How To Comfort A Dying Hamster

Speaking of a short-tailed burrowing beauty with large cheek pouches are Hamsters; hamsters are loving creatures and are dear pets to humans.

Speaking of a short-tailed burrowing beauty with large cheek pouches are Hamsters; hamsters are loving creatures and are dear pets to humans.

They are a unique companion to their owners; they are always cheerful and reliable.

It becomes a saddened period when hamsters get to their dying moments

They become less playful, feeble, scrawny, belligerent, and constantly depressed; such times are crucial and yet important moments, Important because they would need your care and attention more than ever before

Hamster pet owners should spend more time and shower more love to their burrowing beautiful animal friend.

In this article, I will share with you five ways you can comfort a dying Hamster

Keep your Hamster at an Ideal temperature

When it comes to pets, two types of temperature are essential: the pet’s body temperature and the ambient temperature, i.e. the surrounding temperature of the pet.

As Hamster tends to grow old or reach their culminating moments, they may struggle with their body temperatures.

Your Hamster should neither get too cold or too hot, and an ideal temperature would do just fine.

What then is the most suitable ideal temperature for your hamster pet? The perfect temperature for Hamsters ranges between 68 °F to 71 °F.

You should take note that the room temperature should never be lower than 60 °F, or they may enter into a state of hibernation which is not a good thing for hamsters

Ensure your Hamster gets a Neat and Silent Sleeping area

 Hamster tends to sleep and rest more during their culminating moments

Of course, this is expected because they happen to be feeble at such a period of their lifetime

Your Hamster would want a neat and quiet sleeping area during their dying moments

They would not want a noisy place and a dirty environment that would pollute the atmosphere

As a hamster owner, you should make sure all these are put in place so that they can have a comfortable life during their final moments while on earth

Also, if you have more than one Hamster as a pet, try to separate the feeble one from the agile ones and ensure the feeble one gets enough rest and sleep

Ensure Your Hamster Is Well Fed and Properly Hydrated

Hamsters are small fetish burrowing animals; unlike other bigger pets, they do not consume a large amount of food.

The moment you start noticing that your Hamster doesn’t consume much or drink much as it’s supposed to, then you should know that something is wrong.

One of the first indications or signs that shows a hamster is gradually approaching its culminating moments is the lack of appetite for food and water.

Their bodies are closing down, and they no longer have the sensation of hunger or thirst as they used to do 

Eating always is not a crucial factor for hamsters but staying hydrated always is vital; it should not be toiled with

Hamsters can go about for days without eating anything, but they can hardly survive when they are dehydrated.

What’s painful about Dehydration on hamsters is that it causes a miserable death if not attended to

However, Hamsters are known to be creatures who don’t eat much, but this does not allow one to starve or poorly feed them all in the name of the “They don’t eat much” reason.

These food nutrients are still essential and also very important for the health of your Hamster, most especially during its last moments.

Starvation and poor food nutrients are not something your Hamster would want to pass through during its dying moment’s

Instead, they should be properly and adequately fed with rich food and also with their favourite treats.

They should be well hydrated; this is what your Hamster would want you to do.

And by doing so, you’re ensuring your Hamster has a comfortable time during its last moments on earth

Give Them Full Dose of Care and Attention

Hamsters are known to be one of those pets that are less playful and private.

They like to be left alone and don’t give open arms to strangers or visitors easily.

Despite this fact, once hamsters have gotten acquainted or familiar with their human companion, they often allow for attachment and pet patting from them.

During their culminating moments, it’s demanding that lots of loads of care and attention be showered to them.

Though they might act tough and pretend they don’t need it, deep down, they do

As their final moment approaches, your company would mean a lot for them; it will give them the comfort and security they would need.

However, you should be careful of deciphering the right moment or time to spend with your Hamster during their last days.

They might want enough resting time and would like to be left alone

Also, you should note the patting you give to them, too; most of these patting might be hurting them; it may be painful

When you notice a form of restriction or retardment, you should quickly understand that its painful and stop such patting

  1. Offer Pain Management Medication to your Hamster

Hamsters at their culminating phase of life are expected to pass through pains.

This is due to old age or probably a Terminal illness; whichever it is, pain is not left out of the equation.

You must ensure that your Hamster has a relaxing moment rather than a painful one at such a period.

Ensure you consult your vet to run an early diagnosis and prescribe proper pain management medications for the Hamster to mitigate and minimize the pain

This step is essential to keep your Hamster comfortable during its final moments.

However, you should never try to prescribe pain medications yourself for your hamsters.

You might give them the wrong pain medication, or perhaps you infuse them with the wrong dosage.

With such at stake, you might run the risk of making the situation gets more worst.

And with this, the odds of comforting your dying Hamster will no longer be in your favour.

How To Know If Your Hamster Is Dying?

From just a tiny injury down to a temperature rise practically deteriorates the lifespan of hamsters

Humans who own hamsters as pets should note this. Hamsters are so tiny and fetish that an illness or injury diminishes their health drastically. 

As regard to such facts, always ensure your Hamster doesn’t get involved with any unnecessary play or activity that can run the risk of it having a fall,

or a temperature rise or anything at all that can drastically reduce the health of your dearest animal companion

When you begin to notice any of these signs under-listed below, ensure you consult your vet as soon as possible,

And if it’s some sort of ailment or sickness, try running an early diagnosis to save your dear short-tailed burrowing beauty faster

At all times, remember that early diagnosis is always an advantage for proper treatment 

6 Notable signs or Indications to know if your Hamster is dying includes:

  1. Diarrhoea and wet tail
  2. Always Huddling to a corner and drastic Hair loss
  3. Loss of appetite and thirst
  4. Sneezing, panting, Uncontrolled discharge from the nose or eyes,
  5. Changes in behaviour always staying inactive
  6. Poor movement always stagnated

What Makes a Hamster Die Suddenly?

Hamsters generally don’t have a long life span, but despite this, some notable reasons such as stress and heatstroke can make a hamster die a sudden death.

You should ensure your Hamster doesn’t get involved with any of such highlighted below.

This is expedient because they are reasons that can make them die unexpectedly or untimely.


Hamsters are subtle creatures; they don’t accommodate stress; once they have gotten used to an environment and a particular way of life.

It’s difficult for them to change or adapt to a new environment that is way different from the previous one.

This is because such a thing will involve much stress, and they are not up for it.

They do get anxious easily, so they quickly show how uncomfortable they are when they are getting stressed

You might unintentionally or unknowingly stress your Hamster by over excessively handling it or, better put, by rough handling it all in the name of taming or playing with your pet

Please don’t do such; you should remember that hamsters are solitary creatures, and they would love their lone time subsequently

once you’ve noticed this, ensure you stop whatever it is and make sure your Hamster gets enough rest

You must ensure your Hamster gets stress free because stress can lead to other diseases such as Wet tail, which can cause a sudden death for your pet

Other notable Symptoms to avoid or to mitigate if already observed are:

Foul odour, Excess sleeping, walking with a hunched back, Folded ears, Diarrhea, Lethargy, Lack of appetite, etc.


Just as we’ve mentioned earlier, hamsters hardly change from what they’ve already been used to

It is difficult for them to adapt to a new environment, they are conserved creatures, and they love to live the life they are already used to

The same goes for their temperature; Hamster’s do not respond well to extreme changes in temperature.

When hamsters get exposed to a temperature they are not used to, for example, under a temperature above 72 °F, it can cause a delicate issue.

And this is something that can cause sudden death to your Hamster

So, on the safer side, your Hamster should stay under a temperature that it’s used too, to prevent heatstroke and any other unforeseen circumstances or ailments

General Summary

In this article, we have delved into the nature and general features of hamsters as pets; we have profoundly looked into the various ways we can comfort a dying hamster, some of which includes

Ensuring your Hamster gets a Neat and Silent Sleeping area, Giving Them Full Dose of Care and Attention, Offering Pain Management Medication to your Hamster, Ensuring Your Hamster Is Well Fed and Properly Hydrated and finally Keeping your Hamster at an Ideal temperature.

We also explored the various ways to know when a hamster is about to die. At this point, we would have understood how volatile hamsters are. 

You should know that Hamsters are tiny and fetish in nature and that unnecessary illness or injury diminishes their health drastically. 

We’ve learned about some Notable signs and Indications that can help us know when a Hamster is about to die, some of which includes Diarrhea and wet tail, Always Huddling to a corner and drastic Hair loss, loss of appetite and thirst, Sneezing, panting, Uncontrolled discharge from the nose or eyes, Changes in behaviour always staying inactive, etc.

The question “What makes a hamster die suddenly?” It was also not left out in our explanations; we looked into some of those causes that can make hamsters die suddenly

We learned that the two important things that can cause sudden death in hamsters are Stress and Heatstroke, and we also learned various ways we can divert from such or prevent such untimely death from happening.


I hope this article has been of great value to you, our dearest reader; always remember that you and your dear hamster pet are cherished and loved by us.

We are one big happy family under the pet umbrella; you can also read our other articles relating to your dear pet.

If you have any candid suggestions that can help us serve, you better do well to let us know. 

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