can hamsters eat oats

Can Hamsters Eat Oats?

Oats are often called the common oat and are a species of cereal grain which is cultivated for its seed, which is known by a similar name. Oats are used for many different purposes such as consumption as oatmeal and rolled oats. However, one of the most common uses for oats are as livestock feed.

So can hamsters eat oats?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,628 kJ (389 kcal)
66.3 g
Dietary fiber 10.6 g
6.9 g
16.9 g
Thiamine (B1) (66%) 0.763 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (12%) 0.139 mg
Niacin (B3) (6%) 0.961 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(27%) 1.349 mg
Vitamin B6 (9%) 0.12 mg
Folate (B9) (14%) 56 μg
Calcium (5%) 54 mg
Iron (38%) 5 mg
Magnesium (50%) 177 mg
Manganese (233%) 4.9 mg
Phosphorus (75%) 523 mg
Potassium (9%) 429 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (42%) 4 mg
Other constituents
β-glucan (soluble fibre) 4 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, oats contain a hint of salt, a lot of phosphorus and acidic content and quite a bit of fat and calcium.

Yes they can eat them, just on an occasional basis a few at a time. Just make sure that they don’t have too much, as they contain a lot of acidic content and too much will make them sick.

Make sure that they only eat oats that have not been seasoned though or flavored with any additives.