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Q: Shedding

May 9, 2009 | By Lisa B. | 4 answers | Expired: 1788 days ago

Lisa B.

It is getting hot here and it is very expensive for air conditioning so we use a fan. I am concerned for the hamster. He doesn't seem to be loosing hair, but he does appear to be sweaty. Is that possible?

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Jayke
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May 11, 2009

If you want to keep your hamster cool in summer...fill a regular human water bottle with water, put it in the freezer until it freezes, and then set it in the cage (perhaps wrap it in a cloth first), you hamster can stay near it to cool off it he is getting too warm! Just make sure to change it out regularly with other frozen bottles (or maybe refreeze it every night and put it in the cage every morning)

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Kayla L.
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May 11, 2009

rodents do not do well above 80 degrees. when my ac went out I put the hamster cage in the bathtub with all the ice from the freezer next to the cage.

I second the ice water bottle if nothing else.

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SoulLonely
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May 13, 2009

also, be careful if you have a plastic or glass cage because it will be harder for ventilation/be hotter. A wire cage (with a solid bottom) is better for summer because of more airflow and should stay atleast a little cooler.

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