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Old 11-24-2017, 02:31 PM   #1
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Question Hamster acting strangely. Need Advice

I have a two year old teddy bear hamster that is usually loving and active. Approximately 2-3 days ago I noticed her lying sprawled out lying on her stomach which is very abnormal for her (she usually sleeps curled up in a corner in her pile of bedding). She also was quivering and not eating the treats she loves. As I observed more closely I noticed she was walking oddly and lethargic.
She also seems to be breathing fast.

Last night and today though I saw her eat and drink water. She was also sleeping in her normal spot. Her body never felt cold and I keep the room warm for her. Today she was eating a bunch and she ran around in her ball. She is also not as shakey.

Should I take her to the vet (I live in NYC however and would have to take her on a long subway ride which I think will be traumatic for her)? Anyone else's hamsters have symptoms like this?
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Old 11-24-2017, 11:00 PM   #2
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Default Re: Hamster acting strangely. Need Advice

At her age it's quite possible she may have had a small stroke, she is quite an old hamster & they can begin to show symptoms like this or have episodes such as this then seem to recover quite well for a while.
If she seems better now then it may not be necessary for her to go to the vet but do keep a close eye on her for signs of anything still being wrong or any other changes.
She may begin to find it harder to get around as she gets older or if anything like this happens again so you may need to make some adjustments to her cage, everything on one level, nothing she might fall off & just keeping food & water within easy reach.
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