bear hamster, small rodents, hamsters: Dear Darnell, thank you for your question. I m afarid there is nothing you can do except seeig a vet as soon as possible. Small rodents like hamsters tend to die quickly if not treated. Medication and treatmenat is usually not that expensive, unless it s...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Shaking Hamster, teddy bear hamster, consultation fee
teddy bear hamster, consultation fee, hamster: Hi Darnell, You re right, you should consult a vet. A vet s consultation fee generally runs from $15-25, although since it s a hamster, it should be less. And, if you live in a small town, the vets tend to be less expensive. Also, since it s a hamster,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Short Haired and Dalmation Hamsters, citrus fruits, string beans
citrus fruits, string beans, hamsters: Hello, there are so many things they can and can t eat it would be such a long list to give you. I ll give you a list of things that I recommend that you can feed your hamsters. Apples, strawberries, carrots, green beans, string beans, squash, corn and peas...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Shy syrian, habitrail cages, sunflower seeds
habitrail cages, sunflower seeds, thanks in advance: Hi Zoe, First you should give your hamster a few days to get used to his new home. Then start spending more time around his cage and quietly talk to him so he gets used to your voice. As he becomes comfortable with your presence, start offering him some...

Gerbils & Hamsters: SICK TEDDY BEAR HAMSTER, vaginal area, half of the time
vaginal area, half of the time, constipated: Euthanasia may be the kindess thing. It will die almost instantly, and it will probably hurt less than prolonged suffering. I don t know what is wrong with her, but it sounds like she is not going to recover. She may have seriously injured herself internally....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Siberian Dwarf Hamster Babies, dwarf hamster babies, siberian dwarf hamster
dwarf hamster babies, siberian dwarf hamster, expecting baby: There is not much you can do to help the little runt, it is going to have to develop on it s own time. The reason the runt might be itching his eyes a lot is probably because it is trying open them or help open them. At three weeks you need to seperate...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Siberian Dwarf Hamster, dwarf hamster, hamtaro
dwarf hamster, hamtaro, hamster: Hello Neta, Considering your dwarf hamster is very old it does sound like she s wasting away which does happen with old age. The bleeding thingcould mean she is having an intestinal problem and if she is still bleeding I would take her to a vet. I don t...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Siberian Hampster Babies, female babies, hampster
female babies, hampster, open eyes: Hi Eric, Dwarf hamsters usually start to breed around 3-4 months of age. Dwarf babies are fully weaned at 3 weeks of age. At this time, they should be separated into 2 cages, according to sex. The female babies may stay with the mother until you re ready...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Baby Syrian, dry grains, vet clinics
dry grains, vet clinics, wet tail: Hi Anna, If he is having loose stools, it very well could be wet tail, if he isn t, it could be a type of parasite. Wet tail can make a hamster immobile because they get so dehydrated and weak. It would also be best to put him a a cage by himself,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Chinese Dwarf Hamster, chinese dwarf hamsters, little red dots
chinese dwarf hamsters, little red dots, dwarf hamster: Hi Are they living together? If so, the first thing that comes to mind is that perhaps they have been fighting. Do these marks look like bite marks? If they are, then plasma comes out of wounds and makes the area wet and can leave little red dots of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Chinese Dwarf Hamster, chinese dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
chinese dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, wet bottom: Hmmm.. it sounds like the dwarf hamster may have diarrhea and the red spots could be anything. Is it blood?? If so I d take the little guy to the vet as that is the best option to do. If you do not want to take the hamster to a vet I d take the hamster back...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick and dead hamster Pls help save them, time is running out!!, roborovski hamster, dead hamster
roborovski hamster, dead hamster, cotton balls: Dera Lee, get them out of their mommies cage and continue to feed them milk and wet food. make sure they have plenty of water and cotton balls to keep them warm. hopefully by tomorrow they will begin to get better. keep a constant eye on them, and try to...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick dwarf hampster, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hampster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hampster, female dwarf: It is typical for dwarf hamsters to groom themselves a lot. They do this with the front paws. They tend to get a little greasy looking so you could provide them with some chinchilla sand to bathe in and get their fur looking nice again. The lumps you saw...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Gerbil?, loss of blood, gerbils
loss of blood, gerbils, gracie: You can try to force water in her mouth, with a dropper or syringe. That is the best way to try to give her water. My personal opinion is to take her to a vet to get looked at. I really think a vet is best right now since she isn t drinking water and not feeling...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Gerbil, gerbil, bottle cap
gerbil, bottle cap, gerbils: it sounds like your gerbil may have had a stroke. How old is your gerbil? A stroke can cause a gerbil to lose control of their legs or body parts. Is his head also tilting to the side?? that s also an indication of a stoke. there s nothing you can really do...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Gerbil, cow and gate, essential nutrients
cow and gate, essential nutrients, smooth paste: Hello!! How old is he? Sometimes older gerbils can be quite prone to strokes, which means they can t walk straight and may fall over. If it is a stroke then quite often a gerbil can recover suprisingly well!! It could take up to a few weeks, or just a few...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Gerbil, female gerbils, reputable breeder
female gerbils, reputable breeder, quiet room: Hi, Yes, separate them as quickly as possible so it does not spread to the other gerbil. Take the gerbil to the vet as quickly as possible, as she could be seriously ill. Until you can do that, give her plenty bedding, food, and most importantly, water. Keep...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Gerbil, vet asap, gerbil
vet asap, gerbil, lot of water: Sydney, have you cleaned out the cage since you got him? Also, you may need to give him a bath since he s so dirty using warm water and a small animal shampoo. I would also take the sock out as that can be very bad to a hamsters digestive system. Gerbils...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Gerbil, stomach distress, blood in the stool
stomach distress, blood in the stool, hampster: Hi George, the ball may be linked to the problem, however, it seems unlikely. If he is pooping normally, with no diarrea or blood in the stool, then I would not assume the ball did the damage. Typically, you will seen signs in their feces, like the ones I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick gerbil, congenital problem, gerbils
congenital problem, gerbils, mucus buildup: I m not sure exactly what is wrong him, I would suggest taking him to a vet to see what the problem is. In the mean time, just make sure he is able to get to his food and water and monitor his eating and drinking, make sure you see him doing both everyday....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick gerbil, about 3 1/2 months old, respiratory problem, gerbil
respiratory problem, gerbil, 4 months: Hello Andie, it sounds like he may have a respiratory problem. My advice is that you should really take him to a vet to get checked out. Especially since this in an on and off occurance I m a little worried that he may be sick. I hope he gets better. Keep...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick gerbil :(, working with animals, gerbils
working with animals, gerbils, sorry charlie: Hi Alex, I am not sure on what it is then, i m sorry!!! My gerbils have never had anything like it, and in my time of working with animals i haven t experienced anything that i can think of that will match! I am sorry that i can t help you any further,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, fruits and veggies, walking around in circles
fruits and veggies, walking around in circles, cucumber slices: Hey, Sal. Yes, the fruits and veggies should help him, but also make sure you don t overdo it. Just 1 or 2 apple slices or cucumber slices a day should be plenty. And you re right, it s not old age, it sounds more like your hamster is constipated. That...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster?, wet bottom, bacterial infection
wet bottom, bacterial infection, hamsters: It sounds like me may be sick, I would really take your hamster to a vet to get checked at. How old is he? If he s constantly rocking back and forth like that, it normally isn t good and when I see that in hamsters it normally means that they are sick. Does...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster?, pink spots, eyes and ears
pink spots, eyes and ears, hamster: Having him put down by the vet would be costly, but in the end it is up to you. I can totally understand why you wouldn t want him to die where your daughter can see him. I can t really offer any advice on this except just do what you think is best....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster?, cold last night, hi thanks
cold last night, hi thanks, ear infection: He could have an ear infection if he s walking funny. He would still have to go to the vet to get medication even for an ear infection. I m glad he s eating and drinking but him being off balance and not keeping his fur as clean is still an indication that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, hind end, green stuff
hind end, green stuff, hamster: Hi Charles, Is she eating and drinking?? If not it is very important you get her to drink, even if it means droppering a small amount into her mouth. There is not really much else you can do other than this, and to make sure she is kept warm and comfortable....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, cheek pouches, hamster
cheek pouches, hamster, stomach: you have had your hamster for a long time. they generally only live 2-3 years. it could be that your hamster has cancer, if you feel something hard and lumpy. in that case there really isn t much that can be done to save your hamster. the thing is I really...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster?, random direction, veterinary advice
random direction, veterinary advice, hamsters: It is completely normal for hamsters to do their vigilant stance. He is simply just observing his surroundings. This is one of the things I enjoy about hamsters. The sneezing is something I am unsure about, I have had hamster that sneeze that are perfectly...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters
dwarf hamster, dwarf hamsters, intestinal blockage: HI Natalie I m really sorry to hear about your hamster. Have you been back to the pet shop where you got him from? They need to know, just in case his death was as a result of a problem with the litter. I do hope this hasn t put you off getting another...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, wet tail, bottom area
wet tail, bottom area, hamster: Hi Katie, Yes, you should take your hamster to a vet. He may have wet tail or another serious disease, especially as he is an older hamster and more prone to serious ailments. Your vet can diagnose and treat your hamster to the best of his/her ability....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, nose bleeds, wash cloth
nose bleeds, wash cloth, sure what kind: A year old is pretty old for a hamster. The nose bleeds are common in hamsters. The swelling is a sign of tumors. It sounds like you might be losing your hamster. Just make him as comfortable as possible, and prepare yourself for what could happen. Please...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, veterinary advice, dry food
veterinary advice, dry food, rehydration: Hi Jamie, It sounds as if your hamster had diarrhea. A hamster can suffer from diarrhoea for a number of reasons. Sudden changes in diet and the feeding of too much vegetables and moist food are two common causes. For now, feed your hamster only her regular...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, tail signs, syrian hamster
tail signs, syrian hamster, tummy bugs: hi genevieve, i d get her to the vets straight away.there are lots of treatments available for hamster illnesses these days even though they are small creatures. if she isn t registered with a vet already, they can usually register pets on the day they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, dwarf hamsters, diet issues
dwarf hamsters, diet issues, hind legs: Hi Sharri, It doesn t sound as if your hamster s problem has anything to do with fighting. He may have hurt his legs on his wheel, or perhaps he fell from a relatively high place. However, that wouldn t explain the loss of weight. My best advice would...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, teddy bear hamster, upper respiratory infection
teddy bear hamster, upper respiratory infection, anti biotics: Amber, the antibiotic that was prescribed is safe for use, but is generally not commonly prescribed for upper respiratory infections. Monday, I would either call, or take her back, and ask that she be put on Baytril or Bactrim. Both us these work very well...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster?, wet bottom, drunk person
wet bottom, drunk person, couple steps: Hello, generally you shouldn t have to give hamsters a bath, they groom themselves to keep themselves clean. If they are smelling bad and not grooming themself than they are really sick. I would take her to the doctor. I think she has a bacterial infection....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, fighting a losing battle, needleless syringe
fighting a losing battle, needleless syringe, apple juice: hi janet, poor little chap! i m so sorry he s unwell if the lump was drained on monday, he may still be in shock and that would explain him not wanting to be touched and looking rather sleepy all the time. its so difficult to know what to do when a hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster keeps stratching even after medication, winter white hamsters, wet body
winter white hamsters, wet body, itchiness: Hello, so sorry to hear that your babies are sick. Well to help with itching you could try some anti-itch spray that you can use on cats and try to help sooth the itching. They probably have mites which some antibiotics do help relieve mites. What did your...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster or Normal Sleeping Position?, siberian hamster, wet tail
siberian hamster, wet tail, sleepyness: hello alice, im really sorry to hear about your sons hamster. this is very strange seen as you ve only had him a couple of days. like i said in my first answer it could have been a number of things, perhaps he was ill when you got him but didnt show...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster! Sad and concerned!, vacant apartment, bottom teeth
vacant apartment, bottom teeth, scruff: Hi Anna Sorry to hear Lucky isn t doing too well right now. Hamsters live for around 18 months - 2 1/2 years on average, although occasionally you hear of one reaching 3. Usually as they get older their fur starts to go a bit thin in places and they...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster, fruits and veggies, walking around in circles
fruits and veggies, walking around in circles, ill baby: Sal, I have heard about this kind of thing before. Try this before you go to the last option (vet). Do you know how to take care of and ill baby animal when it is little or sick? Well normally you would use and warm rags and rub its bottom. That helps them...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick Hamster101, causes of diarrhea, wet tail
causes of diarrhea, wet tail, golden teddy: Hi Laura, When a hamster has wet tail, he often walks hunched up, he s lethargic, and he sometimes squeals in pain. If your friend s hamster is still active, then he probably has diarrhea. There are a couple of main causes of diarrhea: a new diet, or...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick hampster?, black bear hampster, something aweful
black bear hampster, something aweful, menstral cycle: You really need to get your hamster to a vet urgently - it sounds as though she s got some sort of infection and is need of antibiotics and painkillers. Is she hunched up, and dull looking? Any discharge of this description is not normal and needs investigating....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick hamster, black bear hamster, wood shavings
black bear hamster, wood shavings, hypoallergenic bedding: Hello, it does sound like your hammy may have a little cold or allergic to something. The best option is to take your hammy to a pet vet so your hammy can get looked at and given some antibiotics. What type of bedding do you use? If you re using aspen he may...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick hamster, short haired hamster, wet tail
short haired hamster, wet tail, soft stool: Hi, It would be impossible for me to say what is wrong with him without having him examined. Did the pet shop say he had wet tail? If so there is only a 50/50 chance the treatment will work as some hamsters just give up and won t fight it and so the illness...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick hamster, bedding material, heating pad
bedding material, heating pad, space heater: Hello again Amanda, With her being 20 months old, cold to the touch, and not eating or drinking well, It sounds to me that she is getting ready to pass on. This can go quickly or take days. It just depends on her. All I can suggest is to give her your...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick hamster, wet fur, hind legs
wet fur, hind legs, good eye: Hi Plush, The wet fur could have been from the grass (kind of like dew) or she may have sweated a bit. When a hamster is dropped, it sometimes causes trauma (they kind of freeze for a short period of time on their back,side or tummy) and you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick hamster, banfield hospital, teddy bear hamster
banfield hospital, teddy bear hamster, pine bedding: Hello Saul, this is a tough decision that you have you to make. I know without a vets help there isn t much you can do. Have you called Banfield Hospital? They are at most PetSmart and they generally take small animals in for treatment. Without a vets help...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick hamster., seasons greetings, life span
seasons greetings, life span, hammy: Hi, Sorry to hear about your hamster :( Diarrhea usually occours when the hammy is overfed with vegetables. When possible do bring your hammy to a vet as really there is nothing you can do to help but to provide like a large selection of pelleted...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick hamster, possibly dying?, wrinkly skin, squeaker
wrinkly skin, squeaker, scabs: hi erica, she sounds very sick...poor thing! i d take her to the vets as soon as you can. first of all, is she drinking properly? the wrinkly skin maybe due to dehydration. if she isn t managing to drink much you can help her by squeezing the bottle gently...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick hamster/syrian 2 years old, apple cider vinegar, syrian hamster
apple cider vinegar, syrian hamster, vinegar and water: Hi Jon, Well, unfortunately there s not much you can do if you re not taking her to the vet. Just try to keep her comfortable by making sure she has plenty of bedding, and that her food and fresh water are nearby. The main cause of respiratory infections...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick hamster?, dwarf hamsters, wont move
dwarf hamsters, wont move, female adult: Dear Jenna, thank you for your question. I cannot really answer this without having seen the hamster. I d see a vet to make sure it s nothing medical by all means. Another thing I can imagine is that he is bored in his cage. Try changing his toys frequently,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick or In Labor?, female hamster, hamser
female hamster, hamser, hind legs: Hi Jenny, For one thing, keeping two female hamster together is not a good idea. Females seem to not get along very well together. The only thing I can think of that would make her tired is her and the other female might of been fighting all day while you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick or Just old, mange mites, armpit
mange mites, armpit, hamster: I would certainly take your hamster to a vet. The pink growth could be a tumor and what type of bedding are you using? Sometimes the bedding can cause fur to come off. How is the skin? Is it pink and normal or red and scaley? If it s normal looking then he...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick or pregnant?, dwarf hamsters, pine bedding
dwarf hamsters, pine bedding, 2 females: Hi Emily, So sorry to hear. Pine bedding is toxic to hamsters and can cause many different types of health problems. It affects different hamsters in different ways and may also take longer than with some. Even though your other hamster is acting...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sick?, sleeping habits, hamsters
sleeping habits, hamsters, hamster: Hi Cathy, Don t worry; your hamster is probably not sick. When it s awake, pay attention to its behavior. If it s very active, then it s most likely not sick. Yes, hamsters are very nocturnal. Even if you played with it throughout one day, it would...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sickly gerbil, female gerbils, left ear
female gerbils, left ear, gerbil: Hi Jill, Aw, poor thing. The main thing you can do is keep her comfortable. Give her extra bedding, and make sure her food and water are near to her, so she doesn t have to exert a lot of effort to eat and drink. You can handle her, but very gently,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sickness?, teddy bear hamster, common colds
teddy bear hamster, common colds, tummy bugs: hi nari, hamsters sometimes catch common colds and tummy bugs from humans, so your little hammy may well have the snuffles. if she is eating, drinking and still going about her normal daily routine, then chances are she s ok. just keep an eye on her. if she...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sickness, gerbils, gerbil
gerbils, gerbil, life expectancy: Hi Melinda, Many gerbils have strokes in their old age which is most likely what happened to your gerbil. 3-5 is the life expectancy of gerbils. Your gerbils are both elderly and in their senior lives now. Take good care and special treats for them. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sicknesses, average lifespan, genetic reasons
average lifespan, genetic reasons, hind end: heya Without having seen your hamster i can t really tell you much, sometimes hamsters die for no reason, or for genetic reasons. Becuase hamsters are so small they often have short lives, the average lifespan for a male hamster is 2-3 years. It could...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Single mother hamster, brown fur, white belly
brown fur, white belly, couple hours: Hello Kenny. Do not worry. Let nature take it s course. It s the best thing to happen for both the mom and pups. The pups that died may have just been too weak to live. The four remaining may still live and if they don t then do not worry since the mommy knows...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sirian hamster 'Wodge', syrian hamsters, lonely creatures
syrian hamsters, lonely creatures, syrian hamster: Hi Fiona, Nope, you re definitely not insane :) I actually get this question quite a bit, because people don t think that their hamsters testicles should be that big. But, when a male hamster matures, his testicles will grow larger. It s completely...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Skiddish Hamster, female hamster, plastic balls
female hamster, plastic balls, fresh fruits: The hamster is just very stressed out at the moment. This is why I tell owners to never use those plastic balls. In reality, the hamster panics when in the ball and searches for a way out, even if the hamster appears to not be stressing. My hamster freezes...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Skin conditions/ tumors, hamster heaven, corn cob bedding
hamster heaven, corn cob bedding, vet bills: hi shell, this is either a tumor, abscess or infection caused by skin irritation through excessive scratching. only a vet can give you the actual cause. and you should take him because vet bills are all part of the expense of having a pet. also if ur husband...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Skin irritation, pine bedding, syrian hamster
pine bedding, syrian hamster, critter care: Hi Jennifer, Yes, I have seen this before. The itching, redness and scabs are signs that she could have mites. It could also be the bedding you are using. Cedar or pine bedding can also cause skin irritation or allergies in addition to lung problems...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Skin Problem or birthmark?, scent glands, hind quarters
scent glands, hind quarters, discolored skin: Hi Julie, This sounds like the hamsters scent glands. These are dark spots on the hamsters back near their hind quarters. If this discolored skin is higher or lower on the back and does not feel like a lump, then it is more than likely a birthmark....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sleeping, hamsters, hamster
hamsters, hamster, sleep: Dear Jamie, This sounds completely normal. Hamsters usually find their favorite corner, or a corner where another hamster is, and they usually sleep there all the time. Remember, hamsters are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day, and are awake...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sleeping Hamster, hamster, sleep
hamster, sleep: There is no set amount for a hamster to sleep, they can sleep the entire day just getting up to get a drink, or just sleep half the day. They are awake at night so you won t be awake when your hamster is most of the time. Mine sleeps most of the day, and I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sleeping habits, dwarf hamsters, hamster world
dwarf hamsters, hamster world, sleeping on the ground: I m absolutely positive that you should seperate them as soon as possible or you may end up with a dead or at least hurt hamster. Hamsters don t talk, at least not in the human hearing range, and the squeaking you ve heard is a sign of aggression and fear....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sleeping habits, winter white hamsters, perplexing situation
winter white hamsters, perplexing situation, sleeping on the ground: Hi Olivia, Perhaps your hamster has some sort of cut or scratch on him. Look under his fur and around his legs. Honestly, that s all I can think of, since you say he s still active and doesn t act like he s ill. Try calling your vet and consulting with...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sleeping hamster making odd noises., odd noises, hamsters
odd noises, hamsters, hamster: Hi Dana, Teeth chattering is a normal noise for hamsters. Specially when they are sleeping. It is nothing to worry about. Hamsters will generally sleep anywhere from 12-15 hours a day. A hamster waking up at 11 or 12 is normal. I have some...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sleeping more than usual, teddy bear hamster, runny nose
teddy bear hamster, runny nose, lethargy: Hi there, Honestly, it really doesn t sound like a problem. Since your hamster is 2 years old, she is getting pretty old. As hamsters become older, they tend to sleep more (just like humans :) So, unless you see any signs of illness, such as lethargy,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sleeping, critter trail products, ball water
critter trail products, ball water, water bottle: Hamsters have alot of energy, and tend to sleep more durring the day, and play all night. I wouldn t worry about it at all. I m not sure what your talking about with the critter trail water bottle...I have tubing and thats it. If your hamster is licking the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sleepy Chinese Hammy, chinese hamsters, dwarf hamsters
chinese hamsters, dwarf hamsters, tea boxes: Hi, thank you for your question. It imght be that he s active very late at night, some hamsters don t get up until 11 pm or even later. He might be bored with the cage, change one toy every week to give him new impressions, smells ect. (the house should...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sleepy Hamster, random places, hamster
random places, hamster, couple times: Hi Suzy, It does sound like he is just getting older. This generally happens when a hamster is around a year old. I don t feel that it is anything more than that. If you have anymore questions or something should change, please write again. ...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Slight hamster injury, dwarf hamster, gal tank
dwarf hamster, gal tank, scab: Hello!! Well you re an excellent parent and you are doing everything that you are supposed to do with an injured or sick hamster. You ve already taken the necessary steps to make sure that she has a full recovery. You re watching her a lot and monitoring her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sluggish Gerbil, gerbils, sluggishness
gerbils, sluggishness, petsmart: Hello Jennifer! No, it is not normal that she is sluggish. Gerbils should be curious and inquisitive not withdrawn or sluggish. The licking would suggest she is thirsty, and again there will be a reason for that, as it is not normal. When i have problems...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Small insects, dwarf hamster, mite spray
dwarf hamster, mite spray, dark insects: Hi Zeddy, This could be one of two things, either mites or fleas. If you have other pets in the house it is more than likely fleas. Your local pet store should have some special hamster flea powder that you can dust on the bedding where the fleas live....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Small lump, testical, testicular cancer
testical, testicular cancer, play ball: Hi Laura The first thing really is to double check that your hamster is a male. If it s a female, then the lump would need checking out. If you re pretty certain it is a male, then their testicles can vary in size, become large at certain times or be...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Smelly Dwarf Hamster, dwarf hamster, scent gland
dwarf hamster, scent gland, sand bath: Dear Rahael, thank you for your question. The hamster herself shouldn t be smelly at all. Males will smell at times when they are stressed or want to mate, but not constantly. It might be a health problem, so I recommend seeing a vet with her, especially...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Smelly Hamster, haired syrian hamster, golden hamsters
haired syrian hamster, golden hamsters, whitish discharge: Hi Debby, Most likely the smell is a result of your hamster being in heat, which happens every 4 days. She will produce a musky smell that is completely normal and nothing to worry about. She may also have some whitish discharge. Male hamsters don...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Smelly hamster, teddy bear hamster, wiff
teddy bear hamster, wiff, small animals: You can go to many pet stores and find a small animal shampoo and use that to give him a bath with. Don t wash your hamster more than once a month. They need to keep themselves clean. Only use small animal shampoo and products for small animals to keep her...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Smelly Robo, wet tail, safe side
wet tail, safe side, robos: Hi Dennis, i have never had this problem so i think it would be best to take them to the vets just to be on the safe side and make sure they are not ill. If they are not ill then to make sure there is no build up of anything not clean, it is essential...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sneezing, wood shavings, good luck with everything
wood shavings, good luck with everything, respiratory problems: Hello! Hmmm it seems like he may have a little cold or allergies. He could be having allergies to his bedding. I would switch to carefresh bedding or soft sorbent bedding if you are using wood shavings. Take your hamster to a vet so he can get some antibiotics...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sneezing, diced carrots, apple bits
diced carrots, apple bits, kmart: Hi Caroline, All though the odor control bedding is good, I would suggest aspen bedding instead. There may be something in the odor control bedding that is making your hamster sneeze. Also keep up with the apple bits and diced carrots. Please write again...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sneezing, corn cob, wood chips
corn cob, wood chips, time move: Hello again Caroline! I hoped my last stuff helped! Hmmmmmm Well Caroline this is a fairly common problem, but can also be VERY challaging. First things first, are you useing Pine or Ceder wood chips if so STOP IMMIEDIENTLY these can bring about allergic...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sneezing, genetic problem, shelving unit
genetic problem, shelving unit, eye gel: Yes, it was me whom you shared your story with. Hammies make plenty of strange noises, one of which can sound like a sneeze. My oldest male who just past away at over 2 years old tended to do this more then the others. If the hamster is sneezing it will...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sneezing Hamsters, syrian hamsters, pine bedding
syrian hamsters, pine bedding, respiratory problem: Hello! Awwww.. if they are alwayss making sniffle sneeze it sounds like allergies or a respiratory problem. What type of bedding are you using?? Ceder or pine bedding is not good for small animals. It causes lung and liver disease in small animals. Use aspen...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sneezing when held, vet asap, syrian hamster
vet asap, syrian hamster, runny nose: Do you wash your hands before you pick her up? Do you wear any type of fragrance on yourself and what type of bedding do you use? It seems like she is allergic to something. Hamsters constantly groom and scracth themselves which is normal. If she is scratching...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sneezing, cat dander, carefresh
cat dander, carefresh, cold wash: Hi Caroline, Does your hamster have a runny nose as well? If he does, then he most likely has a cold. Hamsters can catch colds from humans; if you have a cold, wash your hands thoroughly before you hold him (and this should be kept to a minimum). Also,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Soft lump around anus, syrian hamster, soft lump
syrian hamster, soft lump, 7cm: What you may think is a lump sounds like a male hamster s testicles. They appear as soft lumps, or as one large lump with perhaps a small crease in the middle. It also looks like the hamster has a pronounced buttocks. You say they can retract, and this is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Soft poop, soft poop, hamsters
soft poop, hamsters, hic cups: The poop part is very normal. Hamsters poop is usually soft and brown. Hamsters do poop a lot, which is very normal especially for one so young. If a hamster is sneezing it sounds like a human sneeze, only softer. If it is squeking it kind of sounds...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Soiling bedding, bedding area, syrian hamster
bedding area, syrian hamster, plastic spoon: Hi Alison, Yes, this is normal. You have a couple of choices: 1. You can choose to change his bedding every day, since his bedding area should be kept dry. or 2. You can potty-train your hamster. (This is what I d do.) Buy either hamster litter...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sore on my gerbil's back., mistake tank, hind legs
mistake tank, hind legs, dripping blood: Hi, The best you can do is try and ensure that it doesn t become infected, as this will cause problems. What is the ointment you are using? Is it for animals, or is it a human type? If you are using a human type i would try and swap it over to a specific...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sorry if I caused u trouble!!!!, hammy, water bottle
hammy, water bottle, digestive system: hi miranda, im sorry to hear that she passed away. im assuming you mean the small metal ball at the bottom of the water bottle? if so then yes, its likely she did die from this, she has either choked on it or its gotten stuck in her digestive system and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sorry but this is weird!!, weird one, lukewarm water
weird one, lukewarm water, cotton wool: Hi Susie, Sounds like he may have something in his eye, like a piece of dust, or maybe some bedding. It will work its way out soon. If his eye closes all the way, then you should soak a small piece of cotton wool in lukewarm water and gently wipe his...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Spoting in white gerbil, polar fox, spoting
polar fox, spoting, gerbi: No not from what I remember of your story. In order to get dark-eyed pups one parent would have to be dark-eyed. I recall one being an Argente Golden but don t remember the other gerbils color. Where do you live? chch is extremely common in just about all...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Spunky, dead hamster, heart condition, great health
heart condition, great health, heart attacks: Hi Noreen I m very sorry to hear about your hamster. It is always such a shock when something like this happens, for no apparent reason. It is difficult to know why she died without a post mortem. However, if she was suffering from diarrhea, then I...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Squaking, dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster
dwarf hamsters, dwarf hamster, dear jennifer: Dear Jennifer, thank you for your question. It s very unusual for dwarf hamsters to make any noise. This might be a sign of a respiratory problem, so you should see a vet with her to rule that out. Hamsters get hiccups sometimes, which might be another explanation....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Squeaking Chinese Dwarf Hamsters, chinese dwarf hamsters, respiratory infection
chinese dwarf hamsters, respiratory infection, hamsters: Dear Glyn, thank you for your question. I recommend seeing a rodent vet with your hamsters, the squeaking may be a sign of a respiratory infection, which can turn into a chronic illness if not treated. Hamsters are silent animals and shouldn t make any noise...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Squeaking gerbil - loud breathing, quiet animals, noisy breathing
quiet animals, noisy breathing, gerbils: Hello again, Thats ok!! Yes it is very cute!!!! I think it sounds as though they are fine, you haven t mentioned any signs that would suggest it is sick. If you become worried again feel free to come back and ask again!! Good Luck Thanks,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Squished Hamster, rapid heartbeat, internal injuries
rapid heartbeat, internal injuries, small spaces: hi christie, well luckily i dont think you ve done any real damage as your right, hamsters are acctually thin and small and can squeeze themselves through the smallest spaces. the peeing was just a fright reaction, but keep an eye on her for the next...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Squwaking!!!, first few days, soft voice
first few days, soft voice, hamster: Hi Sabrina, This generally happens when you bring a hamster home. This is because they are scared. It is best to leave the hamster alone for the first few days (just make sure they have food and water). This is so they can get used to their new home...

Gerbils & Hamsters: SRAIAN HAMSTERS, hand luggage, fbc
hand luggage, fbc, petsmart: Hi Keyla, both of those cages are fine but try to get the biggest cage you can get - the bigger the better! I think a hamster would travel on a plane ok if you kept him in a small box in your hand luggage but you may not be allowed to put him on the...

Gerbils & Hamsters: STAY AWAY FROM MT HAMSTER?, hammie, roomie
hammie, roomie, hamster: Hi Susie, I don t think that your playing with your hamster a lot contributed to its death. Just make sure that you re very gentle, and that you sit on the floor while you re handling a hamster. (If something frightens the hamster, he might jump, and...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Staph, pennicillin, pencillin
pennicillin, pencillin, course thanks: Hi Melissa, I have never read or heard of people giving penicillin to a pet. The thing is it may be a risk because it is not specifically for small animals, and what helps us can cause such a different reaction in animals. It is hard to advise what you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Stewie (my hamster), honey dew melon, hamster food
honey dew melon, hamster food, worry wart: Hi Christy, It is possible he has caught a cold (which should run its course and he should be back to normal within a week) or the sneezing and scratching could be from the type of bedding you are using. Aspen bedding or a type like critter care is...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Still born babies, dead pups, dead babies
dead pups, dead babies, hamster: Hi James, it is best not to disturb the nest at all for the first two weeks but there is dead babies in there, the mother might eat them. This will not harm her and will probably give her back the goodness her body needs to care for the other babies....

Gerbils & Hamsters: Still, wash cloth, human contact
wash cloth, human contact, hamster: I would suggest you keep trying with the gloves. If he bit through the gloves, try getting a pair a bit thicker. Since he is not used to human contact, he isn t going to want to come out willingly on his own. He s scared, and doesn t trust what will happen...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Stinky hamster, dwarf hamsters, syrian hamster
dwarf hamsters, syrian hamster, cotton bedding: Dear Dominic, thank you for your question. It s normal for hamsters to keep food in their nest and to clean away their poop with their teeth. I think that the problem is either the cage or a medical problem. If the cage is made mainly out of plastic, it...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Stomach ,head, and finger, bald patches, scent gland
bald patches, scent gland, bald spots: Hi there, All gerbils have bald patches on their stomachs, it is where their scent gland is located and is totally normally, so don t worry!!! You may want to get bonnie checked over by a vet as she maybe injured, or have an ear infection or other illness,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange Behavior, strange behavior, hous
strange behavior, hous, short hair: Zach, My hamster does that all the time. When hamster have fun or want to loose a little steam. When she was on her wheel, she was so intense that it didn t matter if she was to fall off, she would just get back on. But when you stopped her wheel she threw...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange Behaviour!, syrian hamsters, marble effect
syrian hamsters, marble effect, water dish: Chink was probably just being a messy hamster like some hamsters get when they are alone. I know choobles didn t act so messy before I got him. He was running on his wheel and sleeping in the same spot. When I brought him home he throws all the food out of...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange Behaviour in my hamster, teddy bear hamster, hardy animals
teddy bear hamster, hardy animals, hamster ball: Hamsters love to climb, its all part of their exercise within the cage. They do tend to fall a lot, but they are hardy animals and falling within the cage shouldn t pose much of a threat compared to falling to the ground from your hand. Hamsters also love...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange Behaviour, cedar shavings, clear adhesive tape
cedar shavings, clear adhesive tape, bald spots: Dear Amanda, thank you for your question. To me, it sounds very much like your hamster is getting old. He s now almost 2.5 years old, which is a good age for a hamster. Loosing fur is a normal sign of old age, but check for mites anyway. Get a piece of clear...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange behavior.., dwarf hamster, phantom pregnancy
dwarf hamster, phantom pregnancy, signs of pregnancy: Hi Vivian, You didn t say wether or not there are any other hamsters in the cage with her as this aggressive behaviour are very common signs of pregnancy, although i m sure the vets would have picked up on this. The only other explanation i can think...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange behaviour, dwarf hamster, syrian hamster
dwarf hamster, syrian hamster, cotton bedding: Dear Steve thank you for your question. I think that the hamster does this because his cage is too small. Unfortunately, pet shops almost never offer cages that are big enough for hamsters. They are incredibly active and want to do nothing but run, run,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange Death, bladder stones, hemroids
bladder stones, hemroids, strange death: hi gisela, im sorry to hear of your hamsters death, which is rather unsual as they usually show signs before passing away. it could have been a number of things such as tapeworm, bladder stones or a tumor of some sort, these would explain what the strange...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange dark patched and spots on Syrian hamster, syrian hamster, dark patches
syrian hamster, dark patches, signs of infection: Hi Kathryn, Hamsters can get skin spots, just like humans. As long as these spots are not showing signs of infection (redness, swelling and/or drainage), there is nothing to worry about. Sometimes the hair around these spots will come out, but it should...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange hamster behavior, food dish, white vinegar
food dish, white vinegar, milk carton: Dear Joanna, thank you for your question. Sleeping and pooping in the food dish is perfectly normal. Peeing into the nest is not so normal, but more a nuisance than anything to worry about. Try placing a bowl with chinchilla sand or normal sand in the corner...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange hamster behaviour, syrian hamster, safe side
syrian hamster, safe side, hamster: It sounds as if you hamster was pregnant, but with her age she couldn t be unless she was in contact with a male. She could be just bored, my hamsters do that sometimes too. Take her to a vet for a normal check up, just to be on the safe side. Hope...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange hamster habit?!, syrian hamster, exercise wheel
syrian hamster, exercise wheel, sleep in the middle: Hi Angela, Your hamster is nervous in his new habitat, and he wants to keep his food, nest, and bathroom in one place. Most hamsters do this. However, you need to clear up his exercise wheel. Try putting unscented cat litter (or hamster litter, which...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange Lump, hamster, hey guys
hamster, hey guys, vet: Hi Aaron, This sounds like it could be a growth or a start of a tumor. It should be kept an eye on, if it seem to be getting bigger and the hamster is having trouble walking, then you may want to have him seen by a vet. If you have anymore questions,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Strange New Hamster Habit, inner ear infection, sticky eye
inner ear infection, sticky eye, napster: Hampsters very frequently change positions in where they sleep. Mine found the wierdest places to sleep even when there were nice hidey houses in there. He probabally has just realized that you aren t going to hurt him and doesn t feel the need to hide. He...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sudden Death, cedar bedding, guinea pigs
cedar bedding, guinea pigs, wet tail: It is very unusual for hamsters to die like this. What might have happened is that your hamster, Charlie, could have had internal tumors, this can cause sudden death. What kind of bedding are you using for your hamsters? Pine or Cedar bedding...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sudden Death, dwarf hampster, sunflower seeds
dwarf hampster, sunflower seeds, small animals: Some of the reasons depend on how old your hamster was. If she was an elderly hamster, this is not un-normal. Hamsters are very small animals, meaning their hearts beat around 20 times more than ours do per minute. Since their hearts beat faster,...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sudden Death, wet tail, petsmart
wet tail, petsmart, necropsy: I always call it sudden death. It could be because of a heart attack or something internal. When a hamster or other animal drops dead like that, I always come to the conclusion that something inside of them ruptured or they suffered from a disease that you...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sudden Death of Hamster, hamster, pet shops
hamster, pet shops, sudden death: Hi Emily, if your hamster has had a fall recently then it could be something to do with that, but not necessarily. Also, you should not use the fluffy bedding which you can get from some pet shops as it is very dangerous because it can not be digested...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sudden Death, knowladge, teady bear
knowladge, teady bear, safty: Brenda, It sounds liek you did nothing wrong. He probabally was sick when you got him. Just completely disenfect his cage before you buy a new hamster so he doesn t catch watever the other hamster had. Also, do not buy a hamster from the same cage you got...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sudden Dwarf Death, dwarf hamsters, signs of diabetes
dwarf hamsters, signs of diabetes, female dwarf: Dear Nico, thank you for your question. I have no medical training, so I m only making an educated guess at best. But I assume that your hamster had diabetes. Dwarf hamsters are very prone to this and shouldn t be fed sugary treats or much fruit. Drinking...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sudden death of both hamsters, dwarf hamsters, unfamiliar position
dwarf hamsters, unfamiliar position, awkward positions: Hi Vivian Sorry to hear that your hamsters have died. Were their cages side by side or in the same area? Are they cages or tanks? The first thing that comes to mind is aspergillosis - this often results in sudden death, with the hamsters struggling...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sudden death in hamster, point of stillness, hind legs
point of stillness, hind legs, hamy: hi michelle, i m sorry to hear about the sudden death of your hamy. its certainly unusual at such a young age. i can only think that the broken leg caused so much pain that he went into shock at the point of stillness, and maybe died of a stress related...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sudden Hamster Dearh, hamsters, rough time
hamsters, rough time, bacterial infection: He died because of a bacterial infection. The diarrhea and lethargy that you described are signs of wettail. Wettail is basically something that a lot of hamsters get when they are stressed out as well as other reasons. Wettail is another name for diarrhea...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sudden hamster death, hamster death, back in my arms
hamster death, back in my arms, explaination: It sounds like your hamster had a seizure or a heart attack. This is not a normal way for a hamster to die, but as in the human world it does happen. Hamsters live for verious amounts of year I have heard anywhere from 8 months to five years. This...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Suddenly sick hamster, little friend, hamster
little friend, hamster, urine samples: hi wendy, get your hamster to the vets as soon as you can! it sounds very ill. you can usually get an appointment the same day. obviously it might be monday when you get the appointment now as generally vets are closed over the weekend unless yours has an...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sunflowers seeds, sunflower seeds, wet tail
sunflower seeds, wet tail, food bowl: Hello again Savneet, Yes hamsters really do like their sunflower seeds and it is alright to give them a couple extra as a treat once in awhile but too many sunflower seeds may cause your hamsters to become overweight. I m glad to hear that Queen is doing...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Super concerned, dwarf hampsters, dwarf hampster
dwarf hampsters, dwarf hampster, pain in the butt: Hi Courtney, Please disregard my other outside my expertise answer. I accidentally hit the wrong button. When your hamster fell, she most likely went into shock, which is common when a hamster falls onto a hard surface. Sometimes a fall like that...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Surprise Litter- Need advice!, baby gerbils, crittertrail cage
baby gerbils, crittertrail cage, gallon aquarium: Hi Staci, I would recommend you move them to another cage as it is a danger for them being in this cage as they may fall down and hurt themselves, especially as they can t see for the 1st 17days!! If you can i would try and scoop up the whole nest in one...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Sweating Long Haired Hamster!, sleep in the middle, long haired hamster
sleep in the middle, long haired hamster, heat of the summer: Hi, My long-haired Syrian quite often looks slightly bedraggled, even though I live in Scotland, where it is usually very cold. Does he, to the touch, feel warmer than normal? If not, I wouldn t worry, it is normal for them to look a bit wet. If he is warmer...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Swelling. Please Help!, female hamster, dear madam
female hamster, dear madam, hamsters: Hi Melissa, Dwarf hamsters usually live between 2 and 3 years, but some live longer and some live for less, it depends on the actual hamster and the conditions they are kept in. I have never known for it to be common for hamsters to have lumps on their...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Swelling. Please Help!, female hamster, dear madam
female hamster, dear madam, abscess: Hi Melissa, Since your hamster has had the lump for so long, I m inclined to believe that it is a tumor. (An abscess would have burst long ago.) Especially since you say she is not as active as she used to be. I would encourage you to take your hamster...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Swelling, mite infestation, canned pumpkin
mite infestation, canned pumpkin, hamsters: HI Dawn I m so pleased you ve finally got a diagnosis and at least know what to do. Thanks for your kind words. I have actually written a book on hamsters (co wrote it with my vet) and I find his medical information invaluable. If you want to send me...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Swollen Bottoms, syrian hamsters, solitary creatures
syrian hamsters, solitary creatures, hammie: Hi Rachel, a male hamster will get swollen in that area when he comes into contact with a female who is on heat - this means he wants to mate with her! Please tell me what kind of hamsters you have. If you have Syrian hamsters then they must all live...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Swollen Butt, hamster club, red butt
hamster club, red butt, safe side: Hi, If he is a male I think that those are the testicles as by time they get bigger, but if you are saying that it is getting bigger with a large rate then it could be a tumour? http://hamster-club.com/health.asp But don t alarm yourself, from your details...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Swollen bottom on Syrian Hampster, 2 bumps, wet tail
2 bumps, wet tail, hampster: Well this could be many things so I have to ask some general questions. Is your hamsters bowl movements loose, or look like diarea? Does the bottom of your hamster seem wet or look wet, if he has these syptoms he could have a diease known as wet...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Swollen bottom, nickie, pet store
nickie, pet store, hamster: Dear Nickie, If the bottom is a little swollen and light pink then maybe it s just it s bottom but if the bottom is black it is a big problem and call a vet quickly. Thanks, Helping the world become a better place by helping people help animals...

Gerbils & Hamsters: Swollen gerbil!, toilet rolls, water bowl
toilet rolls, water bowl, gerbil: ooh wow and hmmm... her not drinking is not a good thing. I would take her to the vet. Even though she may get stressed out it s the best thing to do. It sounds like she may have a bacterial infection or something. You know what if she s licking everything...