Fruits and vegetables are the most common types of food that hamster owners give to their pet as treats to top up their diet of hamster mix and pellets. Most fruits and vegetables are perfectly safe, but there are some that pose a health risk to your hamster. Apples are one of the most commonly eaten fruits around the world and this is something that many hamster owners want to give to their hamster as a treat. Here is an overview of whether it is safe for hamsters to eat apples or not and what nutritional value this fruit adds to their diets.
Can Hamsters Eat Apples?
The flesh of hamsters is fine for a hamster to eat and its nutritional valued can benefit a hamster’s diet. However, this is a sugary and acidic fruit that can cause diarrhea if the hamster eats too much, so you should give it in small quantities.
What About the Peel and Seeds?
Although the flesh of apples is safe for a hamster to eat, you should avoid giving your pet the seeds or peel. The seeds are a choking hazard for hamsters and the peel can cause digestive problems.
What Are the Nutritional Values of Apples and How Do They Benefit a Hamster’s Diet?
The nutritional values of 100g of apple are:
- Calories- 52 kcal
- Fat- 0.2g
- Carbohydrate- 14g (10g sugars)
- Protein- 0.3g
- Vitamins and minerals- Vitamins A and C, magnesium and potassium
Although apples have a high sugar content and are acidic, there are some dietary benefits for hamsters. They provide dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals that can benefit the health of hamsters.
How Much and How Often Can You Give Hamsters Apples?
You should only give your hamster the flesh of an apple in small pieces once or twice a week. You should remove the peel and seeds of the apple before giving it to your pet. It is also important to note that you need to remove any leftover apple from the cage before it becomes rotten or moldy as eating the fruit at this stage will make your hamster poorly.
Although the flesh of apples is fine for your hamster to eat and can benefit their diet, you should avoid giving them the seeds and peel. You should feed your hamster this fruit treat in small pieces no more than twice a week to avoid upsetting their tummy.