>I apologize if this has been asked recently, but I have a panda bear
>hamster that I've had for well over a year now, and I feed him the usual
>things. As treats, I give him Wise brand cheese doodles. Is feeding him
>that considered a no-no? And if so, why? He seems to enjoy them quite a
>bit, and I haven't seen any problems from him consuming them (which he does
>like there's no tomorrow).
I don't know the brand as I don't eat cheese, but I would be concerned that
there is too much fat, salt and contain colourants etc. A little piece now
and then within a balanced diet shouldn't be a problem though. Check the
packaging for details and then compare the fat etc with the details on a
good all in one hamster mix.
Like kids it's best to feed mostly a good quality diet. So for hamsters it
should be mainly a hamster mix, with small morsels of fruit and veg (not
onion family or citrus fruit, also no apple pips but well washed apple is
OK). I used to give mine veg/fruit as part of their balanced diet removing
any uneaten stuff as it will go off. I would steer away from shop bought
treats as in general they have too much sugar in them which is bad for teeth
and general health.
You can treat with small bits of tofu, unsalted chicken, an occasional extra
sunflower seed, a rinsed cooked bakedbean (from a tin), tiny piece of cooked
pasta, fruit, veg of course, a little bread crust, and an occasional
sultana, raisin etc. No chocolate or sweets. You'll soon find out what his
likes and dislikes are as they have very individual taste.
You must have been doing most of the right things already as sadly not all
hamsters make it even to a year. If he hasnt eaten fruit and veg until now,
start very small and if his poops are loose, cut back the quantity.