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Old 11-15-2023, 08:20 PM   #1
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Default Safety of peanut butter?

Iíve had quite a few hamsters who have really enjoyed occasional peanut butter, but I had a brief incident with my last hammy, Icy, who was 2 years and 5 months old.

She had peanut butter all her life and then one day I guess she got too old to be able to chew it well, and she couldnít manage to chew it right and got stressed and laid on the ground and chewed it very slowly for a couple minutes while I supervised and talked to her softly. So from then on, I didnít give her such sticky foods anymore.

Ever since, Iíve been a bit worried about the potential for choking since itís so sticky. I want to introduce it to my current hammy, Cow, (6 months old), but Iím nervous about the possibility of choking since she hasnít tried anything that sticky yet and Iím not sure if sheíd try to eat it too fast.

Is it generally safe and has anyone had an issue with it before?
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Old 11-16-2023, 05:44 AM   #2
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Default Re: Safety of peanut butter?

It should be safe to give them peanut butter and can be helpful if they need a little bit of extra protein. Maybe you gave her too much for her liking or possibly
it just got stuck in her mouth and she didn't really know how to react. Overall, It's safe.
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Old 11-20-2023, 11:10 AM   #3
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Default Re: Safety of peanut butter?

I don't think it's necessary to feed them this. It's too gloopy for them and could stick in the pouches if they tried to pouch it. There are lots of other valuable sources of protein that are much safer to feed like a bit of egg white or plain chicken.
Some peanut butters also contain dangerous sweeteners.
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