Hamster Food

Posted on: Mon, 10/08/2001 - 12:08pm
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I was wondering if anyone had any experience with Hamster Food and Peanut allergy. My oldest son (not PA) has a Hamster.Yet my youngest is PA. I was purchasing food for Hamster and a good number of them had Peanuts in them. Some didn't. Any suggestions or experience someone could share with me. Thanks

Posted on: Mon, 10/08/2001 - 10:56pm
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There are a couple of options, the first and probably the most beneficial for your hamster is to investigate fresh raw foods. many animals that they believed had to eat manufacturers premade food can eat raw foods as long as you know what is balanced for them. I have dogs, cats, a parrot and a rabbit who all eat fresh raw foods. They eat very little if no pelletted food or kibbles. I would guess that a hamster could do the same and this way you would be in control of what he gets. fresh veggies sunflower seeds and other such hamster kind of things. Another option is to check out a bird store as often these stores have bins of food that you can mix yourself, and my experience has been that birds and rodents eat similar foods so that might be an option as well.
good luck
p

Posted on: Mon, 10/08/2001 - 11:25pm
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There are safe hampster foods out there. (We have gerbils) but you do have to be careful. I know I called a few companies when we first got ours to find out.
I am in Canada, so it may be different, but we are able to use the Hagen Hampster and Gerbil Staple VME diet. The bag says "made in Canada" but also lists a US address out of Mansfield, MA
If you decide to go the fresh route, as Prajna suggested, please make sure you get a vitamin supplement for your hampster, as without certain vitamins (sorry, don't remember which ones) they can easily go lame. The staple diet has added all the vitamins they need, and we supplement with fresh foods.

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2007 - 8:57pm
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Mazuri is safe. There is an old thread here about it. It's what we use.
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Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 4:04am
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our gerbil just found a new home (yeah!) and the hamster we had died earlier this year. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
the food we bought for them to eat came from wal mart and did not have peanuts in it. it was also very affordable.

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 9:58am
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I buy Geisler at PetSmart - it's label reads safe but I've never called and asked about it. I just make sure that PA son makes sure & washes his hands after feeding her - her being Jo our 1 year old hamster.
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Posted on: Sun, 09/09/2007 - 1:50pm
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We use Small World, I originally called them in December 2005, and was told that there were no peanuts or treenuts in the product, but there was a "risk" of cross contamination. We have been using Small World Select Blend for almost two years, with no problems. Their phone number listed on the bag is 1-800-690-9908, and their website is listed as [url="http://www.mannapro.com."]www.mannapro.com.[/url]

Posted on: Thu, 09/13/2007 - 11:57pm
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Thank you for your responses.
Someone gave me some safe hamster food. The brand is Hagen.
I'm glad I have a list of brands now for when they run out of food in the classroom.

Posted on: Sat, 09/15/2007 - 2:48pm
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When I had a hamster back when Jason was in preschool, we used Nutriphase.
I've used the Mazuri Mouse/Rat formula for my rats and mice in the past, and it's a very good product.
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Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
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