Yes, hamsters can eat strawberries.
But you can’t give your furry friend free access to it. There are recommendations and guidelines you should know about.
Let me explain.
Do Hamsters Like Strawberries?
First off, do they even like this sweet and juicy fruit?
Well, yes. Just like most humans, hamsters like strawberries.
Take a look at this little guy, he loves it!
Are Strawberries Good for Hamsters?
To answer that question, we need to look at the nutritional value.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, raw strawberries are composed of these nutrients:
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 136 kJ (33 kcal)
Carbohydrates 7.68 g
Sugars 4.89 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 0.67 g
Thiamine (B1) 0.024 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 0.022 mg
Niacin (B3) 0.386 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.125 mg
Vitamin B6 0.047 mg
Folate (B9) 24 μg
Choline 5.7 mg
Vitamin C 58.8 mg
Vit E 0.29 mg
Vitamin K 2.2 μg
Calcium 16 mg
Iron 0.41 mg
Magnesium 13 mg
Manganese 0.386 mg
Phosphorus 24 mg
Potassium 153 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Zinc 0.14 mg
Water 90.95 g
Fluoride 4.4 µg
As you can see, strawberries mainly consists of water and sugar, but also many important vitamins and minerals.
Now, every living being needs water, and vitamins and minerals are also essential to a hamster’s life.
That’s why strawberries and other healthy treats are great supplements to a balanced hamster diet. They will help provide the full spectrum of nutrients that your hammy needs.
However, the 4.89 grams of sugar – along with a couple of other things – is a potential risk.
The three main risks are:
- High sugar content
- Traces of pesticides
As strawberries contain almost 5 grams of sugar (per 100g), the risk of developing diabetes could be an issue. Especially for dwarf hamsters.
To avoid exposing your hammy to traces of pesticides, buy organic fruits, and rinse them thoroughly.
Buying only fresh fruits, and checking it for mold, will help keep your hammy healthy.
When cleaning the cage, make sure to throw away any fruit that he’s stored. Otherwise, it will start to rot.
Can Syrian Hamsters Eat Strawberries?
Yes, Syrian hamsters can eat strawberries in moderate amounts without developing diabetes. And since they contain a whole range of healthy vitamins and minerals, I encourage you to treat your Syrian with fresh fruit at least once a week (two times max).
It’s best to cut the fruits into small slices to help facilitate the digestion process.
If you’re looking for alternatives to the real fruit, flavored treats like these could be worth a try:
Can Dwarf Hamsters Eat Strawberries?
Dwarf hamsters require less food than Syrian hamsters as they are smaller in size. They’re also prone to diabetes, so because of its relatively high content of sugar, strawberries should only be given occasionally and in small amounts.
Stop feeding fruits and contact a veterinarian if you notice any signs of hyperactivity or health problems.