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Old 01-22-2021, 07:22 PM   #1
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Default How To Get More Calcium?

I have my second special needs ham (some of us may remember Peach, my first). His name is TaterTot. I've had him for a couple months and did a bunch of research. He recently had his first vet check with me (he was rescued by a vet tech at the same vet and then given to me) and we found that one of his teeth grows back towards his throat and all of them are becoming brittle. I was recommended to give him more calcium for this and the first go to would be Critical Care.

Well Little Mr. Picky Whiskers won't eat it. What else can I give him for extra calcium?

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Old 01-23-2021, 12:12 AM   #2
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Default Re: How To Get More Calcium?

Just giving more calcium may be a bit simplistic, unless you know he is deficient in calcium in which case a good balanced diet is the best way forward, calcium doesn’t work alone & he needs to have all the other minerals & vitamins along side the calcium to have any benefit so I would go for a good quality vitamin & mineral supplement as well as looking at how adequate his overall diet is.
If he has a misaligned tooth that will probably need clipping or burring every few weeks.
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Old 01-23-2021, 12:03 PM   #3
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Yeah, I know about his little tooth, poor guy. It traumatizes him every time he's brought out of his bin.

I'm doing everything my vet said to do. This vet has been looking after Tot and Peach since they were born. I give Tot a 50/50 mix of Sunburst seed mix and Mazuri (along with fresh veggies) and he has a mineral chew but doesn't like it. He won't eat anything but his Mazuri and seed mix. He won't even touch millet! Is there anything you know of that might get picky hams to eat?
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Old 01-23-2021, 12:37 PM   #4
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The proper US diet is Higgins Vita Garden - not Sunburst which is loaded with dried fruit which really isn't appropriate for hamsters, and the Mazuri isn't that high quality either.

Mineral chews aren't really good for hamsters in the first place. Their nutritional needs are to be met with their diet and these are really just unhealthy junk food that can cause serious dietary imbalances anyways so it's a great thing your hamster isn't chewing the one you have!

I know we can get Applaws cat or dog foods in the US(wet, not dry) which may be worth trying to tempt your hamster into eating more. Pure Bites also have some non dry options like this:
PureBites Chicken Pate Cat Treats, 2.5 oz. | Petco

Unfortunately not every hamster likes millet. If you haven't tried flax seed already, that would be a good idea for extra healthy fats. You might have to mix either(or both to see if it works with millet just in case) with a safe baby food for example to disguise the taste and see if that helps.
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Old 01-23-2021, 03:57 PM   #5
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Thank you so much! I promise I researched. It seems almost everything I found was less than accurate and I feel so bad for my little guy. Mazuri and Sunburst were vet recommended. I didn't think about cat food, I'll go grab some PureBites today.
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