can hamsters eat prunes

Can Hamsters Eat Prunes?

Prunes are a dried plum of any cultivar and are used in cooking both sweet and savory dishes.

So can hamsters eat prunes?

Let’s 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 particular interest as far as hamsters are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,006 kJ (240 kcal)
63.88 g
Sugars 38.13 g
Dietary fiber 7.1 g
0.38 g
2.18 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(5%) 39 μg
(4%) 394 μg
148 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.051 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (16%) 0.186 mg
Niacin (B3) (13%) 1.882 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (8%) 0.422 mg
Vitamin B6 (16%) 0.205 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 4 μg
Choline (2%) 10.1 mg
Vitamin C (1%) 0.6 mg
Vitamin E (3%) 0.43 mg
Vitamin K (57%) 59.5 μg
Calcium (4%) 43 mg
Iron (7%) 0.93 mg
Magnesium (12%) 41 mg
Manganese (14%) 0.299 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 69 mg
Potassium (16%) 732 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (5%) 0.44 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 4 µg

source wikipedia

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

This means that Syrian’s and Roborovksi hamsters can eat one or two of them on an occasional basis.

However, Winter white dwarf’s, Chinese, and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters cannot eat them unfortunately as they are prone to diabetes and the sugar content of prunes will hurt them.