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susue Sat 14-Feb-09 14:14:40

In the last few days my hamster, Molly, has been quieter and wasn't bothered about going in her ball which she loves doing. Last night she was still quiet and a bit slow moving. Today she keeps falling over and losing her balance so I've moved her bed down on to the ground floor and taken the ladder away. She doesn't seem to be in pain and isn't making any unusual noises and so after a big cuddle she has gone back to her cage. So I need to know what's wrong with her. Do Hamsters have strokes like humans? Could it be a brain thing gone wrong or what? She's only about 18 months old and my hamsters usually live until they're 3 so I don't know if this is a symptom of old age as well. My others just got slow and bald and just slept more they didn't do this. Ta for any info

BertieBotts Tue 20-Sep-16 16:56:07

This is the most bizarre multiple thread resurrection I've ever seen!

Sorry about all the poorly hamsters though sad

CharminglyGawky Tue 20-Sep-16 16:46:55

Shelley 2 1/2 is a good age for a hammy so sadly he is probably on his way out sad

Make sure he has food and water available to him very very close to his bed in case he can't make it over to the bottle and offer fave foods. If he seems tired and comfortable I'd leave him be as I think the journey to the vets is scary for such a little animal but if he is stressed or unsettled or seems uncomfortable in any way then I'd get him to a vet.

CharminglyGawky Tue 20-Sep-16 16:46:28

Shelley 2 1/2 is a good age for a hammy so sadly he is probably on his way out sad

Make sure he has food and water available to him very very close to his bed in case he can't make it over to the bottle and offer fave foods. If he seems tired and comfortable I'd leave him be as I think the journey to the vets is scary for such a little animal but if he is stressed or unsettled or seems uncomfortable in any way then I'd get him to a vet.

Shelly31100 Tue 20-Sep-16 16:23:00

I have a hamster he is 2 and half years old i was cleaning him out yesterday and noticed that he was really unsteady on his back legs. He kept losing his balance all wobbling over. He is still eating and drinking normally what should i do any advice very welcome .

2bad Sat 15-Sep-12 00:29:28

Hi I have a Syrian hamster called skip, he's 14 months old, he's lost a lot of weight and he's not pooping and he's weak and he's not playing around his cage anymore, could anyone know what's wrong with him, I love my skip so much, I was thinking of takin him 2 the vets in the morning, its breaking my heart seeing him like this please please reply back if anyone can help

mumofjust1 Fri 14-Sep-12 20:54:51

We had a huge Syrian hamster called Columbus - she was gorgeous!

She lived til she was about 3, and one morning when I got up she was staggering and very very shaky sad Took her to the vet who said that given the state of her, her age and the fact he thought she was in pain, the kindest thing would be to have her pts. I stayed with her and cried my eyes out sad

ChRiStInA1986 Fri 31-Aug-12 01:07:34

Hi guys i have a simular problem except my vet told me it was due to his teeth growing too big, so he clipped them down but he is still very frail and only around 4 months old. Falling and sometimes lets his legs droop behind him for a split second, his little hands also shake when he holds them up.... I havnt taken him back to the vet yet as it was only yesterday he went...i just want him better speedy sad How much BACH drops should be used in his water? Appreciate any ideas or info.christina

Purpletastic Thu 26-May-11 07:03:07

Milk may not help Barney as most rodents are lactose intolerant and it can give them diarrhoea. I would do as another poster did and remove any levels or toys that he may fall over. I would take him back to the vet and hope that this time he doesn't appear fine to them, you know your pet's behaviour better than they do and if you think something is wrong, then it probably is.

I'm making an appointment today to have our beautiful hammy girl Minstrel put to sleep, she's almost 2 and in the last week she has become very quiet, unsteady on her feet, her eyes have suddenly gone a bit gunky and her tummy is distended; she's scared because she can't see me when I try to comfort her with a cuddle, it's heartbreaking. It's definitely the end for her; as much as I love little furry pets I hate when it comes to this :-( My last little girl, a winter white Russian Dwarf, had to be put down for a distended tummy and losing control of her back legs, she was the lovliest little creature and so affectionate despite her species tendancy to be vicious. Our boy Syrian and our little Chinese girl are doing fine luckily.

Barney1988 Tue 26-Oct-10 18:51:49

hi there, my hamster barney is about 1 and a half, he started walkign funny a few days ago and then day before yesterday started falling over and being very tired. best way to explain it is that he looks old and weak when he is walking, is struggling to get up and down his tubes and will just fall over while he is walking. i have taken him to the vets but sods law he just completely snapped out of it and she said he seemed fine but gave him some antibiotics and some anti inflamatry for his leg... but said there was not much wrong with him. i have just given hima little bit of bread soaked in milk as i saw it online that it may help if it is something to do wit his bones... he stops occasionally and starts breathing really fast and heavy. i dont know whats wrong with him... if he doesnt get any better in the next couple of ays i will take him back to the vet but she seemed pretty sure there was no problem, but he is not right in himself. i love him to pieces and will do anything to make him better. any advice?!!

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 13-Jul-10 23:29:01

wonder what happened to hammy sad

did nici take to the vet

and yes if you have pets of ANY kind you must care for them properly and if poorly then see a vet

thinks ours charges £12 to see them then normally another £10 for antibs

carlypan61 Wed 30-Jun-10 21:19:36

I think it's a very bad example that we teach our children if you can't look after the wee things in life...I'm a single lone parent and have had my son's hamster at the vets twice now...albeit it was the PDSA but I still paid the price of the treatment for going on holiday who was going to look after the hamster whilst you were/are would they feel if something happened to the hamster and it had to try to explain to you or your children what happened...shame on you...

junglist1 Sat 08-May-10 09:40:49

She needs to see a vet before you go away, definetely.

Joolyjoolyjoo Fri 07-May-10 23:17:05

I'm a vet, and it doesn't sound very good for Hannah, tbh sad We charge significantly less to see a hannie than we do to see a cat or dog, even though we spend the same time on both, as we recognise that people can't always afford to pay a lot for small furries. I really would take her to your vet, though. many are open Saturday mornings. Good luck

ThatVikRinA22 Fri 07-May-10 23:13:53


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ThatVikRinA22 Fri 07-May-10 23:07:34

if its falling over it needs to see a vet you plank

we have had rather alot of hamsters. and gerbils, and guinea pigs and rabbits and rats.

i wouldnt have a pet that i couldnt afford to take to a vet it it was ill.

nicl Fri 07-May-10 23:05:42

dont bother with your unhelpful replies you obviously know nothing about hamsters

ThatVikRinA22 Fri 07-May-10 22:57:31

if you cant afford the very small fee it costs to see a hamster then maybe you shouldnt own one.

nicl Fri 07-May-10 22:54:34

i go on holiday sunday and i cant afford the vet bills

ThatVikRinA22 Fri 07-May-10 22:38:08

take it to a vet



nicl Fri 07-May-10 22:35:43


Blondeshavemorefun Sun 15-Mar-09 16:04:59

poor molly, but sounds like she is on the mend now

as long as she isnt in pain and comes out for food and water, then sure she is fine

susue Fri 13-Mar-09 18:31:33

Just an update on my hammy, Molly. We took her to the vets on the Monday the 16th and the vet said she'd had a stroke, so we moved toys etc out of the cage and left her bed down on the ground floor and kept it minimal so she wouldn't fall over things. To start with I had to feed her in her bed and take the water bottle to her to have a drink as she was weak and very wobbly and that lasted for about 2 weeks. Now she is much better, her head still hangs to the side a bit but she is alot steadier on her feet and now comes out for her dried and fresh food. I have to bath her sometimes as she can't clean herself as well as she used to but she seems happy and affectionate still and not in pain. The vet advised putting her to sleep but we wanted to give her a fighting chance and boy has she fought!

Nabster Mon 23-Feb-09 11:05:28

We had to have our hamster put down a few weeks ago so I feel your worry. I thought he was going to be okay as he wasn't making any noises. The vet said they stay quiet so as to not draw attention to themselves and make themselves vunerable. Hamsters normally have 18-24m. We had one who lived for 3 1/2 years but that is uncommon.

I hope she is okay. sad

LilyBolero Mon 23-Feb-09 11:02:01

How is Molly the hamster now?

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