Monday, April 9, 2012

Syrian Hamster - Feeding and care

A pet syrian hamster's diet should be composed mainly of grains and seeds, although he likes and needs more vegetables and fruit than most other hamsters. They very well like carrots and apples, but do not...

feed them any citrus such as oranges, lemons or grapefruit. Fresh water will be provided at your discretion from ceramic bowls or trough with a waterer that you find in petshops.

The Syrian hamster is omnivorous. This means that besides
 the vegetarian diet, they consume small amounts of meat or insects. The hamster's stomach has two compartments that facilitate digestion of solids. Despite the complexity of their organic systems, hamsters can eat their own feces as a way to double digestion of food, as to be able to process completely. This usually is not a specific behavior to hamsters, but also met on rabbits and guinea pigs.

Also, be sure that you have a cage with strong metal bars trough which the Syrian hamster can't chew, but avoid those ones of cedar or pine because they contain oils that can cause severe health problems. Twigs of willow or hazel, not painted or treated with pesticides or other chemical substances can be used with no problems. Vitamin supplements are equally important. They can be administered in drinking water or may be provided in the form of mineral pills that you can put in the cage.

Food will be given once a day, evening and morning and anything left uneaten will be removed.

Usually lonely in the wild, Syrian hamsters meet other members of their species most often only to mate, then it will retreat again. As such, hamsters are not willing to form permanent relationships with other brethren. A hamster kept as a pet needs the same things a wild one would need: more exercise, food, fresh water available and a safe and secure place where they can sleep peacefully during the day.

One important thing about Syrian hamsters is that when the ambient temperature falls below 8-10 degrees C he goes into a hibernation-like state, diminishing and vital functions (breathing and heart rate), becoming almost inactive and eating small amounts of food and no longer drinking at all. All you have to do is to increase the ambient temperature keep it constant.

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