Vitamins and Minerals

A nutritionally balanced diet provides hamsters with essential vitamins and minerals. Here are some to ensure they receive:

  • Vitamin C – Vital for immune health and collagen production. Main sources are citrus fruits, peppers, broccoli and fortified hamster food.
  • Vitamin A – Needed for vision, growth and coat health. Provide vitamin A through carrots, sweet potato, broccoli and dandelion greens.
  • Vitamin D – Critical for bone development and calcium absorption. Hamsters produce vitamin D when exposed to low levels of natural sunlight.
  • Calcium – Necessary for strong bones and teeth. Main dietary sources are kale, alfalfa hay, yogurt drops and timothy hay.
  • Protein – Provides amino acids to maintain muscle. Offer animal and plant proteins like eggs, chicken, peas, nuts and seeds.
  • Fiber – Aids healthy digestion and dental wear. Timothy hay and high fiber produce like lettuce supply ample fiber.
  • Fatty Acids – Provide omega-3s and omega-6s which support skin and coat health. Sources include walnuts, flax and chia seeds.

Following feeding guidelines ensures your hamster gets a balance of key vitamins and minerals. Consult an exotic vet with any nutrition questions.

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