These furry little pets have become people’s favorite for years now. The internet so overflowing with cute hamster videos and some people even go to great lengths to make their hamsters beautiful homes and even furniture so he can have a complete leisure in his cage.
Hamsters are not too demanding when it comes to care, but there is one thing you need to be careful about and that is his nutrition. Hamsters have a specific diet, and even though it is not of complicated, it is definitely specific.
They can’t eat a lot of foods, because their stomachs are sensitive and need to be fed with certain types of vegetables, seeds and fruits. Today, we are going to compare his diet with guinea pig’s diet and see whether you can give these two furry lovelies the same food.
These two furry animals might look the same, but their digestive systems are different and most commonly they require a different diet to survive. But, if you are looking to expand your knowledge and help your little furry friend get the best diet possible, this article might be helpful and informational if that is your ultimate goal.
Hamster diet vs. guinea pig diet
Hamsters and guinea pigs have one thing in common when it comes to food, and that is they both love eating vegetables. Guiney pigs are exclusively herbivorous so they can’t eat any other foods.
This means you can give them only green vegetables, leafy vegetables and every other sort of food such as fruit or commercial food is out of the question. They can’t handle any other sort of food and their digestive systems are more sensitive than hamster’s. A mixture of grain foods is the basic part of the diet of each hamster. I advise you to get premium foods that have the best balanced ratio of grains with added vitamins and minerals. Cheaper foods are often not quality and in most cases contain cereals that the hamster does not like and which will be left daily in the food bowl.
The daily dose of grain food is about two teaspoons. Most often it happens that the hamster saves most of the food in his cheeks and takes it to the cottage. It’s a normal occurrence and you do not care (a Siberian hamster can save up to 20 grams of food in the bag).
From fresh green food the hamster likes to eat almost everything (clover, lucerne, dandelion, trumpet, daisy, nettle, chamomile, apple, various fruits and vegetables). When giving green food, watch out for the amount because if the hamster suddenly eats a large portion of such food, digestive problems may occur. Occasionally (very rarely) hamsters in very small quantities offer fresh proteins such as fresh cheese, beef meat, or canned dog food.
The most important thing about eating birds is SENO! You have to give hay to the sea pig every day to waste your teeth. Do not eat eating hay as a rule, after some time, your piglet’s teeth grow old, which is a serious problem, especially where we find it difficult to find the right veterinarian!
High quality hay is greenish colors and nice fragrances. Avoid the “burnt” hay yellow-brown color. If you cannot find quality hay, you can make it yourself. Collect the grass from some cleaned meadows, then dried in a thin layer, in the sun for 3 days with a “rollover” twice a day. You can do this even on the terrace if you live in the city.
Important note about the hay: keep it in a dry place and do not allow it to get wet and in the future because it can be devastating to their health! The shadow of the hay smells foul, so listen to your intuition! If you would not eat that hay, do not give it to the sea pig.
Another important thing is vitamin C. Sea bugs do not produce vitamin C itself, so they have to be injected regularly. Daily needs are about 30-50 mg of vitamin C. The higher requirements for vitamin C have pregnant females, young pigs, and sick pigs.
In addition to hay, it would be ideal if you can grab your pig and clean the grass! When reading the grass, keep in mind that you are reading from the meadow far from the road, where the grass is not contaminated and where there are no dogs and cats that are writing it. If your pig has never eaten fresh grass before, be careful when giving it the first time, especially if it’s about the first, spring grass! This first grass is quite strong and can cause stomach problems in birds that are not accustomed to it.
Otherwise the grass is very healthy for them and presents the food they would like to live in the wild.
Can you give guinea pig food to your hamster?
The answer to this question is, yes but with few alterations. Hamsters are omnivores unlike guinea pigs that can only eat vegetables and can’t really eat commercial food like hamsters. You can definitely give your hamster vegetables that your guinea pig eats, but be careful not to give him too much of vegetables like root vegetables and other starch-rich vegetables.
Hamsters can eat fruit, but it is best to give him that food in moderation. Too much sugar is not good for you hamster, and hamster and guinea pig digestive systems are not the same.
If we could give one final answer, It would be for the best to give your hamster food that is meant for him, so everything rich in seeds and vegetables without a lot of starch and sugar. Hamsters have sensitive digestive systems and playing around with his diet is not a great idea. Therefore opt for the food that is strictly based for hamsers and not for guinea pigs.
Also, guinea pigs can have hamster food in some degree, but avoid giving him food that he mustn’t eat. These foods are commercial foods, some sorts of fruits and vegetables and too much seeds. Guinea pig’s diet is mostly based on hay, and hamsters aren’t that big fans of hay. Your furry friend is probably going to be disappointed if he does’ get enough of snacks that he is used to, which guinea pigs can’t eat.
In conclusion, your hamster can certainly eat some foods that guinea pigs eat like hay, leafy vegetables, cucumbers and other foods, but it is not a diet that is recommended for hamsters. They love eating fruits as well, and sometimes even leftovers from your food, which can’t be eaten by guinea pigs.
They prefer eating hay and this is not the type of food that hamsters are going to be happy about. Hamsters need their seeds, fruits and vegetables, and leaving him without his snacks is not going to be good for him.
Besides that, hamsters have a sensitive digestive system as well as the guinea pigs, and denying him some of his recommended foods can cause serious problems.
Therefore, it is best to avoid giving your hamster the same food you are giving to your guinea pig, because he might become ill or get some serious health issue.