Your hamsters’ big appetite can be a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing for you because it makes feeding pets pretty easy. But, it’s a bad thing for the hamsters because careless owners often give them too much bad pet food that does more harm than good to the small rodents. So if you’re a hamster parent, take some time to know what foods are good and what are bad for your pet.See also:
Healthy Pet Food for Hamsters
Finding healthy pet foods for your hamsters is easy. You can find them in your kitchen or you can shop for them from your favorite pet food supply store. So there’s really no reason you can’t give the right pet food to your hamsters, unless you’re careless enough to neglect your pet’s health.
The reputable brands of pellet or cube hamster food such as Petco and Brown’s Encore Premium are great to form your pet’s base diet. Petco and Brown’s Encore Premium produce a well balanced, healthy hamster food that’s ready to serve right out the pack. They should be available in a pet food supply store near you.
Timothy Hay or Alfalfa
Not all hamsters like Timothy hay or alfalfa, but if you get yours to like them, then your problem of injecting fiber into your hamster’s diet is solved. Plus, nibbling on Timothy hay or alfalfa should help trim your hamster’s teeth, which continuously grows throughout their life.
Greens and Fruits
Another way to inject the much needed fiber, vitamins, and minerals into your hamster’s diet is by giving them fresh greens. Hamsters like fresh greens more than they do dry Timothy hay or alfalfa, so pet food rejection shouldn’t be a problem. You can give your hamsters fresh broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, fresh corn, kale, lettuce, and spinach. Although you can give fresh or dried fruit, go easy on this type of pet food for your hamster. Fruits (fresh or dry) have high sugar content that cause hamster obesity or induce hamster diabetes.
Healthy Hamster Snacks and Treats
Keeping your hamsters healthy doesn’t mean you can’t give snacks and treats to your beloved pets. You can give your hamsters boiled egg, crickets, dog biscuits, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or whole grains as treats. Just make sure it wouldn’t make up more than 10% of their weekly diet; apply the “Too much of the good thing is bad” rule when it comes to hamsters snacks and treats.
Bad Pet Food for Hamsters
How many times have you given junk foods or chocolates to your hamster? They seem to love it more than regular pet food, so why not? Well, these foods are the number one cause of hamster obesity and hamster diabetes. So giving these wrong foods to your hamster is tantamount to slowly poisoning them to death – were there junk foods or chocolates in the wild?
Other bad pet foods for your hamsters include the following:
High Fat, Sugar, or Salt Diet
Salted or buttered pop corn is bad for your hamster as the salt and fat are working against your hamster’s body. Their diet in the wild doesn’t include salt, high fat, or sugar, so these should not go into a hamster’s diet in captivity, too.
Hamsters eat almost anything you give them, even raw fish! However, giving foods such as raw beans, fish, potatoes, rhubarb, or even raw egg can cause diarrhea to a hamster. Care a little bit about the small rodents and cook these foods before giving them to hamsters.
Vitamins and Minerals Supplement
To keep your hamster in tip-top shape, add vitamins and minerals supplement to its favorite pet food. Hamsters have a unique need for calcium and vitamin C in their diet, but pet food supplements that have these essentials are readily available from any pet supply stores. So it should not be a problem.