We love our hamsters, and our hamsters certainly love us! Loving our fantastic pets means that we need to make sure that they are always healthy, we wouldn’t be doing them much good if we just fed them stuff that they couldn’t eat! This can, therefore, lead to people asking Google lots of questions about what kind of treats their pets can eat. Most notably, can hamsters eat soybeans? The good news is that, yes, hamsters can eat soybeans! You just need to ensure that they have the right amount.
This blog post will be dealing with if hamsters can eat soybeans, how to give them to your furry friend and the benefits and risks of doing so. We will also be looking at the quantity of soybeans that you can give to your pet. Enjoy!
What are Soybeans?
Soybeans are delicious beans that are used all over the world, one of the great things about them is that they can be made into so many different foods like tofu. Soybeans have been a huge part of human culture, especially in Asia where they are constantly eaten. No wonder people are asking if their hamsters can eat it, when so many humans eat these beans!
Can Hamsters Eat Soybeans?
As we have said, hamsters can absolutely eat soybeans. This bean is likely to make your hamster love you, they are sure to enjoy it! However, you need to make sure that the soybean is safe for your hamster to eat. Or it could cause some issues for them. Make sure that the soybean is:
- Washed – To make sure that your hamster is just eating the soybean!
- Unsalted – and unsweetened!
- Plain – Not in any sauces or with any toppings
If you follow these tips, it should be fine to feed a small amount of soybean to your hamster!
How to feed Soybeans to your hamster?
When you are giving treats, such as soybeans, 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 food. 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 soybeans before giving it to your hamster!
Consider feeding soybeans 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 many Soybeans can you feed your hamster?
So. We know that hamsters can eat these beans, but how much can they eat? It really does depend on the breed of your furry friend. Syrians can eat more than Robos and Robos can eat more than Dwarfs. This is because of how big the breeds are. The larger they are, the better their digestive system is! Let’s look at the various breeds and see how many soybeans they can eat!
How much Soybeans should Syrian Hamsters eat?
Syrians are the largest breed of hamster, and this means that they can eat the most soybeans! You can give your furry friend around 2 soybeans a week. This is enough for them to enjoy the benefits, which we will get into later, but also not too much that they will have digestive issues.
How much Soybeans should Robo Hamsters eat?
Robos are smaller than Syrians, this obviously means that they cannot eat as much. Giving them too much can result in some serious health risks, which we will go into later. Regardless, you can feed your Robo hamster around 2 soybeans every fortnight. You shouldn’t really feed more than this
How much Soybeans should Dwarf Hamsters eat?
Dwarf hamsters, including Chinese, Campbell, and Russian hamsters, are smaller than the average hamster, which means that they can’t eat much of the food that we humans can eat! They can still eat some soybeans though, give them around 2 soybeans every month. This should be fed in small dosages, so around 1 soybeans every fortnight. Too much food can seriously damage your Dwarf hamster!
Benefits of Soybeans
There’s plenty of benefits of soybeans for humans, they can be fantastic for us! However, does this apply for hamsters as well? Absolutely! Soybeans can be a great boon for your furry friend’s health, and we recommend them 100%. Here are some of the benefits of using soybeans as a treat!
- Protein – This helps your hamster grow nice and strong!
- Fat – This helps your furry friend keep their correct weight!
- Antioxidants – These protect against the adverse effects of ageing, such as cancer!
- Vitamin K – This helps your hamster’s blood clot!
- Dietary Fibres – This protects your hamster’s digestive system!
Risks of Soybeans
Whilst there are clear benefits to soybeans, giving your hamster too many can cause serious issues. This is because there’s always such thing as too much of a good thing for your hamster. Too many soybeans can seriously endanger your hamster’s health! Some of the risks include:
- Obesity – Too much of anything can cause obesity in your furry friend. Hamsters love to eat, which means that they probably won’t stop! Make sure to only feed the correct amount to your pet.
- Diabetes – Too much fat can cause diabetes, which can be extremely dangerous for your furry friend.
- Choking – If the soybean is too large, it can cause choking issues. Make sure that you cut the bean down to size for your smaller hamsters.
- Nutritional Issues – Too many soybeans can mean that your hamster doesn’t have space for anything else, this can cause nutritional issues as they won’t have a balanced diet.
Can Hamsters eat Roasted Soybeans
Yes! In fact, we recommend that you give roasted soybeans to your hamster. It’s the best way of giving it to them, just roast them for a few minutes in the oven and they will be delicious!
In this article, we have looked at if hamsters can eat soybeans, and we have figured out the answer! They absolutely can! Your pet will love these little beans, as long as you feed them in the right amounts. Too much of anything can seriously damage your furry friend. We have also looked at the benefits and risks of soybeans, as well as the different types that your hamster can eat. I hope that you now have expert knowledge on everything related to this lovely bean and your lovely hamster.
Have you fed soybeans to your hamster before? How did it go? Let me know in the comments!