We love our hamsters, and our hamsters love us! Loving our hamsters means that we must take care of them and make sure that they eat the correct kinds of foods. We wouldn’t be very good parents if we were feeding them things that hurt their health. This often means that we wonder what kind of treats hamsters can eat, for instance, can hamsters eat mushrooms? They can! Hamsters can eat mushrooms, but you need to make sure that you feed them the right amounts and that they are prepared correctly.
This post will be going over what mushrooms are, how you can feed them to your pet and the benefits of giving them to your hamster! We will also look at the quantity that you should give to them and the problems that can occur if you feed them too much. Read on and enjoy!
What Are Mushrooms?
Mushrooms are delicious funguses, which grow all over the world! There are so many times of mushroom, many of which are poisonous for hamsters and humans alike! They are still used in cooking, as many types of mushrooms are safe for people to eat. They grow on farms and are mostly produced in China. There are so many different types of mushrooms such as: shitake, button, whites, portobello, and crimini! They are delicious, and your hamster is sure to love them!
Can Hamsters Eat Mushrooms?
As stated before, absolutely! Hamsters can eat mushrooms, you just need to make sure that you feed them in the right amounts and that you prepare them correctly. However, mushrooms that are prepared incorrectly can cause issues for your furry friend! Make sure that the mushrooms are:
- Washed – This is to wash off a lot of the pesticides and pests that could be on the mushroom
- Cooked – This is to keep it safe for your hamster to eat, and removes some of the toxins in it.
- Unsalted – Salt can be really dangerous for your hamster, keep it out of their diet.
- Bought from the shop – Wild mushrooms can be seriously dangerous for your hamster. Even if they are safe for us.
Follow these rules, and your hamster should be fine!
How to give your Hamster Mushrooms?
When you are giving treats, such as mushrooms, 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 mushrooms. 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.
We recommend washing and cooking the mushroom before you give it to your furry friend. This will benefit their digestion, and help remove any pesticides or pests that could be on the mushroom.
How much Mushroom should you feed your hamster?
The amount of mushroom that you can feed your hamster really depends on their breed. Different breeds of hamsters can eat different amounts of mushroom! This is only natural, as bigger hamsters have a bigger, and better, digestive system! Syrian hamsters can eat more than Robos, and Robos can eat more than Dwarfs! Read below to find your breed.
How much Mushroom should a Syrian Hamster eat?
Syrians are the largest breed of hamster, and they can therefore eat more mushroom than other breeds of hamster. Give your Syrian Hamster around a finger-sized piece of mushroom to your hamster twice a week. This is enough for them to enjoy it, but not so much that they end up hoarding it.
How much Mushroom should a Roborovski hamster eat?
Robos are smaller than Syrians, and therefore shouldn’t really eat as much mushroom. Give them a finger-sized piece of mushroom once a week. Too much mushroom can cause some digestive issues in your furry friend.
How much Mushroom should a Dwarf hamster 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 a tiny ear piece of mushroom every week! This is only a small amount, but it is enough for them.
Benefits of Mushrooms
There are some clear benefits to your hamster eating a small amount of mushroom. They have plenty of nutrition, and benefit humans massively! The same applies for hamsters, as long as you feed them the correct amount! Some of the benefits of your hamster eating a small amount of mushroom include:
- Antioxidants – These help protect your hamster from the effect of aging, and boosts their immune system.
- Copper – This helps your hamster’s body make red blood cells, something which is vital for their development.
- Vitamin B – This helps give your furry friend lots of energy for the day!
- Potassium – This improves your pet’s heart, muscle, and nerve function.
- Dietary Fibres – These help your hamster’s digestive!
Risks of Mushrooms
Whilst there are clear benefits to your hamster eating a small amount of mushroom, you have to be cautious of some of the risks of giving them too much mushroom! If you feed your hamster too much mushroom, or feed it in the wrong way, then you could have some problems long-term for your furry friend. Some of the risks of overfeeding mushrooms to your hamster include:
- Rotting food – Your hamster is unlikely to eat all of the mushrooms you give them and will store it away. This could cause it to rot, which could harm your hamster if they try to eat it again later.
- Digestive problems – Mushrooms are high in acid, so too much can harm your hamster’s digestive system. It won’t kill them, but it could cause them discomfort.
- Nutritional issues – If your hamster eats too much mushroom, they may not have any space for other foods. This could cause nutritional imbalances in the future.
What Kind of Mushrooms can Hamsters Eat?
As mentioned before, there are so many different types of mushrooms! This can make it complicated if you are trying to work out what mushrooms you can give your hamster. So read below to find out!
Can Hamsters Eat Raw Mushrooms?
We don’t recommend feeding your hamster raw mushrooms. Cook the mushroom, without using oil, this is the best way to give your hamster a small amount of mushroom!
Can Hamsters Eat Button Mushrooms?
Absolutely! You can give your hamster a small amount of button mushroom, as long as you follow the guidance above.
Can Hamsters Eat Wild Mushrooms?
We don’t recommend it. It can be hard to tell if wild mushrooms are safe for humans, nevermind hamsters! We simply don’t know the toxicity of wild mushrooms when it comes to your furry friend. Plus, they can have wild animals on them. Avoid!
Can Hamsters Eat Shiitake Mushrooms?
Absolutely! You can give your hamster a small amount of Shiitake mushroom, as long as you follow the guidance above.
Conclusion – Can Hamsters Eat Mushrooms?
In conclusion, hamsters can absolutely eat mushrooms! You just need to make sure that they are fed in the correct quantities! If not, they can cause some serious problems for your hamster’s digestive system. Only feed a small amount to your pet,. and make sure that they are prepared properly. Your hamster can eat mushrooms that are sold in the supermarkets, but don’t pick them yourself from the wild! Enjoy giving this snack in small amounts to your pet.
Has your hamster eaten mushrooms before? How many do you give? Let us know in the comments!