We are sure that you already know which hamsters are cute and how important that we will tell you. Therefore, we can do without a “classic” useless entry, let’s get down to business immediately.
To begin with, what to feed the hamster at home and, without taking time, we will move on to the list of prohibited.
What foods can be fed hamsters?
Benefits of the finished product:
- No need to choose a diet (everything is already balanced)
- Convenient to dose (to feed in moderation)
- Dry food does not deteriorate in the animal in the "pantry"
If in your eyes the benefits outweigh the price tag – this is definitely your choice.
Do not try to give your pet food for other rodents and, especially, birds. At best, it will end with digestive problems.
What can hamsters be given besides food? About it further.
We feed with seeds, cereals and nuts
Such a diet is close to what hamsters eat in their natural environment. They can eat:
- Seeds of pumpkin, melon, sunflower (feed infrequently and carefully – too much fat)
- Krupu (barley, wheat, oats)
- Legumes (green peas, lentils)
- Nuts (walnuts, cedar, peanuts, hazelnuts)
- Corn (it is undesirable to feed her Campbell hamsters)
Hamsters can not be fed:
- Almonds (you can poison a rodent)
- Brazil nut (too “heavy” for digestion)
- Bones from fruits (contain toxins and hydrocyanic acid).
Want to learn more about the effect of nuts on a hamster’s fragile body? Then you here.
Greens for the hamster
Periodically, hamsters need to be fed with fresh herbs (include in the daily diet).
Desirable "fresh food":
- Sprouts wheat or oats
- Young bamboo
What hamsters can’t eat from grass:
- Simple street grass
- Other herbs
It’s time to move on to the next section of healthy food – vegetables.
List of healthy vegetables
The diet of the hamster at home should include fresh vegetables. It is advisable to give them even when you use ready-made feed, at least during the season.
- Bell pepper (this is one that is not hot)
- Cauliflower (do not feed white cabbage!)
It is forbidden to feed the animal:
- Potato (too much starch)
- White cabbage (there will be stomach problems, of which the gases are the most harmless)
- Canned vegetables (in canned food there is a lot of salt, and it is harmful to the animal, like other strong spices)
Do not give a lot of vegetables at a time: drag them into the “pantry”, and there they will deteriorate.
Does a hamster need fruit?
Vitamins have not disturbed anyone yet; they will not interfere with your animal. As a food for hamsters, you can use almost the entire “assortment” of fruit trees, so we will focus only on what the hamster should not be given.
You can not feed the fruits that grow away from the natural habitats of the hamster, i.e. those that we used to call "exotic." It:
- Citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, tangerines)
Avoid other fruits with a high sugar content: bananas, apricots, melons. Feed them very rarely. Hamsters are prone to diabetes (especially dwarf ones), such a "diet" will simply kill them. (We know that banana and melon are berries, but it just so happened …)
What kind of berries can a hamster?
Follow the same guidelines here: less sugar and moderation. We also advise you to remove the bones if they are large enough (they contain a lot of substances harmful to the hamster).
- Strawberries, strawberries
- Cherries, cherries (in small quantities)
Why does a hamster need protein?
The hamster is a vicious and bloodthirsty predator, and not the cute little fluffy, which it is used to consider. Joke. Not so vicious, but it is necessary to feed him with animal protein (2-3 times a week).
As a protein meal for hamsters, use:
Do not feed your pet with fatty dairy products and sausages.
What can hamsters be given “off the table”?
What do rodents eat at home in addition to the above? If the hamster’s life and health are dear to you, limit yourself to what we have already called.
How many hamsters eat?
Many take hamsters as pets due to the fact that they cute "stuff their cheeks." The problem is that they quickly gain fat and this shortens the life of the rodent. Therefore, carefully read the feeding recommendations below.
A hamster is a nocturnal animal. In the evening he has a "breakfast", and he should become the main meal. Many give food to the pet only in the evening, and there is no mistake, but it can be divided by 2 times (give a smaller part in the morning).
It is difficult to say how much feed a hamster needs for each day, it depends on:
- Hamster Breeds
- Health conditions
- Amount of physical activity
When using ready-made mixtures, we recommend feeding them in such portions (these are average values): the daily feed rate should be 2/3 of the hamster’s weight. Those. a hamster weighing 100 g should consume no more than 70 g of food.
What is absolutely impossible to feed hamsters?
In general, you already imagine what it is impossible to feed a hamster. In addition to the above, exclude such products:
- Sweet (in any of its manifestations)
- All fatty, fried
Has the hamster already said thank you?
Knowledge without practice is useless ballast. Tell your family right now to stop stuffing food into a poor animal all day. And if your hamster learns to speak, he will first of all say to you: “Thank you very much!”
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