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Q: Hamster Water

June 13, 2009 | By M C. | 5 answers | Expired: 1944 days ago

M C.

My brother's hamster doesn't know how to drink out of her water bottle. She knows that there's water in it, but she tries to drink it directly through the glass. She has put her mouth on the tube, but didn't try hard enough. How can we show her to get water out?

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Lisa B.
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Jun 15, 2009

If your hamsters eyes do not look dark and round like they are poking out a little, it is a sign the hamster is dehydrated. Put the small bowl of water in the cage and remove it after the hamster drinks until you get the bottle situation figured out. You may want to try another brand of bottle. I agree with the smaller hamster size bottle, but some just work better than others. I had one that dripped and I had to buy a new one. I bought a habitrail one and it is great. But keep checking those eyes it will die in three days without water.

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SoulLonely
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Jun 14, 2009

First, is it a size designed for a hamster? Some of the larger ones for rabbits/guineas may be too heavy (the little ball) to get water out. Maybe when the hamster is by the water bottle, squeeze the bottle a tad to get water to make a drip coming out. The hamster will see it and hopefully learn to push the ball to get water out of it. If not, if you are worried that he/she is not getting enough water, try out a small bowl with water. Although, it tends to be very messy and may spill. good luck!

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Kavykeeper
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Jun 14, 2009

Make sure it's not too low or too high where it can't reach it. Give it a small amount of romaine that has been soaked in water. How much veggies is it getting? They get moisture through them so maybe it is getting enough. Some small pets drink very little water. Is it wetting its cage and do the droppings look normal? If so, it is getting moisture. If you put a bowl in there, it will probably soil it so it would need to be changed frequently. Bottles are better. If she put her mouth on it, she probably is taking tiny sips.

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