Cranberries are a fruit that is a berry which is larger than the leaves of its plant.
It initially is white but turns a deep red when it is fully ripe. It is edible with an acidic taste.
They are a popular fruit that is eaten with a wide variety of culinary dishes and are particularly popular during festivities such as thanksgiving and Christmas.
So can hamsters eat cranberries?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their acidic, water, calcium, sugar, calcium, phosphorus, and fat content is of most interest as far as hamsters are concerned.
Nutritional data of Cranberries
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 46 kcal (190 kJ)
Sugars 4.04 g
Dietary fiber 4.6 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(0%) 3 μg
(0%) 36 μg
Thiamine (B1) (1%) 0.012 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.101 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.295 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.057 mg
Folate (B9) (0%) 1 μg
Vitamin C (16%) 13.3 mg
Vit E (8%) 1.2 mg
Vit K (5%) 5.1 μg
Calcium (1%) 8 mg
Iron (2%) 0.25 mg
Magnesium (2%) 6 mg
Manganese (17%) 0.36 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 13 mg
Potassium (2%) 85 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.1 mg
Water 87.13 g
As you can see, cranberries contain a lot of water, a hint of phosphorus, fat and calcium, a little acidic content, and quite a bit of sugar.
Good news for Syrian’s and Roborovski’s
This means that Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat cranberries in small amounts on an occasional basis. One or two at a time will suffice for them.
Bad news for Russian Campbell’s, Winter white’s and Chinese hamsters
However, Russian campbell dwarf’s, Winter white dwarf’s, and Chinese hamsters can’t eat them due to the amount of sugar that they contain.
Cranberries are just too sweet for them to eat as all three species are prone to diabetes.
They just can’t eat anything that has quite a bit of sugar in it.