Our hamsters are such lovely animals, and they are fantastic pets as well! They are a joy to look after, but we need to remember that we have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to looking after them. One of these responsibilities is ensuring that they have the correct food, and ensuring that they are fed it correctly. This is why people ask questions like ‘Can Hamsters Eat Lentils.’ The good news is that hamsters can eat lentils; the lentils do need to be fed correctly though.
This post will go through lentils, and how to feed them to your hamster. We will look at the quantities, and the benefits of doing so. Enjoy!
What Are Lentils?
Lentils are a delicious food which is produced all over the world. It is mostly produced in Canada and India, but it is also grown in the United States. It is a staple food in Asia, with it being used in curries and eaten with rice. They can be eaten soaked, fried, baked, or boiled. They are also used in some European and African national dishes. They are very nutritious, and have a huge amount of protein!
Can Hamsters Eat Lentils?
As stated before, absolutely! In fact, this food can be very nutritious for your furry friend. You still, however, need to make sure that it is fed in moderation. You should also make sure that it is fed correctly. Ensure that the lentils are:
- Plain – Not in any curries or other sauces.
- Unsalted – Salt is dangerous for hamsters!
- Unsweetened – No sugars or sweeteners!
- Washed – If you are serving them raw.
If you follow these tips, your hamster should be able to eat lentils if given in a small amount!
Will Hamsters Like Lentils?
It will depend on the individual hamster. Lentils don’t contain much sugar, or any flavourings that a hamster may instinctively like. Therefore, they may not be obsessed with them in the same way that they may be obsessed with other fruit or vegetables. However, it really does depend on your hamster! Every hamster is different. My hamster loves some lentils every now and then.
How to Feed Lentils to your Hamster
When you are giving treats, such as Lentils, 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 vegetable. 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.
Lentils can be fed raw or cooked. Some people in the hamster community suggest soaking the lentils for 30 minutes before giving them to their hanster.
Consider feeding Lentils 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 Lentils can you feed your Hamster?
So, we know that hamsters can eat a small number of lentils, but how small? The amount really depends on the hamster’s breed. A Syrian hamster should be able to eat more lentils than a Robo hamster. This is due to their size and the strength of their digestive system. Dwarf hamsters are tiny, so you should only feed a very small amount to them. Find your breed below!
How many Lentils can Syrian Hamsters eat?
Syrians are the largest breed of hamster, and can therefore eat the most lentils! Give your Syrian hamster around 5 lentils daily. This may seem like a lot, but you have to remember how small lentils are! This is a perfect amount for your hamster, who will benefit from the amount of protein in this delicious vegetable.
How many Lentils can Robo Hamsters eat?
Robo hamsters are smaller than Syrians, and therefore should eat a smaller number of lentils. Give them around 3 lentils daily. This, alongside their usual treats and hamster food, should be a perfect amount for them. Robos are smaller, and therefore have weaker digestive systems. This is why you should feed them a smaller amount of lentils than Syrians.
How many Lentils can Dwarf Hamsters eat?
Dwarf hamsters, including Chinese, Campbell, and Russian hamsters, are smaller than the average hamster, which means that they can’t eat a lot of the food that we humans can eat! Feed them two lentils a day! This is only a small amount, but it is enough for them.
Benefits of Lentils
Lentils have so many health benefits for humans, they are seen as a superfood! This is why they are quickly gaining popularity in the west as a delicious source of protein. You may be asking, do these same benefits apply to hamsters? The good news is that they do! Hamsters gain many of the same benefits from lentils as humans do. Some of these benefits include:
- Dietary Fibres – These help your hamster’s digestive system and protects it.
- Protein – Lentils contain a lot of protein. This helps your hamster grow stronger!
- Magnesium – This improves blood flow and oxygen in your hamster’s body.
- Iron – This improves your hamster’s metabolism.
Risks of Lentils
Whilst there are a clear amount of benefits to lentils if you feed a small amount; you still need to be careful amount feeding too many lentils. When it comes to our hamsters, there is absolutely such thing as ‘too much of a good thing’. You therefore should be cautious of the risks of overfeeding this vegetable. Some of these risks include:
- Nutritional Imbalances – Filling your hamster will lentils will mean that they don’t get a full balance of nutrients from other foods.
- Digestive Problems – The fibre in lentils can be hard to break down, this could cause digestive problems for your hamster.
The good news is that these risks can be avoided if you feed lentils correctly!
Conclusion – Can Hamsters Eat Lentils?
As we come to the conclusion of this article, we hope that we have answered all of your questions. We know that hamsters can absolutely eat lentils, you just need to be careful that you don’t feed them too many. Lentils should be served plain, and in small quantities, in order to protect your hamsters’ health. Lentils contain many beneficial vitamins, but you can overfeed them. Overall, lentils are a delicious snack for your hamster.
What has your experience with lentils been, let us know in the comments!