A HAMSTERS NUTRITION
Feeding a hamster is simple and inexpensive. By providing your hamster with a variety of foods, you ensure that it gets all the nutrients it needs to keep healthy. Pet shops stock a variety of foods which can be supplemented by fresh food collected on walks, in the garden, or vegetables and fruit bought for your own use.
Dry food: Commercial grain and seed mixture; hamster pellets; nuts, particularly walnuts (unsalted); seeds such as sunflower and pumpkin; cereal grains such as oats, wheat and corn, vegetable and or grain sticks.
Greens and Succulents: Choose among the following; dandelion leaves, clover, alfalfa, meadow grass, any type of fruit, vegetables such as, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, cucumber, lettuce, celery and tomatoes.
Proteins: Meat, cottage cheese, and yoghurt.
Other provisions: Hay, drinking water, vitamin drops,twigs or branches to gnaw on. Choose beech trees, fruits trees, maple trees, hazelnut bushes.
Roasted and salted nuts, sprouting beans, sprouting and green potatoes and tomatoes, poisonous plants, canned and frozen vegetables, sweetened cereals for human consumption, chocolate, cooked or fried food.
Water and grain food should be available at all times. This should be supplemented by hay, which should be clean and dry. Mouldy hay is poisonous. Your hamster will use the hay as fodder as well as for nesting. Any fruit or vegetable should be appropriately treated before being given. Vegetables and fruit, whether picked in the garden or bought commercially should be washed and allowed to drain.Oranges should be peeled. Dont give whole fruits or vegetables, but cut into segments or slice.
If you collect greens in the garden or on walks, make sure you do so away from places, which have been contaminated by exhaust fumes, by dog excrement or where chemicals may have been sprayed.
Protein food can be given once or twice a week in very small amounts that will be eaten straight away. The meat (beef or veal) must be raw and chopped up very small. Do not give food straight from the fridge.
All fresh food not eaten within 24hrs should be taken out of the cage. Check carefully the hamsters food cache and remove any rotting food.