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Can Hamsters Eat Peanuts?

Owning a hamster can be very funny but is not so easy. Every hamster owner should be well informed about all foods that his hamster is eating. It is known that pet owners in general love to share food with their pets, but not all human foods are safe for hamsters. There are foods that can be very dangerous for your hamster so it is best to avoid them.

In some cases certain foods can even lead to death. Because of that, you should be very careful if you have a hamster or some other little pet. You have to know that his health is in your arms.

In this article we will deal with peanuts. Are they safe for hamsters or they may be harmful? Is it good to feed your hamster peanuts? You will get the answers below, but first we will tell you some things about peanuts.

More about Peanuts

Peanut is also known as groundnut. It is a crop of global importance and it is grown all over the world. Peanut is classified as a both an oil crop and a grain legume. Peanuts are generally similar to tree nuts such as almonds and walnuts. You can eat peanuts in many ways and there are many products made of peanuts, such as peanut oil, peanut flour, peanut butter, dry-roasted peanuts, boiled peanuts, etc.

Peanuts are rich in fat, but also in carbohydrates and dietary fiber. They are also an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Peanuts have a lot of health benefits, but people should eat them in moderation. They can be a healthy snack and many studies have shown that peanuts can reduce the risk of many diseases. But, can we give peanuts to our hamsters?

Are Peanuts Safe for Hamsters to Eat?

If your hamster has already eaten some peanuts, you don’t have to worry. Peanuts are safe for hamsters, as long as they are eaten in small amounts. Hamsters enjoy eating peanuts, but you shouldn’t feed them large amounts of these nuts. You should use peanuts only as an occasional treat for your hamster. A couple of peanuts can be a great healthy snack for your hamster and he will certainly enjoy them.

Also, peanuts will provide your hamster a lot of nutrients that he needs. But, you should have in mind that your are responsible for the health of your hamster, so you have to take care of his diet and limit the amount of peanuts that he eats. Large amounts of peanuts may cause problems in the gastrointestinal tract of your hamster, such as bloating, diarrhea or vomiting.

Although peanuts are generally safe for hamsters, you shouldn’t feed them peanuts that are salted because they may cause many health problems. Too much salt is very dangerous for hamsters. To avoid any health risks, it is recommended to feed your hamster roasted peanuts or peanuts straight out of the ground. Unsalted peanuts are great for hamsters and you should also feed them peanuts without shells, to avoid choking.


As you have seen in this article, peanuts are safe for hamsters and you can feed your hamster peanuts once in a while.

As long as peanuts are eaten in moderation, they can be a great occasional treat for your hamster. Large amounts of peanuts may cause a lot of health problems, so it is necessary to limit the amount. Remember that moderation is the most important for good health.

As we have already said, feed your hamster peanuts in moderation, in order to provide him long, healthy and happy life. You can also see our articles on hamsters eating fruits, like bananas.