Carrots are root vegetables that are usually orange in color and have a texture that is crisp when they are fresh.
They are also found in red, black, purple, white and yellow coloring’s.
So can hamsters eat carrots?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, calcium, phosphorus, and salt content is of particular interest as far as hamsters are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 173 kJ (41 kcal)
Sugars 4.7 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(104%) 835 μg
(77%) 8285 μg
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.066 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.058 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 0.983 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.273 mg
Vitamin B6 (11%) 0.138 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (7%) 5.9 mg
Vit E (4%) 0.66 mg
Vitamin K (13%) 13.2 μg
Calcium (3%) 33 mg
Iron (2%) 0.3 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (7%) 0.143 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 35 mg
Potassium (7%) 320 mg
Sodium (5%) 69 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.24 mg
Fluoride 3.2 µg
As you can see, carrots contain quite a hint of fat, a bit of salt, phosphorus, and sugar and a lot of acidic content.
Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters
This means Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat carrots in small amounts on an occasional basis.
One or two small pieces that they can hold in their paws will suffice for them.
Winter white dwarf’s, Russian Campbell dwarf’s and Chinese hamsters
However, Winter white dwarf’s, Russian Campbell dwarf’s and Chinese hamsters cannot eat carrots.
They contain too much sugar for them to eat as they are prone to diabetes and will make them sick if they eat them.
This means that carrots are a food to avoid as far as these species are concerned.