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Can hamsters eat oranges? Good or Harmful

Can hamsters eat oranges? Good or Harmful

Many people who have hamsters are concerned about the food they offer their pets, especially when it comes to what to give them and in what quantity.

Quite often I have heard the question: ” Can hamsters eat oranges ?” The answer is very simple: not everything we are able to eat is also suitable for our hamsters.

Can hamsters eat oranges? Why not?

For starters, oranges are very acidic for your hamster. Like all other citrus fruits, it will cause stomach pain or even diarrhea.

Protect your little pet and try not to give any acidic food that can damage its health and make it sick . Choose other varieties of foods such as fruits and vegetables that are low in acidity. Remove any new acidic foods from your pet’s diet.

Can they eat small pieces of tangerine instead?

Tangerine is also a highly acidic fruit of the citrus class and even if you offer a small piece to your hamster, it will still have harmful effects.

Try to make a balanced nutritional diet for your hamster so that it’s well and has a long happy life next to you. Alongside the hamster food mix that you can buy from the pet store, you can also give your pet fresh food that balances its diet and will make it healthier.

Great for you, but not for your hamster

Orange is a very healthy citrus that is good for you, but not for your hamster. Full of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, calcium, and copper, oranges are a healthy snack that will give you energy, but they are a real threat to hamster health.

Keep in mind that not everything we can eat is good for our pets and be sure not to give something that will jeopardize their health.

What foods should I include in my hamster’s diet?

The best food you can give your hamster is the food pellets that can be found in pet stores. It will have a nutritious and balanced content that will give your hamster all the energy it needs. You can also give fresh food every 2 or 3 days.

You can give green beans, apples, strawberries, blueberries, carrots, peas, lettuce, cantaloupe, cherries, mangoes, cauliflower, bananas, bean sprouts, celery, squash, or melon.

Keep in mind that whenever you want to introduce a new food into your pet’s diet, you need to do it gradually. First, you have to see if they like it and then you can give it in larger quantities after a few days.

What foods should I avoid in my hamster’s diet?

As we saw in a previous article, tomatoes aren’t optimal for your hamster for the same reason as oranges.

Highly acidic foods, chocolate, onions, rhubarb, sweets, raw potatoes, garlic, pickles, almonds, eggplant, cabbage in large quantities, red beans, and iceberg lettuce should be avoided. Try to keep your hamster away from these foods as they will cause dehydration or diarrhea.

The importance of water

A very important aspect of your pet’s diet is water. Even if you don’t pay much attention to this, it is recommended that you change the water every day.

Why? Like any living thing, your pet needs a new supply of water, because it can be very harmful if the water stagnates for more than two days. It can be contaminated and your pet will get sick very easily.

Change the water every day 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 hamsters get bored very easily. What would you say if I told you that your pet is too bored? In order to have a happy and healthy life, every animal needs some activities that take away stress, fear, and obesity.

Inside your hamster’s cage, you can insert a spinning wheel or a cylinder with which your hamster will play and exercise. This will help it maintain a healthy, stress-free life.

Make sure the hamster is happy and keep it away from noisy rooms as this will scare and stress the animal. Try to have a balanced diet and the hamster will live happy and healthy. Change its water every day or once every two days and give it lots of love.

Every animal deserves your love and attention, and such a little creature deserves it even more. Avoid highly acidic foods, in order not to harm your pet’s health and, whenever you want to introduce a new food into their diet, make sure it is not harmful, causing dehydration, diarrhea, or other serious illness.

This article is purely informative, at Shelterapet we do not have the right to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We encourage you to take your pet to the vet in case of any kind of discomfort.

Written by Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, canine behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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