Hamsters are the most popular pets afterCats and dogs. However, due to the seeming simplicity of care for them, many owners make serious mistakes in making their pets' diets and, thereby, reduce the quality and duration of their lives.
To avoid trouble, you must strictly adhere to the recommendations of specialists.
The basis of the diet
Although there is an opinion that hamsters are unpretentious andAre omnivorous, in fact there are a number of products that they are categorically contraindicated. This should include cabbage, which causes them flatulence and disruption of the digestive tract, potatoes, as well as onions and garlic. In addition, you can not share with the hamsters the leftovers from your table: no salty, sharp or fried dishes, no chocolate. Also, citrus fruits are not recommended to rodents.
Feed the hamsters best by special dry onesFeeds from pet stores, selected individually. As for the choice, you can consult a veterinarian or a breeder. The food in the trough should always be present, so carefully watch its freshness.
Russian feed manufacturers do not spoilConsumer variety and inferior as foreign, but they are quite inexpensive. But since they often do not get nuts and greens, but there is a huge amount of oats (often unclean), which many hamsters do not eat, preference is best given to foreign mixtures, for example Vitakraft or Prestige Hamster Nature.
Dry food is the basis of everyday dietHamsters, but this is not enough. Rodents are vitally necessary for nuts - here the choice is better to stop on hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts. But almonds, brazil nut and pistachios are not allowed. Peanuts, which are so fond of adding to their food, Russian producers, is not a nut - they are beans. Nuts should be thoroughly cleaned, otherwise the pet can injure the cheek pouches - and this is fraught with a lethal outcome.
Fruits and vegetables are a source of moisture and vitamins. Hamsters can be given apples, carrots, sweet peppers, pears, melons, beets, peaches, apricots, broccoli, green beans, fresh green peas, fresh (not winter) tomatoes, bananas. Suitable and green - Chinese cabbage, iceberg salad, leaves of dandelion or plantain, clover, as well as dill and parsley.
As a treat you can useDried fruits, including banana chips, rose petals and drying. But the proposed drop-in pet stores - allegedly vitaminized sweets with tastes of yoghurt, chocolate, tropical fruits, etc. - in fact, they will not do any good and can even do harm. They contain dyes and flavors, and experienced veterinarians advise spoiling hamsters only with natural products, such as dried fruit.