We love our furry friends, and they love us! Taking care of our hamsters requires a lot of work and a lot of research though, especially when it comes to what we can feed them. It’s easy to figure out what to feed our hamster usually, but when it comes to treats, it can be quite hard. It is worth it though, the wrong food being given to your hamster can result in health problems. With that in mind, can hamsters eat chives? No. They can’t. You should avoid chives, and we will tell you why in this article.
We will look at what chives are, why hamsters can’t eat them, what to do if your hamster eats some, and some alternatives for your hamster. Enjoy!
What Are Chives?
Chives are a plant that grows all over the world. It is commonly used as a herb and can be found in supermarkets or gardens. They are loved by bees as they are known to produce a lot of nectar. They are used in foods in France, Sweden and other places in Europe. They have been grown since the middle ages, and even the Romans used them! They are an incredible plant that is well known.
Can Hamsters Eat Chives?
Unfortunately, they cannot. Chives can be dangerous for your hamster and feeding them can cause serious health problems for your furry friend. The hamster community has made it clear that chives contain various ingredients that are toxic for pets, and their close relation to onions can cause problems as hamsters cannot eat onions. We will be listing lots of alternatives to chives later on in the post.
Why Can’t Hamsters Eat Chives?
There’s plenty of reasons why our furry friends cannot eat chives, even a small amount. There are four main reasons why they cannot eat chives. The primary four reasons are: their acidity, the availability of better alternatives. the fact that they contain thiosulfate, and that the hamster community recommends that you refrain from feeding it. We will look at this in more detail now.
They are too acidic!
Unfortunately, our hamsters have a very weak digestive system. This can cause serious problems for them if they are fed anything that is acidic. Humans can happily eat acidic foods due to the strengths of our stomachs but hamsters, unfortunately, cannot. Chives are quite acidic and therefore your hamster cannot eat them without problems.
There’s much better alternatives!
There are so many better alternatives when it comes to giving your hamster a small treat. There’s so many fantastic fruits and vegetables that don’t risk damaging your hamster’s health if they are fed to your furry friend. We will be going into some of these delicious treats later!
They contain thiosulfate.
Thiosulfate is a dangerous chemical for animals. It is highly recommended that you don’t feed anything with this in it to your dogs and cats. The effects of thiosulfate on hamsters is not well-known, but you should be absolutely safe by ensuring that they don’t consume any thiosulfate.
The hamster community recommends that you don’t.
When it comes to deciding what foods to give our furry friends, it can be useful to see what the hamster community thinks. These are people who know a lot about their pets, and their collective knowledge can really help! Unfortunately, the hamster community recommends that you don’t feed chives to your hamster. So you should not.
Alternatives to Chives?
So, we have made it clear that you should not feed chives to your hamster. It can cause a multitude of health problems and could cause them pain if they have any. However, your hamster still needs some treats! With that in mind, what alternatives to chives exist? The good news is that there are so many. We primarily recommend feeding green vegetables to your hamster. Some of these include:
- Broccoli – A lovely green snack for your hamster!
- Cabbage – Easy to find, and nutritious!
- Cucumber – A great snack for your pet!
- Peas – Lovely round snacks that your furry friend will love!
However, you should ensure that your hamster’s primary food is a hamster mix. This provides all of their essential daily nutrients and assists in keeping them fit and healthy. Personally, I recommend the Supreme Tiny Friends Farm Harry Hamster Mix. This gives a great balance of nutrients to your hamster. Buy it here!
What to do if your hamster eats chives?
You may be reading this after your hamster has already eaten some chives. In which case, don’t panic. The primary issue with chives is long-term problems due to a large amount being fed to them over time. It is possible that your hamster won’t face any health issues if you accidentally fed them once. Check for the following symptoms in your hamster:
- Lethargy (Laziness)
- Breathing problems
If any of these symptoms are present, go see a vet and tell them what happened. They will listen, check your hamster’s health, potentially give antibiotics, and help them recover!
Conclusion – Can Hamsters Eat Chives?
In conclusion, hamsters can sadly not eat chives. They can cause all kinds of health problems in your hamster and can cause them to be poisoned. This means that, although humans can eat them, we should avoid sharing this snack with our hamster. The good news is that there are so many alternatives though! Peas, broccoli, and cabbage are just some of the exciting alternatives for your hamster.
What foods do you recommend for a hamster? Let us know in the comments!