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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-08-2006, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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I adopted a black male syrian hamster (6-8 weeks old) last weekend, I've had many hamsters in the past and this one is just weird. Or sick.. or something.

I put him in his cage, he does not make his own bed/nest, he just sleeps wherever, so I got him a plastic house and made him a bed.. he sleeps in it.. and NEVER comes out. Not only that, he pees everywhere, even on himself, he pees in that little house and sleeps in it.... he's all wet... and he smells.

He's quite tame though, he allows you to pet him, poke him, whatever, even hand feed him.

What is wrong with him? I've never seen this before.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-08-2006, 02:16 PM
 
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I know dwarves get diabetes and kidney problems, but I am not sure if Syrians can have those problems. Hopefully he is just nervous and that is his way of showing it.
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Not only that, he pees everywhere, even on himself, he pees in that little house and sleeps in it.... he's all wet... and he smells.

I bolded the part that worries me. I have hamsters that pee all over. I even had some that insisted on peeing in their wheel. The only ones I have ever known to pee in their bed to the point where they themselves end up sopping were those who were sick.

Not making a nest of sorts is nothing to worry about. I've had plenty of hamsters who preferred to just curl up in a ball or even lay flatened as much as possible to sleep.
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I bolded the part that worries me. I have hamsters that pee all over. I even had some that insisted on peeing in their wheel. The only ones I have ever known to pee in their bed to the point where they themselves end up sopping were those who were sick.

Not making a nest of sorts is nothing to worry about. I've had plenty of hamsters who preferred to just curl up in a ball or even lay flatened as much as possible to sleep.
I agree. That worries me as well.

It sounds like he needs a trip to the vet .




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My hamster pooed in her bed but always peed in a certain corner. I'd take him to the vets too.


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Call the vet and see what they have to say. Maybe it's something you can take care of at home to save you a vet visit.

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-08-2006, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Okay, I'll give the vet a call. I hope they can do something.
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He seems to be okay.. apparently he was just very stressed out.
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Well that's good news, I hope he'll be OK now!


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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-13-2006, 08:29 AM
 
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I bought my dwarf hamster a litter box but she has already decided where to pee in her cage. Right next to her food bowl. I have no idea why. It is the only place in the cage she will pee. RIGHT next to her FOOD and then she justs sits in it while she eats. I have to constantly wash the surface off because I don't want the urine to mess up her food. As for the litter box, she likes to roll around in it and dig out all the litter.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-13-2006, 06:43 PM
 
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I once got a new hammy with loose stools, but it wasn't the typically severe diarrhea of Wet Tail. Maybe it was stress; maybe not, but she got some over the counter Dri Tail medication anyway. She was and is fine.
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