can hamsters eat pears

Can Hamsters Eat Pears?

Pears are a yellowish- or brownish-green edible fruit that is typically narrow at the stalk and wider toward the base, with sweet, slightly gritty flesh.

So can hamsters eat pears?

We take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 239 kJ (57 kcal)
Carbohydrates
15.23 g
Sugars 9.75 g
Dietary fiber 3.1 g
Fat
0.14 g
Protein
0.36 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (1%) 0.012 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.026 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.161 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (1%) 0.049 mg
Vitamin B6 (2%) 0.029 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 7 μg
Choline (1%) 5.1 mg
Vitamin C (5%) 4.3 mg
Vit E (1%) 0.12 mg
Vitamin K (4%) 4.4 μg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 9 mg
Iron (1%) 0.18 mg
Magnesium (2%) 7 mg
Manganese (2%) 0.048 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 12 mg
Potassium (2%) 116 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.1 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, pears contain a hint of salt, a little phosphorus and acidic content but a lot of sugar.

This means that pears are fine for Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters to eat, just don’t give them too much. Small pieces should suffice for them on an occasional basis.

However, Winter white dwarf hamsters, Chinese, and Russian campbell dwarf hamsters cannot eat them due to the high sugar content that pears have. As these species are prone to diabetes, eating pear may make them sick.