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Russian Hamster not drinking?

Discussion in 'Small Animal Chat' started by cnnalise, Jan 23, 2020.

  1. cnnalise

    cnnalise PetForums Newbie

    Jan 23, 2020
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    Hi, i recently got a new russian hamster.
    He seems happy in himself and is eating fine and very active, however since i got him (almost 2 weeks) he hasnt seemed to touch his water bottle? Ive tried filling it to markers so i can see how much he drinks and it barely goes down if it even goes down at all, and ive tried leaving it in a bowl and that doesnt seem to go down either, also tried dripping the water infront of him and he looks at it and walks off.
    I've never owned a russian so is it normal for them to not drink much or should i get him checked by the vet? but like i said his behavior is normal and he is still eating.

    any suggestions?
  2. ForestWomble

    ForestWomble PetForums VIP

    May 2, 2013
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    Hamsters only drink about 10mls per 100g of body weight a day, so a really small amount. I'm sure he is drinking, you just haven't witnissed him doing it yet. If he wasn't drinking he'd be dead by now as a hamster can only survive a day or two without water.
    It is very important that he always has access to clean, fresh water and for you to check that the bottle is flowing easily each day when you change the water.
  3. Engel98

    Engel98 PetForums VIP

    Oct 7, 2018
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    Tap the ball in the spout. Does water come out?

    Bowl is more natural for them but not all can figure it out. My robo used it as a swimming pool :/

    I normally check all the bottles at least twice a day. Once when I get up, again when I go to bed. That way I know my hams haven't gone more that 12 hrs without water.

    Another thing to remember is that they're desert animals! They've adapted to get the most out of any water they drink that's why their urine smells bad.

    If you are still worried, try putting some kale or spinach in their cage, this will give them a water boost. Be careful not to give too much as you'll upset their tum. Aim for the size of your finger nail on your little finger :)
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