Looking after our hamsters means that we need to ensure that everything we feed them is safe. Hamsters have sensitive digestive systems which means that we need to protect them. We should be researching their snacks before giving them; researching snacks means that we can ensure that they are safe. With that in mind, hamsters can eat crickets, as long as they are fed correctly. That is what this post will be going over.
We will be looking at how many crickets they can eat, the benefits of doing so, and how to feed them to your hamster. Enjoy!
What are Crickets?
Crickets are small insects that are found all over the world. They are found in many habitats, and can make their home in almost anything! They come in all shapes and sizes, with bull crickets growing up to 5 centimetres long! Crickets are often used as characters in books and animated shows. They are eaten by birds, reptiles, and other animals. Some people even keep them as pets!
Can Hamsters Eat Crickets?
As stated before, yep! They can! You just need to make sure that you follow certain precautions that you may not have to follow with other treats. You need to be careful about the quantities, and especially careful with how many you give them. Crickets can provide plenty of nutrition for your hamster, as well the recreation involved in eating them! Make sure that the crickets are:
- Dead – Alive crickets could be poached, they could then bite your hamster and cause problems. Always ensure that they are dead.
- Unflavoured – Some cultures serve crickets deep-fried, make sure they are completely plain!
- Defrosted – Many crickets will come frozen, ensure that they are defrosted first.
Will Hamsters Like Crickets?
This really depends on your individual hamster. Many hamsters may not like crickets, just as they don’t like mealworms. Whilst hamsters are omnivores, some of them simply don’t like meat! Therefore, it really is up to the individual hamster. My hamster doesn’t enjoy crickets, but that doesn’t mean that your hamster won’t.
How to Feed Crickets to your Hamster?
When you are giving treats, such as crickets, 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 cricket is dead before feeding it to your hamster. Alive crickets may bite your hamster and cause health problems.
Consider feeding crickets 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.
Where to get Crickets from?
We recommend buying the crickets from your local pet store. Buy ones that have already been killed, and make sure to wash them before feeding to your hamster. Wild crickets could cause health problems for your hamster as they are potentially dirty.
How many Crickets can Hamsters eat?
Hamsters can eat crickets, this much is obvious. However, you need to know how many crickets your hamster can eat. When it comes to hamsters, there is always ‘too much of a bad thing’. Hamsters require a delicate nutritional balance, which can be problematic if you feed too many crickets. Syrians can eat the most crickets, Robos can eat less, and we only recommend giving a tiny amount to your dwarf hamster. Find your breed below to see how much cricket they can eat.
How many Crickets can Syrian Hamsters eat?
Syrians are the largest breed of hamster – this means that they can eat the most crickets. Give your hamster a small cricket once a week. You shouldn’t overfeed it to your hamster as they need a wide range of nutritional sources for their food. One cricket is enough for a week for a creature as small as a hamster.
How many Crickets can Robo Hamsters eat?
Robos are smaller than Syrians, and therefore shouldn’t have as many crickets. Give them a cricket every other week. This may not seem like a lot for us, but crickets are huge in comparison to the size of our furry friends! They should be an occasional treat and nothing more.
How many Crickets can Dwarf Hamsters eat?
Dwarf hamsters are tiny, and therefore should only eat a very small amount of cricket. Give them a cricket a month, and ensure that it is cut up into little pieces. This is to ensure that your hamster doesn’t choke whilst eating it. These should be an occasional treat for your furry friend and nothing more!
Benefits of Crickets
Crickets have many health benefits for your hamster if they are fed appropriately. They can be a valuable source of energy and could be super tasty for your hamster as well. Some of the benefits of crickets for your hamster include:
- Protein – This helps your hamster grow, and gives them lots of energy.
- Dietary Fibres – These are great for your hamster’s digestive system!
- Vitamin C – This vitamin is vital for your hamster’s overall health.
- Fat – This is important for your hamster in small amounts.
Remember, these benefits only exist if your hamster is fed crickets in the appropriate fashion.
Risks of Crickets
As stated, crickets do have some risks. These risks are caused by overfeeding, as well as the crickets being fed incorrectly. If you are feeding the crickets correctly then you should have nothing to fear. Some of the risks include:
- Nutritional Imbalances – Hamsters need a wide range of foods.
- Choking – This is especially a risk as hamsters cannot vomit which could result in them easily choking.
- Biting – Alive crickets could bite your hamster. Ensure that they are dead before feeding.
Conclusion – Can Hamsters Eat Crickets?
In conclusion, hamsters can absolutely eat crickets. You just need to ensure that they are fed in a correct manner, and in the appropriate serving sizes. Crickets contain a sizable amount of protein, vitamin C, and dietary fibres. Your hamster may not like them so you should ensure that you give them a small amount first. You need to be aware of the risks as well. Enjoy feeding this snack responsibly to your hamster!
Have you fed crickets to your hamster before? Let us know in the comments!