I know! You hate when you have a cold that keeps you in the bed, away from all the fun. The hamster feels the same way! As a responsible hamster owner, you have to pay attention to your hamster health and take action at the slightest sign of  illness. In this moments, a first aid kit for your hamster is very useful.

hamster colds

Hamster colds causes:

hammyYou! Avoid handling your hamster if you have a cold. Take your medicines and you will be able to play with your hamster after you get rid of the pesky cold!

hammyIf they have the cage in a cold or draft room. Avoid putting the cage near windows, doors.

hammyIf they aren’t dried immediately after you gave the hamster a bath. Remember: bathing your hamster isn’t necessary. He does a good job grooming himself.

hammyIf their favorite sleeping place is under the water bottle.Or if you don’t use a water bottle and the hamster drinks water from a bowl. Being so active, there’s a big chance that the hamster might spill the water. This is messy for you as you need to clean the cage, but is dangerous for the hamster too as he can easily catch a cold.

Hamster colds symptoms: sneezing, runny nose, sniffling, half closed watery eyes, warm bodies, thirst, ears laid back, lack of activity, fatigue, noticeable discharge both from the eyes and the nose( this is why the nose may appear swollen). The fur might also have a fluffy, ungroomed look. Feeling not so great, the hamster would spend almost all the time curled up in a corner of his cage.

Severe hamster colds symptoms: lethargy, obvious and noisy sneezing and sniffling, refuse to drink and eat, weight loss, bad looking coat.

What to do if your hamster caught a cold:

hammyPlace the hamster’s cage into a warm, draft free area, if possible close to a radiator.

hammyClean and disinfect the cage, the water bottles, food dishes and all the toys there are in the hamster’s cage.

hammyAdd fresh and dry bedding, even more than usual because now more then ever your hamster needs to feel comfy and warm.

hammyHe needs strength to overcome the illness, so you can help  him by preparing a mixture of lukewarm milk, water and a bit of honey. If the hamster refuse to drink, feed him with the syringe or the eye dropper. Give him this home made treatment for a couple of days or so and watch how your hamster reacts to it. If the hamster get’s better, it’s time to celebrate with a snack. If, unfortunately, your hamster feels the same or even worse, take him to a vet check and antibiotics treatment.

You have to take action from the first cold symptoms you see. A cold without treatment will most likely develop into pneumonia or bronchitis. And these are not so easy to treat as the common cold!
To make sure your hamster gets the warmth he needs, put a heating pad (buy one that is specially for rodents to make sure it’s chew proof).

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