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Why Do Hamsters Eat Their Babies?

One of the top reasons why some hamsters eat their babies is hunger. A lack of food while a mother hamster is nesting is an important predisposing factor.However, there are also other potential reasons for this undesirable behavior.

Stress - The stress of pregnancy, giving birth, nursing, and caring for her litter can be very stressful for a hamster. It may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of caring for her young causing her to eat her babies. This is more likely to affect young hamster mothers.

Fear - Hamster mothers are no exception when it comes to protecting their young. But when they are scared, nervous, or anxious, they can kill and eat their young. 

Scent - Detecting a new scent on one of her babies may confuse the mother hamster and may not recognize the baby hamster as her own, thus killing it. 

Your pet’s diet is an important concern that you should consult with your professional vet Dallas, GA. 

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