We love our hamsters, and our hamsters love us! Love means that we have to take good care of our pets, and this includes what they eat. We have to ensure that they eat the best kind of foods, and that all the food they eat is healthy. If we don’t, we risk hurting our lovely furry friends! This leads to many people asking questions such as “Can Hamsters Eat Basil?” The good news is that, yes, hamsters can absolutely eat basil! You just need to be aware of how much to give them.
In this article, we will be looking at what basil is, if hamsters can eat it and how to give it to them. We will also be looking at quantities and the benefits of feeding basil to your furry friend! Enjoy!
What is Basil?
Basil is a delicious herb that is used in so many things, it is very likely that you will have it in the house! It is native to Asia and mostly used fresh in recipes. As well as being used in sauces, most notably pesto. It can also be eaten with chicken and other meats. It is extremely common and is used all over the world, no wonder people are asking if their furry friends can eat it!
Can Hamsters Eat Basil?
As stated before, absolutely. This herb can be lovely for your furry friend, and they are likely to enjoy it. However, you need to make sure that you are feeding the right amounts to them. Too much basil can cause problems for their diet. You need to make sure that the basil is:
- Washed – To remove any pesticides or bugs that might be on it.
- Plain – Ensure that the basil is plain
- Unsalted – And unsweetened!
How to feed your hamster Basil.
When you are giving treats, such as basil, 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 herb. 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 basil before giving it to your hamster! This removes any worries about pesticides or other nasties hurting your pet!
Consider feeding basil 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 much Basil can you feed your hamster?
The amount of basil that you feed your hamster is crucial in working out if it is healthy for them or not. Feeding them too much can cause health issues, which we will go into later. The quantity of basil changes depending on the breed of the hamster as Syrians can have more than Robos and Robos can have more than Dwarfs.
How much Basil should Syrian Hamsters eat?
Syrians are the largest type of hamster, and therefore can eat more basil than Robos or Dwarfs. You can feed Syrians around 3 teaspoons of basil a week. Just make sure that it is spaced out, don’t give them this much all at once as it will go to waste!
How much Basil should Robo Hamsters eat?
Robos are smaller than Syrians and therefore, sadly, cannot have as much! You can give them around 3 teaspoons of basil a fortnight. This is enough for them to feel the health benefits, but not too much so that they don’t face some of the risks around overfeeding.
How much Basil should Dwarf Hamsters eat?
Dwarf hamsters, including Chinese, Campbell, and Russian hamsters, are much smaller than the average hamster. You can easily notice this at a pet shop! The good news is that they can still eat basil. Just keep it to a spaced-out 3 teaspoons a month. Too much can overload their system.
Benefits of Basil
There’s plenty of benefits to basil for humans, it can be a delicious and healthy herb for us. Therefore, does the same apply for hamsters? Absolutely! There can be some key benefits which can really help your hamster if fed in the right amounts. Some benefits include:
- Antioxidants – This can protect against cancer and other problems that come with old age.
- Vitamin C – This gives your hamster lots of benefits for their overall health.
- Vitamin K – This allows blood to clot properly, meaning that hamsters can protect themselves if they are bleeding.
- Vitamin A – This gives your hamster’s immune system lots of benefits.
- Magnesium – This vitamin can protect your hamster’s blood pressure and keep it healthy.
Risks of Basil
Although it is clear that there are lots of benefits to feeding basil to your hamster, there are still some risks to your furry friend eating too much basil. There’s always too much of a good thing! Some risks include:
- Digestive issues – Too much basil can cause serious problems for your furry friend. It can cause digestive problems.
- Nutritional problems – If a hamster has a lot of basil then they won’t have any room for any other food, this can mean that they don’t have any nutritional foods and this can cause malnutrition.
- Obesity – Too much food can cause serious issues for your pet’s health. It can result in lower lifespan and other illnesses such as diabetes.
Can Hamsters eat Basil Seeds?
Obviously, basil seeds are also something that humans can eat. It is put into desserts by humans and is obviously used to make basil. However, hamsters shouldn’t eat the seeds. This is because we don’t really know the effects on our furry friends.
In this article, we have tried to give you as much information as possible about if hamsters can eat basil. We hope that you have learned a lot about this subject, so you can apply it to looking after your hamster! We have looked at if hamsters can eat basil, how much to give them, and the benefits and risks of feeding it to your furry friend. We have also shown that hamsters cannot eat basil seeds.
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