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Old 09-08-2019, 10:46 PM   #1
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Question Am I a bad hamster owner?


I live in Sweden and where I live we don't have exotic vets that can take in hamsters. Does that mean that I can't own hamsters since I can't help them if they are sick? Does this make me a bad hamster owners.

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Old 09-08-2019, 11:38 PM   #2
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Default Re: Am I a bad hamster owner?

Well have you checked all of your local vets to see if they have anyone who is able to take care of hamster or seen is there are any vets who do home calls that will do hamsters?

This doesn't make you a bad owner but if there is nowhere that your ham could go to a vet but it may be best not own a hamster in future or at least whilst there is nowhere that will be able to medically care for them as it is a necessity.

I'm not saying to find your hamster a new home just that vet care is important.

Hope this helped xx
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Old 09-09-2019, 05:08 AM   #3
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Default Re: Am I a bad hamster owner?

No, it doesn't make you a bad hamster owner because its not your fault that you don't have an exotics
vet nearby.

I would locate a general vet though. My local vet is limited to treat hamsters with antibiotics and to put them down but that's all they can offer which is better than nothing if no exotics vet available at all.

I have found a vet who knows about hamsters just in case i ever need one.
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:21 PM   #4
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Default Re: Am I a bad hamster owner?

I personally think you're already helping them because the number of people who don't know how to keep hamsters / can't be bothered to give them proper care is overwhelming. I would say hamsters in your area still deserve a good home and if you did proper research, you're still giving them a much better life. Otherwise they may potentially go to other people in your area that don't care about the hamsters, and those people don't have access to a vet just like you.

You're already giving them an advantage if you care. I have personally heard some people saying "if it dies it's okay, it's so cheap I can buy ten more", and I wonder what's wrong with their brains. When I browse online shopping sites, the sales numbers of cotton bedding that I see really makes me feel sick because those people are spending money and effort to get something they thought their hamsters would like, without knowing it's potentially fatal. You can give your hamster a far better home than that, even without a vet.
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