What makes the best hamster diet?
A healthy hamster diet should contain the right amount of protein, fibre and other nutrients that hamsters, including dwarf hamsters, need to stay healthy.
The ideal healthy hamster food should consist of smooth, small nuggets, designed for little mouths. Added linseed can be beneficial to support a healthy skin and coat, along with a good source of natural protein, such as peas.
When it comes to food, hamsters like to hoard – and they are extremely well equipped to carry their provisions from one place to another thanks to their ingenious cheek pouches. However, these pouches are very delicate, so don’t give them foods that contain whole oats as these can puncture them. Also avoid sticky foods, as these can cling to their pouches.
Don’t forget fresh drinking water too – this should be provided in a specially designed bottle, placed with the spout at the appropriate height for the type of hamster you have.
What makes hamster pellets good quality?
The best hamster pellets – such as Burgess Hamster, Gerbil and Mouse nuggets – are small enough for those tiny mouths and include a range of nutritional ingredients to support their health. With the right amount of protein, vitamins and minerals, our specially designed nuggets provide the ideal healthy hamster food, when fed as part of a balanced hamster diet.
When should I feed my hamster and how often?
The best feeding time for a hamster is in the evening when they start to wake up. Because hamsters are nocturnal, this is their breakfast time!
While hamsters’ pouch-stuffing behaviour is endearing, it does mean that it’s very easy to overfeed them. The food you put out for them may quickly disappear – but beware – the chances are they haven’t eaten it but have simply hidden it away. As hamsters’ cheek pouches extend all the way down to their hips, they can store an amazing amount of food in them, so don’t be fooled by an empty dish.
What can I give my hamster to chew?
Hamsters’ teeth constantly grow so give them some untreated softwood such as hawthorn, hazelnut, pear, poplar or apple wood to chew as well. This will help keep their teeth healthy and stop them getting overgrown. Before you offer any softwood branches to your hamster, give them a good clean and bake them on a low heat for an hour.
Chewing, gnawing and shredding stuff is a natural hamster behaviour, so provide a variety of things for them to get their teeth into such as cardboard, coconut shells, pumice stone and seagrass.