How long does it take for a hamster to die of dehydration?
However, since hamsters are so small, dehydration can be a serious problem and set in quickly. Severe dehydration can set in within a few hours depending on the activity level of your hamster, with death being possible if it goes without water for a day or two.
How often do hamsters need to drink water?
As a responsible hamster owner you know you should provide your hamster fresh water every single day. Even if your hamster has a water bottle in his cage that holds enough water to last for several days, he can become dehydrated if the bottle leaks or malfunctions, which is common.
How can I tell if my hamster is dehydrated?
One of the easiest ways to tell if your hamster is dehydrated is to do the ‘skin tent’ test. Using the thumb and index finger of one hand, gently pinch some skin at the base of your hamster’s neck to create a ‘tent’ of skin. Let go of the skin. If it stays up in a tent, then your hamster is dehydrated.