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Signs a Hamster is Hungry | Is my hamster's daily food ration is sufficient ?
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Signs a Hamster is Hungry | Is my hamster's daily food ration is sufficient ?
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The signs that your hamster is hungry are no different from those of other animals, here is the list of behaviors and indicators that your hamster is hungry and the daily rations of food you give him are insufficient:

1- A hungry hamster will eat on the spot
When you give food to your hamster and it will immediately start eating on the spot instead of filling its cheeks first, know that this is a sign that the hamster is too hungry.

This is not a sure sign of hunger, but a hamster that is not hungry tends to put what you offer him in his cheeks and ask for more treats or seeds.


Showing such eagerness to eat is a sign that the hamster has no food supply and is indeed very hungry!

2- A hungry hamster will not stockpile food
Generally, hamsters stock up on food, in a room or several in their burrow if they live in the wild and in their nest when they are in their cage.

If you clean your hamster’s cage and you don’t find a stock of food in his nest, you should know that your hamster is not eating enough and that his food ration should be increased.


 
3-You’ll know your hamster is hungry if it loses weight

 
If your hamster is hungry all the time for one reason or another, it will start to lose weight, in this case you need to increase its food ration or because its food is not varied ( lack of protein or minerals…)
 
The lack of weight can also cause a disease such as intestinal obstruction, or just stress because even if you give food to your hamster he will not come out of his nest to eat because of the stress and the feeling of insecurity in his cage!

4-A hamster that is hungry will be seen more often in the daytime
In fact, the hamster wakes up during the day several times but when he has a stock of food in his nest, he will not go out in his cage and you will not see him very often during the day.

If your hamster goes out during the day, goes back and forth in his cage and rummages in his litter box, you should know that he is hungry and does not have a food supply.

5-Your hamster will be less active

When a hamster is hungry, it will have less energy to expend. You’ll notice that he doesn’t climb on his wheel very often, and he won’t inspect every corner of his cage.

The only activity that keeps him busy is digging in his litter box and looking for something to quench his hunger.

6-Your hamster will run to your hand every time you put it in the cage

 
Your hamster will show more interest in your hand as soon as you get close to his cage and he will quickly come and inspect your hand when you bring it close to his cage to see if there is anything to eat in it!

If your hamster starts sniffing your fingers, biting you if he feels food, then disappearing faster than he appeared to go digging elsewhere, know that he is hungry and he is disappointed that you did not bring him something to eat!

7-A hamster that lacks food will often try to escape from its cage
In extreme cases, hamsters that don’t get enough food may make more attempts to escape from their cages. They will actually go looking for food elsewhere in the house.

Be aware that hamsters also escape from their cages because the cages are often too small (less than 1000 square inches) for these types of animals.

8-You’ll notice him scavenging his litter box more often

One of the signs that a hamster is hungry and doesn’t have enough to eat is when he spends most of his time rummaging in his cage and turning over his litter box and completely abandoning other activities like sand baths, the wheel, toys except for chew toys…

9-It may show more aggression than usual
If your hamster is hungry and this is repeated over a long period of time, be aware that your hamster will blame you for its lack of food and may become aggressive towards you.

A hungry hamster can easily start biting your fingers, especially if it smells food.

A hungry hamster may growl, stand on its hind legs and show its teeth.

10- A hungry hamster will walk all over its cage
You’ll know your hamster is hungry if he spends more time chewing on the cage, decorations, toys and chew toys. All the decorations will have traces of his incisors, even the plastic objects.

Also expect him to develop bar biting behavior.

11- Hamsters will fight each other
If you have two or more hamsters in the same cage and they lack food because their ration is insufficient or one of them stores all the food and leaves the other without eating, know that your hamsters will often fight for a seed, a piece of vegetable … etc



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