can hamsters eat onion

Can Hamsters Eat Onion?

Onions are otherwise known as the common onion or the bulb onion. They are cultivated and used around the world. As a culinary food, they are usually served cooked, as a vegetable or part of a savory dish. However, they can be eaten raw or used to make chutneys or pickles. They are extremely pungent when they are chopped up and contain chemical substances which irritate the eyes when they are cut up raw.

So can hamsters eat onion?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 166 kJ (40 kcal)
Carbohydrates 9.34 g
Sugars 4.24 g
Dietary fiber 1.7 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 1.1 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.046 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.027 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.116 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(2%) 0.123 mg
Vitamin B6 (9%) 0.12 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (9%) 7.4 mg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 23 mg
Iron (2%) 0.21 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.129 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 29 mg
Potassium (3%) 146 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.17 mg
Other constituents
Water 89.11 g
Fluoride 1.1 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see onions contain a little phosphorus, calcium, a lot of acidic content and water and sugar.

This means that unfortunately they can’t eat onions at all. They just cant eat food with high amounts of acidic content and water, they will make them sick if they eat them.

A food to avoid for all species of hamster, including Syrians and Roborovski’s as they are just too acidic even for them.