Do Hamsters Go Into Hibernation? Over the winter months it’s perfectly natural for a hamster to go into a state of hibernation. During hibernation your pet’s metabolic rate will slow, and this can make it difficult to know whether it’s simply hibernating, or has become ill or died.
What are the signs of a hamster hibernating? If you look closely at your hibernating hamster, you will notice that he is taking short, uneven breaths and is limp when you pick him up. His paws, ears and nose will be very cold to the touch. Hamsters do not wake up to drink when they are in hibernation and will become dehydrated.
How do you wake up a hibernating hamster? To get a hamster out of hibernation, try waking it up with body heat by holding it against your body for about 30 minutes. Alternatively, wrap your hamster in a towel and place it against a hot water bottle, or on a heating pad heated to around 90 degrees F for 30 to 60 minutes.
How long will hamsters hibernate? A hamster will usually only hibernate for two to three days. As a result, if they do not receive enough water, food, warmth, or light, they may remain in the torpor hibernating condition for an extended period of time. The longer they are dormant, the more harmful to the animal.