Hamsters can eat boiled and scrambled eggs without any problems. However, avoid giving them raw or fried eggs. Raw eggs are messy and can cause skin, eye, fur health problems. Fried eggs are unhealthy for hamsters if cooked in oil. You should never give your hamster too much or leave any uneaten in their cage.
Hamsters like scrambled eggs, but when treating your hamster to some, you should cook them with no salt, pepper, milk or cheese and only give a little.
The amount and How Often
Every couple of days, you can treat your hamster to scrambled eggs. The amount depends on the size of your hamster.
A good rule to stick to is half a teaspoon. However, this may not seem a lot; however, their tummies are only tiny.
It should also stop your hamster from putting it in their cheek pouches to save for later. They will be more inclined to eat it there and then.
How long does scrambled egg keep
Since your hamster will only have a tiny bit of scramble, instead of wastage, you can save it in the fridge to treat your hamster in a couple of days time.
You can keep scrambled eggs in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Please make sure the scrambled eggs are cooled down before putting them in the refrigerator.
- 3 to 4 days
Boiled eggs are another way to cook eggs that hamsters will love and can eat safely. Hamsters can eat both the white and the orange part of a boiled egg.
The amount and How Often
Every couple of days, you can feed your hamster a piece of boiled egg. The amount depends on the size of your hamster. However, you can give them more for the bigger species. For example, if you have a Dwarf hamster, you can give them half a teaspoon.
- Half a teaspoon
How long do boiled eggs keep?
Boiled eggs in their shell can last in the fridge for up to 7 days. However, once you take the outside off, they will last for 3 to 4 days.
- Shell – 7 days
- Removed shell – 3 to 4 days
Health Benefits of Eggs For a Hamster
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B’s
Raw Eggs: A raw egg would be very messy, but it can also be dangerous for your hamster. Hamsters that eat the uncooked white part of an egg can suffer from fur loss, skin issues, and eye infections.
The white part is not safe for a hamster to eat because it contains a protein called avidin which can bind to biotin and stop absorption. Why cooked eggs are okay for a hamster is because the avidin does not have the same effect within the body when cooked.
Fried Eggs Cooked in Oil: While oil, like olive oil and vegetable oil, isn’t too bad for a hamster, it is unnecessary to give your hamster a fried egg cooked in it. The amount of oil potentially used will be unhealthy for a hamster.
Suppose you want to fry an egg for your hamster; only dry fry the egg. In this case, less is best! Hamsters get their required oils from their healthy daily food. Also, you will be adding calories to their diet that can cause obesity and lead to other health problems.
Can a hamster eat both the white and yellow of a cooked egg?
Yes, if the egg is cooked without seasonings or added flavours, a hamster can safely eat both the white and yellow parts of an egg.