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Old 06-13-2022, 09:08 AM   #1
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Default Is this snack safe for my hamster?

I bought this hay snack-toy for my hammie a few days ago, and I wanted to check the ingredients list beforehand, like I always do. Turns out all the ingredients are safe, except cowslip (Primula veris). It's the second to last ingredient, so the amount may not be enough to be harmful. But all the Google search results I've checked say both rabbits and hamsters can't eat cowslip. So I guess I should return it to the store? Has anyone here tried it before?

Link to the product: Bunny Nature Interactive Hay Active Snack Garden Joy (30g) –

Ingredient list: Hay, carrots, parsley root, chicory root, celery, rosehip peel, birch leaves, cornflower blossoms, marigold blossoms, currant leaves, COWSLIP, rose blossoms.
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Old 06-13-2022, 10:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: Is this snack safe for my hamster?

I don't know about cowslip but it doesn't look like a hamster treat to me. More like a rabbit or guinea pig treat because they eat hay.
It would need to go in the freezer first because hay can harbour bugs and you'd need to take it out of the bag in case the hamster chews and ingests it.

I'd exchange it for something you're comfortable with.

I was in a similar situation recently when i looked at hamster nibble sticks. Leeks and onions were on the ingredients list but i know that hamsters shouldn't have onions. I got something else instead.
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