Red cabbage is often used raw for salads and coleslaw. This vegetable can be eaten cooked. It is the traditional accompanying side dish paired with many German meals—most notably, Sauerbraten.
So can hamsters eat red cabbage?
Let’s take a look at their 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 122 kJ (29 kcal)
Sugars 3.32 g
Dietary fibre 2.6 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(0%) 2 μg
(0%) 20 μg
Folate (B9) (6%) 24 μg
Vitamin C (41%) 34.4 mg
Vitamin K (45%) 47.6 μg
Potassium (6%) 262 mg
As you can see red cabbage contains quite a bit of acidic content and a little sugar.
This means that some hamsters can eat red cabbage, but unfortunately some others can’t.
Syrian’s and Roborovksi hamsters
They can eat a little red cabbage but don’t feed them too much as it has a lot of acidic content. A few small pieces that they can hold in their paws are fine for them.
Russian Campbell dwarf, Winter white dwarf, and Chinese hamsters
Because of the sugar content in red cabbage, it is not a good food for them to eat as they are prone to diabetes and so avoid feeding to these guys.