Symptoms of Poor Hamster Health or Illness

Updated on June 12, 2018

Hamsters

Although hamsters are pretty easy pets, they are very small which means that injuries and illness can quickly become a serious matter. They are actually pretty good at hiding their illnesses until it's nearly too late, which is why it is important to keep a close eye on any changes in your pet's regular diet or routine.

If you notice any signs of illness in your hamster, you need to see a veterinarian as quickly as you can.

If you think that your little furry one is sick or injured, try to keep it warm. If you notice that it is not eating on its own, encourage it to take food or water by a dropper, until you can see a veterinarian.

Signs of illness:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Inactivity
  • Huddling in a corner
  • Ruffled or unkempt coat
  • Sneezing
  • Discharge from the nose or eyes
  • Wheezing
  • Wetness around the tail
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Humped Back

Common Hamster Illnesses

  • Abscesses: These are pockets of infection that can form from minor breaks in the skin. In many cases, abscesses occur in the cheeks from cuts caused by food. If the hamster looks like it constantly has food in its cheek pouches, it may have an abscess, which a vet will need to drain.
  • Respiratory Infection: Respiratory infections can lead to pneumonia. You should watch for sneezing, discharge from eyes or nose, wheezing, and labored breathing. Don't worry about occasional sneezing, unless there is loss of appetite, decreased activity, wheezing or difficulties breathing accompanying it.
  • Wet tail: A wet tail is one of the more common hamster illnesses, most commonly caused by stress, crowding, and diet changes. Although it can be fatal if not noticed soon enough, it is curable. Watch for signs of diarrhea (causing wetness around the tail), lethargy, loss of appetite, a humped back, and a ruffled coat.
  • Diarrhea: Not all hamsters who have diarrhea will have a wet tail. The most common cause of diarrhea in hamsters is the overfeeding of fresh vegetables. Unlike wet tail, there is no loss of appetite or decreased activity. For the most part, the hamster will appear normal. Do not let diarrhea stay for prolonged periods of time, as dehydration becomes a big concern. You will want to withhold fresh foods for a few days and resume only if the diarrhea is completely resolved; you can start giving fresh produce again, but slowly.
  • Skin Diseases: mites, ringworm, allergies, and skin infections: These are the most common skin illnesses associated with hamsters. Watch for flakiness or redness of the skin, hair loss, lesions on the skin, or if the hamster appears to be scratching more. In these cases you will want to see a vet to determine the exact cause of the skin concern. Pine and cedar bedding can cause skin irritation, as well as lung problems, so avoid these beddings.
  • Hibernation: Watch the room temperature where the cage is. If the temperatures fall below normal, the hamster may go into a hibernating state, where they can appear very still and breathe more slowly. Your hamster is not dead or dying, in this case, but you will want to rewarm the hamster.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed veterinarian. The methods outlined above may or may not work for your pet. If you have any concerns, you should consult a specialized reptile veterinarian.

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        Jay hinkle 

        2 weeks ago

        Ight im only a teen so this comment might look a bit like a text but, of ur hamster is biting i could be cuz ur hands smeel like food, or they dont like the smeel of the soup ur useing, it could also be if there in a small cage im useing to preety big bin cages that i made into a double decker bin cage but i big cause in biteing all depends on the hamsters first impression,they say this pets are good for kid i say fuck no they by the little cute colored cages that are way to small and play with them like dolls... gheh have feels and get scared E.Z, i have allway left my hamster alone unless he wants to come out then ill lay my hand flat in the cage if he gets on he want out if not then he doesn't, if there just doing there own thing dont swoop in like a halk and pull him out they'll feel threatened

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        Anonymous 

        2 weeks ago

        My hamster is all fine but it keeps biting me no matter what I do

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        Ellen Seubold 

        2 weeks ago

        my hamster is biting me he is active and he is shaking. What is wrong with him??????

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        Ai Lin 

        3 weeks ago

        My hamster peels his seeds but doesn’t eat what does that mean???

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        HARRY POTTER 

        3 weeks ago

        Dear alexis Rodrigues my hamster is doing the same thing I need help

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        Holly 

        4 weeks ago

        My hamster has got a lot skinnier and the back of its back fur is going white. She lives in her cage with her sister and her sister is still all good. Does anyone know what this is or how to help

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        Alexis Rodriguez 

        4 weeks ago

        My hamster is huddled in a corner a lot. She doesn't want to eat or drink water. She also can not really move and it looks like she is in pain.She has been like this since last night. What is wrong with her? Please help me

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        katrina maloney 

        4 weeks ago

        sarahhxox, your hamster needs to be taken to the vet, he or she has "wet tail". You can look it up, but if your hamsters' stool is not solid, he/she is sick.

        k

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        sarahhxox 

        5 weeks ago

        My hamster is always sleeping!! Shes in a corner a lot but sometimes in her house. She rarely goes on her wheel and doesnt eat a ton. She has a wet bum a lot and poops a lot and starts to smell a couple days (2-3) after i clean her cage. My hamsters broken whats going on

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        harry 

        6 weeks ago

        my hamster has a red almost pimple like thing just above his private part and i don't know what it is please help.

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        Lolita 

        2 months ago

        I have a question, why my hamster is vomiting all the time (2 times) ??

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        Enkeo 

        2 months ago

        My hamster has a pink and black dotted thing in his ear Ivegot looked at it many times each Dayan day now it looks like it has dried up,

        I don’t know if something got in his ear, or a infection, or it’s part of his ear

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        Mandy 

        2 months ago

        My robo dwarf hamster seems to have a slightly yellow bum and he also sleeps a lot I don’t know if this is a sign of wet tail or anything pls help!

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        Hi I’m Linny 

        2 months ago

        HI I came back from vacation and my hamster had this yellow scab on her back I thought it was fine cause scabs go away so I let it be and it just kept growing!? Now her skin is red and she’s loosing a lot of hair she hasn’t been very active either pls help!!

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        Hi I'm christena 

        2 months ago

        My hambster has brown or orange fur around its butt but it fur was always grey and white i dont know if its a sickness please help

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        Korona 

        2 months ago

        Hi Um My Hamster Has A Bone Sticking Out Of Her Chest What Does That Mean?

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        A person 

        2 months ago

        Help my robo drawrf hamster has a red butt and its swollen and i dont know what to do help!

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        bethrushbrook 

        2 months ago

        my russian dwarf hamster called lupin has a big red thing coming out of his penis and i dont know what to do in everything else he is doing normally in his eating habits and his sleeping is normal but i didnt know wether it is something to worry about.

        something else he has is a spot thing on the corner of his eye he has had it once before and it went away after a month or so but now he has had it for about a month and a half and its not going away so is it anything i need to worry about

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        Alli 

        3 months ago

        What happens if your male hamster has his little testicles hot and warm?? Is there a treatment you can give to the hamster?

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        Syrena 

        3 months ago

        i have A LOT OF GERBILS and I don't know if this also for gerbils

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        Casey 

        4 months ago

        My Russian dwarf hamster misty has been sqealing really high pitched and he has a small white dot in his eye a hunched back but we have had him for 2 years now I don’t know what to do

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        Zachary Tanaka 

        4 months ago

        Hello. My hamster (which is a long haired teddy bear which is around 1 year old) has been noticeable drinking large amounts of water and losing her apatite. Although she is active, she will not eat treats or much food and refuses to stay away from her water bottle. I have looked up the symptoms but I have got nothing definitive. Please help!

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        carlehe 

        4 months ago

        hi my hamster has lost its apppetite and is huddling in a corner and barely moves anymore could this be a sighn of death

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        Kate 

        4 months ago

        Hello, My hamster has been around for about a year now, but I'm not sure if it is getting old or something else. Behind it's ear, it is red and has red marks we are not sure how it got that. And it's eyes have been closed for a few days, and it keep rolling around in it's hay and it keeps squeaking.

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        Kayleigh F 

        4 months ago

        Hey, my boyfriend bought a beautiful creamy grey Russian Dwarf hamster who we've had for over 6 months now, therefore, she's very loved and will be dearly missed if she dies. Sadly we recently noticed a lump on the side of her stomach near her rear leg. We took her to the vets and the vets claimed it was a tumor and had given my boyfriend a painkiller (Metacam) and an antibiotic (Baytril) we've been giving it to her as the vet recommended us to do and it has been helping to make the tumor smaller. However new serious symptoms have popped up and is, therefore, looking for opinions and ideas on what to. We are in the process of getting surgery for the tumor to be removed but the cost has made us have to wait longer and the symptoms will cause an issue for us and the vets.

        Currently, at the moment, she is unable to eat and visible signs of weight loss are seen. Her eyes are almost always close as if unable to open. She is bleeding from her vagina area which is a worrying us. Shes also drinking a LOT of water and doesn't go far. She's shaking and seems unable to move to places where she usually can. This is causing me and my boyfriend and his family a lot of concern. At the moment we believe its either her teeth are too long or its possible sides effects of the medicines, however, we aren't vets nor had hamsters long enough to be considered professional hamster handlers. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated thank you!!

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        Luke 

        5 months ago

        My hamster has a green spot right next to her privet parts. She is a dwarf hamster.

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        Lola 

        5 months ago

        My hamster has become very skinny. She doesn’t eat or poop. She is about a year old. I’m very concerned please help.

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        Pleasent 

        5 months ago

        My hamster Cashmier was fine yesterday but the day before that he hand the biggest lump I ever seen and it smelled likes death and i couldn't take it so i thew in the wilderness

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        Jessica 

        5 months ago

        I need help. I think my hamster is sick because he has a weird eye, he has loss of hair on his chest and lots of parts of his body. He is really skinny and he sleeps a lot I don't see him eat a lot he barely eats he barely drinks any water idk if this is bad or not but I try to make him at least nibble of his food. He is really aggressive when I try to touch him. Help my hamster plz :(

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        Julia 

        6 months ago

        My youngest baby hamster his or her fur is t

        hick

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        Mary Helen Mena 

        6 months ago

        I have a female hamster; she is about 1 year and a couple months old. She was fine a couple days ago, but yesterday I noticed she was very thin (even though she always has a lot food and water),and her eyes were closed with a sticky discharge. I took her to the vet and he told me she has parasites and infection because of the parasites. He dewormed her and gave me antibiotics to treat the infection. She doesn’t want to eat or drink water and is walking funny.I checked her pouches to see if there was something wrong in her mouth, and everything was fine. No wet tail, no visible trauma, no ear discharge, no visible diarrhea (her bottom is clean), no visible skin problem. I need help, there’s no small animal vets around and I don’t want my hamster to die.

        Thanks in advance.

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        Jenaeha 

        7 months ago

        my black bear hamster had a big bump under her skin and she had a scar on the bump but today when she scratched it the scar came off the bump disappeared but black liquid started to come from her cheek please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        gabe 

        8 months ago

        my hamster has suddenly slowed down in eating and does not want to play and is huddled in a corner it has been cold lately but I'm worried what is wrong with my hamster

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        kake 

        8 months ago

        my hamster has two lumps under his armpits inside his skin. I recently find them and pus is coming out. I cant afford a vet. What should I do?

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        Brent 

        9 months ago

        My Hamster has a lot of poop lodged in it bum and sleeps all the time her fur is not like satin anymore and her urine stinks even though I wash her and her cage regular. Please help what could be the cause?

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        Leigh 

        9 months ago

        My hamster Butterscotch is very sick, I can tell. She isn't her normal self. She had diarrhea and her bottom area was wet and poop around her tail. Gave her a Luke warm bath on her bottom only, yesterday and gave her fresh water and change her cage, since she and her cage smelled. Today she is hardly moving and keeping her eyes shut. She is in a warm blanket right now, just sleeping, not moving at all. She would normally crawl all over the place when she was happy. That why I can tell somethings wrong. Please help!!!

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        g.f. 

        10 months ago

        charlie. for his ear infection try rubbing the visible part gently with a cotton swab until it comes out

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        g.f. 

        10 months ago

        nevermind he died

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        Charlie 

        10 months ago

        My hamster Oreo is sick and I can't afford a vet right now. He has scabs on him, smells weird, his food looks weird sometimes and he is a lil flaky. He also has a very bad ear infection. What medicine can I give him?

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        g.f. 

        11 months ago

        i woke up recently to see my hamsters back hunched and him walking sluggishly. other than that he seemed fine but the next day he was standing in the corner not moving, when i tried to pick him up he squealed at me and proceeded to lie on his back. during this he peed and i noticed it was extremely dark, meaning he was dehydrated. after he calmed down i tried to give him some water but he refused. he seems like he's in a lot of pain and constantly squeals without anyone touching him.

        i dont know whats wrong and im worried. there aren't any vets less than an hour away and even if there were, i couldnt afford it.

        if you have any answers or a similar experience please tell me.

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        ME 

        11 months ago

        my hamster started looking sick yesterday, he/she has his/her eyes are almost closed, she/he doesn't sleeps for 3 seconds then wakes up, I don't know wats going on with him/her. right now he/she is sleeing in a blanket wraped around with a hand knit "scarf" I'm afraid she/he is going to die!!!

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        Noelle 

        11 months ago

        My hamster sometimes is very still and cold but still alive, then in a couple hours he will be back to normal! What’s going on?? Is this hibernation?

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        hamstercareperson 

        12 months ago

        please someone help my hamster is sneezing and is ahving hard time breathing

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        Alex 

        12 months ago

        I'm scared my hamster is huddling in her bed 24-7 and highly aggerasave when I was checking on her and she's limping

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        Nathan 

        12 months ago

        My hamster could barely open eyes leading up to his passing.

        When you check on your hamster daily , check to see if their eyes are clean. If the can't see they will stop eating.

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        amy 

        12 months ago

        My hamster has a red eye and it's sticky, the red eye issue has been going on for about 2 weeks and now she doesn't open that eye (rarely)

        Plz help me, i can find much information

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        Megan 

        12 months ago

        My hampster looks like it's loosing hair underneath and on it's butt and it looks kinda like its real dry but I don't see him itch tht much and he sleeps a lot

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        Christian 

        13 months ago

        I have a hamster,

        And What I had noticed to her that she's not comfortable, and her skin looks dry, she always scratch her body. I think that makes her uncomfortable. What should i do?

        I think She's Sick.

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        Isha 

        13 months ago

        My hamster was about 18 months, Last few days, I noticed him not running on his wheel, he just sit on the side of the cage. Lately, he peed on his favorite area (where there's few sands) and I suddenly saw him laying there, his hands and foot are shaking but the right foot and body are stiff, I think it's stroke or what, he's eyes won't close after I cleaned it with cotton buds because it was teary that almost close his eyes. His bottom is dirty and wet, but I think it's because he peed lately. He is stiff and can't move his body but he is trying to stand, to move! What is happening to my hamster? Please help!

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        Summer 

        14 months ago

        My hamster has black balls and I do not know what to do

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        Alexa 

        14 months ago

        My hamster keeps clawing the top of his cage then falling down what should I do? I opened his cage and he just looks out then trys to escape! Then i put him back in and close it but he goes down his cage then goes back up and does it again!

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        lui 

        15 months ago

        Hello what if my hamster keeps on spinning her body and cant stand up and walk properly she also cant move her body on the other side i think her neck is broken or something else. What should i do i cant afford a vet

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        Hey guys 

        15 months ago

        Taz is breathing rapidly. What should I do now? Here in Kuwait I don't have access to any of vets here.

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        Just Curious 

        15 months ago

        My hamster is scratching a lot but isn't losing any fur or anything else

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        kim 

        15 months ago

        my hamster is not eating and its hart is to fast and i am sad?

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        Sarah 

        15 months ago

        My hamster is not showing ANY signs of illness apart from sneezing alot, is this normal?

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        Cameo 

        16 months ago

        I sometimes get bothered by some things that say, if your hamster has so and so, take them to the vet. I get bothered because there are not a lot of vets that take hamster, and if they do, they probably only have a tiny bit more experience then you, so your paying all that money when you can just go look up how to do it on the internet, and buy some medicines yourself. So for all the people who say, go to the vet, you are not useful at all. This is a useful website, but what would make it better is if you add how you can prevent these, and some remedies.

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        Hannah 

        16 months ago

        For all those people who are saying that their pets appear to be ill, then take your hamster to the vet IMMEDIATELY! It may not be anything serious, but get it checked out by a medical professional to help your hamster have a better quality of life

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        Katie 

        16 months ago

        hello my hamster is losing its hair and is so much pain that she hisses at me and falls over if you touch her and her stomach looks like her skin is been breaking and starting to bleed what could be the cause of this i'm at a loss

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        Sai 

        17 months ago

        My hamster is bleeding from his main part it seems like he is got a cut . Secondly it seems like something has happen to his eye cuz he doesn't blink at all ( both eyes) . The left eye seems like it will just come out . Please help

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        Racie 

        17 months ago

        Hello my hamster has been losing his fur and has a hunched back walks like it hurts to walk. Walks like he is in pain and has a knot like in his mouth and neck and cheek area. He is skinny and I am not sure what to do? He sleeps a lot and seems like he is ills can you give me some advice.

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        tamzin 

        17 months ago

        Hi my hamster is going on like he wants 2 thow up or is chucking what do I do

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        Lillian 

        17 months ago

        My hamster hasnt been active for 3 days she seems fater then usual what can i do

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        Rebecca 

        18 months ago

        Hi my hamster took a turn yesterday he seems to be breathing really heavy and lifeless what can I do if anything

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        Kimberley 

        18 months ago

        Hi I have a hamster and he keeps going to climb and looses his balance and keeps doing it any one had this before

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        karina 

        18 months ago

        In the morning my hamster will act drunk,and not watch out for herself.She will run around like crazy and bight anything she sees... any suggestions?

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        Sally 

        18 months ago

        My hamster all of a sudden started looking really weak when he was trying to get water. He was wobbling and looked as if his legs wernt working as well as usual. any suggestions?

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        Madi 

        18 months ago

        My teddy bear hamster has a bare spot right above her nose and it looks like a little red bump what is this it is starting to worry me!

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        Jim 

        21 months ago

        My hamster is shaking and not eating or drinking

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        Dreamz 

        21 months ago

        My hamster's body start to grow yellow stuffs on her body and became inactive

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        cloey 

        22 months ago

        there is blood comeing from my hmaster privet part or her butt and shes not moveing and wen i try to touch her she tries to bite me and she wont realy move or eat or drink and shes barley breathing and i dont know wats wrong with her and her back legs ar getting stiff well one of them cuz a while back wen i got her she had lost a leg and i dont have a clue wat is wrong with her and if u see this will u plse answer this question

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        Chantel Arnold 

        22 months ago

        My daughter's teddy bear hampster got mites when I found him in the corner of cage last night he couldn't walk, his legs are all spread out but leopard crawl I cleaned his whole cage and going to get now, I just want to know why he is so weak

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        jacob 

        22 months ago

        my hamster is very sick and isnt doing much i hope it lives even thogh its so mean to its friend

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        alyssa 

        23 months ago

        you most likely wont answer but my hamster has a cut on hisneeck which is green and it may be infected, sadly. he always has poop sticking out of his butt and it is a bit green in color and sort of mushy. he has little to no hair on his stomach and has blotches missing on his back. he has trouble breathing, and eating his lower teeth are over grown and he has a hut in his cage which he usually leaves but he rarely does now and to eat he lays food on his bedding in front of him and he lays down and eats it. he also lays outside of his cage which is new. he has a terrible terrible odor and he sits hunched over. he just seems out of it and im very worried please try to respond as fast as possible im worried he wont make it much longer is breathing is very heavy.. i love him so much please..

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        a.r 

        23 months ago

        My hamster has a red eye and the other has white in it,he also has a red bleeding sore on his back. Please respond quickly because I am very concerned about my hamster Mr bumble,when I open the cage he looks around like he didn't know were he is.

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        PancakesmyPet 

        2 years ago

        Help please! My hamster is sneezing about 10ish times a day! Sometimes while eating, digging, or while he is in the bath tub during taming. He also seems to be playing less, I don't know. Other than that though, there doesn't seem to be any problems! Is it my bedding? Do I need more toys? I don't know!

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        chelsey 

        2 years ago

        To Keziah: it could be mites.

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        Keziah 

        2 years ago

        my dwarf hamsters keep on itching themselves also black things are coming out of their fur When i gave it a bath to see if something was in its fur.not just that but a week ago my other syrian hamster called digbie unfortunately died so im wondering if this was the cause of his death since he wasnt even 1 yet?please answer

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        Jemma 

        2 years ago

        My 10 week old Syrian eats well and drinks well but sleeps in one corner everyday and night covered in bedding and you can't see her she only gets up to eat, drink and exercise, is this normal?

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        2 years ago

        My hamster has a missing toe and it looks like it is very swollen, and he is refusing to eat his food but not apples, and he has brown everywhere on his behind. What is this??

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        ejdj 

        2 years ago

        my hamster has a cut under his neck, he is slow, he has a lump under his neck, and he bit me what should i do?

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        Jade 

        2 years ago

        My hamster seems perfectly healthy, her coat is glossy and she eats, drinks and exercises but today when i got her out, i felt something wet on my hand and thought she peed on me and i looked at her bottom and she was bleeding and the wet thing i felt was a piece of skin, she lost a huge clump of skin. My mom won't let me take her too the vets because we don't have the money but I am really concerned about her health.

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        Trinni 

        3 years ago

        My hamster is cold has heavy breathing and has a pussy and I and is not drinking and eating I don't know what's wrong with him but he's not acting lately normal to let her use this happened about two days ago when I put in the new bedding

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        Micah 

        3 years ago

        My hamster is fine. Eating, drinking running on the wheel exploring in his ball etc...but everyonce and a while he has some bad diarrhea...and his anus area looks gross. I keep his cage very clean and I don't feed him fruits. I just got him about a week ago...could it just be the stress of moving from the pet store. HELP!

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        Taylor 

        3 years ago

        I accidentally dropped by hamster about 10 inches onto the top of my dresser. She seems fine, running on her wheel and eating, etc but there was blood where her pee pee is. Is she in heat and I didn't notice it before? She is acting fine.

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        Livvy123 

        3 years ago

        My hamster isn't earing much and has gone quite thin. She is not that old and he faeces are slightly off coloured and she has a lump on her stomach

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        jean 

        4 years ago

        My hamster is not acting right he use to run i n he wheel all the time and now he just sets in the corners of the case he eats. And drinks but dosent seem the same could it be the change of the weather? Ways the room temp supposed to be I'm worried about him

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        hamsterlover101 

        4 years ago

        my hamster has a red stomach andher private in the back is getting bigger. I don't know if shes just getting old or if shes sick. please help.

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        Robyn 

        4 years ago

        My hamster is acting really weird. yesterday he was absolutely fine, but this morning, I went to pick him up and he started to nip at me which he never does. then he just laid in my hand and was really lethargic. his fur is greasy and unkept. he's just sleeping in the corner. his hind leg is sagging a little at his hip and he has 2 red dots on the sides of his nose and I don't know what's going on. I'm freaking out. I already lost 1 hamster to wet tail, and I don't know what to do.

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        laura 

        4 years ago

        my daugter was playing with her 6 month panda hamster and his tail got on one of her toys she was playing with.and the skin came off. will the skin grow back on the tail soon. put vaslin on it and lift it. will he be ok soon.

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        alix 

        5 years ago

        i have a young male syrian hamster. 3 days ago he was fine, yesterday i noticed white raised skin on both ears but did not look serious, this morning around the bottom of his back i noticed a very large lump and by night it has almost doubled in size, i am taking him to a vet asap but, does anyone know what i can do in the meantime? please help asap, thanks

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        sierra 

        5 years ago

        hi my name is sierra and my hamster has some of these Simtoms but is it sick or pregnant she has been drinking for like 3 hour now what do i do im starting to get scared.i hared that she also mite have diabetes or sugar can that be true too.

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        julianna 

        5 years ago

        thank-you my hamster turunt to be ok

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        Zeusgoose 

        6 years ago

        I just recently purchased a hamster from petco and had it for about two days now. Zeus(the hamster) woke me up with banging, chewing, and climbing then jumping off the cage walls. He is the sweetest looking hamster his fur feels like a cloud, but this morning when I checked on him his fur was greasy looking and looked mad and crazy. I am not going to take him to a vet because I took my old hamster to a vet and it cost 150$$$ and the medicine they gave me caused him to have a seizure and die!!!!

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        heather 

        6 years ago

        my daughter has annabel, female dwarf hamster she is almost 2 years and 5 months, she was fine last night then she has blood coming from privates, not positive which area, tried to clean her up. she is in pain,do not have access to a vet. she cant walk good when she tries,the front is good,but not the backside. the back left leg and foot not working well. her breathing is like she is in labor but she is not. i do not have a credit card to ask a vet online,just maybe someone knows some advice. thankyou

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        Akhm 

        6 years ago

        I decided to get another hamster from a pet smart with all male hamsters. I now have it at home for the first night and he is breathing quickly, eyes are closed, and he isn't moving or accepting food or water. I am concerned about him and not sure what to do, I would take him to a vet but none of the local vets accept hamsters and every other site says he is hibernating or dying, so any ideas to help him would be great!

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        Serousha 

        6 years ago

        Hi my hamster is starting to walk slowly ever since my dog came in my room. Is he afraid or sick?

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        Chris 

        6 years ago

        Why is my hamster's behind drags all the time and why is she shaking ? She had diahorrea earlier on. How can I make her better ??

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        Allie 

        6 years ago

        My hamster just recently started moving really slow. He's not even a year yet. His tail isn't wet though. He's not eating as much and I have to make him drink. Does anyone have any idea what it is

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        Megan 

        6 years ago

        My hamster is not drinking much he is only drinking 5-6 times a day.is this normal ?? Im only12 and I don't want to lose my hamster! Help

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