The cheek pouches are used for transporting nesting material and food to his storage area. The container is not her cage.
These expandable pouches allow them to forage for an extended period of time and bring a surplus of food back to their burrows without making multiple trips.
How to get food out of hamster s cheeks. A corner by their bed. Hamsters also store nesting material in their cheeks like dried leaves twigs and grass. A hamster may occasionally get food stuck impacted in their pouch.
Cheek pouch impactions are another rare problem but it is seen on occasion nonetheless. Most members of the hamster family have expandable cheek pouches that extend from the jaw to shoulders. Or paper towels and bits of toilet paper or cardboard if he s a pet.
They will also however deposit their food if they are disturbed during this carrying time as it probably isn t very comfortable being knocked about and moved with lumps of solid food stored. If your hamster eats something sharp that food could scratch the linings of the cheek pouches. Kaytee fiesta hamster and gerbil food 4 5 lb bag supreme tiny friends farm hazel hamster tasty mix 2lbs.
Soft foods like cereal and rice would be good to feed your hamster as his abscess heals. If your hamster eats pellets you could soften them by adding a little bit of water to them not so much that the pellets become soggy. They usually use these pouches to carry their food to a more cosy place e g.
If an impaction isn t cleaned out it will get infected or abscessed when the food or food particles start rotting in. The cheeks are one of the most unique parts of hamster anatomy. These types of food can get stuck in your hamster s cheeks and cause injury and infection.
Other soft foods include. Place your finger at the lower rear of the food bump near the foreleg and push with gentle strokes up and towards the mouth push slightly harder only as necessary remember that your hamster.
Although very rare food and other material such as bedding may become stuck within the pouch and the hamster cannot de pouch. Hamsters store their food in pouches in their cheeks. Sometimes large pieces of food and bedding are shoved into your little hamster s cheek pouch and your hamster can t get them out.
My hamster hoards food and then takes it out. The cheeks are emptied when the hamsters reach their nest in the wild hamsters travel far and wide to get their food.