Hamsters and Breeding Disorders
Let's discuss about hamsters and breeding disorders. Just like other animals, hamsters can experience infertility, miscarriage, small liter size, and some hamsters even eat or abandon their young. If you have a pregnant hamster you are probably wondering why these things happen. This article will explain some of the reasons for these breeding disorders in hamsters.
The reasons for breeding disorders aren't definite since there really isn't a lot of research done on it. However, there are some reasons that appear to be very true.
Infertility in hamsters can be caused by many things such as old age, malnutrition, stress, lack of heat, ovarian cysts, or an incompatibility with the mate. Hamsters like humans or other animals sometimes have miscarriages. A miscarriage in a hamster can be caused by malnutrition, injury, stress, fright, of lack of heat in their environment.
If your hamster had no problem with her pregnancy, but is acting strange after giving birth there could also be reasons for that. Sometimes mother hamsters will abandon their liter and refuse to take care of them. Humans may wonder how a mother could do that? If the litter is large the mother may abandon all the newborns or some of them in an effort to reduce the size of the litter. Other reasons for this may include an insufficient amount of living space, nesting material or an insufficient amount of milk production. Mother animals can often sense if a newborn is ill or deformed and sometimes abandon the young for that reason.
There aren't really any treatments that you can give your hamster to prevent breeding disorders. However, you can make sure the hamster is in a room that is warm enough and that they have a well-balanced diet. Also, being informed on what causes these disorders can help you prevent them. Don't allow your pregnant hamster to become stressed and if your hamster has just given birth, don't make a lot of noise and don't touch the babies. If your hamster abandons the babies you can try to care for them or call your veterinarian for advice on what you can do.
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