Hamsters are small, sprightly creatures that make great pets. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, and are easy to take care of.
Hamsters love to play and can be entertained with a variety of toys. One question people often have about hamsters is whether or not they can eat granola.
Let’s take a look at what experts have to say on the matter.
can hamsters eat granola? Hamsters love to eat granola! It’s a delicious and nutritious food for them. But be careful, because certain breeds are more prone than others – don’t feed your hamster if it has diabetes or heart problems (Campbells Dwarves), as their bodies can handle the sugar in this cereal too well; Russian Dawsins have very sensitive stomachs so avoid giving any type of grains whatsoever.
Granola is a popular cereal for hamsters. It can be given to any breed, but it’s not good if you have certain animal types like Campbell’s Dwarf Hamster or Russian Dobyhls because of their high sugar intake that may cause diabetes!
What are poisonous to hamsters?
|FOOD||Why it should be avoided|
|Fruit seeds/pits||Apple seeds, pear seeds, pits of cherries and apricots and the oils and extracts in grape seeds contain cyanogenic acids that can be lethal if eaten.|
|Onion, garlic, leak, chives||Garlic can cause indigestion and blood disorders. Chemicals in onions, garlic and leek can damage red blood cells resulting in anemia, as well as gastroenteritis. Avoid these foods as an ingredient in treats, foods etc.|
|Human "junk food"||Too high in sugars, unhealthy hydrogenated fats, and salts|
|Raw potatoes||All raw potatoes contain oxalic acid and arsenic that comes from the roots when they grow. These chemicals are toxic to hamsters.|
|Iceberg lettuce||Filled with natural water and can cause liver problems if eaten in excess. Can cause diarrhea. Has little nutritional value. Alternatives include dandelion, greens, romaine lettuce and kale.|
|Peanuts||Too high in fat. Salted peanuts can cause dehydration. One unsalted peanut per week is fine.|
|Chocolate||Chocolate contains Theobromine, dark chocolate contains even more Theobromine and remains in the system for prolonged periods. Prolonged ingestion of Theobromine can cause testicular damage. Contains Caffeine which affects the central nervous system of the animal, increasing arousal and heart rate leading to stress and even death. Chocolate is also extremely toxic for unborn hamsters of pregnant pets because it can pass through the placenta and can even get in breast milk.|
|Pineapple||Too acidic and contains too much sugar.|
|Tomatoes||Tomato leaves are toxic to hamsters. Although a tiny piece of tomato is okay, I wouldn’t recommend it as it is very acidic and can cause an upset stomach and/or diarrhea.|
|Chilli peppers, spices and seasonings||Chilli peppers or anything spicy will cause discomfort hamsters stomach. Very harsh and difficult to digest.|
|Canned or processed foods||Very high in salt and chemicals.|
|Pork products and deli meats||Pork (bacon, ham) not healthy and toxic to your hamster.|
|Almonds||Unroasted bitter almonds contain cyanide – too much can lead to death. Moderately high in fat.|
|Kidney beans (raw and canned)||Very toxic.|
|Jams and jellies||Very high in sugar. Very sticky and can get stuck in their cheek pouches. Full of chemicals.|
|Pickles||High acidic content can cause upset stomach and tooth degradation.|
|Candy||Full of chemicals and sugar. Empty calories. Can lead to diabetes if eaten in excess.|
|Eggplant||Toxic to hamsters and can upset their stomach.|
What are safe snacks for hamsters?
HEALTHY SNACKS AND TREATS.
|Food||Syrian||Robo||Winter White||Campbell's||Chinese||Serving Size||Feeding Recommendation|
|Cheese (mild, lowfat)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||A few shreds||.Once or twice a month|
|Yogurt (unflavored)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||1 teaspoon||Once a week|
|Peanut butter||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Smear||Only as a spread or mixed in|
|Pasta (whole grain, spinach)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||1 piece||Once a week|
|Tofu (plain)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||1/2 teaspoon||1-2 times per week|
|Dog biscuits (no onion/garlic)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||1 small piece||Once a week|
|Toast (plain, whole wheat)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||A bit of a corner||1 - 2 times a month|
|Baby food (no preservatives)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||1 teaspoon||1-2 times a week|
|cottage cheese (lowfat)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||1 teaspoon||Once a week|
|Brown rice cooked)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||1 teaspoon||Once a week|
|Popcorn (no salt or butter)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||1 or 2 pieces||1-2 times a month|
|Cereal (low sugar)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||2 - 3 pieces||Once a week|
|Wheat germ||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||1 teaspoon||Once a week|