Treating our hamster with the upmost care and respect is the best thing we can do as owners. This involves managing our hamster’s habitat but it also involves looking at what they eat. We often wonder if typical household foods can be given to hamsters as a treat, people ask ‘can hamsters eat corn?’ due to this. It makes sense that we give our hamster what we have in-stock! The good news is that our furry friends do eat corn! It can be a healthy snack for our beloved hammies, but only if given in the right amounts.
This article will be taking you through how much they can eat as well as the benefits and risks! We’ll show you how much a hamster can eat, depending on their breed. We will also look at different types of corn and if hamsters are able to eat those types!
What is Corn
Corn is a delicious food which can be grown all over the food. It is commonly grown in America where it is used to make corn sugar. Corn sugar is used to make all kinds of snacks. The total production of corn is actually higher than wheat or rice! It can even be used for fuel as well. No wonder so many people are asking if their pet can eat it!
Can Hamsters Eat Corn?
As we have previously discussed, they absolutely can! Our furry friends can eat corn and they will like it! It can be a high-quality and nutritious food for your hamster as long as it is fed in the right amount. However, if you feed your hamster too much, corn can be an issue. It can cause health issues and possibly lower their lifespan.
How to give your hamster Corn
When you are giving treats, such as this food, 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 corn. 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 corn to protect it whilst it was growing. Pesticides can hurt your hamster’s health. We will be discussing what kind of corn is best for your hamster later on in the article.
How much Corn should you feed your hamster?
So we know that corn can be completely fine for your hamster. However, how much should they eat. This depends heavily on the type of hamster, by which we mean their breed.
How much Corn should a Syrian hamster eat?
Syrians can have quite a lot of corn as a treat. We often give our hamster, Richard, a hanging corn treat which encourages him to grab and take the corn himself. We recommend one of those around once a month.
How much Corn should a Roborovski hamster eat?
Robos can’t have as much corn due to their size. We don’t recommend going as far as giving your Robo hamster a full corn on the cob to eat. It can fill them up too much! Give them a handful of corn kenals every week.
How many Corn should a Dwarf hamster eat?
Winter White dwarf hamsters, Chinese hamsters and Campbell Dwarf hamsters can only have a few pieces of this lovely veg. This is mainly due to their size, it can fill them up a lot if you give them a lot. This means that there’s not enough room for proper hamster food. Give your dwarf hamster a kernel of corn a day. Consider giving them tiny kernels to prevent a choking hazard
Benefits of Corn
Corn is seen by some people as a superfood! It’s got a lot of benefits that can help your hamster, providing that it is given to them in the correct amounts!
- Corn contains a lot of magnesium! This benefits your hammies bones and makes them super strong!
- Corn contains a lot of Vitamin B. This protects your hamster’s digestive system
- Corn contains a lot of vitamin C. Vitamin C protects your immune system!
- Corn contains antioxidants. These protect your pet from the issues that come with aging, such as cancer.
Risks of Corn
The good news is, there’s not a lot of risks to corn! It is a staple food which hamsters can cope with. However there’s a few risks that are associated with overfeeding.
- Feeding your hamster too much corn can make them obese. This is the same with any food so make sure not to overfeed them.
- Large pieces of corn can be a choking risk, especially for dwarf hamsters
- Corn shouldn’t be a large part of your hamster’s diet. Make sure that the majority of your hamster’s food is nutritious hamster food.
What type of Corn can a hamster eat?
There’s plenty of types of corn on the market, as stated before. So what types can hamsters eat?
Can hamsters eat baby corn?
Hamsters love baby corn! it can be especially handy for dwarf hamsters as the choking hazard will be reduced. This is because you can cut it into tiny pieces for them. Syrian, Dwarf and Robos can eat baby corn.
Can hamsters eat corn on the cob?
Yep! In fact, many pet stores sell corn on the cob that you can put in your hamster’s cage. We recommend that only Syrians are given this though. Other hamsters shouldn’t have that much! It can fill them up and not leave room for anything else!
Can hamsters eat sweetcorn?
We don’t recommend that you give your hamster sweetcorn! It is extremely hard to digest and your hamster may not be able to digest it at all. This won’t lead to any trouble but it is a waste of a snack and it gives your hamster no benefits! Stick to normal corn!
So, in conclusion. The answer to the question is yep! Our beloved furry pets love this tiny yellow snack and it can be perfectly healthy for them. Just make sure that you give it to them in the right quantities. Too much corn can fill up your hammy and not leave any room for anything else! Corn does contain lots of nutrients and vitamins though, so it is a good snack. Baby corn and corn on the cob can be given to hamsters, but stay away from sweetcorn!
Have you given your hamster corn before, we bet you have! Let us know your experiences in the comments!