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Becky 22
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Hi,

 

Can anyone tell me about Hamster Diabetes?

My hamster Tim has been up about five times today drinking loads from his waterbottle. He hasn't eaten a lot of food but his cage smells strange even though I cleaned it a few days ago.

I read that this is something to be concerned about in roborovski's, although I'm probably just over-reacting. Usually he's quite nocturnal and shy and doesn't really drink a lot anyway? To see him out and drinking so much so many times today is ... worrying.

 

Does anyone know why a hamster vibrates? One of his babies (Tilly) was shivering, or buzzing or vibrating in my hand. She was sitting really, really calmly - she's quite tame - but was vibrating? The heating was on so she wasn't cold, I don't think she was scared, because she was walking about quite slowly and putting her front paws up on my thumbs and acting quite curious. Does anyone else have a vibrating hamster? I looked it up and on Paw Talk Forums it said this might be diabetes as well.

 

I over-react all the time so both of these things are probably nothing.

 

If anyone knows anything then that would be real help - Thanks.

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October 26, 2009 at 11:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

James
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Sorry I cant help much.....& I dont know any symptoms of diabetes, but have you been giving your robos quite a lot of sugary food? A lot of sugary food can give robo's diabetes. Speak soon-I hope you find out what you want to know, Speak soon, James. :dry:

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October 26, 2009 at 11:47 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Dukeslady
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Hi I was reasonably certain, but have got this of the WWW to be sure, but if this info fits your hamster, get them to a vet.

 

 

What are the symptoms of diabetes in animals?

Diabetes symptoms and the complications of the disease are also similar to humans. The following symptoms could indicate that your animal has diabetes.

 

Diabetes symptoms

Weight loss, often despite an increased appetite

Excessive thirst and urination

Breakdown of body fat and development of ketacidosis

Lower appetite

Pungent breath with a chemical smell

 

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October 26, 2009 at 1:08 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Becky 22
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Thanks.

That's really helpful - like I said, I'm probably over-reacting - but Tim was acting very strange and I'm worried about him.

I haven't given him sugary foods but I know my parents like to give them treats behind my back and I even caught my Mum giving him a slice of orange (which I immediately removed!!!)

Thanks again.  

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October 26, 2009 at 1:33 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Many fruits and vegetables are fine for robos-It shows you the majority on the food section of this site-Though citrus fruits are very bad for robos-I wish you luck with Tim :) I hope he's fine, Speak soon, James.

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October 26, 2009 at 1:41 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Becky 22
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Thanks. I'm sure he is but... he was drinking so much? And usually he won't ever come out in the day, let alone so many times.

 

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October 26, 2009 at 2:28 PM Flag Quote & Reply

James
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Hi, it does seem very weird-I would worry if the same happened to any of my robos-I'd advise still getting a vet to look over Tim. Speak soon, James. :)

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October 26, 2009 at 2:57 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Nikki
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Hi,

My Robo vibrates all the time, In my opinion mine is grinding her teeth in objection to being picked up as she's very timid and panics a lot. Not to mention the fact she was in her territory and got taken out.

It stops when she cleans herself. I read in a book it's fear, but I think it's a bad mood!

 

Also, she still grinds at first and her body vibrates! but now she lets me massage her all over!! She's sick at mo, but starting to make a recovery!

October 26, 2009 at 3:54 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Becky 22
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Good to know that she's feeling better.

 

This baby was always the most confident of the litter and walks onto my hand to be picked up in the first place. It's wierd because my rabbit was doing exactly the same thing when I picked her  up - vibrating - but she seemed very relaxed. Stroking her helped.

 

Tim's waterbottle has gone down a centimetre in one day since I moved him off the table and into a lower position. Could it be the pressure at the bottom of the room (if it exists, I'm not really sure that it could affect him).

I'll keep watching him.

 

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October 27, 2009 at 3:37 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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if he is drinking that much, take him to the vets.

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October 27, 2009 at 4:57 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Becky 22
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I will phone the vets and see what they say. He's been out again today still drinking. There's one specialist who does small animals but the price is ridiculous, and I think she's more rabbit-guinea pig small animal. I will look though.

Thanks for your help.

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October 27, 2009 at 7:25 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I am a huge fan of worrying about my pets.

I took out one of the babies today and she started biting me and holding on with her teeth. I didn't want to make a whole new topic about it just for the sake of some biting, but she has really sharp little teeth and was having quite a good go. She seems quite calm and placid and wasn't acting any differently, so far she ignored the chew toys I gave her. I had her little sister (who she's paired with, as well as her mother in the same cage) out as well and the biting one, who's bigger, was climbing on top of and sitting on her back, but not in a very agresive or forceful manner.

Is this a bad case of dominance or just playing or...?

How do I stop the biting?

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October 27, 2009 at 7:29 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Becky 22
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Another thing...

Are hamsters allowed grapes? I found a hamster eating one and she loved it, but I took it away immediately and moved her cage away from the fruitbowl it had obviously fallen from.

Thanks.....

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October 27, 2009 at 7:31 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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wow...i oso wonder how to stop the biting,my hamster jz like to bite my hands~~is it chewy anyway...?
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October 27, 2009 at 8:57 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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The biting got so bad that I could literally lift my hand up and she would still be hanging on by her teeth! So I put her into her cage.

 

The same one was fighting with her mother and sister and they were squeaking, but not causing any injuries. Do I need to seperate them immediately?

 

Thanks.

 

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October 27, 2009 at 10:23 AM Flag Quote & Reply

mysty
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as for the vibrating my hams do it whenever they are happy they almost seem like they are purring they seem to do it the most when they cuddle with eachother. the biting depends on the situation. my male (jack the ripper) he's a nibbler . the little dude has a habit of nibbling on my hand all the time, never bites hard but it starts to tickle after a while

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