Pregnant (With Pics)
Posted 18 July 2003 - 10:11 PM
Posted 19 July 2003 - 01:48 AM
once she has the pups, you won't be able to touch them or her or clean the house for 2 weeks, so now is probably the best time to do a thorough housecleaning for her. also start giving her some hi-protein food in her meals, like some shredded lowfat cheese, or bread soaked in lowfat milk. a raw unshelled pnut would also do the trick. also some cooked egg, tofu, or some soymilk would supply xtra protein. if you aren't bothered by the idea, dwarfs in the wild eat insects so you could offer her some mealworms or small crickets (bought at a petstore specifically for the purpose of feed).
have you ever had a dwarf who had pups b4? where is the dad?
Posted 19 July 2003 - 02:23 AM
i did a clean up for her cage and put her in my room (more quiet here) just in case my suspicion is really correct.. i fed her with more carrots, milk diluted with water, yogurt treats and hard boiled eggs to prepare her.. heehee..
as for the dad, u can see his photos in the gallery "My 6 cuties". He's HuHu, another darling sapphire there :P
so now at last i can finally CONFIRM! i'm so excited... waiting waiting.. now is the 16th day since they mated.. heehee
Posted 19 July 2003 - 04:51 AM
also i would go lite on the yogurt treats cause if they're like the ones in the US, they're full of sugar and can trigger latent diabetes... just a note.
i'm sure the pups will be gorgeous!
Posted 19 July 2003 - 05:16 AM
for the yogurt treat i feed half of it everyday, think that should be safe??
Posted 19 July 2003 - 11:36 AM
Yes, reminds me of Miffy, she looks exactly like in the pic when she's pregnant!!! Yes I fed some yoghurt treat ... u try fine wheatgerm too, it's good for mum and babies ... can get from liberty supermarket at plaza sing. Good luck and keep us posted when she delivers!!!
Posted 19 July 2003 - 07:33 PM
and also this is her first pregnancy, so actually i dont have much confidence that i'll have babies in the end.. cause u know, first pregnancy normally like unsuccessful... so... let's just pray
Posted 19 July 2003 - 07:37 PM
Posted 19 July 2003 - 07:55 PM
also i've put my tank in my room where it's more quiet... hope mine first time will be successful too~ thanks for giving me hope!
Posted 20 July 2003 - 09:46 PM
as far as 1/2 a yogurt drop every day... can you check the ingredients on the box? if they do contain sugar as i think they do, that's way too frequent! i'd switch ZhuZhu over to more healthy protein as i listed earlier in the post.
finally, i should clarify what i meant about touching the cage. you can and should change the food and water daily! what i said was you couldn't touch ZhuZhu or the pups, or clean the bedding for 2 weeks. but she will need fresh food daily including protein as i mentioned. you can take the food bowls out and change the water bottle, just don't upset the actual nest. the food will go bad in that amount of time and you don't want any1 to get sick from bacteria from old and moldy food.
Posted 20 July 2003 - 10:35 PM
Milk and derived of milk, cereals, sugar, vegetables extracts, vitamin and minerals
Daily dosage: hamsters-6 to 10 disc
Analysis: protein 8%, grease 27%, fibre 0.2%, humidity 3%, minerals 2%
so based on the above, i shouldnt feed so frequently?
based on wat misspixy said, i will start changing the food dish n bottles everyday.. but i'm kind of nervous of upsetting my mother hammy..
Posted 20 July 2003 - 10:52 PM
Put more food in the food dish. If u r nervous, don't touch the food for the first 3 days. Then, after that, you should try to change daily. I always use a plastic spoon to change food/move the cage etc coz I don't want to leave my scent inside the cage in case the mummy got suspicious. Once, a wiggly baby got lost at one corner of the cage, and I used the spoon to scoop her out and place it with the mummy... she did ok.
Posted 20 July 2003 - 11:13 PM
Posted 21 July 2003 - 02:58 AM
i'm still concerned about the sugar content in the yogurt drops. the feeding schedule listed on the box will probably not be dangerous for a syrian hamster who has a much less chance of developing diabetes. but you have a dwarf. and dwarf hamsters develop diabetes. in addition, pregnancy can trigger diabetes in both humans and animals who are predisposed to this disease. i strongly urge you to not feed ZhuZhu the yogurt drops right now. there are many other sugar-free healthy foods loaded with protein that you can give her now that i listed earlier in this post. the reality of the yogurt drops is that they're really nothing but candy. i've never had a hamster refuse the yogurt drops, but after i went thru my 1st xperience with a diabetic hamster this past winter, i started looking at all the ingredients on all the food and treats i gave them and couldn't believe how much sugar was in so many of them. that's why i'm cautioning you now against continuing with the yogurt drops as a staple food. if you want to give ZhuZhu a drop maybe once a month (i'm serious!) that should be okay. but diabetes is a real problem and continuous sugar in the diet of any1 predisposed to this disease will most certainly trigger it full-blown.