We love our hamsters, and we love hazelnuts too! But can they be put together? This is the topic of the blog today. Loving our hamsters means figuring out the best snacks for them, this can mean that we try out new snacks to see if our hamsters will like them! Some store-bought snacks are fine but many have too much sugar, this can lead to us looking for natural alternatives to make our furry friends happy. So, can hamsters eat hazelnuts? Yes! Hamsters do indeed love hazelnuts, but the amount does depend on their breed.
This article will be looking at this question and delving deep into all the possible questions that you will have. We’ll be looking at the quantities of hazelnuts that you can feed your hamster as well as the benefits and risks of feeding them this nut. This article will also look at how you can easily feed this nut to your furry friend!
What are Hazelnuts?
Hazelnuts are the “nut of the hazel”, hence the name! They grow on trees and are used in all kinds of foods! They are used to help make chocolate bars and the oil is also able to be used in cooking. It’s even in Nutella! We eat so much of this nut everyday, but we might not know it! They grow all over the world!
Can Hamsters eat Hazelnuts?
As stated before, absolutely yes! Syrian hamsters love hazelnuts and can eat the most, but Robo and Dwarf hamsters can eat hazelnuts as well! You just need to be careful and be aware of the benefits and risks of feeding this lovely nut to your furry friend. Make sure that the hazelnut is:
If they fit these three conditions, they are safe for your pet!
How to feed Hazelnuts to your Hamster
When you are giving treats, such as this nut, 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 hazelnuts. 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 nut beforehand. This gets rid of any of the chemicals that may have been on the nut to protect it whilst it was growing. Pesticides can hurt your hamster’s health. Make sure to deshell the hazelnut or at least make it easier for your hamster to deshell it.
How many Hazelnuts can your Hamster eat?
The amount of hazelnuts that your hamster can eat really does depend on their size. Syrians can eat more than Robos and Robos can eat more than Dwarfs. This is due to their size and the strength of their respective digestive systems!
How many Hazelnuts can Syrian Hamsters eat?
Syrians are the largest breed of hamster and therefore can have the most hazelnut. Give them a hazelnut a week! Make sure it is a small one though, don’t give them huge hazelnuts as it is way too much for them!
How many Hazelnuts can Robo Hamsters eat?
Robos are smaller than Syrians and therefore cannot have as many hazelnuts. This is because their digestive system is weaker. Give them a tiny hazelnut once a week, smaller than what you would give a Syrian.
How many Hazelnuts can Dwarf Hamsters eat?
Winter White dwarf hamsters, Chinese hamsters and Campbell Dwarf Hamsters can eat hazelnuts but only once in a while. Give your Dwarf Hamster a tiny hazelnut once a fortnight.
Benefits of Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts provide plenty of benefits for humans, but is it the same for hamsters? Absolutely! This tasty nut can be a great source of nutritional goodness for your pet, as long as you feed it in the right amounts. Some of the benefits include:
- Zinc – This protects your hamster against infections and injuries.
- Vitamin B – This gives your pet lots of energy to complete your day!
- Potassium – This ensures that your hamster’s blood pressure is well-regulated
- Vitamin E – This helps give your hamster a healthy coat and eyes!
- Antioxidants – These protect your pet against the effects of ageing, such as cancer.
Risks of Hazelnuts
Whilst there are plenty of benefits in Hazelnuts, there’s also some risks. These risks become a problem if you are feeding too much of this lovely nut to your hamster. Some of the risks include:
- Obesity – Hazelnuts are high in fat which means that too many nuts can result in your hamster becoming obese.
- Diabetes – Hazelnuts being high in fat means that your pet is at risk of diabetes if they eat too much
- Choking – Hazelnuts can be quite big and can result in choking if you give too big a piece
- Nutritional deficiency – Big hazelnuts can fill up your pet and leave no room for anything else.
What kind of Hazelnuts can Hamsters eat?
There’s plenty of types of hazelnuts, let’s find out if your furry friends can eat them!
Can Hamsters eat Roasted Hazelnuts?
There should be no problem here. Just ensure that the hazelnut isn’t burned and that it is cooled down all the way though. Don’t serve a hot hazelnut to your pet.
Can Hamsters eat Salted Hazelnuts?
You shouldn’t serve salted hazelnuts to your hamster. This is because salt, in high amounts, is dangerous for your pet.
Can Hamsters eat Sweetened Hazelnuts?
You shouldn’t serve sweetened hazelnuts to your hamster. This is because added sugar and sweeteners can hurt your pet.
Can Hamsters eat Hazelnut Shells?
We recommend removing the shell before feeding it to your hamster or at least making efforts to. This is because the shell can be too difficult for your hamster to crack.
In this article we have looked at this question and hopefully answered it! Hamsters do indeed love hazelnuts and are fine eating it, as long as it is in the right amounts! You should hold your hamster whilst feeding this nut to them and you should be aware of the pros and cons of doing it! Remember that they can’t eat salted, shelled or sweetened nuts but they can eat them roasted!
Have you fed your hamster hazelnuts before? What was it like? Let us know in the comments!