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Hi. My hamster, whose age I do not know, has not moved for

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Hi. My hamster, whose age I do not know, has not moved for about 15 hours now. He does not seem to be breathing but I am not sure. I took him out and massaged him against my palms for about 15-20 minutes with no result. His body still appears to be soft (not stiff). Now I have kept him in his cage by an open window in about 35 degree centigrade. How do I know if he is hibernating or is he dead? What should we do next?
Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.

I'm sorry to say, but it sounds like he's dead. If he's not breathing or moving when you stimulate him, then he's dead. He may not have gone into rigor mortis, or he may have gone into rigor and then softened up already.

Hamsters don't hibernate when kept as pets in a stable environment.

I'm sorry for your loss.
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