Last updated 21st August 2016. Dates are a popular snack food that are found in dry or soft forms.
They can be eaten out of the hand or may be pitted and stuffed with fillings.
Pitted dates are also called stoned dates.
They can also be chopped and used in a range of sweet and savory dishes.
So can hamsters eat dates at all?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular their acidic, water, sugar, salt, fat, calcium, and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as hamsters are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,178 kJ (282 kcal)
Sugars 63.35 g
Dietary fiber 8 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(0%) 6 μg
Vitamin A 10 IU
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.052 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.066 mg
Niacin (B3) (8%) 1.274 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(12%) 0.589 mg
Vitamin B6 (13%) 0.165 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (0%) 0.4 mg
Vit E (0%) 0.05 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 2.7 μg
Calcium (4%) 39 mg
Iron (8%) 1.02 mg
Magnesium (12%) 43 mg
Manganese (12%) 0.262 mg
Phosphorus (9%) 62 mg
Potassium (14%) 656 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.29 mg
Water 20.53 g
As you can see, dates contain quite a lot of water content, phosphorus, acidic content, a hint of salt and fat, but a lot of sugar.
This means that some hamsters can eat them, but some can’t.
Syrian and Roborovski hamsters
This means that Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters can eat dates in small amounts on a very occasional basis. One date cut up into pieces is usually sufficient for them.
Winter white dwarf’s, Chinese, and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters
However, Winter white dwarf’s, Chinese, and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters can’t eat dates.
They are just too sweet for them to eat and due to the fact that they are prone to diabetes, cannot eat them due to the health risks they pose.