can hamsters eat basil

Can Hamsters Eat Basil?

Basil is a popular herb used around the world in many different culinary situations.

It is much loved for its pungent flavor.

So can hamsters eat basil at all?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 94 kJ (22 kcal)
Carbohydrates 2.65 g
Dietary fiber 1.6 g
Fat 0.64 g
Protein 3.15 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(33%) 264 μg
(29%) 3142 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.034 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.076 mg
Niacin (B3) (6%) 0.902 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.209 mg
Vitamin B6 (12%) 0.155 mg
Folate (B9) (17%) 68 μg
Choline (2%) 11.4 mg
Vitamin C (22%) 18.0 mg
Vit E (5%) 0.80 mg
Vitamin K (395%) 414.8 μg
Calcium (18%) 177 mg
Iron (24%) 3.17 mg
Magnesium (18%) 64 mg
Manganese (55%) 1.148 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 56 mg
Potassium (6%) 295 mg
Sodium (0%) 4 mg
Zinc (9%) 0.81 mg
Other constituents
Water 92.06 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, basil contains a lot of water, quite a lot of phosphorus, acidic content, and a hint of fat.

This means that they can eat basil in small amounts in moderation. Just don’t give them too much.

A pinch of basil in their food bowl on an occasional basis is more than sufficient for them. Maybe even less for dwarf’s.

Just make sure it is washed thoroughly before feeding it to them.