Can Hamsters Eat Bananas?

Providing your hamster with a nutritional and well-balanced diet is very important for its health and longevity.

Even a great hamster food should be supplemented by healthy treats – like apples or grapes – to provide more of minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber.

As a bonus, treats offer a most welcome variation in the diet.

When introducing new treats, use this 3-step process:

  1. Stick to fresh organic treats, and make sure to rinse them thoroughly. This will help minimize the exposure to harmful pesticides.
  2. Give a test piece, and observe the reaction. If your hamster liked the taste, and it didn’t exhibit any negative effects, proceed to step 3.
  3. Introduce the treats slowly. Start by giving only small pieces once a week.

Can hamsters eat bananas?

YES, hamsters can eat bananas! In fact, most of them love the taste.

And it doesn’t matter what species of hamster you have. All of them can eat it, although you have to be extra careful with dwarf hamsters. Since they are prone to diabetes, and bananas have a relatively high content of sugar, you should only give small amounts once a week.

Syrian hamsters and Roborovskis can be fed 1/4 teaspoon servings 2-3 times a week.

Remember, it’s a snack, not food! Serving more can cause diarrhea. Potential longterm side effects of serving too much banana are diabetes and obesity.

But overall, bananas are healthy for both hamsters and humans.

It’s a nutritious fruit that’s rich in dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.

Wikipedia on bananas:

Raw bananas (not including the peel) are 75% water, 23% carbohydrates, 1% protein, and contain negligible fat

The only negative thing is their sugar content (12%). But as long as you keep servings small it shouldn’t be an issue.

Don’t let your hamster eat the peels as they may contain pesticides!

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