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Hi i have two hamsters,both are Syrian . Both were drinking water when they wer together.last week they mated and i separated them.Both stopped drinking water for the past 24 hrs.I left the male in the same cage and got the female a new cage.I'am afraid as the female is pregnant. Pls reply fast.........thank you.

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Hi Subhash

Thanks for your question.

Generally hamsters don't drink much water - occasionally you see them drink but often you don't.  It is important they have a fresh water supply however.  Excessive water consumption is usually something to be concerned about, although pregnant and nursing hamsters will drink more.

Excessive water consumption is normally a sign of diabetes, kidney problems or tumors - I'm sure neither of your hamters have these and your hamsters are fine.

How are they behaving generally?  In case the female is pregnant, don't over-feed her - just give her usual amount of food.  Then if a litter appears you can increase her food then by giving her baby food, porridge, and extra seeds, nuts, etc. as she will need more strength to nurse her litter.

I hope this helps put your mind at rest.

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Sheila

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Syrian hamsters are my specialty, however, I have kept Campbells,Winter Whites and gerbils in the past. I can advise on most subjects associated with hamsters, including housing, bedding, feeding, handling, new borns and catching escapees. I have had some experience of various health problems with hamsters and can offer my opinion and advice on basic health issues, however I am not a qualified vet and therefore cannot recommend drugs etc. My website is www.thehamstersite.com

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I have been keeping hamsters and other small animals for more than 12 years. My favourites are Syrian hamsters and I foster litters and 'difficult' hamsters for a rescue centre. My job is to tame hamsters ready for re-homing, which is extremely rewarding. I also enjoy looking after new litters and raising the pups. I have co-written a book on hamsters with my local vet and have a website: www.thehamstersite.com

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Hamsters in Sickness and in Health - Sheila Adby and Dan O'Neill ISBN186163218-5 (Capall Bann Publishing)

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Educated to A Level standard in the UK.

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