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Old 07-30-2021, 09:52 PM   #1
Shadow Cat
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Default Urgent advice needed: End of life

Good morning everyone

My hamster is coming to the end of her life. She's almost 2, I think it's just her time. I've been preparing for it to come.

I woke up this morning and it was clear she hadn't come out of her nest, I thought she had passed, but when I looked she was still alive, awake but listless. She doesn't seem in pain.

What I want to know is, is it kinder to let her pass naturally in familiar surroundings, or take her to a vet, a potentially stressful journey, to be put to sleep?

With past hamsters I feel that perhaps I made the wrong decision by not putting them to sleep. Please can you let me know what you think is best?

The vets don't open for another 3 hours but I can call when they do and try to get an appointment today if that is what's best.

Thank you
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Old 07-31-2021, 12:59 AM   #2
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Default Re: Urgent advice needed: End of life

I'm so sorry to hear this.

As long as your hamster is not suffering i would let nature take its course.

All of my hamsters died in the comfort of their familiar surroundings with me or my OH by their side but i would have taken them to the vet at the slightest suspicion of pain or suffering.

Only you can tell what's best for your hamster and i'm sure that you are going to make the right decision.

My thoughts are with you at this difficult and sad time.
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Old 07-31-2021, 02:31 AM   #3
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Default Re: Urgent advice needed: End of life

Thank you. I decided to take her to the vet. I feel I've made the wrong decision in the past by staying at home.
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