We love our pets, this much is obvious! We want to feed them the best food possible and treat them with respect, how else can we expect love from them? So this can often result in questions about what they can eat, especially when it comes to household goods! Standard hamster treats can often be expensive, so can we feed hamsters simple food from our pantry as a treat? For instance; Can Hamsters Eat Celery? The good news is that they absolutely can!
All breeds of hamster, including Syrian, Robo and Dwarf, can eat celery! This article will be taking you through how much celery a hamster can eat as well as the benefits and risks of this green veg. We’ll show you exactly how to feed your hamster celery and how you can improve their diet!
What is Celery?
Celery is a delicious green vegetable that has been eaten by humans for centuries! People use the leaves to eat and the seeds have many purposes. They can be ground into salt, used as medicine and the leaves can be turned into juice! Celery juice is seen by a few people as a superjuice which contains a lot of beneficial properties. No wonder people are wondering if their pets can eat this delicious snack!
Can Hamsters Eat Celery?
As stated before, hamsters can absolutely eat celery! It can be a delicious snack for them, as long as they are fed it in the correct quantities. Syrians can have more than Robo or Dwarfs though, this is due to their size. You need to ensure that you don’t feed your pet too much celery though, we will go into this topic later on.
How to give your hamster Celery
When you are giving treats, such as this food, to your pet, 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 celery. 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 celery beforehand. This gets rid of any of the chemicals that may have been on the celery to protect it whilst it was growing. Pesticides can hurt your hamster’s health.
How much celery should you feed your hamster?
The amount of celery that you should feed your hamster depends on their size and breed! Syrians can eat more than Robos and Robos can eat more than dwarfs. This is because of the digestive system in these animals, Syrians can simply eat more!
How many celery should a Syrian hamster eat?
Syrian hamsters are the largest and most friendly breed of hamster! Their digestive systems are much stronger than Robos or Dwarfs, this means that they can eat more celery than other hammies. Give your Syrian around half a teaspoon of celery per week. This is enough that your hamster can enjoy the celery without it causing health risks!
How many celery should a Roborovski hamster eat?
Can Robo Hamsters eat Celery? Robo hamsters are smaller than Syrians and come from the deserted regions of Asia. Due to their size, they can’t have as much celery as Syrians. We recommend giving your Robo ham around a quarter teaspoon of celery a week. This might not seem like a lot, but it is to protect the health of your hamster!
How many celery should a Dwarf hamster eat?
Can Dwarf Hamsters eat Celery? Dwarf hamsters, including Campbell, Winter White, and Chinese hamsters, can eat celery. But they can only have a tiny amount. Give them tiny pieces of celery leaf around twice a week. This is because of their size, Dwarf hamsters can’t eat a lot. Their digestive systems can’t cope with it!
Benefits of Celery
There’s plenty of benefits that celery can provide for your pets! Some people call it a superfood and it has a lot of vital vitamins and minerals that your hamster will really benefit from! These include:
- Antioxidants. These protect your hamster from cancer and other effects of ageing
- Vitamin C. This protects your hamster’s immune system
- Phytonutrients. These provide anti-inflammatory protection for your hammy
- Polysaccharides. These protect your ham’s digestive system and improve their digestive capacity.
- Manganese. This removes toxins from your hamster’s body.
Risks of Celery
Whilst, as you can see, there are many benefits that come with this green vegetable. There are also some risks if your hamster eats too much of it. These include:
- Dehydration. Celery contains a lot of water which means that hamsters who eat too much can suffer diarrhoea, this leads to dehydration. Dehydration can result in more serious health problems.
- Excessive urination. The high water content in celery can result in your pet needing to go to the toilet a lot more. This isn’t good for their bodies.
- Stomach issues. Too much celery can overload your hamster’s digestive system and cause major issues.
What type of Celery can a hamster eat?
There are various parts of Celery that can be eaten. This means that there can often be a lot of confusion around what parts of this green vegetable can be eaten. This guide will be taking you through all of the forms of Celery that they can eat.
Can Hamsters eat celery leaves? Celery leaves are suitable for your hamster, but they might not be a fan of them! The leaves are extremely bitter and our pets usually prefer food items that are sweet. Therefore, you can feed the leaves to your hamster but don’t expect them to eat them! Remove the pieces from the cage when they are finished.
The stem is the best part of the food to give to your hamster. Therefore you absolutely can feed it to them. Just make sure to follow the guidelines that we have stated in this guide, and cut it into small pieces, and you will be fine!
We don’t really recommend feeding celery seeds to your hamster. The effects on your pet are unknown and you don’t want to take that risk with your beloved pet! Stick to the leaves and the stem, we know those are safe.
We don’t recommend giving any form of juice to your pet. This is because of the high sugar content contained in juice and the lack of essential nutrients and vitamins that are in the juice. Therefore, do not feed celery juice to your hamster.
Hamsters can absolutely eat this delicious green vegetable, but you have to be careful! Too much can hurt your hamster and hurt their health, but the benefits in moderation are great! Feed your pet a little bit of celery at first to make sure that they will eat it before sticking to our quantity guide! Remember that dwarf hamsters should only have a tiny bit of celery due to their fragile immune system. Celery leaves and stem are fine for your hamster but keep them away from the juice and the seeds!
Have you fed your hamster celery before? Did they like it? Let us know in the comments!