hamster diet is one of the most important parts of having a happy healthy hamster so that’s why it’s important to have a high quality and high variety hamster food for your hamster.
a lot of people think you can just walk into the pet store pick the cheapest seed mix and then feed it to your hamster and that’s it.
but a hamster diet is a little bit more complicated than that hamster diets can be pretty confusing because there is not one sole hamster mix sold in the pet store that is going to meet all of the hamsters’ nutritional needs.
oftentimes hamster owners are going to have to mix more than one mix together to get the proper amounts that a hamster needs.
Things that you should know about hamsters
omnivores they’ve been found in the wild to eat a lot of different insects. as well as they’ve even been found to eat other small mammals.
hamsters are not herbivores like. a lot of people think if they’re just fed a herbivore diet they will slowly die from malnutrition.
Pellets and things like the Oxbow brand which I love the Oxbow brand for any other species of an animal just not for hamsters because the main part of that mix is hay which hamsters don’t need in their diet.
Seeds are good for hamsters there’s a lot of myths that surround seeds a lot of people think that seeds are like candy to hamsters.
they really aren’t seeds provide a lot of variety for your hamster as well as seeds are actually fairly low in fat and sugar. so it’s not really like candy if you take a look at something like barley it actually has quite low fat and low sugar content per 100 grams.
so because of that myth, a lot of people just feed their hamsters pellets, as well as a lot of people, will recommend feeding pellets so that their hamster can’t become a picky eater but this then gives your hamster a lack of variety which is really important in their diet that’s like if you were only to eat crackers the rest of your life you would be very bored with that and it would not be very fun to eat the same thing over and over.
so variety is really important there’s a lot of different ways that you can get around with not having your hamster become a picky eater such as you can not refill the dish until everything has been eaten from the dish or you can try to find a seed mix that doesn’t just contain a ton of junk foods try to find one that has a less amount of those fattier foods in it.
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so when it comes to picking a good hamster mix you’re going to want to try to find something with 17 to 19 percent protein 4 to 7 percent fat and 6 to 15 percent fiber you’re also going to want to pick something with a lot of variety.
now you’re probably not going to find a sole mix in the pet store that is going to meet all of those requirements you’re most likely going to have to end up mixing a couple of different mixes now what I recommend is because of a lot of seed mixes generally have very low protein content I recommend taking a high variety seed mix and I recommend mixing that with a high protein block diet.
When you are mixing different hamster foods together you really need to be careful you can’t just like mix three different mixes together.
you kind of need to calculate it out because you can actually really mess up the overall nutritional value of it and you don’t want something that’s too high in fat or too high in protein or too low in protein.
Other things for the hamster diet
always are going to be improving and changing along with your hamsters’ regular daily mix you also want to include fruits vegetables and other.
extras these are really important because they have a lot of good nutrients and minerals for your hamster vegetables are super healthy.
a lot of people seem to be against feeding them every single day because they say they’re going to get diarrhea and they could die which they won’t there is a certain way you can go about giving your hamster extra foods like fruits and vegetables and you shouldn’t just give them an entire carrot stick that of course would give your hamster an upset stomach but if you’re slowly introducing a new food to them every time and you slowly increase the amount, your hamster won’t get an upset stomach.
the last thing I want to talk about is herb’s this is something that not a lot of hamster owners in Canada or in America really include into their hamsters diet because it might not be as available to us as it is other countries but herbs are really great they have a lot of good minerals as well as good properties to them, for example, the herb echinacea helps strengthen the immune system, dill can actually help with an upset stomach and chamomile can actually help with indigestion as well as any respiratory diseases so because herbs don’t contain a ton of fats and sugars there’s not really a limit on how much you can give I myself personally sprinkle a bunch in the cage once a week but you could probably go get away with giving a little bit more one.
the last thing that I want to touch on is extra mineral drops or mineral chews that you can get at the pet store that you drop into your hamsters’ water or you feed them to them these are not necessary and they don’t always help your hamster.
I hope this article could help anybody who is confused about the hamster diet.
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