We love our furry friends, and they love us back! However, to truly love our hamsters, we need to make sure that they are eating the correct foods at all times. If we don’t make sure of this, then our hamster’s health could be in danger. It is hard to say that we love our hamsters if we are putting them in danger. This means that we need to ensure that our hamster’s treats are safe for them. With that in mind, can hamsters eat rocket? Yes! They can eat rocket!
This article will be going over how to feed rocket to your hamster, as well as how much they should eat, and other treats you can give them as well. Enjoy!
What is Rocket?
Rocket, known in America as Arugula, is a type of plant which is used as a herb and a vegetable. So if you are wondering ‘can hamsters eat arugula, the answer is yes! It has a distinctive, tart, taste, and is very popular on salads. The plant usually grows in the Mediterranean. Arugula has been grown since Roman times and is now grown all over the world. It is often added to Pizzas, and in certain oils. Arugula is a good source of many vitamins, no wonder people ask if their hamster can eat arugula!
Can Hamsters Eat Rocket?
As stated before, absolutely! Hamsters can eat rocket, you just need to ensure that it is fed in the proper quantities to them. If you do that, then rocket should be absolutely fine for your hamster to eat. However, you should also ensure that the rocket is safe for your hamster to eat. You can do this by ensuring that it is:
- Clean – To remove pesticides or pests!
- Plain – Not in any salads or on a pizza!
- Unsalted – Salt is very dangerous for your hamster!
If you follow these steps, the rocket will be safe for your hamster to eat!
Will Hamsters Like Rocket?
They might do, and they might not! It really depends on the type of hamster. Rocket has a tart and bitter taste which some hamsters may not be interested in. However, plenty of hamsters will be fine with eating this! My hamster, Yuri, absolutely loves rocket! Try giving a little piece of rocket to your furry friend before giving more. This will help as it will let you see if your hamster likes it.
How to feed rocket to your hamsters?
When you are giving treats, such as rocket, to your hamster, always make sure you are holding them or make sure that you are close to them. This is because giving treats to your hamster can strengthen your bond and assist in socializing them. Only give a small amount to your hamster at first, this is to figure out if they like rocket. There’s no point giving your hamster a lot of it if they just ignore it! Your hamster might put the food in their cheek poaches though.
Make sure that you wash the rocket before giving it to your hamster! This removes any worries about pesticides or other nasties hurting your pet!
Consider feeding rocket to your hamster as part of a diet including treats like pumpkin seeds, cabbage and carrots! Lots of fruit and vegetables are great for your ham!
How much rocket should you feed to your hamster?
The amount of rocket that you should be feeding your hamster really depends on their size, and this means that you need to focus on their breed. Some hamster breeds are larger than others, and this means that they can eat the most rocket! However, you should still make sure to moderate how much they eat. Too much rocket can cause problems for your hamster, as we will see later. Find your breed below!
How much rocket should a syrian hamster eat?
Syrian hamsters are the largest breed of hamster, and this means that it is safer for them to have a slightly higher amount of rocket than other breeds of hamster. Give them around two teaspoons a week, maximum. This is enough so that they will enjoy it, but not too much that it could harm them!
How much rocket should a robo hamster eat?
Robos are smaller than syrians, and therefore should have a slightly lower amount of rocket. Give your robo hamster around a teaspoon of rocket every week. This may not seem like a lot to us, but for a robo hamster it is an absolute feast!
How much rocket should a dwarf hamster eat?
Dwarf hamsters, including Chinese, Campbell, and Russian hamsters, are much smaller than the average hamster. This leads to people wondering if hamsters can eat normal stuff. They can eat rocket, however, you should only give them half a teaspoon every week! They are fragile animals and should be treated with care.
Benefits of Rocket.
Rocket has plenty of healthy vitamins! It is known as a healthy food for humans, and the same is absolutely true for hamsters as well! However, these benefits are only worth it if you feed the rocket in the correct manner. If you do feed the rocket correctly, some of the benefits can include:
- Antioxidants – This helps protect against problems such as cancer!
- Vitamin B – This gives your furry friend so much energy for growing and playing!
- Vitamin E – This helps your hamster’s body recover from any damage.
- Vitamin K – This benefits your hamster’s skin and eye health!
As you can see, there’s plenty of benefits of giving your hamster a little bit of rocket. Just make sure not to overfeed it, or feed it incorrectly. You will gain all of these benefits for your hamster if you follow the rules!
Risks of Rocket.
Whilst there are so many benefits to feeding your hamster a small amount of rocket, there can be some issues if you give them an inappropriate amount. The ‘wrong amount’ of rocket depends on their breed, as we have stated above. If you don’t follow these guidelines, or if you feed your hamster dirty rocket, then these problems could occur:
- Dehydration – Rocket has a lot of water inside it. This can lead to diarrhea, which can dehydrate your furry friend!
- Nutritional Issues – Your hamster needs a balanced diet. If they are filled up with rocket, they won’t get this!
- Illness – This could happen if you feed dirty rocket to your hamster. It could contain pests or pesticides.
These are rare problems, but they are more likely to occur if you overfeed rocket to your furry friend!
What else can hamsters eat?
Hamsters need a balanced diet, and this is especially true when it comes to what treats you give them! Hamsters need a varied amount of treats, this is because they need a variety of different nutrients and vitamins to live healthily! You should give your furry friend a mix of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. This will help them stay healthy! We recommend:
However, you should still ensure that your hamster’s primary food is some form of hamster food mix. This is to protect your hamster’s health and to keep them safe. It is vital that your hamster gets all of its vital nutrients. We recommend the Supreme Tiny Friends Farm Harry Hamster Mix (buy here) as this provides a delicious nutritional balance for your pet.
Conclusion – Can Hamsters Eat Rocket?
In conclusion, hamsters can absolutely eat rocket! You still, however, need to make sure that it is fed in an appropriate way. It should be clean, and fed in the correct amounts to your furry friend. If you don’t, then your hamster could face some health issues. You should also ensure that your hamster likes rocket before you give it to them. There are so many other treats that you can give your hamster as well, but make sure that you feed these appropriately as well! Finally, you should always make sure that your hamster’s main food is a hamster mix, such as the Harry Hamster mix.