Is my hamster sick?
August 14, 2012 7:29 PM Subscribe
My dwarf hamster has dirty back and bottom, I immediately thought it was a case of wet tail having heard of the disease before but she shows no other signs of this or any other illness. Should I be worried?
posted by wwax to Pets & Animals (7 answers total)
My dwarf hamster has dirty back and bottom, I immediately thought it was a case of wet tail having heard of the disease before but she shows no other signs of this or any other illness. The only thing wrong is she has dried dirty stain on her back, from about where her waist would be to her bottom that looks like she sat in a dirty puddle that has now dried and her fur looks a little messed up like she hasn't groomed herself in a day or so.
I cleaned her cage this morning as I was worried that maybe she had just sat in something dirty or peed in her bed as rodents are want to do but the mark is still there.
She is running around her cage fine, eating heartily and drinking as normal and comes running up to take treats from me, her poops look normal like tiny small black pellets like a mouses poop. She has been moved to a new larger cage with a different type of bedding within the last 7 days but she seemed to settle in with no problems.
Everything I've read about wet tail says that the animals act sick and lethargic and have pale mucousy poops, but I've never kept hamsters before and would be so sad to loose this one and am very worried. Do I just have a lazy hamster who is too busy building nests and running in her wheel to clean herself or should I be taking her to the vets in the morning. She makes me laugh and is so very friendly I would be very sad if something happens to her
Any suggestions of what it might be and what to do appreciated.