Almonds are a delicious and nutritious snack that are absolutely recommended for hamsters. But can hamsters eat Almonds? Many people ask this question as we know that hamsters love to snack on seeds such as hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds. The good news is that, yes, hamsters can eat almonds! But make sure that you only give your hamster sweet almonds! The quantity depends on the type of hamster that you own, but hamsters can be a tasty and nutritious treat for your hamster.
What are almonds?
Most of us know what almonds are. They are edible seeds that first originated in Iran, they are seen as a health food by many which is why we can recommend them for hamsters! Almonds can come with the shell or without and can be roasted as well! Many people also drink almond milk as a milk subsitute.
Can Hamsters eat Almonds?
As stated before, the answer is yes! Unsalted organic almonds are perfectly safe for your hamster to eat, provided that you don’t give them too many of course! Syrian hamsters can be given different amounts of almonds compared to Robo or Dwarf hamsters. This is due to their size!
How to feed your hamster almonds
When you are giving treats, such as this, to your hamster, always make sure you are holding them or make sure that you are close to them. This is because giving treats to your hamster can strengthen your bond and assist in socialising them. Only give a small amount to your hamster at first, this is to figure out if they like almonds. There’s no point wasting your food if your hamster just turns their nose up at it.
How many almonds can you feed your hamster?
So, how many of these nuts can you feed your hamster? This depends on their breed. Syrian hamsters can have more than Robo hamsters and Robo hamsters can have more than Dwarf hamsters. This is due to the size of the respective breeds.
How many almonds should Syrian hamsters eat
Syrian hamsters are the largest breed of hamster which means that they can have a larger amount of almonds than a Robo or a Dwarf hamster. Give your Syrian hamsters a whole almond a day. This is enough to be beneficial but not so much that it would harm them
How many almonds should Robo hamsters eat
Robo hamsters are slightly smaller than Syrian hamsters and therefore they should have a slightly smaller amount of almonds. Give your Robo hamster around half an almond a day. Any more than that could harm them due to the high fat content
How many almonds should Dwarf Hamsters eat
Dwarf hamsters, including Chinese, Campbell and Russian hamsters, are much smaller than the average hamster. This means that, although they can eat almonds they need a smaller amount. Give them half an almond a day. Make sure to supervise them as almonds can be a choking hazard.
Benefits of Almonds
There are quite a few benefits to feeding your hamster this snack. They are healthy in humans and they can be healthy in hamsters as well, but only if you feed them the right amount! Here are some of the benefits of feeding your hamster almonds!
- Almonds contain dietary fibers. These can assist your hamster’s digestion and therefore their overall health!
- Almonds contain vitamin E. Vitamin E helps control your hamster’s blood sugar which can protect them against diabetes. Hamsters are prone to diabetes so this can really help!
- Almonds contain magnesium. Magnesium helps your hamster’s bones and prevents them from breaking!
- Almonds are known to protect against high cholesterol. This can improve your hamster’s overall lifespan!
Risks of Almonds
Whilst there are many benefits of this snack. The phrase “too much of a good thing” is a constant when it comes to hamster diet. Here are some of the risks of giving your hamster almonds:
- Almonds have a huge amount of fat. Too much fat will help your hamster on the path to obesity which can damage their overall health
- As stated before, almonds can be a choking hazard. Consider cutting them in half before giving them to a Syrian hamster
What kind of almond products can hamsters eat?
This nut is such a flexible nut, they can be used for so many things! They come in so many different types as well, so this article will cover their safety for hamsters!
Can hamsters eat Salted Almonds?
You should not give your hamster salted almonds, it may seem tempting if you are eating some but almonds should be plain if given to a hamster. Just like with chicken and other seeds, almonds should be completely plain and contain no flavouring. These flavourings, whilst delicious for us, can cause problems for your hamster’s health
Can hamsters drink almond milk?
We don’t recommend giving your hamster almond milk. There is not enough data surrounding the impact that this could have on your hamster. It is better safe than sorry, we don’t really recommend giving your hamster any milk to be honest. Keep the almond milk for your cereal!
Can hamsters eat shelled almonds?
Shelled almonds are fine for your hamster. The shell can give your hamster some work to do before eating the almond. However we only recommend them for Syrian hamsters, this is due to the size of the almond and the choking hazard!
Can hamsters eat bitter almonds
No! Hamsters should not be given bitter almonds! Bitter almonds contain cyanide which is poisonous to your hamster. It may not be dangerous to humans but hamsters are a lot smaller and weaker to poisons that we can survive!
So in conclusion to this important question, the answer is yes! But only in small quantities. Almonds are known as a super-food which can also apply for hamsters. However, they are high in saturated fat which means that too many can seriously impact your hamster’s health! Hamsters should not be given almond milk, shelled almonds or bitter almonds though. Keep it to the unsweetened, unshelled almonds and your hamster will thank you for it!
Have you fed your hamster almonds before? Did they like them? Let us know in the comments!