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Can Hamsters Eat Mango?

Can Hamsters Have Mango?

Some of the best fruits are the tropical ones we just can’t get enough of in the summer. Pineapple, coconut, papaya, and sweet sweet mango all refresh our pallet. So how about our pets? Do they get to enjoy some of the best fruits the tropics have to offer? We may assume it is fine since hamsters are omnivores, but there can still be limitations.

You may have heard the general rule of thumb is if a hamster would eat it in the wild, then it is probably ok. Which can make this one a bit more challenging when trying to determine if your hamster should have mango. Fortunately, we have done the research for you!

Can You Give Your Hamster Mango?

Answer: It depends. Ultimately mangos are not toxic, but there are some scenarios where mangos can put your hamsters at risk. While mango does have plenty of nutrients, it also has lots of sugar. Which is common in fruit, but we rarely notice how much since the amount of sugar in the fruit is relatively small for humans. However, for a hamster the amount of sugar in mango is enormous. In some cases, it is enough to actually give your pet hamster diabetes.


When debating on feeding your hamster mango, consider the breed, size, and if they have had any digestive issues in the past consuming sweet fruits. The combination of these factors will help you decide on if you should feed your hamster and how much.

Health Benefits?

mangoIn mango you will find a bit of calcium and sodium, with a significant amount of sugar and acidic content. The sugar and acidic content are the two you need to worry about the most when deciding on if you should feed mango to your hamster. High sugar is not good for hamsters because all are prone to diabetes. Larger hamsters can handle a bit more sugar, but you will still need to be cautious of the amount being fed. The most you should give larger hamsters is a few small pieces once or twice a week.

Despite the high levels of sugar for hamsters, you will also find that mango contains excellent levels of Vitamin A, C, and potassium. High in fiber and antioxidants as well, it is the all-around perfect way to treat your hamster to a little help in fighting off any sort of sickness.

Things to keep in mind

Like most fruits with high sugar contents, you need to consider the type of hamster you are feeding. Large hamsters like the Syrian and Roborovski hamster can enjoy mangos, but only on an occasional basis. If you have a Chinese, Winter White Dwarf, or a Russian Campbell Dwarf hamster, it is best they avoid the mango. The high sugar content is going to be too much for their little bodies and they are especially prone to diabetes. Even the small amount found in fruit is enough to send them over the edge. Instead, try giving your dwarf hamsters bananas or papaya.

When introducing mango to your hamster begin with a small amount. Cut up some small pieces and feed only those pieces to your hamster. If your hamster is able to consume the mango without any issues such as diarrhea or belly pains, it is a sign your hamster is well enough to continue eating mango. In small amounts of course.

When preparing mango, be sure to peel the mango and cut it into small pieces for your hamster to enjoy. Do not feed them the seed or the peel, the meat part of the mango will do just fine. Lastly, if the mango has started to go bad, do not feed it to your hamster. It may be tempting since you do not want to waste the fruit, but you may risk upsetting their small bellies which are much more sensitive than your human stomach.

Final Thoughts

Mangos are not toxic to hamsters but they can do a bit of damage if your little ones consume to much. If you are hoping you give your hamster a little boost in their nutrition and a delicious snack, mango is a great option under the right conditions. As long as your breed is big enough to be able to consume the mango without having any negative side effects from the amount of sugar, mango should be a great option! As with all new food items, introduce the fruit slowly into your pet’s diet to confirm there will be no issues as your pet digests their treat.

 

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