Can Hamsters Eat Spinach

can hamsters eat spinach
Written by David Strickland

When you have a hamster, many questions regarding the food that you need to provide for it may arise. So, if one of your questions is “Can hamsters eat spinach?”, then you should know that the answer is affirmative. Spinach is a healthy snack that hamsters enjoy and that won’t cause them any harm. Let’s learn how you can feed your hamster spinach and what other foods your pet can enjoy.

can hamsters eat spinach

How Can Hamsters Eat Spinach?

Spinach is one of the many green leafy vegetables that your hamster can enjoy. As always, the secret for a balanced diet is the small amount of fresh food your hamster needs and spinach makes no exception. Your pet will need only a leaf or two and it will be satisfied. We all know that hamsters have the habit to hide the food that they don’t eat anymore and find it after a couple of days and eat it. However, if the hamster can’t eat anymore, just take the leaf out of its cage. That should happen with every food or meal that your hamster has. You will abolish one of the many reasons why hamsters can get sick and it will keep its cage clean and safe. Always make sure that there are no leftovers in its cage.

Small Amounts Are The Key

Even in the case of spinach leaves, you won’t need to give your hamster a large amount in order for him to feel full. It will only need a small quantity and you should introduce spinach in its diet as slowly as possible just to be sure that there won’t be any problems. First, you need to see if it likes the spinach leaves. If so, you should give spinach leaves once or twice a week. Make sure that your hamster won’t feel a little gassy after eating spinach leaves. If this happens, you should eliminate spinach from its diet and change it with other fresh food that will give it more energy and a healthy life.

What Other Vegetables Should I Give To My Hamster?

Spinach isn’t the only solution that you have regarding fresh food for your furry friend. It also enjoys many other vegetables, such as carrots, peas, broccoli, green beans, cucumber, celery and squash. Your hamster won’t have any problems if you slice the vegetables in small pieces. This way it would not hurt it when trying to eat. A teaspoon per snack should be enough for its stomach. If you are not sure about the side effects of a vegetable or fruit, you can ask your veterinarian about it and make sure that your choice is good for its health.

When Should I Introduce Spinach In My Hamster’s Diet?

Always remember how small your furry pet and its stomach are. When you decide to adopt a little hamster, you should think about how to make the place more comfortable for its needs. At the beginning, the fresh food that you want to introduce in its diet should be given once a week. As your hamster grows, you can give it fresh food more often, like 2 or 3 times a week.  Remember that the hamster that you bought from the pets shop probably doesn’t know what fresh food is because it has only eaten hamster’s food mix until now. So, you have to introduce fresh food in its diet slowly and with patience. This goes for the spinach too. Once it will get used with the taste, you will have no problem in giving your hamster spinach leaves a few times a week. Just remember not to give it spinach on a daily basis, because this may cause bloating.

Water is very important in every pet’s diet and especially in your hamster’s diet. Water should always be clean and changed daily. The water container should be attached to the cage in order for the hamster to easily reach it when it’s thirsty.

Besides food and water, your hamster needs your attention and affection. Make sure that you reserve some time to play with it every day, so that you can offer it a happy life. Also, make sure to buy it one of those wheels that hamsters love so much. Besides being the best toy for them, this will also eliminate the risks of having an obese hamster. Remember that every pet needs its amount of exercise in order to increase its chances of having a long and healthy life.

So, next time you’re thinking of making a change in your hamster’s diet, you can take spinach into consideration. It is a healthy and nutritious snack that your hamster will absolutely love and it will give it the necessary energy for the rest of the day. And don’t forget that diversity is good, especially in your pet’s diet, because it will give it nutritious meals with lots of proteins and fibers.

 

 

References:

http://animals.mom.me/can-hamsters-spinach-leaves-1368.html

http://www.hamstercentral.com/wiki/Safe_and_Unsafe_Food_and_Plants#Safe_Plants_.26_Flowers

http://www.ehow.co.uk/list_5949398_list-things-hamsters-can-eat.html

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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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