Most of a hamster’s nutrition comes from their main diet of hamster food mix or pellets. However, they can also enjoy various treats, including most fruits and vegetables. One fruit that a hamster owner may offer their pet is banana. If this is something you are thinking about giving your hamster, you are probably wondering if it is safe to give them this fruit and its peel.
Can Hamsters Eat Bananas?
As an occasional treat, hamsters can eat bananas. This is a fruit that hamsters enjoy, and it is generally safe if given in small amounts. It is not something you should give to your hamster every day because of the sugar content, which may affect the digestive system.
What About Banana Peel?
Just like the flesh of bananas, a hamster can also eat the banana peel. This is also something that they should only eat as an occasional treat to avoid a stomach upset.
The Nutritional Values of Bananas and How They Benefit a Hamster’s Diet
It is the nutritional values of a food that mean it is either safe or unsafe for hamsters to eat, so it is important to know what is in a food before giving it to your hamster. The nutritional value of 100g of banana flesh is as follows:
- Calories- 89 kcal
- Fat- 0.3g
- Carbohydrate- 23g (12g sugars)
- Protein- 1.1g
- Vitamins- A, C, and B6
- Minerals- Potassium, magnesium iron, and calcium
Bananas are a good source of dietary fiber and protein for hamsters. This fruit is also a good source of vitamins and minerals, especially calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.
How Much Banana Can You Give to a Hamster and How Often?
Due to its high sugar content, you should only give banana flesh as an occasional treat. Once or twice a week is enough, and a hamster only needs one thin slice. As it is soft, it is fine to give the full slice and you do not need to chop the banana. Similarly, banana peel is also only an occasional treat. Unlike the flesh, you do need to chop the banana peel as it has a tougher texture that a hamster would struggle to eat in a large piece.
Both the flesh and the peel of a banana are safe for hamsters to eat as an occasional treat. It is important to only give them banana flesh or peel no more than twice a week to avoid them upsetting your hamster’s tummy.