Never touch the belly of a mother hamster to try to feel the baby hamster:
Pregnant hamsters are extremely sensitive and if they feel stressed, they are very likely to harm newborn hamsters once they are born. Feeling stressed from being touched by another person, it puts the health of the newborn at risk.
Supplement a nutritious diet for mother hamsters:
Add a good variety of nutritious food to your hamster and her offspring. You should be careful with new foods because they can cause unnecessary disturbances, so use familiar foods. Food for hamsters is recommended because of its adequate nutritional content but not as attractive as other foods.
You can add milk and cheese in small amounts to food ingredients to supplement calcium and help the mother hamster have enough milk for breastfeeding.
As an additional protein source, you can feed your hamster a moderate amount of hard-boiled eggs (especially whites), nuts, barley, and oats.
You can also add small amounts of vegetables to supplement vitamins and minerals such as broccoli, cucumbers, cauliflower, apples, grapes, bananas, and strawberries. Of course, quantitative attention should be paid to avoid unexpected diarrhea.
Separate mothers field mice after 13 days of pairing:
Hamsters want to be completely alone at least a few days before birth. This means that up to thirteen days after mating, you should not even interfere with cages or change of floor mats. Be as careful as possible when giving new food to it. Failure to do so may result in the loss of a newborn hamster.
If you do not understand the time of mating, remember that maternal ham will show signs of pregnancy about 10 days after mating.
Separate the other hamsters from the mother:
In addition to human influences, the mother hamster will also feel threatened by the same species in the same cage, even the parent hamster, will lead to the same bad results for newborn hamsters, so you should keep hamsters in one cage and The rest of hamsters in another cage.
If there is a conflict in the cage, biting each other, maybe one of them is pregnant, this is also a sign for you to recognize.
Do not arrest or hold newborn hamsters for the first two weeks after birth:
In the first two weeks, the mother hamster will recognize her baby by the scent. If you hold a baby hamster, even due to a reluctant situation, the mother hamster may not recognize and attack them. Therefore, never touch a hamster in the first 2 weeks.
This also includes accidentally leaving your scent in the litter. Do not attempt to clean the cage during this period.
In case there is no other way, you can use clean chopsticks to pick up the hamster and put it in the nest for his mother, but this does not guarantee 100% safety for him.
Position the water tank:
Leave the water jar lower than normal.
Start ordering hard foods for newborn hamsters at 7-10 days:
Although they will still not be fully weaned until about three weeks, you can still start putting solid foods in the cage after 7-10 days. With the pellets, you can soak them in soft water.
Bring the newborn hamster to the vet immediately if you find the mother has abandoned them:
Especially if it’s the first offspring of a mother hamster, she is more likely to give up or eat them due to environmental stress. If this is the case, separate the mother hams immediately and take them to the vet. They can help you!