Kiwis are green-fleshy fruit which is remarkably tasty and carries many nutrients with them. So, it is evident for Hamster owners to wonder, can their little ones eat Kiwis? If yes, Is it safe for them? As a curious Hamster owner, I did some research, and here is what I have learned.
Hamsters can eat kiwis but without it’s skin and seeds. This fruit is rich in Vitamin C, which is essential for our Hamsters. The rule of thumb is to serve it is moderation. Kiwi contains a decent amount of natural sugar which can cause health complications in Hamsters if overfeed.
Do not be surprised if your Hamsters do not like them. It’s totally alright. Not everyone loves everything to eat. Most of the hamsters do not like it but the others enjoy it the most.
With that out of the way, you must be thinking about the benefits and hazards of serving kiwis to our Hamsters and how often you can feed kiwis to our Hamsters.
Don’t worry; we have everything covered for you from top to bottom. Let’s dive into more details.
Nutrition In Kiwi
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Let us look in detail what are the nutritional values of 100 grams of kiwi holds.
|Total lipid (fat)||0.44g|
|Carbohydrate, by difference||14g|
|Fiber, total dietary||3g|
|Sugars, total including NLEA||8.99g|
|Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid||74.7|
|Vitamin A, RAE||4|
Kiwi offers a range of benefits to our Hamsters. It is one such fruit that is an epitome of Vitamin C in it. Vitamin C is essential for our Hamsters as it helps to boost their immune system.
Also, it keeps their heart and body healthy. Some other important vitamins and minerals required by our Hamsters such as Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B-6, Magnesium, Iron, and potassium are also present in kiwi.
These vitamins also helps in strengthening their immune system. Kiwi also contain a decent amount of calcium in it. Calcium is important for the proper development of little one’s bones and teeth.
Also, kiwi contains potassium and phosphorus in adequate amounts. Potassium helps in preventing kidney stones and phosphorous is essential in the formation of bones and teeth in their body.
Fiber present in kiwi is essential to maintain our Hamster’s digestive system and to prevent complications like diarrhea.
Is Kiwi Good For My Hamster’s Health?
Kiwi can be an excellent addition to our Hamsters diet if served in moderation and with proper caution.
Kiwi contains a good amount of Vitamin C in it, which is a essential part of our Hamster’s diet. As Hamsters cannot produce their own vitamin, therefore their diet needs to be supplemented with adequate Vitamin C rich food to fulfill its deficiencies in their body.
Kiwi also contributes towards other vitamins like Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B-6, and other minerals, which is a bonus for our Hamsters.
These vitamins are essential for the overall growth and development of our Hamsters. Kiwi also contains the right amount of potassium in it.
The fiber present is kiwi also helps to keep their digestive system balanced. Therefore, overall kiwi has several benefits for our Hamsters.
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Is Kiwi Bad For My Hamsters?
Kiwi is packed with vitamins and minerals but it also contains a high amount of sugar which is harmful for our Hamsters.
There are a few things that you must keep in mind before adding it to your Hamster’s diet. Kiwi contains a pretty high amount to calcium. Although calcium may be suitable for young or nursing Hamsters, it can be toxic for matures Hamsters.
Excess calcium in our Hamster’s diet can cause bladder stones in our Hamsters.
Also, the presence of excess sugar in kiwi is harmful for our Hamsters. It can lead to diseases like diabetes, diarrhea and obesity in Hamsters.
Anything in excess is bad. Therefore, you must keep these points in mind and serve a limited amount of kiwi to your Hamsters
How Much Kiwi Should We Feed Our Hamsters?
Our Hamsters should not be fed more than 1 or 2 small slice of kiwi once a week or so. It is a sweet treat and should not be served too much. You need to balance it with the other food components in their diet.
A perfect balance of fruits, vegetables, pellets and treats is important to keep our Hamsters happy and healthy. Serving the right amount of fruits will give them benefits without suffering from its ill effects.
Do not fall for your Hamster’s charming personality and overfeed them with kiwis. It is important to keep our emotions in control and do what is best for our little ones.
We must not forget that kiwi is not an essential part of our Hamster’s diet and are just sweet treats.
Can Hamsters Eat Kiwi Skin?
We should not serve kiwi with it’s skin to our Hamsters. The skin of this fruit is very dry and rough in texture, which can easily choke our Hamsters.
Although many Hamster parents argue that kiwi skin is fine for our Hamsters, there is another concern besides choking, i.e. most of these fruits re sprayed with chemicals that is toxic for our Hamsters.
Therefore, I would recommend you to wash the fruit properly and peel its skin before serving it to your Hamsters. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Can Hamsters Eat Kiwi Seeds?
We must avoid serving kiwi seeds to our Hamsters. Although, it is very difficult to take out the seeds from the fruit, you must try to remove it as much as possible.
These seeds can be harmful for Hamsters due to their tiny throats. Therefore, it is important to be cautious while serving this fruit to our Hamsters.
How To Prepare Kiwi For My Hamsters?
There are a few steps that you need to follow in order to prepare kiwi for your Hamsters.
The steps are as follows:
- The first step involves choosing the correct kiwi for your Hamsters. You must pick a fresh and ripe kiwi for your little one. Hamsters often suffer from digestive complications when they much on unripe or stale fruits.
- The second step it to wash the fruit properly and peel of the skin. Mostly, the skin contains harmful chemical sprayed to it.
- Now, slice the fruit into small pieces. Then you can use a fork or needle to remove the seeds from the fruit.
- Finally, sever one or two small slices to your Hamsters.
- Also, do not forget to remove all the leftover fruit after a few hours. Leftovers of fruits and vegetable can attract flies and rats to your home.
Can Hamsters Eat Golden Kiwi?
Yes, we can feed golden kiwis to our Hamsters. Golden kiwi has a higher amount of Vitamin C in them in comparison to the green kiwi. However, you must keep the serving size in check. Do not end up overfeeding your little ones.
Can Hamsters Eat Dried Kiwi?
We must avoid feeding dried kiwis to our Hamsters. Dried kiwi is often coated with granular sugar, which in turn will increase the overall sugar intake by our Hamsters.
We cannot feed excess sugar to our Hamsters. If our Hamsters has a high sugar diet, then they will be prone to diabetes in the long run.