Can Hamsters Eat Okra

Can Hamsters Eat Okra

Yes, hamsters on occasion can eat okra but in very small amounts and not too often as this flower has a lot of water and acidic content. If a hamster was to eat too much okra it could make them sick so limit how much they eat.

More Detailed Answer

Okra is a flowering plant of the mallow family and has a variety of names such as:

  • ladies fingers
  • bhendi
  • bhindi
  • bamia
  • ochro
  • gumbo

This flower grows in the warm regions around the world. But can hamsters eat okra?

Before we can answer this in greater detail we should look at the nutritional facts surrounding this flower. In particular we should look at the fat, water, acidic, phosphorus, calcium and sugar content.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 138 kJ (33 kcal)
Carbohydrates
7.45 g
Sugars 1.48 g
Dietary fiber 3.1 g
Fat 0.19 g
Protein 2.00 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. (5%) 36 μg
Thiamine (B1) (17%) 0.2 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.06 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1 mg
Vitamin C (28%) 23 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.27 mg
Vitamin K (30%) 31.3 μg
Minerals
Calcium (8%) 82 mg
Iron (5%) 0.61 mg
Magnesium (16%) 57 mg
Potassium (6%) 299 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.58 mg
Other constituents
Water 90.17 g

Source: Wikipedia

As mentioned above in the quick answer because of the water and acidic content hamsters can only eat a little bit of okra. Anything more could make them sick.

However overall okra really isn’t recommended for your hamsters diet as it doesn’t have a lot of nutritional value for a hamster.

Therefore if your hamster was to nibble on this flower a bit by accident they should be fine but stick to other more healthy foods for them and they will be more happy.

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