can hamsters eat corn

Can Hamsters Eat Corn?

Corn is a popular staple food that is eaten around the world.

So can hamsters eat corn?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 360 kJ (86 kcal)
Carbohydrates
18.7 g
Starch 5.7 g
Sugars 6.26 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat
1.35 g
Protein
3.27 g
Tryptophan 0.023 g
Threonine 0.129 g
Isoleucine 0.129 g
Leucine 0.348 g
Lysine 0.137 g
Methionine 0.067 g
Cystine 0.026 g
Phenylalanine 0.150 g
Tyrosine 0.123 g
Valine 0.185 g
Arginine 0.131 g
Histidine 0.089 g
Alanine 0.295 g
Aspartic acid 0.244 g
Glutamic acid 0.636 g

Glycine 0.127 g
Proline 0.292 g
Serine 0.153 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(1%) 9 μg
644 μg
Thiamine (B1) (13%) 0.155 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.055 mg
Niacin (B3) (12%) 1.77 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (14%) 0.717 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.093 mg
Folate (B9) (11%) 42 μg
Vitamin C (8%) 6.8 mg
Minerals
Iron (4%) 0.52 mg
Magnesium (10%) 37 mg
Manganese (8%) 0.163 mg
Phosphorus (13%) 89 mg
Potassium (6%) 270 mg
Zinc (5%) 0.46 mg
Other constituents
Water 75.96 g

source wikipedia

Summary

As you can see corn contains a huge amount of water, a lot of phosphorus, and acidic content, and quite a bit of sugar and a hint of fat.

This means that Syrian and Roborovski hamsters can eat a few of kernels of corn at a time on an occasional basis. This is because of their acidic content and water content which is especially high and so take care in how much you feed them.

However, Winter white dwarf’s, Chinese and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters cannot eat corn due to its high sugar content. As they are prone to diabetes it is not worth the risk feeding corn to them for risk of making them sick.