Hamsters are very versatile in what foods they can eat, but it is important
not to feed your hamsters citrus fruits, these include lemon, oranges,
etc. Suitable foods are banana, apple, nuts, rice, beansprouts, pasta,
chicken, egg, and hamster food. Feed your hamster a small amount of
vegetable and fruit each day. Hamsters are omnivores and will accept meat
and plant material, but it is not wrong to bring your hamster on plant
material only. Hamsters must have a water supply nearby by means
of a bottle or bowl. Without water a hamster will dehydrate quickly and
could die. When feeding your hamster see how much it eats out of one bowl
and then feed it the amount it ate the next day. The normal amount to feed
them is one tablespoon for a Syrian. Feed your hamster a small amount of
veg or fruit each day. Food will get stale if left in the cage too long
and will lose their vitamin content, so store hamster food in an airtight
container in a dark dry place. Typically a hamster should be fed on a diet
containing over 19% protien.
Important Feeding Rules You Must Know!
Feed a varied diet.
Have food and water not only avaliable just in the evening but also when the hamster is sleeping. (Hamsters love to snack.)
Give only fresh food of high quality.
Rinse fruits and vegetables and allow the water to drip off before giving it to the hamster.
Don't give a hamster cooked or fried food (and that means table scraps!).
Avoid sudden changes in diet.
Keep the portions small (cut fruit and vegetables small); otherwise too much spoils.
All food should be at room temperature when given.
Dry food is the most important thing on your hamster's menu. It should always be available as a main item. Commercial dry food found at pet stores is best because you can be sure that your hamster is getting all the important nutrients it needs. Don't fill your hamster's food bowl to the top. Fill it about halfway because that gives your hamster a chance to dig inside it and pick out what grains it wants. The next day if your supply is almost gone, just add more dry food.
You may notice that hamsters don't drink
much water. That is because most hamsters get all the fluids
they need from fruits and veggies. Now, don't get me wrong! You still
need to give your hamster fresh water everyday. What is harmful for your
hamster is water that is strongly chlorinated or mineral water that is
carbonated. The best kind of water for your hamster is filtered water or
uncarbonated mineral water. If you cannot supply that, cooled down (previously)
boiled water is fine. (Tap water is not good because it may contain too