I'm new to hamsters, I've always been a dog/cat lover, but recently the little girl I take care of was asked to take the class hamster home for the 2 week holiday. Her dad didn't want to, but I said..."why not"...incidently that's the hamster's name...Why Not. We live in France, so I've no idea why they named her that.... I've had her for a week now and she's brilliant! But last night I noticed she started sneezing and has a runny nose. She wasn't active all night and all day today she's been sleeping (normal, yah?) She will munch a bit, but that's all. I was in contact with the teacher who said that if she wasn't better by tomorrow we'll talk about the vet. Is there anything I could do for her? I've made sure she's warm, dry, comfortable and I even made her a mixture of milk, water, and honey like a website said. She was out a bit today and seemed a little better, but now she's back to sneezing and sleeping. Help! i don't want to be known as the Class Hamster Killer!
Hmmm. . . . I have no experience with hamsters with colds, but I have a few ideas.
That you've made sure she's warm and comfortable is good. Hamsters sleep during the day but should be active at night. When you say "she wasn't active all night"--are you sure? Some hamsters don't come out till rather late.
If she is eating and drinking normally there probably isn't any reason to give her "unusual" food, like the mixture you mentioned. It may only upset her digestive system. Besides, sweets aren't good for them. A food often mentioned on hamster forums that seems to be good for ill hamsters is scrambled egg. You might try this if her appetite is not what it should be.
Is she urinating/defecating as usual?
Continue to watch her, I'd say, and probably plan that trip to the vet if she doesn't improve.
Other members are likely to see this and respond with more experienced advice, so check back here if you can.
She's doing much better today. I don't hear the wheezing and she's hardly sneezing. She has been out and moving around (especially when she heard the kids, but that could be my imagination.) Since she's at my house and I watch the kids at their house, Why Not will have warmth quiet to get better. I checked to see if she's been urinating and defacating. She urinates in the opposite corner of her cage and I noticed some feces. I didn't want to disturb her nest to much as she seems very comfortable. I will change it when it needs to be changed for sanitary reasons. I'm feeling a bit more positive today. Thanks for your help!
Animals gone mad! What's the moon doing? I've taken the kids cat to the vet now...an abscessed leg..yuck. While I was there I asked about Why Not. He was most understanding (they love their pets here). If she's not better by Thursday...he said he'd take a look at her. I'm about to take the kids to my house to check up on her. This forum has helped me put my mind at ease. Like I said, I've never experienced hamsters...Viva Rodent Retreat!
Post by Die Fledermaus on May 2, 2006 17:41:34 GMT -4
That is good!
But be careful if you have a cat in the same house as a hamster. At some point the hamster WILL escape, and that is why the hamster must be kept in a room with a closed door where the cat NEVER goes. Please take my advice, please.
I've thought of that! Thanks! I have Why Not in her own room with a door that I have to keep locked because Muesli, my clever cat, can open doors!
On another note, I tried the scrambled egg and she loved it! Last night she was back to the Why Not I first met 10 days ago! I'm still keeping a watchful eye, but things are looking up! When I have to take her back to the classroom next Tuesday, I'm gonna miss her. I will be taking her treats though. I will also tell the teacher everything I've learned about Why Not (what she likes, etc.) In the class they have a guinea pig, two birds, a fish, and Why Not! Quite the little zoo! It's been an interesting, but happy journey learning about hamsters! If I'm not mistaken, Why Not is the mother of Baguette who lives in another classroom. I will have to go and see him. A hamster fan has been born!