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Feeding Your Teddy Bear Hamster

Nutrition is the cornerstone for good health. This is true for all pets, including hamsters. It's actually true for humans too, but let's focus for now on our furry little friends.

Invest in quality hamster food, bought from a reliable pet shop. Hamster food should look like a mix of food pellets and various types of grains and seeds. It should be dry and free of any sign of rot or insect infestation.

You can leave the food in the food dish for your hamster to consume at its own time. Hamsters are small animals, and usually require about a spoonful of food a day.

However, nutritional needs could vary according to level of activity, temperature and time of year. That's why it's best to provide hamster with slightly more and let them control the amount of actual daily consumption.

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It's always fun watching them "eat", as they usually will simply stuff everything into their cheek pouches and then run off into their nest to deposit the goods. Hamsters can hoard significant amounts of food like that and it's one more reason why their cage and nesting area needs to be cleaned at least once a week.

You should supplement dry feeding with some fresh vegetables. Don't overdo it though, especially not with leafy vegetables such as lettuce. A piece of a carrot or a cucumber, once or twice a week should be enough.

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