can hamsters eat grapes

Can Hamsters Eat Grapes?

Grapes are a well known fruit that are eaten across the world.

They are well loved in many different countries, cultures, and civilizations and are enjoyed in many different variations whether they are seeded or unseeded.

So can hamsters eat grapes at all?

In order to make an informed assessment, let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

As far as nutritional content is concerned, we are interested in the water, acidic, phosphorus, calcium, fat, salt or sugar content of grapes, as far as hamsters are concerned.

We can then make an assessment as to whether each species of pet hamster can eat them or not.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 288 kJ (69 kcal)
18.1 g
Sugars 15.48 g
Dietary fiber 0.9 g
Fat 0.16 g
Protein 0.72 g
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.069 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.07 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.188 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (1%) 0.05 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.086 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 2 μg
Choline (1%) 5.6 mg
Vitamin C (4%) 3.2 mg
Vit E (1%) 0.19 mg
Vitamin K (14%) 14.6 μg
Calcium (1%) 10 mg
Iron (3%) 0.36 mg
Magnesium (2%) 7 mg
Manganese (3%) 0.071 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 20 mg
Potassium (4%) 191 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.07 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 7.8 µg

Source wikipedia

As you can see grapes contain a little phosphorus, a hint of calcium and fat, quite a lot of acidic content, and a lot of sugar.

This means that some hamsters can eat them, but unfortunately others can’t.

Chinese hamsters

Chinese hamsters: Grapes contain too much sugar for Chinese hamsters unfortunately. As they are prone to diabetes they are too much of a risk for them to eat.

Roborovski hamsters

Roborovski hamsters: They are fine for Robo’s to eat in small amounts as a treat on an occasional basis.

Again, their sugar content is the big risk for them as they are fattening for them. But as they are not prone to diabetes, they can eat one or two grapes on an occasional basis.  Make sure they are seedless grapes.

Syrian hamsters

Syrian hamsters: Grapes are fine for Syrian’s to eat, but like Robo’s try to feed them one or two only on an occasional basis, this is due the sugar content that they have. Make sure they are seedless grapes.

Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters

Dwarf Campbell Russian Hamsters: Unfortunately, they contain too much sugar for Campbell’s.

Winter white dwarf hamsters

Winter White dwarf Hamsters: Just like Campbell’s, they contain too much sugar for them to eat.