As some people may be aware of others may not a hamsters teeth are unlike a humans teeth in that they continually grow. They will grow their entire life and therefore in order to keep them in check a hamster is required to constantly chew of things to grind down their teeth.
If a hamster doesn’t grind down their teeth it can cause harm to them and therefore it is important that you know what types of things a hamster can grind their teeth on.
So can hamsters eat wood?
The short answer is yes, hamsters can eat wood to help grind down their teeth but before you start feeding wood to your hamsters it is important to keep a few things in mind.
The first is that you cannot give your hamster just any old type of wood. You cannot just give your hamster wood from the wild that you find as it may contaminated with parasites and possibly bacteria.
Instead you should be giving your hamsters these types of woods instead:
- Nut Woods: such as pecan or hazelnut
- Fruit Woods: pear, blackberry, quince, apple, blackcurrant, kiwi, mulberry, pear and crabapple
- Evergreen Wood: pine (only the dry kiln white kind
- Dudicious Woods:,arbutus, aspen, elm, ash
- Other Woods: Cottonwood, Bamboo, manzanita, cholla, hawthorn, magnolia, sycamore, and willow (not white), dogwood
If you are unsure of the type of wood you have it may be best to consult with a vet or a pet store employee to get more information. Otherwise avoid feeding that particular type of wood to your hamster to be safe.
As mentioned above it is best to avoid feeding your hamster any wood from the wild and only wood purchased from places such as a local pet shop. These types of woods are much safer.
Having your hamster chew on wood that is safe for them that helps them grind down their teeth is the best option.
The other option you may need to look into if your hamsters teeth are still growing too fast is to visit the vet and get your hamsters teeth clipped. This is a process where they help assist your hamster grind down the teeth.
It is extremely important that your hamster has properly ground down teeth otherwise they will have trouble eating their food and also possibly live a very unhappy life because of pain from their teeth.