Eggs are one of my favourite foods, incidentally, they are one of my hamster’s favourite foods too! I always do a lot of research before giving my hamster a certain food, your furry friend is very sensitive to changes in their diet and big changes can really hurt them! To ensure that your hamster lives as long as possible, you must do this research. So, can hamsters eat eggs? Absolutely! All types of hamster can eat eggs, you just need to ensure that you are feeding it in the right amounts and that it is cooked properly. This is what we will get into here.
We will look at how to feed eggs to your hamster, the pros and cons of doing so, and the types of eggs that they can eat. Enjoy!
What are Eggs?
Eggs have been eaten all over the world since humans first came about! They come from various animals such as chickens and ducks, these eggs are absolutely delicious! They can be cooked in so many different ways: scrambled eggs, pouched eggs, fried eggs, and so many more ways. They are made all over the world, and can even be made in your own garden if you own chickens. Most of us will have eggs ready to use, so no wonder so many people ask if hamsters can eat them.
Can Hamsters Eat Eggs?
As stated before, absolutely! Eggs are one of the classic treats that you can give to your hamster which won’t harm them and will actually give them lots of valuable nutrients! They are easy to cook, and your hamster will love them! You just need to follow some simple rules when you are cooking:
- Make sure they are cooked! – Uncooked eggs can cause problems for your furry friend.
- Don’t use salt or pepper – Salt especially can cause serious health problems for your hamster.
- Don’t add any toppings – Many people add cheese or ham. Just serve the egg by itself!
- Only feed the egg white! – This is the safest part of the egg for hamsters.
If you follow these rules, there shouldn’t be any problem at all with your hamster having a small amount of egg!
How to give your Hamster Eggs?
When you are giving treats, such as eggs, 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 fruit. 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 egg is fully cooked before you give it to your furry friend. Uncooked egg can cause serious problems for your hamster’s health.
Consider feeding eggs 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 many Eggs should you feed your hamster?
Eggs are delicious for your hamster, but they can only eat so many! Too much of any food can cause serious problems for your hamster, so you need to regulate how much they eat. The amount that a hamster can eat really does depend on their breed. Syrians can eat more than Robos, and Robos can eat more than Dwarfs! Read more for information on this.
How many Eggs should a Syrian Hamster eat?
Syrians are the largest breed of hamster, and therefore can have the most amount of egg! Give them around a teaspoon of egg white a week. This may not seem like a lot, but to a tiny hamster, it can be a delicious meal!
How many Eggs should a Roborovski hamster eat?
Robos are smaller than Syrians, and therefore cannot have as many eggs. But they can still have some! Give them around a teaspoon of egg white a week. You can space this out over a few days so that you don’t fill them up.
How many Eggs should a Dwarf hamster eat?
Dwarf hamsters, including Chinese, Campbell, and Russian hamsters, are smaller than the average hamster. They can therefore not eat much of the food that we can eat. Give them a teaspoon of egg every month. This can be a 1/4 of a teaspoon a week, or a piece of egg around the size of the ear every week.
Benefits of Eggs
Eggs have so many benefits for hamsters! We already know that humans can gain a lot of benefits from eating eggs, and the same applies for hamsters as well! These benefits only exist if you feed eggs in the right amount though, so make sure to stick to the guidelines above! Some of the benefits of egg include:
- Protein – This gives your hamster lots of energy, and assists their muscle strength!
- Vitamin D – This helps your hamster’s teeth and bones, it ensures that they stay healthy!
- Vitamin A – These benefit your hamster’s vision.
- Antioxidants – These help your hamster with the side-effects of aging such as cancer.
- Vitamin B – This helps your hamster’s overall health and keeps them strong.
Risks of Eggs
Although it is clear that there are so many benefits to giving your hamster a small amount of egg, there’s still a lot of risks if you give them too much! Hamsters’ are fragile animals, and therefore can suffer many health problems if they are given too much of a good thing. Some of the problems that can occur if you give too much egg include:
- Obesity – Eggs have a lot of fat which means that too much can lead to obesity in your hamster. Make sure that they don’t eat too much!
- Choking – Big pieces of egg can get stuck in your hamster’s throat, this can cause choking.
- Nutritional Issues – If your hamster eats too much egg, they won’t have room for their hamster food! This can lead to issues where they don’t get the correct nutrients
- Heart Problems – Egg contains a lot of fat, which can cause problems for your hamster’s health.
What types of Egg can my hamster eat?
There’s so many types of egg, and so many different ways to cook it. This is why people often ask about the different types, and we are here to give an answer below!
Can Hamsters Eat Scrambled Egg?
Absolutely! Just make sure that it is plain, and isn’t cooked with any oils, salts, and peppers. Plain scrambled egg is absolutely fine for your furry friend!
Can Hamsters Eat Fried Egg?
We don’t recommend that you feed fried egg to your hamster. Fried eggs are usually cooked in oil, and this oil can introduce unnecessary fats into your hamster’s diet.
Can Hamsters Eat Poached Egg?
Yes! Poached eggs are absolutely fine to give to your hamster, providing that nothing is added to them. Plain eggs, poached in water, are absolutely delicious for your hamster!
Can Hamsters Eat Boiled Egg?
Yes! This is probably the safest way to cook an egg for your hamster. Just boil it in water and your hamster will absolutely love it, and they will gain plenty of benefits from it!
Can Hamsters Eat Egg Shells?
If you prepare it correctly. Egg shells by themselves should not be given to your hamster, as they contain lots of jagged edges that are likely to cut your hamster. However, if you grind them up, they shouldn’t be a problem. Use the serving suggestions above.
Can Hamsters Eat Egg Yolk?
Don’t feed them egg yolk. The egg white has the most benefits, and your hamster is much more likely to enjoy the egg white!
Conclusion – Can Hamsters Eat Eggs?
In conclusion, can hamsters eat egg? Yes! Hamsters love egg, and they can gain a lot of benefits from egg being in their diet. The antioxidants in them can be massively beneficial for your furry friend! However, large amounts of egg can cause serious problems for your hamster in the long term. There’s a lot of different ways on how to cook egg, and we have answered the questions on the type of eggs that hamsters can eat.
Have you fed eggs to your hamster before? Let us know your experiences in the comments!