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"Can Hamsters Eat Broccoli?" is a commonly asked question among the hamster owner community. Certain human foods can make great treats for hamsters and provide wonderful nutritional benefit. However, not all human foods are able to be consumed by your fuzzy friend.
In order to answer the question of whether hamsters can eat broccoli, it is important to understand what a typical hamster eats.
What Do Wild Hamsters Eat?
Wild hamsters are omnivores and usually feed on seeds, grains, natural grass, frogs, lizards, and insects.
Domesticated hamsters can thrive exclusively on store bought food mix as long as it provides all of the nutrients needed in typical hamster diet. However, the closer the diet is to that of a wild hamster the better.
Many hamster owners like to provide fruits and vegetables as treats. It is especially cute watching your hamster nibble on fruit such as a blueberries. But what about broccoli? Is it good for your hamster?
Is Broccoli Good For Hamsters?
Hamsters can eat broccoli either raw or steamed. It is a great source of vitamins E, K and C and also contains folic acid, chromium, calcium, and fiber.
All of these nutrients provide their own unique health benefit for your hamster. For example, fiber helps promote a healthy digestive tract and vitamin E promotes immune system health.
When feeding your hamster broccoli make sure not to add any salt, garlic, or pepper as these ingredients can be toxic. Simply serve it as is. We recommend giving it to them in small portions twice a week.
Introducing Your Hamster to a New Treat
Remember that each hamster is different, and that they could react negatively to any new treat that upsets their stomach. When introducing new treats to your hamster for the first time, it is important to do the following:
- Make sure the treat is fresh, hand washed and is preferably organic. We don't want to be handing off any pesticides to our little ones.
- Give the hamster a small test piece. Then closely monitor them for any unusual symptoms.
- Don't start giving them the recommended portion amount right away. A large change in a hamsters diet could upset their stomach. Be sure to slowly increment the amount of the treat you give them over a couple weeks.
Other Hamster Feeding Tips
We want to make sure you take the best care of your hamsters stomach. Here are a few quick tips to help you do so:
- When feeding your hamster fresh fruits and vegetables, be sure to remove an remains within a reasonable amount of time. You don't want your hamster to come back to feed on a moldy or spoiled item.
- While fruits and vegetables can provide nutrients beneficial to your hamsters health, be sure not to overfeed them. A diet with too much fruit and vegetables can cause diarrhea. Keep in mind that hamsters will stuff their cheeks with food and continue to beg for more. Do not fall victim to their cuteness.
- Remember that pellet food should be the primary source of your hamsters diet. They contain a variety of seeds and grains that your hamster would be eating in the wild.
- If you can, start introducing your hamster to new foods at a young age. The older a hamster gets the more likely it is to refuse new food.
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Carol is a head content developer for ultimatepethub.com and mother of 2 adorable chocolate labs(and one child). Growing up on a farm, she has handled all kinds of animals and pets. When Carol isn’t taking her two labs to the park, you can find her researching products and topics to keep you updated with the latest info for your pets!