Found 13th Nov 2009
My daughters hamster died about an hour after she went to stay with her friend for the weekend.

Should I tell her or just get another tomorrow?

Don´t like lying but don´t like tears also.

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how old is she?

Original Poster Banned

how old is she?



11 years old

Tell her and get another one

My daughter cried that much when her rabbit died we pretended it was someone elses rabbit had got in the cage and died and hers was ok and got another. She literally refused to go to school etc she was that upset so it seemed easier to get another

will she not notice its a differant hampster? id tell her when she gets back. Tell her you didnt want to spoil her weekend... Then see if she really wants another one.

Banned

get a go go hamster and lots of batteries

then tell her the truth when she gets home and let her get over it. It will teach her. Then when shes eady get another pet? I wouldnt just replace it as my paents did the same for me around that age and its weird.

toshapetriji;6880428

11 years old



yeah tell her and take her to choose another if she wants one

When my 3 year olds hamster died, I rang around a few pet shops till I found one the right colours...... :oops:

He did comment that the fur was shorter... but seemed happy enough to let it go....:whistling:

Death is a part of life that everybody has to deal with at some times. At 11 years old she should be mature enough to understand the concept of death. Use it as an educational tool, and I don't mean disect it or carry out an autopsy!

whitewitch64;6880443

will she not notice its a differant hampster? id tell her when she gets … will she not notice its a differant hampster? id tell her when she gets back. Tell her you didnt want to spoil her weekend... Then see if she really wants another one.



If she's anything like my 12 yr old niece she would defo notice,so best just to tell her i'd say and then if she wants another she can choose one herself:thumbsup:

tregs;6880433

Tell her and get another one



Tell her when she comes home, not before.

Keep the body for her to pay respects to and have a burial/honouring procedure.

Ask her what she would like to do with all the remaining bedding/cage etc. She may mention wanting another, if she doesn't respect that xx

Banned

toshapetriji;6880428

11 years old



Crikey. I didnt realise Hamsters lived that long!

My grandma killed my hamster when I was her age.

Hammy 1.

She let it out of the cage and it went down under the house and picked up some skin disorder.

She decided to cage it via the hoover. It survived the hoover.

ClarityofMind;6880479

Tell her when she comes home, not before.Keep the body for her to pay … Tell her when she comes home, not before.Keep the body for her to pay respects to and have a burial/honouring procedure. Ask her what she would like to do with all the remaining bedding/cage etc. She may mention wanting another, if she doesn't respect that xx



I buried my hamster about 12 yrs ago in a maccies chicken sandwich box in the garden:w00t:

if she was younger then i would say buy her another instead
i know when my son was 5 his mate in schools uncle died ,when he told my son about death he was devastated and worried about it for weeks and would ask me questions about if he is going to die one day and when etc but if she is 11 then deffo tell her truth
good luck she may not take it as badly as u think

Adam2050;6880488

My grandma killed my hamster when I was her age.Hammy 1. She let it out … My grandma killed my hamster when I was her age.Hammy 1. She let it out of the cage and it went down under the house and picked up some skin disorder.She decided to cage it via the hoover. It survived the hoover.



I shouldnt laugh but I had to............lol

Reminds me of when my mother took my brothers poor " dead" hamster, stuck it in a box and buried it.....

We didnt realise she'd buried it alive but hibernating til it dug itself up again..........lol

deb8z;6880489

I buried my hamster about 12 yrs ago in a maccies chicken sandwich box in … I buried my hamster about 12 yrs ago in a maccies chicken sandwich box in the garden:w00t:



12 yrs... should be able to safely say its dead now.............lol

put make up on it put it on a wheel and make the wheel turn she will never know she will just think it likes running lots lol
:thumbsup:

mod

Hi
Not sure how to say this, so I'll be blunt.
Are you sure that it's dead?
When it gets cold hamsters can go into a sort of hibernation and their bodies go cold and stiff as if rigor mortis has set in. I only know because this has happened to a few of mine in the past. The first time it happened I assumed that he had died but my flatmate suggested warming him up gently infront of the fire; and a short time later he was scampering around again.
If the wee fella is definitely dead though I would tell your daughter
Regards
Andy

Banned

deb8z;6880489

I buried my hamster about 12 yrs ago in a maccies chicken sandwich box in … I buried my hamster about 12 yrs ago in a maccies chicken sandwich box in the garden:w00t:



I'm not so sure you'd taste the difference!

What's with all the Hamster threads tonight?

OP...... As COM said, let her see the hamster and explain what's happened and let her decide what to do with the body. Hopefully something a bit more up market than a McChicken box!!!

andywedge;6880520

HiNot sure how to say this, so I'll be blunt.Are you sure that it's … HiNot sure how to say this, so I'll be blunt.Are you sure that it's dead?When it gets cold hamsters can go into a sort of hibernation and their bodies go cold and stiff as if rigor mortis has set in. I only know because this has happened to a few of mine in the past. The first time it happened I asumed that he had died but my flatmate suggested warming him up gently infront of the fire; and a short time later he was scampering around again. If the wee fella is definitely dead though I would tell your daughterRegardsAndy



^^^^^^^^^^^^ see!

What I said!

Andy is your hamster avvy just sleepin?? lol

mod

ClarityofMind;6880528

^^^^^^^^^^^^ see!What I said!Andy is your hamster avvy just sleepin?? lol



Gently warming :thumbsup:

bykergrove;6880452

get a go go hamster and lots of batteries

Good call :thumbsup: Op get a go go and sellotape it to the wheel.

andywedge;6880520

HiNot sure how to say this, so I'll be blunt.Are you sure that it's … HiNot sure how to say this, so I'll be blunt.Are you sure that it's dead?When it gets cold hamsters can go into a sort of hibernation and their bodies go cold and stiff as if rigor mortis has set in. I only know because this has happened to a few of mine in the past. The first time it happened I assumed that he had died but my flatmate suggested warming him up gently infront of the fire; and a short time later he was scampering around again. If the wee fella is definitely dead though I would tell your daughterRegardsAndy



+1. (for hope)

i was going to say make sure its dead and just just gone into hibernation mine did this when i was young

Original Poster Banned

I don´t think it´s hibernating I gave it a prod with a biro and it seems quite hard anyway

toshapetriji;6881018

I don´t think it´s hibernating I gave it a prod with a biro and it seems q … I don´t think it´s hibernating I gave it a prod with a biro and it seems quite hard anyway



are we still talking about the hamster now?

andywedge;6880520

HiNot sure how to say this, so I'll be blunt.Are you sure that it's … HiNot sure how to say this, so I'll be blunt.Are you sure that it's dead?When it gets cold hamsters can go into a sort of hibernation and their bodies go cold and stiff as if rigor mortis has set in. I only know because this has happened to a few of mine in the past. The first time it happened I assumed that he had died but my flatmate suggested warming him up gently infront of the fire; and a short time later he was scampering around again. If the wee fella is definitely dead though I would tell your daughterRegardsAndy



:oops:

maybe my hamster wasnt dead when i buried him

toshapetriji;6881018

I don´t think it´s hibernating I gave it a prod with a biro and it seems q … I don´t think it´s hibernating I gave it a prod with a biro and it seems quite hard anyway



mittu1;6881041

are we still talking about the hamster now?



:w00t:

No seriously they do look totally dead when they hibernate.. try wrapping it in a flannel and stroking it a lil and see if it revives xx

The Hamster obviously

try warming it up gently if its dead you cant hurt it

ttwcd;6881085

try warming it up gently if its dead you cant hurt it



lol... have never heard that one yet :whistling:;-)

bykergrove;6880452

get a go go hamster and lots of batteries


Damn, my eyes lit up for a minute then.............ah well, too slow..

ilovepink;6881079

:oops:maybe my hamster wasnt dead when i buried him



Oooooohhhh! (pity you can't hear my tone, you'd know what I meant!)

Sloth/Mod

Blame it on the neighbours cat............if she cries and won't stop then show her the carcass of next doors cat to cheer her up. :thumbsup:

tell her its part of life she has to learn sometime that living creatues die, my hamster (MC Hamster) died on an overdose of wheeto's when i was about 11 and i found it dead :x

Original Poster Banned

Nah it´s definitely dead now don´t wanna say how I know..

Gonna get a new one tomorrow

ttwcd;6881085

try warming it up gently if its dead you cant hurt it



What power level on the microwave? Would a defrost setting work?

pugw$sh;6881329

What power level on the microwave? Would a defrost setting work?


lol evil

toshapetriji;6881274

Nah it´s definitely dead now don´t wanna say how I know..Gonna get a new o … Nah it´s definitely dead now don´t wanna say how I know..Gonna get a new one tomorrow


you hit it with a brick?

Original Poster Banned

toshapetriji:Nah it´s definitely dead now don´t wanna say how I k … toshapetriji:Nah it´s definitely dead now don´t wanna say how I know..Gonna get a new one tomorrowyou hit it with a brick?




Nope I tried the microwave

but I think it was dead anyway
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