Fruits and vegetables are the most common type of treat offered to hamsters by their owner to add variety to their regular diet. Each fruit and vegetable has different nutritional values, so there are some foods that are good for hamsters and others that can do them harm. One variety of fruit that a hamster owner might consider feeding to their pet is watermelon. However, it is important to understand the nutritional values of this fruit to decide whether this is a healthy food to feed to your hamster or not.
Can Hamsters Eat Watermelon?
Eating a small amount of watermelon every now and again will not do your hamster any harm. However, if you feed it too much, it can potentially make your hamster very poorly. So, this is a food to give only occasionally and you should monitor its effect on your hamster. It is best to avoid giving this fruit to dwarf hamsters as they are more likely to suffer negative effects.
What Happens If They Eat Too Much Watermelon?
Watermelon has a high water content that is potentially dangerous for hamsters if they eat too much. If you give this treat to your hamster too regularly or in a large portion, it can lead to digestive problems. Hamsters that have eaten too much watermelon can experience painful bloating and severe diarrhea. The latter can lead to dehydration, which is potentially fatal for a hamster. Dwarf hamsters are most likely to experience these problems, so it is wise to offer these varieties of hamster different fruit treats.
Nutritional Values of Watermelon
Approximately 92% of watermelon is water. The other nutritional values per 100g of watermelon are:
- Calories- 30 kcal
- Fat- 0.2g
- Carbohydrates- 8g (sugars 6g)
- Protein- 0.6g
- Vitamins and minerals- Vitamins A and C, potassium, iron, and magnesium
There is very little nutritional content for hamsters in watermelon as there is not much dietary fiber and this fruit is predominantly water. However, they will get a decent amount of vitamins A and C from eating this fruit.
How Much and How Often Can Hamsters Eat Watermelon?
If you have one of the larger breeds of hamsters, such as a golden hamster, then you can offer your hamster half a teaspoon of chopped watermelon once a week. Any more than this may give them diarrhea. On the other hand, if you have a dwarf hamster, it is best to avoid feeding them this fruit. If you decide to risk feeding your dwarf hamster this fruit, then you should monitor the effects and do not feed it the hamster again if it is poorly.
Due to its high water content, watermelon is a food that should only give sparingly to hamsters and some experts say to avoid giving it to dwarf hamsters altogether. There is very little nutritional value in this fruit to benefit a hamster and it can potentially cause digestive problems.