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What To Do When Your Hamster Dies

I get emailed a lot of questions, some I can answer privately and others I think hmmm other people might wanna read this to.
One of these emails was about what to do when you lose a pet hamster.
So to try and help, I have put together a little list of what I do when I lose a loved hammy.
I have lost lots of hamsters over my lifetime. Over the course of this blog alone, I lost my 3 hammy stars AND 13 beautiful baby hamsters.
If anyone can understand the grief of losing a pet, I can.

RIP HAMSTERS

  1. Cry. Cry as much as you want to and feel the need to. Hamsters are little members of the family after all. They have been with you for years and when they pass away, it hurts! It is okay to cry and it helps to cry, so let it all out.
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  2. Casper on my mousematPut all the pictures of your passed hammy up wherever you are. On your bedroom wall, on your school folders, on your work desk, anywhere!
    I have my favourite picture of Casper snuggled up asleep inside my blanket as my mousemat at work and pictures of all 3 of them on my electronic photo frame so every 30 minutes, I get to see a happy pic of my fur babies.
    Makes me smile every time. 🙂 ❤
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  3. Make a memorial for them. Every hamster since I was a kid has been buried in my garden. There is a row of ceramic toadstools along the back fence in the garden so I can see where all of my pets have been laid to rest. Hamster Grave ToadstoolIts a lovely reminder 🙂 They are all different colours so I can recognise which hammy lays where.
    When the babies died, I planted an orchid for them in their memory.
    It was a beautiful plant and I thought it a fitting tribute for them.
    Plants and gravestones are a great way to distract you from the negative of losing a loved pet and a lasting tribute to their memory.
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  4. Get a new hamster.
    It may seem drastic and the last thing you’d want to do but I promise you a new baby hamster is the perfect therapy. You get to have all the fur snuggles and a whole new personality to get to learn and love.
    Whenever you are ready and have grieved for your lost pet, I cant recommend enough the benefits of getting that cage all cleaned and sorted ready for a new furry-face. You can relive the great times of your lost pet, with a new one.Banjo the Hamster Offering a pet a new home is the most rewarding thing ever and it will keep you smiling, guaranteed!!
    You can tell your new fur baby all about their older brother/sister that has passed away. I found the whole experience of a new pet, the best remedy for a broken heart.
    Banjo is now my little rock – I couldn’t be without him.

Nothing and no one will replace your lost hamster and it really is the worst pain you can feel. But this doesn’t mean your world should crumble and end.
You just have to start a new chapter as difficult as it seems.

❤ Things WILL get better and your heart will mend, I promise you. ❤

Feel free to comment below on your fur babies that have passed over the rainbow bridge. We can have a little tribute xxxx

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Tribute

To continue the Casper themed remembrance posts, I have put together a little video with all my favourite beautiful photographs.
It will probably mean very little to the big wide world but I think it wouldn’t be right to not share it with you.

I shall put one together for little Dexter soon too.

So tomorrow will be my 300th HamsterDiaries post (wowzers!) so I am going to celebrate it in style with a BIG announcement I’ve been hinting about for a few days now…
Tune in tomorrow folks, follow the blog so you dont miss a thing! You don’t even have to have a WordPress account just check out the box on the left hand toolbar. Hamstery goodness delivered straight to your inbox – what more could you want!

xx

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End of an Eve

So as you may be aware from my return post, I am sad to announce the loss of Eve, my beautiful female Syrian.

I wish I had a happier update for this beautiful, friendly little hamster but sadly I need to explain to you what happened.RIP Eve

She sadly was put to sleep on the 21st February 2014 after getting a very nasty womb infection that antibiotics couldn’t fix.

Let me rewind a little bit as this is all seeming so sudden (even just typing it).
I shall eventually post a whole article about the other things to do with Eves health in the lead up to this event as I know my blog is used as a reference for a lot of this kind of thing. People in the future, I am sure, will want to know all the symptoms, treatments and all that malarkey without reading my emotionally attached mumbo with it. 
But for today, I am just briefly going to let you all know what happened and a few pictures to remember little Eve as I would prefer.

Hallo beautiful! xoxoxMid January at some point, I started to notice Eve had a bloody bum, nothing massive but enough to be leave visible dried blood on her bum. (I shall include a photo in the more graphic article – I’d rather have happy pictures here).

I initially put this down to maybe she had caught herself on an edge in her cage. As she has nibbled a number of impressive gouges in the plastic casing of her cage, I didn’t put anything past her really. I kept my eye on her.

It got to the start of February and there was still blood on her bum. It was at the stage where she would walk along the work surface and she would leave marks where she had been. She didnt look uncomfortable, she still seemed her usual self so I naively guess there wasnt such a red light in my head.

I took her to the vets the week after. Eve behaved as good as gold for the nice vet, letting her examine her belly. The verdict was originally cystitis and a week long course of antibiotics.

The next week few days were quite clearly stressful for Eve. If anyone has a hamster that enjoys taking medicine then let me know cos I’m sure that’s just a myth! Anyway, I left her to rest up and carried on as normal.

Eve struggling for breath whilst sat on my chest for warmth x

Eve struggling for breath whilst sat on my chest for warmth x

At about 10pm on Thursday the 20th Feb, as I went up to bed and checked on the hammys to say goodnight and do the nightly medicine feed, Eve was on her back on her flying saucer, unconscious and cold. 😦

I immediately wrapped her up in a blanket and got a little consciousness back in her. But she stayed cold and her breathing was a clear struggle. I fed her droplets of water from her bottle and she seemed to pep up more but she couldnt walk and every breath looked very painful.

Next day, an emergency trip to the vet was booked in. To be honest with you, I was more surprised she survived the night!

Once at the vets, Eves struggle for breath was very apparent. The vet was very concerned and suggested this was no longer cystitis (a bladder infection), it was infact a much more worrying womb infection which had spread over her body and was now shutting down her lungs. The fact the antibiotics hadn’t helped left limited options for treatment obviously. She said her bum had become bloody and pus was present in the blood. Eves tummy even looked almost bruised purple which I hadnt noticed up till now..

I had two choices.
Option 1) Eve could have surgery to spay her, removing her womb and the infection within. However due to the week long antibiotic course and her struggle for breath, the likelihood of survival was incredibly minimal. Even more minimal when we knew the infection had spread to her lungs. And on top of all these odds against us the vet added that she had only performed this surgery on a handful of hamsters in her career.
Option 2) Have Eve put to sleep to stop her suffering.

It was a terrible decision and I blubbed like a baby before the vet had finished explaining the choices.

As I looked at my poor little girl panting and wheezing on the table, pain in her eyes, I knew what had to be done.

We had a lovely little cuddle.

RIP Eve
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The first picture ever of Eve doing the monkey bars! Remember this old snap people?! Is it me or does Eve have a very rounded face? Eve; all she is missing is a party hat! :D Thats it Eve, scrub up nicely for you vacation! :D Harro Eve ;) IMG_0577IMG_0679

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