In outline, ‘YES’ you can treat your hamster bananas; but wait do you know it can also create serious health hazards to your little pet? While treating bananas to your furry friend you will have to be very vigilant about certain things. Relax we have got you covered, here are some tips from experts on how to feed your Hamsters banana correctly.
Can hamsters eat bananas?
Bananas, one of the few fruits that is available all year long, no matter where you live. It is delicious, sweet, and a favorite treat for most of the animals; but how safe is this treat for your little Hamsters? how many portions of this potassium-rich fruit are out of harm for your little pet? Do they even like this fruit? How often can bananas be fed to them?
Nutrition content in a banana
A regular-sized banana contains:
- 27g carbohydrates
- 3g fiber
- 4g fat
- 3g protein
- 105 calories of energy
Being so nutritious makes them a natural ‘energy bar’ for us and some animals, but sadly the same is not true for hamsters. They can eat bananas, but only a small portion is considered safe for them.
How much banana is safe for hamsters?
Well, the answer might not be what you expected, but you can not treat hamsters with bananas much especially to the juveniles.
- Baby hamsters: no banana at all
- Adult hamster: 1/4 teaspoon
The serve is really tiny, but nothing matters more than the health of your little friend. There are a few more things that you should know before treating this fruit for the very first time, especially if they have never had anything sweet before.
The correct way to treat
Do not let bananas introduce your little hamster, the sweet taste, it will be way too sugary for them. Try treating them with some less sweet fruits like blueberry or grapes and when they become acquainted with the sweetness then you can try bananas.
While treating them banana for the first time, give them about 1/8 teaspoon (not more) only, and closely observe the hamster for any abnormal behavior for the next 12 hours. If your pet seems to like the taste of bananas, then you can give them a full serving the next time.
Choose the right banana for your hamster
Feeding them the right banana is also equally important as serving the correct portions. Choose a fresh, yellow banana, or if dried then make sure it has no added preservatives or sugar.
Never ever serve banana with extra sugar to your hamster, it can be very dangerous for them.
Can hamsters eat banana skin?
Only completely organic banana’s peel is safe for hamsters to eat. Even with completely organic peel, you have to wash it thoroughly to make sure that no toxin or bacteria reaches inside your hamster’s body.
How often to feed bananas?
- You can not treat your hamster banana more than once a week.
- Also, you should not feed them bananas the day, they already had some sugary food.
Banana is not actually recommended for hamsters. There is a chance of stomach ache or diarrhea if overeaten, but it applies to every food that they try for the first time.
Giving bananas to your tiny pet can make them really happy if they like the taste. So, see what your hamster likes, and make a nutritious yet tasty diet for them!