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! This results in people asking “Can hamsters eat cantaloupe?” The answer depends on the breed of the hamster. Some hamsters can eat this lovely fruit. Syrian and Robo Hamsters can eat cantaloupe. This article will be looking at cantaloupe and what amounts you can give your hamster.
What is Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe is a type of melon that is grown in Europe and North America. It is usually eaten as fresh fruit or as part of a salad. It is a delicious sweet treat that your Syrian or Dwarf hammy will enjoy!
Can Hamsters Eat Cantaloupe?
As stated before, the answer is yes! Syrian and Robo hamsters can eat this delicious fruit. The quantity is important though, giving your hamster too much cantaloupe can result in them getting obese and possibly acquiring diabetes. This can lower their lifespan!
How to give your hamster Cantaloupe
When you are giving treats, such as this fruit, 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 cantaloupe. 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 the cantaloupe to protect it whilst it was growing. Pesticides can hurt your hamster’s health. Make sure to chop up the cantaloupe into small pieces as well! This prevents there from being a choking risk.
How much Cantaloupe should you feed your hamster?
The amount of cantaloupe that you can feed your hamster depends on the breed. Syrians can eat more cantaloupe due to their size whilst Robos cannot have as much. Giving your hamster too much cantaloupe can lead to a lot of problems.
How much cantaloupe should a Syrian hamster eat?
Syrian hamsters can eat this lovely tropical fruit! They are large, compared to other breeds, which means that they can have small amounts of sugar. The correct serving for Syrians is around one teaspoon of cantaloupe once a week.
How much cantaloupe should a Roborovski hamster eat?
Robo hamsters, like Syrian hamsters, can have a small amount of cantaloupe. Just a teaspoon a week of cantaloupe will be enough for them. Any more and they have a risk of acquiring diabetes and becoming obese.
How many cantaloupe should a Dwarf hamster eat?
Winter White dwarf hamsters, Chinese hamsters and Campbell Dwarf hamsters cannot eat this sugary fruit. They are too small to be able to properly digest cantaloupe which is why we strongly recommend that they are not allowed cantaloupe or anything that is sugary. A hamster’s diet should be carefully controlled.
Benefits of cantaloupe
This delicious fruit is rich in Vitamin C, A, dietary fibers and magnesium. It can therefore be beneficial for their health in small doses. Your pet needs a balanced diet, here’s some of the benefits that they can get from eating cantaloupe:
- Vitamin A can improve your hamster’s eyesight
- Vitamin C can remove toxins and improve the health of your hamster
- Dietary fibres can improve your hamster’s digestive system
- Magnesium benefits your hamster’s bones.
Risks of cantaloupe
Whilst this delicious fruit has a lot of benefits, you must be careful of the risks! These risks are mainly caused when your hamster has too much cantaloupe. Make sure to stick to the recommended amounts that we list above and avoid feeding your hamster too much.
- Cantaloupe contains a high amount of sugar. Sugar can cause your pet to develop diabetes as well as increase their chances of becoming obese. Hamsters are prone to diabetes.
- The seeds inside this fruit can be a choking risk
- The fruit itself can be a choking hazard, make sure to cut it up into small pieces!
- Pesticides can be present on the fruit. Make sure to wash it before you give it to your ham.
What parts of the cantaloupe can a hamster eat?
So we know about the benefits and risks of the flesh, but what about the other parts of this fruit? Here’s a quick guide on that!
Can Hamsters eat the Skin?
Cantaloupe skin is completely safe for your hamster to eat. Make sure that you wash it beforehand though so that your hamster doesn’t inject the pesticides that may be present on the surface of the fruit. The skin can contain a lot of nutrients so it is completely fine for your hamster to eat it.
Can Hamsters eat the Seeds?
As stated before, the seeds of this fruit can be a choking risk. However, there is no actual risk beyond that. If your hamster is small, such as a Robo, then consider chopping the seeds in half. This will do a lot to preventing the risk of choking.
Can Hamsters drink the juice?
We don’t recommend giving your ham the juice form of this delicious fruit. It can be high in sugar and doesn’t contain a lot of the nutrients that the fruit contains. This goes for all fruits, you shouldn’t give them the juice! Juice just doesn’t have the same benefits as the fruit itself. Plus your ham won’t enjoy it as much!
Hamsters love this delicious fruit and we recommend giving them just a small amount. Ensure that only your Syrian and Robo ham gets cantaloupe due to the high sugar content. Ensure that you manage the risks by cutting the fruit into small pieces and ensuring that they only have a small amount. Hamsters can eat the skin and seeds of this tropical fruit but make sure you don’t give them the juice!
Have you given your hamster cantaloupe before? Did they like it ? Let us know in the comments!