Most hamster owners like to add a bit of variety into the diet of their hamster, which consists of water, hamster food mix, and hamster pellets. They do this by offering small portions of other foods, such as fruits and vegetables. One fruit they may offer is grapes and they may also offer raisins, which are a dried variation of this fruit. If you are considering giving your hamster these foods, it is important to know whether it is safe to do so or not and if these foods add any nutritional value to the diet of a hamster.
Can Hamsters Eat Grapes?
For some animals, grapes are extremely toxic and can cause kidney damage. There is no evidence to suggest that this is the case for hamsters and most experts say it is fine to give your hamster a grape as an occasional treat.
Can Hamsters Eat Raisins?
Just like grapes, raisins are toxic to some animals but not to hamsters. In small portions, these are fine to give your hamster occasionally.
Nutritional Values of Grapes and Do They Benefit a Hamster’s Diet?
To decide whether grapes are a healthy treat for a hamster, it is important to know the nutritional values of this fruit. The nutritional values of 100g of grapes are:
- Calories- 67 kcal
- Fat- 0.4g
- Carbohydrates- 17g (sugars 16g)
- Protein- 0.6g
- Vitamins and minerals- Vitamins A, B6, and C, potassium, iron, magnesium, and calcium
Although grapes are quite acidic and sugary, they have vitamins and minerals that can benefit the overall health of your hamster.
Nutritional Values of Raisins and Do They Benefit a Hamster’s Diet?
The nutritional value of raisins is slightly different to those of grapes due to the drying process. The nutritional values of 100g of raisins are:
- Calories- 229 kcal
- Fat- 0.5g
- Carbohydrates- 79g (59g sugars)
- Protein 3.1g
- Vitamins and minerals- Vitamins B6 and C, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium
Like grapes, raisins are high in sugar and this is the reason you should limit the amount you feed your hamster. However, they are also a good source of nutrients for your hamster, especially iron, potassium, and vitamin B6.
How Much and How Often Should You Feed Your Hamster Grapes and Raisins?
Both grapes and raisins should only be given in small quantities occasionally due to the acidity in grapes and the high sugar content of raisins. Once or twice a week, you can offer your hamster a single raisin or one chopped grape. Giving them any more than this can cause digestive problems, such as diarrhea and bloating.
Grapes and raisins are foods that can add a little variety to your hamster’s diet and there are some nutritional benefits to including these foods. According to animal experts, it is fine to feed your hamster grapes and raisins as an occasional treat. The acidic content of grapes and the high sugar level of raisins means that you cannot feed them these foods two often, so once or twice a week is enough.