can hamsters eat lettuce

Can Hamsters Eat Lettuce?

Lettuce is a cultivated plant of the daisy family, with edible leaves which are a familiar ingredient of salads.

There are many different varieties of lettuce that have developed which have different types of color, texture and form.

Lettuce cultivars include Leaf, Romaine/Cos, Iceberg/Crisphead, Butterhead, Summercrisp, Stem and Oilseed.

So can hamsters eat lettuce?

Let’s check out its nutritional data and find out more about it.

In particular, its acidic, water, sugar, fat, phosphorus, calcium and salt content is of most importance as far as hamsters are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 55 kJ (13 kcal)
Carbohydrates 2.23 g
Sugars 0.94
Dietary fiber 1.1 g
Fat 0.22 g
Protein 1.35 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(21%) 166 μg
(18%) 1987 μg
1223 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.057 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.062 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.15 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.082 mg
Folate (B9) (18%) 73 μg
Vitamin C (4%) 3.7 mg
Vit E (1%) 0.18 mg
Vitamin K (97%) 102.3 μg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 35 mg
Iron (10%) 1.24 mg
Magnesium (4%) 13 mg
Manganese (9%) 0.179 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 33 mg
Potassium (5%) 238 mg
Sodium (0%) 5 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.2 mg
Other constituents
Water 95.63 g

source wikipedia

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

This means that they cant unfortunately.

Lettuce is too high in water content and acidic content for hamsters to eat and will make them sick if they eat it.