Rutabaga is a large, round, yellow-fleshed root that is eaten as a vegetable.
So can hamsters eat rutabaga?
Let’s take a look at its 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 157 kJ (38 kcal)
Sugars 4.46 g
Dietary fiber 2.3 g
Thiamine (B1) (8%) 0.09 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.04 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.7 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (3%) 0.16 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.1 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 21 μg
Vitamin C (30%) 25 mg
Calcium (4%) 43 mg
Iron (3%) 0.44 mg
Magnesium (6%) 20 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.131 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 53 mg
Potassium (6%) 305 mg
As you can see, rutabaga contains quite a lot of phosphorus and acidic content, a little calcium, a hint of fat and quite a bit of sugar.
This means that some hamsters can eat it, but not all
Syrian’s and Roborovksi hamsters
Syrian’s and Robo’s can eat it, but only in small chunks that they can hold in their paws.
Winter white dwarf’s, Chinese, and Russian Campbell Dwarf’s
Unfortunately, due to their sugar content, these guys can’t touch rutabaga as they are prone to diabetes and it will harm them and may make them sick if they eat it.