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Can My Hamster Eat Plums?

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Can Hamsters Really Eat Plums?

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Can Hamsters Eat Plums?

Yes, Hamsters can eat plums. This tasty treat is full of vitamins that are beneficial to your hamster. But due to the high sugar content of this fruit, you should only feed your hamster 1 to 2 hamster paw sized portions a week. Ensure your plum is ripe, de-pitted- washed and cut into small pieces for your hamster to enjoy.


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Benefits

  • Contains Vitamin C+K
  • Great source of fiber
  • A delicious tasty snack

Negatives

  • High Sugar Content
  • Be treat aware
  • Needs washing
  • De-seed yours plums
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What are Plums?

Plums are small to medium-sized fruits that belong to the Prunus genus and are part of the Rosaceae family. They are characterized by their smooth, often dark-colored skin and a juicy, sweet flesh surrounding a hard stone or pit at the center. Plums come in a variety of colors, including red, purple, yellow, and green, and their flavors can range from tart to exceptionally sweet.

Plums are highly nutritious and offer several health benefits. They are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, and potassium. The fiber content helps regulate digestion and promotes a healthy gut, while vitamins and minerals support immune function and overall well-being. Plums are also known for their antioxidant properties, which can help protect against cell damage and inflammation. They can be enjoyed fresh, dried, or used in various culinary preparations such as jams, jellies, pies, and smoothies.

So Is It Safe to Feed My Hamster Plums?

Yes, but only in small portions. When we talk about small portions we mean the size of a hamsters paw. Basically a bit sized snack. We recommend two servings of this per week as part of a well balanced diet for your hamster.

Please note we only recommend this small amount due to the high sugar content found within plums. You need to be very careful when feeding your hamster fruits. It is not just the sugar level you need to be careful of it is also the citrus level. You should avoid feeding your hamster these types of foods. Also avoid citrus fruits all together (inducing guava!).

If you are going to feed your hamster a tasty snack of plum then we recommend you remove the seed, wash the plum to ensure no pestacides are on the it. Also it would be best to cut it up into small pieces, avoid giving your hamster the skin of this fruit, just server them a small piece of the flesh (inside) of the plum.

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.

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

So now you know, if you are chowing down on a tasty plum and your hamster is staring right at you. Well then why not give them a small slither of plum that they can enjoy just like you.

As this fruit is full of sugar it would be best to avoid feeding this type of food to small breeds of hamsters (dwarf/Russian) they have a really hard time with sugar. But larger breeds of hamster like the Syrian are safe to eat a small piece every now and then. Just don’t feed them too much!

Did you know hamsters can eat a wide range of fruits, a healthy option that you can feed them is the cherry!

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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