I’ve been procrastinating writing this post, but it’s time.
Our beautiful, friendly hamster Cloud became very ill and had to be euthanized.
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.
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.
Mmmmm, egg treats are yummy.
Cloud welcoming Thunder Hamster to the family.
We buried Cloud in a flower bed, where his body will be surrounded by colorful flowers as his spirit soars.
We’ve been keeping a close eye on Thunder and Sprinkles. They were also a bit less active, but appear to be doing fine.