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We love our hamsters and our hamsters love us! Our love for our hamsters means that we are always concerned about their health and this extends to the food they eat as well. We always have to make sure that the food that our lovely furry friends eats is safe for them. For instance, can hamsters eat pecans? The good news is that, yes, hamsters can eat pecans! As long as they are Syrian and Robo hamsters!

This article will be taking you through what pecans are and the benefits and risks for hamsters. We will also look at the quantities of pecans that our furry friends can eat as well as how to give them to your pet.

What are Pecans?

Pecans are a delicious nut which is grown in trees! They are cultivated in the USA and Mexico and is the state symbol of many US states! The nut started to be grown commercially in 1880 and the United States produces the most! They are used in cooking or can be eaten as a snack. Desserts especially are great with pecans!

Can Hamsters Eat Pecans?

As stated before, the answer is absolutely yes! Syrian and Robo hamsters can eat pecans and they will probably enjoy them. You first need to make sure that the pecan is:

  • Unsalted
  • Unsweetened
  • Natural

If these three conditions are met, your hamster can absolutely eat pecans! They will enjoy the tough shell which will help wear down their teeth. However, you need to feed it to them in the right quantities.

How to feed your Hamster Pecans?

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 pecans. 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. 

Consider feeding pecans to your hamster as part of a daily diet including treats like pumpkin seedscabbage and carrots! Lots of fruit and vegetables are great for your ham!

How many Pecans can Hamsters eat?

The amount of pecans that a hamster can eat really does depend on their size. Syrians can eat more than Robos. Dwarfs can’t eat any at all! We can figure out how many pecans you should feed your hamster depending on their breed!

How many Pecans can Syrian Hamsters eat?

Syrians are the largest breed of hamster, which means that they can eat the most pecans! Their digestive system can cope with this nut better than other hamsters. Give your Syrian Hamster around 2 nuts a week. This is enough for them to enjoy the benefits!

How many Pecans can Robo Hamsters eat?

Robos are smaller than Syrians and therefore cannot have as many pecans as them! This is because you don’t want to overexert their digestive system as this can cause many issues. Feed your Robo one nut a week!

How many Pecans can Dwarf Hamsters eat?

Winter White dwarf hamsters, Chinese hamsters and Campbell Dwarf Hamsters cannot eat pecans. This is because of the fat levels in the pecan which can cause serious issues. The size of your dwarf hamster means that it simply isn’t feasible.

Benefits of Pecans.

There’s plenty of benefits to pecans! We already know that they provide plenty of advantages for humans, but is it the same for our furry friends? Yep! Some of the benefits of pecans include:

  • Antioxidants – This helps protect your pet against the risks of ageing such as cancer
  • Dietary fibres – These protect your hamster’s digestive system and help it function properly
  • Vitamin E – This protects your hamster’s skin and eyes!
  • Iron – This helps your hamster’s blood get filled with the right stuff!
  • Vitamin B – This gives your hamster a lot of energy!

Risks of Pecans.

Whilst, as we have seen, there are many benefits to pecans. There’s also a few risks. These risks are only a problem if your hamster eats too many though. Some of the risks include:

  • Obesity – Pecans contain a lot of fat which can quickly cause your hamster to become overweight if they are fed too many
  • Choking – Smaller hamsters could choke on the nuts. Consider cutting them in half.
  • Nutritional deficiency – Too many monkey nuts may fill up your hamster, which could result in them not eating any more food.

What kind of Pecans can Hamsters eat?

There’s plenty of types of pecans on the market, which ones do hamsters like to eat? Let’s find out!

Can Hamsters eat salted Pecans?

Absolutely not. Salt is dangerous for your hamster in high quantities. Stick to unsalted pecans to help protect your pet’s health!

Can Hamsters eat sweetened Pecans?

Sadly not. Hamsters should only have unsweetened pecans as artificial sweeteners can harm your pet’s health.

Can Hamsters eat roasted Pecans?

You can feed roasted pecans to your hamster! Just make sure that the nut has cooled down before you feed it to your hamster. You don’t want to burn them!

Can Hamsters eat all types of Pecans?

There’s plenty of types of pecans. These include major, witte, posey and many others! The good news is that it doesn’t matter what type is it, they can eat all of them!

Conclusion

Hamsters love these nuts and they will absolutely enjoy them! Just make sure to not give them to Dwarf hamsters! Syrians should have more than Robos due to their size. There are many benefits of pecans but there’s also a lot of risks if you feed them too much! Make sure they are unsalted and unsweetened, but they can be roasted!

Have you fed your hamster pecans before? Let us know in the comments!

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