If you deal with your little rodent every day, you should notice changes quite quickly. You should pay particular attention to certain signs.
When the hamster is healthy, it is happy and lively. He likes to romp around in his cage and also enjoys using his wheel. The fit rodent has clear eyes, clean ears, and a nice shiny coat. He also eats with a great appetite and has normal and unremarkable excretions. If the little one is properly cared for, then he is also not very susceptible to illness. Nevertheless, you should always take a closer look at it. Observe his behavior, his appearance and check his body weight at regular intervals. Not every change necessarily means that the hamster is sick. If in doubt, you should always consult the veterinarian.
Daily Coat CheckInspect your rodent at least once a day. But don’t wake him up for this, but examine him if he’s already awake in the evening anyway. The hamster fur must not be thin or dull. Healthy hamsters have smooth, shiny fur. If your little one has bald patches on their fur, take them to a veterinarian immediately. It could be skin fungi that may even be transmissible to humans. Teddy hamsters need some help with grooming. Check the long hair for knots or tangles and carefully cut them out with nail scissors (with blunt ends). If some litter has gotten caught in the fur, you can also try to comb it out with a toothbrush.
Healthy rodents have shiny eyesThe black bulging eyes of the little housemates should be wide open and shiny on both sides. The fur around the eyes must be clean and dry. Also, examine the claws and teeth to see if they are not too long. If necessary, have the claws trimmed by a veterinarian. Also, check your hamster’s gait. Does he walk stiffly, on high legs, or even hunched up with a crooked back? Then you should take him to a vet as soon as possible. Do not simply throw away the litter from the toilet corner without noticing it, but check your rodent’s feces and urine. So you can react faster to possible intestinal diseases of the little one. Also, pay attention to how much of the offered food he has actually eaten.