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can hamsters eat yellow squash

Can Hamsters Eat Yellow Squash?

Yellow squash is actually called summer squash and are those that have been harvested whilst they are immature when their rind is still edible.

Most yellow squashes have a bushy growth habit and their name refers to the short storage life, unlike winter squashes.

So can hamsters eat yellow squash?

Yes, they can eat yellow squash.

However, don’t feed them too much as it may make them sick otherwise.

How much yellow squash should I feed to them?

Just cut it up into small pieces that they can handle well in their paws. Two or three at a time will suffice for them.

They are more of a treat than a regular food, so feed once a week at the most is more than sufficient for them.

Make sure the rind and the seeds are stripped away and only feed the flesh to them.

Some hamsters will enjoy it, some won’t so don’t worry if they won’t eat it.

There are much better vegetables for them to eat than yellow squash.

If they do happen to leave it, just take it out before it starts to rot and dispose of it.

 

For more foods that hamsters can and can’t eat, check out our hamster food list.

Why Does My Hamster Make A Clicking Noise?

There are many actions that a hamster makes that it can be mystifying.

One of these is the fact that hamsters seem to make a clicking noise at times.

So why does my hamster make a clicking noise?

Well the good thing, is that there is actually a reason for this strange action.

Hamsters may make clicking noises by rubbing their front teeth together in an activity known as Bruxing.

This is where the two incisors of the hamster in the upper and lower jaw wear down because of continuous wear and tear caused by this action.

Through this action, a clicking noise is made and given out.

They only seem to make a clicking noise when the hamster is calm and relaxed.

This is a good sign that all is well with your hammy and a good sign of communication.

 

 

Can Hamsters Eat Wild Bird Seed?

Wild bird seed is that which is packaged for birds and their dietary requirements.

So can hamsters eat wild bird seed?

They can eat them as a treat but not as a substitute for their dietary hamster mix.

Many hamster owners will feed seeds such as  budgie seed, cockatiel mix, millet and canary seed to their hammies as they have birds as well as a hamster. They should be fine for them, but it should be said that they provide no nutritional  value for them

If in doubt don’t feed them wild bird seed as there are better foods for them to eat.

Why Does My Hamster Sleep All Day?

Hamsters are creatures that have very different habits to us humans.

They do not sleep in long patches during the night time. As humans we are diurnal creatures who enjoy the day light.

However, hamsters don’t do this.

Instead, they sleep during the day time.

So why does my hamster sleep all day?

If you are finding that your hamster sleeps all day then don’t worry, this is nothing to be concerned about.

In fact, there are two reasons why a hamster sleeps all day

1.They are nocturnal animals

The truth is, that hamsters are by nature nocturnal creatures.

They will be at their most active during the night when they will enjoy running about, eating and chewing things.

They don’t mind going about their business in the dark and have an adaptive eye sight which means they can see things in pitch black.

It is within their character to sleep during the day.

However, they are very light sleepers.

As prey animals they wake up at a moment’s notice ready to get out of danger’s way.

They are used to doing this and it is something in built within who they are.

They will also sleep during the day during winter time.

2. It is winter and they have gone into a hibernation state

When it gets cold and when they start to feel unconformable they will go into a hibernation state where they will reside in their nest for long periods of the day and even the night.

Once the temperature starts to get warmer, then your hamster will start to become more active and get back to its normal state.

It much prefers temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and will feel much more comfortable in those kinds of surroundings.

why does my hamster vibrate

Why Does My Hamster Vibrate?

Sometimes when I pick up my Syrian Hamster I find that it is vibrating. Its like they have batteries in them and someone switched them on!

It’s quite a strange feeling if you are holding them, not to mention if you are seeing them vibrate in their cage.

So why does my hamster vibrate?

There could be a number of reasons why they are vibrating and so here is a list of possible reasons for you to consider. In the end, you will know your hamster the best and be able to decipher which reason it is;

  1. They are are simply purring. They feel comfortable in your hands and are just relaxed in this situation.  This means that all is well with your hamster and you’re doing a good job at making them feel at peace.
  2. They may be a little energetic and their breathing reflects this.
  3. They maybe shaking and may need putting back in their cage if you are holding them. Check out their demeanor to see whether this is the case, you will know more than anyone. If they are in their cage, find out what is making them shake and scared.
  4. They may be cold. Be aware of the temperature in the room. If it is too cold they will shiver and it won’t be good for them.

 

 

ways to keep a hamster warm

10 Ways To Help A Hamster Stay Warm

During the winter time it can get pretty cold for a hamster.

Often when they get cold they can resort to a type of hibernation where they retreat to their nests and don’t come out unless its for food.

This is a type of self preservation which is in built within their character which helped them to survive in the wild.

They are very sensitive to the cold and will try and protect themselves if they start getting uncomfortable.

But there are some things you can do to prevent them from resorting to hibernation and improve their quality of life during the winter time.

1. Avoid windowed areas

Having a hamster cage by a window is not such a good idea when it gets colder. Windowed areas are naturally colder and so your hamster will feel it as the temperature drops. Even if you have double glazed windows the cold will still affect your hamster although not as much as single glazed will.

2.Move the cage to a warmer and less drafty place

Consider moving the hamster cage to another part of your home or apartment away from windows. They will benefit from being in a warmer area of your home and won’t hide away so much trying to keep warm.

3. Get thicker curtains

As way to solve this is to get thicker curtains in the house to keep the area more insulated. Thicker curtains serve to keep the heat in better than most regular curtains plus there are all types you can purchase that will do the job well.

4. Put rolled up towels on the window sills

If your windows are a problem and it is not an option to move the cage then an option is to put rolled up towels on the window sills. This may help to keep a lot of the cold air from coming in and insulate the window a but more.

5. Get a hidey home or igloo for your hamster

As a matter of course, there should be a hidey home or igloo inside the cage where your hamster can retreat to. This is somewhere where they can also keep out of the cold and a place that is warm and snug for them.

Fill the hidey home or igloo with tissue. This can be kitchen roll or toilet paper. It can also be other tissue that is purchased from a pet store as well. Stuff the Hut full of it.

You can also leave it outside the hut for them to do what they like with it. They naturally move it around and take it where they like. They are very proactive and innovative creatures.

6. Use different bedding for your hamster

Other material they can use for bedding includes hemp wood chips. The great thing about hemp is that it is popular with hamsters, has little to no dust and looks good on the eye as well. It also tends to produce a more natural environment for them as well.

7. Use plenty of substrate

Talking of bedding, make sure you have plenty of substrate laid down for them to burrow and make nests in. This is one of their most favorite things to do and burrowing is a natural way for them to protect themselves from the cold.

A thick layer of four to five inches will be really beneficial for them, if a bit expensive and messy for you.

8. Get a space heater

Consider putting a space heater in the room where they are to keep it warm and comfortable for them. However, don’t let it get too hot otherwise they will suffer in silence.

9. Purchase a heat pad.

These can be brought from Amazon or any good pet store and are animal proof. You can purchase heat pads that can be warmed in a microwave and then be put on top of a cage or underneath it. Only use them sparingly though.

10. Use a hot water and put it on top of the cage

Take a hot water bottle, fill it up with hot water and put it on top of their cage. Make sure it is leak proof and cannot be touched by the hamster so they can chew through it. You can also put a cover on it to help them.

 

Why Does My Hamster Hiss?

If you have had your hamster for any length of time you may have encountered them making a hissing noise at some point.

This is a bit of a strange thing for a hamster to do.

So why does my hamster hiss?

When a hamster hisses, this may mean different things.

It all depends on what their body language is like.

Giving attention to your hamster’s body language can aid you in preventing any hissing that that they may make in the future.

When a hamster is hissing they are usually either;

  • feeling threatened
  • feeling nervous
  • or, feeling scared.

There are some things you can do to stop this and help your hamster to feel less scared, threatened or nervous.

  1. Make sure you talk gently to your hamster at intervals throughout the day, not to mention when you feed it. Loud noises will really scare them.
  2. Be gentle and move slowly. Any fast reactions will scare and intimidate them.
  3. Feed your hamster food from your hand. This will help to gain trust with them.

So if you find that your hamster is hissing, then it’s a sign that they are not feeling comfortable.
It’s also a signal to us to help them better in our relationship with them.

Take the time to give attention to them, speak gently to them and feed them food from your hand.

Growing their trust in you is the way to stop any hissing from happening.

my hamster chews the bars

Why Does My Hamster Chew The Bars?

The thing you might notice about owning a hamster is that they are very keen on chewing things.

They will chew things all day and all night long.

This is because they need to keep grinding their teeth down otherwise they will cause they agony.

They will look to chew their cage and often chew their way out by chewing the base or the bars.

You may see them doing this or may not.

Often they do this at night and if their cage is situated near to your sleeping quarters, you may hear them gnawing away.

So why does my hamster chew the bars of their cage?

If you find that your hamster is gnawing the cage bars then it is often that they need food or attention.

Hamsters need attention from their owners each and every day.

This means taking them out of their cage and putting them in an exercise ball or by snuggling them to you.

Due to the fact that hamsters can’t stop chewing their cage bars then make sure that the cage bars aren’t toxic at all.

Make sure that the cage doesn’t have a plastic or wood as these materials can be chewed through easily.

A glass cage such as an aquarium is much better for them that has a secure wire top on it so that they can’t escape.

It means that they can’t chew through it and wont be able to climb up to the wire top to chew that.

Otherwise, give them plenty of alternatives to chew on.

Lots of toilet roll tubes, chew toys and also lots of food for them to eat.

They may just be hungry or bored so do look and experiment with different things to keep your hamster entertained.

They will appreciate it and this may end the biting of the cage bars.