Hamsters are fragile, gentle creatures that can be adorable pets. You might not have a chance to play with them as much as you can with dogs or cats, but they are certainly dear pets and always a pleasure to be around with.
Hamster’s diet is not as versatile as in some other pets but you can still get creative with his meals. Just make sure you are feeding him with the foods he can eat and follow the rules when it comes to his diet.
Pineapple – Nutritive information
Pineapples originated from the Carribean Island of Guadalupe and from there they spread across the whole planet. Pineapple belongs to the family of bromeliads (Bromeliaceae). It is a perennial plant that grows up to a meter in height and eight inches in width.
In the middle of strong herbaceous plants plants up to three kilograms develop with a typical crusty surface, irregular shape and rough spikes. Soy pineapple is yellow in color, sweet and aromatic.
Of the healing ingredients of the Pineapple, bromelain is most important, a group of enzymes that break down the protein, which means that they help the digestion process.
Pineapple originates from the Caribbean, not as it was thought before from South America, and was discovered by Columbus in 1493. In Europe he was exceptionally respected, expensive, and reserved for royal courts, especially as he could not cultivate, but it was discovered that for breeding needed tropical climate. In Africa, Asia and the South Pacific plant was taken by Portuguese and Spanish researchers, and in these areas pineapple is grown today. The name derives from the Indian word “anana” meaning “excellent fruit”.
The energy content of 100 g of fresh pineapple is 48 kcal / 202 kJ. Of this, 12% of carbohydrates, 0.1% fat and 0.5% of protein.
Although it is poor in nutritional composition of pineapple has excellent medicinal properties, known for centuries in folk medicine.
Clinical trials have confirmed that they effectively alleviate inflammation and reduce swelling in acute sinusitis, throat inflammation, arthritis, gout and accelerate recovery after injuries and operations. In order to fully utilize this property, it is recommended to consume pineapple between meals, otherwise enzymes are used for the process of digestion. Bromelain is found in the stems and fruit flesh, however they are inactivated by heat so that juice or canned pineapple are not a good source of these enzymes and it is best to consume it fresh.
Can hamsters it pineapple?
Before we get into the details we have to say that pineapples are not safe for hamsters. These little pets need to avoid sugars and acids in their diet, which is why pineapple is definitely a wrong food for their diet. They contain a lot of both of these components and eating pineapple on regular basis can create various problems for your small pet friend. This delicious fruit is crazy healthy for people but hamster’s digestive system is completely different than ours.
If your hamster already ate some pineapple, don’t panic right away. This fruit is bad for him in the long run, so if you continue to give him pineapple over a longer period of time and not if he had pineapple once.
Giving hamster pineapple on regular basis can make his health condition a lot worse and he might even start vomiting or experiencing diarrhea because pineapples have a very strong probiotic effect. These are all normal side-effects to having pineapple, especially if your furry friend ate more than necessary.
Therefore avoid pineapple all together, because he might get used to it and even start craving it even though he shouldn’t eat it. Syrian and Robrovski hamsters can sometimes eat smaller amounts of pineapple but not too much. You can give it to them as a treat from time to time in small amounts. Species of hamsters like Russian Campbell, Winter dwarf and Chinese hamsters shouldn’t eat pineapple at all because this fruit can only cause more damage than good.
At the end of the day, it is more important to keep your pet safe than to give him something he likes to eat. Since their lives are dependent on us, we can’t allow ourselves to make a mistake and cause them harm.
Tips on hamster’s diet
Hamsters adore eating, that it is why it is important to provide them with the food that is safe for them and that they can eat without any complications.
Hamsters need to avoid sweet food and focus more on green vegetables more. The safest thing you can do is to give your hamster the mix you buy in the pet shop, because you will be certain that you are giving your hamster something safe and tasty.
They can eat a lot of food and even hide food inside of their cheeks for later. In nature they would have much less food than in a cage, so it is important to limit the supplies of food in his cage so that he doesn’t eat too much.
They always need fresh water in their cage and that is something very important to remember. You can give those cubes of fruits like strawberries, peaches and even smaller amounts of chicken, boiled eggs. This is healthy food that won’t make your small friend sick and you can rely on feeding him these foods.
Giving him too much fruits, root vegetables can cause serious damage to his fragile organism so make sure you avoid doing that.
Opt for fresh green vegetables, seeds and fruits that are safe for hamsters. If you follow these simple rules, you furry friend is going to be safe and healthy for a long time, and you don’t have to worry about him being in any kind of danger.
In conclusion, pineapple can be given to your small furry friend, just make sure you don’t make it a regular meal option for your hamster.
Instead include pineapple in your diet as much as you can since this fruit is extremely healthy and beneficial for human health. This way both you and your furry friend are going to be healthy and strong.