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Old 04-14-2024, 03:16 PM   #1
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Default What are we doing wrong?

My daughter loves her hamsters more than anything and she takes really good care of them. Up until now our all of our hamsters have always lived about 2 years but weíve had some really bad luck lately. Last summer she adopted a hamster who was 6 weeks old. We got a massive second hand cage and sanitized it with vinegar and lots of scrubbing. We added a bunch of wood toys, we gave her oxbow hamster food and mealworms plus some hamster safe treats (fruits and veggies etc) and clean water daily. After only 4-5 months she died very suddenly after being 100% normal the day before. We thought she must have been sick so we waited a bit, resanitized the cage, and got another hamster when my daughter was ready. He died after 3-4 months. My daughter was beside herself. We went to the pet store and chatted with them for over an hour (they are very knowledgeable at this store) and they said it sounded like we were doing everything right. We reluctantly decided to try again. We sanitized the cage, got new food and brought home another hamster. She died after only 2 months. We have no idea what we are doing wrong and my daughter is inconsolable. Could it be the cage? Or the toys? We are likely not going to get another one as itís too much heartbreak and we donít know whatís going on. Any ideas or suggestions? We may get rid of the supplies but I donít want to pass on anything that could be harmful.
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Old 04-15-2024, 09:13 AM   #2
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Default Re: What are we doing wrong?

First of all I'm really sorry to hear this huge loss , I'm wondering that wooden supplies may have some kind of fungal infection but I'm not sure. Pls visit the vet and discuss this issue bcoz pet stores do not know what's best for your hamster and they're just doing their business! I'd suggest change every single thing and do not use the previous toys or any material , it's a rare case but sometimes it can be something fungal. Vet can be your only help at this point so do not wait for the right moment.
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Old 04-22-2024, 11:46 PM   #3
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Default Re: What are we doing wrong?

Victoria Raechel had a similar problem many years ago! She stopped using the cage after losing 4 hamsters (each died a couple months after she got them) and everything was fine. I'm curious to know what the cage is made of as some processed wood (Can't recall what type) was recently listed as dangerous because of the chemicals used to make it. I'm so sorry to hear about this it sounds heart breaking!
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Old 04-23-2024, 10:17 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I really appreciate your answers. It’s a huge cage with plastic bottom and wire sides but the ramps and hideys are all wood. I’ll scrap all the insides and replace them and maybe try again when my daughter is ready.
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