Hamsters are without a doubt one of the cutest animals and make a great pet. However, these furry little creatures require their owners to put in a little effort especially where their health and diet are concerned. This is especially important for hamsters because they not only have a short life span but are also prone to health issues. This is why, if you want to have your little furball by your side for as long as possible, you have to know what to feed it and what not to.
What do dwarf hamsters need?
A common mistake most pet owners make is to follow through with the assumption that just because something is healthy for us, it is probably healthy for our pets. That’s not always the case. Hamsters, just like any other pet, have dietary needs and while some of our human food is toxic for them, some aren’t. But that doesn’t mean the food is okay to give them. Food that is not of nutritional value should be avoided because of its unnecessary calories. Unnecessary calories can lead your pet to a whole lot of health problems and a common one being obesity.
mistakes new hamster owners make
This brings us to our second mistake. A lot of times we see our hamsters plumping up and think oh how cute! However, what we sometimes overlook is that we’re feeding them unnecessary amounts of food, even the safe ones. As a result, our hamsters can suffer from obesity which can also lead to heart problems as well as loose tummies which can cause dehydration if they persist for long durations.
To avoid these problems, we need to arm ourselves with the knowledge about what we should feed our hammies. And this article will discuss whether celery should be made part of our hammies diet.
Hamsters are omnivores which means that they need a well-balanced diet of both greens and meat. In the wild, they eat seeds, grass and insects, and worms. This means they need a serving of healthy greens. But are all the vegetables good for our hamsters?
Can Hamsters Eat Celery?
A common vegetable lying around in our fridge is celery. A healthy green for us humans makes it tempting to feed it to our hamsters. The good news is that it is perfectly safe to be given to our furry friends. Celery, in the right amount, is a great food to be given to your pet hamster. Celery is a low carb and low-calorie food which means it keeps your hamster safe from obesity and diabetes. Moreover, this vegetable is high in fiber which is a great aid to their digestive systems. The Vitamin A content present in celery is also pretty high which works magic on your hamster’s fur and similarly the high amounts of potassium, vitamin K, and folate protect the hamster’s cardiovascular and nervous systems. They also work in preventing high blood pressure in your hamster. Celery also is rich in antioxidants that are needed to protect your hamster’s immune system. And finally, celery is also great for your furball’s teeth. This crunchy snack will keep your pet’s teeth sharp and healthy.
However, there are certain precautions to take while offering your hamster celery-like for example, it is best to avoid blackheart celery since it has insects. Moreover, you will have to check the seed stem to ensure the celery isn’t bitter. You will also have to make sure that you don’t feed your hamster celery that is for more than seven days as it will spoil and if fed to your hamster will lead to health problems. If you plan to feed the stalk part of the vegetable to your hamster, make sure there are no strings on it.
Is it safe to give my hamster celery?
You might have a few questions regarding your hamster and celery. A common question is whether any part of the vegetable is unsafe to be given to our hamster. The good news is that the entire vegetable is safe. The stalk especially is great for your hamster’s dental health since it’s nice and crunchy. However, you must make sure you chop the celery stalk into small pieces to avoid the risk of choking. The leaf is also safe to be fed and is full of nutrients. However, chances are that your hamster might not like the taste since the high density of nutrients gives it an intense taste.
Can hamsters eat cooked celery?
Another question that comes up is if you can feed cooked celery to your hamster. While there is no harm in doing so, there isn’t any benefit either. When cooked, celery ends up losing its nutrients and it loses its crunch which in turn will lead to losing its appeal to your pet.
Does the fact that celery is generally safe for hamsters to depend on what breed your hamster is? No. All breeds of hamsters can be fed celery.
Now that it is established that celery is safe, you must also remember one important fact. The general safety of the vegetable doesn’t mean you go out of your way to constantly feed your hamster celery. Celery isn’t a substitute for hamster food and is meant to be given as a snack. If not fed in moderation because it is rich in fiber, it can cause digestive distress such as vomiting, apathy, and diarrhea.
How do you prepare celery for hamsters?
The final commonly asked question is how do I introduce celery as a part of my hamster’s diet. The way to go about it is to introduce celery to your hamster in very tiny pieces and bare minimum quantity. Then you monitor your hamster to make sure that their tummy is okay, that is they don’t end up vomiting or with diarrhea. If all goes well, you can introduce it more often. If your pet suffers the symptoms mentioned, don’t continue with celery and it would be prudent to take your hamster to a vet if the symptoms continue.
That is all that you need to know about celery and hamsters. Follow our instructions and you’ll have a satisfied hamster!