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He has urine and looks like liquid poop on his belly and backside and is getting skinny and I can feel his bones

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Firstly, the presence of urine and liquid stool could suggest a problem with your hamster's urinary tract or digestive system. Diarrhea in hamsters can be caused by a variety of factors, including bacterial or viral infections, parasites, inappropriate diet, or stress. The fact that your hamster is also losing weight and becoming bony is particularly worrisome as it suggests that his body is not absorbing nutrients properly or that he is not eating enough, which could be due to an underlying illness or dental issues making it painful for him to eat.

In this situation, it's important to ensure that your hamster has a clean, dry, and warm environment to prevent further irritation of his skin from urine or feces. Gently clean any soiled areas with a damp cloth and make sure his bedding is changed regularly to maintain hygiene.

Offer your hamster a well-balanced diet that is appropriate for his species, including a high-quality hamster pellet, fresh vegetables, and access to clean water at all times.

Weight loss and changes in body condition can also be a sign of other serious conditions such as kidney disease, liver problems, or even cancer, which are more difficult to treat. It's crucial to monitor for any additional signs of illness, such as lethargy, difficulty breathing, or a lack of interest in food and water, as these could indicate that his condition is worsening.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.