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Old 02-10-2022, 01:22 AM  
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Default Re: Losing fur on belly

Originally Posted by AmityvilleHams View Post
To me it seems like you've encountered some extremely unsound dietary advice with this vet. Vegetables, especially leafy greens, are incredibly healthy and would NOT be contributing to weight gain and especially not to the level of obesity.

Even seeds and nuts in moderation are extremely healthy foods that hamsters should definitely be getting. That's a part of their natural healthy diet, and they provide valuable nutrients like healthy fats as well as important vitamins and minerals.

The idea that fat inherently leads to more fat being stored or created in the body is honestly a very dated one in humans and pets. Any food being consumed in unhealthily high amounts obviously won't be good, no matter the food it is, because dietary balance is important for good nutrition.

The thing that would really be unhealthy for hamsters in the long run would be added sugars, especially refined ones. These are generally found in low quality foods, but also many treats that are basically just pure junk food. They are nowhere near the same thing as the sugar content of a bit of carrot or even fruit(which many dwarf owners choose to avoid anyways) - these are processed added sugar with no nutritional value, completely unlike healthy fresh whole foods. This sort of thing isn't good for humans either or pretty much any animal for that matter though!
I don't know. That's what she said and he was already 'big' when I got him, which is the reason I got him. Yesterday I gave him a salad.
I just felt sorry for him. But what's that YouTube video that said: "You don't have to worry about giving too much food to hamsters. They don't over eat. It might look that they're eating because they're stuffing their food to their cheeks."
Was this intended for different kind of breeds?
I am still waiting for my kitchen weight, so I could find out how much he weights, but again, he was big when I bought it and every vet I've been to has been telling me different things, which is weird. When I got him he also had bugs, but he doesn't have bugs anymore and I'm grateful to that vet. Someone here said my apartment might be infested with bugs, but I couldn't find any and now that they're gone after the vet visit I'm pretty sure I don't have bugs.

His new food arrived and I hope he'll eat it. He doesn't eat everything. I'm a bit scared, but I'll try my best to take care of him.

When he'll lose some weight I can go back and ask how old he is. I know Ria said that they couldn't tell his age regardless of his weight, but they said they cant tell me because he's obese.
I tend to believe Ria more. I don't think I can find a vet specifically specialised or rodents? I mean when I was at the vet I saw someone with a snake there…
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