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is there any way of growing a tray of grass to leave in my hamsters cage fo him to nibble at?


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I cut the bottoms off of 2L plastic soda bottles, punched a few holes in the bottom for drainage, filled them with soil and planted grass seed in them for our rabbit.  I used 2L bottle because I could make them short enough, they are light enough to move frequently, and it was no big deal at all if they got wrecked. (yay for repurposing free stuff!)

We currently have a few of the pots on a windowsill, and we give her access to one a day while the others grow back from her nibbling. Once she's "mowed" it (usually in about 20 mins) we remove it from her cage and put it back on the sill so she doesn't kick it over, chew on the plastic, completely destroy it, or whatever.... It's also probably healthier for her not to have moist soil all over her cage.

For her, it's a nice supplement, in addition to the other food stuffs we give her, and she seems to really like it.  I'm working on a few pots of herbs/leaf lettuce now for her to have access to as well, but I'm not sure if I'll actually put the pots in the cage for awhile, or if I will just clip pieces to give to her.  Seems to me she could rip throw the lettuce at lightning speed, ruining the whole plant.

Maybe something similar would work for your hamsters?
Oh, hamsters. Obese little devils, yet so infallibly cute. I can make an 'ible for this in a flash, but I need to know what kind (style, not brand) of cage you have. A photo would be nice.
lemonie8 years ago
Is grass a good food for hamsters? L
Grass does contain silica grit, but it is okay in small amounts. Hamsters are desert creatures, and they tend to stuff their cheek pouches to bursting with anything that might be edible, so juicy foods should only be given as treats.
It sounds easy enough to do. I see a couple problems, however:

  • Disease: Grass needs a moist environment, hamsters need a dry environment.
  • Obesity: You may get the hamster to start eating, but how do you get it to stop?
Growing plants somewhere nearby the cage seems like a better idea.