We love our hamsters, and our furry friends love us! Love is related to many things, there are many ways that we express our love. One of these ways is through treats, we love our pets so we love to give them treats! There’s a lot of household items that we can use as treats, especially when it comes to food. This is why many people ask if hamsters can eat shrimp, the good news is that they can! Your furry friend will love this shellfish, as long as you feed it in the right amounts!
This article will be looking at what shrimp is, how to feed it to your hamster and the benefits and risks of feeding it to your pet. We will also let you know how much you should feed to your pet!
What is Shrimp?
Shrimp is a type of shellfish that is very common across the world. It is farmed all over the place, they come from the ocean after all! Over 1 billion shrimps are eaten every year, and that’s just by Americans! 5 billion shrimps are produced every single year, it won’t be hard to get this food for your pet! There are over 128 species of shrimps and they have more than 10 legs. It’s a fascinating creature and your hamster will love eating it!
Can Hamsters eat Shrimp?
As stated before, hamsters can absolutely eat shrimp! It can be a healthy treat for them, but you need to make sure that it is fed in the correct amounts. If you feed too much, there can be problems! There are a few conditions in relation to the shrimp though, you need to ensure that the shrimp is:
- Cooked – Raw shrimp can cause serious issues
- Unsalted – Salt can be a problem for your hamster! Use freshwater shrimp
- Plain – Free from any addictives
As long as the shrimp is like this, it should be fine.
How to feed your hamster shrimp.
When you are giving treats, such as shrimp, 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 shrimp. 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 the shrimp is cooked through! Just like humans, you can’t feed raw shrimp to your pet. It can be extremely dangerous for them!
How much shrimp can you give your hamster?
The amount of shrimp that you can give to your furry friend really does depend on their breed. Syrians can eat more than Robos and Robos can eat more than Dwarfs. This will help you determine how much you should give to your pet!
How much shrimp can a Syrian Hamster eat?
Your Syrian will absolutely love shrimp, but you need to make sure that they only have a small amount! Give your Syrian around a teaspoon of shrimp every week! This is vital to stick to, too much shrimp can be an issue for your pet!
How much shrimp can a Robo Hamster eat?
Robos are smaller than Syrians, this means that they can’t have as much shrimp as Syrian hamsters. Give your Robo Hamster around a teaspoon of shrimp every other week! Make sure not to give them anymore though, this can cause some serious problems.
How much shrimp can a Dwarf Hamster eat?
Winter White dwarf hamsters, Chinese hamsters and Campbell Dwarf hamsters can only eat one teaspoon of shrimp a month. This is because these hamsters are so tiny! They simply cannot handle a lot! You need to focus on giving them their normal hamster food!
Benefits of Shrimp
There are many benefits to giving your hamster shrimp, as long as you give your furry friend the current amount! Shrimp has lots of benefits for humans and the same counts for your pet! Some benefits include:
- Iron – This helps maintain your furry friend’s energy levels and keeps them healthy!
- Protein – This protects your hamster’s muscles and gives them lots of strength!
- Magnesium – This helps maintain your furry friends’ bones.
- Vitamin B – This helps your hamster maintain their energetic nature and prevents lethargy
- Zinc – This protects your hamster’s immune system and maintains its overall health.
Risks of Shrimp
Although there are clear benefits to your hamster getting a bit of shrimp every now and then, there are also some risks if you overfeed it to them. The idea of “too much of a good thing” certainly applies here! You need to ensure that your furry friend is safe, which means you should be aware of these risks. This includes:
- Obesity – Shrimp does have quite a bit of fat, so you need to make sure that you don’t overfeed them. Too much fat in your pet’s diet can lead to obesity
- Diabetes – As with most foods, an overfeeding of shrimp can result in diabetes.
- Nutritional issues – Hamsters need a wide variety of food. This means that feeding shrimp in high qualities can cause issues for your furry friend as they won’t have the space for other foods!
- Blood pressure problems – Saltwater shrimp contains a lot of salt which can cause blood pressure issues. Stick to freshwater!
What kinds of Shrimp can Hamsters eat?
There’s many different types of shrimp, as stated before! It’s vital to know if hamsters can eat these. So lets find out!
Can Hamsters Eat Dried Shrimp?
There shouldn’t be a problem with your hamster eating dried shrimp, just stick to the quantities that have already been discussed!
Can Hamsters Eat Prawn Crackers?
No, they shouldn’t. This is because they are deep fried and therefore contain way too much fat for your hamster to be able to digest!
Can Hamsters eat pink/white/brown/red shrimp?
Yep! It doesn’t matter what colour the shrimp is! As long as you stick to the quantities then it should be fine!
As you can see, hamsters can eat shrimp! This article has hopefully answered all of your important questions on this food and the ability of your hamster to enjoy it. We’ve looked at how to give your hamster shrimp, the benefits and risks and how much to give your hamster. Remember to only give a small amount because of the risks of overfeeding. You shouldn’t give prawn crackers to your furry friend, but you can give them dried and any colour shrimp.
Have you fed shrimp to your pet before? Let us know in the comments!