Do Hamsters Hibernate? No, but if the room is cold they can go into Torpor
Domestic hamsters do not hibernate as they have no indication on what season it is. If their enclosure gets too cold or they have lack of food/water, they can go into a hibernated like state this is called torpor. When a hamster goes into torpor, they will start to reduce their body temp, breathing rate and heart rate to try to help them survive. Torpor is a quick solution and they can still wake up to forage for food unlike an animal that is hibernating.
How can I tell if my hamster has gone into torpor?
- Hamster is cold and not responsive
- Hamster is breathing/movement in body
- Hamster is limp
How can I help my hamster if in torpor?
You need to slowly warm up the hamster. If you warm a hamster up too quickly you can warm the blood before the heart is ready and this can cause heart failure.
- Syringe feed electrolyte (to make it mix 1 cup warm water, ½ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt) this can be one 1-2minutes for 30minutes.
- Wrap the hamster up in something warm, making sure not to cover the face.
- Put them near something warm e.g., a hot water bottle.
- Put hamster on your chest and have a blanket covering both you and the hamster.
- Call vets
How to keep Your Hamster Warm in the Winter