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Can Hamsters Eat Oranges

can hamsters eat oranges

Many people who have hamsters are worried about the food they provide for them, especially when it comes to what to give them and in what quantities. Very often I have heard the question: Can hamsters eat oranges? The answer is very simple: not everything that we can eat is good for our hamsters too.

can hamsters eat oranges

Can Hamsters Eat Oranges? Why Not?

To begin with, oranges are very acidic for your hamster. Like all the others citrus fruits, it will cause him a distress of the tummy or even diarrhea. Protect your little pet and try not to give it any highly acidic food that will harm its health and make it sick. Choose other varieties of food like vegetables and fruits that are low in acidic content. Removeany new acidic elements in your pet’s diet.

How About Tiny Pieces Of Tangerines?

Tangerine is also a highly acidic fruit from the citrus class and even if you administrate a little piece to your hamster, it will still affect it. Try to make a balanced nutritional diet for your hamster in order for him to feel good and to have a long happy life beside you. Beside the hamster’s food mix that you can buy from the pet shop, you can also give your pet fresh food that will balance its diet and will make it healthier.

Good For You But Not For Your Hamster

Orange is a very healthy citrus fruit that is good for you, but not for your hamster. Full of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, calcium and copper, oranges represent a great healthy snack that will give you energy, but it is a real threat for the hamster’s health. Keep in mind that not everything that we can eat is good for our pets and make sure that you will not give it something that will jeopardize its health.

What Items Should I Include In My Hamster’s Diet?

The best food you can give your hamster is the food pellets that you can find in the pet stores. It will have a balanced nutritious content that will give your hamster all the energy it needs. You can also give it fresh food every 2 or 3 days. You can give it green beans, apples, strawberries, blueberries, carrots, peas, lettuce, cantaloupe, cherries, mango, cauliflower, banana, bean sprouts, celery, squash or melon. Keep in mind that every time you want to introduce a new food in your pet’s diet, you have to do it gradually. See if it likes it first and after that you can give it more in a few days.

What Items Should I Avoid In My Hamster’s Diet?

As we have seen in a previous article, tomatoes aren’t good for your hamster for the same reason oranges aren’t. You should avoid highly acidic foods, chocolate, onions, rhubarb, sweets, raw potatoes, garlic, pickles, almonds, eggplant, cabbage in large amounts, red beans and iceberg lettuce. Try to keep your hamster away from these foods because they will cause it dehydration or diarrhea.

Importance Of Water

A very important aspect in your pet’s diet is the water that it drinks. Even if you don’t give much attention to this aspect, it is recommended to change the water daily. Why? Like every living being, your pet needs a fresh supply of water because it can be very harmful for it if the water stagnates more than two days. It can become contaminated and your pet will get sick very easily. Change the water daily or once every two days and this problem will disappear and your pet will be healthy and willing to play.

Activities And Games

We know that we can get bored very easily. What would you say if I told you that your pet is getting bored too? In order to have a happy and healthy life, every pet needs some activities that will keep it away from stress, fear and obesity. Inside your hamster’s cage, you can place a spinning wheel or a cylinder which your hamster will play with or exercise. This will help him to maintain a healthy life, with no stress.

Make sure that your hamster is happy and keep it away from noisy rooms because this will scare and stress the pet. Try to give it a very balanced diet and the hamster will live happy and healthy. Change its water daily or once every two days and offer it lots of love. Every pet deserves your love and attention and such little creatures deserve it the most. Avoid highly acidic foods in order to not harm your pet’s health and, whenever you want to introduce a new food in its diet, make sure that it’s not harmful, causing dehydration, diarrhea or other serious diseases.

 

References:

http://exoticpets.about.com/od/hamstersgerbils/a/feedhams.htm

http://animals.mom.me/can-hamsters-eat-oranges-1256.html

http://www.hamster-club.com/article.asp?ID=83

 

 

 

 

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David Strickland

I love pets and I love animals. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats and it's not enough for me.

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