We all love hamsters! Isn’t it? Their cute black eyes combined with calm nature makes them super popular to be kept as household pets. After all, these rodents can instantly melt anyone’s heart at first sight! The best part is that these adorable animals only require marginal care, and with an appropriate diet, they can certainly live for years!
In this regard, what your Hamster eats has a significant impact on its well-being; therefore, every hamster owner is concerned about its diet. Fortunately, now, most of the utility stores in the city are well-equipped with hamster foods. Although this full feed includes all the essential nutrients required for Hamster’s optimal health, yet your little friend may, at times, need a break from it.
Therefore to provide little Hamsters with a treat every once in a while, many hamster owners question what sort of fruits they can serve to their little rodents—wondering the same? Luckily you are at the perfect spot, as here we have discussed this concern in detail.
So let’s get started!
Can Hamsters Eat Fruits?
To cut it short, Yes! Most fruits are safe to be served to your Hamster; however, not every fruit can be. The acidic citrus fruits can especially be a nuisance for Hamsters, as they are too acidic for the sensitive hamster gut. Plus, many fruits are loaded with huge amounts of sugar, which may disturb your Hamster’s tummy.
Without a doubt, most fruits serve as an exceptional treat for your Hamster and are far better than sugary chocolate; still, they must only be consumed in limited amounts, and only every once in a while. Like other treats, fruits must not be served too often or may cause several problems. To be more precise, vets recommend limiting your Hamster’s fruit intake thrice a week and in a controlled proportion.
Fruits that Hamster can eat
As mentioned above as well, most fruits are safe for hamsters. Especially the ones that your Hamster can sink its teeth into are the ideal ones to be served. However, before serving, do make sure to wash it, and only use the fresh ones thoroughly. Plus, always remove seeds as they may react pathetically in their gut. Fruits that can be given to your Hamster include:
To be served after removing Seeds
- Watermelon-Your Hamster will love it during summers!
- Dates(without pit)
- Berries including raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries
To be served in limited quantity due to sugar content
- Coconut(very high fat content)
Fruit to be avoided by Hamster
Although most of the fruits are safe for consumption in respective quantities, still few are off the limits. Usually, most fruits don’t cause toxicity; however, specified ones can cause digestive issues or even get stuck in your Hamster’s cheek pouches or teeth. This may eventually lead to tooth decay or injuries in cheek pouches. Most importantly, high vitamin C (Citrus Fruit) fruit must be avoided at all costs as they are high in acidic content and can lead to irritation in the gut. Citrus fruits are also avoided by Hamsters in the wild, too, as their smell is too off-putting. So fruits that must not be served to a hamster include:
- Grapefruit (all kinds)
- Star Fruits
In particular, star-fruits are highly toxic to Hamsters as it contains a deadly neurotoxin which can even kill Hamster. These are so dangerous that they can even cause kidney issues in humans. So always, keep yourself and your little bundle of love away from it. Plus, seedy fruits, for instance, kiwi, dragon fruit, and even blackberries must be avoided due to poisonous seeds.
Introducing Fruits in your Hamster’s diet
The digestive system of your Hamster is susceptible and may react differently to some fruits. Your cute little rodent will eat everything, but you know that not everything is good for them. It’s actually up for you to analyze what’s healthy, unhealthy, or even potentially poisonous for it. Hence, once you have determined the right fruits for your Hamster, it’s time to introduce them into its diet gradually. The ideal approach is initially to start with tiny amounts, and once you find your Hamster comfortable with it, you can conveniently increase it to the right quantity. Start by serving fruit only once a week, and then gradually start adding a piece here and there with the meals to a point where you are providing fruit treats almost thrice a week. The primary reason and the most significant advantage of this are that, by gradually introducing the fruit, your Hamster’s digestive system becomes tolerant of the increased fiber and sugar, which ultimately prevents diarrhea or similar stomach upsets.
Warning: If you are thinking of serving fruits to your Hamster, it’s extremely crucial to understand that some fruits like watermelon have extremely high water content. Such high water content becomes very problematic for hamsters, and greatly disturbs the feed intake that prevents them from getting the right nutrition. So, always keep the frequency and quantity to a minimum. Apart from that, hamsters are highly susceptible to diabetes, and sugary fruits like grapes, mango, bananas, and cherries can increase their risk. Hence, only provide these in limited proportions.
No matter how much your Hamster loves a fruit, it must never be a substitute for a pelleted diet, as it contains all the right nutrients for the optimal well-being of a hamster. It’s fine, in fact, extremely beneficial to serve healthy and hygienic fruits to your Hamster, but be aware not to overdo it!
We hope our guide proves useful and would have provided us with the right information. In case of any confusion, we’d love to solve your queries!