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Old 09-20-2014, 11:29 AM   #1
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Unhappy New hamster not drinking?

Hello! 2 days ago I got a new hamster and he hasn't drunk out of his water bottle yet. he knows how to use one because he was drinking out of one in the pet store and I've checked the one i have and he must be able to reach it. He seems fine but I'm worried. I haven't really got anything to rub on the end to attract him too it unless I can rub his food against it or something haha
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Old 09-20-2014, 11:51 AM   #2
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Default Re: New hamster not drinking?

Hamsters drink very little, as they are native to the desert, their bodies don't need much moisture. My biggest hamster drinks less than a tablespoon of water per day. My smallest drinks so little it takes several days for the water level to drop any noticeable amount. Even if you monitor the bottle carefully, it can be difficult to notice such a small amount.

Also, I didn't see either of my hamsters drink anything until about 3 days after I had brought them home. Probably because of stress from being moved. It's possible they did drink during this time but I didn't see it.

You can do a quick check for dehydration by gently pulling back the skin on the scruff of their neck (you can search the forum for threads about scruffing a hamster to see what I mean) and then letting go. On a well-hydrated hamster, the skin should spring back into place immediately. If it doesn't, there's some dehydration occurring.

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Old 09-20-2014, 12:42 PM   #3
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Thanks so much!

I just caught him drinking so i'm relieved! and i only just realised that the bottle has ml marks on it so i've refilled right on the mark so i can check how it goes down.

Im paranoid that the bottle wasn't working haha even though i've seen water come out of it.
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