Should I have our dwarf hamster put to sleep?
Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:09 PM
By the time i get home at night i'm just too tired to bother getting our dwarf hamster out to handle and play with & because of this,when i do have her out once a week i've noticed how shes changed-she proberly does miss all the time and attention i used to give her-as i used to have her out mornings and at night for several hours a time and let her go in her playbox-her exercise ball,a free run around our hall or living room as she was once so tame she'd come up to me,it was easy to catch her-plus i used to handle her a lot.
She has bound to have felt neglected because of my not been able to devote a lot of time with her anymore.I still love our little roborovski but she seems depressed and seems to have gone wild now and the odd time i do get her outt she resents been handled and just wants to get away from me & she wont now play with me anymore like she used to,and i've also notices she isnt anywhere near as friendly and as lively and as active as she used to be either-plus i think shes stressed cause over this past couple of months shes had several different changes of large hamster cages-but now shes been put back in a much smaller Mini Duna-cause i just cant cope with lugging heavy extra large hamster cages about-plus they took up way too much space in our small cramped flat so i have now sold the zoozone 1 & 2 and Savic Mickey 2 XL cages as i couldnt cope with manouvering them about room to room etc and with them taking up room we just dont have-so our robo is back to stay in a mini duna now.
What do you suggest I do-that will be best for our roborovski AND me-should i call it a day now in keeping hamsters or any animal as a pet given my poor health & my parents needing me to go over such a lot-and when dad passes i will need to spend even more time with mum when shes on her own-there'll be no time for pets-so should i take the hamster to a vet & ask for her to be put to sleep-rather than try & find her another home-as finding a suitable trustworthy person to rehome her would be hard to find and the animal could end up been ill treated with another owner,& i havent really the time or the energy to search for a new owner-so would it be best to have our roborovski put to sleep & to sell all the hamster items and NOT have anymore future pets now-cause of needing to be with mum even more when dad passes-plus my health been not been good at all-and my age,been almost sixty years.As nice as it is to own a pet- i think it'd be kinder in my situation to have the robo put gently to sleep at the vet & to accept that i cant have any more pets now,and that its too much for me to cope with in my situation-so do you think i am making the best decision to pack up been a hamster owner now,and have our pet robo put to sleep & not to have anymore pets,cause i'm going to be spending a lot more time than ever at my mums after dads passed on to help mum in her grief & to be company for her-and with my own health not been very good-plus with my been almost sixty years of age.So do you think its time to let our robo go now rather than keep her when i'm not going to have hardly anytime for her anymore.I dont like parting with her as i love the little mite,but my son doesnt like animals and wont look after her and given my situation i'll be not able to spend anytime handling her and playing with her the way i used to so is it kinder to have her put to sleep & not keep pets anymore now?
I doubt whether i'd be able to consider another pet when i have lost both mum & dad,as i'd be way too old to cope with or bother with pet hamsters then,or even a cat or dog with my health not been good-plus we're in a high rise block of flats so it wouldnt be ideal for a pet like a cat or dog.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:24 PM
first of all I'm sorry thar things aren't going to well for you and that you can't cope with your pet anymore.
However, your pet is healthy, and to me it is impossible to even consider putting an animal to sleep for the simple reason that we don't have time for it anymore.
I would suggest trying to rehome her instead if really you can't deal with her anymore.
Try asking online, looking for shelters that would take her in.
But you know, hamsters and especially robos are not really bonded to humans, as long as your pet has a big enough cage and accessories to keep her busy, she can do well on her own.
It's still alot better for her than to change homes or be put to sleep if you can cope with it.
Edited by MilkyFactory, 12 April 2012 - 07:25 PM.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:40 AM
Plenty of decent, caring people would be willing to take in a hamster that you can no longer care for, it wouldn't take much time at all to find another good home for him. You could put up a flyer for him at local pet stores, or see if any of your local animal shelters would take him in. The latter might be the best option, since it would take far less time on your part. No new owner could be as bad as putting him to sleep for no reason.
I would never ever consider putting an animal to sleep for this reason. Euthanasia is for sickly animals with little to no quality of life left. It would be quite cruel to put him to sleep.
Edited by Yuukio, 13 April 2012 - 01:43 AM.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:09 AM
I know things are getting complicated in your life right now. And you feel badly about not giving your robo the time and attention you once were able to. Milkyfactory made a good point: many hamsters do just fine being left alone mostly. If you can just give it food and water, and change the bedding here and there, the little robo should be fine. And, sometimes when we are stressed out from human things, it can be very relaxing to have a pet to talk to, handle, etc.
But, if you do not think you can keep the hamster any longer, putting it to sleep should not be an option. It just shouldn't. Please please exhaust all other options. Is there anyone from the UK on this forum who might take in your hamster? Is there a shelter? Can you put ads out in the paper? Please, please do everything you can to give this robo a new home before even considering putting it to sleep.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:35 AM
Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:56 AM
Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:49 AM
Agree with all above comments, but would like to add: what about putting add up under the "international adoptions" section on this forum All the UK members that I have met on HH are loving and caring
Also, maybe you could put the word out within your group of friends- you never know how may take the hamster. As mentioned dwarf hamsters are not overly needy pets, maybe one of your friends would be willing to adopt?
Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:57 AM
Edited by PinkPumpkinGirl, 13 April 2012 - 05:57 AM.