Dwarf Campbells Russian Hamsters are the
most likely hamsters to fall victim to diabetes. Luckily diabetes
is not as common as it was at one point due to many breeders
making efforts to eliminate it from their breeding lines.
In the past diabetes was extremely common in pet hamsters
and put a large amount of hamster owners into the unfortunate
situation of having to care for a diabetic hamster.
Hamsters which have diabetes are known to frequently urniate
and drink more water than usual. As the condition progresses
they may also start to tremble or shake. For this reason veternarian
advice must be sought for your hamster. In the mean time just
ensure that your hamster remains in a comfortable temperature
level and has plenty of water to drink. Because of the frequent
urination and increased water intake it will be necessary
to clean the cage far more often that for a healthy hamster.
Treatment most often involves the administration of a sugar-free
diet. Since all commercially prepared hamster mixes have sugar
of some sort it is likely you will have to develop your own.
Read through our hamster feeding
section to learn more about what goes into making a good hamster
mix. The most important thing to remember when making your
own hamster food is to ensure the mix contains a wide variety
of food to give the hamster a balanced diet. You may also
wish to add vitamin supplements to the mix to make up for
a lack of certain vitamins that commercially prepared mixes