Blueberries make up a great tasty-juicy treat for your little Hamster, it is filled with fiber and antioxidants to help strengthen your hamster’s health.
But what hamster parents mostly tend to forget is the ill-effect it can have on your pet’s health and digestive system if not fed in moderation.
But first, let’s begin with some of the basic questions; Can hamsters eat Blueberries? Are they good for your little pet? Are there some health benefits associated with these juicy fruits?
Can hamsters eat Blueberries?
Briefly speaking, Yes they can, regardless of the species. We, humans, love this native North-American fruit, and when it comes to our little pet, they will fall in love with the sweet juicy taste of Blueberries.
Hamsters are omnivore mammals. In the wild, they rely on insects and fresh produce for meeting their energy requirements. Availability of food fluctuates from season to season in the wild for these little animals; but when they are with us in captivity, we should try our best to provide our pet a nutritiously balanced diet.
Fruits also make a great source of nutrition, according to the US Highbush Blueberry Council, blueberries have been part of our staple for more than 13,000 years.
Blueberries consist of various vitamins and minerals important for both humans and animals. The fiber and antioxidant content in the fruit make it a nutritious diet for hamsters. Following are the nutritions present in blueberries that help in strengthening the health of your hamster:
- Fiber: It helps in regulating the bowel movement of hamsters.
- Anti-oxidants: It helps in the creation of mammalian cells that fights off oxidants, excess of oxidants can lead to cancer in the poor hamster’s body.
- Vitamin C: It supports healthy tissues and boosts the immune system.
- Manganese: Processes carbohydrates, cholesterol, and proteins.
Can eating blueberries cause any ill-effect to the hamster?
Despite numerous health benefits, eating excess blueberries can cause serious health issues to your little furry friend; therefore there are some caveats to care for while serving this juicy delight to your hamster.
The natural sugar content in this fruit is the trouble-maker. Eating in moderation would make this an appetizing snack for them and if over-fed could be perilous.
How many blueberries are safe?
According to veterinarians, any snack is good only until it doesn’t exceed 20% of your little hamster’s complete daily diet. So, the correct serve would be:
- Syrian Hamster: Not more than 2 medium-sized blueberries.
- Dwarf Hamster: Not more than one medium-sized blueberry.
- Baby Hamster: Do not feed your baby hamster blueberries, at least not in the first four weeks.
You need to be careful while treating hamsters with blueberries. They will probably love the taste and with cute little eyes ask you for more but don’t fall for it, nothing is more important than your hamsters’ health, right?
Are blueberries good for hamsters?
The good news is, according to researchers and vets, blueberries are just not a good tasting snack for your hamster but can strengthen your pet’s immunity and have various health other health benefits.
Blueberry muffins can also be served, but try to make it at home. Market bought blueberry often consists of preservatives and other things that can harm your hamster’s health.
Of course, your hamsters can have blueberry leaves, it has higher antioxidants than the fruit but doesn’t taste good. So, chances are your hamster would not like the taste much.
It is not recommended to feed your hamster cooked blueberries, it will evaporate almost all the nutritious content of the fruit, so it is better to just feed them fresh and healthy blueberreis.
So, now you know, when fed with caution, blueberries will make a great sweet snack for your little furry friend!