I have an old Syrian who looks unwell, but seems perfectly fine.
My hamster is 2 years old, so he's certainly in the latter stages of his life. He looks tired all of the time - his ears are constantly down and his eyes half shut. Other than this, however, he seems totally healthy. I have to wake him up at night, but other than that, he shows no sign of discomfort or slowing down. Once wakened, he is almost immediately out and running around in some large boxes which I connect to his house. These are filled with toys, sawdust and buried food/treats. He is happy to be lifted and stroked; however, he looks so unwell! He gathers lots of food, but to be honest, I haven't seen him eat a lot of it. I've seen him nibbling at things in his cage, but that's about it. I will confirm this after i've observed him a little longer.
In the space of a few nights, he went from looking very perky to this constantly tired state - He looks ratty and has lost wieght. This transformation took place roughly a month ago. His urine also smelled very strongly.
We took him to the vet last week, who checked him all over, but said she couldn't find anything wrong. She said he seemed very healthy for his age, but gave us Betryl for a possible urine infection. He's been on this for 4 days and while his ears are still down and his eyes practically closed, the urine smell doesn't seem to be as strong anymore, which is good.
I'm just wondering what people think. I've put this down to old age, but I can't help feeling concerned. I had another hamster that lived to 2 and he was perky and awake looking until his dying day.
* Eyes half closed and ears down, even when running around.
* Taking drinks for around 45 seconds at a time.
* Was fine when I tried the "tent" test.
* He is quite skinny - APPEARS to be eating, although from what I've seen, not too much.
* Has to be physically woken up each night - would quite possibly sleep through the evening.
Here is a photo of him a number of months back, before this change. This is followed by a picture of him now. Apologies for the quality - the first was taken with a really good camera.
A few months ago:
Edited by mwhlr, 18 March 2012 - 06:49 AM.