Sunday, April 8, 2012

What do hamsters eat?

What do hamsters eat? 
The Hamster is a rodent that typically makes no fuss about food and is, in fact, omnivorous. If you can you ensure that one fifth of the daily ration is composed of protein foods, besides special hamster food found in pet shops, you can enrich your hamster's daily menu with almost any food, of plant or animal origin:

VEGETABLES: carrots, lettuce, parsley (rich in vitamin C), green beans, corn;
FRUIT: bananas, apples, walnuts, apricots;
MEAT: Chicken (chicken, turkey) - boiled, not fried;

Other foods: boiled rice, boiled eggs, pasta, bread dry.
IMPORTANT! Avoid citrus fruits: lemons, oranges, grapefruit, etc.., because they contain vitamin C, which is not healthy for the digestive system of the hamster!

For hamster food it's better to use a small bowl or saucer - the amount of food sufficient for one hamster per day usually fits smoothly into a spoon - do not put more than needed because the result will not be a satiated hamster, but a dirtier cage! In addition, hamsters have a habit to make deposits of food in their cage, that alter (especially during summer) and can be a source of bad smells and even infection.

Special food for hamsters that is found in pet shops is dry and can be left in the bowl during the day. But if you give the hamster food that may alter (boiled meat, eggs, etc..) or that may lose nutrient content (such as plants) it's good to portion it into small pieces. The rest you can keep in a covered pot in the refrigerator, but make sure that when you get it out, you leave it about half an hour before mealtime. Special food from Petshops must be kept in a dry place away from direct sunlight and in a tightly closed container.

VERY IMPORTANT! Hamsters drink water! Without water, your hamster can take the amount of water needed from the diet, but if the food is mostly dry, hamsters quickly dehydrate and die.

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