Our elderly hamster seems to be gently dying <sob>

(42 Posts)
BoffinMum Thu 29-Aug-13 13:34:52

Hasn't been eating or drinking today, not even tempted by a couple of choice almonds and the top of a bit of celery (usual favourites). Wedged himself behind the hamster wheel and is panting away and not really opening his eyes. sad

valiumredhead Fri 30-Aug-13 14:58:13

I cried for 3 days when ours died,I was soooooooo upset and I'm 'ard as nails!

expatinscotland Fri 30-Aug-13 14:53:58

We felt the same when Janet died last month. She went the same way. She was over 2 and just got slower and slower, panted away and then died in the night. A vet friend said there isn't much to be done in such a case due to her age.

She provided so much comfort to DD2 after DD1 died.

Was so sad seeing her cage empty.

We got Frances, the black Syrian hammy, a couple of weeks ago.


I couldn't have a dog because they are a PITA grin.

BoffinMum Fri 30-Aug-13 14:47:47

I know, it's completely daft to be so soppy, he was only a ball of fur, but I cleaned out his cage and moved it into the garage, and miss seeing it in the kitchen and our little human to hamster interactions.

I did sneak up to the garden centre to see if they had any for sale and they do have a small female hamster in there at the moment, but I am not sure I am quite ready for all that again. I believe DH is organising a small funeral later.

This is why I can't have a dog. I would probably have a nervous breakdown. sad smile

expatinscotland Fri 30-Aug-13 09:54:37

Aw! RIP, little one.

valiumredhead Fri 30-Aug-13 09:20:15

Awwwwsad these funny little animals weedle their their way into our hearts, don't they, it's so sad when they gothanks

RippingYarns Fri 30-Aug-13 09:16:25

Sorry to see he's gone, Boffin

Take care x

BellaVita Fri 30-Aug-13 09:07:00

Oh bless him sad

That is exactly what happened to our hamster in February.

RIP little hammie sad

mignonette Fri 30-Aug-13 08:42:56

Sad news. Relieved for you all that the waiting is over. I can see how much you will miss him

Charlottehere Fri 30-Aug-13 08:39:17

Aww Boffin that's sad. Well done for giving your hammy a peaceful exit.

Sawdust Fri 30-Aug-13 08:32:24

So sorry to hear that, BoffinMum. sad

BoffinMum Fri 30-Aug-13 07:41:37

He has now died. RIP, my little furry friend.

Do you put a night cover over his cage?
Might be nice to keep his cage quieter and darkened?

BoffinMum Thu 29-Aug-13 23:08:23

He was still hanging on when I went to bed but I don't think he will last the night. He has managed to lurch back to his nest area, though.

He'll most likely go overnight and IMO it's kinder for them to go in their own home environment.

My little guinea-pig died in my arms last month. We'd taken him to he vets that day and they do go downhill very fast.
In the last hours (when I knew he was going) DD, his cagemate and I cuddled him quietly.
I don't begrudge taking him to the vet but TBH it was a long hot journey and it can't have been fun for either of the guineas.

valiumredhead Thu 29-Aug-13 22:20:16

I think a whiff of gas is kinder personally. I still miss our hammiesad

mignonette Thu 29-Aug-13 18:12:31

I have you all in the corner of my mind. I can imagine how very draining it must be.

BoffinMum Thu 29-Aug-13 17:59:48

DS2 keeping a tearful vigil by the cage.

This is taking quite a long time. I am emotionally drained.

Sawdust Thu 29-Aug-13 17:31:22

At least he's peaceful sad

BoffinMum Thu 29-Aug-13 15:58:06

I am confident that a trip to the vet would in fact be cruel. But I will miss the little chap and his adventures.

He is very, very quiet and still now, barely breathing.

yellowballoons Thu 29-Aug-13 15:42:37

It is sad isnt it?
I have had the dilemma before of taking a guinea pig to a vet[it would probably have not made it to the vet's] and not taking it to the vets [and died].
Horrible choice. To this day, dont know if I necessarily made the right one. On balance, if I had my time over again, I think I would have taken it.
But chances are it would have died, and I would have ended up thinking it best to have left it be.

Sounds like he is near his end. Glad you have enjoyed him.

BoffinMum Thu 29-Aug-13 15:39:59

His urine was also more concentrated that usual over the last week even though he has had plenty of access to water - he has not been drinking as much as usual - we could tell as we didn't have to top it up as often.

BoffinMum Thu 29-Aug-13 15:39:14

He has all the signs of ageing - slightly grey, bit thin, that kind of thing. However has only been doddery today - yesterday was slower than usual and did not do his daily grinding teeth down thing on the bars.

BoffinMum Thu 29-Aug-13 15:37:33

No, doesn't have wet tail I think, just old (he's over 2).

mignonette Thu 29-Aug-13 15:35:59

DS works w/ animals and wonders if it could be wet tail although says you'd probably have noticed it before?

He says to ask you -

Are the ears down? Eyes closed? Unable to walk? Can you see his bottom? If it is damp/wet or messy then it is wet tail and he needs to be taken to the Vet as V painful for Hamsters. Is there anyway you can look at his bottom?

Sorry to keep asking you all these things Boffin...

Weegiemum Thu 29-Aug-13 15:35:56

Our "last" hammy died a week ago, poor Willow. I'm not allowing any more, it's too traumatic all round (so we now "just" have a rabbit and 6 guinea pigs!).

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