can hamsters eat spinach

Can Hamsters Eat Spinach?

Last update August 11th 2016.

Spinach is a versatile vegetable which is used in many culinary dishes whether used raw, cooked, stir fried, baked, fried, or sauteed.

It is used around the world and is renown for its nutritional qualities.

There are three basic types of spinach which are:

So can hamsters eat spinach?

Let’s take a look at the nutritional data that it contains and find out more.

In particular, its water, acidic, sugar, salt, phosphorus, fat and calcium content is of most interest as far as hamsters are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 97 kJ (23 kcal)
Carbohydrates 3.6 g
Sugars 0.4 g
Dietary fiber 2.2 g
Fat 0.4 g
Protein 2.9 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(59%) 469 μg
(52%) 5626 μg
12198 μg
Vitamin A 9377 IU
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.078 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (16%) 0.189 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.724 mg
Vitamin B6 (15%) 0.195 mg
Folate (B9) (49%) 194 μg
Vitamin C (34%) 28 mg
Vit E (13%) 2 mg
Vit K (460%) 483 μg
Minerals
Calcium (10%) 99 mg
Iron (21%) 2.71 mg
Magnesium (22%) 79 mg
Manganese (43%) 0.897 mg
Phosphorus (7%) 49 mg
Potassium (12%) 558 mg
Sodium (5%) 79 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.53 mg
Other constituents
Water 91.4 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, spinach contains a hint of sugar, quite a bit of sodium, phosphorus, and calcium, but a lot of acidic content and water content.

This means it is not great for hamsters to eat but they can eat it in small amounts on an occasional basis.

A pinch of leaves which have been picked off and chopped up will suffice for them.

All species of hamster can eat spinach without a problem.