Can Hamsters Eat Stink Bugs? (Benefits/Risks)

Yes, hamsters can eat stink bugs.

Stink bugs are nutritionally healthy for hamsters.

Stink bugs are mostly healthy for hamsters because they can provide protein and also because they provide many essential vitamins and minerals.

The only significant risk is their exoskeletons, which may cut the hamster’s mouth while it chews on them, but this would be true of any other hard food given to a hamster.

The following list presents the nutrients and the vitamins and minerals they contain, along with their potential impact on hamsters:

Protein: Protein is an essential component of all living organisms, including humans. It contains amino acids that help in a number of metabolic processes in the body.

Stink bugs are a very good source of protein, which can provide the hamster with the protein it needs for proper growth and development.

Nutrients: Stink bugs are a very good source of several essential nutrients. These include carbohydrates, fat, calcium, dietary fiber, magnesium, phosphorus potassium, and sodium. They also contain many other vitamins and minerals in much smaller amounts.

Vitamins: Stink bugs are a very good source of several vitamins.  These include Vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, and many others in smaller amounts.

Hamsters would need to eat dozens of stink bugs per day to actually get a significant amount of any vitamin. They do not contain Vitamin C.

Minerals: Stink bugs are a very good source of several minerals. These include calcium, iron, magnesium, and many others in much smaller amounts.