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Old 08-03-2014, 06:22 PM   #1
Sarahbean
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Hello!! I just got my new hammy today (3 month old male syrian named boots) and it happens to be around 35+ degrees Celsius right now where I am and I saw him on his back in a corner where he cleared out the bedding; his breathing is fine and when I woke him up he just walked around his cage no problem. But I do think it is because of the heat and my house is quite hot which doesn't help. I don't have air conditioning and all I have are a few fans that don't do that much to the overall temperature. Is there any way I could cool down the cage? I moved him downstairs where it's a bit cooler but I'm not allowed to have him there all the time. And YES I KNOW NOT TO GET A HAMSTER WET, I just don't know how I could cool poor boots down on hot days like this

-note- this is the hottest summer we've had here and my four past hamsters have all been fine in the summer so that is why I'm coming here asking for help, also- it is still the first day so maybe he has always slept like that, I still have lots to learn about him!! But it still is very hot and I need ways to keep him cool.

Please help!!
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:31 PM   #2
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Default Re: Heat help

You can put a plate or a cup big enough for him to get into, in the freezer, let it get cold, then place it in the cage so he has the option to cool off
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:32 PM   #3
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Could you try wrapping an ice pack in a towel and placing it in his cage? Or at my pet store we sell a marble slab for chinchillas that would probably work.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:36 PM   #4
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Default Re: Heat help

35 is....hot.... Then again, the norm here is 30 these days at the peak of summer. Both Syrian hams have taken to passing out all over the place in the strangest positions. And almost always out on top of something not inside a house.

Best recommends I've seen are taking a dish kept in the fridge and putting it in the cage for them to lie on. Tiles and cool rocks work as well. Keep the air moving with a fan, but not directly blowing on the cage. I can always tell the circulation of air in the room by where the hammies sleep, lol

Both my six month old Syrian and the new baby still exercise, eat and come out, but some days? Well we all have dog days so to speak...

Retopping off the water with cold water also helps.

I tend not to worry too much. They're Syrian hamsters. They were discovered outside of Allepo Syria which is very hot in the daytime and very cool at night out in the desert areas. Even though mine are both long hairs, (which was a later genetic development) I figure they were built for Syria, so a heatwave is something they seem to take in stride. I agree 35 is a bit on the too hot side if it were the norm....

Your hamster sounds fine. The tips above might help.....
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:57 PM   #5
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35 is....hot.... Then again, the norm here is 30 these days at the peak of summer. Both Syrian hams have taken to passing out all over the place in the strangest positions. And almost always out on top of something not inside a house.

Best recommends I've seen are taking a dish kept in the fridge and putting it in the cage for them to lie on. Tiles and cool rocks work as well. Keep the air moving with a fan, but not directly blowing on the cage. I can always tell the circulation of air in the room by where the hammies sleep, lol

Both my six month old Syrian and the new baby still exercise, eat and come out, but some days? Well we all have dog days so to speak...

Retopping off the water with cold water also helps.

I tend not to worry too much. They're Syrian hamsters. They were discovered outside of Allepo Syria which is very hot in the daytime and very cool at night out in the desert areas. Even though mine are both long hairs, (which was a later genetic development) I figure they were built for Syria, so a heatwave is something they seem to take in stride. I agree 35 is a bit on the too hot side if it were the norm....

Your hamster sounds fine. The tips above might help.....
Thank you!! Really reassuring, I'm just not used to it because my old hamsters were fine in the heat.. Then again, it has never been this hot here for this long.
I'll try putting something cool inside his cage so hey can sleep on it
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