Unfortunately, overweight dogs and cats aren’t uncommon. But hamsters? It seems strange that these tiny little creatures could have such a problem with their weight too!
Here’s how your pet could be putting on extra weight, according to a professional vet.
The first place you want to look is your pet’s diet. What are you feeding your hamster?
When it comes to dogs and cats, extra weight is usually a problem because their owners feed them human food, but you aren’t likely to give your hamster lunch meat, pizza, or ice cream. How in the world is he getting fat then?
Just because you get your hammy’s food at the pet store doesn’t mean it’s healthy. A lot of hamster food at the store contains seeds and nuts that can make him overweight.
The best way to keep your pet at a healthy weight is to feed him basic pellets that are developed just for hamsters. Avoid mixed food. Although your critter loves the seeds, nuts, and snacks that come in these bags, he’s likely to pick through his food and eat what he likes the best, leaving the healthiest bits behind.
That doesn’t mean your hamster can’t have a snack every once in a while! Give your critter fresh fruit, vegetables, and nuts just once every day or two to keep him at a healthy weight.
Not enough exercise
Think you’re feeding your hamster properly, but he’s still putting on weight? He probably isn’t getting enough exercise.
First, take a look at his cage. Does he have enough room to walk, run, and explore? If he has a small aquarium or wire cage without any tubes, he probably spends more time sitting around than walking.
This is especially the case if your hamster doesn’t have a running wheel. Or, maybe he has one that he doesn’t use. Purchase different styles until you find one that your furry little friend actually likes.
How much time does your critter get outside the cage? He needs to come out and play in order to stay trim! Build a box full of fun items he can explore, or get a hamster ball and let your pet run around the house.
Still having trouble getting your hamster to lose weight? You might need a little extra help from your vet, so should give them a call.