Hamsters can eat broccoli in small amounts but shouldn’t have more than a teaspoon two to three times a week. Too much broccoli can cause digestive problems, including diarrhea, gas, and bloating.
In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of broccoli for your hamster, how it’s best served, and more.
Can Hamsters Eat Broccoli?
Hamsters can eat all parts of broccoli, including both stems and leaves. While broccoli is healthy in moderation, your hamster shouldn’t eat more than a teaspoon of broccoli in a single day. Serve broccoli no more than two to three times a week.
Too much broccoli can give your hamster diarrhea, also known as wet tail. This is because broccoli contains a lot of water.
Steaming broccoli can remove a lot of its water content and makes it safer for your hamster to eat.
Should Hamsters have Cooked or Raw Broccoli?
Hamsters can have broccoli cooked or raw. Depending on how you cook it, cooked broccoli may be more or less healthy than raw broccoli.
Cooked broccoli contains the enzyme indole, which helps to fight cancer and promote healthy cells. It also promotes a healthy metabolism and good eyesight.
The following are some ways to serve broccoli to your hamster and how healthy each one is.
No matter which you choose, please remember to remove any uneaten broccoli from your hamster’s cage within 24 hours–you don’t want them storing or eating rotten food!
Raw broccoli contains a lot of water but is still healthy when fed in moderation. Remember that if you’re also feeding other watery foods, you might want to feed less broccoli than is typically recommended.
To serve raw broccoli, first cut it into tiny pieces so that it’s easy for your hamster to eat. Measure out one teaspoon or less, and then wash the broccoli thoroughly.
Pat it dry with a towel before serving it to your hamster.
To dehydrate broccoli, wash it thoroughly. Then, place it in the oven at around 140 degrees Fahrenheit, checking in every three to four hours until it’s dehydrated. You may need to check it more frequently toward the end of the process so as not to burn it!
You can also use a food dehydrator, which can take half the amount of time it takes your broccoli to dehydrate.
Once dehydrated, you can feed small pieces of broccoli to your hamster as treats. Hamsters can eat a bit more dehydrated broccoli than they can in its other forms since it contains less water.
Roasted broccoli is a good compromise between removing some water content for your hamster’s health and not spending a day or longer dehydrating hamster treats!
To roast broccoli, wash it thoroughly before placing it on a baking sheet. Avoid adding any seasoning, butter, or oils. If you’re worried about the broccoli sticking to the tray, line it with parchment paper first.
Cook the broccoli at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for around twenty minutes or until crisp. Allow it to cool before chopping it into small pieces. Feed your hamster no more than a teaspoon of roasted broccoli per serving.
Steaming broccoli isn’t typically recommended, as it adds to its water content. However, you can safely serve steamed broccoli in smaller amounts than you would raw.
Simply heat water in a pan until steaming, then add the broccoli. Steam for five to six minutes, depending on the size of the broccoli pieces.
You can also steam broccoli in the microwave.
Once it cools, cut the broccoli into small pieces and serve it to your hamster in small quantities.
As always, make sure not to add any seasoning to your hamster’s broccoli. Just serve it plain!
Pros and Cons of Broccoli for Hamsters
|Contains vitamins B2, B5, B6, C, and K
|High water volume can cause loose stool if overfed
|High in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and other key nutrients
|Broccoli can cause gas and bloating if overfed or if your hamster is predisposed to digestive issues
|Dehydrated and roasted broccoli are healthiest
|Steamed broccoli is most likely to cause problems due to its high water content
What Vegetables Can’t Hamsters Eat?
While hamsters can eat broccoli and most other common vegetables, there are some veggies they can’t eat. These include:
- Hot peppers
- Raw potatoes
Always research new foods before feeding them to your hamster. If you have questions, consult with your veterinarian.
Wash your vegetables thoroughly before serving; even safe veggies often contain pesticides that can make your hamster sick.
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