The question of whether or not hamsters can eat oranges has been hotly debated. Some believe that they can, and others think that this is a myth. In this article, we will look at both sides of the argument to give you some insight into whether or not your pet hamster is able to take advantage of the sweet orange fruit.

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Firstly, we will take a look at the argument that hamsters cannot eat oranges. There are many reasons why it is believed that this is true. For example, some people believe that there’s an enzyme in orange juice called pectinase which can be fatal to animals who have stomachs similar to those of humans (specifically rodents).

This specific enzyme might not cause any problems for us because our digestive tract has evolved over time and been able to break down these molecules while other mammals’ systems may lack the necessary enzymes or bacteria required. If you don’t want your hamster eating oranges then ensure that they only drink water so as they won’t be taking in any orange juice through their diet either way.


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