Last updated August 16th, 2016.
Butternut squash is a fruit that is used as a vegetable which can be roasted, toasted, pureed, mashed and used in casseroles, breads and muffins.
It is prepared by removing the skin, stalk and seeds, which are not usually eaten or cooked.
The seeds of butternut squash are edible, either roasted or raw and the skin is also edible and softens when it is roasted.
So can hamsters eat butternut squash at all?
Let’s take a look at the nutritional data of butternut squash and check if it is any good for hamsters to eat or not.
In particular, we are interested in its acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium, and phosphorus content as far as they are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 188 kJ (45 kcal)
Carbohydrates 11.69 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(67%) 532 μg
(39%) 4226 μg
Thiamine (B1) (9%) 0.1 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (8%) 1.2 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (8%) 0.4 mg
Vitamin B6 (12%) 0.154 mg
Folate (B9) (7%) 27 μg
Vitamin C (25%) 21 mg
Vitamin E (10%) 1.44 mg
Calcium (5%) 48 mg
Iron (5%) 0.7 mg
Magnesium (10%) 34 mg
Manganese (10%) 0.202 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 33 mg
Potassium (7%) 352 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.15 mg
As you can see, butternut squash contains quite a bit of phosphorus, calcium, and a lot of acidic content.
As a result, butternut squash is not the best food for hamsters to eat.
It is recommended that hamsters only eat it very occasionally.
But it should not by eaten any more than that.
It is just too acidic a food to be eaten often by hamsters.
Avoid feeding the seeds and skin as well.