To humans, a hamster’s regular diet of hamster food mix or pellets can seem boring. For this reason, hamster owners often want to offer their pet different foods to add some variety to their hamster’s diet. In most cases, a hamster owner will give treats of fruits and vegetables. One fruit that people may think about giving to their hamster is tomatoes, but are these safe for your hamster to eat?
Can Hamsters Eat Tomatoes?
Tomatoes are quite acidic and foods that have a high acidic content are known to upset a hamster’s tummy. However, when eaten by hamsters in small portions, tomatoes will do your pet no harm. This is something that you should only feed your hamster occasionally as a treat.
What About Tomato Stalks?
Don’t assume that because a hamster can eat small portions of tomatoes that they can also eat the stalks. Both the stalks of the tomato and the leaves of tomato plants are toxic to hamsters. Feeding a tomato stalk to your hamster could potentially kill your pet. Therefore, you should always remove the stalk before feeding tomatoes to your hamster.
Nutritional Values of Tomatoes
Despite having a high acidic content that can cause digestive problems for your hamster, there are also some benefits to your pet of eating this food. The nutritional values of 100g of tomatoes are:
- Calories- 18 kcal
- Protein- 0.9g
- Carbohydrates- 3.9g (2.6g)
- Fiber- 1.2g
- Fat- 0.2g
Vitamins and minerals- Vitamin C, vitamin B9, vitamin K, and potassium
The nutritional values of tomatoes mean that this fruit is a good source of dietary fiber and energy. It is al a good source of essential vitamins and minerals that reduce the likelihood of your hamster suffering from health conditions.
How Often Can You Feed Your Hamster Tomatoes?
Tomatoes have a high acid content, so they are something that you should only give your hamster as an occasional treat. Too much tomato will cause digestive problems for hamsters, such as diarrhea or bloating. If you decide to feed tomatoes to your hamster, only give them half a teaspoon of chopped tomatoes at a time and no more than once a week. If the tomatoes make your hamster ill, do not feed them this food again.
Tomatoes are fine to give your hamster as a treat, but no more than once a week due to the acids in this fruit. However, tomato stalks and leaves are potentially fatal, so you should never feed these to your hamster under any circumstances.