can hamsters eat cherries

Can Hamsters Eat Cherries?

Cherries are a popular fruit popularly eaten as a fruit snack or a culinary food or ingredient.

So can hamsters eat cherries?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 209 kJ (50 kcal)
Carbohydrates 12.2 g
Sugars 8.5 g
Dietary fiber 1.6 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(8%) 64 μg
(7%) 770 μg
85 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.03 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.04 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.4 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.143 mg
Vitamin B6 (3%) 0.044 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 8 μg
Choline (1%) 6.1 mg
Vitamin C (12%) 10 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.1 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 16 mg
Iron (2%) 0.32 mg
Magnesium (3%) 9 mg
Manganese (5%) 0.112 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 15 mg
Potassium (4%) 173 mg
Sodium (0%) 3 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.1 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see cherries contain a hint of salt, calcium, phosphorus, quite a lot of acidic content, and a lot of sugar content.

This means that Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat one or two cherries on a very occasional basis.

This is due to their acidic and sugar content.

Make sure that the pit and stems are stripped away before feeding to them.

However, Winter white dwarf’s, Chinese, and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters cannot eat cherries unfortunately.

This is due to their sugar content which is harmful for these species of dwarf hamster who are prone to diabetes.

So do avoid feeding cherries to them.