Hamsters are generally hardy rodents, but sometimes they
do get sick. You are at less risk for this if you have a single hamster
rather than a large breeding stock. The first and best defense against
sickness is prevention of course! This means good hygiene and diligent
cleanliness is most important.
As mentioned above, following our
hamster care checklist
of daily, weekly and monthly chores will go very far in keeping your hamster
happy and healthy. Donít forget to wash your hands before and after handling
your hamster-especially one that is unwell.
Store all dry foods in sealed containers in a cool, dry
place such as a dark cabinet. Make sure your hamsters have adequate
ventilation but keep them away from drafts, sudden temperature changes,
extreme cold or heat.
Some signs that your hamster may be ill:
Hunched up posture
Not eating or drinking
Dirty coat, wet tail
Dull eyes or drainage
If you believe your hamster is ill:
Isolate him from any other hamsters you have
Thoroughly clean cages, food and water containers
Place his cage in comfortable, dark, quiet, warm
Make written notes of signs of illness to tell your vet
Call your vet for advice if necessary
Use this Hamster Health Care Chart
to help you identify and solve any ailments your hamster may have.