can hamsters eat zucchini

Can Hamsters eat Zucchini?

Zucchini, otherwise known as courgette in the United Kingdom, is a summer squash which can reach almost a meter in length.

They can be light green or dark green in color.

There is also a hybrid that is a deep yellow or orange color.

They are treated as a vegetable and are usually cooked and presented as a sweet or savory dish or accompaniment.

However, botanically, zucchinis are fruits, a type of botanical berry, being the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower.

So can hamsters eat Zucchini?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

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

Total Fat 0.6 g 0%
Saturated fat 0.2 g 1%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 16 mg 0%
Potassium 512 mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2%
Dietary fiber 2 g 8%
Sugar 4.9 g
Protein 2.4 g 4%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 58%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3%
Vitamin D 0%
Vit B-6 15%
Vit B-12 0%
Magnesium 8%

source google


As you can see, zucchini contains a little calcium, quite a lot of sugar, a hint of salt and fat.

This means that some hamsters can eat it but others unfortunately can’t.

Syrian and Roborovski hamsters

it is fine for Robo’s and Syrian hamsters to eat.

However, only feed to them in small amounts on an occasional basis due to its calcium and sugar content.

Give them small pieces that they can hold in their paws comfortably.

It is best fed raw for them.

Winter white dwarf, Chinese and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters

However, Winter white dwarf’s, Chinese, and Russian Campbell dwarf’s cannot eat zucchini.

It is too sweet for them to eat as they are prone to diabetes and will harm them if they do eat it unfortunately.