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Old 04-07-2016, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default Syrian Hamster?

Flurry just turned a yr. old and weighs 116 grams, what can I feed him to fatten him up just a lil without spending a lot of money
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Old 04-07-2016, 03:57 PM   #2
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First off,is your hamster actually underweight?If your hamster is proportionate to their size,there is absolutely no reason to try and make your hamster gain weight.In addition to that though,I've heard mealworms are really good for weight gain and others will probably say the same and add in little extra tips and things
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Old 04-07-2016, 04:02 PM   #3
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How can i tell if he is underweight
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Old 04-07-2016, 04:05 PM   #4
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If your hamster is underweight,the bones will be very prominent.Look for relative proportion.If he's not a very large hamster overall,definitely take that into consideration.Some hamsters are lighter than others,and as long as he is healthy and proportionate and not underweight then there is no reason to worry.

If he eats regularly,you cannot see the bones,the bones are not obvious,etc it is a good sign that you have a relatively healthy weight for your hamster.
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Old 04-08-2016, 01:25 AM   #5
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Do you have a photo of Flurry. Syrian hamsters can be large or small and she could be right weight for her size, although it does sound a bit low. I'm guessing you feel she does need fattening up a bit They need a lot of protein in the first year, and tend to be quite lean as protein gets used up and isn't stored like fat, but as Amityville says -if her spine is protruding she could be too thin.

I sometimes supplement with the odd piece of cheese (just a small piece about 1cm cube size) a couple of times a week, which is protein and also fairly high calorie. Sugary treats would help increase weight, but sugar isn't really good for their teeth - they can get dental decay just like humans! Occasionally I will give Charlie one of the Vitakraft honey and seed chew sticks - he goes straight for anything sweet like that - but normally give him sugar free ones. And occasionally he gets the odd hammy chocolate drop (not human chocolate as that can be poisonous to hamsters - hammy chocolate drops are not real chocolate).

What diet does he have? Generally, as long as you put a tablespoon of a good hamster mix out every day or two, they should eat what they need. Supplementing with a bit of fresh veg and healthy treats or the odd piece of plain cooked chicken can be good, but they should get what they need from the hamster mix if that is all he has.

Being underweight could be a sign that there is some illness, so if he really is underweight then a vet check could be a good idea. I'm guessing you just weighed him and thought it sounded a bit low - or does he look underweight?
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Do you have a photo of Flurry. Syrian hamsters can be large or small and she could be right weight for her size, although it does sound a bit low. I'm guessing you feel she does need fattening up a bit They need a lot of protein in the first year, and tend to be quite lean as protein gets used up and isn't stored like fat, but as Amityville says -if her spine is protruding she could be too thin.

I sometimes supplement with the odd piece of cheese (just a small piece about 1cm cube size) a couple of times a week, which is protein and also fairly high calorie. Sugary treats would help increase weight, but sugar isn't really good for their teeth - they can get dental decay just like humans! Occasionally I will give Charlie one of the Vitakraft honey and seed chew sticks - he goes straight for anything sweet like that - but normally give him sugar free ones. And occasionally he gets the odd hammy chocolate drop (not human chocolate as that can be poisonous to hamsters - hammy chocolate drops are not real chocolate).

What diet does he have? Generally, as long as you put a tablespoon of a good hamster mix out every day or two, they should eat what they need. Supplementing with a bit of fresh veg and healthy treats or the odd piece of plain cooked chicken can be good, but they should get what they need from the hamster mix if that is all he has.

Being underweight could be a sign that there is some illness, so if he really is underweight then a vet check could be a good idea. I'm guessing you just weighed him and thought it sounded a bit low - or does he look underweight?
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Old 04-10-2016, 03:08 AM   #7
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Thank you. It's a bit difficult to tell from that photo, but she has lovely big ears, and they are up so she looks quite perky. She does look quite small, but it's hard to tell. And is she a long haired Syrian?
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Thank you. It's a bit difficult to tell from that photo, but she has lovely big ears, and they are up so she looks quite perky. She does look quite small, but it's hard to tell. And is she a long haired Syrian?
thank you and yes he is a long haired syrian
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