Are hamsters allowed to eat raspberries?

Are hamsters allowed to eat raspberries?

Are hamsters allowed to eat raspberries? This is a question that owners of hamsters ensure, primarily if it is their first animal. But we can tell you for sure, yes, hamsters are allowed to eat raspberries. However, as with any fruit, there are certain things that need to be taken into consideration so that your hamster doesn't get sick. Which these are, you will learn in our article.

What to consider when feeding raspberries?

Before you offer your hamster the raspberries, you should wash them thoroughly. This is best done with lukewarm water, which you carefully run over the delicate berry. The reason why you should use lukewarm water is simple. This will at least partially remove any pesticides that may be present.

Hot water would open the pores of the berry and the pesticides could penetrate. You should use the same procedure for wild raspberries. Because there the fox tapeworm can be on the fruits. However, this can also be easily rinsed off with lukewarm water. However, fruits from controlled organic cultivation are best.

Because here you can be pretty sure that there are no pesticides or other pollutants attached to the fruit.

How to feed my hamster raspberries?

After you have cleaned the raspberries, you can offer one of them to your pet. You may ask yourself, why only one? The reason here is the high sugar content of the raspberries. Hamsters tend to develop diabetes when they eat too many foods with high sugar content. Therefore, only one raspberry.

Especially dwarf hamsters are very susceptible here and we would recommend you to offer only a small or half raspberry. The seeds that the raspberries have, the hamsters can easily digest. Here you do not have to worry.

What must be considered when feeding raspberries for the first time?

With young or shy hamsters it is often the case that they often carry the offers food into one of their hiding places to deposit it there, or to eat it in peace. Here you must be vigilant as an owner, so that this supply of the hamster always remains dry and clean. Especially with fruit like raspberries, it happens quickly that mold builds up and crushes the fruit.

So, if your hamster deposits the fruit, check exactly where he hid it the next day at the latest. In principle, a hamster enclosure should be checked closely at least twice a week to remove deposited supplies so that they do not rot. One aspect of raspberries and hamsters is compatibility.

We have not yet heard that a hamster has not tolerated raspberries. However, you should act here exactly according to our feeding recommendation. Maximum 1 berry per day and maximum twice per week. You also have to consider if you feed other fruits with high sugar content. Then you need to see the feed amount in total and adjust it.

How many raspberries can a hamster eat?

An adult golden hamster may eat one large raspberry max. twice a week. When feeding additional fruit, the total amount must be considered. A dwarf hamster should get much less. Here only a small, or half a raspberry, because the dwarf hamsters tend to diabetes and react much more sensitive to the sugar than the large breeds.

Are hamsters allowed to eat raspberry leaves?

If your hamster likes to eat raspberry leaves, he can do so without any problems. Raspberry leaves are safe for the hamster, but should be washed off just like the fruit before eating. 2-3 leaves per week are ideal, as a supplementary food and can also be offered to dwarf hamsters. Here 1-2 leaves are enough.

Raspberries as an attractant for the hamster

Especially young or shy animals can be attracted well with the tasty raspberries. The fruit is excellent for making your animal more trusting. This works best if you put a piece of raspberry on your fingertips and hold your hand outstretched flat in the direction of your hamster. The hamster will surely look what is lying there tasty.

This lure method will certainly not work immediately, but your hamster will not be able to resist this offer in the long run. The smell of your hand he knows mostly before, because you give him his remaining food and so the inhibition threshold is not too high. Should your animal pick up the raspberry from your fingertips, then place it further back on the hand next time.

You can continue this further back until one day the hamster will sit on your hand and eat the raspberry there.

How healthy are raspberries for the hamster?

In principle, raspberries are healthy for the hamster, but they have a high sugar content and therefore they should be fed only in small quantities. However, in the berries are many vitamins of the B group and a lot of vitamin C. In addition, there are minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. All important ingredients to feed your pet healthy.

If you follow our feeding recommendations, raspberries are a healthy change in your hamster's diet.

Are hamsters allowed to eat dried raspberries?

We would advise you against this. Due to the drying process, the sugar content increases drastically compared to the weight. In addition, many of the nutrients are lost during the drying process. Thus, the previously well-balanced ratio of sugar to nutrients is no longer given.

Are hamsters allowed to eat frozen raspberries?

No, frozen raspberries should not be offered to your hamster. Even berries directly from the refrigerator should be avoided. Always warm the raspberries to room temperature before giving them to your pet.

Are hamsters allowed to eat raspberries? - Conclusion

Raspberries are a great change of diet for almost any hamster. They contain many important nutrients that are important for your pet. But the amount must be carefully observed. If you do this, then nothing can happen to your little guy and he will be happy about the fruit. Likewise, the leaves of the raspberry can be offered to him.


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