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! We always have them around the house. This results in people asking “Can hamsters eat bananas?”
The answer is yes! This article will be looking at the number of bananas that you can feed your hamster, the health benefits, and the risks of the bananas. It will end by looking at the different parts of banana that are able to be eaten.
What are Bananas?
Bananas are edible fruit that all of us will have eaten at some point. You can eat it by itself or put it in a salad. You can even bake with bananas and make bread such as banana bread! They are grown in tropical areas and are one of the most commonly eaten fruits! They were originally grown in prehistoric times, and have been eaten more and more ever since. No wonder people are asking if their hamsters can eat it!
Can Hamsters Eat Bananas?
The answer is yes! Hamsters can eat banana, but you need to be cautious about how much banana you give them. If you give them too much, it could cause some problems for your furry friend. You also need to make sure that the banana is prepared properly for your hamster. Ensure that it is:
- Unsalted – Salt is extremely dangerous for your hamster!
- Unsweetened – It is sweet enough as it is. Avoid adding sugar or honey.
- Washed – This is only relevant if you are giving the banana peel to your hamster as well.
If you follow these tips, it should be fine for your hamster to eat.
How to give your hamster Bananas?
When you are giving treats, such as banana, 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 bananas. There’s no point giving your hamster a lot of banana if they just ignore them!
Make sure to chop up the banana into small pieces as well! This prevents there from being a choking risk. Giving your hamster a large chunk of banana can increase the risk of them choking!
How much banana should I give my hamster?
The amount of banana that you feed your hamster depends on the breed. Syrian hamsters are allowed to eat more bananas, due to being the largest breed, whilst Robos and Dwarfs cannot have as many. This is due to the relative size of their digestive system, too much banana could lead to other consequences, which we will discuss later.
How much banana should a Syrian hamster eat?
Can Syrian Hamsters eat bananas? Syrian hamsters are allowed to have the most amount of banana. Syrian hamsters can eat around 1/4 teaspoon of banana twice a week. This is enough for them to get enough banana to feel the benefits but it isn’t too many! Too much banana can hurt your hamster’s health!
How much banana should a Roborovski hamster eat?
Give your Robo hamster around a 1/4 teaspoon of banana twice a week. They can’t have as much as Syrian hamsters due to their size but they can still have a little bit!
How much banana should a Dwarf hamster eat?
Dwarf hamsters, including Chinese, Campbell and Russian hamsters, are much smaller than the average hamster. This means that they can’t eat as much banana as a Syrian or a Robo hamster. Therefore you should give your dwarf hamster around 1/4 teaspoon once every 2 weeks.
Benefits of Banana
Here are some of the benefits of this delicious fruit! Banana contains many nutrients that your hamster will enjoy. There’s plenty of evidence that this fruit is beneficial for humans, and it is the same for hamsters! As long as you feed it in the right amounts, it can be a delicious treat for your hamster. Some of the benefits include:
- Dietary Fibers can improve your hamster’s digestive system and protect them from illness!
- Vitamin C removes toxins from your hamster and improves their overall health
- Potassium helps your hamster’s kidneys, muscle, and digestive system
- Vitamin B6 helps the growth of your hamster, they need it to survive!
- Magnesium benefits your hamster’s bones
Risks of Bananas
You must beware of the risk of bananas. These risks exist if you give your hamster more banana than the quantity that we recommend! This is normal with any treat, too much banana can be a bad thing! Some of the risks of overfeeding this yellow fruit to your furry friend include:
- Diabetes – The sugar in bananas can cause diabetes if you are not careful. Keep the amount of bananas that they can eat to a minimum because of this.
- Obesity – Sugar can cause obesity in your hamster. Make sure to keep the amount of sugar they eat to a minimum.
- Choking – Large pieces of banana could be a choking hazard for your hamster.
- Nutritional Issues – If you feed your hamster too much banana, they are unlikely to eat any other food that is in the cage. This can lead to nutritional imbalances as they won’t get the full amount of nutrients that they need!
What parts of the banana can hamsters eat?
So we know that the flesh is perfectly fine for hamsters, as long as it is given in the right amounts. What about the other types of it though? We will now be looking at this topic!
Can Hamsters Eat Banana Peel?
Are hamsters allowed to eat banana peels? Banana peels are technically fine to give to hamsters, they contain the same nutrients as bananas. However supermarket bananas will have pesticides on the skin which means that you should not feed your hamster those. Organic banana peel can, however, be introduced into your hamster’s diet.
Can Hamsters Drink Banana Juice?
We don’t recommend that you give your hamsters banana juice. It doesn’t contain as many of the vital nutrients that your ham needs whilst containing a lot of sugar. Stick to the solid versions of fruits, fruit juice isn’t recommended!
So, can hamsters eat bananas? Yep. The amount of banana that a hamster eats depends on the species. Bananas 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. You can feed your hamster banana peel, but stay away from banana juice!
Have you fed your hamster banana before? What is your hamsters favourite fruit? Tell us below in the comments!