Hamsters should usually be feed a specific hamster pet food mix that can be purchased at a pet shop in order to get the nutrients they need to live a healthy life. However in order to balance out their diet its important to introduce other foods as well.
Therefore as a hamster owner you many be wondering to yourself can hamsters eat raspberries at all? As hamsters are omnivores and like to eat seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables it is possible that they would enjoy eating raspberries as well.
Also the great thing about some fruits and vegetables is that it can help boost their intake of vitamins.
So can hamsters eat raspberries at all?
Before we can answer this question we should look a bit more into the nutritional value that raspberries provide.
A serving of 100 grams provides the following:
- 53 kcal
- 11.94 grams carbohydrates
- 4.42 grams of sugar
- 0.65 grams fat
- 6.5 grams of dietary fiber
- Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8, C, E, K
- Some minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc
So what does all these nutritional facts mean for a hamster? Well it means that hamsters can use the vitamins and minerals but at the same time can go without the extra sugar and acidic content.
A hamster has a stomach that is a lot more sensitive than a humans and therefore they can easily have an upset stomach and digestive issues from citrus fruits.
Therefore to be on the safe side with a hamster when feeding them fruit it is important to not do more than about one tablespoon per day.
There are a variety of types of hamsters and each type of hamster has different dietary needs. Therefore in order to answer the question about raspberries we need to look at each breed specifically.
Syrian hamsters can have a little sugar and acidity in their diet but not much as eating it on the regular on in high quantity can be very harmful to their health. Therefore only one or two small pieces of raspberries would be enough for them and not often.
On the other hand Chinese hamsters cannot eat raspberries at all as the sugar is really bad for them.
The Roborovski hamster can eat raspberries from time to time but only very small pieces they can hold in their paws as they are very small.
Besides these breeds of hamsters other hamsters can eat raspberries but never more than a tablespoon or other fruits for that matter in a single meal. Too much sugar and acidic content in their diets can be very harmful to their health.
It is important to note that the fruits should be properly washed before giving to your pet. Additionally it should not have any pesticides on the fruit or an additives. You want to have a very clean and natural fruit that you feed to your hamster.
Additionally you want to make sure the raspberries are cut small in order to avoid choking hazards.
Yes, certain breeds of hamsters can eat raspberries but only in very small amounts. Raspberries are a good source of minerals and vitamins but should be limited as they are also high in sugar.
Before you feed raspberries to your hamster you should know what breed of hamster you have and check the above answers.