can hamsters eat apricots

Can Hamsters Eat Apricots?

Updated August 20th, 2016.  Apricots are a juicy, soft, fruit that resembles a small peach of an orange-yellow color.

So can hamsters eat apricots?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 201 kJ (48 kcal)
Carbohydrates11 g
Sugars 9 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.4 g
Protein 1.4 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(12%) 96 μg
(10%) 1094 μg
89 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.03 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.04 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.6 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.24 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.054 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 9 μg
Vitamin C (12%) 10 mg
Vit E (6%) 0.89 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 3.3 μg
Calcium (1%) 13 mg
Iron (3%) 0.4 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (4%) 0.077 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 23 mg
Potassium (6%) 259 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.2 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, apricots contain a hint of sodium, phosphorus, calcium and fat, a lot of acidic content and sugar.

Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters

This means that Syrian and Roborovski hamsters can eat apricots in small amounts on an occasional basis.

One or two small pieces at a time, small enough that they can hold them in their paws should suffice for them.

However do bear in mind that they can’t eat the apricot stone as it is toxic for them, if you were in any way thinking of feeding it to them.

Chinese, Winter white dwarf and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters

However, Chinese, Winter white dwarf and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters can’t eat apricots.

They contain too much sugar in them to eat and will get ill if they consume them. A food to avoid as far as they are concerned.