We love our lovely furry friends, they are such wonderful friends! They are great to look after, but there’s so many responsibilities when it comes to looking after them. One of these many responsibilities includes ensuring that your hamster is fed the correct treats alongside their usual hamster food. If we let them eat unhealthy foods, it can cause health problems for them. With that in mind, can hamsters eat cottage cheese? Yes! You should ensure that they only eat a small amount, although.
We will be looking at how to feed this cheese to your hamster, along with the benefits and risks of doing so. We will also look at potential alternatives that can be fed alongside cottage cheese. Enjoy!
What is Cottage Cheese?
Cottage cheese is a type of cheese that was popularised in the 19th century. It became especially popular after World War One. It is very popular as a health food as it is high in protein whilst being low in fat. It is often combined with fruit, salt, fruit, tomatoes, granola, and cinnamon. It is often used as a meat substitute. There are many other recipes that use cottage cheese.
Can Hamsters Eat Cottage Cheese?
As stated before, hamsters can absolutely eat cottage cheese! However, it is still essential that it is fed in the correct manner, and that the cottage cheese is the correct type for them to eat. Not checking this could still cause some health problems for your furry friend. Ensure that the cottage cheese that you feed your hamster is:
- Plain – With no additional flavours such as garlic and herb.
- Low Fat – You should ensure that you only buy low fat cottage cheese
- Unsalted – No extra salt, as this could harm your hamster.
If you follow this guide, you should be fine!
Will Hamsters Like Cottage Cheese?
We think that they will! Cottage cheese is yummy for humans, and we think that your furry friend will love it as well! However, you need to remember that hamsters have different tastes. Some hamsters will like cottage cheese, whilst others may not. This is completely natural. My hamster, Yuri, loves cottage cheese, but this doesn’t mean that yours will. Feed your hamster a small amount of cottage cheese and see if they like it before feeding more.
How to feed cottage cheese to your hamster?
When you are giving treats, such as cottage cheese, 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 vegetable. 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 the cottage cheese is plain, and low fat, before feeding it to your hamster.
Consider feeding cottage cheese to your hamster as part of a diet including treats like pumpkin seeds, cabbage, and carrots! These kinds of things are great for your pet, as long as you make sure that you feed them in the correct amounts.
How much cottage cheese to feed to your hamster?
You need to ensure that you need cottage cheese in the correct quantities for your furry friend. This is due to the relative strength of our hamster’s digestive system, it can cause problems for them if you feed them too much. The amount you feed your hamster should depend on their breed. Syrians should have the most amount, due to their size, and dwarfs should only have a small amount. Find your breed below and see how much they can eat!
How much cottage cheese can a syrian hamster eat?
Syrians are the largest type of hamster, which means that they can naturally eat the most cottage cheese. However, you still shouldn’t eat too much. We recommend giving your furry friend a maximum of half a teaspoon every week. This may not seem like a lot, but to our hamsters, it is a huge amount!
How much cottage cheese can a robo hamster eat?
Robos are smaller than syrians, and therefore cannot eat as much as syrians. However, they can still eat cottage cheese. They just can’t eat as much! Give them half a teaspoon every fortnight. A small amount of cottage cheese is really beneficial for your hamster.
How much cottage cheese can a dwarf hamster eat?
Dwarf hamsters, including Chinese, Campbell, and Russian hamsters, are smaller than the average hamster, which means that they can’t eat a lot of the food that we humans can eat! Feed them a teaspoon of cottage cheese every month.
Benefits of cottage cheese?
Cottage cheese has plenty of benefits for humans, and the same can apply for our furry friends as well! However, you should make sure that you keep to the recommendations in this article. Ensuring that the cottage cheese is plain and low in fat will help massively in improving the benefits. Some of the benefits of feeding cottage cheese appropriately include:
- Vitamin B – This is great for giving your hamster a lot of energy!
- Choline – This is needed for your hamster to stay healthy
- Zinc – This assists your hamster’s digestive system.
- Copper – This benefits your hamster’s blood.
Risks of cottage cheese?
Whilst there are clear benefits to giving a small amount of cottage cheese to your hamster, you should still be careful. Too much of anything can be a problem for your hamster, and you should be aware of this when feeding them. You should, as stated, always make sure that it is fed correctly. Some of the risks of feeding cottage cheese improperly include:
- Nutritional Issues – Cottage cheese contains some nutrients, but not a correct balance.
- Rotting food – Most food rots, if you give your hamster too much they may store it. This can lead to it rotting.
- Lack of Fibre – Cottage cheese contains no fibre, which your hamster needs to be healthy. You should ensure that your hamster has a lot of fibre in their diet.
What other foods can hamsters eat?
Other than cottage cheese, there are so many delicious foods that you can feed your hamster! This will help them get a nutritious balance, although you should still remember to primarily feed them hamster food. We recommend that you feed vegetables to your hamster, some vegetables that you feed them include:
- Asparagus – A great green snack!
- Lentils – Full of protein!
- Spinach – A lovely veggie for your hamster!
You should ensure that your hamster’s primary meal source is their usual hamster food though. This provides their daily nutrients and keeps them healthy. We recommend the Supreme Tiny Friends Farm Harry Hamster Mix as this provides a delicious nutritional balance for your pet. You can buy that here!
Conclusion – Can Hamsters Eat Cottage Cheese?
In conclusion, hamsters can absolutely eat cottage cheese! You just need to be careful with the amount that you give them, and how it is fed. If you do so, then you shouldn’t have any problems. Make sure that the cottage cheese is plain and low fat. We have looked at what cottage cheese is, how to give it to your hamster, and the benefits and risks of doing so. We have also looked at alternatives to cottage cheese that you can also feed. Enjoy feeding cottage cheese to your hamster.
Have you fed cottage cheese to your hamster before? Let us know your stories in the comments!