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Old 07-31-2021, 02:12 PM   #1
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Hi there everyone! I very recently got my first hamster (a sunfire djungarian). Her name is Latte! I wanted to make sure my planned diet would be okay for her.

- Versele-Laga Complete Hamster & Gerbil
- Oxbow Western Timothy Hay
- Kaytee Food from the Wild Foraging Blend/Natural Snack
- Healthy Select Millet Snips

My thoughts are to provide the Veresele-Laga in her bowl, along with some hay. Then to scatter some of the foraging blend and a millet snip around her pen / with her toys. That way the "boring" pellets are readily available, and she can be engaged foraging for the more exciting stuff.

I also keep mealworms, and it is my understanding hamsters can eat them. How many/often should I offer them to her? My initial thought is one a week, in her bowl. They are regular sized (not superworms).

And an extra:
- Sunseed Sun Salad Foraging Treat (Guinea Pig); I thought I read "and for hamsters" on the bag, but apparently my mind is playing tricks on me! I was wondering if this would be suitable as long as I removed the bay leaves?

Thank you so much in advance!
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Old 08-01-2021, 06:44 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome to HC!

Congratulations to your new hamster.
I believe that a djungarian is a russian dwarf hybrid but i'm not familiar with the sunfire. Is that a coat colour?

As for the diet, i'm sure someone familiar with those listed will be in touch.

Unlike guinea pigs and rabbits, hay isn't part of a hamster's diet but can be added with the substrate to hold tunnels or as an enrichment. I'd freeze the hay for a few days to make sure that there aren't any live bugs in it.

Hybrids are prone to diabetes so its important to avoid sugary treats and fruit but fresh veg, cucumber, romaine lettice etc are fine in small quantities and introduced gradually.

I give my dwarfs one or two small, dried mealworms every other day depending on what other foods they are getting aside from their regular mix.

Hoping to hear and see more of Latte soon.
There is a section on Nutrition on the Forum where you should be able to find relevant thread until someone replies who is able to answer your questions.
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Old 08-01-2021, 09:37 AM   #3
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Sunfire is the coat color! I included it in case it could be relevant health-wise.

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Old 08-01-2021, 10:41 AM   #4
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She's beautiful!

Is your dwarf a fawn/ginger colour with red eyes?
I'm asking because i have a similar dwarf.
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Old 08-01-2021, 10:42 AM   #5
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She is! It's hard to see in that photo but she does have red eyes.
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