We recommend feeding your hamster pelleted complete foods and avoid the seed/nuts/pellet mixtures you can get from pet shops. This is because too many seeds containing high fat levels is bad for your hamster’s health.
Use fresh food to supplement their diet everyday but only use a very small amount: 3-5 different types of fruit and vegetables is the perfect mix and remove any uneaten fresh food at the end of everyday. Choose from spinach, lettuce, broccoli, pumpkin, tomato, carrot, corn, strawberry, blueberry, grapes, apples and choi sum.
They should have access to a sipper bottle that is changed daily with fresh water.
Your guinea pig’s teeth constantly grow and a diet high in fibre will help to file them down and keep your pet comfortable. They need a high fibre, no fat, restricted protein and carbohydrate diet. This can be achieved by providing them with first cut, high quality loose hay for them to forage at continuously and a small amount of guinea pig pellets.
Use fresh vegetables daily to provide an extremely important source of vitamins: 1 – 2 bowls of at least 3 different types of fresh food a day, choose from the following: Choi Sum, pak choi, yau mak choi, romaine lettuce, bell peppers, broccoli leaves, chinese lettuce, carrots, spinach and parsley. Fruit can be used as a bi-weekly treat, but only a very small amount. Half a teaspoon is the perfect portion size.
Similarly to humans, guinea pigs cannot make their own vitamin C so we must supplement this into their diet. Chat to our vets about the best products to use with your pet guinea pig.
Ferrets are carnivores and must have a diet that consists almost entirely of meat and animal products. Any diets that are high in vegetable proteins, fibre or carbohydrates must be avoided as this can cause poor pancreatic health and may cause intestinal blockages.
We always recommend you chat to a vet about your ferret’s diet to ensure you are providing them with the correct nutrition as it can be quite tricky to get right. Contact us now to discuss your pet ferret’s nutritional needs.
In the wild, rats live on whatever they can find. However, we recommend domesticated rats are fed a seed & cereal mix twice a day (a large teaspoon morning and evening should be fine), supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to mix up what they eat and offer 5 different types where possible.
Any changes in your rat’s diet must be done gradually as the gut bacteria can become unbalanced. Make sure you are not over-feeding and under-exercising your rat as obesity can be a real concern for these pets.
A chinchilla’s natural diet is bark, grasses and leaves. Similarly to guinea pigs, their teeth constantly grow and a diet high in fibre will help to file them down and keep your pet comfortable. They need a high fibre, no fat, restricted protein and carbohydrate diet. This can be achieved by providing them with first cut, high quality loose hay for them to forage at continuously and a very small amount of chinchilla pellets.
Fruit is a good treat for chinchillas and should be given in tiny amounts up to twice a week. Although fresh vegetables are a good source of vitamins and water, many do not like them and they can upset their stomachs. Introduce any new foods extremely slowly as any bacterial imbalance in your chinchilla’s gut can be fatal.