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Old 06-13-2019, 04:50 PM   #1
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Default best food (canada) for my syrian?

I currently feed my male syrian a mix of oxbow essentials pellets (as that's what the pet store fed him) and vitakraft vitasmart. i give him some fruits (strawberries and apples are his favorite) every once in a while and want to aim to feed him more veggies as well.

i've heard that the oxbow pellets aren't that good? i know i shouldn't just feed him seed mix but am unsure of what else to mix it with? also what kind of treats would be best?

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Old 06-16-2019, 04:37 PM   #2
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Hi, yes unfortunately oxbow pellets are not suitable for a hamster diet. Any pellet diet isn’t suitable but I think the oxbow one has more grass in which isn’t ideal.
They need a seed mix for variety. I’m not sure where this myth is coming from that hamsters cannot just eat a seed mix either - most mixes are just a bit short on protein which can be sorted by adding some mealworms/shrimp/freeze dried chicken. If the seed mix is that unbalanced that a pellet is required then it isn’t going to be a good mix to feed in the first place! Don’t think I’d feed the vitakraft mix.
Unfortunately I’m not very knowledgeable with Canadian mixes but I think the Higgins vita garden should be available and would be ok. An extra insect or two a day and I would supplement it daily for added interest - veggies and extra seeds go down well. If you do decide to go with a pellet alongside that probably make sure it has a higher level of protein and ensure that they are only fed in small amounts.
As for treats, natural is better as you want to avoid all the high fat and sugar commercial treats really. Seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, linseed/flax, hemp go down well. A good variety of veggies as frequent as daily is good too. Whimzee dog chews are good for gnawing on and they tend to like them if you want something to keep him occupied. Nuts go down well, in the shell ones work as a boredom breaker eg peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts. Pine nuts, cashews too.
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Old 06-16-2019, 05:41 PM   #3
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Default Re: best food (canada) for my syrian?

hi thank you! he has the vitakraft vitasmart seed mix currently. when i get the chance i hope to go to petsmart and see if they have mealworms? i've seen many hamster owners feeding their hamsters those. are they suitable for syrians?
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Old 06-16-2019, 05:59 PM   #4
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Yes they are. Some Syrians won’t eat them but no harm in trying. He may like the freeze dried chicken cat treats instead. More supplements is good as the mix isn’t the best like I said, it doesn’t have too much variety.
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Old 06-16-2019, 07:02 PM   #5
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thanks so much! is there anything i have to watch out for when buying the cat treats?
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Old 06-16-2019, 07:21 PM   #6
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Just that it should be 100% chicken with nothing else added. Something like purebites.
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Old 06-17-2019, 10:32 AM   #7
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