Can Hamsters Eat Kale?

Can Hamsters Eat Kale?

Kale is part of the cabbage family and is a hardy one that is known for its erect stems and large leaves without a compact head. It is unlike any other species of cabbage.

So can hamsters eat kale at all?

Before we can decide that we need to look at all the nutritional facts about kale. In particular we need to look at the phosphorus content, fat, water, sugar, salt, calcium and acidic content.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 207 kJ (49 kcal)
Carbohydrates 8.8 g
Sugars 2.3 g
Dietary fiber 3.6 g
Fat 0.9 g
Protein 4.3 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin  (63%) 500 μg
8198 μg
Thiamine (B1) (10%) 0.11 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (11%) 0.13 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1.0 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(18%) 0.9 mg
Vitamin B6 (21%) 0.27 mg
Folate (B9) (35%) 141 μg
Choline (0%) 0.8 mg
Vitamin C (145%) 120 mg
Vit E (10%) 1.54 mg
Vitamin K (671%) 705 μg
Calcium (15%) 150 mg
Iron (12%) 1.5 mg
Magnesium (13%) 47 mg
Manganese (31%) 0.66 mg
Phosphorus (13%) 92 mg
Potassium (10%) 491 mg
Sodium (3%) 38 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.6 mg
Other constituents
Water 84.0 g

Source: Wikipedia

From what you can see above kale contains a lot of calcium, water, phosphorus and acidic content. It also contains a hint of sugar and fat.

Therefore because of this only some types of hamsters can eat kale while other kinds cannot.

And for those who can eat kale it can only be a small amount and occasionally.

Syrian’s & Roborovski’s

These types of hamsters can eat kale but only small amounts as it is high in acidic content and water.

Make sure its only occasional as well as it isn’t ideal for their diet.

Russian Campbell Dwarf’s , Winter Dwarf’s & Chinese Hamsters

Because of the high sugar content in kale these types of hamsters cannot eat kale.

These guys are prone to developing diabetes and therefore they need to stay clear of this veggie unfortunately.