We love our hamsters, and we want to keep them safe! Our hamster cannot manage their own health, they rely on us to give them the correct amounts of food and the correct food in general. This is why so many people research what kinds of snacks their hamsters can eat. With that in mind, can hamsters eat leeks? No, they cannot. Leeks are a member of the onion family, and therefore it can be dangerous for your hamster to eat them.
This article will look at the reasons why your hamster cannot eat leek, and will offer up some alternatives. We will also look at what to do if your hamster accidentally eats some leek.
What Are Leeks?
Leeks are a delicious vegetable that is closely related to onions, garlics, and shallots! They are easy to grow, and take 6 months to grow. They taste like onions, and have a crunchy and firm texture! There are many different ways of cooking a leek such as: boiling, frying, raw, and baked. They can also be put into soup! They are commonly used in Wales and England in food.
Can Hamsters Eat Leeks?
As stated before, they unfortunately cannot! Leeks can actually be quite dangerous for your hamster, anything more than a tiny amount can cause serious problems for them. It is made clear in the hamster community that leeks are part of the onion family; this means that your hamster cannot eat them. We will be listing lots of alternatives, so don’t worry!
Why Can’t Hamsters Eat Leek?
Just like with foods that humans cannot eat, there’s plenty of reasons why hamsters’ cannot eat leeks. We have reduced these into the primary 5 reasons which are: their relation to onions, their acidity, the problematic substances, the alternatives, and the view of the hamster community. We hope that this will convince you that you should not give leeks to your hamster.
They are a member of the onion family!
Hamsters cannot eat onions, we go into this in a separate article. They also cannot eat any other vegetables that are related to onions. This includes garlic and, unfortunately, leeks. All of these are unhealthy, and sometimes dangerous, for your furry friend.
They have too much acid!
Unfortunately, leeks simply contain way too much acid. Humans can eat acidic substances all the time, just look at all of the sour sweets that we eat! However, our furry friend’s digestive system is weaker than ours! This means that our hamsters simply cannot eat extremely acidic foods, such as leeks. It can cause digestive problems and damage your hamster’s health.
They contain problematic substances!
Leeks contain other problematic substances, other than acid. One of these is thiosulfate which is contained within foods in the onion family. Hamsters, unfortunately, cannot digest this substance; this means that it can build up within their system and cause serious damage if you are not careful. A heavy build-up of thiosulfate could even kill your hamster.
The amount of alternatives!
One of the great things about hamsters is that they can eat so many different snacks that we have available around the house! Your hamster should only eat a certain amount of food a day, and the majority of this should be their daily hamster food. You should therefore be careful about the snacks that you do feed your hamster. Sadly, the amount of negatives to leeks mean that you should give your hamster an alternative, which we will review later.
The view of the hamster community!
Other people in the hamster community are a great resource for acquiring information for how to treat and feed your hamster. They can be experts! Unfortunately, the view of the hamster community is that hamsters cannot eat leaks; they cannot eat leaks due to the reasons stated above. Therefore, you should stay away from them!
Alternatives to Leeks
It is sad that our furry friends cannot eat leeks, but there’s so many options that are so much better! Your hamster can still have a tasty choice of snacks. Some natural treats that you can give your hamster include:
- Peas – All animals love these green snacks, hamsters are no exception!
- Oats – These are easy to find, cheap, and nutritious for your hamster!
- Asparagus – Green veggies are perfect for your furry friend.
- Bean Sprouts – This delicious vegetable is very nutritious for your hamster!
What to do if your hamster eats leeks?
Whilst you don’t want to give your hamster leeks, it is possible that they accidentally eat some. The good news is that It is unlikely that a small amount of leek will impact your hamster’s health. However, you should still monitor them for side effects. If your hamster shows side-effects such as:
- Lethargy (laziness and unwillingness to move)
- Breathing problems
Then you should go see a vet and explain what happened. They will listen, check your hamster’s health, and help them recover!
Conclusion – Can Hamsters Eat Leeks?
In conclusion, can hamsters eat leeks? Sadly not. Leeks are part of the onion family, which means that your furry friend cannot enjoy this lovely vegetable. There are so many exciting alternatives such as peas, oats, asparagus, and bean sprouts. Make sure not to panic if your hamster eats a small amount of leek, it is unlikely to hurt them unless they eat a large amount.
What foods do you have to recommend to treat your hamster? Let us know in the comments!