I am the third owner of my hamsters so I know very little about them, we assumed that he and his cagemate were of a similar age, but recently George has started to look a lot rougher and smells badly. Are these signs of old age? And if not, is there any way we can estimate how old they are?
I assume they are dwarf hamsters,and I don't know much about them. Syrians in my experience don't smell bad as they age, perhaps a little less groomed and I have noticed goopy eyes and slowing down. I have also noticed that they sometimes pee in their beds so perhaps he is more smelly because of this?
Are they scenting, that could be the smell?
Do they feel thin ? are they eating well?
Hamsters dont live long at all, so give them lots of love .
You could but some sand from pet shop and let them have a sand bath, they will enjoy it.!
I don't know if they're scenting is there a way to tell?
George, the one I'm worried about, is quite thin but he eats well and is very light. He's about half the size of Fred and looks a lot worse. They've got a clay bath that they use all the time so I didn't think it was a hygene problem.
Thanks for the advice, I'm keeping an eye on him for now and giving him a lot of hugs