We love our hamsters, and our hamsters love us! Therefore, we need to make sure that they are eating the right types of food. We wouldn’t love our hamsters that much if we were giving them the wrong food because it could hurt them! With this in mind, can hamsters eat dandelions? Yes! They absolutely can. You just need to make sure that you know how to feed it to them and how much to give.
This article will be looking at what dandelions are and how to feed them to your pet. It will also look at the quantities and the benefits/risks of feeding this wildflower to your hamster. Finally, we will look at the parts of the dandelion that your furry friend can eat. Enjoy!
What are Dandelions?
Dandelions are a type of wildflower which grows all over the world. They originated in Eurasia and are used as food and medicine all over the place. The entire plant is edible and nutritious as well! If they are found all over the world, it’s hardly a surprise that people are asking if their hamsters can eat it!
Can Hamsters Eat Dandelions?
As stated before, absolutely. This herb can be lovely for your furry friend, and they are likely to enjoy it. However, you need to make sure that you are feeding the right amounts to them. Too much dandelion can cause problems for their diet. You need to make sure that the dandelion is:
- Washed – To remove any pesticides or bugs that might be on it.
- Plain – Ensure that the dandelion is plain
- Unsalted – And unsweetened!
You need to make sure that there are no bugs on the dandelion, this is vital.
How to feed your hamster Dandelions.
When you are giving treats, such as dandelions, 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 food. 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 dandelion before giving it to your hamster! This removes any worries about pesticides or other nasties hurting your pet!
Consider feeding dandelions to your hamster as part of a diet including treats like pumpkin seeds, cabbage and carrots! These kind of things are great for your pet, as long as you make sure that you feed them in the correct amounts.
How much Dandelion can you feed your hamster?
So, as we can tell, hamsters can absolutely eat dandelion. But how much they can eat really does depend on how large they are. By this we generally mean what their breed is. There’s generally three types of hamster: Syrians, Robos and Dwarfs. These hamsters differ in size and therefore in how much they can eat. Check for your breed below!
How much Dandelion should Syrian Hamsters eat?
Syrians are the largest breed of hamster, and therefore the hamster that can eat the most. You can give your Syrian hamster around 3 teaspoons of dandelion every week! This is enough so that they feel the benefits, but not too much that they could have health issues!
How much Dandelion should Robo Hamsters eat?
Robos are smaller than Syrians, and therefore cannot eat as many dandelions. This is due to its smaller size! You can give your Robo hamster around 3 teaspoons of dandelion every fortnight, just make sure you space it out!
How much Dandelion should Dwarf Hamsters eat?
Dwarf hamsters, including Chinese, Campbell, and Russian hamsters, are much smaller than the average hamster. You can easily notice this at a pet shop! The good news is that they can still eat dandelions. Just keep it to a spaced-out 3 teaspoons a month. Too much can overload their system.
Benefits of Dandelion
There’s some clear health benefits to dandelion, it can be healthy for humans and hamsters alike! There are some key benefits to dandelion which can really help your hamster! Some of the wonderful benefits include:
- Vitamin A – This vitamin is great for eye health, it can protect your furry friend’s eyes!
- Vitamin C – A great vitamin for helping your hamster’s overall health.
- Vitamin E – This gives your hamster lovely and clean skin!
- Vitamin K – This allows for blood clotting.
- Magnesium – This regulates your hamster’s blood pressure.
Risks of Dandelion
Although there are clear benefits to giving your hamster some dandelions, you need to be careful of the risks that come with overfeeding. Overfeeding can cause issues for your hamster, there’s always too much of a good thing! Some of the risks include:
- Diarrhoea – Too much fresh paints in a hamster’s diet can cause diarrhoea and dehydration.
- Nutritional issues – If you give your hamster too much of this treat, it can result in them being too full to eat anything else. This can be problematic for their nutrition.
- Choking – Make sure to cut up the dandelions small, so your pet doesn’t choke.
- Obesity – Too much of anything can result in obesity, as your hamster doesn’t know the concept of a diet! They will love to just keep eating.
What part of the Dandelion can Hamsters eat?
Hamsters can eat dandelions, we know this much. But what parts? Let’s find out!
Can Hamsters eat Dandelion Seeds?
We don’t recommend that you feed dandelion seeds to your hamster. This is because we don’t really know the effect that they have on your furry friend. You should be as careful as possible.
Can Hamsters eat Dandelion Leaves?
Hamsters can eat dandelion leaves! They are perfectly safe for your hamster to eat.
Can Hamsters eat Dandelion flowers?
Hamsters can eat dandelion flowers! They are perfectly safe for your hamster to eat.
Can Hamsters eat Dried Dandelion?
Hamsters can eat dried dandelion, it’s just as good for them as fresh dandelion!
What else should you feed your hamster?
Although we absolutely recommend blueberries for your furry friend, you should still give them a varied diet of treats as well. We recommend most vegetables for your hamster, but most notably we recommend:
- Asparagus – Green snacks for your hamster!
- Parsnips – A great festive snack for your hamster!
- Sweet Potato – Delicious for your pet!
You should still make sure that your hamster’s main source of food is a delicious hamster mix. This provides all of their usual nutrients which your hamster will need to live a normal life. We recommend the Supreme Tiny Friends Farm Harry Hamster Mix as this provides a delicious nutritional balance for your pet. You can buy those below!
In conclusion, hamsters can eat dandelions. You just need to make sure that you feed the right amounts, and that you don’t feed them the seeds. We have looked at what dandelions are, how to feed them to your hamster and how much you can feed them to your furry friend. We have also looked at the benefits and risks of feeding this to your hamster!
Have you fed dandelion to your hamster before? Let us know what happened in the comments!