In the wild, hamsters are omnivores. They’ll happily munch on grasses, seeds, plant roots and the occasional tasty creepy-crawly. Depending on your species of hamster you will need a different food.
Provide your hamster with toys such a cardboard tubes so they don't get bored.
Provide fresh food every day and follow the feeding guide to avoid over feeding. It’s best served at your hamsters’ breakfast time – which is when they wake up in the evening. You can use a ceramic bowl, which is more stable and gnaw-proof, but scatter feeding is a great idea as it encourages natural foraging behaviours and your hamster will love rummaging around to find tasty morsels. Give hamster-safe, fresh veg a couple of times a week in small amounts and ensure any uneaten fresh food is cleaned away before it spoils. Give fresh water daily in a bottle placed with the spout at the appropriate height for the species.
Hamsters don't have a very good eyesight, they are short sighted so they rely on their senses to find their way around.
There are 4 basic breeds of hamsters, namely the Syrian, Russian Dwarf, Chinese and Roborovski hamsters.
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