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Old 02-04-2019, 11:32 AM   #1
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Default My hamster behaves strange...

I noticed today that he moves very slowly and barely opens his eyes. I picked him and he didnt try to explore like always does, just still in my hand with his eyes closed. He even tried to use the wheel but very slowly..

Idk if its the temperature but the other hamster seems to be fine... My last hamster before dying behave similarly to this one, but that one lost a lot of hair before dying, and this one didnt lost any... So I dont know if hes dying of age or not... He has about more than 2 years...

My house is around 10 degrees so he might be hibernating... Or not

Idk what to do... If its nothing or if hes dying, what to do to make him more comfortable... I tried putting him in a sock to be warmer but after a while he got out.

What could be happening to him?

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Old 02-04-2019, 12:28 PM   #2
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Default Re: My hamster behaves strange...

Do you mean the temp is 10 degrees C? If so that is far too cold & your ham could be going into torpor, they don't hibernate but if they get to cold will go into torpor & if not warmed up they can unfortunately die.
Can you warm the room? It needs to be 18-20C day & night for hamsters.
Try to warm him up gently, use something like a heat pad if you can but not too hot too quickly, make sure all your hams have plenty of deep substrate & lots of shredded plain white toilet tissue for nesting in the cage as that will help keep them warm but raising the room temperature is essential.
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Old 02-04-2019, 12:40 PM   #3
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The problem is that its been this cold for 2 months already... SO its strange that he behaves like this right now.

I notice that he does something like spasm, like breathing really hard. COuld it be that he has a cold and has a plugged nose?

I have been warming him for an hour now and he doesnt seem to improve.
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Old 02-04-2019, 12:54 PM   #4
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I recorded him doing that:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1qQ...R-e58YzrqgvqdL

That thing in the left is a electric blanket. I put him inside but after a while he goes out... Idk if that means that it isnt hte cold or that he just isnt very smart... poor thing....
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Old 02-04-2019, 10:07 PM   #5
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I would still try to get the room warm, the longer it's that cold the more it's going to be a problem for them, if you're concerned that there's something else wrong with him then I would take him to the vet.
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:26 AM   #6
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I have had it warm for several days and he improved and returned to normal... Then Ieft him out again in the living room in a cold day and he started to behave similar again... The problem is that after I have had it several hours next to the heater, he is very warm but still breathes heavily. I really hope its some kind of cold and nothing else...

I put a link of the video, you can see that movement with this head and his stomach, I think its heavy breathing. Tho at least he doenst have his eyes closed this time...

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2...RKeV9GVEJBOTdV
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Old 02-13-2019, 05:37 AM   #7
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It's good that he's warmer now but his breathing is still quite bad, it doesn't look like a cold, he really needs to be seen by a vet.
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Old 02-23-2019, 03:10 AM   #8
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After a week of being better and being like he was before... He started being weak again... And after two days of that... He died...

He is around 2-3 years but haven lose almost any hair, so I think he might have died of something else...

I ccant stop blaming myself... I wanted to take it to a vet but all of them are very far, the only near ones are for dogs... And there is a bit of duct tape that I used to fix something in the cage that is eaten and i cant stop thinking that it might have been that... But im not sure either...
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Old 02-23-2019, 04:57 AM   #9
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I'm sorry for your loss, he was a very good age & you did what you could.
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