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can hamsters eat raw pasta

Can Hamsters Eat Raw Pasta?

Raw pasta is basically pasta that hasn’t been cooked as yet.

Most dried pasta is commercially produced via an extrusion process although it can be produced in most homes.

Fresh pasta was traditionally produced by hand, sometimes with the aid of simple machines.

But today many varieties of fresh pasta are also commercially produced by large-scale machines, and the products are widely available in supermarkets. (source)

So can hamsters eat raw pasta?

Yes, they can nibble on it. There is no harm in them nibbling it but it is not a food to be part of their diet.

This is because it holds no nutritional value for them.

For more foods that hamsters can and can’t eat, check out our hamster food list

can hamsters eat rabbit food

Can Hamsters Eat Rabbit Food?

Many hamster owners also have other pets such as dogs, cats, guinea pigs and rabbits.

Once you have one pet then it becomes more tempting to get another and so many owners will own a pet such as a rabbit.

So if this is the case, is it possible for them to eat the same food.

Purchasing pet food can be expensive, and so if they were to share the same food then this would cut down the costs of keeping the pets considerably.

So can hamsters eat rabbit food?

The answer is that some foods can be shared and some foods can’t.

What foods can hamsters and rabbits both eat?

Both rabbits and hamsters very much enjoy eating vegetables and fruit.

Vegetables such as;

Basil, Bok choy, Broccoli leaves, Carrot tops, Celery, Cilantro, Clover, Collard greens, Dandelion leaves, Dill, Kale, Lettuce, Mint, Mustard greens, Parsley, and Watercress can be eaten by both pets.

Fruits such as;

Apple, Cherries, Pear, Peach, Plum, Kiwi, Papaya, Mango, Berries, Pineapple, Banana, Melons, Star Fruit, Apricot, Currants
and Nectarine can be eaten by both pets.

Grasses and hays are the main staple of a rabbit’s diet and can also be eaten by hamsters. Timothy hay and Meadow hay are very good for hamsters to chew on as well and they will enjoy grinding their teeth on them. They will also both enjoy alfalfa hay, but feed sparingly due to the amount of calcium that it contains.

Water is the main drink of both animals and should be fed regularly to them.

Both species need water on a constant basis to be fed to them to ensure that they get the hydration that they require.

What foods can’t hamsters and rabbits share?

Specialised rabbit or hamster foods are not good for either to eat. Hamsters cannot eat specialised rabbit pellets, mixes or muesli and Rabbits can eat hamster mix or pellets.

Both types of food are made especially for the dietary requirements of each pet and should not be eaten by the other pet.

Both rabbits and hamsters can’t eat citrus fruits. They are far too acidic for both species to eat and will make them sick of they are eaten.

Foods with a lot of water in them will give both species bloat. Especially if they eat a lot of them.

Foods with a lot of sugar in them will not be good for them.

Man-made foods are not good for either species either.

 

For more foods that hamsters can and can’t eat, check out our hamster food list

 

 

can hamsters eat yellow cheese

Can Hamsters Eat Yellow Cheese?

Yellow cheese can refer to many different cheeses.

The most popular and well known is probably cheddar.

But it depends on what country you are from as to what it refers to.

But essentially all cheese is made the same way.

So can hamsters eat yellow cheese?

They can nibble a little of it, but it is not a food that they should eat a lot of as it is too full of fat for them to handle too much of.

It will given them stomach problems, so is more of a food to be avoided.

For more foods that hamsters can and can’t eat, check out our hamster food list.

can hamsters eat yellow squash

Can Hamsters Eat Yellow Squash?

Yellow squash is actually called summer squash and are those that have been harvested whilst they are immature when their rind is still edible.

Most yellow squashes have a bushy growth habit and their name refers to the short storage life, unlike winter squashes.

So can hamsters eat yellow squash?

Yes, they can eat yellow squash.

However, don’t feed them too much as it may make them sick otherwise.

How much yellow squash should I feed to them?

Just cut it up into small pieces that they can handle well in their paws. Two or three at a time will suffice for them.

They are more of a treat than a regular food, so feed once a week at the most is more than sufficient for them.

Make sure the rind and the seeds are stripped away and only feed the flesh to them.

Some hamsters will enjoy it, some won’t so don’t worry if they won’t eat it.

There are much better vegetables for them to eat than yellow squash.

If they do happen to leave it, just take it out before it starts to rot and dispose of it.

 

For more foods that hamsters can and can’t eat, check out our hamster food list.

Can Hamsters Eat Wild Bird Seed?

Wild bird seed is that which is packaged for birds and their dietary requirements.

So can hamsters eat wild bird seed?

They can eat them as a treat but not as a substitute for their dietary hamster mix.

Many hamster owners will feed seeds such as  budgie seed, cockatiel mix, millet and canary seed to their hammies as they have birds as well as a hamster. They should be fine for them, but it should be said that they provide no nutritional  value for them

If in doubt don’t feed them wild bird seed as there are better foods for them to eat.

what vegetables can hamsters eat

What Vegetables Can Hamsters Eat?

Not all vegetables are the same and not all are suitable for hamsters to eat.

This is our list of which vegetables they can eat eat and also which vegetables they can’t. Most vegetables cannot be fed to dwarf hamsters though because they are prone to diabetes.

So this list is for mostly Syrian and Roborovski hamsters, but will marked when they can be fed to dwarf hamsters such as winter white dwarfs, russian campbell dwarfs, and chinese hamsters.

What vegetables can hamsters eat?

Asparagus: Can be eaten in small amounts in moderation.

Arugula: Can eat it in small amounts in moderation.

Aubergine: Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters can eat it in small amounts on an occasional basis.

Bean sprouts:

Beans: they can eat green beans but only in small amounts on an occasional basis

Beet greens: They can be eaten, just not beets.

bell peppers: Can be fed to dwarf hamsters.

Black beans: Yes they can have a few at a time.

Black beans: Yes they can have a few at a time.

Bok choy: Yes they can eat it, bok choy is fine for them

Boiled potatoes: Fine for hamsters to eat.

Broccoli: This means that they can eat it in very small amounts on an occasional basis. Can be fed to dwarf hamsters

Butternut squash: A small amount very occasionally is fine for them but nothing more.

Butter beans: Yes they can in small amounts in moderation

Carrots: Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat them in small amounts, steer clear feeding them to dwarf hamsters due to high sugar content.

Carrot tops: Just to be fed to Syrian’s and Roborovski’s

Celery: They can only eat it in small amounts in moderation on an occasional basis.

Choy sum:

Cooked broccoli: It is fine for them to eat small pieces.

Cooked carrots: Yes they can eat them in small amounts.

Corn: Yes they can eat it.

Curly kale: Syrian’s and Roborovksi hamsters can eat but steer clear of feeding to other dwarf hamsters.

Clover sprouts: Yes they are fine for them to eat.

Egg plant: Can be eaten by Syrian and Roborovski hamsters but is best avoided by other types of dwarf hamster.

Garbanzo beans: Yes they can have them in small amounts in moderation

Garden peas: Yes they can. Just make sure that they are fresh and not frozen.

Green beans: they can eat green beans but only in small amounts on an occasional basis

Jicama: Yes they can in small amounts. It might be better cooked for them so that they can digest it more easily.

Kale: Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat it

Kohlrabi: Yes they can have it in small amounts in moderation

Long beans: Yes they can in small amounts in moderation

Locust beans: Yes they can in small amounts in moderation

Mustard greens: but only in small amounts on a very occasional basis, due to their acidic and calcium content

Mung beans: Yes they can eat them in moderation

Onion: they can’t eat onions at all. They just cant eat food with high amounts of acidic content and water, they will make them sick if they eat them.

Okra:

Parsley: can eat parsley but only in small amounts on a very occasional basis

Pinto beans: Unfortunately, they are not good for hamsters to eat. One or two will be fine for them but that is all

Purple sprouting broccoli: Yes it is fine for them to eat in small amounts.

Purple cabbage: Yes they can eat it. It is fine for them to eat

Quinoa:  A few grains won’t hurt them but it isn’t a food that should be purposely be fed to them, due to the amount of acidic content that it has.

Red cabbage: Contains a lot of acidic content and a little sugar. Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters can eat it.

Raw broccoli: they can eat it in very small amounts on an occasional basis.

Red bell peppers: they can eat them in small amounts on an occasional basis, they are fine for hamsters to eat and they will enjoy them

Red cabbage: Contains a lot of acidic content and a little sugar. Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters can eat it.

Rhubarb: rhubarb is fine for them to eat in small amounts. Make sure it is chopped up into small pieces.

Runner beans:  runner beans are fine for them to eat. Just a little at a time though, not too much as too much may make them sick due to the acidic content that they contain.

Rutabaga: Syrian’s and Robo’s can eat it, but only in small chunks that they can hold in their paws.

Snap peas: they are not the best foods for hamsters due to the amount of water content that they have.

String beans: they can eat string beans. Just make sure they are washed thoroughly and that they don’t eat too many. A few at a time will suffice for them due to their acidic content.

Sugar snap peas: they are not the best for hamsters to be eating. Their high water and acidic content means that they really should be avoided as a food for them.

Sweet potatoes: it is not a good food for hamsters to eat and should be avoided if possible. There is just too much acidic content for them to handle.

Sweet peppers: they can eat them in small amounts on an occasional basis, they are fine for hamsters to eat and they will enjoy them.

Turnip: This means that hamsters can eat turnip, just only occasionally in one or two very small pieces which they can hold in their paws.

Turnip greens: Yes they can but don’t give them too much due to their calcium content but your hamster will enjoy them.

Yellow peppers: they are fine for Robo’s and Syrian hamsters to eat. Just chop them up into small pieces for them and get rid of the seeds and stalk

Yams: They can eat yams but only in small amounts of a few pieces at a time that they can hold in their paws. Only feed fresh yams and not cooked.

Zucchini: Yes they can, it is fine for Robo’s and Syrian hamsters to eat.

What vegetables can’t hamsters eat?

Avocado: Not good for hamsters to eat.

Beets: Too acidic and sweet for hamsters to eat.

Lima Beans: They will make them sick if they are eaten

Edamame: Not great for hamsters as very acidic.

Lentils: Lentils unfortunately have no nutritional value for them

Longan: Unfortunately it is too acidic for hamsters to eat

Mashed potatoes: Mashed potato will make them sick and it is a food for hamsters to avoid

Plantains: They are not a good food for hamsters to eat unfortunately.

can hamsters eat stale food

Can Hamsters Eat Stale Food?

Staling, or “going stale”, is a chemical and physical process in bread and other foods that reduces their palatability.

Staling is not, as is commonly believed, simply a drying-out process due to evaporation.

For example, bread will stale even in a moist environment, and stales most rapidly at temperatures just above freezing.

Bread stored in the refrigerator will have increased staling rates and should therefore be kept at room temperature.

However, refrigeration delays the growth of mold and extends the shelf life of bread. (source)

Can hamsters eat stale food?

Yes they can but as you can imagine it is not the best quality food for them.

Better to feed them fresh food. steer clear of moldy food.

Stale food doesn’t provide a health risk to them and if they don’t like it they will soon leave it alone.

Although hamsters will pretty much eat anything they can regulate themselves well.

can hamsters eat raw corn

Can Hamsters Eat Raw Corn?

Sweet corn is a variety of maize with a high sugar content.

Sweet corn is the result of a naturally occurring recessive mutation in the genes which control conversion of sugar to starch inside the endosperm of the corn kernel.

Unlike field corn varieties, which are harvested when the kernels are dry and mature (dent stage), sweet corn is picked when immature (milk stage) and prepared and eaten as a vegetable, rather than a grain.

Since the process of maturation involves converting sugar to starch, sweet corn stores poorly and must be eaten fresh, canned, or frozen, before the kernels become tough and starchy.

So can hamsters eat raw corn?

Let’s take a look a their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as hamsters are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 360 kJ (86 kcal)
Carbohydrates
19.02 g
Sugars 3.22 g
Dietary fiber 2.7 g
Fat
1.18 g
Protein
3.2 g
Tryptophan 0.023 g
Threonine 0.129 g
Isoleucine 0.129 g
Leucine 0.348 g
Lysine 0.137 g
Methionine 0.067 g
Cystine 0.026 g
Phenylalanine 0.150 g
Tyrosine 0.123 g
Valine 0.185 g
Arginine 0.131 g
Histidine 0.089 g
Alanine 0.295 g
Aspartic acid 0.244 g
Glutamic acid 0.636 g
Glycine 0.127 g
Proline 0.292 g
Serine 0.153 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. (1%) 9 μg
Thiamine (B1) (17%) 0.200 mg
Niacin (B3) (11%) 1.700 mg
Folate (B9) (12%) 46 μg
Vitamin C (8%) 6.8 mg
Minerals
Iron (4%) 0.52 mg
Magnesium (10%) 37 mg
Potassium (6%) 270 mg
Other constituents
Water 75.96 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, raw corn contains a lot of water, acidic content, a little sugar, and a hint of fat.

This means that it is fine for them to nibble on as an occasional food but shouldn’t a regular food as part of their diet due to the amount of sugar and water it contains.

can hamsters eat trail mix

Can Hamsters Eat Trail Mix?

Trail mix is a type of snack mix, specifically a combination of granola, dried fruit, nuts, and sometimes chocolate.

It was developed as a food to be taken along on hikes.

Trail mix is considered an ideal snack food for hikes, because it is lightweight, easy to store, and nutritious.

It provides a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruit or granola, and sustained energy from fats in nuts.

The combination of nuts, raisins and chocolate as a trail snack dates at least to the 1910s.

This is when outdoorsman Horace Kephart recommended it in his popular camping guide.

So can hamsters eat trail mix at all?

Because of the fat content of nuts and chocolate, it is not a good food for hamsters to eat. However, they will devour it if they are given it.

Despite its tastiness for them, it is not a food that should be regularly be fed to them and a few nuts as a treat on an occasion will probably suffice for them at the most.

can hamsters eat tapioca

Can Hamsters Eat Tapioca?

Tapioca is a starch extracted from cassava root (Manihot esculenta).

This species is native to the North Region of Brazil, but spread throughout the South American continent.

The plant was carried by Portuguese and Spanish explorers.

They traveled to most of the West Indies, and continents of Africa and Asia, including the Philippines and Taiwan.

It is now cultivated worldwide.

A staple food in many world regions, tapioca is used as a thickening agent in various foods. (source)

So can hamsters eat tapioca at all?

No unfortunately, it is not good for hamsters to eat and should be avoided as a food for them.