Good news, “YES!” hamsters can eat apples and it is healthy for them too. But do you know when is the right time, and what is the right proportion of apple servings for your tiny furry friend? Since you are a hamster parent, you must be knowing there are always a few cautions to keep while feeding any sweet snack to your little pet.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but does this apply to our little Hamsters too? Can a fruit as healthy as an apple be possibly dangerous for hamsters? Let’s find out.
Apple nutrition content
Apple, rich year-round, highly fibrous with relatively low sugar and low calories is a perfect snack to munch on. A medium-sized apple provides
- Energy: 72 calories
- Carbohydrates: 19g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 0.36g
- Fat: 0.2g
Like humans, hamsters also have plenty of nutrition requirements for thriving, and it is best when these requirements are fulfilled with natural sources like fruits and veggies
Can hamsters eat apples?
In a nutshell, yes, hamsters can have apples in every now and then. They will probably fall in love with the taste of this incredibly juicy fruit and could like to nibble all day long. But being a parent you will have to not let that happen.
Here is how to properly make apple serving for your hamsters
- Wash the fruit with clean water and scrub off all the dirt and bacteria off.
- Remove thick stem from the top.
- Always remove apple seeds.
- Cut the apple into small slices and serve
- Take the uneaten apple from the cage after some time as the exposed apple can get covered with bacteria and the last thing you will want is for your hamsters to nibble on those.
Can hamsters eat apple seeds?
Never ever let your hamster eat apple seeds. Apple seeds contain cyanide, it might not harm us but it can be lethal to your little pet.
Another thing is, apple seeds are sharp, and if your pet swallows it, probabilities are high that it will choke them, and you don want that to happen, right?
Are apples good for hamsters?
No matter which hamster species you have, they can be dwarf hamsters or teddy bear hamsters, or any other, but they will probably go crazy over apples. And who doesn’t love to see their little pet eating anything so fondly; so chances are that they might overeat the apples. So you want to make sure not to overfeed them this juicy delight.
Juvenile hamsters can sadly do not have the leverage of eating apples, because their system might not be able to digest them. Adult hamsters on the other hand can have 1 or 2 ½ inch squares of apple.
Eating too much apple can cause Diarrhea or other digestive problems. While introducing apples to your hamster, you want to start with just a ½-inch apple square, and as they slowly get accustomed to it, you can gradually increase the serve.
Once they are familiar with the taste there is no bad in serving apples or other fruits to your hamster on daily basis. But do make sure that you don’t overfeed them sugary stuff, it is never good for their digestive system.
Take time to enjoy your hamsters and enjoy watching them fall in love with apples!