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Old 06-20-2013, 02:53 PM
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My hamster's parents have been abusing them lately and I thought that they were playing by throwing their young onto the hamster wheel. Yesterday, I found the youngest one, it had beautiful red eyes and was my favorite, half eaten with blood/fur splattered everywhere. I've already cleaned the cage and disposed of the carcass. The parents were probably too young to take care of them but I seriously don't understand it...
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The most common reason for hamsters to kill their young is that they feel threatened. They will also do it if they are overcrowded (too many in too small a cage) if they are overbred, (too many litters too close together, or just too many babies in a litter) if the mother is too young/small, poor nutrition or a lack of food, or a lack of water. If a water bottle becomes blocked and they can't drink they will quickly become dehydrated, this can lead to them destroying their litter. They will also kill any sickly babies that are unlikely to survive. They eat them to tidy up the nest and to re-cycle the nutrients they used to make them, it seems awful to us, but it is normal hamster behaviour.
Have you thought about joining a hamster forum? There are lots out there who will be able to help and advise you.
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Perfect answer above ^^^
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I had a hamster in college that cannibalized its hamster roommate. They were great friends, or so I thought.... until I came home one day and found he had eaten his friend.

I agree, join a hamster forum. There is lots to know/understand on these little critters.
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you didn't say the age of the youngsters or parents are. hamsters are solitary animals. they may do well together when young, but normally not when they get older. I have worked at 3 different pet stores. the hamsters you see in the cages are still young. as they get older we ALWAYS had some of them in the sick rooms due to bad fights. robo hamsters are the only ones that CAN be housed together if introduced when young.
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you didn't say the age of the youngsters or parents are. hamsters are solitary animals. they may do well together when young, but normally not when they get older. I have worked at 3 different pet stores. the hamsters you see in the cages are still young. as they get older we ALWAYS had some of them in the sick rooms due to bad fights. robo hamsters are the only ones that CAN be housed together if introduced when young.
My hamsters are dwarf hamsters. The parents are a 5 months old, born in December. Thanks.


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The most common reason for hamsters to kill their young is that they feel threatened. They will also do it if they are overcrowded (too many in too small a cage) if they are overbred, (too many litters too close together, or just too many babies in a litter) if the mother is too young/small, poor nutrition or a lack of food, or a lack of water. If a water bottle becomes blocked and they can't drink they will quickly become dehydrated, this can lead to them destroying their litter. They will also kill any sickly babies that are unlikely to survive. They eat them to tidy up the nest and to re-cycle the nutrients they used to make them, it seems awful to us, but it is normal hamster behaviour.
Have you thought about joining a hamster forum? There are lots out there who will be able to help and advise you.
Thanks for the info but do you know how or where to join a hamster forum? I read up about carnivalism on the Internet and it said that hamsters do that to gain dominance.


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I googled "hamster forum" and the first 6 hits were all hamster forums. Check them out and see one that looks like it is active and has good information. Then join! I'm sure they will help you.
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