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Hibernation

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When a hamster hibernates it is usually due to a sudden change in its environment. Common causes of hibernation include a sudden decrease in termperature or an insufficient amount of water. Since it is not in its insticts to hibernate at regular intervals it does not prepare itself properly for the hibernation. Most animals that do hibernate eat a large amount of food before doing hibernating allowing them to remain healthy and maintain proper body mass, whereas hamsters do not take the precautions.

A hamster will need to be brought out of its state of hibernation as soon as possible. To do so bring the hamster into a warmer room. Avoid the temptation to put it next to a heat source in the hopes of speeding up the process, as this will only cause more damage to the hamster. The process of waking up the hamster can take up to a full hour. Once the hamster has awakened leave it to recouperate by itself, just ensure that it has plenty of water and food. You do not want to hold the hamster or encourage activity too soon as it may not be ready to do so. When it is feeling comfortable again it will start to slowly move around and most likely ingest a large amount of water.

The length of the entire recovery process can vary greatly depending on the severity and length of hibernation. If after a day or two the hamster does not appear to be steadily improving the attention of a veterinarian will be required.

 


         
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