pet health


Question by  Kaylene (93)

Why is my dwarf hamster scratching so much?

My hamster scratchs so much I'm starting to itch.


Answer by  Lora88 (28)

It is possible for any type of hamster to get mites. This is more likely if you got the animal from a shelter. Take him or her to the vet to get checked out, this can be solved with just two shots of an anti-parasite medication.


Answer by  Morgan (21)

Hamsters are prone to mites and fleas just like bigger pets. You would need the help of a vetrinarian to diagnose and treat this. Also hamsters are irritated by cedar and sometimes pine bedding, as well as some cleaning products used on the cage.


Answer by  girlygirl (58)

If the hamster puts his foot in his mouth before scratching, this means he is just grooming itself. If he is scratching and not grooming himself, and if you notice some hair loss, this could mean he has some sort of skin infection and should be seen by a vet.


Answer by  Cypress (166)

Your hamster is probably suffering from a mite infestation. A skin allergy, most often related to cedar bedding, will also cause itching. Many hamsters are allergic to the oils that cedar contains.

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