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can hamsters eat pine nuts

Can Hamsters Eat Pine Nuts?

Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pine trees and are eaten regularly as a snack.

So can hamsters eat pine nuts at all?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their water, acidic, fat, sugar, salt, phosphorus, and calcium content is of particular interest as far as hamsters are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,815 kJ (673 kcal)
Carbohydrates 13.1 g
Starch 1.4 g
Sugars 3.6 g
Dietary fiber 3.7 g
Fat 68.4 g
Saturated 4.9 g
Monounsaturated 18.7 g
Polyunsaturated 34.1 g
Protein 13.7 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(0%) 1 μg
(0%) 17 μg
Thiamine (B1) (35%) 0.4 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (17%) 0.2 mg
Niacin (B3) (29%) 4.4 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.3 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.1 mg
Folate (B9) (9%) 34 μg
Choline (11%) 55.8 mg
Vitamin C (1%) 0.8 mg
Vit E (62%) 9.3 mg
Vitamin K (51%) 53.9 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 16 mg
Iron (42%) 5.5 mg
Magnesium (71%) 251 mg
Manganese (419%) 8.8 mg
Phosphorus (82%) 575 mg
Potassium (13%) 597 mg
Zinc (67%) 6.4 mg
Other constituents
Water 2.3 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, pine nuts contain a little water, a large amount of phosphorus and fat, acidic content, a little sugar, and a hint of calcium.

This means that Syrian’s and Robo’s can eat one or two pine nuts on a very occasional basis. The large amount of fat and acidic content means that they can’t eat too many of them of they will be sick. Just make sure they are plain pine nuts and not flavored or salted in any way.

However, Russian Campbell dwarf’s, Chinese and Winter white dwarf’s cannot eat pine nuts at all unfortunately due to the sugar content that they have. As they are prone to diabetes, they will endanger their health.

can hamsters eat pumpkin

Can Hamsters Eat Pumpkin?

At Thanksgiving and Halloween, pumpkin is a very popular food for those celebrating the festivities around that time of year.

Families throughout the world will stock up with pumpkins and make various foods out of them and carve them into amazing sculptures.

The pumpkin itself is a cultivar of a squash plant and is round, with a smooth and slightly ribbed skin with deep yellow to orange coloring. Within its thick skin, lies pulp and in the center, a large collection of seeds.

So can hamsters eat pumpkin at all?

Let’s take a look its nutritional data and find out more.

In particular we are interested in its sugar, acidic, fat, salt, phosphorus, calcium and water content as far as hamsters are concerned.

We can  then see if it is appropriate for all species of pet hamster to eat or not.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 109 kJ (26 kcal)
Carbohydrates
6.5 g
Sugars 2.76 g
Dietary fiber 0.5 g
Fat
0.1 g
Protein
1 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(53%) 426 μg
(29%) 3100 μg
1500 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.05 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.11 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.6 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.298 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) 0.061 mg
Folate (B9) (4%) 16 μg
Vitamin C (11%) 9 mg
Vit E (3%) 0.44 mg
Vitamin K (1%) 1.1 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 21 mg
Iron (6%) 0.8 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.125 mg
Phosphorus (6%) 44 mg
Potassium (7%) 340 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.32 mg
Other constituents
Water 91.6 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, pumpkin contains an awful lot of water and acidic content, quite a lot of phosphorus and sugar and a hint of fat and salt.

Syrian’s

They can eat a small amount of it on an occasional basis because of the acidic and water content it contains. A few small pieces that it can hold in its paws should be sufficient.

Roborovski’s

Just like Syrian’s, Robo’s can eat a few small pieces large enough for them to hold in their paws. Remember they cannot eat large pieces like Syrian’s can.

Winter White Dwarf’s

These species cannot eat pumpkin unfortunately. It has too much sugar in it for them. They are species that are prone to diabetes and foods with sugar in them will harm them.

Russian Campbell Dwarf’s

Just like Winter white dwarf’s, Russian Campbell dwarf’s are also prone to diabetes and so pumpkin is also not good for them.

Chinese hamsters

Unfortunately, Chinese hamsters are also prone to diabetes and so eating pumpkin will make them sick.

Just make sure that they don’t eat the skin and seeds though.