Our hamster are such wonderful creatures! We desire the best situations for them and we want to do the best things for their health. This includes their food, inevitably. We wonder what kinds of food that our hamsters can eat. For instance, can hamsters eat plums? What an important question, pet treats are expensive and therefore our human foods can be delicious for them! The good news is that Syrian and Robo hamsters can eat plums! The bad news is that our dwarf friends cannot! This is due to the amount of sugar.
This article will be looking at what plums are and if hamsters can eat them! We will also be looking at the benefits and negatives of plum for our pets. We will also be looking at the quantity of plum that you should feed your hamster. Then, this article will also look at the different types of plum and if your lovely pet can eat it!
What are plums?
Plums are a fruit that could have been one of the very first fruits that we learned to grow! They grow on trees and these trees can grow to a huge height, around 12 metres! Plums can often used to make juice, wine, jam and can also be eaten on its own! They are often eaten pickled in Asia! China and the EU produce the most plums but they grow all over the world! No wonder people eat if our hamsters can eat them. They are an extremely interesting fruit!
Can Hamsters Eat Plums?
As stated before, the answer depends on the type of hamster! Syrians and Robos can absolutely eat a bit of plum but Dwarfs cannot. This is due to the size of the animals and the strength of their digestive systems.
How to give your hamster Plums
When you are giving treats, such as this food, 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 plums. 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 fruit beforehand. This gets rid of any of the chemicals that may have been on the fruit to protect it whilst it was growing. Pesticides can hurt your hamster’s health. Remove the pits from the plum as it is a choking hazard.
How much Plum should you feed your hamster?
As we have stated before, this depends on what hamster you have! Check out below for the quantities in which you should feed your hamster this lovely purple fruit!
How much Plum can Syrian Hamsters eat?
Syrians are the largest hamsters which means, naturally, they can eat more plum! You can give your Syrian around half a teaspoon of plum once a week. This is due to the amount of sugar in the plum. Feeding anymore could increase the risk of your pet contracting diabetes or becoming obese.
How much Plum can Robo Hamsters eat?
Robo hamsters can only have a smaller amount of plum than Syrians. This is due to their size, they are much smaller than Syrians! Give your Robo hamster around 1/4 teaspoon of plum every week. This is enough so that they will enjoy it but not so much that they will get any health problems!
How much Plum can Dwarf Hamsters eat?
Winter White dwarf hamsters, Chinese hamsters and Campbell Dwarf hamsters cannot eat any of this fruit. This is due to the high levels of sugar and acid contained within the plum. Unfortunately, it is too unsafe for them. Consider some more suitable treats like corn or lettuce.
Benefits of Plums
There are plenty of benefits to this interesting fruit. Some see it as a superfood which means that it can have a lot of benefits for both human and hamster! Plums contain beneficial vitamins and nutrients such as:
- Dietary fibers. Plums are seen as a helpful digestive aid and this is the same for hamsters!
- Vitamin C. This is a great vitamin for improving your hamster’s immune system.
- Potassium. This protects your pet’s heart.
- Vitamin K. This is extremely beneficial for your hamster’s bones and blood.
- Vitamin B. This protects your hamster’s digestive system.
Risks of Plums
Whilst there are clearly quite a few benefits to this fruit, there’s also some risks. We’ll be going into this now. Just remember that there’s always too much of a good thing when it comes to hamster treats!
- Feeding your hamster too much plum can make them obese and could result in diabetes. This is due to the high concentration of sugars.
- Plums contain citric acid which can upset your hamster’s digestive system if they are fed too much.
- The pit of the plum can be a choking risk.
- Rotting plums can produce bacteria which can harm your hamster.
What types of Plum can Hamsters Eat?
We’re nearly at the end, but what types of plum can our pets eat? Let’s find out!
Can hamsters eat plum leaves? No, they can’t. Plum leaves can be toxic for hamsters and therefore you shouldn’t give them it. Cut them from the fruit before you feed them to your pet.
We don’t recommend giving dried plum to your pet. This is because it can be sticky and contains more sugars than a natural plum. Stick to lovely fresh plums for your hamster!
Don’t feed the pits to your hamsters. This is because it can be a choking hazard for them. Hamsters cannot throw up so choking hazard can be a serious issue for them.
Hamsters can eat the plum skin, just make sure you wash it first. Feed it to them in the same quantities that we suggest for the flesh of the fruit.
We don’t recommend feeding any fruit juices to your pet. This is because of the high concentration of sugar that is contained within fruit juice. Juice also contains fewer minerals than the fruit. So don’t feed plum juice to your hamster.
Conclusion – Can Hamsters Eat Plums?
So in conclusion. If you have a Syrian or Robo hamster then they can absolutely eat plums. Dwarf hamsters can’t though! You can feed Syrians more than Robos due to their size. There’s plenty of benefits to this fruit, it’s excellent for your pet. Just make sure you are aware of the risks though. Too much can fill them up and give them diabetes. It can also make them obese! Don’t give dried plum, plum juice or leaves to your pet.
Have you fed your hamster plums before? Did they like it? Let us know in the comments!