We love our hamsters, and they love us back! Loving our furry friends means that we have to look after them, and ensure that they are properly cared for. This includes their health, and therefore their diet. A hamster’s diet can really affect their health, so it is important to work out exactly what they can and can’t eat. With that in mind, can hamsters eat grass? Yes! Hamsters can eat grass, as long as it is properly collected and fed.
This article will be going over if hamsters can eat grass, what kinds they can eat, and the benefits and risks of doing so. Enjoy!
Is Grass Safe For Hamsters To Eat?
Absolutely! Grass by itself is safe for your hamster to eat. The only risk when it comes to grass is the actual substances that could be within the grass. Therefore, this article is going to be looking at how to ensure that the grass is safe and non-toxic for your furry friend.
How To Collect Grass
There are two main ways that you can acquire the grass. The first is to buy some from a pet store, or any other store. This is the best way of ensuring that the grass is safe and healthy for your hamster. The second way is by collecting it yourself, which is the easiest but also the riskest way of getting the grass. When you are collecting the grass, ensure that it is washed after cutting it. You should get the grass from areas such as:
- Your garden – unless you use pesticides or insecticides.
- A remote field – away from livestock and paths.
Where To Avoid Getting Grass From
Yes, hamsters can eat grass, but you need to make sure that the grass comes from the right places. Grass by itself is fine, its what could be inside the grass that is the issue. Don’t feed your hamster grass that comes from:
- Areas with high animal traffic – this grass could contain animal feces
- Areas where the grass has been treated with chemicals – these chemicals could kill your hamster
- Areas close to busy roads – the car fumes can poison the grass
- Areas with mold or fungus – these could hurt your hamster
Benefits Of Grass
There’s plenty of benefits to your hamster having some grass, as long as it is sourced from the proper locations! Some benefits of your hamster eating grass include:
- Antioxidants – These protect against ‘free radicals’ which can cause cancer in your hamster.
- Cholesterol reduction – Cholesterol can be harmful to your hamster.
- Digestive benefits – Grass is known to contain digestive fibres, which benefit your hamster’s digestive system!
- Vitamins – A, B, and D are contained in this food.
Risks Of Grass
Whilst there are clear benefits to your hamster eating grass, there are some risks as well. These risks come from the substances inside the grass and can cause some issues for your furry friend. There are also other problems related to grass. Some of the risks of your hamster eating too much grass include:
- Nutritional deficiencies – whilst there are some nutritional benefits, too much grass can result in nutritional deficiencies for your hamster.
- Pesticides and insecticides – These could kill your hamster as they are designed to kill many forms of life.
- Poisonous fumes – Car fumes can make grass poisonous and can endanger your hamster.
Alternatives To Grass
Whilst grass can be eaten, there’s plenty of wonderful alternatives for your furry friend. These are alternatives that can be acquired easily, and alternatives that your hamster will absolutely love! Some alternatives include:
- Pears – this delicious fruit is healthy and delicious for your hamster.
- Asparagus – an easy-to-find vegetable that can give plenty of benefits.
- Mushrooms – only store-bought ones though!
- Oats – cheap and nutritious for your furry friend!
- Peaches – another cheap and delicious fruit.
Conclusion – Can Hamsters Eat Grass?
In conclusion, hamsters can absolutely eat grass! You need to ensure that it is not contaminated and that it is safe for your hamster to eat. Ensure that the grass is away from contaminants and that you don’t feed them too much. Safe grass does have some benefits though, including many antioxidants. There’s many delicious alternatives though, and we fully recommend them!