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Injured or Sick: Signs and Symptoms


If you are concerned that one of your pet hamsters might be sick, you probably already have a good feeling something might be wrong. By closely observing your pet’s behavior and physical appearance, you can determine if you have a sick hamster on your hands. Once you determine there is a problem, you can go about treating a sick hamster. Treatments can include things you can do yourself or if your hamsters are sick to the point the need special medication, you will need to go to the vet. Of course you can help avoid having to do this by learning how to prevent illnesses.

Signs and Symptoms

Change in Your Hamster’s Behavior: Good care involves observing your hamster often to see how it acts on a good day. Understand what a typical day is for your little pets. Watch the wake up routine; does the pet in question stretch and yawn like it usually does? Is your hamster eating and drinking the usual amount per day? Has the interaction it has among other hamsters roommates changed in any way? If you answered yes to any of these, it’s possible your little guy or gal is under the weather, injured or sick.
Interaction Between You and Your Hamster: Next observe how they interact with you. When you open the cage door, are your hamsters responsive? A normal reaction would be for it to perk its ears up and look towards your direction. A sick hamster might be completely out of it and not have any reaction when you open the cage. It might also cower or get nippy as it might feel vulnerable when it is sick or injured. Of course if your hamster is new, it might be a bit shy until it gets familiar with being handled.
Cute hamster standing

Coat and Fur: A healthy one with a satin coat should have a sleek coat or fur. If it looks dull or wet, it might be a sign that it is sick. If a coat that is normally rex, now has a ruffled or dried out coat appearance, it can also be a sign of illnesses.
Eyes: Healthy eyes are bright and alert without redness. There should be no discharge or crusty parts; the should not be dull or sunken in appearance. Some hamster breeds have reddish eyes to begin with so it’s important to observe what the eyes of this hamster normally look like.
Nose: The nose should be dry and not runny. A runny nose can be a sign of a cold or some other virus.
Mouth: Two common symptoms of a health issue include overgrown long teeth known as malocculusion and impacted cheek pouches. An impaction occurs when food or debris becomes stuck in the sides of the mouth. Both of these are capable of limiting a hamsters food and water intake which can become a serious matter if the issue is not resolved.
Tail: A wet hamster tail is not a good sign. This is wetness can either be fecal matter or urine. If you notice your sick hamster not moving away from where it just did it’s business, this is a strong indicator that there is a real health issue going on.

Syrian Hamster Breed

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87 comments on “Injured or Sick: Signs and Symptoms
  1. concerned says:

    I got my male Syrian hamster almost a week ago and wasn’t informed that I was supposed to leave him alone for the first week to become accustomed to his new surrounding. Last night I discovered that his water bottle was leaking everywhere and he was just laying in a puddle of water. I cleaned out the cage and got a new water bottle for him but he is just hunched over in a corner that doesn’t have any bedding and is surrounded by his own feces (which isn’t particularly solid). When I pulled him out he was acting normally and crawling all over me but he had some liquid fecal matter on his butt. I don’t know if I’m just jumping to the conclusion that he has wet tail but there isn’t a small animals veterinarian even remotely nearby and I don’t want to stress him out even more by traveling. He is eating but he shies away from me whenever I try to touch him. He’s only around eight weeks old and I’d like to know if I’m just overthinking it and if I’m not then what I should do.

    • admin says:

      You are probably over thinking it. Continue to keep the cage clean and give your little hamster time to build a bond with you.

  2. Alice says:

    OMG please help. I have female Syrian hamster. She gave birth on 28th of May. Killed two babies right away. 6 survived and she was the perfect mom since. I found new home for 3 babies and I have 3 left. No idea about their sex. Can’t say if it’s a boy or a girl. Though tonight one of the babies started jumping around and lifts his back leg and act crazy. To the point where he can’t even sleep. His brother or sister begins to do this too. I split all hamsters. Mom, babies etc. Two of them calmed down. Though white one acted like this for over an hour. Two babies are back home with their momma. White one is alone in the box. I don’t have spare cage now :/ he is here alone with bedding food water etc almost 5 hours. He is calmer though he can’t sleep because of those new ticks. I checked all Google can’t find any answers. I must add that babies were done unfortunately by brother and sister. I had no idea they weren’t same sex. Can it be some genetic issue? If not what is it? What should I do? I can’t afford vet yet. It’s 60 euros for the visit only here ;(

    • admin says:

      That’s too bad about the two babies being eaten. unfortunately this does happens sometimes. Depending on the age of the remaining babies, they might need to be housed with their mother so she can care for them. Unless of course you think she will try to eat them as well. The issue with the nervous tics of the other baby is not something I have experience with. It could be a genetic issue due to inbreeding but it could also just be a phase it is going through. For me it is hard to tell. I wouldn’t want to give you any advice on something I’m not fully familiar with. You can try to seek out an active forum on hamsters and explain this to the members. Though they will likely tell you to take them to the vet. 60 euros is a lot of money to spend on a hamster that may not make it. It’s a sad reality but also an understandable one. Here are a few active forums to look at: hamsterhideout and hamstercentral

      • Alice says:

        Thank you for your reply. I took her to the vet. He said she is perfectly fine. Those nervous tics he explained to me as a great shock. She was attached to her mom too much and when for the first time I tried to catch her she was already very stressed plus I eventually catch her and took out. She screamed back for her mom to come and save her. Apparently this sound was the sound of abandoned or lost baby. Though mother didn’t showed up. So she was close to heart attack. Now she’s doing fine back with the mother and her 2 siblings. Apparently because I never tried to touch babies or interact with them caused her to react in this way. He gave her something to calm down in a shot. Don’t know what it was. She slept half of a day. And now she look like a pretty healthy hamster. Eat and sleep. Play etc. Sometimes while sleeping she squicks and do weird noises. Maybe it’s PTSD if hamsters can have it at all

  3. Emily says:

    My hamster has been acting funny. She pooped out a big ball of poop and it had blood in it. I’m afraid she’s pregnant because she is now making a nest out of toilet paper and she is storing food. I haven’t had her for very long but the pet store warned me she might be pregnant. ( I also think the blood and “poop” ball was maybe a miscarriage.

    Please help! -Emily and Liz

  4. Tayla Rinkel says:

    My hamster has a cut just below his neck, he has had it for a while now and I thought it would heal by itself but it hasn’t. He seems to be scratching it quite a bit. He is still running on his wheel, eating and drinking so it doesn’t seem to be bothering him. Is there anything I can do to help it heal. Do you think I should take him to the vet?

  5. No name says:

    My hamster has a lump on her head and I can’t afford a vet what can be wrong

    • admin says:

      A lump can be several things. A general lump, swelling from a skin condition (parasites), a cyst or even a tumor. A common lump probably doesn’t require vet care. You can try soaking a wash cloth in a thyme tea to help reduce the selling. Try reading the articles relating to skin conditions and lumps on, Hamster Illnesses for more care instructions.

  6. MLB says:

    My daughterson hamster lost it’s foot within 24 hrs all of a sudden it’s not there there is no blood but it’s bone is sticking out I don’t know what to do for it obviously a vet but we cannot afford a vet obviously I don’t want it to be in pain any advice?

    • admin says:

      Sorry to hear about that. There is not a lot of advice to offer. There is a very small chance that it doesn’t get infected but without vet care the wound will likely become infected. I suggest calling a vet at the least and asking them for their expert opinion.

  7. Abby says:

    If my hamsters starts making funny noises and it is getting red around the eyes what should I do

  8. Sarah holohan says:

    Hi,my hampster has blood running from his nose,mouth and bottom and he let’s out screams and splats of blood come out,please help I don’t know what to do!!

  9. Hannah says:


    My hamster escaped out of his cage for a week and since we’ve caught him and put him back in his cage he’s not been his usual self. Used to be quite a clean hamster and would poo and wee in certain areas. Now there is big, soft poo everywhere! Particularly in his house and it stinks so bad!! His wee is also very yellow. We have to clean his cage every two days at the moment. He’s also got poo stuck around his bum and it’s all sticky. Otherwise, he’s drinking a lot and seems alright. Any advice?

  10. Nobody no says:

    My hamster is bleeding on the nose because another hamster bit it on the nose,what should I do

    • admin says:

      If the cut is still bleeding after a few minutes of noticing it, you can use a clean paper towel or tissue to help stop the flow. Hold it against the wound for a few minutes but be gentle. If your hamster fights you over that, try adding a tiny bit of flour to help stop bleeding and then let it be.

      You can treat the wound several ways. Let it heal on its own if it is a minor cut or otherwise clean it with a Que-Tip and some mild antiseptic. Then add a tint bit of Neosporian. Some hamster owners use a thyme tea or UMF Manuka Honey to to clean wounds since they are completely safe for hamsters.

      The Manuka Honey is recommended because it will help keep the wound from scabbing. Scabs on the nose can easily be torn open since the nose is usually moist all the time.

      Lastly, you may need to separate the two hamsters if this behavior continues or get a larger cage. Only dwarf breeds should really be housed together. The larger Syrian breeds prefer their own space.

  11. megan baker says:

    My hamster got stuck in her bed for a day and night before i realised. Ive freed her and shes walking gingerly, and hasnt had a drink yet. Shes normally quick and full of life and she is very quiet and not keeping still for long periods of time.

  12. Rose says:

    Hi! My hamster Marie looks healthy but then the other day, she can’t even walk properly! And her eyes doesn’t look good either, she had a hard time eating and drinking so I had to help her by holding the water bottle close to her. The next day, I just found her dead with a blood on her bum :( And this morning.. I found her sister dead with a blood on her mouth. I wasn’t around the last few days, my mom just told me that Marie’s sister acted the same. She can’t barely walk and had a hard time eating and drinking so my mom did the same, she helped her drink and eat. And now.. mama ham ham seems to act weak right now.. What should I do? What might have caused them to die? Is it a genetic disease or something? Because the other hamsters (from another mother) are fine and they are in a one big cage. I would really appreciate your help. Thank you!

    • admin says:

      It is hard to tell what the cause of death might have been. It could be an issue with genetics based on the info you provided. Regardless, consider quarantining the mother hamster away from the healthy hamsters, do some deep cleaning of the cage, clean the food and water dishes, keep the mother hamster comfy and makes sure she is drinking water. Depending on the mother’s age, she could get better. If you can provide us with more symptoms, we might be able to help narrow down the problem and see if there is an available treatment. Of course you could take her to a vet for a more accurate diagnoses and treatment options.

  13. Aliah says:

    my hamster had a serious accident. I keep a towel over her cage at night and she had pulled parts of it apart causing strings of all sorts. she got her foot caught in it and seems like she tried way to hard and now she has an extreme open wound and I’m scared bc I can’t take her to a vet bc none are open and I can’t afford it I don’t have her papers from when I bought her anyway I’m afraid she’s going to die but I don’t want her to die is there anyway I can help her?

    • admin says:

      To stop the bleeding, use surgical gauze or toilet paper as an alternative. The hamster will of course chew these off so you will need to keep replacing them. You might call a vet and see if you can purchase a small head cone to help keep your hamster from chewing on the bandage. I wouldn’t recommend making one on your own without first getting advice from a professional. We do not have the experience with these. Use an antibiotic ointment or spray to help keep the the risk for infection down. Avoid using adhesives like band aids directly on the hamster’s fur. The fur will stick to the band aid and make it painful to remove.

  14. David Ellis says:

    My hamster is not sleeping this morning and I am not sure if this is not normal because she may be excited till tomorrow morning because we let her out in the garden and that’s the first time she has ever been there and we observe her to keep her safe from bad plants but I noticed she chewed on flowers and grass. Could this be the problem

    • admin says:

      It depends on the types of flowers and plants she chewed on. Grasses should be fine and many plants are fine too.

  15. S. Butler says:

    I noticed earlier today my hamster’s eye is filled up with blood.I thought maybe he had a paper cut from some papers that were on my couch, but he wasn’t bleeding externally. I called Petco and I asked one of the managers his opinion. He suggested that maybe Dusty busted a blood vessel. Does that sound like something that could happen? He told me to give it a couple of more days since my hamster is still acting normal and playful. But I was told that if he does need help from a vet that I can relinquish him since right now I’m not able to afford to care for him.

    • admin says:

      From that bit of information, it does sound like a broken blood vessel. That’s not a given but the most likely. Monitor it over the next few days and see if there is any improvement. In the mean time, make sure your hamster’s living space doesn’t have objects with sharp edges. Also consider using a softer bedding if you currently use wood chips for example.

  16. maria says:

    I have a 2 month baby hamster and he/she is not eating or breathing and he/she has heavy breathing I’m afraid he might die

  17. Celyn says:

    mysyrian hamster had a fall yesterday and her nose started bleeding. I had to go to school so I made my mum make sure she is okay. When my mum got back from the school run the bleeding had stopped. She is really wary now and keeps sneezing.Please help me. I don’t know what to do and we can’t afford a vet at the moment

    • admin says:

      Like humans, hamsters are no different. When you get a bloody nose, which for some people happens easily, sometimes blood gets stuck in your sinus passages. Sneezing might just be a reaction to trying to clear them out. Being a little out of it is also common when you get hit in the nose or take a spill. There are a lot of nerves in the nose so is a normal response. Both issues should probably go away with time. The main thing is that the bleeding stopped. Observe your hamster but don’t handle it for a few days, let it rest and heal and it should be able to recover on its own.

  18. samantha says:

    Hey y’all my hamster hurt herself she was obviously trying to escape and busted her tooth sideways. Now she’s breathing weird like she has the sniffles I’m scared and don’t want nothing happening to my baby. please help!! Ohhh and her nose was bleeding.

    • admin says:

      Sorry for such a late reply. Do you have an update to share with us? Were you able to fix her tooth?

    • katie says:

      Same thing happened to my hamster, Eugene a few months back. He had to get the tooth removed, and the other filed down. Had to give him pain killers and antibiotics for a few days. Also soft foods, I crushed up his favourite biscuits into crumbs so he could eat it. He got better, then a few days back I noticed his nose looked like it had been bleeding and sounded like he had a cold, so back to the vet! More antibiotics. He was getting sticky eyes too. Poor wee bugger. Then yesterday morning he seemed very confused and wobbly and very bloated. Back to the vet for more antibiotics, unfortunately I lost him yesterday afternoon, I was heartbroken. But Eugene was very old. Hope this helped. :)

  19. rachel says:

    My robo dwarf hamster has been recently screaming, or letting out high pitched sounds, and when i check on her she looks scared and is unable to move for a short period of time, what should i do?

    • admin says:

      Hi, dwarf hamster in particular are known to let out squeaks so it’s not a given that there is a problem at all. Furthermore, you picking it up when it might already be stressed could just make it more stressed and its reaction is to stand still or cower in fear. Continue to observe your robo and read up on our post on hamster body language. Let us know if any other odd behaviors come up, like, if it stops eating and drinking water.

      • Rachel says:

        She has been continuaslly scratchting, then she started to twitch and jump, and I saw the page in your response and she has not been to responding to anything after the twitching occurs. This is a new behavior, but she is getting older, she is almost exactly 2 years old, I don’t know what I can do for her if there is a problem.

        • admin says:

          Scratching could be a sign of mites or some sort of skin issue (see this post and the others on skin issue) It could be an issue due to her age and if that is the case, there is not a lot you can do to fix her. Try to make her comfortable in her old age. Keep the cage clean with lots of soft bedding. Taking her to a vet is an option but they will likely say the same thing.

  20. Katie Hickman says:

    I’ve noticed alot of blood in my hamstets cage. Ive pocked him up several times and never see any woumds.He is little over a year old now. He just lays around he usually runs in hes wheel all night but he hasnt been doing that. Ive also noticed alot of blood on his wheel as wheel. PLEASE HELP I DONT KNOW WHAT I SHOULD DO FOR HIM.

    • admin says:

      Have you checked closely at your hamster’s feet? or could the blood be coming from its mouth or behind? It’s hard to tell what is going on without knowing more. Try to make sure your little guy keeps drinking water so he doesn’t get dehydrated.

  21. Lucy says:

    My new Syrian hamster that I got three days ago has just had a dramatic change in the way it’s acting. In the past few days it has been incredibly active and very responsive to me but now she’s barely moving and will just sit in one spot for very long periods of time when she is usually moving around. She hasn’t been drinking very much either. Her fur looks a little ruffled tu there’s no sign of wet tail, runny noses or problems with eyes. What’s wrong with her? Should I take her to the vets?

    • admin says:

      Sorry about the late response. How is your hamster doing? In regards to the not drinking issue, you should get a small eye dropper and hand feed it water. you can also buy some water soluble vitamins. Dehydration is a serious health issue for hamsters.

  22. Connie says:

    Our dwarf hamster has a red blister like mark on his paw. Any ideas what it could be?

    • admin says:

      It could be that its living space doesn’t provide enough soft places for it to walk around on. If you have a wire cage or wire exercise wheel for that matter, the red blisters might be a symptom of aching feet. add extra bedding or at least adding something over top of the wire rungs. Continue to monitor the blisters, keep them clean and infection free. Keep us updated. See these posts: Drawbacks of Wire Hamster Cages and Safe Hamster Bedding Materials.

    • savannah briggs says:

      what your dealing with is bumble foot this happens when you have a wired wheel or that it has been putting its feet all over the cage which could also cause bumble foot its not dangerous just dont let her use the wheel and try as hard as you can to prevent her messing with the cage

  23. M says:

    My hamster is sleeping all the time for the past two days, and when i take her and put her on a table or any surface, she just lays there not moving. She opens her eyes for a little while and then closes them like she is tired and wants to sleep. She wasn’t like this at all, she is usually very happy and energetic. By the way she is 1 year and 5 months old. What is wrong with my hamster?

    • admin says:

      Are there any other symptoms of a possible illness? Hamsters are animals that do prefer to sleep during the day and are up and active at night. Have you noticed if any food has been eaten or water drank? If so, it might just be that you and your hamster are on different sleeping schedules. In the mean time, just make sure your hamster is comfortable, the cage is warm and has plenty of soft sleeping bedding.

      • M says:

        I am not sure but i think she eats less then usual. Other than that and the total lack of activity, I do not see any other symptones like sneezing, runny nose, wet tail, fur is also ok. I am sure that the problem is not a change in sleeping schedules, because whenever i take her in my arms (day or night) and put her back down she remains in the same position, she doesn’t even curle up in a ball, like she usually does when sleeping. It is really sad….

        • admin says:

          It’s hard to tell what might be wrong but obviously something is off about her. Dehydration is something you want to be concerned about. If she isn’t eating or drinking, she could die from dehydration. Try getting a small syringe and hand feeding her some water. Do it slowly and see if she drinks any of it. You might also want to go to the pet store and ask for some vitamin supplements that you can dissolve in the water. This will at least give her a chance to fight off her ailment. Considering your hamster’s age there is always a chance it is something more serious. Regardless of the issue, just try to make her as comfortable as possible.

  24. Zule says:

    My moms hamster has been making this sneezing noise recently he looks like he has a runny nose & red. His right eye is closed & looks kind of watery. What may be wrong with him? What can I do? Should we take him to the vet?

    • admin says:

      It sounds like he has a cold or respiratory infection. On this post, see the section Treatment Basics to get some information on what you can do to help. Your hamsters can fight off these illnesses but it might need a little extra attention to ensure a speedy recovery.

  25. Kyle Park says:

    My hamster is about 6 months old, and I do have some gnawing block thingys. It lookes like its been used, because of the fact that its chewed along the edges. Its eyes are usually half open, however I am unable to see if its because of fatigue or sickness. I look at my hamster during the day so i think it looks tired. It has a running wheel that it uses during the night as our family hears it while trying to go to sleep.
    I will try to find vitamin drops. Do they sell them at the local pet shop?
    I changed its food bowl, water, and cleaned its cage. I will reply if things start to get better. Thank you for your help!

  26. Kyle Park says:

    My hamster is acting a little strange lately. It drinks a lot of water and I think its trying to gnaw on the water bottle, but Im not sure. It doesnt eat much, even its favorite food: sunflower seeds. Its grown skinny and its ears are flat against its back. Also its back legs are shaped funny. Sort of like a frogs back legs. I must admit I havent been taking care of it much, for instance not changing its food bowl often or not changing the bedding, but now Im concerened for it. What should I do? Will it get better if I take care of it more? Please help!

    • admin says:

      First things first, clean your hamster’s cage, change the bedding and its food and water. The good new, your hamster is drinking water. If it isn’t it will lead to dehydration which in hamsters can be a death sentence. Is your hamster getting old? Does it have trouble walking? Do you have toys in the cage for it to gnaw on and get exercise? Older or out of shape hamsters can get issues with their back legs. see our post on hind limb problems. Having toys for exercise and to gnaw on, will make it less likely for your hamster to gnaw on its water bottle. If your hamster is not eating, you might want to put vitamin drops in its water. See our post on hamster diet. Lastly, seeing its ears pinned back is another sign of an issue. It’s either stressed or has an illness. With only those few signs, it’s hard to determine what the real issue is but do these things mentioned in this post and it is a good start. Let us know if your hamster starts to improve.

  27. Amber says:

    I’m getting a hamster and I’m scared it will get sick and I won’t notice! What should I do? Help! I’m scared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-(

    • admin says:

      If you feed it well and keep the cage clean, you should be able to keep the little guy from getting sick. Also, observe it everyday to see if you notice any changes in behavior.

    • reyna yeo says:

      OMG!! my hamster’s back leg is injured i think……it’s like crippled……..wad should i do now???????????wad should i do now????!!!

      • admin says:

        I hope your hamster’s legs are better. There are many reasons their back legs stop working. An injury, old age or a lack of exercise to name a few. You can help treat some of these with a change in diet and more exercise options. In terms of an injury, you can either go to the vet or try to make your hamster feel more comfortable as it tries to heal. A vet might not be able to do much other than prescribe some pain medication. Surgery and casts on such a small pet is often impossible and many vets won’t. Follow some of the advice in this post and you can improve your chances of it getting better.

  28. Tracey says:

    My hamster has been very sick a few days now. Very lethargic and weak. We actually thought he had passed the other day but has not. He’s not eating/drinking either. He does have a yellow discharge that seems to have dried up underneath him. It’s a boy…is that his penis? I don’t know whats wrong with him but I believe it’s immenent that he’ll be passing away. My children are upset. Do you know what could be wrong? He’s a dwarf hamster.

    • admin says:

      Yeah, it’s likely dried up urine. It’s hard to tell what it might be. Is the hamster an older hamster, does it have any other symptoms like respiratory problems, runny nose? You should take a water dropper and make the hamster drink water since hamsters can become dehydrated quickly. I’d almost call a vet and tell them your situation; the vet might be able to give you some advice over the phone.

  29. Alyssa Martinez says:

    My hamster hasnt been it self latley, it now and the sneezes and just sleeps all day, only getting up for 2 hours during the night. i was wondering if hamsters can have allergies since its spring right now, or do you recommend i see a vet?

  30. Ashley says:

    Do hamsters get a period, if so how long does it last and how often does it come.

  31. Jennifer says:

    My hamster was fine yesterday. Today she seems very ill. When I talk to her she whines or squels back which she never does. She seems to be breathing fast, shakey and has a yellowish discharge. She is laying in her house with head stuck out the window and eyes closed. I have had the windows open the past few days with a breeze coming in, fed her a few celery leaves, and she may have fallen as her ladder was down in her cage and she was on lower level when I came home. She is walking fine. I cleaned her cage and she has plenty of water. I placed her in a warm dark room for tonight where its quiet so she can sleep. She is about 2 years old. I am concerned.

    • admin says:

      It’s hard to tell what the problem is but you are doing all the things I would do. It sounds like a virus but i’m not sure. Keep it warm and comfy in a quiet room and make sure it drinks some water. You can always try calling vet for advice or a professional diagnosis. Hope she feels better soon.

  32. abigail mckee says:

    I have a female dwarf hamster. She has been a year old since Christmas. When I got up today, I noticed that she has a runny nose. Last night, I heard a small very small coughing noise. When I get her out, she doesn’t move. It looks like she sleeps. She also hasn’t been drinking as much. Should I take an eyedropper and give her water to her like that? Does she have a cold? My sister has had a cold for about a week now, so could she have gotten it from her? Note: My sister doesn’t hold my hamster, only I do. What could be wrong with her?

    • admin says:

      it sounds like a cold. i would follow the steps on treating a sick hamster and also look at this post on hamster colds. germs get in the air and you should try to keep sick people out of the hamster’s room if possible. it’s not your sisters fault thou. If you don’t see your hamster drinking, you might try a water dropper. It’s important to get it hydrated.

    • anna says:

      my hamster is acting the same however she is also very slow hobbling around like an old lady. she knows what she wants but is also very weak on one side im wondering whether she has had a stroke or even worse has knocked herself out as one of her habits is to monkey bar the roof of her cage and let go.!! i took her out the cage last night and she tended to turn round in slow circles. the rest of her appearance is normal. what do you think??

      • admin says:

        She may have hurt herself when she fell, you might need to see if she can heal on her own. If it was a stroke, there is little you can do to treat that. I would call a vet and a see what they recommend. I would make sure you have nice soft bedding in your cage so your hamster has a comfy place to walk on.

  33. Chrsitina says:

    Hi there I have a Russian dwarf hamster who is about two years old, recently she had a cut on her nose that got infected. I took her to the vet and after a series of injections the swelling went down and she seemed to be doing well for three weeks. Today I noticed her one pouch is blocked and her face is very wet and icky I messaged a bit of food out of her pouch like the vet said I should do in case of an impacted pouch and I immediately smelt an awful rotting flesh smell, she’s lost so much weight she’s practically just skin and bone, tomorrow I’m going to try giving her the unsweetened plain yogurt and have temporarily moved her cage away from the other hamster in case it is contagious. Her mouth inside is black and horrid is there hope for her and what can I do to keep her a bit healthier if not. I can’t afford to take her to the vet again so soon :(

  34. Judy says:

    My hamster has a swollen and discolored abdomen. She is also dragging her hind legs. She seems to be having difficulty breathing and is staying in one corner of her cage(fish tank). This seems to have come on very quickly (she was fine yesterday). I am concerned however, because she did fall recently. Could you give me some advice?

    • admin says:

      I’m sorry to hear about your hamster. try reading this post on hamster hind limb problems. A fall could mean it hurt its back but there are other reasons for hind limb issues. discolored abdomen and hind limb issues could be a digestive problem. It could have a gut impaction from eating too much of something. I would call a vet and see what they might suggest. It’s hard to diagnose the problem over the Internet. hope she gets better.

  35. LIZ says:


    • admin says:

      It could be a lot of things but it sounds like the flu. You should follow these steps on treating a sick hamster. More than anything, you need to keep it hydrated. If you have to, use a water dropper to get some water down. Think about calling a vet if your little pet doesn’t start drinking soon.

  36. Mickay says:

    Hi. My hamster was preg. and gave birth to cute pups. 😀 but today, one of the baby hams. has a wound on its neck. the baby hams. is 3 or 4 wks. old. HELP! idontknow what to do.

    • admin says:

      Hmm? for starters, I would read this post on raising a baby hamster. the wound could be a scratch mark or a bite but it’s hard to tell. You have to be careful when treating babies because early on, if you handle them, the mother might get stressed and end up killing her babies. You might want to consult a vet if the wound doesn’t heal on it’s own.

  37. Stephanie says:

    Our hamster seems sick. It isn’t eating much and it is lethargic. When I pit it in its’ ball it seemed just to fall around on it’s side-kind of going in circles. This is very unlike him. He is normally very active and loves to be in his ball. He has one eye that looks a little matted. Do you think this is a cold or something more serious?

    • admin says:

      It’s hard to tell but to make it feel more comfortable, see this post on treating a sick hamster. It’s all about giving him a low stress environment for him to fight off an illness. If he doesn’t get better in a week, you should consult a vet. Keep him hydrated.

  38. jill says:

    my hamsters butt is bloody its never don that before what is wrong

    • admin says:

      Is the blood in the stool of your hamster or is there a some sort of cut in/on its backside. Blood in the stool can be a sign of a serious problem but some blood on the backside might not be as serious. I would clean up your little pet and observe it. If the condition doesn’t get better soon, call a vet and ask them for an opinion.

  39. ashley says:

    my hamster was chewing on the bars of her cage and I just touched her nose to make her stop. when she dropped down and I looked at her she looked like she had hurt her mouth and her nose was bleeding. what could have happened?? could she have broken her teeth?? I did look and her teeth are fine but after when she went to eat she would only eat the soft peanuts. will she be able to eat if its her mouth that she hurt?? How long will it take for an injury involving the mouth and nose to recover?? I feel so bad for it. I need to know she’ll be ok

    • admin says:

      Just like humans, hamsters can easily get nose bleeds. I wouldn’t be too hard on yourself, it’s not like you hit her. Her teeth are probably sensitive right now and need to rest. Give her some time to heal and in the mean time, feed her soft foods that won’t hurt.

  40. gary hester says:

    my hamster fell down from my second floor to my first,at first we thought she was dead but when i went to pick her up she moved around and now she seems fine just scared.is there anyting i should look for to see if she has broken bones or anything? i am very scared she is dying,

    • admin says:

      That’s is a big fall and it is possible that your hamster sustained an injury. You might also have gotten really lucky though too. Check to see if it is limping or has trouble breathing. these are signs of a broken leg or rib. Also check to see if there is any blood coming out of its mouth, ears or eyes. Additionally check to see if there is blood in the urine or poop. These are all signs of an internal injury. lastly, if your hamster appears aggressive, that is a defense mechanism and might have an injury.

      If something is wrong, call around to find a vet that can treat your hamster. They might be able to offer you some solutions and also pain medication to help relieve any pain it might have. What you can do to help her is to remove the exercise equipment, confine her to one level of her cage and make things nice and soft for her so she is comfortable.

      Going forward, avoid falls by blocking off gaps and stairways. Also don’t let your little hamster run freely in areas that you can’t hamster proof. I hope your pet is alright

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