How often do you feed a hamster

Feeding recommendation hamsters

How much food should I feed my hamster?


The hamster's daily food requirement ideally consists of dry food, fresh food and fresh water that is always available.


Dry and fresh food are the most important basis for the healthy supply of nutrients to your hamster. There are also branches for tooth abrasion, herbs and vegetables. Fruit should only be fed in small quantities.


How much food your hamster needs cannot be said in general, as the need depends on the age, breed, size and attitude of the hamster. An adult mean hamster needs about 2 tablespoons of dry food per day, a dwarf hamster only one. When determining the amount of food, pay attention to the manufacturer's instructions and take a look at the shape and appearance of your hamster.


Basically, the hamster should be able to store a small part of the feed. If the supply is too large, too much feed is likely to be given.


How often should i feed my hamster?


Since the hamster only leaves its burrow to search for food at dusk or at night, the food should be freshly made available to it in the evening and exchanged the next day.


Dry food does not have to be fed in a bowl but can also be distributed in the enclosure so that the hamster has to look for it and is busy.


The pet owner should make sure that the hamster always has enough fresh water available.


How much water does my hamster need?


Basically, enough fresh water should always be available. It is true that the hamster covers a large part of its needs from fresh food. Nevertheless, he should always have the opportunity to provide himself with additional water. Otherwise kidney or urinary stones may occur if there is not enough water. In addition, hamsters dry out quickly because of their small size and a lack of water can quickly become dangerous.


Should I change the feed often?


Hamsters are not very picky about their food and eat quite a lot. However, the food should not be completely changed every day, as this can lead to digestive problems.


If the pet owner wants to add a different ingredient to the dry feed or change the vegetables, this is usually not a problem. If the entire type of feed is changed (for example to another manufacturer of dry feed), the feed should be changed gradually.


How does the feed change take place: Old and new feed are mixed, whereby the proportion of the previous feed is initially very high and then reduced step by step until finally only the new feed is fed. The change should take place in around 5 days. With the slow change, the pet owner avoids the hamster possibly getting diarrhea.


If fresh green fodder is available again in spring, the hamster should also slowly get used to the green fodder again. Start with a few leaves of green fodder and gradually increase the amount over a week. If your hamster has no digestive problems whatsoever, you can start placing it in a meadow for a while.


Do hay pellets replace hay?


Many suppliers offer pellets made from hay and herbs. Although these are good in terms of nutritional composition, they do not replace the hay. Pellets do not promote the abrasion of teeth as much as hay does. In addition, they are digested very quickly and the body cannot extract as many nutrients from the pellets as hay due to the shorter digestion time.


This is because the crude fiber it contains is heavily ground or pulverized and therefore passes through the digestive tract more quickly. After all, the pellets are eaten very quickly, much faster than a comparable amount of hay. As a result, they usually eat significantly less hay, which should still be available.


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