It is normal for your hamster to shake from time to time. This may be a normal reaction to stress or illness. If your hamster shakes frequently or if you have other symptoms, consult your veterinarian.
Possible causes of tremor in hamsters
Tremors in hamsters are common and can have several causes. They can be due to:
- to a disease
- to a stress
- to a nutritional deficiency
- to intoxication.
The most common ones in hamsters that cause tremors are mycoplasmosis and gastroenteritis. Mycoplasmosis is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted through the air, the food or contaminated cages. Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines that can be caused by poor nutrition or intestinal parasites.
Hamsters are very sensitive animals to stress and changes in their environment. Shaking can be a symptom of excessive stress. Possible causes of stress in hamsters include sudden changes in temperature, noise, changes in the environment and the presence of other animals.
A nutritional deficiency
Nutritional deficiencies are another possible cause of tremors in hamsters. Hamsters need a balanced diet to stay healthy. Nutritional deficiencies can be caused by poor nutrition, for example if hamsters do not eat enough vegetables and fruits. Nutritional deficiencies can also be caused by poor absorption of nutrients, for example in cases of intestinal malabsorption.
Poisoning is another possible cause of tremors in hamsters. Hamsters are very sensitive to toxic substances in the environment, such as pesticides or cleaning chemicals. Poisoning can also be caused by eating poisonous foods or plants.
Prevention of tremor in hamsters
Hamsters are particularly prone to diseases of the central nervous system, including tremor. This disease can be caused by several factors as we have seen previously, including stress.
It is important to keep stress levels low in hamsters. So be sure to create and maintain a calm and stable environment around your pet. If you notice that your hamster is more agitated than usual, try to calm it down by offering it a small treat or gently petting it.
Nutrition also plays an important role in preventing tremors in hamsters. It is important to give them a balanced diet rich in vitamins. Foods rich in vitamin E are especially beneficial for hamsters. You can also give them hamster supplements, which often contain vitamin E.
Finally, it is important to keep an eye on your hamster's injuries. Wounds can cause infections, which in turn can lead to tremors. If you notice a wound, clean it immediately with soap and water. Then apply an herbal antiseptic and cover the wound with a bandage if necessary.