Most hamster owners like to give their pet an occasional treat. They believe that the hamster’s regular diet of hamster pellets or hamster food mix is boring and like to offer some other foods for diversity. Usually, the treats offered are small portions of fruits or vegetables. However, these are not the only things that hamster owners give to their pet. Another food product that many hamster owners try to feed their hamster is peanut butter, but is this safe for your hamster to eat?
Can Hamsters Eat Peanut Butter?
Hamsters usually love the taste of peanut butter and the consensus is that a small amount of peanut butter will not do your hamster harm. However, this comes with a word of warning. Peanut butter has an exceptionally high-fat content, so hamsters should not eat this too often.
Nutritional Values of Peanut Butter?
There are both pros and cons to the nutritional values of peanut butter as some aspects of this food can cause harm while other elements are beneficial. The nutritional values per 100g peanut butter are:
- Calories- 588 kcal
- Fat- 50g
- Carbohydrate- 20g (9g sugars)
- Protein- 25g
- Vitamins and minerals- Vitamin B6, vitamin B12, potassium, iron, calcium, and magnesium
The main issue with peanut butter is the high-fat content, which a hamster’s digestive system cannot cope with and it can lead to many health problems. On the plus side, peanut butter is a good source of energy and of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B6 and B12, calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium. Each of these contributes positively to the overall health of a hamster.
How Much and How Often Can You Feed Peanut Butter to Your Hamster?
While there are some treats you can give to your hamster once or twice a week, peanut butter is not one of them. Due to the high-fat content in this treat, it is something that you should give only very occasionally. There are some pet experts who suggest that giving smooth peanut butter is better than offering crunchy peanut butter. If you give your hamster peanut butter and it is ill, avoid giving it this treat in the future.
Most hamsters love peanut butter and a small portion should not cause problems for your pet. However, the high-fat content means that this is not something you should include in their weekly diet and you should only offer it to your hamster as an occasional treat.