A raisin is a dried grape.
Raisins are produced in many regions of the world.
They may be eaten raw or used in cooking, baking, and brewing.
In the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia, the word “raisin” is reserved for the dark-coloured dried large grape.
They “sultana” in comparison is a golden-coloured dried grape, and “currant” being a dried small Black Corinth seedless grape.
So can hamsters eat raisins?
Let’s take a look at its nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, its 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 1,252 kJ (299 kcal)
Sugars 59.19 g
Dietary fiber 3.7 g
Thiamine (B1) (9%) 0.106 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (10%) 0.125 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.766 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (2%) 0.095 mg
Vitamin B6 (13%) 0.174 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 5 μg
Choline (2%) 11.1 mg
Vitamin C (3%) 2.3 mg
Vit E (1%) 0.12 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 3.5 μg
Calcium (5%) 50 mg
Iron (14%) 1.88 mg
Magnesium (9%) 32 mg
Manganese (14%) 0.299 mg
Phosphorus (14%) 101 mg
Potassium (16%) 749 mg
Sodium (1%) 11 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.22 mg
Fluoride 233.9 µg
As you can see, raisins contain a hint of salt and fat, a lot of phosphorus, sugar and acidic content, and a little calcium.
This means that only certain hamsters can eat raisins.
Syrian’s and Roborovksi hamsters
They are okay for Syrian’s and Roborovksi’s to eat but only a few at a time. This is due to their sugar, and and acidic content which is quite high for them.
So do take care how much you feed them as they will eat as much you give them.
Winter white dwarf’s, Chinese, and Russian campbell dwarf hamsters.
These guys cannot eat raisins. They are too sweet for them and will make them sick due to the fact that they are prone to diabetes.