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    Pet Food: Hamster Food Advice

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    What Hamster Food to Use 


    In their natural habitat hamster food consists of a range of grasses, seeds and grain. Hamsters are quite often branded wrongly as herbivores but they are omnivores and do need protein in their hamster food to keep them fit and healthy. If hamsters are left alone in the wild then they will eat grubs and small insects as hamster food supplements. 

     

    The bulk of hamster food should be cereals and other hard foods because they can be digested slowly. Hamsters have continuously growing teeth so they always need to gnaw on hard material to keep their teeth worn down.

     


    You have to feed hamsters food every day, an evening feed is best for them because they are nocturnal feeders. Whole oats should never be included in food for hamsters because they can puncture their delicate cheek pouches.  

     


    Food for Hamsters – Treats


    Treats are designed to only be a very small part of a hamsters diet. Over feeding your hamster with treats can be detrimental to your hamster’s health. Treats in moderation are fine but if you give your hamster too much then they can cause obesity, dental problems and heart disease; and this is not good hamster care. 

     


    If you feed your hamster too much green food then they will get diarrhoea because in the wild they would be living in deserts. Providing lots of hay as part of your hamsters food is good for his teeth, you should also give them chewing blocks etc. 

     


    Changing Your Hamsters Food 


    If you are going to change your hamsters food then you should do it gradually. If you make sudden dietary changes then your hamster will experience severe tummy upsets. Ten days is a good amount of time over which to change food for hamsters. 
     

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