can hamsters eat pecans

Can Hamsters Eat Pecans?

Pecans are a popular smooth brown nut with an edible kernel similar to a walnut.

So can hamsters eat pecans?

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 particular interest as far as hamsters are concerned.

Energy 2,889 kJ (690 kcal)
Carbohydrates
13.86
Starch 0.46
Sugars 3.97
Dietary fiber 9.6
Fat
71.97
Saturated 6.18
Monounsaturated 40.801
Polyunsaturated 21.614
Protein
9.17
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 29 μg
17 μg
Vitamin A 56 IU
Thiamine (B1) (57%) 0.66 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (11%) 0.13 mg
Niacin (B3) (8%) 1.167 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (17%) 0.863 mg
Vitamin B6 (16%) 0.21 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 22 μg
Vitamin C (1%) 1.1 mg
Vitamin D (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin E (9%) 1.4 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 3.5 μg
Minerals
Calcium (7%) 70 mg
Iron (19%) 2.53 mg
Magnesium (34%) 121 mg
Manganese (214%) 4.5 mg
Phosphorus (40%) 277 mg
Potassium (9%) 410 mg
Sodium (0%) 0 mg
Zinc (48%) 4.53 mg
Other constituents
Water 3.52

source wikipedia

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

This means that Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters can eat pecans one or two at a time on an occasional basis. But not too many as they extremely acidic and fatty in their content.

However, other pet hamsters such as Chinese, Winter white dwarf, and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters may not take them too well because of their sugar content and the fact that they are prone to diabetes. This means that they are not a recommended food for them.