Can Hamsters Eat Oats

Can Hamsters Eat Oats

To answer this question yes hamsters can eat oats but only in small amounts and not too often. Oats can be acidic and if your hamster eats too much they could get sick. Therefore limit their intake of oats and only plain ones with not addictive or flavors.

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Oats can also be known as common oats and comes from seeds and are a species of cereal grain.

They are often used to make oatmeal, rolled oats and other meals. However the most common use of oats is to feed livestock.

When considering what types of foods are safe for your hamster to eat the things you need to consider are the salt content, acidic content, fat, phosphorus content, sugar, water and calcium content.

Here are the nutritional facts of oats:

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,628 kJ (389 kcal)
Carbohydrates 66.3 g
Dietary fiber 10.6 g
Fat 6.9 g
Protein 16.9 g


Thiamine (B1) (66%) 0.763 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (12%) 0.139 mg
Niacin (B3) (6%) 0.961 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(27%) 1.349 mg
Vitamin B6 (9%) 0.12 mg
Folate (B9) (14%) 56 μg
Calcium (5%) 54 mg
Iron (38%) 5 mg
Magnesium (50%) 177 mg
Manganese (233%) 4.9 mg
Phosphorus (75%) 523 mg
Potassium (9%) 429 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (42%) 4 mg
Other constituents
β-glucan (soluble fibre) 4 g

Source: Wikipedia

So as you can see from the information above oats contain a lot of acidic and phosphorus content.

Therefore as mentioned above hamsters can only eat a little bit of oats. Anything more can cause them to have digestive issues and possibly get more sick if they eat oats often. Some long term health side effects can occur if you feed oats too often to your hamster.

Therefore its best to only give on rare occasion and only the plain kind with no additives.