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Old 04-07-2002, 11:47 PM
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Safe Veg,Fruits for hamster


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These are good fruits and vegetables that are safe
Although the hamster mix will provide the hamster with a good basic diet, hamsters also enjoy fruit and vegetables. However, it is important that fruit and vegetables should be introduced to a hamster's diet gradually as a sudden large amount of fruit or vegetables can cause diarrhoea.

To begin with the hamster should only be given a small piece of fruit or vegetable once or twice a week and over a period of weeks this can be increased to a small piece every day. If at any time the hamster shows signs of diarrhoea all feeding of fruit and vegetables should stop until the hamster has recovered and then gradually re-introduced into the diet.

Certain vegetables, herbs and fruit can be fed to hamsters. The hamster should only be fed an amount it will eat as if the hamster is fed too much and stores vegetables and fruit it can become mouldy.

Vegetables and herbs that are safe to feed a hamster are:
These are good fruits and vegetables that are safe

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Apple
Asparagus
Avocado
Banana
Basil
Blackberries
Blueberries
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts - small amounts occasionally - not all hamsters like the strong taste
Calabrese
Cabbage - should only be fed in small amounts occasionally as too much can cause health problems
Carrots
Cauliflower leaves and stalks
Celery
Cherries - stones should be removed as they can be dangerous if gnawed
Chestnuts
Chicory
Chinese Leaves
Coriander
Corn-on-the-Cob
Corn Salad
Courgettes
Cranberries
Cress
Cucumber
Curly Kale
Dates
Endive
Fenugreek
Feijoa
Figs
Grapes
Green beans
Kale - should only be fed in small amounts occasionally as too much can cause health problems
Kidney Beans (cooked)
Kiwi Fruit
Kumquat
Lettuce - small amounts occasionally - in excess it can cause liver problems
Logan Berries
Lychee
Mange Tout
Mango
Marrow
Melon
Mint
Mung
Okra
Pak Choy
Papaya
Parsley - a good tonic
Peach
Pear
Peas
Plums - stones should be removed as can be dangerous when gnawed
Potato (cooked)
Raspberries
Raspberry Plant leaves - beneficial for diarrhoea
Rhubarb (cooked)
Rocket Chard
Sage
Sorrel
Squash
Star Fruit
Strawberries
Sugar Cane - small amounts
Sweet Potato
Soybean Sprouts
Swede
Sweetcorn
Sweet Peppers
Ugli Fruit
Turnip
Water Chestnuts
Watermelon
Water Spinach

It is important to be absolutely sure in the identification of any plant before feeding to a hamster. If there is any doubt "leave it out".

Wild Plants and flowers which can be fed to hamsters are:
Alyssum
Asters
Bramble leaves
Blackberry leaves
Burnet
Chickweed
Clover
Coltsfoot
Cornflowers
Cow Parsley
Crosswort
Dandelion leaves and flower
Dock
Groundsel
Hawthorn leaves
Hedge Parsley
Knot Grass
Mallow
Marigolds
Michaelmas Daisies
Nasturtiums
Nipplewort
Phlox
Plaintain
Roses
Salvias
Shepherds Purse
Sow Thistle
Sweetpeas
Trefoil
Vetch
Wallflowers
Watercress
Young grass
There are a large variety of hamster treats sold in pet shops and most hamsters relish these. Although these are designed for hamsters, they are designed as treats and should not be fed in large quantities to your hamster. The overfeeding of treats which are high in sugar could lead to your hamster becoming obese.

Other titbits that can be fed to your hamster include:
Acorns
Almonds (shelled)
Beechnuts
Biscuits
Boiled Potatoes
Brazil Nuts
Bread (fresh or stale)
Breakfast Cereals
Cake - but not chocolate cake
Cashew Nuts
Chicken (cooked)
Cheese
Coconuts
Crickets
Currents
Dog Biscuits
Egg (scrambled or boiled)
Fish (cooked)
Hazel Nuts
Mealworms
Meat (cooked)
Nuts
Pecan Nuts
Peanuts (shelled or unshelled)
Pistachio Nuts
Prunes
Raisins
Sweet Chestnuts
Sultanas
Toast
Walnuts
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