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Leanne, 29 May 2020

Hi, I have a golden Syrian hamster who has just turned 2 and a half years old, he's a lovley character and he's such a sweet animal very chilled, dosent mind being held never bites. All of a sudden as from yesterday he has become highly distressed and is scratching and running around the cage and chewing on bars ( never done this before). Iv checked his teeth they are a good size, his fur is in good condition with no bald patches, his eyes are bright and sparkly, checked him over for lumps couldn't find anything, eating and drinking fine urinating fine, his claws feel a little sharp, he's going bonkers in his cage, I don't understand we have no other pets, I would take him to a vet but covid 19 is making this difficult. I feel so sorry for him, I don't know how to help him.x


Leanne, 29 May 2020

Hi, I have a golden Syrian hamster who has just turned 2 and a half years old, he's a lovley character and he's such a sweet animal very chilled, dosent mind being held never bites. All of a sudden as from yesterday he has become highly distressed and is scratching and running around the cage and chewing on bars ( never done this before). Iv checked his teeth they are a good size, his fur is in good condition with no bald patches, his eyes are bright and sparkly, checked him over for lumps couldn't find anything, eating and drinking fine urinating fine, his claws feel a little sharp, he's going bonkers in his cage, I don't understand we have no other pets, I would take him to a vet but covid 19 is making this difficult. I feel so sorry for him, I don't know how to help him.x


Dana, 21 April 2020

We have had our dwarf hamster for 3 months and he would always let us pick him up, play with us, and he never bite me. One day he started randomly climbing on his bars (which he never did before) chewing on them, running around and started biting me, so we looked for new cages and new toys for him, we ordered a bunch of stuff and looked in his cage and he was suddenly dead. His feet looked a little blue but we don’t know if it was heart disease. Very sad night for my daughter and I.


Mackenzie, 16 April 2020

I got my hamster from a previous owner and it’s about a year and a half now a long haired Syrian and was always so energetic and exited and kept me up all the time until about just a couple of months ago seemed to have what looked like a strike so I read up on it and it said she might be going into hibernation which isn’t supposed to happen, then two days later was fine so I’m very confused then about a week or two later the same thing happened again and I did everything heat pad under cage heater in room I mean everything and she seemed to be fine again until today she is now acting different again but is twisting her back and walking weird and keeps falling asleep everywhere like while she is trying to walk on her wheel or when drinking water and she isn’t eating much either help someone I don’t want her to die.


Dorothy, 10 April 2020

I have had my dwarf hamster for 7 months and she has always let me pick her up and make a fuss of her, but suddenly a week ago, as soon as she sees me she rushes back to her bed and if I try to pick her up she bites me. Does anyone know why this is? Could it be a health problem? It is very upsetting.


Kat, 30 March 2020

I like to think I do the most for my hamsters. Bookie live in a sideways medium/large bookshelf with at least 6 inches of aspen wood shavings, two sand playgrounds with covering, tunnels, appropriately sized wheel and a salt rock with multiple hiding places and two food bowls on each side. However he is active more sporadically and is not one jumping at his walls but bit me!! More of a pinch bite than grabbed me. I was shocked as this is not his behavior typically. I tried to pet him and he jumped to his side to bite me. He is not scared like my other hamster ghost, but I’m worried he is unhappy. Please help. (Ghost like to be hidden so I hardly see him, but he is doing fine)


Prisila, 26 March 2020

My hamster is so hyperactive, and she sleeps a lot. She doesnt even eat or drink water. She doesnt sleep in her nest/hides, and she never seems to play. She doesnt go in her wheel either. She lives in a 40 gallon tank, and she looks so stressed. Shes always jumping and standing up trying to climb out the tank. Shes always scratching the tank too. I really need help, and I dont want her to die :(


, 21 March 2020

When I first got my hamster she bit my mom once but never me. She was always calm and we put her with my sister and he always fought her at first but then they were fine. Never fought and she would let you hold her and love her. However my sisters, he would bite like he was territorial of her. Didn’t know we had two genders. The pet store didn’t know sex, i dont know how. But she got pregnant and after we separated them my sisters hamster became fine and we put him in a smaller cage and he got fatter and fatter so we had to switch them cages when we got down to the last three maybe it was two babies. My hamster would let you pet her some. She calmed down. Or so I thought. Soon she became to bite and CLING on. Once you hold her it’s okay. But you can’t even grab her. She bites on her cage she grabs at me when I drag my finger down the cage to get her to stop. She CLIMBS it and bites. I’ve put a little olive oil on it for now until I can take the cage apart and clean and spray it. But I know it will be hard to get her out of the stupid cage. It’s like she bites it for my attention. I dont know what else to do


, 4 February 2020

Hello. I recently bought two dwarf hamsters that I assume are fairly young as the store only had them for two weeks before purchase. My sister and I were able to hold them before purchase and interact with them to determine their personalities and tameness. They were super sweet and didn’t nibble at all. So my sister and I purchased two and brought them home. We setup a 120 gallon tank with hay bedding and lots of popsicle stick toys and crafts for them to entertain themselves with. Along with that, they had a wooden wheel and sandbox. After about a month of having them, one really started to change. She first started to nibble your hand gently, which I figured was do to smells, like lotion on my hand. But as time progressed, she started to bite and eventually draw blood on my hand. I don’t know what caused her to gradually become aggressive, especially since my sister and I never mistreated or held them incorrectly. I would lower my knuckle into the cage for them to first smell before attempting to pick them up. Eventually it came to the point where I had to wear gloves to pick up my hamster. After about 2 weeks of this behavior, she suddenly fell ill (Urine on her bottom, excessive pooping (not diahria) falling over when trying to walk, and acting sleepy). This all hit her over a matter of hours and she ended up dying within 2 or 3 hours after these symptoms. I have no idea what went wrong or what happened? And I fear my other hamster is doomed to the same fate as she has started the aggression too. Does anyone have any answers as to what this is? I also fed/feed my hamsters a natural diet of seeds, vegetables, and recently a natural salad meant for hamsters. I also drop one drop of a natural immune support solution into their water once a week. Again, I don’t know what went wrong? If anyone has answers, they would be much appreciated!


Clair, 6 October 2019

We have a 6 month old hamster, she has been handled daily and is fairly tame. We have had to remove all the bars from the sides of her cage as she chews them to a point she will cause herself injury. We had bought her wooden chews which she never touched. We recently bought a wooden cage for her which was a lot bigger, however she immediately started chewing it and we had to take her out as she caused significant damage in a short space of time. She is becoming more destructive and seems to be almost hyperactive. Any ideas anyone?

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