Nutrition Hamsters will eat or have a go at almost any food that is offered to them, that's why care must be exercised when it comes to feeding your pet. Your hamster, just like any living creature, needs a balanced diet. It's better not to attempt to make your own hamster feed, unless you know what you're doing. Typical ingredients in a typical mix is corn, maize, dried peas, peanuts, sunflower seeds, locust beans, wheat seed, barley, alfalfa, dried fruits. You may also decide to supplement your hamster's diet by adding fresh fruits, seeds, nuts and vegetables from time to time. Don't forget a constant supply of fresh water!
Exercise Hamsters are nocturnal and are most active at night. In order for a pet hamster to stay as healthy as possible, it needs a sufficient amount of exercise (15-20 minutes or between 4 to 7 km a day). You can do this by putting them on the exercise ball or running wheel but look out for signs of fatigue and take them off if they seem tired. The best time to let them exercise and clean their cage is in the evening or first thing in the morning, but not in the middle of the day as this is usually its resting time.
Entertainment There are many toys on the market for hamsters including chew toys, wooden see-saws, tubes and even miniature furniture. Also, hamsters thrive on human attention. Playing with your pet is one of the best ways to keep it happy, healthy and feeling welcome. Cuddle your hammy gently, let it roam from hand to hand and let it climb all over your legs. There are endless ways to have fun with your hamster. A little creativity goes a long way.