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Our Golden Hamster is about two months old. She is acting

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Our Golden Hamster is about two months old. She is acting normal in all ways - eats, drinks and is very active. However, as she's grown she has developed a very large bulge behind her back legs, around her anus. It doesn't seem to bother her and I've never had a hamster before so I don't know if it is normal. The only thing that's a bit odd with her is that I very rarely find droppings in the cage (where she spends most of her time) but when she's taken out she the droppings just don't stop. In just 10 minutes of playing with her or letting her run around I'll pick up 20 or so droppings. They're normal though, not dry or watery. Any thoughts? Thank you-
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Cher replied 3 years ago.
Hello, and welcome to Just Answer.

From your description, it's possible that Pirate Polly is really Pirate 'Pete' and you have a male hamster, not a female. The bulge you're seeing behind the back legs may be a scrotal sac containing testicles. It's difficult to tell the gender of baby hamsters initially, so you might have been told her sex incorrectly. Here is a helpful way to tell whether you have a male or female hamster: http://exoticpets.about.com/od/hamsters/ss/sexinghamsters.htm

If you feel she is not defecating as she should, in her cage, but is holding it in until you remove her from the cage, the bulge you see may be accumulated stool, especially if you notice that this 'bulge' disappears or is reduced in size, after she defecates. If she her droppings are normal, as you described, that's great, but you can watch for signs of constipation, which could include the appearance of the bulge you mentioned: http://www.hamsterific.com/IllnessGuide.cfm#Constipation

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
It never occurred to me that we might have a Pirate Pete instead! From pictures on the internet it would seem this is exactly the case. Thank you for putting our minds at ease...my kids will be glad to know all is well - just, um, different.
Expert:  Cher replied 3 years ago.
Hi again, and you're most welcome!

Thanks very much for your reply, accept, and most generous bonus!

I'm glad I could put your minds at ease, and now you'll just need to decorate your hamster's cage in 'blue'! : )

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