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can hamsters eat yarn

Can Hamsters Eat Yarn?

Yarn is a long continuous length of interlocked fibres which is also known as wool in some countries.

It is suitable for use in the production of textiles, sewing, crocheting, knitting, weaving, embroidery, and ropemaking.

Thread is a type of yarn intended for sewing by hand or machine and is popularly used around the world.

Modern manufactured sewing threads may be finished with wax or other lubricants to withstand the stresses involved in sewing.

Embroidery threads are yarns specifically designed for hand or machine embroidery.

Yarn can be made from a number of natural or synthetic fibers which

Many types of yarn are made differently though.  (source)

So can hamsters eat yarn?

No they can’t eat yarn unfortunately.

It is not good for them to eat and may lodge in their throats.

can hamsters eat wheatgrass

Can Hamsters Eat Wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is a food prepared from the cotyledons of a common wheat plant.

Wheatgrass differs from wheat malt in that it is served freeze-dried or fresh, while wheat malt is convectively dried.

Claims about the health benefits of wheatgrass range from providing supplemental nutrition to having unique curative properties, though few, if any, have been scientifically proven.

It is often available in juice bars, and some consumers grow and juice wheatgrass in their homes.

It is available as fresh produce, tablets, frozen juice and powder.

Wheatgrass is also available commercially as a spray, cream, gel, massage lotion, and a liquid herbal supplement. (source)

So can hamsters eat wheatgrass?

Yes they can eat it in small amounts, but nothing more that.

How Flexible Is A Hamster's Body

How Flexible Is A Hamster’s Body?

Ever asked the question ‘how flexible is a hamster’s body?’

They are amazing creatures who dont have the bone structure that we do.

Their bones although sturdy, in fact many think their bones are collapsable, but their bones are connected with joints and cartilidge just like ours.

Observing a hamster at first hand, enables you to get an insight into how different they are from us in the way they use their body.

Watching them in their cage

In the hamster cage we have, there are many different tunnels that our hamster can run along.

The tunnels are about three inches in diameter and allow the hamster to run about and explore away from their cage and nest.

I have seen him on many occasions turn inside the tunnel and head off in the opposite direction.

It is an extremely difficult manouvre to make and one that involves contortioning their body in order to  push its head back on itself and drag its body behind it.

Observing them doing this, makes you realize how flexible their bodies are and how they are equipped for different contained environments.

They can squeeze through the tiniest of holes

Like other rodents such as rats and mice, hamsters can squeeze into the smallest of holes.

This allows them to get access to many different places and to escape different predators.

Like mice, hamsters don’t have collar bones which means that they can turn their head in the most unorthodox way.

But their skull is solid and cannot be shrunk or squeezed in any way.

So providing they can fit their head through a gap, the rest of their body will follow.

This also means that they can turn in confined spaces.

Getting their head through a gap is the key, the body follows

As long as they can fit their head through the remaining gap in the space.

So to answer the question, a hamster’s body is very flexible. It’s just their head that isn’t.

can hamsters eat thyme

Can Hamsters Eat Thyme?

Thyme is an evergreen herb with culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses.

The most common variety is Thymus vulgaris.

Thyme is of the genus Thymus of the mint family, and a relative of the oregano genus Origanum.

Thyme is sold both fresh and dried. While summer-seasonal, fresh greenhouse thyme is often available year round.

The fresh form is more flavourful, but also less convenient; storage life is rarely more than a week.

Although the fresh form only lasts a week or two under refrigeration, it can last many months if carefully frozen. (source)

So can hamsters eat thyme?

Yes it is fine for them to eat.