Hamsters are very clean animals and are perfect if we want a pet for an apartment, since they require little space.
These rodents are fun and playful pets but also very delicate and are prone to problems due to sudden changes in temperature.
Here are some ideas to take care of your hamster in these cold days.
Some hamsters hibernate in cold climates
Hamsters are animals that usually hibernate in winter, but this naturally occurring capacity has been lost in captive animals, due to this, the hibernation they perform is not effective, they do not accumulate enough fat in their body during the period before winter and usually die of cold.
Therefore, we must prevent the hamster from entering hibernation.
How do I prevent my hamster from going into hibernation
- Keep your cage illuminated allows the entry of natural light.
- Try to keep the hamster active, play with him, that is in motion.
- Increase the portions of food and water a little so that the animal does not feel that they are in short supply and their body reacts by activating the state of hibernation.
What to do if you started to hibernate
You will notice that he is hibernating because he will look sleepy first and then he will remain very still and it may seem that they have died, his breathing becomes slow, but his body is not stiff, you can perceive that his snout has a higher temperature, if you touch firmly you can Observe what moves the whiskers.
To get him out of that state he starts rubbing it not too sharply to give it heat, he starts to give him food and water, when he wakes up you can offer him sugar water with the help of a syringe.
It will take approximately one hour to show more energy, three hours will be needed for you to walk again.
To avoid falling back into that state, offer high-calorie food, such as mashed potatoes, cereals such as oatmeal, cheese, yogurt. In addition to moving its cage to a less cold place, you can place a fleece or fleece blanket to warm it.
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the ideal temperature of a hamster must be between 18 to 21 Cº, without drafts, or direct sunlight
-if the temperature is somewhat icy the hamster will try to winter, if it does it is most likely to die
, you put enough nest material, in a place without drafts or a small, closed room
If the city where you live is very cold a focus would be good for heat,
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You have to have your cage, away from windows, doors or any place where the cold can enter.
Then I recommend that you buy a special cotton for hamsters and put it inside your house (if it may have a roof), that way it will be made a blanket and it will not be cold anymore.
Do not put any stove or things like that near your cage, because it may seem to you that it is warmer, but the only thing you will get will be an excess of heat, and that would make things worse (,