can hamsters eat kale

Can Hamsters Eat Kale?

Kale is a hardy cabbage that is known for producing erect stems that have large leaves without a compact head, unlike other species of cabbage.

So can hamsters eat kale?

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 207 kJ (49 kcal)
Carbohydrates 8.8 g
Sugars 2.3 g
Dietary fiber 3.6 g
Fat 0.9 g
Protein 4.3 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(63%) 500 μg
8198 μg
Thiamine (B1) (10%) 0.11 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (11%) 0.13 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1.0 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(18%) 0.9 mg
Vitamin B6 (21%) 0.27 mg
Folate (B9) (35%) 141 μg
Choline (0%) 0.8 mg
Vitamin C (145%) 120 mg
Vit E (10%) 1.54 mg
Vitamin K (671%) 705 μg
Calcium (15%) 150 mg
Iron (12%) 1.5 mg
Magnesium (13%) 47 mg
Manganese (31%) 0.66 mg
Phosphorus (13%) 92 mg
Potassium (10%) 491 mg
Sodium (3%) 38 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.6 mg
Other constituents
Water 84.0 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, kale contains a lot of water, phosphorus, calcium, and acidic content, and a hint of fat and a little sugar.

This means that not all hamsters can eat it and those that can, can only eat it in small amounts occasionally.

Syrian’s and Roborovski’s

These guys can eat it but take care how much you give them due to its water and acidic content. Its recommended that they only eat it in very small amounts very occasionally.

White winter dwarf’s, Chinese and Russian Campbell Dwarf’s

Due to its sugar content it is not good for these guys to eat. Because they are prone to diabetes, they need to steer clear of foods that have a decent amount of sugar in them unfortunately.