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my hammy is getting old

Discussion in 'Rodents' started by foxxy cleopatra, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. foxxy cleopatra

    foxxy cleopatra PetForums VIP

    Nov 18, 2008
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    *cries* his fluff is getting thin and he squeeks when he wakes up :( he is about 2 years old now :( is there anything i can do to help him? he has fresh fruit every day, hamster pellet things so he gets all the nutrients:(
    he is currently in an imac, should i downsize?
  2. niki87

    niki87 PetForums VIP

    Nov 18, 2009
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    I recently lost my first ever hammy aged two!! :( Is one of the saddest things I have had!

    But I knew she didn't have long. She slowed down so much and then...became quite shakey and didn't eat much. But although his fur is thinning is he still active? If he can still get up the imac tubes etc then I would leave him in there...will help keep him active. How is he with eating/drinking? You may find he becomes a little moodier...but this is relatively common I think!
  3. Starlight Express

    Starlight Express PetForums Member

    Feb 25, 2011
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    AwwwH, poor wee man. Sounds like your doing all you can for your little guy, it's just nature taking it's course. My hamster surprised us all and lived to 5 years old! An increadible age for a hamster. Although he started looking really old at about 2 and a half he was a tough wee guy. Miss him. :( Give him plenty of hugs!
  4. Cherpi

    Cherpi PetForums Senior

    Nov 19, 2010
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    I think maybe get a cage that had a large footprint and so he doesn't have to go up the tubes, he might be getting tired going up and down? Not sure, just a suggestion.
  5. thedogsmother

    thedogsmother PetForums VIP

    Aug 28, 2008
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    I think the Imacs are great cages for young hamsters but they arent great for oldies, they start using the other levels less and less as the tubes arent easy for an oah (old aged hamster). also a wodent wheel rather than a normal one, they arent as steady on their feet when they get on in years so they cant fall out of a wodent wheel and seem to prefer them.
  6. Sarah+Hammies

    Sarah+Hammies PetForums VIP

    Jul 20, 2009
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    Excellent advice tdm :) I totally agree with this!

    My syrian is 2 now and his coat is thinning but he still seems like his usual self. He is in a HH so has a lot of floor space, he doesnt bother with the level and tubes but i put that down to him getting older.

    I didnt think of changing his wheel though so thats something i am going to do for him.
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