Strawberries are a popular fruit grown across the world. They are appreciated for their charachteristic aroma, juicy texture, red coloring, and their particular sweetness. They are eaten either fresh or in prepared foods such as fruit juice, ice creams, chocolates, milkshakes, pies or preserves.
Artificial strawberry flavorings and aromas are also very popular used in products such as soaps, shampoos, candy, air fresher and many more.
So can hamsters eat strawberries at all?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium, and phosphorus data is of particular interest as far as hamsters are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 136 kJ (33 kcal)
Carbohydrates 7.68 g
Sugars 4.89 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 0.67 g
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.024 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.022 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.386 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.125 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.047 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 24 μg
Choline (1%) 5.7 mg
Vitamin C (71%) 58.8 mg
Vit E (2%) 0.29 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.2 μg
Calcium (2%) 16 mg
Iron (3%) 0.41 mg
Magnesium (4%) 13 mg
Manganese (18%) 0.386 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg
Potassium (3%) 153 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.14 mg
Water 90.95 g
Fluoride 4.4 µg
As you can see, strawberries contain a little phosphorus and calcium, a lot of water, and quite a lot of acidic content and sugar.
So what does this mean for each species of pet hamster
Because of their sugar and acidic content, it is recommended that Syrian’s only eat them on an occasional basis in small amounts. One or two small pieces at a time that they can hold in their paws should suffice for them
Strawberries are best avoided for Chinese due to their sugar content. Chinese hamsters are prone to diabetes and so strawberries will harm them if eaten.
As with syrian’s they can eat them on an occasional basis, but feed them smaller pieces due to their size. As with Syrian’s, one or two small pieces that they can hold in their paws comfortably will suffice.
Russian Campbell Dwarf’s
Strawberries should be avoided due to their sugar content as far as Russian’s are concerned due to being prone to diabetes.
Winter White Dwarf’s
As with Russian’s and Chinese hamsters, Winter White Dwarf’s are best not eating strawberries due to their sugar content.
Avoid feeding strawberries that have an additional flavoring added to them
Strawberries dipped in chocolate or other additive are not good for them.
Strawberry seeds are fine for them to eat.
Strawberry heads are also fine for them to eat.
Do take care with how much strawberry you feed them. Remember a small size to you, is a large size to a hamster. As previously mentioned, a good rule of thumb is that the piece is large enough for them to hold in their paws.