A Hamster’s lifespan depends on its species, genetics, and the care it receives. But when the captive Hamsters are compared to the wild Hamsters, pet Hamsters live for a long time (2-4 years).
A Hamster’s Lifespan as Pets
If properly cared for, Hamsters will live 3 – 6 years. They won’t survive if the temperature is too hot or too cold. Their preferred temperature is about 65°F to 75°F and the humidity level should be below 50%.
Why do Hamsters die suddenly?
Sudden deaths are usually due to a stroke or other heart disease. Experiencing shock or fighting that causes pain kills them, as well. If your Hamster dies suddenly, remove them from the enclosure, get rid of the bedding, and clean everything using an antibacterial spray.
Can Hamsters live alone after their companion(/s) dies?
They can, but they may get sick and depressed. Do your best to bring new companions to avoid being the only one left from being lonely. Never house Syrian hamsters together they are territorial. Apart from them, you can house dwarf and Chinese hamsters of the same gender in small groups.
How to know if your Hamsteris Old
Hamsters who reach 2 ½ years usually begin to show signs of aging. Older Hamsters have less energy and are less active. The younger Hamsters will be strong and active.
Closely monitor your Hamster after two years. If there are any sudden weight changes, consult their veterinarian. On the other hand, the gain may indicate a tumor, and weight loss could suggest a problem with their teeth.
A Hamster’s Teeth and Lifespan
Healthy grown teeth are one of the easiest ways to prevent any sort of threat to your Hamster’s health. Their teeth never stop growing. In the wild, their teeth will get trimmed by breaking the tough seed and eating fibrous grasses.
Pet hamsters will have the urge to chew, and it is your responsibility to provide the necessary food or toys, so their teeth get trimmed. Overgrown teeth (excessive length) give your Hamsters problems in relation to eating, and this may lead to malnutrition. Ensure this does not happen by seeing to it that their teeth get trimmed.
Dental diseases can be inherited. Malocclusion, the improper alignment of their teeth, can either be inherited or because of vitamin-c deficiency. Drooling may be a symptom of any dental disease. They may also be sudden weight loss and bleeding in the mouth area. Sinus infection is caused by abscesses in the roots of their tooth.
You need to provide your Hamster with safe toys to make them happy, engage in their surroundings, and help wear down their teeth.
Factors that Affect a Hamster’s Life Expectancy
- Nutrition is the main factor in a Hamster’s health. Their healthy diet partnered with good oral conditions heavily influences a Hamsters’ life expectancy.
- Always monitor your food consumption with respect to their age.
- Closely monitor their weight and teeth to lengthen their lifespan.
- Ensure they have a safe and clean environment, as this is the first place they may catch an illness.
Hamsters are social animals that inter-species contact. They should have a companion or should be involved in small groups. Hamsters that are raised alone experience depression and may even get sick from loneliness. This may lead to a shorter lifespan.
Even if you don’t give any companions to them make sure you have a lot of toys and hides in their cage which makes their day interesting and keeps them engaged.
A healthy diet is important in prolonging your Hamster’s life. A well-balanced diet will keep your hamsters healthy and will prevent the development of diseases in them. Their balanced foods are:
- Dry food like a mix or pellets
- The occasional treat is like grains, nuts, seeds and meats.
Sometimes, even with proper care, Hamsters can still acquire infections or develop diseases; this is their natural tendency. The most common infections and body problems Hamsters experience are:
- Dental Disease
- Ear infections
- Vitamin C Deficiency (Scurvy)
- Appetite Loss
- Hardening of the Organs (Metastatic Calcification)
- Reproductive disorder
- Skin disorder
Increasing your Hamster’s lifespan
Captive Hamsters usually live longer, and you have to educate yourself if you want to raise them this way:
- Get your Hamster from a reputable breeder or pet store.
- Keep Hamsters in pairs or in a group.
- Clean their cage regularly and thoroughly. The dirt in the cage may not give your Hamster pet to have a healthy life.
- Provide them a large enough enclosure in a safe place.
- Provide them with some toys and accessories in their cage to prevent stress.
- Use a reputable breeder
- Isolate new Hamsters until you are sure they are healthy
- Feed a complete Hamster food suitable for their age with a well-balanced diet and avoid high-sugar foods and treats
- Handle your Hamsters regularly (but gently!)
- Tame them while they are young
- Monitor the teeth and weight of Hamsters over two years old
- Find an experienced veterinarian to consult promptly if your Hamsteris sick or injured.
- Handle your Hamster in the proper way and let them come to you.
- Do not grab your Hamster pet’s tail. This may cause a defense mechanism and tail loss.
- Keep monitoring their weight after they reach two years just to notice signs of health issues.
Health Problems that Shorten their Lifespan
Hamsters can acquire health problems that lead to a shorter lifespan. These problems, fortunately, can be avoided:
- Dental problems
- Skin problems
- Tail loss
- Gastrointestinal problems
If you notice these problems, consult their veterinarian. To ensure you won’t encounter heavy emergencies, it is best to have a regular annual check-up instead of waiting for a symptom to show.
Hamsters are the cutest and the most amazing pet you can have. On average, Hamsters may live 3-7 years, depending on their species. Ensure they aren’t sick by taking them to their veterinarian. You should take care of them properly by providing a proper nutritious diet to them because they can easily be prone to many kinds of diseases.