We all want to please our hamsters and feed them the best we can. This means that we wonder whether we can give our hamsters household treats! When it comes to asking this question, we need to make sure that the household treat is safe for them. We also need to know how much they can eat. This leads to people asking about apples and if hamsters are able to eat them!
The answer is that it depends on the breed of hamster. Syrians love this wonderful fruit but dwarf hamsters and robo hamsters are unable to eat it. This is due to the impact that apples could have on their health. Continue reading to find out why Syrians are able to eat apples and the benefits and risks of giving your hamster apples!
What are apples
Everyone will have given an apple at some point in their lives! They are an edible fruit that can be eaten with the skin on, or off. It can even be put in salads! You can also bake with apples and make delicious food such as Apple Pie.
Can hamsters eat apple?
The answer depends on the breed of hamster. As stated before, Syrian hamsters are able to eat this diverse fruit. However, Dwarf hamsters and Robo hamsters cannot. This is due to the high levels of sugar. We’ll be going into this more later on in this blog.
How to give your hamster Apples
When you are giving treats, such as this food, 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 socializing them. Only give a small amount to your hamster at first, this is to figure out if they like apples. There’s no point giving your hamster a lot of it if they just ignore it! Your hamster might put the food in their cheek poaches though.
Make sure that you wash the fruit beforehand. This gets rid of any of the chemicals that may have been on this fruit to protect it whilst it was growing. Pesticides can hurt your hamster’s health.
How much apple should I give my hamster?
The answer to this depends on the breed of hamster that you own as the situation is different for each breed. This is due to various factors like the strength of the hamster’s digestive system.
How much apple should Syrian Hamsters eat?
Your Syrian hamster should be given around a quarter teaspoon of apple around twice a week. This is the perfect amount to ensure that your Syrian hamster doesn’t get obese or suffers any other health problems from the apple.
How much apple should Robo Hamsters eat?
As stated before, Robo hamsters shouldn’t eat any of this sweet fruit. This is due to the high levels of sugar which can cause a serious health risk for your pet hamster. Stay aware of these risks when feeding your pet.
How much apple should Dwarf Hamsters eat?
Winter Whites, Chinese and Campbell Dwarf hamsters cannot eat apples. This is because of the high sugar content which could seriously hurt your dwarf hamster. Stay away from apples.
Benefits of apple
Apples, when given in moderation, can be a great and healthy snack for your hamster. The RSPCA suggest apple as a great food for them. Some of the benefits of applies include:
- Vitamin C removes toxins from your hamster and improves their overall health
- Dietary Fibres can improve your hamster’s digestive system and protect them from illness!
- Antioxidants protect against the effects of ageing, such as cancer.
- Calcium improves your hamster’s bones and teeth.
Risks of apple
Although Syrian hamsters do eat apple, too much apple is a problem for your hamster. There’s some serious risks to your hamster’s health if you feed them too much. Some of the risks include:
- Syrian hamsters can easily get diabetes if they eat more than the recommended amount of apple. This can seriously lower their lifespan due to the sugar.
- Make sure to wash the apple as well before serving. This stops your hamster being hurt by pesticides.
- Make sure to remove the seeds from the apple. They contain cyanide which could hurt your hamster.
- Remove uneaten apple from the cage to stop your hamster eating rotten apple.
What parts of the apple can a hamster eat
There are so many types of apple that you could be confused! Apple juice, Apple seeds, Apple skin. So many! Let’s look through some of the types of apple and if your hamster is able to eat it!
Apple skins are absolutely fine for Syrian Hamsters! They contain all of the same nutrients as apples and therefore you can feed them the same quantity! Just make sure that they are washed!
You should not feed Apple Seeds to your hamster! They contain cyanide which could be seriously dangerous for your hamster and therefore you shouldn’t give them Apple Seeds. Deseed them!
Apple cores are fine for your hamster, just make sure that you remove the seeds before you feed it to your hamster! Just stick to the quantities that we recommend!
We don’t recommend giving juice of any kind to your hamster. It doesn’t have all of the nutrients and contains added sugar. It also can cause diarrhoea if you feed them too much!
Can hamsters eat dried apples? We don’t recommend that you give your hamster dried apple. It is sticky and can stick to your hamster’s poach. It also has added sugar so you shouldn’t give it to your pet.
Conclusion – Can Hamsters eat apple?
In conclusion to this question, the answer is that Syrians do absolutely eat this delicious fruit! Apples give a lot of benefits for your hamster due to its high levels of vitamins, however, beware of overfeeding your hamster. The high sugar content can cause obesity and diabetes. Make sure to wash and cut out the seeds to protect your hamster’s health.
Have you fed your hamster apple before? What is your hamsters favourite fruit? Tell us below in the comments!