We love our hamsters, and they love us back! However, loving our hamsters means that we need to treat them properly and with care. We wouldn’t love them very much if we helped to hurt their life and their health. This means that we need to be careful with what foods we feed them. With that in mind, can hamsters eat applesauce? The answer is no, they can’t!
We will be using this blog post to go through all the reasons why hamsters cannot. We will also be looking at what foods they can eat, and what to do if your hamster eats applesauce! Enjoy.
What is Applesauce?
Applesauce is a delicious sauce which is made of, you guessed it, apples! It is primarily made and eaten in America and Europe. It is made by cooking the apple with water or juice until it turns into a puree.
Applesauce is usually eaten with meats such as pork and goose. Some people in Germany even eat it with pancakes! It can be eaten as a starter, main dish, or dessert as well. It is very sweet, so you should avoid feeding it to your hamster!
Can Hamsters Eat Applesauce?
As stated already, sadly, they cannot. Hamsters cannot eat applesauce, even if it is prepared in a certain way. There are inherent properties in applesauce that mean that it is simply unsuitable for your furry friend to eat. The good news, we have some fantastic alternatives that we think you will love! Read on for more.
Why Can’t Hamsters Eat Applesauce?
So, the general consensus is that you should not feed applesauce to your hamster. But it is also important that you know the reasons for not being able to feed them this. You shouldn’t just take our word for it! The good news is, we can provide you with four reasons why you shouldn’t be feeding this to your furry friend. These are: the stickiness, the sugar, the lack of nutrients, and the fact that hamsters should be eating solid food.
Read on to find out more!
It’s too sticky!
Hamsters shouldn’t have foods that are too sticky. This is a general rule when it comes to foods, as sticky foods can cause some serious problems for your hamster. This primarily comes from your hamster’s love of ‘pouching’ their foods. This is fine with foods that aren’t sticky, but foods that are sticky can cause issues for your hamster.
Sticky foods can get stuck in your hamster’s pouch, and they may not be able to get it out. You should therefore avoid sticky foods such as applesauce.
It’s got too much sugar!
Apples have just enough sugar for your hamster in small quantities. However, applesauce is quite different. Applesauce is often sweetened and created so that it is even sweeter than apples. This is great for humans, but not so great for hamsters! Sugary foods are fine in tiny quantities for hamsters but applesauce just contains too much for your hamster!
Large amounts of sugar can cause obesity and diabetes in your hamster. Keep them away from it.
It doesn’t contain a lot of nutrients!
Unfortunately, just as applesauce puts lots of sugar into the sauce; the makers of applesauce also remove a lot of the vital nutrients. This happens as they are making it. This means that your hamster will not gain all of the delicious nutrients that they usually enjoy whenever they eat apples.
Nutrients are vital for your hamster. Without them, they are more likely to get ill. You should therefore feed them foods high in nutrients, and applesauce is not one of these!
You should feed them solid foods!
Hamsters, unless very elderly, should generally be fed a diet of solid foods. This is for two reasons. The first reason was stated earlier, it is a lot better for your hamster when you are feeding them solid foods as they pouch their food. It means that they can effectively pouch the foods without any problems.
The second reason that you should feed them solid foods is that it helps to erode their teeth. Hamsters need to constantly wear down their teeth, and solid foods help them do this! This is why we don’t recommend liquid, or sticky, foods for your pet.
What Can Hamsters Eat Instead of Applesauce?
There’s plenty of good alternatives to applesauce for your hamster, they won’t miss not having the opportunity to eat it! There are so many treats that you can give your hamster. Treats that they are sure to love! We recommend giving your hamster a balanced treat diet of seeds and vegetables. Some examples include:
- Carrots – Crunchy and delicious!
- Lettuce – A healthy green veg for your hamster!
- Sesame Seeds – Great seeds for your pet!
- Monkey Nuts – They will love cracking the shells!
You should also make sure that your hamster’s main food supply is a hamster food mix of some form. This is because it contains all of the essential daily nutrients that your furry friend needs in their daily life. We recommend the Supreme Tiny Friends Farm Harry Hamster Mix as this provides a delicious nutritional balance for your pet. You can buy that here!
What To Do If Your Hamster Eats Applesauce?
For most foods, it is generally okay if your hamster has a small amount of it. Your hamster’s digestive system is competent enough to be able to digest a tiny amount without any major issues. So, if your hamster eats a tiny amount of applesauce (around a teaspoon) then it shouldn’t cause any issues. The primary issue is if your hamster has a large amount, especially at once. If your hamster eats a large amount then you should take them to the vet immediately.
Check to see if your hamster shows any of these symptoms after eating applesauce:
- Lethargy – This is where your hamster finds it hard to move.
- Breathing Issues – Clicking, or strained breathing.
- Diarrhea – This is possible due to the high water content.
If your hamster starts to experience these symptoms, take them to a vet immediately.
Conclusion – Can Hamsters Eat Applesauce?
So, we have hopefully answered all of your questions when it comes to this question. ‘Can Hamsters Eat Applesauce?’ No, they can’t. There are quite a few reasons for this, which we have detailed above. But the conclusion is that it is extremely unhealthy for them and this means that your furry friend can not eat it. The good news is that there are so many alternatives which they will love!
Any other questions on applesauce? Got a food you want to recommend? Let us know in the comments!