can hamsters eat sunflower seeds

Can Hamsters Eat Sunflower Seeds?

Sunflower seeds are the hard-shelled edible seed of a plant of the daisy family, yielding an oil used in cooking and margarine.

So can hamsters eat sunflower seeds?

Let’s take a look at their 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 2,445 kJ (584 kcal)
20 g
Sugars 2.62 g
Dietary fiber 8.6 g
51.46 g
Saturated 4.455 g
Monounsaturated 18.528 g
Polyunsaturated 23.137 g
20.78 g
Thiamine (B1) (129%) 1.48 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (30%) 0.355 mg
Niacin (B3) (56%) 8.335 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (23%) 1.13 mg
Vitamin B6 (103%) 1.345 mg
Folate (B9) (57%) 227 μg
Choline (11%) 55.1 mg
Vitamin C (2%) 1.4 mg
Vitamin E (234%) 35.17 mg
Calcium (8%) 78 mg
Iron (40%) 5.25 mg
Magnesium (92%) 325 mg
Manganese (93%) 1.95 mg
Phosphorus (94%) 660 mg
Potassium (14%) 645 mg
Sodium (1%) 9 mg
Zinc (53%) 5 mg
Other constituents
Water 4.7 g

source wikipedia

As you can see sunflower seeds contain a hint of salt, a little water and sugar, a huge amount of phosphorus, fat and acidic content, quite a bit of calcium.

This means that one or two sunflower seeds are fine for them to eat at a time, however they shouldn’t eat anymore than that as they are quite bad for them.

Because of the sugar content, Winter white dwarf’s, Chinese hamsters, and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters should avoid them as they are prone to diabetes.