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Hamster Not Walking Well


If your hamster starts to limp or has trouble walking, consult the vet. These are some of the possible causes of the problem:


  • Falls and accidents - If your hamster has suffered a fall recently, he may have a paralyzed or broken leg (or legs). Your pet will need to visit the vet.

  • Scurvy - If there's not enough vitamin C in your hamster's diet, it may develop the vitamin deficiency known as scurvy. In serious cases, this can paralyze the hamster's back legs, forcing the poor pet to hop around. Scurvy can be avoided simply by providing foods containing plenty of vitamin C, (as well as all the other nutrients a hamster needs). Small amounts of fruit and veg will help. Make sure the hamster food you buy online or in the pet store is sufficiently fortified with all the vitamins and trace elements a hamster requires.

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Sometimes a hamster's movements can reveal a health problem

  • Strokes - If your hamster rocks backwards and forwards while sitting, or sways as it walks, it may have suffered a stroke. Some of the damage caused by strokes can heal, but some is permanent. A vet should be able to tell you how extensive the damage is, and to what extent your hamster will recover. Stricken hamsters can still lead a full life, but sometimes it may need help eating and drinking. Ask the vet for advice.

  • Dehydration - If your hamster becomes listless and not doesn’t walk around as much as usual, he is probably either severely dehydrated, or has a serious illness. It may also be an attempt at hibernation, as a result of a drop in temperature. If you are able to rule out the hibernation option, make sure the hamster has plenty of water available, and then consult a vet for a diagnosis.

  • Old age - In older hamsters – over the age of 18 months – walking and exercising less, along with sleeping more, are simply part of the ageing process. Like humans, as hamsters get older they start to slow down.

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, 26 April 2020

Last night, my hamster was falling on its side, and shaking, along with only opening its eyes a little bit. It's almost in a ball, and feels very thin. It's a male Syrian, and he's not even 1. Today, he seems better, because he's moving and walking better, and his eyes are fully open. He is still very hunched over, and although we gave him a lot of food, he still feels thin. Normally, he looks chubby. I'm worried, and I'm wondering what is wrong. What should I do?


Jane, 29 August 2019

My daughters hamster seem to be taking seizures and then lies on my hand and sleeps for few secs then gets up again walks then another seizure will start wat can be rong n wat can i do to help the poor wee thing HELP


Ravyn, 30 July 2019

We gave her some water and she walked a little, bit every time, she walks for a few seconds then tips over. She pushes the food away when we tried to give it to her. Please answer immediately!


Camie, 21 December 2018

We gave her some water and she walked a little, bit every time, she walks for a few seconds then tips over. She pushes the food away when we tried to give it to her. Please answer immediately!

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