Recently, pets more and more often become members of our family, they amuse us with their funny behavior, reassure us when it’s hard for us and give us communication. And in order for your pet to live a full and long life, you need to take care of its contents, high-quality nutrition in which occupies the main stage.
Dzungarian hamsters, which are very popular among both adults and children, are flexible in nature. In addition, their content does not require increased attention from the owners. However, most inexperienced owners of these tiny fluffy lumps believe that Dzungarian hamsters can be given everything that is from the food in the house, making a big mistake.
So what can feed the Dzungarian hamsters, and what foods should not be in the diet of small fluffy pets. This is what will be discussed in our today’s publication.
What do jungar hamsters eat in the wild?
In order to make the right diet for your furry pet, you need to know what kind of food hamsters eat in their natural conditions, that is, in the wild.
Dzungarian hamsters live in the steppes, where they dig deep minks that are separated by long, branched tunnels and equipped with a kind of warehouse. And what kind of food can be in the steppes?
When hamsters come out of hibernation, this happens, as a rule, in the spring, then practically nothing remains from the reserves, and new grains have not yet ripened. At this stage, the main food of the Dzungarian hamsters is protein products, which can be worms, butterflies, bugs, insects, and even small animals.
Vitamins are necessary for any animal body for full development, so little fluffies have to get vegetables and fruits that grow next to their home.
Based on the foregoing, we can conclude that hamsters are pretty picky about food, so they can be given almost anything. And what exactly can you eat Dzungarian hamsters, we will now tell you.
Eating domestic Dzungarian hamsters
To understand what you can eat Jungar hamsters at home, you can study what they eat on the outside, which we did.
The basis of their diet is cereals, followed by vegetables, fruits and protein-rich foods.
It is in this sequence that we will consider food products that can be entered into the hamsters menu.
Grain feed, cereals
Most rodent foods include the following cereals:
- legumes (beans, peas, beans, lentils).
Nuts, such as chickpeas, walnuts, peanuts, hazelnuts, cashews, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and melon seeds act as additives to this food. In addition, granular greens, compound feeds, vitamin and mineral supplements can enter grain feeds.
The vegetable component of the diet of hamsters
Vegetables are a natural storehouse of vitamins and minerals, so try to always have products such as:
- bell peppers;
- peas (young in pods);
- Beijing and cauliflower;
- tomatoes (not greenhouse);
- celery root and stalks;
- green beans;
It is also recommended to enrich the menu of the Dzungarian hamster with fresh herbs. Dill, parsley, leaves of plantain, dandelion, clover, nettle, leaf lettuce – all these hamsters love to feast on.
But white, red, Brussels sprouts, mint, sorrel, potatoes, onions, garlic should not be given to hamsters, since these products can cause irreparable harm to the health of the rodent. For the same reason, it is necessary to exclude salt, spices, seasonings and all kinds of sauces from the menu of the Dzungarian hamster.
Source of vitamins – fruits and berries
In order for a fluffy pet to receive all the necessary vitamins for full growth and development, the following fruits and berries should be in his diet:
- apricots (seedless);
- plums (seedless);
- sweet cherry (pitted);
Kiwi, persimmon, citrus fruits and other exotic fruits fall under the ban.
Protein is a building material for any living organism, therefore its presence in the diet of the Dzungarian hamster is simply necessary.
To replenish protein reserves in the hamster’s body, it is necessary to give food enriched with protein several times a week (no more than 3-4).
As for the latter, experienced specialists do not recommend giving animals of a similar plan, dug in the ground near the house or caught in the grass. This is due to the fact that substances harmful to the body of the animal can accumulate in their meat.
Sour-milk products, the fat content of which exceeds the mark of 1%, such as sour cream, milk, fermented baked milk, cream, etc., should not appear on the fluffy menu.
If you want to pamper your furry friend with some delicious food, then offer your pet the processes of sprouted grains of bamboo, wheat, oats and alfalfa.
A piece of drying, home-made popcorn (without salt, oil and spices), rose petals – will become one of the little rodent’s favorite treats. Banana chips, dried apricots, raisins, dried apples and pears – I’ll just go with a bang.
But it is better to refuse sugar, honey, cookies, confectionery, chocolate and baking, as Dzungarian hamsters are prone to such a disease as diabetes.
Nutrition features of Dzungarian hamsters
If we consider that the Dzungar hamsters were bred in the steppes, then they are used to drinking, while their other brothers, Syrian hamsters, grew up in the desert and the need for water is not so great. For business, the conclusion is that in the cage of the Dzungarian hamster it is necessary to place a drinking bowl in which the water should change every day.
And the teeth of hamsters grow regularly, so it is necessary to equip the pet with chalk stones and wooden sticks. It can be twigs of birch, beech, cherry, pear, oak, willow, maple, poplar, apple tree and ash. However, it is worthwhile to ensure that the branches of spruce, pine and larch do not get into the cage of the fluff.
We wish you and your furry friend good health!