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Old 11-04-2019, 06:48 AM   #1
Ithuviel
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Default My Robo doesn't eat fresh food

Hi guys

I'm a new Robo owner and i have a small problem. He doesn't seem to like/eat fresh foods. I only put new mix in every 2 days and i also like to put 1 treat a day. So it will be like a square treat 1 day and fresh stuff the next. While he enjoys the square treats he doesn't seem to consume any vegetables and fruits.
He also doesn't hoard. I got him from a pet-shop (in my country there rarely is any adoption available) and at first i was thinking that he is too small, but i've been having him for 4 weeks now.

Do you guys have any tips?
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Old 11-04-2019, 07:28 AM   #2
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Default Re: My Robo doesn't eat fresh food

Robos are tiny and eat very small amounts. Fruit they don't really need because of the sugar content. My Robo likes cucumber, nibbles on a bit of yellow/green/red pepper but doesn't really like anything else fresh.

What kind of treats do you give him? Mealworms, linseeds, pumpkin seeds etc are things my Robo enjoys and millet sprays to nibble on plus a whimzee dog chew of course.

He may hoard way underground like mine does or in a hidden spot. I only discovered yesterday that mine has a hoard inside a wooden log.

I have two dwarves and neither of them has a big hoard like my Syrian whose nest is surrounded with food.

As long as your Robo is healthy and active i wouldn't worry. Like humans hamsters come in different sizes with their own likes and dislikes.

You could post a photo so people here can have a look.
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Old 11-04-2019, 01:25 PM   #3
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Default Re: My Robo doesn't eat fresh food

I found our Robo would never eat a whole tiny bit of veg but he’d have a nibble out of it . Check to see if it has been nibbled. I agree he is probably hoarding at the bottom of the cage in numerous places. Our robos food bowl never seemed to go down yet he clearly was taking food as I found quite a large hoard in one corner at the bottom of the cage. They do eat really tiny amounts.

One thing I did notice is ours tended to ignore hamster mix if it had been sat there for a day and only like it if just put out (smells fresher maybe?). So I used to change his food every day - you waste a bit but at least they take it!
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Old 11-05-2019, 01:24 AM   #4
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Default Re: My Robo doesn't eat fresh food

Thank you for your messages. Yesteday after I posted he nibbled on a cucumber (like he knew i was gossiping about him )

Hamster care in my country is really bad. So bad that the mealworms were in the fish section, san was in the reptile section of course, all cages are about 20 cm below minimum requirements for USA (I MADE MINE), none of the bedding lists any ingredients, and i'm talking about big pet stores not the pet section in a supermarket.

I've been afraid to get the dog chew because apparently listing ingredients on pet related stuff is not mandatory where i live and i don't know what is in them. Even if i live in the EU there is a double standard even for human stuff...I mean big companies will make lesser products for my country listing the same ingredients as the ones in France (for example). My gouvernment is trying to do something about it. So you can see that pet care is at the bottom of our worries. I try to give my Robo the best care i can of course.

I also gave him a mineral block. This came free with one of my orders. I only gave it to him because he was starting to chew the clay pot that contains his sand, and only because of a video that stated that it's not the best, but not the worst either. Here is the video

The treats that i give him are: https://www.maxi-pet.ro/versele-laga...0g.aspxhttp://
https://www.maxi-pet.ro/versele-laga...orcov-50g.aspx


About hoarding, around hist nest i didn't find any food, i've cleanex about 3 times since i got him, and in the wood shaving area of the cage he doesn't burrow....i would notice a hole in the ground if he made one.

Thank you all for your patience, here is a video of my hamster. It's easies to film him rather than photograph him.
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Old 11-05-2019, 01:56 AM   #5
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Default Re: My Robo doesn't eat fresh food

Your hamster looks lovely, healthy and lively. He's very lucky to be living with someone as understanding and caring as you.

A while ago i asked about mineral blocks here and was advised against getting one so didn't.

Hamsters can also nibble on a piece of dry pasta or give him a nut in a shell like a peanut, hazelnut or walnut. A wooden chew stck is also good for the teeth. If you can't find one in the shops and you have access to a fruit or hazelnut tree that hasn't been sprayed with chemicals just break some off, wash it and bake in the oven for around an hour at 100C to kill off bugs.

I live in the UK and the tiny cages on sale in the pet shops give me cage rage. I'd love to smash them all up! Seems to be a worlwide thing that hamsters are totally under appreciated as pets. At least we treat them they way they deserve to be treated.
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