Hamster owners are sometimes tempted to give their hamster foods intended for humans. In some cases, this will do the hamster no harm, but some foods are potentially dangerous for a hamster. For this reason, it is sensible to always check whether the food is something that will make a hamster ill before you give it to them. For humans, bread is a staple food that they use for sandwiches, snack, as an accompaniment, and as an ingredient in many meals. Yet, is this a safe food to give to your hamster?
Can Hamsters Eat Bread?
The answer to this question comes in two parts as it depends to which type bread you are referring. It is best to avoid giving hamsters white bread as it has a high salt and sugar content, both of which are harmful to hamsters. Although a little occasionally will not do significant harm, it is best to air on the side of caution. Wholemeal and granary bread are a different matter as they have less harmful substances in them and have some nutritional benefits for hamsters, so you can give this as a treat every now and again.
Nutritional Values of Bread
As it has already been discussed that white bread is best avoided, the information that follows refers to the nutritional values for 100g wholemeal bread.
- Calories- 78 kcal
- Carbohydrates- 13.7g
- Protein- 3.6g
Wholemeal bread does not have too much salt and sugar like white bread, so it is less harmful to hamsters. It can also offer nutritional benefits to a hamster’s diet as it is a good source for dietary fiber.
Best Way to Feed Bread to a Hamster?
Experts recommend that you avoid giving your hamster white bread. If you want to give your hamster wholemeal bread, you should only give them a small cube. You should not give your hamster bread more than once a week. You should never give a hamster garlic bread as garlic is a dangerous food for hamsters that will make them very ill.
If you want to give your hamster a treat of bread, it is best to stick to a small cube of wholemeal bread no more than once a week. It is best to avoid white bread or to give this your hamster very rarely.