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Can Hamsters Eat Asparagus? Vet-Approved Feeding Facts

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Disclaimer: This article has been reviewed for factual accuracy by a qualified veterinarian, using information available at the time of publishing. Hamster owners are urged to consult with their veterinarian when making dietary decisions for their pet. This article is designed to provide general information but it does not take into account your pet’s health status or circumstances.

Not only can hamsters eat asparagus, but they love the crunch of a freshly cut spear. Asparagus is full of micronutrients that will support your hamster’s overall health. It’s also low-calorie and low-protein compared to the carb and fiber count. Let’s take a closer look at asparagus and where it fits in with the hamster diet.

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What Do Hamsters Eat?

With hamsters, carbohydrates should be the first menu item they eat, with protein coming in second. An ideal diet for a hamster is comprised of the following macronutrients:

  • 35–40% carbohydrates
  • 15–25% protein
  • 4–5% fat
  • 5% crude fiber

Most of a hamster’s dietary needs are provided by a good quality hamster pellet. A constant supply of fresh Timothy hay will provide them with some extra dietary fiber and bedding substrate. In addition, a healthy rotation of vegetables, fruits, grains and other foods can be given in small amounts daily.

Asparagus Nutrition Facts (Fresh Only)

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Serving: 4 spears (60 grams)

Calories: 13
Carbohydrates: 2.5 g
Protein: 1.4 g
Fat: 0.13 g
Fiber: 1.2 g

What Are the Benefits of Asparagus for Hamsters?

Asparagus is a very healthy snack to offer your hamster in moderation. It’s low-calorie, low-fat, and high-fiber, allowing for healthy digestion.

Additionally, asparagus is loaded with antioxidants. There’s also a healthy amount of Vitamin A and K, zinc, iron, potassium, and magnesium.

What About Canned Asparagus?

It’s best to avoid feeding canned asparagus to your hamster and offer fresh, washed, and cut up pieces of asparagus instead. With canned food, you need to look out for high salt levels, additional ingredients, and syrups. These can be unhealthy for hamsters.

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How Much Asparagus Can My Hamster Eat?

A tablespoon or two of fresh produce and other treats a day may be appropriate, depending on the size of your hamster. Keep in mind that this tablespoon should have a variety of foods, not just asparagus, so a few bite sized pieces a few times a week is adequate. If you’re still not sure, ask your veterinarian for specific diet recommendations for your pet.

What Foods Can Hamsters Not Eat?

Hamsters are pretty accepting of new foods, but there are those few that you should never offer under any circumstances:

  • Rhubarb (leaves included)
  • Citrus fruit
  • Garlic and onions
  • Seeds containing cyanide- such as apple and cherry seeds
  • Raw beans
  • Bitter almonds
  • Sugary or salty foods
  • Anything with chocolate
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Conclusion

Asparagus is a wonderful treat to offer your hamster. It’s packed with nutrition, and hamsters love the crunch of a raw or slightly cooked spear. Now you have one more food item to add to your list of delicious hamster treats.


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