What can you feed a hamster with diarrhea?

I just bought a dwarf hamster the other day and he has diarrhea. I haven’t fed him any types of vegetables, just normal hamster food. He seems to be acting normal. I want to know if there are any certain foods i can give him to stop the diarrhea?

Best Answer: Question - My hamster has diarrhea (which I think is also called wet tail) he is very active and is still a baby. What should i do about this, and what is the cause of this? He puts the bedding in his mouth (carefresh colorfast) but i don't know if he eats it or moves it. I have a strong bond with him even though I only had him for a week. I held him daily, would that stress him out? Please Help! Answer - Actually, diarrhea is different from wet tail. The droppings from a hamster with diarrhea are soft, light-colored, and messy. The hamster appears healthy otherwise, though he may lose a little weight due to dehydration. Diarrhea most commonly results from the overfeeding of fruits and vegetables. To cure diarrhea, only feed your hamster his normal dry mix (avoid fruits and vegetables for now) and make sure he has plenty of fresh water. When your hamster no longer has diarrhea, then you can slowly introduce him to fruits and vegetables. Begin by feeding him a small piece of a fruit or vegetable 2-3 times per week. After a few weeks, then slowly increase the amounts. Don't feed your hamster more than 1 small piece of a fruit or vegetable per day. Here's a link to a list of safe fruits and vegetables for your hamster to eat: http://www.petwebsite.com/fruit.htm Wet tail, on the other hand, is a disease that is caused by stress. It is most common in young hamsters around weaning time. (Weaning time is very stressful to young hamsters.) If the hamster has wet tail, his bottom and the top of his tail will be dirty and wet. Other wet tail symptoms include lethargy (not having any energy), walking hunched up, and squealing with pain. If you suspect your hamster has wet tail, it's very important that you take your hamster to the vet immediately. As long as you handle your hamster gently, and you don't surprise him, it's fine to handle him daily. Also, hamsters don't eat their bedding; your hamster is just putting the bedding in his pouch and transporting it somewhere else in the cage.

11 Comments on "What can you feed a hamster with diarrhea?"

  1. give him the same foods that you are giving him now, and he should be fine. but if it makes you feel better you can ask an employee/manager of a pet store what would be best to feed him.

  2. !!!
    gross.

  3. Pepto.
    Haha!

  4. Tyler&Cheryl | December 27, 2008 at 8:43 pm |

    I think that your hamster will be just fine. It may take some time to get use to the food, might be a different brand or something he is not use to. Just remember never feed cabbage or salad because it can cause bloating and diarrhea especially if it gets warm from sitting in the cage. That will cause death!

  5. ๑۩۞۩๑ BaNaNaBaBi ๑۩۞۩๑ | December 27, 2008 at 8:56 pm |

    Question –

    My hamster has diarrhea (which I think is also called wet tail) he is very active and is still a baby. What should i do about this, and what is the cause of this? He puts the bedding in his mouth (carefresh colorfast) but i don’t know if he eats it or moves it. I have a strong bond with him even though I only had him for a week. I held him daily, would that stress him out? Please Help!

    Answer –

    Actually, diarrhea is different from wet tail. The droppings from a hamster with diarrhea are soft, light-colored, and messy. The hamster appears healthy otherwise, though he may lose a little weight due to dehydration. Diarrhea most commonly results from the overfeeding of fruits and vegetables. To cure diarrhea, only feed your hamster his normal dry mix (avoid fruits and vegetables for now) and make sure he has plenty of fresh water. When your hamster no longer has diarrhea, then you can slowly introduce him to fruits and vegetables. Begin by feeding him a small piece of a fruit or vegetable 2-3 times per week. After a few weeks, then slowly increase the amounts. Don’t feed your hamster more than 1 small piece of a fruit or vegetable per day. Here’s a link to a list of safe fruits and vegetables for your hamster to eat:

    http://www.petwebsite.com/fruit.htm

    Wet tail, on the other hand, is a disease that is caused by stress. It is most common in young hamsters around weaning time. (Weaning time is very stressful to young hamsters.) If the hamster has wet tail, his bottom and the top of his tail will be dirty and wet. Other wet tail symptoms include lethargy (not having any energy), walking hunched up, and squealing with pain. If you suspect your hamster has wet tail, it’s very important that you take your hamster to the vet immediately.

    As long as you handle your hamster gently, and you don’t surprise him, it’s fine to handle him daily. Also, hamsters don’t eat their bedding; your hamster is just putting the bedding in his pouch and transporting it somewhere else in the cage.

  6. lots of vitamin c

  7. lol, diahreeah?
    regular hamster food, that is solid
    dont’ give it Too Much fruits, ( yes they can eat fruits. ) That could be the cause of it.
    I just hope it doesn’ thave “wet-tail virus” that can be passed from other hamsters, kind of like a flu or cold + diahrea,
    Good luck, Go pet your hamster! =)

  8. Take him to the vet for help or it will become more severe.
    Or you could use over-the-counter products from pet stores such as Dri-Tail, they usually work in MILD cases of diarrhea (NOT severe cases)

    For further assistance go to this website it gives all diseases and all the reasons why it is happening.http://www.hamsterific.com/IllnessGuide.cfm

    Diarrhea: Wet Tail • Intussusception • Aspergillis Fungus (from website) but look at the website bc it gives you links and explains more

    I truly hope this helps!I am a hamster lover and hope your hamster is okay! :)

  9. Well if he appears healthy otherwise then just feed him hamster food and NO ROUGHAGE which is greens(veggies) fruit or peanuts

  10. Hamster diarrhea is a result of incorrect feeding and sometimes in combination with draughts or damp. Rotten food or dirty drinking water and overfeeding of fruits and vegetables can also be a cause.

    If your hamster has diarrhea, remove any moist food out of the cage and feed your hamster only dry bread, boiled rice and crisp bread. Replace its water with lukewarm chamomile tea and clean the hamster cage litter and nesting twice a day.

  11. raspberry leaves can help, in limited amounts. 😉

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