Chinese hamsters, as their name suggests, are natives of China. The nine centimeter long rodent family inhabitants have been in the U.S. for a long time. In fact, almost since the year 1919, but they were difficult to maintain until the 1970s, when their little cousins, the Dwarf hamsters made an appearance.
Friendly animals, the Chinese dwarf hamsters are easy to look after and make great pets. Though they are tiny, there is no special treatment that needs to be meted out, and Chinese Dwarf hamsters require almost the same things that their counter parts, the Russian and Siberian Dwarf hamster varieties, require.
Before we get into what types of food is required for Chinese Dwarf hamsters, the thumb rule is to always provide clean, hygienic foods. Packaged food sold off supermarket shelves are good options, as they have all the necessary nutrients required for the hamster’s well being. But unfortunately, feeding pet hamsters with packaged food does not provide the same pleasure to the owner as giving fruits and vegetables.
If you, therefore, prefer to give your Chinese dwarf hamster natural food, it is perfectly okay as long as you follow a few rules.
If you wish to keep them only on natural food, then giving a mix of vegetables, fruits and seeds is important. Since hamsters love to peel and shred their food, whole fruits and vegetables can be placed in the cage. Some preferred items are broccoli, apples, peas in the pod, and melon. Fresh corn can also be given. The important thing is to clean out the cage and remove stale food frequently. If it is left in the cage, there is a danger that the hamster may store it in its mouth to eat later; it will result in infection and indigestion.
Some hamsters also ingest their own droppings. Do not be dismayed. This is because they don’t actually derive all the nutrients their body requires in one intake, and hence, the cycle is repeated to ensure that they have got all the nutrients that they require.
While feeding is a priority, hamsters love water; a clean water dish which is often replenished with fresh water is a must in hamster care. The problem with placing water in the same dish is it might get dirty. Hamster water bottles are therefore a preferred option. These water bottles can be hung mouth downwards inside a hamster home, enabling constant and clean water supply for your pet.
Feeding hamsters is easy and simple. All that is required is some loving attention to ensure that the home is frequently cleaned to remove dirty water or stale food. By ensuring this, one can be assured of a healthy, fluffy hamster as a pet.
Chris Short is a Dwarf Hamster enthusiast. For more great tips on Chinese Dwarf Hamsters and Dwarf hamster care visit http://www.mydwarfhamster.com.