When a hamster dies
Author: Nadia VellaSource: www.hamster-club.com
Hamster Club's statistics show that most hamsters usually
die away from their nest. Very rarely hamsters die in their own nest.
As you may already know, when a
hamster dies, it is very hard and sad for a loving hamster owner to
accept its death even though a hamster is a small pet.
should a hamster owner do after his/her hamster
When a hamster dies, you can
re-use the cage and cage furnishings but make sure you disinfect these
well - preferably leaving the empty hamster's
furnishings in the sun for 2
Burial at home or
cremation are two options when dealing with
the disposal of a dead hamster. Some hamster owners prefer to keep the
bodies of their hamsters and to bury them at home in the garden or in a
small pot. The hamsterís dead body can be wrapped in cloth or placed in a
homemade coffin fashioned from cardboard packaging. Never bury your
dead hamster wrapped in plastic because this delays decomposition of the
body after burial.
Burial of the hamsterís dead
should be as deep as possible and a covering of
rocks or paving stones should be placed over the top to reduce any
disturbances from birds or other animals. When burying your dead hamster
in your garden and you move house, you may find it difficult to leave
him behind...so the pot method can be used. You can use the same
procedure but instead of burying your dead hamster in your garden, you may bury him/her in a pot.
Always place some stones on the soil so
that there wonít be any disturbances from birds or any other animals.
An alternative is to ask your veterinary surgeon to arrange a
cremation for your pet hamster. The body will normally be retained at
the surgery from where the crematorium will collect it. Your hamsterís
ashes are returned to you in a wooden casket with the hamsterís name
inscribed on a
brass plaque. The ashes may be buried, sprinkled or the casket retained
as a permanent memorial.