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Old 04-15-2018, 11:02 AM   #1
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Hi there!

My 2 male hamsters(almost 12 months old) recently has gained quite amount of weight. Myachick has grown from 169g to 173g over this month and Dumpling has grown from 151g to 156g. I changed their diet by purchasing new food packages and I can notice very obvious weight gain by simply placing them in my hands.

Is it normal that they are still growing at this speed around 1 year old? Is the food healthy to eat? Any bad consequence after growing too much weight? Should I limit their food supply?

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Old 04-15-2018, 11:52 PM   #2
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What were you feeding them before? The living world food you're giving now isn't too bad, it has a few dubious ingredients, mainly the fruit, and the protein is low but without knowing how that compares to their previous food I can't see how much of a difference there is.
They won't still be growing at their age so keep an eye on their weight, it may stabilise once they've been on the new food for a while.
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:55 AM   #3
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Thank you cypher! I will keep a limit when feeding this to them.
I also have these two food to feed my hamsters all the time, but I add some walnuts, oats, and fresh broccoli to their meals everyday:

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Old 04-16-2018, 10:51 PM   #4
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Versele Laga food isn't very good quality, it's quite low in protein too & the ingredients are very good, I'm not sure about the other as I couldn't find a GA or ingredients list.
It may be that the new food is better quality & their nutrition has improved which would explain the weight gain, as far as I can tell they're still possibly not getting as much protein as they should, by a year they don't need too much but if they like them a few mealworms would help top it up & some plain cooked chicken or dried chicken once or twice a week would help too.
Walnuts & oats are both really good foods, they do have some protein & healthy fats but not complete protein, broccoli is great too but try to give a wide variety of veg not just broccoli.
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Old 04-18-2018, 11:38 AM   #5
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Thank you for the great suggestions! I will get them extra care with the food selections!
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Old 04-18-2018, 12:31 PM   #6
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Has the amount of exercise on their wheels been changing? If so the food might not be the problem. But daily your hamster should be consuming around 2 tsp of food in a day
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Old 04-18-2018, 04:26 PM   #7
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I don't think that is a big change in weight and it's a healthy weight for an adult hamster - Newt is 225g! I wouldn't worry about it. I am sure their weight fluctuates a bit sometimes and I think they can still grow up to a year old.
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