Can Hamsters Eat Cantaloupe

Can Hamsters Eat Cantaloupe

To answer this question right away some hamster can eat cantaloupe while other hamsters cannot because of the sugar content in cantaloupes. Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters can eat cantaloupe on a rare occasion and Winter white dwarf, Chinese and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters cannot eat cantaloupe at all.

More Detailed Answer

Cantaloupe is a fruit with a rough and tough skin that is normally not eaten and a soft orange flesh that is sweet and tasty.

Many people love eating cantaloupe by itself or also with other things such as in a fruit salad.

But can hamsters eat cantaloupe at all?

To answer this question in more details we need to look at the nutritional content. In particular we need to look at the sugar, salt, fat, calcium, phosphorus, water and acidic content.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 141 kJ (34 kcal)
Carbohydrates 8.16 g
Sugars 7.86 g
Dietary fiber 0.9 g
Fat 0.19 g
Protein 0.84 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(21%) 169 μg
(19%) 2020 μg
26 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.041 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.019 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.734 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (2%) 0.105 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.072 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 21 μg
Choline (2%) 7.6 mg
Vitamin C (44%) 36.7 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.5 μg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 9 mg
Iron (2%) 0.21 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (2%) 0.041 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 15 mg
Potassium (6%) 267 mg
Sodium (1%) 16 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.18 mg
Other constituents
Water 90.2 g

Source:  
Wikipedia

As you can see from the information above cantaloupes do contain a lot of sugar, water and acidic content.

What this means is that only certain types of hamsters can have this fruit as a rare snack in moderation.

Chinese, Russian Campbell dwarf and Winter white dwarf hamsters cannot eat this fruit as they are prone to diabetes. It would be very unsafe for you to feed cantaloupe to them and it would also make them sick.

Roborovski and Syrian’s hamsters on the other hand can have this fruit as an occasional treat. Make sure moderation is key as too much can make them sick as well.

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