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How to Tell if Your Hamster Has a Cold

January 1, 2015

Did you know that hamsters can catch colds? Your little pocket pet can get a case of the sniffles, just like we do. Unfortunately, chicken soup and Netflix marathons aren’t going to do much for your little buddy. In this article, your local vet Welland goes over some basics about how to tell if your pet hamster has a cold.


As the saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The best way to keep your hamster healthy is to provide a clean and suitable habitat. Make sure your pet’s cage is not situated too close to any drafts, especially in winter. Hamsters are very sensitive to temperature, so you’ll also want to be sure to keep him in a room that is the right temperature, which would be between 60 and 75 degrees. Another thing which can sometimes make hamsters sick is if they are given water in a bowl, as bowl water can be easily contaminated. If you’re sick, avoid touching your pet, as your little furball could catch your cold.


Hamsters with colds will often display the same symptoms as people. Your pet may sniffle or sneeze, and his little nose might run. You may also notice your pet seems a bit lethargic: he may just curl up to sleep, and not want to do much. His little body may feel warm to the touch, and he may be thirstier than usual. Watery eyes, matted fur, and discharge from the eyes or nose are also indicative of colds in hamsters. If the cold is severe, Hammie’s fur may be very matted, and he may lose his appetite. A word of caution: it is important to note that these things can also be symbolic of other illnesses, so if you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, contact your vet immediately for a proper diagnosis.


There is still no cure for the common cold. Once your vet has confirmed that your furball has a cold, he may prescribe antibiotics, but that will help with the symptoms of the cold, not the cold itself. There are a few things you can do to help your pet recover more quickly. First, you’ll want to clean and disinfect his cage, and everything in it, and change his bedding. Next, make sure his cage is warm enough. You can also try offering your little buddy some warm milk water and honey. Ask your vet for specific amounts and feeding schedules.

Do you think your pet hamster may be ill? Call us at any time! As your vet clinic Welland, we are happy to assist.