Slurp, slurp, nom. Delicious!
A word of caution before we start: though boiled pasta is probably okay to give to most rodents and is, in fact, a treat for many, check with your local pet store or vet first if you’re not sure about whether it’s a good idea to feed your own mice, hamster or guinea pig with Italy’s finest export. That said, pet rodents can be quite fussy and might reject what’s not going to be good for them in any case.
Om nom nom
If anyone needed proof that hamsters love eating – and playing with – noodles, this is it! Syrian hamster Kokosanka seems to be having a blast! In fact it almost looks as though she’s laughing and winking!
Penne’s my favorite!
Macaroni and penne seem to be favorites with many rodents – maybe because, with a hole inside, they’re easier to grasp than spaghetti… Hard to say for sure, but Squeaky here seems to have warmed up to pasta in a big way.
Noodle tug of war
“Let go of it, it’s mine!” “Never, I’ll fight for it!” This, or something similar, must surely be what hamsters Migotka and Kokosanka squeaked to each other before they engaged in a bitter tug of war with this noodle. Who are you cheering for?
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Neither of these two Syrian hamsters was ready to give up, so they went for it until the last bite. Cute – and what spirit!
This hamster, named Lupin, was apparently having her first taste of pasta when this pic was taken. Notice how she’s holding the piece in her paws with her mouth open expectantly. Adorable!
The golden (or Syrian) and dwarf hamsters pictured in this article are the species most commonly kept as pets. Hamsters were first bred and domesticated in 1930, having been scientifically described in 1839.
Hamster’s got talent
This fuzzy Syrian hamster is called Max, and it seems like he’s mad enough to have figured out how to turn a strand of spaghetti into a pan flute! How cute is that?
Gerbling it down
This three-week-old Mongolian gerbil is having a royal time with its treat – a rice crisp – while snuggled up to its mom. Don’t miss how the eyes are closed– in yummy ecstasy, we’d guess!
There are about 110 species of gerbils – once known as “desert rats”. Of these, mainly the Mongolian variety, pictured here – the Meriones unguiculatus, or clawed jird – has become a popular pet. This is because it’s gentle yet tough – perfect for, let’s say, an inquisitive five-year-old. Do note, though, that gerbils will not be happy in hamster or mice cages, as they need to be able to dig their own tunnels instead of using ready-made ones.
Squeaky the golden hamster is as careful as can be as he inspects a bit of macaroni cheese that’s fallen on the floor. One of the great things about pets, of course, is that you never need a vacuum cleaner!
How it penne-d out
Guinea pig Larry seems to be ready to overcome any barriers for a piece of pasta!
Incidentally, guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) don’t come from Guinea and neither are they pigs (duh!); their square snouts and pig-like squeals do the name a certain amount of justice, though! Sadly, since the 17th century, these good-natured rodents have been used for laboratory experiments, which is why the term “guinea pig” is so commonplace today as a metaphor for a test subject. Even adventurous Larry pictured here was rescued from a lab.
What could be better than being snuggled up in a thick towel burrow while guzzling a piece of spaghetti that doesn’t seem to end? Not much for hamster Lupin. Cho chweet!
This adorable chipmunk was snapped enjoying some Mr. Noodles in Kenora, Ontario. A good job there was no wrapper around, as many rodents will also happily gnaw through cloth, paper, plastic and rubber.
Chipmunks are easily distinguishable from squirrels by the stripes on their backs. The term “chipmunk”, or the earlier “chitmunk”, comes from the Native American Odawa tribe’s word jidmoonh, meaning “red squirrel”. Interesting little critters, aren’t they?
Pasta a la mode
We’re not sure if this little lady, named Petal, actually wanted to eat the spaghetti in this picture or first and foremost was using it as a fashion accessory. Either way, it suits her!
I’ll ‘ghetti it!
We absolutely love this picture of hamster Pixi because you can see the rodent’s teeth! And that’s not even mentioning the adorable pink nose and the little paw holding the spaghetti. Aww! This shot must have taken some patience and persistence from photographer Christine. Nice job!
Squirrel and penne
This squirrel grabbed its opportunity by the horns and tried some penne while the pasta was lying in the yard. According to photographer Ualani, the squirrel tried alternately to put the pasta in its cheek pouches and to bury it. Decisions, decisions…
If you want to know the whole story, look at this, the bigger picture: the moment when a curious cat was watching a squirrel while said rodent was engrossed in its pasta. You’ll be glad to know that neither the squirrel nor the cat got injured after this awesome pic was taken. Lucky that the cat wasn’t into pasta though…