“Can hamsters eat marshmallows?” is perhaps one of the most common questions asked by new hamster owner. In the beginning stage of owning a pet, owners are often confused about how to care for them. Food undoubtedly becomes one of the most confusing subject to tackle. With pets like dogs and cats, pet owners have no shortage of information as sources are readily available online. However, the same thing cannot be said for hamsters.
Hamster owners often find it difficult to find sources of information on issues regarding to hamster care. Are you one of the hamster owners confused about the conflicting information’s you get online? Don’t worry. We are here to help! In this article, we will help you answer the question. Not only that, you will also learn about what your pet hamster should and should not eat.
General guidelines on how to feed your hamsters
The simplest approach to ensure your hamsters’ nutrition is to rely on food items you find in pet stores. But does that approach also ensure their health? Pet owners may hesitate after finding out the poor nutrition value of many trusted dog and cat food brands’. The fact that such kibbles and foods are sold in pet stores make them wary of this approach. So what is there to do?
Understand the dos and don’ts when it comes to feeding your beloved pet hamster. It does not matter if you are conscious about their health and nutrition, or you don’t have access to ready-made chow. Knowing the general feeding guidelines will save both of you and your pet.
Hamsters naturally eat a healthy diet of cereals, seeds, and larger insects like crickets, and insect larvae. But you may feed them pellet. This compound ration consists of a mixture of variety of seeds that is rich in minerals and essential nutrients. But what about treats? Are there treats we can safely give to our hamsters? Can hamsters eat marshmallows?
List of food items your hamster should or should not eat
As is with other living being, there are a number of food items we must avoid giving to our pet hamsters. Our hamsters naturally can eat just about anything. The following vegetables and fruits, for instance:
- Cantaloupe, peaches, mango, and apples
- Cherries, raspberries, and strawberries
- Celery, and cucumbers
- Skinless sweet potatoes (as the skin may cause digestive tract problems)
- Bok Choy
- Cauliflower and broccoli
It is worth noting that every vegetables and fruits you feed them must be thoroughly washed. They are nutritious, but when unwashed, the pesticides may pose dangers to their health. Speaking of dangers, there are also quite a number of food items that your pet hamsters cannot tolerate. See the following for example:
- Chocolate and peanuts
- Uncooked kidney beans
- Onion and tomato leaves
- Garlic and spices
- Lettuce and icebergs
- Sugary food items
With that being said, hamster owners looking for an answer for their previous question may already get the picture. Marshmallows contain high amount of sugar, thus the answer to “Can hamsters eat marshmallows?” is a definite no.