Only Roborovski and Syrian hamsters can eat pineapple in small amounts as a treat because of the high sugar and salt content. Winter white dwarf, Russian Campbell dwarf, Chinese hamsters cannot eat pineapple as its too sweet and they are prone to diabetes.
To learn more about this question keep reading the answer below.
Pineapples are a juicy and sweet fruit that have a vibrant yellow flesh that is edible and a tough segmented skin.
It is a tropical fruit that is very popular all around the world. People enjoy eating pineapples on pizza and a variety of other dishes. It is known for being very sweet and tangy.
So can hamsters eat pineapple?
Before we decide lets look a bit more at the nutritional facts. In particular the acidic content, water, sugar, salt, fat, calcium and phosphorus content.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 209 kJ (50 kcal)
Sugars 9.85 g
Dietary fiber 1.4 g
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.079 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.032 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.5 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (4%) 0.213 mg
Vitamin B6 (9%) 0.112 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 18 μg
Choline (1%) 5.5 mg
Vitamin C (58%) 47.8 mg
Calcium (1%) 13 mg
Iron (2%) 0.29 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (44%) 0.927 mg
Phosphorus (1%) 8 mg
Potassium (2%) 109 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.12 mg
As you can see from the facts above pineapples have lots of sugar and acidic content. They also contain a hint of phosphorus content and salt.
What this means is that Roborovski and Syrian hamsters can only eat pineapple on a rare occasion and only in small amounts.
Do be very careful when giving this fruit to your hamster though as too much will make them sick.
Due to the high sugar content the following types of hamsters should not eat pineapple due to them being prone to diabetes:
- Winter white dwarf
- Russian Campbell dwarf
- Chinese hamsters
Can Hamsters Eat Dried Pineapple?
Yes – if you buy this food from the pet store it is a great option for your pet hamster as it has little preservatives.
However as mentioned this only applies to Roborovski and Syrian hamsters. Chinese, Russian Campbell dwarf and Winter white dwarf hamsters cannot eat dried pineapple because of the sugar content.
Also this can only be a treat and not given often.