Hamsters are lovely pets we all love having around. I am an hamster friend, and have one myself, called Clementine. She’s adorable with her squeaks and lovable nature, but how can you keep your furry friend happy? I’ve decided to write about the things my pet gets up to when she is out of her cage – and today it’s all about what you can give a hamster as a treat.
Grapes are often considered healthy fruit, being high in vitamins and antioxidants that help boost the immune system. I know Clementine would love some fresh grapes to munch on, but can hamsters eat them?- You may ask. And well, find out below if grapes are hamster-friendly!
Hamsters are omnivores, meaning they can eat proteins, fruits, and vegetables including grapes. However, even though grapes are healthy, too many of them can cause digestive issues leading to diarrhea in hamsters.
Just like most fruits, grapes are safe for Clementine and any other hamster, but they shouldn’t eat too many. Keep in mind that these little beautiful beings only need a small amount of food per day.
And considering that grapes are just a supplement for the usual high-quality hamster food, they should be given as a treat once in a while. Only make sure that you remove any uneaten grapes before they go bad.
Do Hamsters Like Grapes?
Before you even think about giving your hamster grapes as a treat, you should know whether or not they love the fruit. And the answer is: it depends on your hamster’s tastes and preferences.
If your hamster is already accustomed to eating certain fruits (apples, bananas, strawberries), you may want to give them grapes as well because of their sweet taste. These pets love little bits of everything sweet and juicy so if they see a grape in your hand they know they’ll get a taste.
However, if your hamster is a veggie lover, grapes may not be the treat you should give them. It’s best to provide hamsters with a varied diet so their dietary needs are met and they stay happy and healthy!
Nutritional Value of Grapes
Now that we already know that grapes are good for Clementine and other hamsters, the next thing we want to know is their nutritional value. That’s why I’m going to share some nutritional facts with you before showing you how many grapes are too many grapes.
Grapes are high in water content and low in calories, which is good for hamsters that are overweight or prone to diabetes.
Also, grapes contain lots of essential nutrients for hamsters including Vitamin K, A, B6, C as well as magnesium, iron, potassium which further boosts the immune system again disease resistance.
In addition, grapes are believed to reduce the risk of some cancers due to high antioxidant levels.
However, Clementine still has to eat her common hamster food so she doesn’t become obese or malnourished. And remember that grapes should be a supplement to her regular diet – not a replacement for it!
What Are The Health Benefits of Grapes?
So, are there any health benefits of feeding hamsters grapes? Well, that’s what I also wanted to find out before deciding whether or not I should give Clementine grapes. To find the answer, I started searching for research studies and medical records after realizing how many people like myself ask the same question every day.
What I’ve found about hamster grape benefits is that grapes can actually make your little pet much healthier if you feed them properly. And feeding hamsters with grapes is not just a great way to help them stay fit but also live long lives.
According to several studies and vets, the benefits include –
- They prevent diseases related to aging. That’s because grapes contain high amounts of antioxidants that help fight free radicals and prevent aging.
- Grapes can also protect your hamster against some cancers because of the high antioxidant level present in them as well as Vitamin C.
- They lower cholesterol levels since they contain a high level of pectin.
- Grapes prevent cardiovascular disorders as well as stroke. They have a high content of potassium and magnesium, which help reduce the risks. On top of that, grapes also have a low amount of sodium and cholesterol!
- Grapes also help hamsters that have diabetes thanks to their high nutrient value.
- Vets say that grapes can be a natural laxative since they contain fiber which is good for your pet’s digestion system and gastrointestinal tract.
How Many Grapes Should You Feed Your Hamster?
All hamsters including Clementine should only be given grapes as treats and not food. Keep in mind that grapes contain a high sugar content, which can cause dental problems and diabetes in hamsters if used as the normal food.
At the same time, as safe as grapes are to eat, they cannot be an everyday thing because too much sugar is not good for any living being. Therefore, like all other sugary treats, grapes should be given as an occasional treat – up to three times per week. Anything more than that can lead to unhealthy weight gain.
In addition, most vets recommend 1 teaspoon worth of grapes at a time for an adult hamster. It can only be less than that and not more. Dwarf hamsters such as Clementine need less because they are smaller. Actually, I only stick to giving her 1/4-1/2 teaspoon worth of grapes, an amount that has so far been working out for her.
If you have a Syrian type of hamster or other breeds of hamster, make sure to ask your vet what amount of grapes is safe for them! Hamsters that eat too much of these fruits can end up sick or even dead. Hence, though considered a healthy fruit for hamsters, ensure that you stick to recommended amount when giving it to your pet.
If you have a baby hamster, then grapes can actually cause hypoglycemia. This is simply because they are young and cannot metabolize the sugar in grapes yet. Thus feeding baby hamsters with grapes is not okay since it can be fatal for them.
Again, never feed your hamster an entire grape. Divide it into smaller bits and them feed him a piece of grape at a time.
What’s Bad About Grapes?
As I mentioned earlier, grapes are healthy for hamsters but eating too much can cause problems. Too many grapes mean Clementine will eat lots of sugar from them and that may lead to diabetes.
In addition, grapes can have pesticides on them. Parasites or other harmful microorganisms can also be dangerous for hamsters. Therefore, it’s always good to wash grapes before giving them to your pet.
Another thing to keep in mind is that grape seeds can choke your pet. That’s why you should settle for the seedless grapes. And if you have to buy grapes with seed, take out the seed before serving to your hamster.
What Kind of Grapes Can Hamsters Eat?
With so many types of grapes, it’s very likely that your pet won’t be able to choose its favorite ones. However, there are some that you can pick for your hamster and still make them healthier!
Some of the healthiest varieties include:-
Green Grapes: One of the grape varieties that hamsters can eat is green grapes. They are very healthy for your pet because they contain high antioxidants. However, one thing to keep in mind is that this variety has the highest levels of sugar.
Red Grapes: Red grapes have a high amount of Vitamin A which is why it’s best to feed hamsters with this type. Vitamin A helps prevent cataracts from developing in them as well as improves overall vision. This variety is lower in sugar but with more antioxidants compared to green grapes. It’s the type I feed Clementine with most of the time.
Purple Grapes: Like red grapes, they don’t contain much sugar like the green variety. However, they have more antioxidants. That also makes them healthy for feeding your hamsters.
Raisins: Raisins are dried grapes. They contain high levels of sugar. You can feed your hamster with raisins as long as you don’t give them too much of it (and no more than three times a week).
At times I do feed Clementine raisins. However, I always ensure that I give very minimal amounts. Actually, I stick to the vet’s recommendation of not feeding her more than 1 raisin in one seating. Always keep in mind that any amount higher than the one recommended poses side effects to hamsters.
Another thing I also avoid is feeding my hamster raisins coated with chocolate or yogurt. Some hamster owners practice it, but most pet professionals will tell you that it makes it hard for small pets to ingest!
Can Hamsters Eat Grapes With Skin?
While the skin itself isn’t toxic to hamsters, it may contain some traces of pesticide and that may lead to health issues. That’s why it’s always good to wash grapes with fresh water before feeding them to your pet. However, you can still play it safe by removing the skin before feeding grape to your furry friend.
Grapes are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are healthy for hamsters. However, Hamsters cannot eat grapes on a daily basis. They need to be given in moderation and should never be coated with chocolate or yogurt. You can feed your hamster raisins (but only a few raisins and not more than three times a week). It’s also best to give them grape varieties such as green, red, and purple grapes because these are healthier for them