Plums are a sweet fleshy fruit that are purple and reddish in color and have a pointy pit in the middle.
People often love to eat this fruit while it is in season because it has a great sweet taste and it relatively cheap in price.
So can hamsters eat plums at all?
Before we can answer this question we need to look at some of the nutritional facts surrounding this fruit. In particular we should be look at the sugar, salt, phosphorus, calcium, water and fat content. These are the elements we are most concerned with when considering a hamsters health.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 192 kJ (46 kcal)
Sugars 9.92 g
Dietary fiber 1.4 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(2%) 17 μg
(2%) 190 μg
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.028 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.026 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.417 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (3%) 0.135 mg
Vitamin B6 (2%) 0.029 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 5 μg
Vitamin C (11%) 9.5 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.26 mg
Vitamin K (6%) 6.4 μg
Calcium (1%) 6 mg
Iron (1%) 0.17 mg
Magnesium (2%) 7 mg
Manganese (2%) 0.052 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 16 mg
Potassium (3%) 157 mg
Sodium (0%) 0 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.1 mg
Fluoride 2 µg
Therefore based on this information above only Syrian and Roborovski hamsters can eat only a little bit of plums as an occasional treat.
This means you need to remove the pit and wash the plums thoroughly before giving them a little bit.
Because plums contain so much sugar Winter dwarf hamsters, Russian Campbell dwarf’s and Chinese hamsters cannot eat plums at all as they are prone to getting diabetes.
They will get sick if they eat fruits or foods with too much sugar and therefore it is best for them to avoid this fruit all together.
If you are uncertain of the type of hamster you have or want to avoid bad foods all together it may be best to avoid feeding plums to your hamster.
Overall this fruit isn’t beneficial to their health and is only good as a small treat.