The cute hamster is one of the most popular pets. Its maintenance does not require much space in the apartment, and care is not particularly difficult. However, acquiring a furry friend, you should find out in advance what hamsters eat at home and what kind of food they are not recommended.
First of all, proper nutrition of a domestic hamster depends on the species to which it belongs. If in nature this species lives in the steppe or desert – drier nutrition is suitable for it, and the diet of forest species must have grass and juicy fruits.
In general, you should remember a simple rule: at home, hamsters can only be given the food that they can get in nature (if you do not feed your pet with special purchased foods).
The advantages of the purchased feed include its balanced composition when it comes to a high-quality product. However, special food for rodents can hit the budget, and in addition – not all pets approve of such food. If hamsters are reluctant to eat purchased food or completely ignore it – do not force them, but transfer them to natural food.
What does a hamster eat at home? His health, vitality and life expectancy directly depend on this. The animal’s menu should in no case coincide with yours unless you are a fan of natural separate nutrition.
Cereals and grains
The basis of the diet is whole grains, cereal mixtures, cereals, seeds, as well as cereals from cereals, cooked on water. Oatmeal, wheat, buckwheat, barley, legumes (except red beans), and corn are suitable for your pet. In moderate quantities, you can offer pumpkin and sunflower seeds, as a treat – crackers, nuts, "simple" drying.
Hamsters love to gnaw raw carrots, slices of pumpkin, bell peppers, eggplant and zucchini. These vegetables can be given in boiled form, but without salt. From time to time, you can add boiled beets, broccoli and cauliflower, celery, radish, radish, and small tomatoes to the diet.
Hamsters Love Cauliflower and Broccoli
In addition to fruits and vegetables, hamsters will need fresh herbs. Enrich the list of healthy foods with parsley and green lettuce, clover, young nettle, and plantain leaves. Offer your pet a sprig of apple, oak, birch or maple, as well as alfalfa sprouts (hay in winter).
A couple of times a week, a pet should be offered protein-rich foods: cottage cheese, kefir, non-fat natural yogurt made without additives. Offer hamsters a boiled egg from time to time. Boiled chicken meat, without any additives or salt, is also suitable as a protein meal. Sometimes it is possible to give rodents boiled meat of low-fat fish or shrimp, as well as special insects, which are sold as feed in pet stores.
Fruit and berry "dessert"
From fruits, you can safely offer hamsters apples and pears, as well as bananas. As a “tasty treat” you can sometimes give dry fruits: dried slices of apples and pears, raisins, dried apricots, prunes. From the berries, let’s not too acidic cherries and cherries, rose hips, currants, strawberries. Sometimes you can offer plums and apricots, peaches, sour grapes to your pet. In order to avoid trouble, it is better to stretch the seeds from the berries.
No one can live without water and a hamster is no exception. However, those species of rodents that prefer steppes and deserts in nature do not need much water – they drink very little, and they prefer juicy fruits as the main source of liquid. But, one way or another, the drinker in the hamster cage must be present, and the water in it needs to be changed regularly.