do hamsters hibernate?????

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Found 21st Jan 2010
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We never sleep

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andywedge;7609621

We never sleep



i guess she has died then

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andywedge;7609621

We never sleep



no serious do they hibernate because mine isnt moving?

mod

OK, seriously - yes - they can do - if it gets too cold they go into a kind of state of hibernation or torpor - they appear to be dead ie body is cold and stiff

Better explained ]HERE

Emm



are you selling his wheel?

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andywedge;7609626

OK, seriously - yes - they can do - if it gets too cold they go into a … OK, seriously - yes - they can do - if it gets too cold they go into a kind of state of hibernation or torpor - they appear to be dead ie body is cold and stiffBetter explained ]HERE



thanks my bf just pulled her out she ice cold she doesnt seem to be breathing

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cannyscot;7609629

Emmare you selling his wheel?



well if she is dead, do you think i should tell my 3 year old daughter o just keep it quiet and replace her

mod

Warm her slowly and I stress slowly - it can take a while ie 30 minutes (maybe a bit longer) and when she comes round (hopefully) move her to a warmer area of the house; maybe add extra bedding etc as it is so cold at the moment. Hope she's OK

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andywedge;7609638

Warm her slowly and I stress slowly - it can take a while ie 30 minutes … Warm her slowly and I stress slowly - it can take a while ie 30 minutes (maybe a bit longer) and when she comes round (hopefully) move her to a warmer area of the house; maybe add extra bedding etc as it is so cold at the moment. Hope she's OK



thanks will let you know outcome

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bargain buyer;7609633

well if she is dead, do you think i should tell my 3 year old daughter o … well if she is dead, do you think i should tell my 3 year old daughter o just keep it quiet and replace her



Tell her; well I would

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andywedge;7609640

Tell her; well I would



well we have wrapped her up in a tea towel and put extra bedding, will wait to see what happens

Your house would have to be pretty cold for it to hibernate.
It's probably passed away.

bargain buyer;7609633

well if she is dead, do you think i should tell my 3 year old daughter o … well if she is dead, do you think i should tell my 3 year old daughter o just keep it quiet and replace her


If your daughter is fond of her, replace her.

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could she die from eating a crayon? she escaped from her cage last week and when we found her she had eaten a whole jumbo crayon and god knows what else

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cannyscot;7609648

If your daughter is fond of her, replace her.



yea she is really fond of her, looks like i will be going to pets at home tomz

bargain buyer;7609649

could she die from eating a crayon? she escaped from her cage last week … could she die from eating a crayon? she escaped from her cage last week and when we found her she had eaten a whole jumbo crayon and god knows what else



How big was the Jumbo Crayon?
Most crayon's are non-toxic so would not be harmful to humans, but i'm not sure if hamsters digestive systems would cope with a Crayon, or Jumbo Crayon.

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DarkKnight;7609653

How big was the Jumbo Crayon?Most crayon's are non-toxic so would not be … How big was the Jumbo Crayon?Most crayon's are non-toxic so would not be harmful to humans, but i'm not sure if hamsters digestive systems would cope with a Crayon, or Jumbo Crayon.



they were cheap ones from pound shop, they the same ones the kids have in school

bargain buyer;7609657

they were cheap ones from pound shop, they the same ones the kids have in … they were cheap ones from pound shop, they the same ones the kids have in school



If it's something like Crayola then they would be non-toxic.
But if they are like some chinese made ones then they may be toxic

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bargain buyer;7609649

could she die from eating a crayon? she escaped from her cage last week … could she die from eating a crayon? she escaped from her cage last week and when we found her she had eaten a whole jumbo crayon and god knows what else



If she's not shown any signs of illness since eating the crayon I doubt that is it.

If you have wrapped her up make sure she can breathe easily still

If you have a fire / gas fire in the living room have it on low and keep stroking her whilst you sit near to it

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DarkKnight;7609658

If it's something like Crayola then they would be non-toxic.But if they … If it's something like Crayola then they would be non-toxic.But if they are like some chinese made ones then they may be toxic



thanks, how long do they normally live?

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andywedge;7609662

If she's not shown any signs of illness since eating the crayon I doubt … If she's not shown any signs of illness since eating the crayon I doubt that is it.If you have wrapped her up make sure she can breathe easily stillIf you have a fire / gas fire in the living room have it on low and keep stroking her whilst you sit near to it



no she has been fine, it has been pretty cold in the house, we normally put heating on round 4 pm for couple of hours but didnt today as we got in late so maybe she was to cold, fingers crossed she is just hibernating

bargain buyer;7609664

thanks, how long do they normally live?



Up to about 2 or 3 years.

bargain buyer;7609667

no she has been fine, it has been pretty cold in the house, we normally … no she has been fine, it has been pretty cold in the house, we normally put heating on round 4 pm for couple of hours but didnt today as we got in late so maybe she was to cold, fingers crossed she is just hibernating



It would usually have to be very cold for it to hibernate. i'm talking around 0 degrees. which is around outside temperature.
If your house was around the same temperatures as outside then it's possible that the hamster is hibernating.

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DarkKnight;7609674

Up to about 2 or 3 years.It would usually have to be very cold for it to … Up to about 2 or 3 years.It would usually have to be very cold for it to hibernate. i'm talking around 0 degrees. which is around outside temperature.If your house was around the same temperatures as outside then it's possible that the hamster is hibernating.



we only had her few months and she was baby when we had her. it not that cold so she must be dead then

I watched something on TV about this b4 in a zoo where they were breading small animals and to get them to come out of hibernation, they just put them in the palm of the hand for 20mins and that heats there core up at just the right tempertuare to bring them out. The bloke said wrapping them up does not work cos when they are that cold no heat is being made to bring there core temp up. Hope that made sence

* Edit from what i remember they can start to hibernate a few degrees above 0

loads of people bury the hamsters thinking there dead but theenot, yes hamisters do hibernate

Yea they do hibernate, if its say in a very cold corner of your house, maybe near a drafty window or something. Mine was hibernating, and I thought it was dead, but when I looked closely I could see its body breathing so I put it near something warm like a radiator and it took around half an hour or so for it to snap out of it and was clumsily walking about an hour later. Such a sad experience, but luckily it was fine after that.

ohmygod2006;7609698

Yea they do hibernate, if its say in a very cold corner of your house, … Yea they do hibernate, if its say in a very cold corner of your house, maybe near a drafty window or something. Mine was hibernating, and I thought it was dead, but when I looked closely I could see its body breathing so I put it near something warm like a radiator and it took around half an hour or so for it to snap out of it and was clumsily walking about an hour later. Such a sad experience, but luckily it was fine after that.



you have to be careful though, not to heat it up so quickly as that can make them die for other reasons.

At the time, I panicked as I never had my hamster do that before, but it was slow anyway just incase.

bargain buyer;7609625

no serious do they hibernate because mine isnt moving?



Yes they do if it's too cold. We discovered this a couple days after we burried it in the garden though.

Bad memories.....

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Aw, hope hamster is ok :thumbsup:

Any update?

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DarkKnight;7613926

Any update?



we took her to the vet just to make sure, and sadly she had died. my daughter doesnt know she asked this morning where she had gone as she checks her cage every morning we told her she had escaped from her cage as the hamster frequently did anyway , we have just bought two winter white russian hamsters so hopefully she will think that one of the new ones is the one that passed away. thanks agian for all your advice

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bargain buyer;7614228

we took her to the vet just to make sure, and sadly she had died. my … we took her to the vet just to make sure, and sadly she had died. my daughter doesnt know she asked this morning where she had gone as she checks her cage every morning we told her she had escaped from her cage as the hamster frequently did anyway , we have just bought two winter white russian hamsters so hopefully she will think that one of the new ones is the one that passed away. thanks agian for all your advice



Did the vet know what had killed her?

DLM;7614237

Did the vet know what had killed her?


no but he found a Jumbo Crayon sticking out of it's mouth :whistling: seriously though, i don't let my hamster run around on it's own in any room because i have cables everywhere and as for it escaping, why not get a proper cage or fix the problem with the current one instead of letting it get out several times. even if it didn't die due to having crayons stuck in it's digestive system, should really tidy up before letting any pets run around a room.

no offence meant by this but it might save your other hamsters from certain death

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ahh RIP little dude or dudette

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dataload;7615249

no but he found a Jumbo Crayon sticking out of it's mouth :whistling: … no but he found a Jumbo Crayon sticking out of it's mouth :whistling: seriously though, i don't let my hamster run around on it's own in any room because i have cables everywhere and as for it escaping, why not get a proper cage or fix the problem with the current one instead of letting it get out several times. even if it didn't die due to having crayons stuck in it's digestive system, should really tidy up before letting any pets run around a room.no offence meant by this but it might save your other hamsters from certain death



My fella's mums cat swallowed a stray sewing needle in their house.

My dad also trapped and killed my hamster in a door.

He thought the door was sticking but the hamster was trapped :cry:

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dataload;7615249

no but he found a Jumbo Crayon sticking out of it's mouth :whistling: … no but he found a Jumbo Crayon sticking out of it's mouth :whistling: seriously though, i don't let my hamster run around on it's own in any room because i have cables everywhere and as for it escaping, why not get a proper cage or fix the problem with the current one instead of letting it get out several times. even if it didn't die due to having crayons stuck in it's digestive system, should really tidy up before letting any pets run around a room.no offence meant by this but it might save your other hamsters from certain death



didnt mention about her getting out several times, i have got a decent cage i paid £100 for it so it is decent. my daughter left cage open few weeks ago and hamster went in her crayon drawer and ate the crayons. so i dont leave things laying around and i do tidy up. the vet said the hamster was around 2 1/2 years old and most probs died of natural causes.

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dataload;7615249

no but he found a Jumbo Crayon sticking out of it's mouth :whistling: … no but he found a Jumbo Crayon sticking out of it's mouth :whistling: seriously though, i don't let my hamster run around on it's own in any room because i have cables everywhere and as for it escaping, why not get a proper cage or fix the problem with the current one instead of letting it get out several times. even if it didn't die due to having crayons stuck in it's digestive system, should really tidy up before letting any pets run around a room.no offence meant by this but it might save your other hamsters from certain death



by the way i have taken offence so mind your own business, and i never leave them run around the room when i do leave them out, they are in a play pen im not stupid

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DLM;7614237

Did the vet know what had killed her?



they reckon she was 2 1/2 years old and died of natural causes

Sorry to hear that
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