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Can My Hamster Eat Artichokes?

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Can Hamsters Really Eat Artichokes?

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Can Hamsters Eat Artichokes?

Yes, Hamsters can eat artichokes. Like us humans they are not toxic to them. But there are a few precautions to take when feeding your hamster this vegetable. Do not feed them the outer spikey leaves or the inner choke of this food. They contain thistles that can harm your little fury friend.

Artichokes Comparison Table

We have created a table for you to compare the benefits and negatives of your hamster eating Artichokes. Please read through them carefully, so you can decide weather or not Artichokes is suitable for your hamster.


  • Contains healthy vitamins
  • An alternative snack
  • good source of fiber


  • Don’t feed the outside spikey leaves
  • don’t feed the inside of this food
  • They require a lot of work to prepare
  • avoid the stem of this food
a picture of a artichoke

What are Artichokes?

Artichokes are unique and intriguing vegetables that belong to the thistle family. They are known for their large, rounded, and spiky green flower buds. Each artichoke bud consists of overlapping bracts, which are the protective leaves that encase the immature flower. The edible portion of the artichoke is the fleshy base of the bracts and the tender heart at the center.

To enjoy artichokes, they are typically cooked by boiling or steaming. The outer tough leaves are removed, revealing the softer and more succulent inner leaves. The base and heart of the artichoke are considered the most delicious parts and are often served as a delicacy. They have a unique, slightly nutty flavor and a firm, meaty texture that makes them enjoyable to eat.

Artichokes are not only tasty but also nutritious. They are low in calories and fat and rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are particularly high in antioxidants, which can help protect the body against oxidative stress and promote overall health.

So Is It Safe to Feed My Hamster Artichokes?

It is safe to feed your hamster artichoke, but only the edible bits of this food. Some people have been known to feed their hamster the stems of this food as it’s easier to prepare, but we would highly advise against this. The stem is no good for your hamster!

If you want to feed your pet hamster artichoke, we want to first tell you it’s a fiddly food to prepare at the best of times. First off you will want to wash the food. Once it’s washed you will need to remove the spikey outside leaves and the inner “choke” of the vegetable. Once you have removed this you can slice it up into small pieces for your hamster. We recommend no more than 2 hamster sized pieces (no bigger than their hands) twice a week.

You must serve this food to your hammy raw. Do not cook this food with any other types of herbs or spices. We personally don’t feed our hamster this food because it is quite a lot of work to prepare, we rarely eat it too. If you want to try vegetables that are easier to prepare why not try feeding your hamster broccoli or maybe some fruits like banana.

Just remember when introducing your hamster to new foods it is best to introduce them gradually. Some hamsters might have a bad time with certain foods. So we encourage our readers to get a small amount of the food and feed it to their hamster. Wait 48 hours and see if your hamster has had any reactions to the food. If they have not had any issues it is safe to say you can feed them this type of food as part of a balanced diet.

can hamsters eat artichokes


So now you know, your hamster can eat small pieces of artichokes. Don’t feed them any of the spikey leaves or spikey insides of this vegetable. If you are at all concerned about feeding your hamster artichoke we would recommend you avoid feeding them it. You can always opt for other fruits, vegetables and even nuts like the macadamia nut.


Here at Can My Hamster we help people learn all about their fury little friends. What foods they can eat, what things they can do and how to look after them. Please note though, we are not trained Vets we have just looked after Hamsters for many years. So if your hamster is showing any health concerns ensure you get them to a vet as soon as you can.


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