can hamsters eat almonds

Can Hamsters Eat Almonds?

Almonds are the name of a widely cultivated seed of the tree that bears the same name.

Many think it is a nut, but it is classified with the peach in the subgenus Amygdalus.

It is often misconstrued as a nut, but the almond is a drupe which has an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed inside.

They are sold shelled or un-shelled, and often are flavored, salted or roasted.

So can hamsters eat almonds at all?

Let’s take a look firstly at the nutritional content of almonds to see what they contain.

Then taking that information, we will look at whether the five species of hamsters can eat them.

Nutritional data

We are interested in the water, acidic, phosphorus, calcium, fat, salt or sugar content is of particular interest as far as hamsters are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,408 kJ (576 kcal)
Carbohydrates 21.69 g
Starch 0.74 g
lactose 3.89 g 0.00 g
Dietary fiber 12.2 g
Fat 49.42 g
Saturated 3.731 g
Monounsaturated 30.889 g
Polyunsaturated 12.070 g
Protein 21.22 g
Tryptophan 0.214 g
Threonine 0.598 g
Isoleucine 0.702 g
Leucine 1.488 g
Lysine 0.580 g
Methionine 0.151 g
Cystine 0.189 g
Phenylalanine 1.120 g
Tyrosine 0.452 g
Valine 0.817 g
Arginine 2.446 g
Histidine 0.557 g
Alanine 1.027 g
Aspartic acid 2.911 g
Glutamic acid 6.810 g
Glycine 1.469 g
Proline 1.032 g
Serine 0.948 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 1 μg 1 μg
Vitamin A 1 IU
Thiamine (B1) (18%) 0.211 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (85%) 1.014 mg
Niacin (B3) (23%) 3.385 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(9%) 0.469 mg

Vitamin B6 (11%) 0.143 mg
Folate (B9) (13%) 50 μg
Choline (11%) 52.1 mg
Vitamin C (0%) 0 mg
Vit D (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin E (175%) 26.2 mg
Vitamin K (0%) 0.0 μg
Calcium (26%) 264 mg
Iron (29%) 3.72 mg
Magnesium (75%) 268 mg
Manganese (109%) 2.285 mg
Phosphorus (69%) 484 mg
Potassium (15%) 705 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (32%) 3.08 mg
Other constituents
Water 4.70 g

source wikipedia


As you can see almonds contain little water, a huge amount of phosphorus, calcium, acidic, and fat content.

This means that they are quite a risk for any hamster to eat a large amount of almonds.

This is due to the amount of fat, acidic, calcium and phosphorus content that they contain.

However, hamsters can eat Almonds but they need to eat plain almonds and not salted, roasted, bitter or flavored varieties.

Avoid Bitter Almonds

Do not feed them bitter almonds.

They are poisonous to hamsters as they contain a cyanide compound which could kill a hamster.

The Bitter almond comes from a different type of almond tree and does contain toxic chemicals.

Its volatile oils can also be produced from other related fruit kernels including apricot, peach and plum. These volatile oils are considered poisonous.

Recommended feeding for each breed of pet hamster;

Syrian hamsters:  maximum of one almond every few days

Dwarf Campbell Russian hamsters: maximum of half an almond every few days

Dwarf Winter White Russian hamsters: maximum of half an almond every few days

Chinese hamsters: maximum of one almond every few days

Roborovski hamsters; maximum of half an almond every few days

Do take care with feeding them to your hamster as they will eat as many as you give them.

They are not a good food for them to eat and will harm them if you give them too many.

If you are unsure of what type of almond you are feeding them, then don’t feed them to your hamster.