Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Navigation
Front Page
Forum
Gallery
Wiki

Ads by Google


Go Back   Hamster Central > >

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-14-2017, 02:31 AM   #1
Lizz
Newborn Pup
 
Lizz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Cambridge
Posts: 6
Default Elderly hamster not eating hard food

My two year old russian dwarf hamster doesn't seem to be eating his hard food. I tried him with a little wet food on my finger and he ate it quite happily. Any advice?
Lizz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 03:44 AM   #2
cypher
Dwarf whisperer
 
cypher's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Wales UK
Posts: 23,318
Default Re: Elderly hamster not eating hard food

Have you checked his teeth?
If you're not confident doing that yourself then get your vet to do it, they can become overgrown or sometimes get damaged which can prevent them from eating hard foods but the teeth continue to grow so it's very important to have them clipped if need be.
In the mean time you can feed things like soaked mix, safe baby food, & porridge but do check them as soon as possible.
Sometimes as they get older they don't seem to enjoy hard foods so much & may need soft foods but it is still important to keep an eye on their teeth.
__________________
Slave to Míriel.
Always loved, never forgotten, forever in my heart
T'ycor, Ziggy, Zephyr, Flynt, Mickle, Little Whisp, Zen, Zeki, Tinwë & Zylvan
cypher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 05:07 AM   #3
Lizz
Newborn Pup
 
Lizz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Cambridge
Posts: 6
Default Re: Elderly hamster not eating hard food

Thanks for your advice, his teeth look fine, so it may just be his age

Last edited by Lizz; 09-14-2017 at 11:02 AM.
Lizz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 07:11 AM   #4
Thin Lizzy
Hamster Warrior
 
Thin Lizzy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Lanarkshire, Scotland
Posts: 15,412
Default Re: Elderly hamster not eating hard food

I would still give him his food mix but add a little water and mash any big bits.
__________________
Mom To Gorgeous Noah
Over The Rainbow Bridge - Master Harvey 2 years & 5 months, Twinkle 'The Diva' 1 year & 8 months, Archie 2 years & 3 months & Xena 2 years & 9 months. Forever loved by T-Liz.
Thin Lizzy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 11:02 AM   #5
Lizz
Newborn Pup
 
Lizz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Cambridge
Posts: 6
Default Re: Elderly hamster not eating hard food

Thank you, I'll try that and see how he gets on with it
Lizz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 11:14 AM   #6
dreamtree1234
The Cuddler of Cuteness
 
dreamtree1234's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: United States
Posts: 3,288
Default Re: Elderly hamster not eating hard food

Great tips, Cypher and Thin Lizzy! I hope that these options work for your hammy, Lizz. Keeping my fingers crossed that he will be able to maintain his strength and happily eat his food. Good luck!
__________________

"...she fell into a deep sleep, and dreamed the dreams of the dreamtree." ~Stephen Cosgrove
Mum to Arwen & Hinata. Fur Angels Eros007 & Snickers 4Ever.
dreamtree1234 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2017, 06:20 PM   #7
Serendipity7000
Hamsters University
 
Serendipity7000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: North of England
Posts: 18,930
Default Re: Elderly hamster not eating hard food

If his teeth look fine it could be toothache in the back teeth making chewing hard food a bit painful. He'll probably enjoy some soft food but keep putting his hard mix out as well in case he has a little chew on it - plus they still like pouching it and hoarding it even if they don't eat much of it! Also put about a bit of his hamster mix soaked in a very small bit of boiling water - not so it turns to complete mush, but just softened. You can also do that with science selective biscuits - all the nutrients are in those so you know they're getting a balanced diet. Plus a bit of baby food and an occasional bit of scrambled egg or porridge.

When our last Syrian was having to have soft food I used to put 3 little extra options out as well as his hard mix. I used the lids from the baby food and put one lid with a few soaked science selective biscuits and another with a healthy extra each day - either some linseeds or hemp seeds or crushed sunflower and pumpkin seeds (you can buy them ready crushed). Then another little pot (I used an egg cup pushed into the substrate) with a bit of baby food in each day. He loved the baby food! You have to be careful to remove it in the morning though or it could start going off.

Boots fruity chicken was a favourite and also cow and gate pumpkin and chicken. Age 4 months ones usually have safe ingredients, but I avoided the ones with tomato, onions, garic and spices.
__________________
Serendipity7000 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
eating, finger, food, hamster, hard, elderly

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Parts of this site powered by vBulletin Mods & Addons from DragonByte Technologies Ltd. (Details)
Copyright © 2003-17, Hobby Solutions Inc.
All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:59 AM.