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Grapes are a delicious, cheap, and healthy fruit! Humans love them which often leads people to ask “Can Hamsters Eat Grapes”. The good news is that yes, Hamsters can eat grapes! Although grapes are toxic to many animals, including dogs, hamsters can enjoy grapes as long as they are given in the right quantity. This article will be looking at how to give your hamster grapes as well as the benefits and risks of them.

What are Grapes?

Grapes are a berry that can be given by themselves or made into various foods such as jelly, raisins, and juice! They are a common fruit that people eat and are grown all over the world. Grapes are a very important fruit, they led to the discovery of wine! Grapes can be purple, green, red, and all kinds of other colours!

Can Hamsters Eat Grapes?
A cute hamster enjoying a grape!

Can Hamsters Eat Grapes?

As stated before, the answer is yes! hamsters can eat grapes, as long as they are given in the right quantity. Syrians, Robos and Dwarfs should all have different quantities of grapes. This is because grapes are quite sugary and different breeds of hamsters can tolerate different levels of sugar. Grapes have many benefits, such as vitamin C, but also can pose risks to your hamster if they eat too many. Raisins are dried up versions of grapes, so they are technically the same fruit!

How to give your hamster Grapes

When you are giving treats, such as grapes, to your hamster, always make sure you are holding them or make sure that you are close to them. This is because giving treats to your hamster can strengthen your bond and assist in socializing them. Only give a small amount to your hamster at first, this is to figure out if they like grapes. There’s no point wasting your food if your hamster just turns their nose up at it.

Always wash grapes in water before you give it to your hamster. Unlike normal hamster food, grapes are not specifically meant for hamsters and it therefore may have things on the surface which could damage your hamster. Pesticides that are often found on produce can hurt your hamster. Furthermore, try to cut up the grape, especially if you are giving the grape to a robo or dwarf hamster. This reduces choking risk.

Always check your hamster’s cage the day after you give your hamster grapes. Hoarding food can result in food rotting which can be dangerous for your hamster’s health. Remove any uneaten grapes from the cage.

Another great fruit for hamsters is cantaloupe. Check out our advice article on feeding your hamster cantaloupe here!

How many grapes should you feed your hamster?

The amount of grapes that you feed your hamster depends on the breed. Syrian hamsters can eat more grapes, due to being the largest breed, whilst Robos and Dwarfs cannot have as many. Giving your hamster too many grapes can lead to a whole host of problems which we discuss later in the article! Please remember that you should only give one sugary treat at a time. The aim is to reduce the amount of sugar in your hamster’s diet; if you give your hamster the recommended amount of grapes, then the recommended amount of banana then you will be overfeeding them with sugar!

How many grapes should a Syrian hamster eat?

Syrians are the largest breed of hamsters and therefore can generally eat more treats than other hamsters. We recommend giving a maximum of one grape a week to your Syrian hamster. This is due to the high sugar content that is in grapes which can hurt your hamster by giving them illnesses such as diabetes.

How many grapes should a Roborovski hamster eat?

Robos are the second largest breed of hamster; this means that they can eat treats but not as many as a Syrian. We recommend giving a maximum of half a grape every week to your Robo hamster. Robos are also susceptible to diabetes which means that you have to be cautious and not feed them too many grapes.

How many grapes should a Dwarf hamster eat?

Dwarf hamsters, including Chinese, Campbell and Russian hamsters, are much smaller than the average hamster. This means that, although they can eat grapes, they need a smaller amount. A much smaller amount, to be exact. Give your Dwarf hamster around 1/6 of grape every month. This may not seem like a lot but dwarf hamsters are extremely susceptible to diabetes and therefore cannot be given much fruit.

Can Hamsters Eat Grapes?
Tiny grapes are fantastic for hamsters!

Benefits of Grapes

Hamsters can eat grapes and grapes have plenty of benefits for both humans and hamsters grapes can improve your hamster’s health, providing you give them the right amount of coconut:

  • Grapes contain antioxidants. These protect against the effects of aging, such as cancer.
  • Grapes contain a lot of Vitamin C. This removes toxins from your hamster and improves their overall health
  • Grapes contain a lot of dietary fibers. These improve your hamster’s digestive system.
  • Grapes contain a lot of Vitamin C. Vitamin K helps clotting and improves your hamster’s blood.
  • Grapes contain potassium which helps your hamster maintain healthy blood pressure.

As you can see, grapes contain a lot of vitamins and minerals that can really help your hamster’s health! However you must feed them grapes in the quantity that we specify.

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Risks of Raisins

Grapes, although healthy, can be problematic for hamsters if they are fed them in a large amount. This is why you should stick to a small quantity.

  • Grapes contain a large amount of sugar. Sugar is dangerous for hamsters in large quantities as they are prone to diabetes and obesity.
  • Feeding your hamster too many grapes can lead to digestive issues as hamsters cannot digest fruit quickly. Hamsters who have eaten too much fruit are prone to diarrhoea.
  • Unwashed grapes can have pesticides still attached to the skin. This can hurt your hamster.

As you can see; the main risk when it comes to feeding your hamster grapes is the sugar intake. This applies for all fruits due to the large amount of sugar in fruits

Can Hamsters Eat Grapes?
Hamsters love their grapes!

What type of Grapes can hamsters eat?

There are quite a few types of grapes: red grapes, green grapes, seedless grapes. This leads to people asking if hamsters can eat all of these different kinds of grapes. This article will now get into this issue.

Can Hamsters eat Seeded Grapes?

We don’t recommend that you feed your hamster seeded grapes. This is primarily due to the choking hazard that seeds provide. Hamsters can’t vomit, this means that choking is a lot more dangerous for hamsters as there is no way for them to expel the choking hazard. Choking on a grape seed is unlikely but the risk is simply not worth taking. This is why we don’t recommend feeding your hamster seeded grapes!

Can hamsters eat red/green/black grapes?

As far as we are aware, the colour of the grape shouldn’t impact on your hamster’s health. The difference in grape colour is caused by the production of anthocyanin in grapes. Green grapes don’t have this chemical and therefore stay green. This chemical is not known to impact on hamster’s health, this means that your hamster should be able to eat grapes of all different colours and sizes!

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Conclusion – Can hamsters eat Grapes?

So, in conclusion, can hamsters eat Grapes? Yes! They can! Syrians can eat the most whilst you should only give dwarf hamsters a tiny amount of grape a month! Grapes are a nutritious treat for your hamster due to it containing dietary fibers, antioxidants, and potassium. These vitamins and minerals help your hamster’s tiny body grow and grow! However be aware of some of the risks of giving your hamster grapes. They are high in sugar and can be a choking hazard if you give them seeded grapes.

Have you ever given your hamster grapes? Got any advice for new owners? Let us know in the comments!