We love our hamsters, and our hamsters love us! Loving our hamsters means that we have to feed them the correct quantities and types of food though. If we overfed them or fed them the wrong stuff, we clearly wouldn’t love them that much! We have to look after their health. With that in mind, Can hamsters eat apricot? Yes! Syrians and Robos can eat Apricots, but Dwarfs sadly cannot. This is due to a large amount of sugar present in this yellow fruit.
In this post, we will look at apricots and if hamsters can eat them. We will also look at how to feed them to your furry friend, and the benefits and risks of doing so. Most importantly, we will look at how many apricots you can feed to their furry friend. Have fun!
What are Apricots
Apricots are a delicious fruit that comes from trees! They grew across Eurasia and are mostly produced in this area as well! Turkey produce the most, with a million tonnes being produced in 2017! They are highly nutritious and can be made into so many things! You can make them into juices, salads, medicine, and can of course be eaten by themselves! What a delicious fruit, and your hamster will enjoy it as well!
Can Hamsters Eat Apricots?
Absolutely! Syrian and Robos can eat apricot, but Dwarf hamsters unfortunately cannot. Why? Because Dwarf hamsters are too small! This means that they cannot eat something as sweet as apricots. However, your Syrian and Robo hamsters should be able to enjoy this lovely yellow fruit! You need to make sure that the apricots are:
- Washed – To get rid of any pesticides!
- Plain – No sauces, or juices!
- Unsweetened – To avoid the extra amount of sugar.
- Without the stone! – You need to make sure that you don’t feed the stone to your hamster.
Make sure to follow these instructions, and a small amount of apricot should be fine for your furry friend!
How to give your Hamster Apricots?
When you are giving treats, such as apricots, 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 this fruit. 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 apricots before giving it to your hamster! This removes any worries about pesticides or other nasties hurting your pet!
Consider feeding apricots to your hamster as part of a diet including treats like pumpkin seeds, cabbage and carrots! These kind of things are great for your pet, as long as you make sure that you feed them in the correct amounts.
How many Apricots should you feed your hamster?
The amount of apricots that you should feed your hamster really does depend on their breed and size! Syrians are larger than the rest, and therefore can eat the most apricots! Robos aren’t as large and this means that they unfortunately cannot eat as much. You shouldn’t feed apricot to your dwarf hamster, as they are tiny and too much sugar can really hurt them!
How many Apricots should a Syrian Hamster eat?
Syrians are the largest breed of hamster, and therefore can eat the most apricot! Give them a tiny piece of apricot every week, around the size of your hamster’s paw. This may not seem like a lot, but apricot is full of sugar and therefore can pose issues if they have too much.
How many Apricots should a Roborovski hamster eat?
Robos are smaller than Syrians and therefore, unfortunately, they can’t eat as much. You can give your hamster a tiny paw piece of apricot every week, this piece will be smaller as a Robo’s foot is much smaller than a Syrians!
How many Apricots should a Dwarf hamster eat?
Dwarf hamsters, including Chinese, Campbell, and Russian hamsters, are smaller than the average hamster, which means that they can’t eat a lot of the food that we humans can eat! Do not feed apricots to your dwarf hamster. You need to be careful with how much they eat, due to their tiny size.
Benefits of Apricots
We know that hamsters can eat apricot, but what are the benefits? There are so many benefits of apricots when it comes to humans, but is this the same for hamsters? Yep! AS long as you need it in the right amounts, then it can have quite a few benefits. Some of the benefits can be:
- Antioxidants – These help your hamster be protected against the risks of ageing, such as cancer.
- Vitamin C – This benefits your hamster’s overall health, and protects them from illness.
- Vitamin A – This helps your furry friend’s eye health, and keeps their vision fine.
- Vitamin E – This ensures that your hamster has lovely fur and skin.
As you can see, there’s plenty of benefits to apricots! You just need to make sure that they are fed in the right amounts!
Risks of Apricots
Whilst there’s plenty of benefits to apricots, you need to make sure that they are fed in the right amounts. Failure to do so could expose your furry friend to all kinds of risks to their health. We obviously want to avoid this! Some of the risks of overfeeding apricot to your furry friend include:
- Obesity – The amount of sugar in apricots can mean that your hamster could become fat if they eat too many. This can cause further health complications.
- Diabetes – The high levels of sugar in apricots can result in diabetes in your furry friend if they eat too much.
- Nutritional deficiency – If your hamster eats too much food, they won’t eat their usual hamster food. This can lead to nutritional problems.
- The apricot stone is poisonous for hamsters, you need to make sure that it is destoned and that you don’t feed the stone.
What parts of the Apricots can my hamster eat?
There’s plenty of different types of apricot, and this means that we need to look at these individual things to work out whether our furry friends can eat them! Let’s take a look!
Can Hamsters Eat Apricot Stones?
As stated before, hamsters cannot eat apricot stones! They are poisonous, and can cause your hamster to choke! Keep away from these!
Can Hamsters Drink Apricot Juice?
Hamsters shouldn’t drink any juice! This is because the nutrients aren’t as good as they are in the solid food. It can also contribute to other health problems.
Conclusion – Can Hamsters Eat Apricot?
So, can hamsters eat apricots? Yep! Syrian and Robo hamsters can both eat apricots, but you should keep your dwarf hamster away from them! Make sure to limit the amount of apricots that they eat though, as anything more than a small amount can cause serious problems for your furry friend. There’s lots of benefits to apricots, but also some risks if you overfeed it! Stay away from apricot stones or apricot juice. We hope that you enjoyed this article!
Have you fed apricots to your hamster before? Let us know in the comments!