Whilst some hamsters enjoy cheese, not all do. Hamsters that do eat cheese should only be fed very small amounts as an occasional treat to avoid giving them too many calories. The best way to provide a healthy, balanced diet is to feed a prepared hamster food.
Obesity in rabbits, like cats and dogs and indeed people, is a growing concern. Like people, if rabbits eat too much and exercise too little, they will put on weight. Obesity can lead to other health complications so it is important to keep your rabbit at the right weight. To help owners keep their pets in good condition, we have produced a Pet Size-O-Meter. You can download the rabbit version from our website: Pet Size-O-Meter .
To help prevent obesity, it's important to provide a good diet for your rabbits. A rabbit's daily diet should mainly consist of large quantities of hay or dried or fresh grass and leafy vegetables. This will provide the necessary fibre for the rabbit and help keep the teeth in good condition. High quality specialist rabbit foods can make up the remainder of the diet. Always read the feeding guidelines to make sure you are giving the right amount. If sugar is added to a pet food, the levels are carefully controlled to ensure nutritional balance and palatability. Be conscious that some tasty morsels rabbits are typically known to enjoy can have high levels of sugar, for instance root vegetables such as carrots. These should be fed as occasional treats.
If you would like further advice, speak to your local vet, pet shop or pet food manufacturer.
Feeding the right diet to rabbits and guinea pigs is fundamental for maintaining health, particularly of the dental and gastro-intestinal systems. Rabbits and guinea pigs have teeth which grow continually and need the right diet to prevent painful dental conditions. Both pets need high levels of fibre in their diet for efficient gut movement and to encourage chewing to keep their continually growing teeth trim.
A daily diet for a rabbit and guinea pig should consist mainly of large quantities of hay. The remainder of the diet can be made up of a prepared pet food and these are widely available on the market. Life stage pet foods have been developed for rabbits and guinea pigs which take in to account the different nutritional needs of at the varying life stages. For instance, products appropriate for growing rabbits or light products for adult rabbits that are inactive or prone to weight gain. A good supply of fresh, clean water should always be available.
It is important to note that guinea pigs, like humans, but unlike rabbits, are unable to make their own Vitamin C within their bodies and so it must be provided as part of their diet. Feeding a rabbit diet without the right supplementation would not meet your guinea pigs needs. If you prefer to buy only one food, it should be the guinea pig diet which will have the right levels of Vitamin C added.
The feeding guidelines on a pet food packet and your local vet will provide guidance on how much you need to feed and at what intervals. It is always important to read the feeding guidelines as these can vary from product to product. Regular weight checks are also beneficial as being the ideal weight can help prevent certain health conditions in the future.