Figs are a soft pear-shaped fruit with sweet dark flesh and many small seeds, which is eaten fresh or dried.
So can hamsters eat figs at all?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and 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 310 kJ (74 kcal)
Sugars 16.26 g
Dietary fiber 2.9 g
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.060 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (4%) 0.050 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.400 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (6%) 0.300 mg
Vitamin B6 (9%) 0.113 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 6 μg
Choline (1%) 4.7 mg
Vitamin C (2%) 2.0 mg
Vitamin K (4%) 4.7 μg
Calcium (4%) 35 mg
Iron (3%) 0.37 mg
Magnesium (5%) 17 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.128 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 14 mg
Potassium (5%) 242 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
As you can see, figs contain a hint of salt, phosphorus, a little calcium and quite a bit of acidic content and a lot of sugar.
This means that some hamsters can eat it, both others can’t.
Syrian’s and Roborovski’s
This means that both Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters can eat figs but only in small amounts and on an occasional basis.
Winter white dwarf, Chinese and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters
However, Winter white dwarf, Chinese and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters cannot eat them due to the sugar content that they contain.
All three of these varieties suffer from diabetes and so eating figs may make them sick.