How to provide optimal hamster food for your hamster

Hamsters are small, cute balls of energy and have a very fast metabolism. It’s therefore important to give them well-balanced hamster food, which keeps them happy, healthy and active.

A mix of all kinds of grains, fruits, vegetable, seeds...forms the basis of good hamster food. Such a mixture is tasty, varied and low in fat. At the same time, these quality mixtures take into account that hamsters are omnivores and therefore need animal proteins. In addition to nuts and seeds, you will also find mealworms in it. Give a Syrian hamster about 15 grams (one tablespoon) a day, and provide about 8 grams a day for a dwarf hamster.

On top of the hamster food

In addition to the fruit and vegetables that are in the mixture, you can certainly also give a hamster fresh fruit and vegetables. Be careful to gradually introduce fresh food at room temperature (not too cold!) to prevent diarrhea. Is your hamster's stool becoming too soft? Then stop for a while.

Also, never give too much fruit or vegetables as hamster food, because your hamster could squirrel the food away somewhere in its cage where it will rot. Remove the pieces that your hamster hasn’t eaten within an hour.

Occasionally, you can also give your hamster a little bit of dairy, in the form of yogurt (a pinch, no more) or some shaved cheese. Don’t give bread because it has no nutritional value for the hamster and can swell in its stomach, which is dangerous.

Water: fresh and not too cold

You’ll have to change the water regularly - every day, if you provide it in a container. Don’t use tap water that is too cold, and certainly not water from the refrigerator. Also, clean your hamster's drinking bottle regularly to prevent algae from forming.

You can also buy a drinking fountain for birds: it provides your hamster with a more natural drinking position than a bottle.

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