Hamsters are omnivores and thrive on a diet of plant-based food and occasional protein. To keep your little omnivore healthy, follow these hamster diet tips:
Hamster food is available in various forms, generally pellets, seeds and/or grains. Pellet food with a little protein (18-22%) is sufficient for a healthy diet, but your hamster may prefer a mix with dried vegetables or fruit. Whichever you buy, avoid mixes with a high ratio of sunflower seeds which can lead to diet deficiencies and weight gain. Keep in mind also that dwarf hamsters are prone to diabetes and should eat few sweet foods or treats.
If your hamster’s diet consists of pellet food, add some fresh food for variety and nutrition. Offer small portions as hamsters generally only need 12 grams of food a day. Try carrots, apples (without seeds), oranges, bananas, green beans, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, celery, lettuce, spinach and turnips.
Hay & alfalfa
Your hamster may enjoy nibbling on Timothy hay, alfalfa or a mix as grasses are a natural part of a hamster’s diet in the wild.
Hamster love treats, which are often sticks, bars or mixes of seeds, nuts, fruit or dried veggies. Don’t offer them daily though. A couple times a week is fine.
Even if your pet eats hamster food, he may need a supplement for a balanced diet. There are supplements specially formulated for hamsters with the vitamins and minerals they need.
You may have noticed your hamster likes to hoard food as well. Check your pet’s cage for hidden food that may spoil.
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