Continuous suffering and early death: scientists revealed the details of the unhappy life of hamsters

Total suffering and early death: scientists have revealed the details of the miserable life of hamsters

According to scientists, popular pets suffer a lot before they die.

Hamsters are one of the most popular pets in the world. Often parents give these rodents to children so that they can learn how to care for pets before becoming the owner of, for example, a puppy or kitten. A new study shows these cute, agile rodents could die prematurely from a range of truly horrific illnesses and injuries, according to the Independent.

 Continuous suffering and early death: scientists have revealed the details of the miserable life of hamsters But it is often a real shock, especially for children, when a hamster suddenly dies or has been given a fatal diagnosis.</p><h2>Which hamsters most often die prematurely?</h2><p>Scientists from the Royal Veterinary College, UK, conducted the first large-scale study to find out what causes hamsters to die more often and what state they are in before death.</p><p>According to researchers, hamsters live an average of 21 months, although very often they die before this time and rarely live longer. After analyzing the medical records of almost 4,000 domestic hamsters from around the world, <strong>scientists have found that most often die prematurely:</strong></p><ul><li>Syrian or golden hamsters;</li><li> In second place are Djungarian hamsters;</li><li>Closing the top three are Roborovsky's hamsters.</li></ul><p><img class=

The main causes of premature death of hamsters

The most common causes of early death of these small rodents, scientists, after conducting a study, named the following:

  • In the first place among the causes of premature death of hamsters is the disease, which is often called “wet tail”. This bacterial infection appears due to unsatisfactory housing conditions for hamsters or due to improper treatment of other diseases. Hamsters develop very severe diarrhea and die suffering from dehydration.
  • In second place among the most common causes of death are bites from other hamsters, as a result of violent fights between rodents. Most of these “disputes” over territory are fatal, research has shown.

Total suffering and early death: scientists have revealed the details of the miserable life of hamsters

  • In third place, scientists placed claws that have grown too much.
  • In fourth place are overgrown front teeth.
  • Finishing the top five causes of early death of hamsters are various minor injuries received by the animal.

Continuous suffering and early death: scientists revealed the details the miserable life of hamsters

Be careful, hamster!

“Given that hamsters are often given as gifts to children, parents can now explain to them that they should not expect too long life in hamsters. Also, the owners of these rodents should pay special attention to the conditions of the rodents and carefully monitor their health, which may increase their length of stay in our world,” says Dan O'Neill of the Royal Veterinary College.

According to Justine Shotton, President of the British Veterinary Association, you need to clearly understand the needs of this little creature and monitor its behavior and appearance so that in case the need to contact the veterinarian in time.

“I recommend weighing the pros and cons before getting a hamster. You need to make sure that this animal is right for you, because you will be responsible for it,” says Shotton .

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