Feeding hamsters

Hamsters are omnivorous, which means they eat both vegetables and meat. Their natural foods include grains, seeds, vegetables, and insects, and they will like corn, oats, or wheat mixed with dry dog food. Premixed hamster food from a pet store has complete nutrition, but some hamsters won’t eat it.

Their favourite foods are foods native to their dry habitat, like seeds. For protein and variety, they will eat some small insects. They like vegetables, but be moderate in how much you feed them. The key word for the hamster diet is *variety*. It keeps them healthy. But please don’t feed your hamster chocolates and other sweet things. Either feed the hamster at the same time each day or leave a constant food supply.

Hamsters will not overeat but will often store food in their cheek pouches and put it in a hiding place to eat later. Remove food that is no longer fresh each day, and clean out the “hidden” food once a week. Put food in heavy ceramic or plastic food dishes (so they won’t tip over) and clean them weekly.

Hamsters need to have fresh water constantly available. The best sort of container is a drip bottle, which can be attached to the side of the cage. A bottle with a wide neck and metal top will be easy to clean every other day. The hamster will quickly learn how to sip from it.

3 thoughts on “Feeding hamsters

  1. awesome information! I love it …I dont know what id do without this website because my mom might now consider on getting me a hamster! Thanks so much for setting this out all the other websites either didn’t have what I needed or it flat out didn’t make any sense.
    Thanks alot,
    Sakura

  2. Great article you have here. It is inspiring and informational for those who have hamsters as pet. I just want to add a bit about the right choice of food for hamsters. I have experiences in feeding my hamsters with foods that contains lots of sugar like the carrot, potatoes and as the result many of them getting fatter and fatter each day. Good for me that I consulted this with my vet before things get worst and he advice me to change the food to hamster food. And after a while feeding them with hamster food that I bought from the vet store, my hamsters is seen active again. They all running and playing in their wheel. That makes me so happy and it is something you should know too if you having hamsters at your house.

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