No, not really. Also, bear in mind that we are starting with two tiny founding groups (the oldest of which has been inbred for 73 years), and the individuals of each were all likely related in the first place.
Not at all.
So am I....based on studies and keeping/breeding them since 1974.
My signature is no CV, trust me. And no, it does not mean that you have to agree with anything...your opinions are just that.
Please quote me where I stated that.
They are no more healthy or natural for the horses than yoghurt is for hamsters....and if you can prove conclusively that a product containing refined sugar and fermented milk from another species is not even slightly detrimental to a Syrian hamster, I will gladly accept it.
The problem here is that I am a zoologist/biologist/naturalist, and you are a pet-keeper/breeder...there is a vast difference in our perspectives.
You are right that there are different perspectives, and at the end of the day we are just looking in the best interest of the animals. Neither of us are outwardly wrong or right - it boils down to personal preference (Regarding the food, that is) But Dog Food and Cat food fed to Hamsters specifically does cause Liver Damage.
On another note yes you may be a zoologist/biologist/naturalist, but I not just a "measley pet keeper/breeder".
I am also a Wildlife/Veterinary Technician (Also in school), a Wildlife Rehabilitator, and a professionally educated Breeder, not just some Pet keeper who found a fun Hobby. I did a lot of research on my side and a lot of learning before I even considered the thought of breeding.
I spoke to a lot of people, went to a lot of conventions, shows and Animal Hospitals and spoke to many different kinds of handlers and Breeders.
Just the same as you, I am using experience and what I have learned to back myself up.
You have more years under your belt but that doesn't mean I am any smarter or dumber then you.
We can agree to disagree on whatever we want, but I want to try and respect each other and if somebody doesn't know something as much as the other it would be best to kindly teach instead of bluntly correcting as it looks condescending and can be taken as such.
Yogurt treats may not have anything the Hamster actually needs or are "natural" but its a nice TREAT in moderation (Which was my original point.)