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How Can I Keep My Hamster From Eating Her Young?
"I'm worried that if I even touch my hamster's babies, she'll get stressed and start to eat them. What can I do to stop that from happening?" —Bunso
How to Stop a Hamster From Eating Her Babies
It is common for a nervous hamster to eat her babies, but there are a lot of things you can do to keep things calm and avoid this problem. Here are a few suggestions:
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- Put the cage in an area where cats and dogs cannot bother her.
- Put the cage in an area where no one will walk by and disturb the mother.
- If any other hamsters are in the cage except the mother, take them out and put them in a separate cage.
- Do not open the cage or mess with the nest to look at the babies, and make sure everyone in the household knows this rule.
- Do not touch the babies.
- Do not clean the cage and disturb the mother.
- Feed a tablespoon of unsalted and unseasoned scrambled eggs, a slice of apple, and about one-quarter slice of whole wheat bread every morning so that your hamster will have something special to chew on.
If you want more tips, read this article about what not to do if your hamster has babies. None of these tips are guaranteed since a mother that feels that her babies are sick might still eat them, but if you follow everything outlined above, the chance of that happening is very small.
This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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