Can hamsters eat raisins? Good or Harmful

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Can hamsters eat raisins? Good or Harmful

Raisins are essentially dried grape that are produced in various countries of the world. They can be consumed as it is and is also used for cooking and in brewing beer.

Raisins are also an ingredient used in several alcoholic beverages. It has a rather sweet taste and is loved by many animals. However, the question here is ” can hamsters eat raisins ?” A lot of experts and pet owners would say yes, but it’s important to know in what quantities.

A healthy diet for your hamster

The hamsters like other omnivorous animals prefer to have a wide range of vegetables, seeds, nuts, and fruits. In nature, they are known for hunting in packs, but as pets, it is the owner of the animal who guarantees them the right diet.

Special attention is very important when it comes to offering a particular type of food to your pet. It is advisable to always use a lot of rigor and rely on credible sources when it comes to choosing the type of diet you are going to offer.

Can hamsters eat raisins?

Raisins are very sweet and hamsters sure love anything with sugar in them. It is also safe for your hamster.

You can definitely give it some raisins, but make sure you don’t give it more than a single grape a day. Surprisingly, even the smell of raisins alone is enough to make your hamster pawing for it.

However, being a dried fruit it may be too sticky for your pet, especially if it’s a dwarf hamster.

Other alternatives you can offer include fruits like blackberries, cherries, figs, honeydew, lychee, papaya, pears, raspberries, strawberries, and cantaloupe.

The dwarf hamsters are known to be diabetic and you should certainly not offer food that contains too much sugar. But for all other hamsters, like Syrian cousins, offering them some raisins (maybe in a mix with nuts etc.) once in a while shouldn’t be dangerous.

Important facts about raisins

Raisins contain many sugars such as fructose (about 60% of the entire weight). In nutritional terms, raisins are high in calories and are known to be a good source of iron and potassium. It has a high content of vitamin A as well as vitamin B. In most fruit drying processes, sulfur dioxide is used which has a high content of toxic gases and is colorless.

While in most cases, it is recommended that you avoid offering dried fruit to pets, there are also exceptions. Raisins are a potential threat when it comes to dogs, but in the case of hamsters, they are safe when offered in limited quantities.

Being toxic by nature it poses a threat to dogs and can become a problem for hamsters when offered in large quantities.

The dangers of raisins for hamsters

As previously mentioned, raisins are only safe when offered in limited quantities. There are a couple of dangers that raisins can lead to if offered more frequently.

Raisins are a type of dried fruit, which can lead to acute kidney failure. In the case of hamsters, raisins can stick inside their mouth or inside their belly if served in large quantities.

Another danger is the possibility that a hamster could develop diabetes, especially among dwarves who are prone to being highly diabetic. In many pet centers, experts advise pet owners to feed their pets raisins only once the toxic substance is identified.

Thus, it is very much up to pet owners to ensure that diets are adhered to and that their hamsters are kept a safe distance from raisins.

What if your hamster doesn’t like raisins?

Hamsters love anything that is sweet and contains sugar. Raisins have 60% sugar and this would be enough to make any hamster jump for joy.

Hence, it is very rare as a possibility that your hamster does not like to eat raisins. In any case, in case this is actually the case, you shouldn’t worry about anything as it is better to feed them with less sugar and more rich nutrients, preferably avoiding nuts.

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.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet 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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