One of the most adorable little animals around the world, hamster has become very popular as a pet in recent years. This small rodent is very energetic, curious, sweet and easy to take care off.
Hamster is the best option for people who want to have a pet, but do not have enough space for bigger animal, such as cat or dog. It is also a good option for older children and can help them learn about taking care of others, natural life processes and responsibility. If you love animals, this intelligent cute mouse will certainly make you happy.
Hamsters are not demanding pets. You don’t need special conditions to satisfy them. The most important thing is to provide your pet a good accommodation and toys to play and to keep it healthy with good nutrition.
Hamsters are playful and they need activity, since they are very prone to obesity. Place a running wheel into your pet’s cage, so it can play while you’re sleeping. Since hamster is nocturnal being, you should let it outside in the evening and spend some time with it. Your new friend will quickly get used to you and the environment.
Healthy diet for your hamster
Hamsters love to constantly have something in their teeth. Since their teeth are growing indefinitely, you should provide your pet pieces of wood so it can keep them in good shape. When it comes to food, hamsters need balanced diet based on seeds mix. You can purchase quality ready-made hamster mix in any pet shop. Add some nuts to the menu and several servings of fresh fruits and vegetables.
It is also recommended to enrich its nutrition with some animal origin proteins and diary products. You can feed it small portions of boiled eggs, cooked chicken and skimmed milk or yogurt once in a while.
Fresh fruit and vegetable is recommended to be given several times a week. A portion of raw fruit or vegetable every third day would be sufficient. Fresh food improves hamster’s digestion and prevents constipation and obesity.
However, too much of it can lead to diarrhea, because of water content, sugars and acids.
Avoid pineapple in hamsters’ diet
Pineapple is very juicy and sweet tropical fruit. It is very aromatic and flavorful both for us and for our little friends. Your pet would certainly love it, but the best advice is to cut it off the menu. Hamsters are very sensitive to acidic and sugar content of all fruits. Most tropical and citrus food contain too much acid and sugar, which can be harmful to their delicate bellies. Too much sugar leads to diabetes and obesity. Acids would irritate hamster’s tiny stomach, make it sick and get it diarrhea.
Pineapples contain a lot of acids and sugar, so they should be avoided. However, some species could have very small amounts of pineapple once in a while. You could give Syrian and Robrovski hamster small serving of pineapple as an occasional treat. It should be completely avoided for smaller species, such as Winter white dwarf, Russian Campbell dwarf and Chinese.