Are hamsters allowed to eat meat?
Many will be surprised to hear that hamsters are not vegetarians. In fact, meat is important to your furry friend's diet. So yes, hamsters can eat meat. They even have to. Which meat is the right one, why it is important that your hamster eats meat and what exactly you should pay attention to, you will learn from us.
What you should pay attention to when feeding
It should be clear that you should not put a breaded, deliciously seasoned cutlet in a hamster's terrarium. However, a small amount of unseasoned ground beef, chicken or fish is absolutely fine. Do not season or salt the meat, your hamster will not tolerate it.
The right amount of meat for your hamster
In dwarf hamsters, the meat content in their natural diet is up to 40%. However, he does not need so much animal protein in our domestic terrariums, because he does not need to eat winter fat. 10 - 20% food from animal sources is perfectly sufficient to meet the protein requirements. Roborowski hamsters need even significantly less.
What meat should I not feed my hamster?
You should refrain from feeding your hamster pork, as it contains too much fat and this can lead to long-term health problems.
A good source of animal protein...
... are mealworms. Hamsters love mealworms! Many conventional food mixtures already contain dried mealworms. They are rich in protein and a species-appropriate snack. Whether you feed live or dried mealworms is up to you. Feel free to try out which ones taste best to your hamster.
Even though animal protein is essential for the rodent's diet, you should not feed too much of it. Two to three times a week is perfectly sufficient.
Why is animal protein so important?
Grade dwarf hamsters are dependent on animal protein, otherwise the immune system weakens and he becomes more susceptible to disease. The life expectancy of a dwarf hamster that does not eat animal protein decreases drastically!
Other hamster breeds require a lower proportion of animal protein. However, feeding this should not be neglected here either.
Are hamsters allowed to eat meat? - Conclusion
As you now know, hamsters are not vegetarians and need animal proteins for a healthy and species-appropriate diet in any case. You can feed them mealworms, live or dried, a little low-fat beef or chicken. You should avoid feeding pork, as it contains too much fat. If you have a dwarf hamster, it is particularly dependent on animal proteins.
Garden animal - A life with nature
Welcome to my animal blog! My name is Dirk and I am happy to take you on my journey through the fascinating world of animals and gardening.
Born 54 years ago, I have had an insatiable curiosity for the animal world around me since childhood. Although I have moved professionally in other industries, my true passion has always been animals and nature. It is remarkable how a small garden has become such an important part of my life.
Many of my fondest memories are associated with the animals that share our home. Whether it's the curious squirrels that scurry across the trees in the morning, the colorful variety of birds that visit our feeders, or the busy bees and butterflies that pollinate our flowers, every moment with them is invaluable to me.
This blog is my contribution to share my experiences, discoveries and insights with like-minded people. Here I will share stories of unforgettable encounters with animals, give tips on gardening and creating wildlife-friendly habitats, and take you on my journeys through nature.
Thank you so much for being here!
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