Peanut Butter is delicious, and many of us have it around the house. We often ask if we can give food that is around the house to our little furry friends, and most of the time you can! But you need to be careful because if you give the wrong kind of food to your hamster it can cause serious health problems. We love our hamsters, and we do not want anything bad to happen to them! With that in mind, Can Hamsters Eat Peanut Butter? The answer is yes, they can! But you need to make sure that you feed it in the right amounts.
This article will be discussing what peanut butter is, how to feed it to your furry friend, and the benefits and risks of doing so. We hope you enjoy!
What is Peanut Butter?
Peanut butter is a delicious food spread made by, unsurprisingly, peanuts! It was invented in 1884 in Canada. It is so delicious, and is eaten all over the world! It can be spread on bread, toast, crackers, and sandwiches! It is also added to cookies, crepes, brownies, and croissants. Many people have an allergy to peanuts, but this is not a problem for your hamster! Peanut Butter is delicious, no wonder people ask if their hamsters can eat it!
Can Hamsters Eat Peanut Butter?
As stated before, absolutely! But you need to make sure that it is fed in small amounts. If you feed it in too high quantities, then it could pose a serious high risk for your hamster due to the high levels of fat. You also need to make sure that the peanut butter is correctly made by following these rules:
- Ensure that it has no additives – It should be pure smashed peanuts, additional ingredients could hurt your hamster.
- Make sure that there’s no added sugar – Sugar can result in long-term health risks for your hamster if it is fed in high amounts.
- Only give them a small amount – If your hamster pouches the peanut butter, it could stick to their pouch.
How to give your Hamster Peanut Butter?
When you are giving treats, such as peanut butter, 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. There’s no point giving your hamster a lot of it if they just ignore it!
Don’t let your hamster lick the peanut butter off your finger. This can lead to your hamster mistaking your finger as food, and possibly biting it in the future! Put it in their food dish, or put some on a spoon!
Consider feeding peanut butter to your hamster as part of a diet including treats like pumpkin seeds, cabbage, and carrots! These kind of things are great for your pet, as long as you make sure that you feed them in the correct amounts.
How much Peanut Butter should you feed your hamster?
Although hamsters can eat peanut butter, you need to make sure that it is given to them in the right quantities. If you don’t, then your hamster could face significant health risks which we will get into later. Syrians can eat more than Robos, and Robos can eat more than Dwarfs. Read on to find your breed, to know how much peanut butter they can eat!
How much Peanut Butter should a Syrian Hamster eat?
Syrians are the largest breed of hamster, and therefore can eat the most peanut butter. However, this doesn’t mean that they can eat a lot. You should give your Syrian Hamster around 1/4 teaspoon of peanut butter every week! You should be moderate, as it is extremely fatty.
How much Peanut Butter should a Roborovski hamster eat?
Robos are smaller than Syrians, and therefore should not eat as much peanut butter. Please give your Robo Hamster around 1/4 a teaspoon of peanut butter every fortnight. This may not seem like a lot to us, but Robos are tiny so it looks like a lot for them!
How much Peanut Butter 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 Peanut Butter every week! This is only a small amount, but it is enough for them.
Benefits of Peanut Butter
Peanut butter has plenty of benefits, even when it is so fatty! A small amount has benefits for humans, and hamsters as well! However, these benefits are only really present if you give them the correct amount of peanut butter and if it is made in the correct way! Some of the benefits of a tiny amount of peanut butter in your hamster’s diet include:
- Vitamin E – This contains powerful antioxidants, that can reduce the risk of cancer.
- Vitamin B – This gives lots of benefits, including giving your hamster lots of energy
- Manganese – This helps your body function, and allows it to stay alive!
- Magnesium – This is known to help lower blood pressure in your hamster.
Risks of Peanut Butter
Whilst there are clear benefits to your hamster having a small amount of peanut butter, there are still some risks from feeding too much to your furry friend! Hamsters are fragile creatures, meaning that something that could pose no health risk to humans could cause serious issues for your hamster! Some of the risks of overfeeding peanut butter include:
- Diabetes – Sugar and fat can cause your hamster to develop diabetes. This can result in your hamster having further health problems and a lowered lifespan.
- Obesity – Too much fat in your hamster’s diet can lead to obesity. This will shorten their lifespan and lead to other complications.
- Nutritional Issues – If your hamster has too much peanut butter, it could fill them up! This means that they will not eat other, more healthy, food that gives them all of the nutrients that they need!
- Digestive Problems – Too much food, especially food with peanuts, can upset your hamster’s stomach. This is why you shouldn’t feed too much.
It should be stressed that these problems will only occur if you feed too much.
What kind of Peanut Butter can Hamsters Eat?
As we have already stated, there’s two primary types of peanut butter which humans can eat. Crunchy, and smooth peanut butter. We will now get into whether hamsters can eat these various forms of delicious spreadable peanut!
Can Hamsters Eat Smooth Peanut Butter?
Hamsters can eat smooth peanut butter, just makes sure that it doesn’t have any additives and doesn’t contain things that are problematic for hamsters to eat! Also ensure that you stick to the correct quantities that we recommend.
Can Hamsters Eat Crunchy Peanut butter?
Hamsters can eat crunchy peanut butter, just makes sure that it doesn’t have any additives and doesn’t contain things that are problematic for hamsters to eat! Also, ensure that you stick to the correct quantities that we recommend.
Conclusion – Can Hamsters Eat Peanut Butter?
In this article, we have told you everything you need to know about giving this delicious snack to your hamster. Syrian, Robo, and Dwarf hamsters can all eat peanut butter, but you need to be careful! Too much peanut butter can result in various problems for your furry friend. However, there’s some benefits to feeding them a small amount! Finally, make sure that you don’t use your finger to feed this to your pet! It can result in them associating your finger with food!
Do you feed peanut butter to your hamster? What’s your experience? Tell us in the comments!