How to Euthanize A Hamster at Home? [Explained!]

Hamsters are adorable animals to have as pets. But they can get sick, which would leave you with no option but to euthanize them. We understand if you are distressed about how to euthanize your adored hamster.

So, wondering how to euthanize a hamster at home?

The fastest and most stress-free way to euthanize your hamster is by using carbon dioxide. You can easily generate carbon dioxide with a solution of vinegar along with baking soda. Honestly, no method can put your hamster to rest in a humane way. Hence, we recommend that you get it done by a vet.

That’s not all. We have a step-by-step guideline for you to euthanize your hamster at home very easily.

So, without wasting a moment, let’s get right into it!

Materials Needed for the Euthanization

You will need to have some materials with you in order to start the euthanization process.

The first material that you’ll be needing for euthanization, is a large plastic bag. Then, you will need a shoebox or preferably, the travel case of your hamster. There must be holes in the shoebox or the travel case.

Next, get roughly about 2 to 3 liters of vinegar. Then, get a fan.

And lastly, get a large empty container. A plastic or wooden container would suffice.

These materials will be enough for the euthanizing process to be executed at home.

The Euthanization Process – 7 Easy Steps

We have assembled this guideline to help you put a hamster to rest at home. You can do this at home since euthanizing a hamster costs a lot. Since this is a very tragic event, make sure you are in sound mind.

Spend some time with your beloved pet. Usually, children get very attached to them emotionally. Make sure you gently make them understand the loss of their adored hamster.

If you feel like you are mentally prepared, start following the process explained below:

Step 1 of 7: Place Your Hamster in the Shoebox/Travel Case

First, you have to place the poor hamster in the shoebox or travel case you’ve got. The whole euthanization is going to take place inside that.

The travel case must have holes for air to be flowing inside properly. If you are using the shoebox, make enough holes in it. If there aren’t enough holes, the whole process could get very stressful for your poor hamster.

We are mentioning some quality travel cases for hamsters below:

Hopefully, you’ll find this suggestion useful.

After ensuring this, proceed to the next step.

Step 2 of 7: Drop Baking Soda into The Container

This step includes pouring baking soda into the container. The baking soda is used to make a reaction with the vinegar. It will create the carbon dioxide that we need for the euthanization process.

Pour roughly about one and a half cups of baking soda. You can get baking soda from any general store. Make sure to get a branded baking soda.

Step 3 of 7: Place Both The Container And The Box Inside The Plastic Bag

This step is about the setup that we need for the euthanization process for a hamster. Do it carefully so that the process can take place properly.

Put the container with baking soda and the box with the hamster inside the plastic bag.

Have a nice gap of 1 foot between the container and the box/ case. This is very important. If the container comes in contact with the box, it could cause trouble for the hamster.

Step 4 of 7: Mix the Baking Soda with Vinegar

This is the step where you’ll be mixing vinegar and baking soda for them to react.

Take the vinegar bottle and gradually reach for the container inside the plastic bag. Now, you will start the chemical process. Very slowly drop the vinegar into the baking soda you’ve put in the container.

Once you pour vinegar, the chemical reaction will start taking place. You’ll hear a fizzing noise from the container.

Step 5 of 7: Restrict the Airflow

While you are executing the previous process, use your arms to wrap around the open ends. This will restrict the flow of air inside the plastic bag. The plastic bag will begin to inflate.

This is super important and must not be forgotten at any cost. If the ends are not closed properly, your hamster will suffer even more. You will definitely not want to put him through any more pain than he is already. 

Step 6 of 7: Use a Fan to Flow Air into the Box/Case

Start this process after having poured one or two liters of vinegar on the baking soda.

Now, using the fan you have, very slowly provide air inside the box. Then, pour the remaining vinegar inside the container. This air contains carbon dioxide that was generated by the reaction of vinegar and baking soda.

Now, close the ends completely to stop the airflow completely.

Step 7 of 7: Wait and Verify Death

This is the most tragic step of the whole process. You will have to verify the death of your adored pet.

Wait for at least an hour. Then open the plastic bag and verify the death. Make sure to check properly so that you are certain that your hamster is resting in peace.

We understand that these steps will be very hard on you. But there is no humane way to euthanize a hamster. It was necessary and now your hamster is in no pain.


Can vets euthanize a hamster?

Yes, vets can euthanize your hamster. They are professionals and it is best to have them do it for accurate results. However, since they are professionals, they will charge you for this. It could cost you from $35 to $250. It depends on the method they chose for the euthanization execution.  

When should I euthanize my hamster?

Clear indications that your hamsters need to be euthanized could be having respiratory issues, not eating or drinking properly, or making noises when peeing. Or maybe, he is falling down every time he tries to stand up. These signs indicate that he needs euthanization.

Why do hamsters get bumps?

The lumps of hamsters could appear due to infection or skin reaction. They could also have congenital problems or even worse cancer. These bumps are bad news and you should immediately see a vet. Ignoring them could lead to a tragic end for them.

Final Words

Hopefully, we were able to clarify to you about how to euthanize a hamster at home. We understand that it wasn’t easy for you but your beloved hamster is now at peace!

Make sure not to pour all the vinegar at once or the reaction will be unstable.

We will see you in another article very soon! Till then, it’s goodbye from us.

Ryan Dugan
Ryan Dugan
Ryan Dugan

Ryan Dugan is a dedicated pet care professional who offers top-notch services for a variety of pet species. He has a soft spot for my own feline companion, Sophie. He is passionate about animals He shares his knowledge and experience on his blog to help other pet owners understand and care for their own beloved companions. Whether you need a pet-sitting service or advice on pet care, He is the go-to expert.

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