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Old 12-17-2020, 09:21 AM   #1
HelloTiger
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Question Worried - lethargic hamster

Hello,
We have had our Syrian hamster, Tiger, since July. He was fine and active late last night, but today we found him in a ball inside his hut (instead of his bedding nest) and very lethargic. When we touch, him he will move a little, but he's not responding like normal at all. He has had plenty of food (no changes), and I tested his water spout, and it worked, so I don't think he'd be dehydrated. Just in case, I put it near his face and squeezed a few drops out, but he didn't seem interested. I heated a small bottle of water and wrapped it in a kitchen towel and put it right next to him (we keep our house cool, especially overnight, and it was a cold night last night). I told my daughter if he doesn't perk up later today, I'd try to. make a vet appointment, but we are in the middle of a snowstorm, so I don't think it would be until tomorrow. Any ideas?
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Old 12-17-2020, 09:33 AM   #2
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Default Re: Worried - lethargic hamster

Hi! About how cold was your house last night? A hamster should always be kept at 20C, give or take 2 or 3 degrees. If not, it is possible they can go into a type of hibernation, and it can be dangerous. Here's a good video on it:

Do Hamsters Hibernate? - YouTube
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Old 12-17-2020, 10:05 AM   #3
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It was lower than 68 degrees F (going by may celsius conversion). Maybe 62 overnight. That video was very helpful. I just went and checked on Tiger and he was no longer in his hut next to the warm bottle. He went downstairs (presumably back to his nest). Hopefully he's feeling better. I am going to move a space heater into the room where he is for now.
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Old 12-17-2020, 10:08 AM   #4
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I'm glad that he's looking better!
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Old 12-17-2020, 10:36 AM   #5
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I gave him some solution in a syringe and he took it happily the first time. Got shaky and twitchy and started moving around more. He refused the syringe again (swatted it away with his paw) and resisted me picking him up. I put a space heater near his cage and put a towel under it so it wouldn't be as cold (from the basement below). He has been much more active since, moving all over his cage. It's encouraging. We will be relocating him for the evenings upstairs, near a baseboard heater, for the rest of the winter.
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