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Old 07-07-2008, 05:44 PM   #1
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A couple of weeks ago we got my son a female hamster and a nice new cage for it to have fun in. It has done pretty good, exploring the three tier cage and making nests and exercising etc, except for a couple of times:

One where the youngest kicked the cage off the dresser. The hamster seemed OK afterwards even thought the dog tried to run off with it. I put the cage back together for the most part, some pieces have cracks or chips but it all works. That was just over a week ago.

The second was yesterday when the 3 yrd old got it out of the cage despite our locking 2 out of 3 doors for just this reason, and took it swimming in the bathroom sink. It seemed fine afterwards and active.

Today, all was fine until a couple of hours ago when suddenly it fell over on its back and started convulsing. It is now laying on a cushion while my son holds it, sometimes she stays still and breaths fast, sometimes she starts to twist around a couple of times in convulsions. She also seems to favor her left arm, but I can't seem to find any problem with it.
Anybody have any ideas on what is wrong? I can't tell if she suddenly took sick or broke an arm in a fall or something?

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Old 07-07-2008, 06:19 PM   #2
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hmm, I don't know. It may have been hurt the other times and just now showing brain damage{convulsing} Or, something else could have happened without your knowledge. I wouldn't get another small pet like that until the kiddos are all bigger though. Your poor son can only really do what he is doing, I think. Good luck, Mav!
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:22 PM   #3
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Yea, it was a huge mistake on my part there. He had been very responsible, but the 3 year old is causing major problems.
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:22 PM   #4
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Anybody have any ideas on what is wrong? I can't tell if she suddenly took sick or broke an arm in a fall or something?
Yes..... but you probably don't want to hear them

After I was done laughing reading the first part, I get somber thinking of all the pets in the world who fall victim to kids' best intentions. And I'm sure they were best intentions (aside from kicking the cage off the dresser). Just like I'm sure you did with your poochies and the kids, you need to teach them that hamsters, even though they are rodents, are pretty fragile life forms.
Think about it, how gentle can a three year old be?
Sorry about the hamster I doubt it's going to make it but I'm pulling for you/him.
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:23 PM   #5
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Yea, it was a huge mistake on my part there. He had been very responsible, but the 3 year old is causing major problems.
Yeah, well, we learn as we go We cannot be perfect in every choice we make and we never will. lol
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:26 PM   #6
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i don't know either. i killed one once. was watching three of em for my neighbors boys. had them at my house. we had some as well. it was very very hot, so i took all the cages out on the patio. when i came out later, one was not moving.

now i will never know why i did this, but i took it out and turned the hose on it. needless to say it did not help. all i had was a wet dead Guinea pig. so we buried it. every night til they came home i dreamed about how upset they were going to be.

all the mom said was "well that's one" the boys just wanted us to dig it up and have a grander funeral. we did so.

never ever took care of others peoples pets again.

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Old 07-07-2008, 06:30 PM   #7
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My son is very broken up about it right now, been crying for awhile. He was very responsible with the hamster, made sure it had plenty of food and water, even locked two of the three doors on the cage as a precaution against the 3 year old as she seemed to have developed a fascination with it. Now he has the cage lashed down so it can't be kicked off or moved at all. All in all very responsible and he loves his new pet. Keeps the cage clean, and has a hamster ball so she can roll around on the floor and explore safely.

I just made a serious mistake thinking Abby would not be a problem and could be kept controlled or away from the hamster, I hate to think it is suffering or even going to die because of my miscalculation concerning Abby's persistence. Katie and Mitch both have been very good about being gentle with it, so I know they learned from what I taught them which is to have respect for living creatures in their care.
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i don't know either. i killed one once. was watching three of em for my neighbors boys. had them at my house. we had some as well. it was very very hot, so i took all the cages out on the patio. when i came out later, one was not moving.

now i will never know why i did this, but i took it out and turned the hose on it. needless to say it did not help. all i had was a wet dead Guinea pig. so we buried it. every night til they came home i dreamed about how upset they were going to be.

all the mom said was "well that's one" the boys just wanted us to dig it up and have a grander funeral. we did so.

never ever took care of others peoples pets again.

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Heat. When I bought the hamster they actually kept him in the store until I had started the car and run the AC in it long enough to cool it off. They said the heat will kill em fast.
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:54 PM   #9
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Awwwww, Buddy, I'm sorry. I can't offer an explanation or advice on what to do for the hamster at home. If it were me, I'd take her to the vet, though I don't know whether he/she could or would do anything.

Must be breaking your heart and your kids' hearts to watch her suffer.

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Your little one may have had a stroke. My Napoleone had one once and it was frightening, and it also came with a temporary partial paralysis. It passed after a few hours, but I would have a vet check on him just to be on the same side. (I hope you know a vet who specializes in small animals.. not all vets handle little hamsters very well)
They are tiny little troopers and much tougher than they seems, but be careful with your 3 year old and be sure to supervise them whenever they are together!! They still tend to think Hamsters are toys!
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