Can Hamsters Eat Chestnuts

Can Hamsters Eat Chestnuts

The quick answer is yes and no. It really depends on the type of hamster you have. However no matter what breed of hamster you have moderation is key when it comes to feeding chestnuts to your hamster. Too much can cause your hamster to experience health issues such as diarrhea and upset stomach.

The reason being is that chestnuts contain a lot of acidic content, water and sugar content. Too much of this nut will cause them to be sick.

What Breeds Can Eat Chestnuts?

Roborovski & Syrian Hamsters

These types of hamsters can eat a very small amount of chestnuts as a rare treat. Anything more can cause issues because of the sugar, water and acidic content.

Chinese, Campbell Dwarf, & Winter White Dwarf Hamsters

These breeds of hamsters cannot eat chestnuts at all because the are prone to diabetes and chestnuts contain too much sugar. Therefore they would get sick if they were to eat this food.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 820 kJ (200 kcal)
Carbohydrates 44 g
Sugars 11 g
Fat 1.3 g
Protein 1.6 g
Vitamin A equiv. (0%) 1 μg
Thiamine (B1) (13%) 0.144 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (1%) 0.016 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1.102 mg
Vitamin B6 (27%) 0.352 mg
Folate (B9) (15%) 58 μg
Vitamin B12 (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin C (48%) 40.2 mg
Calcium (2%) 19 mg
Iron (7%) 0.94 mg
Magnesium (8%) 30 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 38 mg
Potassium (10%) 484 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (5%) 0.49 mg
Other constituents
Water 60.21 g

As you can see above that chestnuts  contain a lot of water content along with a hint of fat and calcium. As well they contain a lot of phosphorus, sugar and acidic content.

Therefore as mentioned above only Robo and Syrian hamsters can have chestnuts as a rare treat. The other types of hamsters cannot.