Dried Herbs & Flowers for Hamsters!


let’s talk about herbs so you may have
HERB me talk I’ll go home so you may have heard me talk about
herbs once or twice in my videos because I just I’m a little obsessed
with them now when we’re talking about herbs we are talking about the dried
herbs as well as dried flowers and you might be thinking well what does a
hamster get out of herbs? what does it do for them? is it necessary for them? and
I wouldn’t exactly say that you need to feed dried herbs and flowers if it’s
just not available to you you can’t get a hold of any it’s not going to be the
end of the world but dried herbs and flowers do have a lot of good properties
to them for example there are certain herbs that can do certain things and
help with certain issues as well as a lot of them have good antioxidants,
vitamins, minerals so it doesn’t really hurt to be feeding them as well as herbs
do make good for foraging in the wild hamsters are going to come across
flowers, herbs, different plants they are going to take them back they are going
to eat them so it does help with foraging and getting that natural
instinct in your hamster as well as herbs and dried flowers just they smell
really good so I find if you’re adding them into your hamsters cage it’s a
natural good smelling thing that can maybe help your hamsters cage to smell a
bit better there isn’t a ton of research out there with hamsters and dried herbs
and flowers there is only a short kind of list that I know of of herbs that are
a hundred percent safe for hamsters if you ever come across a herb and you’re
not sure if it is safe or not for your hamster avoid feeding it until you can
find out that it is safe for them since there isn’t a whole bunch of research on
herbs and dried flowers that’s why I’m only going to cover which ones I know of
are safe I’m not going to go through which are unsafe because there could be
a whole pile I’m just not sure so I’m just going to mention the ones I do
know are safe and anything that’s not mentioned today you might need to do
more research into it or just avoid it altogether so the herbs and dried
flowers that are safe for hamsters would include rosebuds, calendula petals, corn
flowers chamomile, sunflower petals, hibiscus
flowers echinacea, parsley stalks, raspberry
leaves, nettle leaves, dandelion leaves dill, blackberry leaves, basil, plantain,
birch leaves, blueberry leaves and peppermint leaves now peppermint leaves
are one of the more debated herbs whether or not it is safe or not you
100% do not have to feed peppermint leaves if you do not feel they are safe
but they have had some positive effects on rodents so it is said that peppermint
leaves can actually help support stomach and intestinal issues, it promotes blood
circulation as well as it helps stimulate bile secretions the concern
that a lot of people have with the peppermint leaves is the amount being
fed if it is being fed regularly it has been found to cause brain damage but
there hasn’t been too much looked into it whether how that affects the hamsters
a lifespan overall and I personally would say that you would have to be
feeding this quite a bit for something to ever really affect your hamster just
like a lot of things if you’re feeding too much of anything it can always be
bad even good things you can overdose on drinking water so it’s kind of the
balance of if you’re not feeding it regularly there’s not likely of a chance
of it affecting your hamster but if you’re someone who’s always feeding it
there is a possibility and of course if you don’t like hearing these risks at
all you don’t have to feed it at all so how often should you feed dried herbs
and flowers well for me personally I like to do it just once a week there
really is no research on whether or not how often you
should feed herbs or anything like that so I personally just go with once a week
I take handful and I sprinkle it throughout the enclosure so that it
gives bumble a chance to forage and find the herbs that she likes. Bumble
generally does eat almost all of the herbs some hamsters don’t like herbs
and flowers at all some will only like certain ones so it kind of just helps to
find what your hamster likes best but keep in mind that if your hamster
doesn’t eat a dried herb it’s not going to go bad in the enclosure it’s not
going to rot or anything because it is just a dried piece it’s not wet or it’s
not going to rot or anything like that so you really don’t have to worry too
much if they don’t end up eating any of the ones you’ve sprinkled in so where
can you get dried herbs for some reason in Canada in the US it is a lot harder
for us to find dried herbs and flowers we can’t just walk into the pet store
and have like a shelf full of them I guess there’s just not a big enough
market here for them but I do know in the UK at pets at home they do have a
couple of brands that do sell their own dried herbs and flowers like the
Rosewood brand you just want to make sure that the ingredients have nothing
you’re unsure about make sure they’re all safe and most of the Rosewood ones
I’m fairly certain are safe for hamsters you can also get dried herbs and dried
flowers online at little shops I know there’s actually quite a few and I’ll
make sure to link them down below you can find one that’s located in your area
this is the star West botanicals they have a lot of dried herbs and flowers
available as well as there are just actual pet
brands that sell dried herbs and flowers I think there’s the hay experts who have
a variety of dried herbs and flowers that you can purchase as well so a
hundred percent I’m going to leave a bunch of links in the description bar so
you guys can go check them out one last question I want to answer is I’ve had a
couple of people ask me can you just use teabag herbs like you just take a teabag
cut it up and use that I personally really
wouldn’t recommend using teabag herbs simply because a lot of the time they’re
grinded really really tiny and it’s better if you’re going to have bigger
pieces of herbs for a hamster to actually forage for and be able to grab
and eat if they’re like grinded so small there’s going to be a very hard chance
that your hamsters not gonna actually end up getting any or eating any of it
as well as teas tend to do like mixes so I personally would just avoid using tea
herbs so I hope you guys have enjoyed this video about herbs and dried flowers
I love them so much they smell so good and a lot of hamsters do enjoy them yeah
I hope this video can explain a little bit more because I do find I talk about
them quite a bit so I hope you guys have enjoyed this video bye there have been- hi why is every video that you decide that you are going to be
the star

100 thoughts on “Dried Herbs & Flowers for Hamsters!

  1. Hey Victoria! (Me again 😂) my hammy’s tummy is making gurgling/rumbling noises, but he still plays and runs in his wheel, drinks water and eats, I heard it might be digesting fiber food..do I need to switch brands?

  2. I need help! I am a previous hamster owner and I just got a hamster. He doesn’t mind when I stroke his back, accepts treats from my hand, and follows my hand. He easily flinches, hisses at any subtle movements. He also bites anything he encounters. Any advice for taming and biting issue?

  3. Can hamsters eat fresh herbs? Like the ones in the supermarket e.g. fresh parsley/basil? I can't wait to give my Hammy some herbs he loves to forage!

  4. I did get some festive medley a while back and he seemed to go for the flowers. I found someone on etsy.ca that has a dried flower mix that has most of the flowers you listed as safe. So I just put in my order. Thanks for the suggestions 🙂

  5. hi victoria! i'm using the comments to ask you a question because you always respond (which is awesome) so now for the question, are white willow leaves ok for hamsters? i cant find it anywhere on any safe or unsafe lists so i want to make sure, thanks!

  6. Dear Victoria,

    I was thinking about upgrading my hamsters cage by buying the IKEA Detolf but i have 2 syrian hamsters so i was thinking about putting a shelf in the middle do you think that would be enough space for both of them? please reply that would be helpful

  7. i just want to thank you for all your videos !! thanks to you my hamster now has an upgraded cage and finally can burrow and uses her new sand bath !! 😀

  8. Hello, i'm from VN and i love your vids. Btw like you said, hamster needs to live alone in a big space. So if they are not shipped together, how will they mate and when is the time for mating ?. Pls answer me. Thank you

  9. Hi I've got a Syrian hamster although I want two dwarf hamsters but I am looking at a 30 cm long cage is that too small?

  10. Someone help. My hamster someone managed to leave her cage and when we found her to put her back all she did was stuff her cheeks and is going up and down her tubes repeatedly and not dropping off her food. What should I do

  11. I just wanted to take a moment to say I appreciate you SO much! I just recently impulse bought a long-hair syrian hamster and got everything I should not have, but after watching many of your videos I have built Roxanne a diy enclosure and can't wait to see her thrive in her new environment. Thank you for educating many people like myself who adore small animals on how to properly care for them! 🥰💓

  12. I’m kind of worried about my hamster and I don’t know what to do. I got my hamster in December and he’s been fine but a couple weeks ago he’d start pressing up against the side of his bin cage and sitting completely still while breathing heavily and having the bin fog up where his mouth is after running on his wheel. Does anyone know if this is normal?

  13. My hamster, Lumos, passed away yesterday night. I found him looking like he was sleeping under some bedding. I think he just came with a sickness, because he didn't look sick at all. I'm really upset so I am taking a day off school, it's better then me crying in front of the class…lol. He was only with us for exactly a month, it sucks. I feel you're pain when you lost Honey. 💔❤

  14. Hi I have a male Russian dwarf hamster and we want to get him a friend, I’ve googled and it said that you can keep male hamsters together but could you explain in more detail about dwarf hamsters and if they can have friends xx

  15. you can find dried herd in oriental medicine store, they do sale them a lottttt, probably will only available in asia but hope it's help

  16. Please help my hamster just gave birth and she so far has 4 babies 2 of them are still very very small what does that mean please help?

  17. Victoria… can you please make a “hamster pancake” tutorial. Like… the flat hamster… flat hamster… hamster pancake… ahhhh

  18. I’m literally so glad I found your channel GOD BLESS, you’ve answered all my questions and concerns about hamsters and I’m happy to say that I’m FINALLY getting one in a couple of days now that I’m more aware of their needs and how to care for them I’m so excited 🥺😭

  19. Im grateful that you listed all of those herb places. Some that I wouldn't have heard of had you not listed the links for them.

  20. Hey Victoria how are you ? I recently got a short haired robo hamster he seems very skiddesh even when I walk Into the room I’ve had him for about a week now any advice

  21. Hey I'm looking to change my hamster bedding and I was wondering if you have any cheap options and that have good absorption thanks

  22. Hi Victoria! I recently got 2 dwarf hamsters and I feel like my cage is too small but both of my parents say it’s the perfect size. Do you think you could do a video similar to your reviewing hamster cages but a dwarf hamster version? I feel really panicked with the small cage I have right now but my parents are saying we don’t need a new one so a professional persons view on it would help so much. Thank you!

  23. Dear victoria,
    I posted a comment saying i will buy my hamster a Bigger cage and now i did but he bar chews and climbs now! What should i do?
    Edit : also my hamsters wheel is going to fast and sometimes he goes up and down without doing anything!
    Is he okay! He cage is about 77 x 47 x 36 cm. the title is called
    little friends Grosvenor rat and hamster cage. With wood shelf and ladder

  24. this isnt related to hamsters but its questions,

    1. are you worried about the coronavirus?

    2. how are you dealing with COPPA?

    sorry if any of these were weird or personal

  25. My hamster escaped the cage and ended up in my closet idk how OOF hamsters are so cute and tiny while my hamster is a fast devil that smacks people's fingers when we get them outta the cage LOL

    I didnt really understand this video but i still watched it lol these vids give great advice btw!

  26. what is 450 square inches in centimeters? i’m just curious as i’d like to measure my hamsters cage to make sure it’s at least that size, or even better, bigger!

  27. I’m getting a dwarf hamster in 60 days if I can feed and water my other animals for 60 days!!!! I’m gonna name it geo if it’s a boy and I’m gonna and it lea if it’s a girl!!! I have a cat so I’m gonna have to get a high up little table for it!!! Do you have any tips for me?

  28. Hey Victoria please can you show more of Aspen and Honey because it seems you just show Bumble.thank you ❤❤❤🐹🐇

  29. Hi Victoria I have a twenty gallon tank for my hamster hammy. I believe he is a Russian Campbell dwarf hamster .do you think his cage is big enough for now

  30. Hi can anyone help me PLEASE?

    My female syrian hamster (young) had weird ear wax looking yellow stuff on her cage bars 🙁 I removed it. It smelled a bit weird…

    Is it normal?

  31. victoria, i really need help. my hamster won’t sleep! i give her everything, and when i went to check on her while she was sleeping, he woke up, then went crazy! she won’t go back to sleep! it’s been two hours, and she won’t stop trying to escape. please help me 🙁

  32. I have heard that Kaytee changed their bedding formula to cheeper quality paper does anyone know if this is true?

  33. Hi! I have a question about my hamster. What happens if its losing hair on its head? Please help me with this because im worried

  34. ⚠️ Victoria ⚠️
    I was about to go to bed when i realized my hamsters eye was shut and it looked irritated. I went to search it up, but i didn’t find anything useful, so i went back to her. Her eye was open now, but it still looks very irritated. I wiped it of with a small, damp paper tower. Do you know what this is? Thank you so much 😥

  35. Victoria, I want to say thank you.
    Because of you I improved my hamster care. I saved enough money to get a Aquarium. And now I give him better food,etc. Thank you.

  36. Victoria lately I’ve been wondering if it would be stressful for the hamster if you were rearranging there stuff and all there burrows got messed up?

  37. i know it’s weird to put this under this video but i just wanted to know if i have food food for my hamster, this are the ingrediënts: Cereals (oats 8%). seeds. vegetable by-products. vegetables (peas 10%. parsnip 2%. leeks 1%). vegetable protein extracts. fruits (pineapple 2%. raisins 2%). insects (mealworms 4%). nuts. minerals. herbs. MOSS. FOS. marigold. grape seed

    and this are the procents: Protein 16.5%. fat content 7.5%. crude fiber 7.0%. raw ash 5.0%. calcium 0.65%. phosphorus 0.35%

    thanks if you answer on this 😁

  38. I'm bonding with my hamster and I was wondering can I hold my hamster everyday is it ok for them will they get stress?! Please I need to know victoria please reply or anyone else please reply

  39. Hi Tori! I have just recently found your channel and I absolutely LOVE it. I’ve always thought my Syrian had a pretty good cage until I saw your cage review videos, i’ve been using sawdust as bedding, and the floorspace definitely isn’t as good as it could be! I’ve just bought a new detolf cage and i’m so excited to add all the new accessories and proper bedding into it. You’ve really helped improve so many hammy lives!!!! Thank you!❤️❤️❤️

  40. Kaytee has a mix called Food from the Wild Natural Snack with marigold, rose petals, spinach and more dried herbs as well !

  41. My hamster died after 3 weeks of having it and I did everything that your videos taught me, I don’t get it please make a video maybe?❤️

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