Pumpkin seeds are a common seed to find in many supermarkets and they can be extremely cheap; this leads to people asking “Can hamsters eat pumpkin seeds?” The good news is that, yes, hamsters can eat pumpkin seeds! They are a delicious treat for your hamster and your hamster will often prioritise them if you give them a handful of seeds. They contain beneficial nutrients and vitamins which can boost your hamster’s health. However, you must make sure that you only give them a few. My hamster, Richard, knows all about pumpkin seeds! It is one of his favourite snacks, besides sunflower seeds! This means that I can tell you from first-hand experience that hamsters are absolutely fine with eating pumpkin seeds!
This article will be going through if you can feed your hamster pumpkin seeds and in what quantity you can feed them. It will end by showing you some of the benefits and risks of feeding your hamster these seeds!
Can hamsters eat pumpkin seeds
As stated before, yes! Hamsters absolutely love to eat pumpkin seeds but the quantity depends on the breed of hamster. Seeds can be high in sugar and therefore dangerous to hamsters due to hamsters being prone to diabetes and obesity.
How to feed your hamster pumpkin seeds
When you are giving treats, such as pumpkin seeds 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 socialising them. Only give a small amount to your hamster at first, this is to figure out if they like pumpkin seeds. There’s no point wasting your food if your hamster just turns their nose up at it.
Make sure to wash the pumpkin seeds before you give them to your hamster, just to be on the safe side. Consider also giving your hamster pumpkin seeds along with a seed mix of different seeds. These can include sunflower seeds and hemp seeds.
How many pumpkin seeds should you feed your hamster
So, how many of these small seeds can you feed your hamster? This depends on their breed. Syrian hamsters can have more than Robo hamsters and Robo hamsters can have more than Dwarf hamsters. This is due to the size of the respective breeds.
How many pumpkin seeds should Syrian hamsters eat
Syrian hamsters are the largest breed of hamster which means that they can have a larger amount of pumpkin seeds than a Robo or a Dwarf hamster. Give your Syrian hamsters around a handful a week. This is enough to be beneficial but not so much that it would harm them
How many pumpkin seeds should Robo hamsters eat
Robo hamsters are slightly smaller than Syrian hamsters and therefore they should have a slightly smaller amount of pumpkin seeds. Give your Robo hamster a tablespoon a week. Any more than that could harm them.
How many pumpkin seeds should Dwarf Hamsters eat
Dwarf hamsters, including Chinese, Campbell and Russian hamsters, are much smaller than the average hamster. This means that, although they can eat pumpkin seeds, they need a smaller amount. Give them around a teaspoon of pumpkin seed. Make sure to supervise them as these seeds can be a choking hazard. Consider cutting the seeds in half.
Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
Hamsters can eat these seeds and they have lots of nutritional benefits. Humans can eat them and gain the same benefits! Pumpkin seeds are wonderful and are able to absolutely improve your hamster’s health, providing they have the right amount.
- Pumpkin seeds contain antioxidants. These protect against the effects of ageing, such as cancer and other diseases
- Pumpkin seeds contain dietary fibres. These improve your hamster’s digestive system
- Pumpkin seeds contain Magnesium. This benefits your hamsters bones
- Pumpkin seeds contain zinc. This allows for your hamster’s digestive system to be stronger.
- Pumpkin seeds can benefit your hamster’s teeth
Risks of Pumpkin Seeds
Although the benefits of pumpkin seeds are well known, there are still some risks to them. There is always too much of a bad thing when it comes to hamsters! Here are some of the risks of pumpkin seeds.
- Pumpkin seeds contain a lot of acidic content. This can have a negative effect on your hamster’s health
- The high sugar content in pumpkin seeds means that you should only give your hamster a small amount of kale. This is because high amounts of sugar can result in your hamster developing diabetes.
- Pumpkin seeds can be a choking hazard for smaller hamsters, such as dwarf hamsters.
Can hamsters eat baked pumpkin seeds?
The question seems to have been answered. But what about baked pumpkin seeds? Hamsters can absolutely eat baked pumpkin seeds, as well as raw ones. We suggest roasting the seeds at 250C until they are golden brown. Make sure that they are cool before feeding them to your hamster though!
In conclusion, Pumpkin seeds can be a delicious and nutritious treat for your hamster, if given in the right amounts! Syrian and Robo hamsters can have a lot more pumpkin than Dwarf hamsters due to their size. Pumpkin seeds contains many vital nutrients such as dietary fibres, zinc and antioxidants but be cautious of the risks. The acidic content and the high sugar content can be a danger for your hamster.
Have you fed your hamster pumpkin seeds before? What did they think? Let us know in the comments