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Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Hamster Healthy

Posted August 22, 2012 in Small Animal Health & Care

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Whether you're a hamster veteran or just welcome a new furball into your home, these tips will help you keep your hamster healthy and happy!

Let your hamster eat well! However, what they eat is just as important as how much they eat.  Hamsters like to pick out the tasty fattening food first out of the dish.  Often you’ll see the sunflower seeds disappear first, followed by the less fatty (and less tasty) seeds.   It’s very important that you provide your hamster with well-balanced food.  Just because they love sunflower seeds doesn’t mean that’s all they should eat!  Kids like cookies but need their fruits and vegetables, too.

Speaking of fruits and vegetables – hamsters need them too! The best treats for hamsters are foods that are similar to what they might eat in the wild. Fresh (rinsed with water) veggies are good, and examples include carrots, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, romaine lettuce, spinach and other greens. Fresh fruits (rinsed in water) are good too, such as apples, pears, bananas, grapes and most berries. But remember never to give any citrus fruits like oranges, limes, lemons or grapefruit.  Only give small amounts at a time.

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