Hamster’s Food – Hamster’s Diet : If you have a hamster you know that hamsters love to eat! In nature hamsters eat a variety of things including seeds, plant roots, insects, and even small animals.To keep your hamster happy, and healthy you need to give him a good variety of foods from which to choose.
Hamsters need fresh food on a daily basis. There are two theories regarding what time to feed; in the morning or in the evening. One side says in the evening because that’s when they are up and about. The other side says to feed in the morning. Results of studies conducted indicate that a hamster doesn’t sleep all day long. Instead, he wakes up a minimum of once every two hours for a “bite to eat.” Plus, in the wild this nocturnal little creature is out foraging for food throughout the night. His “treasures” are taken back to the burrow and added to the “food stash” that he raids during the day. How much to feed? All they can eat! Typically a Syrian only requires about a tablespoon of food per day, plus a supplement or fruits and vegetables. Since the Dwarf has a higher metabolism it is assumed they will consume approximately the same amount. That doesn’t mean to ration food at a tablespoon per day, like all living animals, the daily intake fluctuates. Depending on the size of the food dish, there should be an ample supply of mixed grains to select from. Hamsters instinctively know what grains or seeds to eat to give their body the proper nourishment and essential vitamins to maintain good health.
A staple diet from a respected manufacturer is a good start, but don’t forget fresh vegetables! Hamsters love vegetables and need them to stay at top form. Don’t over do it though, a small amount of grass, clover, or carrots a day is fine. Too much lettuce or leafy greens can cause diarrhea.
To increase the protein content of a premixed food offer some dry cat treats or dog biscuits. The biscuits will not only provide added protein but also help grind the teeth down through the gnawing process.