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Can Hamsters Eat Pineapple? What You Need to Know!
What’s better than a sweet, dripping slice of delicious pineapple? Nothing quite tastes more like summertime. So, if you’re snacking on a piece of this scrumptious tropical fruit, can you share some with your hamster? Yes, you can!
Of course, there are some things to consider, like the fact that pineapple is high in sugar and acid. So, you shouldn’t give it to them in large quantities or at every feeding — but occasionally is fine. Let’s learn more about the benefits and risks.
How Much Pineapple Should You Feed Your Hamster?
Just because hamsters can indulge in a juicy chunk of pineapple doesn’t mean they should eat it as they please. You need to carefully portion out a hamster-sized helping.
Since pet hamsters can be different sizes depending on breed, there’s a general rule of thumb you can go by. Look at the size of your hamster’s paw. The piece of pineapple you give them should be around that size.
In the beginning, it wouldn’t hurt to give only a pinch—just to see how they respond. You shouldn’t give them this scrumptious fruit more than once a week. It might not seem like a lot, but for your little hamster—it is.
How to Serve Pineapple to your Hamster
All pineapple pieces should be free of skin and soft to the touch. The core and skin of pineapple aren’t good for your hamster. They could possibly choke or even puncture an intestine if your hamster swallows any sharp or hard parts. Only offer the fleshy parts of the fruit in bite-sized bits.
Health Benefits of Pineapple for Hamsters
Just like humans, hamsters can reap the benefits of pineapple. There are tons of powerful properties and nutrients in this fruit if it’s offered in the correct portions.
A healthy balance of pineapple in your hamster’s diet can be rewarding.
Risks of Pineapple for Hamsters
Normal portions of pineapple won’t hurt your hamster, but too much can. If you stick to the paw measurement, it shouldn’t be a problem. But too much at once or over time can create health issues.
- Weight Gain & Obesity — the high sugar content in pineapple can cause both weight gain or obesity over time.
- Digestive Issues — the extensive levels of acid in the pineapple can cause stomach and intestinal issues, causing potential upset.
- Nutritional Problems — too much pineapple can take away from other vital nutrients.
Type of Pineapple for Hamsters
We humans can enjoy pineapple regardless of if it’s canned, fresh, dried, or frozen, but what about hamsters? The truth is that fresh is always best. But that doesn’t mean you can’t substitute if you don’t have one.
Canned, frozen, and dried are perfectly acceptable, too. Just remember the paw rule and give no more than that. Also, never give them pineapple that has added sugar — it already has plenty of natural sugar.
Will All Hamsters Like Pineapple?
Most hamsters will enjoy the sweet, juicy goodness of pineapple. But that doesn’t mean all of them will. If you find that they leave the fruit untouched, you might have to move on to find tastier treats.
Pineapple has a very strong, succulent taste. If your hamster prefers milder foods, it might just be too much for them.
Pineapple and Hamsters: Final Thoughts
Next time you’re ready to give your hamster the royal treatment, pineapple is a perfectly safe and tasty treat. Just remember, give a fleshy piece no bigger than your hamster’s paw. Because of sugar content, you shouldn’t offer this fruit more than once a week. Chubby hamsters might be cute, but obesity is unhealthy for them.
So, let your hamster chow down, but keep moderation in mind. No matter how much they stick their little noses through their cage bars, don’t overfeed them on any food — especially something acidic and sugar-filled like pineapple.
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Ashley Bates is a freelance dog writer and pet enthusiast who is currently studying the art of animal therapy. A mother to four human children— and 23 furry and feathery kids, too – Ashley volunteers at local shelters, advocates for animal well-being, and rescues every creature she finds. Her mission is to create awareness, education, and entertainment about pets to prevent homelessness. Her specialties are cats and dogs.