Can Hamsters Eat Blueberries?

Written by Courtney Wennerstrom
Published: September 13, 2023
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What could be cuter than watching a hamster eat blueberries?

But are they actually good for them?

Luckily, in moderation, blueberries are a nutritious and delicious snack that provide health benefits for hamsters. A good source of vitamins, particularly vitamin C and vitamin K, as well as dietary fiber and antioxidants, blueberries really pack a nutritional punch. Along with apples (without the seeds), bananas, kiwis, pears, and other fruits, they make great snacks.

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So in answer to the question, can hamsters eat blueberries, the short answer is yes. Generally, you can feel good giving about giving your hamsters these bright and beautiful fruits.

Blueberries Are Part of a Balanced Diet

Despite the goodness they provide, hamsters should not just sit around eating blueberries all day and night. No matter how adorable that might be. Like most fruits, blueberries contain a fairly high sugar content. So, similarly to humans, most delightful snacks are better for hamsters in moderation. Too many blueberries or other fruits can lead to obesity and even diabetes in hamsters. As a general guideline, you can offer a small portion of a blueberry (cut into smaller pieces for smaller hamster breeds) as an occasional treat, about once or twice a week. As always, blueberries should be part of a well-balanced diet that includes appropriate hamster food – along with proper care to keep them healthy and happy.

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Since they are omnivores, hamsters can eat blueberries and other fruits, along with a wide variety of vegetables, grasses, seeds, grains, and meats – including crickets and mealworms.

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Always ensure that you choose fresh organic blueberries so your hamster is never exposed to pesticides or harmful chemicals. It is also ideal to wash them and remove any stems or leaves first. And while blueberries are safe for most hamsters, if you notice any signs of digestive upset or adverse reactions, you may wish to consult with a veterinarian to make sure the blueberries are not the culprit. Also, avoid feeding dried blueberries. Since the water has been removed, the sugar content is higher. So the dried versions are not as good for hamsters as the fresh ones.

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About the Author

Courtney Wennerstrom is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on pet wellness and the human-animal bond. As an animal welfare professional, Courtney has been writing and researching about animals for over a decade and holds an PhD (ABD) in English from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she taught for 15 years. A resident of Colorado, Courtney loves to hike, travel, and read. She finds inspiration from her rescued huskies, Sasha and Saint, and her beloved rescued cat, Mojo.

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