Hamsters, Pet loss

Cloud Hamster Journeys to Spirit World

I’ve been procrastinating writing this post, but it’s time.

Our beautiful, friendly hamster Cloud became very ill and had to be euthanized.

Fluffy Cloud hamster

We noticed he was less active for a couple weeks, but he didn’t show any signs of being sick. Wednesday evening (April 8) Mom noticed that he hadn’t eaten the treats she scattered around his cage the night before. He was also very lethargic. Mom syringe fed him some sugar water and hoped that would perk him up. On Thursday morning we took him to the vet, but he was already in very serious condition and the vet thought his chance of recovering was very poor.

Since we didn’t want our sweet hammy to suffer, our only choice was to have him put to sleep. With the coronavirus pandemic safety measures in place, we weren’t allowed in the clinic for the exam. A tech came to the car to get Cloud and we talked with the vet by phone. After the vet gave the injection, a tech brought Cloud out to us so I could hold him as he journeyed to Spirit World. I’m sure he felt our warmth and love as he slipped away. The vet came out a few minutes later to be sure the process was complete and express her sympathies.

We had Cloud not quite 1 year. We assumed he was a youngster when we rescued him, but maybe he was older and that’s why he became ill sooner than we ever expected.

Here are a few of my favorite photos of him.

Cloud hamster

He enjoyed a warm cuddle in his Dad’s hands. Dad thought the tuft of stand-up of fur on the top of Cloud’s head was cute.Cloud in Dad's hands

Mmmmm, egg treats are yummy. Cloud eating egg

Cloud welcoming Thunder Hamster to the family.Cloud visiting Thunder

We buried Cloud in a flower bed, where his body will be surrounded by colorful flowers as his spirit soars.

Cloud garden

We’ve been keeping a close eye on Thunder and Sprinkles. They were also a bit less active, but appear to be doing fine.

16 thoughts on “Cloud Hamster Journeys to Spirit World”

  1. We’re so sorry for the loss of your sweet Cloud. We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbonks. Purrs

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. Cloud was so adorable! We’re sorry too that this was made tougher by the pandemic, but we’re glad you could at least get to see Cloud at the end. ♥

  3. We are so very sorry. So many friends seem to be having to say goodbye to their furry babies these past few months.
    Run free, little Cloud. We will miss you.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your Cloud, Indulged Furries. It really hurts to lose animal friends. I hope you can find comfort in good memories.

  5. Oh that is so very sad and we’re so very sorry to hear about dear Cloud. That precious boy sure enjoyed your love. Hugs from all of us.

  6. That’s very sad, but you took the right decision. When an animal starts to suffer and there is nothing to do anymore it’s more human to put it asleep. These little animals are so cute, but unfortunately don’t live very long. I think the maximum is 3 or 4 years not more.

  7. Raven, I’m so sorry to hear about Cloud. He really was such a cute little thing. It’s so sad your humans had to say goodbye in the car. *hugs*

  8. I am extremely sorry to hear about the passing of Cloud. It makes me extremely sad. That’s the bad thing about hamsters. The one I had in college only lived 6 months. Sending lots of (((hugs))). I’m so deeply sorry.

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