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Buy Hamster food for your Hamster easily at DRD Rodent Shop, the online Hamster Webshop for your Hamster! For food for your Hamster you are in the right place in our Hamster webshop. Here you will find different types and brands of hamster food for e
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Order Hamster Food & Dwarf Hamster Food easily and quickly at DRD Rodent Shop ® The online Hamster Webshop for your Hamster!

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For food for your Hamster or Dwarf Hamster you are in the right place in our Hamster webshop. Here you will find different types and brands of hamster and dwarf hamster food for an attractive price. Little One, Bunny Nature, Witte Molen, Hope Farms, Versele Laga, Beaphar, etc. Ordering is easy and fast in our Hamster webshop.

Nutritional needs of the Hamster and the Dwarf Hamster

Hamsters are granivores (seed eaters). The diet of both Hamsters and Dwarf Hamsters consists mainly of seeds and a small amount of vegetable food in the form of herbs, but also animal proteins. Hamsters catch small insects in the wild, so it is good if their food also contains animal proteins.

Hoarding the Hamster and the Dwarf Hamster

Hamsters & Dwarf hamsters carry their food in their cheek pouches. What you see is that the hamster stuffs his food into his cheek pouches and quickly takes it to his house or pantry. Transporting food in the cheek pouches is also called "Hoarding". Thanks to the cheek pouch muscle, the food is retained in the cheek pouch and the hamster can transport it safely and quickly.

All in one lump or a mixture?

If your hamster or dwarf hamster is really going to eat selectively, so that he only eats the tasty things, it can be wise to switch to an all-in-one kibble. The hamster can no longer eat selectively in this way. Each chunk has its own composition. Hamsters need a few weeks to get used to other food. It is also possible that the hamster will eat less of the all-in-one chunk. This may have to do with the composition of the kibble. Some all-in-one kibbles have a very full composition, so that less of it needs to be eaten to meet the same nutritional needs.

Is Switching Hamster Food Good?

Hamsters are much less sensitive than, for example, a guinea pig or rabbit. Switching between food is much easier with these animals. However, we recommend that you always mix your own food with the new food for a few days.

Coprophagy in Hamsters and Dwarf Hamsters

Did you know that hamsters, like rabbits, eat their own nighttime droppings? It really is! The animals do this to absorb plant nutrients even better and to absorb the Vitamin B12 that is produced in the intestines.

Anatomy of Hamsters and Dwarf Hamsters

The Incisors
Hamsters have incisors that keep growing. The food must therefore still be reasonably firm to bite on (e.g. with different seeds that can be peeled)

The stomach
The stomach consists of two 'chambers', namely the fore-stomach and the glandular stomach. In the fore-stomach the pre-digestion of, among other things, the fibers begins.

The appendix
The 'granivore' (seed-eating) hamster has a small cecum. It can only process raw fibers to a limited extent. The optimum crude fiber content in the feed is therefore below 10%

Animal proteins
Animal proteins are needed for metabolism. The amount should be carefully adjusted to the needs of the animal.

High energy requirement
Hamsters are real bundles of energy. They like to move and have a greater energy requirement due to their high metabolism.

The natural rhythm of food collection

Hamsters are collectors by nature and only have food available for a short time. In the winter everything starts to get scarce and so in the summer they have to do their best to replenish the food supplies. The dwarf hamster is always busy looking for and storing food. This behavior is very recognizable for many hamster owners.

The hamster follows its natural rhythm when it comes to the collection of food. He doesn't realize that summer and food availability in our home are infinite. He happily continues to collect and if you let him have his way, a good stock is built up.

Energy-rich food first

Life is hard in the wild, if you haven't collected enough, you won't survive. If you don't have enough fat reserves, it will be cold and difficult. This is the main reason why hamsters eat high energy foods first. Their instinct forces them to do this. Energy-rich food provides energy and makes it possible to build up a fat layer. The latter helps against the cold and provides a buffer for when it is difficult to find food. They simply do not know that the animals do not have to be afraid of this in our home and they continue to eat the energy-rich food first.

By energy-rich food we mean food with a higher content of: (natural) sugars, carbohydrates/starch and fats. The animals will therefore eat sweets (sugars/carbohydrates) first, followed by fruit (natural sugars), pea flakes (starch) and sunflower seeds (fats). We also call this preference selective eating .

Important: Carbohydrates, sugars and fats are indispensable for dwarf hamsters. They need these nutrients in abundance to sustain their energetic existence. Too much of these nutrients is not good, but too little is just as bad!

This is how we prevent selective eating!

Be strict!

There is actually one good way to avoid selective eating and that is by being stern. The animals should be given the prescribed portion of food and a new portion only after the old one has been eaten. In this way, selective eating is no longer possible. However, many owners find it difficult to be so strict with their darling.

If you suddenly decide to be strict with feeding, you may start to see that your hamster will eat less. This is a natural reaction of the animal. His food supply is decreasing and with that a feeling of scarcity arises. He has to eat less now otherwise he won't make it through the winter (he thinks). The owner is shocked by this, my animal suddenly eats less and probably also loses weight. These are signs we don't like to see!

Adjust nutrition

It can help to switch to a food with a different composition or to remove the tasty things that the hamster takes from the food and only give it after the other things have been eaten.

All in one chunk

A last resort is the all in one chunk. These kibbles are all the same, which means that there can be no selective eating behavior and therefore no nutritional deficiencies. The all-in-one chunk does not entirely fit into the natural diet menu. The animals therefore need a longer adjustment period, but once used to an all-in-one kibble, they eat it very well and remain stable in terms of condition and weight.

For rabbits and guinea pigs, the all-in-one kibble is already well established and is one of the primary ways of feeding. The animals are in a better condition if they are fed an all-in-one chunk.

For an owner who wants to be 100% sure that his animal always receives all the nutrients, the all-in-one kibble is a godsend.

It remains an art to keep the hamster's eating habits in balance. Because of its collecting and thus hiding behavior it is sometimes quite a task to find all food supplies. If your hamster eats selectively, but if it looks good otherwise, there is no need to panic. Some animals seem to eat selectively, but secretly balance their diet in a good way. These animals have a good weight, beautiful fur and sparkling eyes.

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