Hey Pet Parents & Pet Lovers,
I’m going to give another trigger warning for this post as it is about the passing of one of our little ones.
My hubby and I were still finding it hard to cope with the passing of our little one and so we reached out to a hamster expert about her passing. While it was still hard to talk about, I’m glad we could reach out to someone who comforted us by telling us she doesn’t think it was our fault or poor husbandry.
Although it’s difficult to be certain what the causes of death were (as we haven’t performed an autopsy) the expert let us know that she thinks the cause of Twitch’s passing was a stroke. Unfortunately, this is something that a lot older hamsters pass from, and she let us know that there wasn’t much we could do for her. She comforted us by telling us that hammies often hide their ailments, and won’t let their pet parents they know that they aren’t doing so well. Unfortunately, this news makes me a bit afraid to adopt another hammie as I’m so used to being able to tell if my little ones are sick or if there is something I can do to help them out.
My hubby and I are happy to be reassured that how we were taking care of Twitch was deemed “good pet care” but we’re definitely going to be diving even deeper with our knowledge of these little cuties before adopting another one.
We’re actually looking to link up with a small mammal rescue in hopes of adopting a little one that needs a home, rather than a baby that was bred to sell. But again, we’re going to take our time this time since we have the opportunity to and make sure that even if her passing wasn’t our fault, we’re aware of everything (or most things) we need to know about hammies.
We miss you dear one and hope you’re having a great time over the rainbow bridge <3