Hi! I am new to this forum, & was referred to come here for my question. Recently, over the month of October I have noticed a sudden difference in the behavior of my hamster. First I will give you some information, then I will discuss my concern.

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Information about my hamster:

Age - 1 year, 4 Months.

Gender - Male.

Species - Syrian.

He has never had a health problem in his life.

Changes in behavior:

Drinks more water than usual.

Goes to the bathroom more often than usual.

Doesn"t eat as much food as he used to.

Now I will explain what is going on.

My hamster has been drinking more water than usual lately - around 2 or more ounces a day. That is 6 times the amount a normal hamster drinks per day. To put that into perspective, a normal healthy hamster drinks 2 teaspoons per day, while my hamster drink around 12 teaspoons. That is an incredibly big difference. I can"t remember an exact date, but it has been over a month where I have noticed he goes to the bathroom many times a day, over 5 times which is unusual for my hamster. He goes to the bathroom in the corner of his cage where I place newspaper for him to go to the bathroom on since it saves me a ton of bedding that would have otherwise went to waste, since he goes to the bathroom so much. The other day I went to take out the newspaper and I decided to smell it to see if it had the scent of pee, and it did not. It smelled like pure water, and also looked like water. - But of course I couldn"t be sure that it was clear because it was on a tan newspaper, so today I placed down some plain which paper in the corner. Right when he went to the bathroom I looked at it & instead of your normal yellow, it was clear. It looked like someone just dumped a container of water on it. There was absolutely no scent or color to it. Now that I got that out of the way, he also isn"t eating very much either. I never see him in his food bowl eating, and I have been dumping out full bowls of food that went stale everyday, when I used to be dumping out just a couple leftover pieces from what he never ate. Those are all of the changes I have seen with my hamster, other than that I have seen no changes on my hamster himself. I stopped giving him treats a while back because he won"t even eat his regular food.

So after all of the information I provided, my question is, is there something wrong with my hamster? Have you guys ever had problems like this, if so what happened in your situation? I want to know if this might be diabetes or some other health issue. If you guys could please help me out that would be awesome, ASAP would be great.

If this is something that needs vet care, unfortunately that would not be an option for me. My mom & I have discussed it many times, but she still believes that no matter what- hamsters do not need vet care and should not be treated the same way dogs and cats do. She is very anti-rodent and wants nothing to do with them. She will not let me spend money on vet care for him, because she does not believe that they should get vet care like dogs and cats. My mom is not mean, it is just her beliefs. I know it is absolutely wrong, but I can not force her to change her mind on the way she sees hamsters. She must think that because of their size they aren"t something you can love as much, whatever the reason is, my point is that vet care is not an option. I hope it is nothing serious, but if it is, tips on how to deal with it at home would be a great help.

Thank you all! Fast responses are appreciated. As I said, this is my first time coming on this forum, so I am not sure how many people visit this website, and how fast I will get a response. Thanks for your time!


#2Thehamsteruniverse


Thehamsteruniverse

Veteran Hamster

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Hmm, this could be diabetes. I can"t provide much info, but you have to make sure that your hamster is eating, drinking, peeing and pooping especially eating because you seem concerned about that. Try to at least call a hamster experienced vet for advice (search online if you can"t find any). There should be a thread by dusty somewhere near the beginning of the ailments and injuries section with different health issues. Look up the symptoms. Look at the beginning area, you should see a topic called A-Z common hamster illnesses or something like that

Edited by Thehamsteruniverse, 29 October 2015 - 09:21 AM.


#3Oreosworld


Oreosworld

Baby Hamster

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Hmm, this could be diabetes. I can"t provide much info, but you have to make sure that your hamster is eating, drinking, peeing and pooping especially eating because you seem concerned about that. Try to at least call a hamster experienced vet for advice (search online if you can"t find any). There should be a thread by dusty somewhere near the beginning of the ailments and injuries section with different health issues. Look up the symptoms. Look at the beginning area, you should see a topic called A-Z common hamster illnesses or something like that


I was thinking diabetes too. He must be eating a little bit of food because he is pooping, and he certainly is drinking water & peeing. I will try to find information on the symptoms of diabetes in hamsters online. Thanks for the help!

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#4nebit


You can buy keto diastix for fairly cheap OTC to test his urine. This doesn"t sound like diabetes to me, because diabetes normally comes with a voracious appetite, while your hamster is not eating. In fact, it"s one of the three main symptoms of diabetes. But diabetes should DEFINITELY be ruled out, and this is easy to do at home by testing his urine.

My guess would be this is more likely related to some sort of kidney issue, or possibly a hormonal disorder. Those causes are likely not going to be treatable, particularly not without vet care. But even with vet care, many of the issues would likely not be treatable in a hamster.

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I"m going to second the kidney concerns nebit mentioned. Thirst and excessive urination is the body trying to flushsomething out - with diabetes, it"s too much glucose, but your body also does that with too much salt, when you"ve ingested a toxin, the body producing too much of a hormone (e.g. cortisol), etc. The appetite issue could be another symptom or it could be a result of being full from drinking so much.

A couple questions:

- Has anything changed in his cage between September and October? Anything new he"s been exposed to?