Can Hamsters Eat Pineapple?

You might have heard that pineapple “eats you back” when you eat it. That’s actually true, essentially. Pineapple is the only known natural source of the enzyme Bromelain, which naturally breaks down proteins. So, in a way, pineapples do eat you back. Your stomach acids destroy those enzymes later. But you might be concerned about your furry friends eating this fruit. Well, surprisingly, you can feel free to share your favorite tropical fruit with your hamster.

Pineapple Nutritional Information per 100 g (3.5 oz)

  • Carbohydrates 13.12 g
  • Sugars 9.85 g
  • Dietary fiber    1.4 g
  • Fat 0.12 g
  • Protein 0.54 g
  • Vitamins
  • Thiamine (B1) 0.079 mg
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0.032 mg
  • Niacin (B3) 0.5 mg
  • Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.213 mg
  • Vitamin B6      0.112 mg
  • Folate (B9)      18 μg
  • Choline            5.5 mg
  • Vitamin C        47.8 mg
  • Minerals         
  • Calcium           13 mg
  • Iron      0.29 mg
  • Magnesium 12 mg
  • Manganese     0.927 mg
  • Phosphorus      8 mg
  • Potassium        109 mg
  • Sodium            1 mg
  • Zinc     0.12 mg

Other constituents:
Water  86.00 g

Can Hamsters Eat Pineapple

Are Pineapples Good for Hamsters?

So, your furry friend can definitely share your pineapple snacks with you. In fact, it’s actually very good for them. The vitamin C, manganese, antioxidants, and dietary fibers in pineapple are great for your hamster. Manganese will help your hamster’s brain functions, while antioxidants can help prevent cancer. Vitamin C will improve your hamster’s overall health, much as it will yours, and fiber is of course good for your hamster’s digestive system.

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The important thing to remember is to feed your hamster pineapple only in the right amounts. Like other fruits, pineapple is high in sugar and can cause diabetes or obesity if your hamster eats too much of it. But there is no risk if you are carefully monitoring how much pineapple your hamster eats. As stated above, there are actually benefits.

Can Hamsters Have Canned Pineapple or Pineapple Juice

In this case no, hamsters cannot eat pineapple skin. You need to make sure you feed your hamster only raw pineapple without the skin or seeds. The pieces of pineapples you give your hamsters should be from a fresh pineapple, and you should wash the pineapple before you feed it to your hamster. Canned pineapple can have additives, such as salt or sugar, that can be harmful for your hamster. Pineapple juice is not recommended for hamsters, or any other type of juice, in fact.

Smaller Dwarf hamster varieties should only have a piece of pineapple equal to the size of their ear each week. Larger Roborovski hamsters can have up to a paw-sized piece of pineapple each week, as can Syrian hamsters. Of course, Syrian hamsters are larger than Roborovski hamsters, meaning their paws are also larger, allowing Syrian hamsters to have a little bit more pineapple than Roborovski hamsters.