These tiny furballs are great eaters. They do love to eat in their natural habitat. But not everything will be safe for your new buddies. Hamster food and diet basically consist of vegetation and meat since these cute creatures are by nature omnivores. They eat a variety of food materials, including seeds, plant roots, insects, as well as small animals.To keep your hamster happy and healthy you need to make sure that you provide him a good variety of foods from which it could choose.
Your hamster will need a fresh serving of food every day. Since they are crepuscular, meaning they are active during the twilight (dusk and dawn), you will need to provide food for your pet in the early morning or in the evening.
As observed by other pet owners, hamsters wakes up every two hours to have a bite. They are also always foraging throughout the night in their natural habitat. They store whatever food that they get as they forage and stock them to whatever they already have stored while they are awake during the day.
Any hamster will know exactly what it needs to sustain itself throughout the day. But when serving your pet, you will need to make sure to provide a good variety of mixed grains that it can feed on.
So, what exactly should your hamster’s diet include?
There are many commercially made feed that you can purchase either online or at a reputable local pet store. It is still best that you add small pieces of fresh vegetables to your pet’s food, however to ensure that he gets as much nutrients and vitamins for the day. Your pet just loves to much his greens, but you should not over do it as this will not be good for its tummy. Too many greens can cause diarrhea.
You may also add some dry cat treats or dog biscuits to the mixture to add in some protein in your hamster’s meal. The biscuit can also help grind your pet’s teeth as it bites through each piece.
Treats for Hamsters
There are other food varieties that your pet can eat as a treat and which can also add nutritional value to its daily diet, such as the following:
Eggs. Eggs are high in protein. It also contains iron, vitamins, minerals, as well as carotenoids (reduces macular degeneration). It is considered best provided for pregnant hamsters and young stock. They should be considered an occasional treat, however.
Fish Liver Oil. Fish liver oil is rich in vitamins A and D, as well as high levels of EPA and DHA. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties. You may mix a few drops of fish-liver oil to your pet’s meal once a week. You may also consider buying commercially available foods that contain cod-liver oil. This makes preparation and feeding time a lot more convenient for you and for your pet as well.
Meat. You may also provide a small piece of beef or mutton, canned dog foods or mealworms on occasion.
Milk. Milk can be given as a treat once in a while. Just make sure that you clean the empty bowl or throw away anything that remains in the feeding bowl and have the bowl cleaned thoroughly.
Mixed Bird Seed. A teaspoonful of this can either be mixed with the grain or fed once a week to your pet.
Yeast. Yeast is also recommended to be given once a week to hamsters as it is rich in Vitamin B. (more…)