How Do Hamsters Hibernate? When you touch them, you may notice that they are colder. Hibernation is a sleep-like state that hamsters go into when it gets too chilly for them and their heart rate drops. So, once they’ve settled down to ‘sleep’, they’ll wake up when it’s considerably warmer, and they’ll be able to eat outside.
How do hamsters look when they hibernate? During hibernation your hamster’s body will appear lifeless, remaining completely limp even as you manipulate him. Conversely, his body would be completely stiff, particularly his limbs, if he had died and rigor mortis had set in.
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.