Gerbils & Hamsters/Syrian Hamster


I got my syrian hamster 1.5 weeks ago!and I think she(let's say she) is pregnant, how could I tell??

Hi Brian

Thanks for your question.

The gestation period for a Syrian is 16-18 days. Often you don't see any real signs of pregnancy but close to the time of giving birth there is often a definite bulge on the hips. You might just have to wait and see what happens. If you think she is pregnant don't over feed her right now - just give the usual amount of food. If she does have a litter then increase her food - supplement it with baby food to give her extra nutrients for feeding her babies.

If you want to let me know if she has a litter I can talk you through what to do.


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Sheila Adby


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


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:

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

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