Hamsters can absolutely eat Coconut!
Coconut has a lot of health benefits which will allow your hamster to fight off disease and ill-health.
You can give them the shell, the skin, and the meat of the coconut.
This delicious nut offers your pet a variety of health benefits when fed correctly. Coconut shells and meat are completely non-toxic to hamsters.
At first, only give your hamster a small amount. This is to see if they like coconut.
How much coconut your hamster can eat will depend on what kind of hamster you have.
Syrian hamsters can have more than Robo hamsters, and Robo hamsters can have more than Dwarf hamsters. This is because each breed is a different size.
Twice a week, you can give a Syrian hamster a piece of coconut that is about an inch long. Robo hamster an inch-long piece of coconut once a week!
Coconut can improve your hamster’s health, providing you give them the right amount of coconut
- Coconut contains dietary fibers. These improve your hamster’s digestive system.
- Coconut contains a lot of water. This can help to hydrate your hamster.
- Coconut contains Potassium. This helps your hamster’s kidneys, muscles, and digestive system
- Coconut has a lot of iron which benefits your hamster’s blood and helps to clot
- Coconut contains Magnesium. This benefits your hamster’s bones
- Coconut contains zinc. This allows for your hamster’s digestive system to be stronger.
Some of the risks include:
- As stated previously, coconut contains a lot of saturated fats. These can result in your hamster gaining weight and becoming obese if they are given too much coconut. This can lower their lifespan.
Do not give your hamsters coconut water. The water from the coconut flesh is already enough for your hamster and coconut water is quite fatty. Too much water can give your hamster diarrhea
Hamsters can eat the whole coconut, including the meat and the shell.
The coconut shell has the same nutrients as the flesh, and your hamster may like to use it to wear down their teeth. Give your hamster a small piece of the shell first to see if they like it.
Coconut contains many vital nutrients such as dietary fibers, zinc, and iron but is cautious of the risks. The saturated fats and high water content can be dangerous for your hamster if you overfeed them.