After your hamster reaches one year of age it is possible
that it will start to exhibit some signs of old age such as
fur and weight loss. The one year point is the earliest that
you should start to see these signs in your hamster although
usually they do not happen until two or sometimes even three
years. If you notice these signs earlier than one year you
should seek the advice of a veternarian as it may not be simply
a case of old age with your hamster and another disease or
infection may be present.
If your hamster appears to be becoming less active and sleeping
more frequently or for longer periods of time, it is important
to handle it less and reduce the amount of exercise it receives.
As the age of a hamster increases it becomes more and more
important to regularly check the teeth to ensure that they
are not overgrown or growing crooked. Many diseases are more
common in hamsters of an older age so it will also be important
to constantly monitor the activity and health of the hamster
as its age progresses.
Read through our hamster health
section for advice regarding specific diseases and the signs
of each. This will help greatly in pinpointing the cause of
various diseases and help you catch on to early warning signs
that your hamster may exhibit.