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Can Hamsters Really Eat Chocolate?

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Can Hamsters Eat Chocolate?

NO hamster can not eat chocolate. Chocolate contains caffeine a stimulant and a toxic alkaloid known as theobromine. This makes chocolate is very toxic to hamsters. It can also increase their heart rate which might be fatal.


Chocolate Comparison Table

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

Benefits

  • NO BENEFITS AT ALL

Negatives

  • Toxic Substance
  • Increase Heart Rate
  • Can be Fatal
Chocolate is toxic to hamsters

What is Chocolate?

chocolate is a hugely popular confectionery item. It is usual made from a mix of cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar. Extra ingredients can be added to change the flavour of the chocolate like milk, nuts and even chili.

Chocolate comes from the beans of the cacao tree. It undergoes a extensive list of processes to create the chocolate we see today. It might just look like a piece of chocolate to you and I, but it has gone through a process of fermentation, drying, roasting, and grinding and then moulding to create that bar of chocolate.

Why Can’t My Hamster Eat Chocolate

Although that sweet treat might look very tasty to you and your hamster. It is not suitable for your hamster to consume. Chocolate is actually toxic to a wide range of animals and it is even toxic to us humans. Luckily we couldn’t possible eat enough chocolate for it to kill us, but your little fury friend could.

Chocolate also contains caffeine If a hamster consumes even a small amount of caffeine, their heart rate can become dangerously high. Hamsters don’t need stimulants they are already full of life as it is.

But the real thing to worry about when eating chocolate is theobromine, this is an alkaloid found within the cocoa bean. Toxic to humans if consumed in a large amount (85 bars of chocolate) and of course toxic to your hamster if you feed them only a small morsel.

So yes it is best to stay away from this sweet treat and to never feed your hamster chocolate. Of course you can buy hamster treats that are made of fake chocolate (always check the label), these should be safe for your hamster to consume. Just make sure it does state on the packaging that is is a treat made for hamsters.

Please be aware that with any fresh food you give your hamster, you need to ensure it is removed from the cage after 24 hours to make sure it doesn’t spoil. Hamsters are insane hoarders and will literally horde anything. Last thing you want is mouldy food in your hamsters house.

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Conclusion

Never under any circumstances should you ever feed your hamster chocolate or foods that have chocolate inside them. That goes for chocolate chip cookies too! It is best to just keep these type of treats far away from your little hamsters tiny little paws, because believe us they will literally try to steal any snacks that are just lying around the house.

If your hamster has consumed chocolate we recommend you keep a close eye on them and if they show any worrying side effects do take them to the vets. If they have consumed a large quantity of chocolate take them to the vets straight away.

If you are looking for a treat to feed your pet hamster why not try them with a nice small hamster sized piece of apple?

Notice:

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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