nutbrownhare Posted September 22, 2011 Share Posted September 22, 2011 She hadn't come out all evening. I called her and opened her cage - this normally ensures an enthusiastic furball raring to come out to play - but nothing. She had died, it appeared peacefully in her sleep. I've felt very depressed all day, but reflecting that she had lived out her expected life span, was healthy and active right up to the very last and that this was all par for the course. I had to have my previous hamster put to sleep as he had a condition which was causing him really terrible distress, and it was an awful experience. Really terrible. But this time I couldn't really have asked for a better way for her to pass on. I've lived alone since 1991, so pets have been important to me for a long time, though I've been careful to choose ones which would fit in with my lifestyle, e.g. not suffering through being left alone all day. I'm moving in with my partner shortly and right now I'm really not sure whether I want to get another hamster and go through this again in 2 - 3 years time. Just feeling very weary. I've been so appreciative, though, that nobody, nobody at all, has said "Oh, but it's just a hamster". People can be so kind, including some quite unexpected ones. Link to comment
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