How to Feed a Hamster
Hamsters are very popular pets that can be found in many homes. Hamsters are part of the rodent family and they come from Syria, Asia Minor and the Caucasus. Many parents choose these small mammals as a first pet for their children as they're easy to care for in comparison to cats and dogs. In this OneHowTo article we explain you how to feed a hamster.
Feeding a hamster is really quite simple. The first thing to consider is that they are omnivorous animals and therefore their diet is quite varied. In pet shops you can find specific food for them known as balanced food. It contains sunflower seeds, mixed seeds, corn and other dry components.
If you don't want to buy this prepared food, you can also produce it at home. To do this, you should know that the base of the mix is seeds, cereals and dried fruits. These are some of the foods you can include in the mix:
- Sesame seeds
- Watermelon seeds
To a lesser extent you can include fruit (apple, banana, pear, peach) and vegetables (Zucchini, celery, lettuce, tomato, cucumber) that will provide vitamins for your little hamster. Of course, you have to wash these thoroughly to remove traces of pesticides.
For the proteins that are needed, you can use the dry food that is usually given to dogs, known as croquettes. You can also give your hamster pieces of sausage, a mealworm, pieces of chicken, etc.
In rodents, incisor growth is constant. If the hamster's diet is too soft, the hamster will desperately bite the bars of the cage or plastic elements therein. The best remedy to avoid this is to introduce a piece of bone in the cage. If the bone has some meat attached, it will even be more interesting for your hamster. This way, the little pet will bite the bone and forget the bars or any plastic that finds inside the cage.
If you are going to give a new food to your hamster, do so gradually, so it can get used to it and not harm the hamster's digestion. Among the foods that you must avoid giving your hamster are citrus fruits, garlic, onions, foods with lots of sugar, salt or fat and spicy foods.
In terms of quantity, hamsters usually have a store of food somewhere in the cage. They can eat up lots of food and when they are stuffed, they will hide the rest of the food in their hoard, so it is convenient not to give your little hamster a surplus of food.
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