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Can Hamsters Eat Pears? Vet-Approved Facts & FAQ

Ashley Bates

By Ashley Bates

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If you have a hamster, you likely already know how much they love fresh fruits and veggies. You can serve them in addition to their commercial diets. So, if you’re looking to expand, you might be researching common fruit and vegetables you have at home to see what you can share with your buddy.

If you have some pears sitting around and you’re wondering if you can cut one up and serve it to your friend, you’re in luck! Hamsters can have small quantities of pears, but not a lot, and not necessarily every day. In this article, we’re going to discuss the importance of a balanced diet for your hamster and what pears can do for them.

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Hamsters Can Eat Pears

Yes, hamsters can eat pears. Pears are non-toxic to our hamster friends, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions. A hamster has a very particular diet, but they are known to be little cherry pickers! You give them a medley of goodies, and they stash away certain items for later and immediately chow down all the sweets.

Therefore, you must give them the appropriate portions; too much pear can be detrimental.

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Pear Nutrition Facts

Amount per: 1 medium

Calories: 100
Carbohydrates: 25 g
Dietary Fiber: 6 g
Sugar: 15 g
Protein: 1 g
Calcium: 20 mg
Iron: 0.3 mg
Potassium: 190 mg
Vitamin C: 7 mg

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Benefits of Pears for Hamsters

As you probably already suspect, pears are full of vitamins and minerals. Your hamster gets these vitamins and minerals in their regular diet, but a little increase can do them some good. Pears are full of vitamin C, potassium, and calcium.

In other species, pears may fight inflammation, encourage good gut health, and protect against disease. So, a little pear in your hammy’s diet may certainly have its perks—but you have to be careful!

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Choosing a Pear to Feed Your Hamster

You might think all pears are the same, and to a point you’re right. It doesn’t matter what type of pear you feed your hamster or what kind of hamster you have that’s eating the pear. However, the ripeness of the pear plays a role in when you should feed them to your hamster.

You might like your pears to ripen or be juicy, practically falling apart in your mouth. But this is actually not the greatest time to offer your hamster pears. It is better to serve them crisp, firm pears so they can enjoy the snack with a little crunch.

So why is this? As the pear ripens, the sugar content gets higher. The juicier the pear, the higher the sugar content. Since hamsters are not supposed to have sugar in very high amounts, giving them a less ripe pear will keep the sugar content down, so your hamster can still enjoy the fruit without repercussions.

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Sugar Content: Why Is it Bad?

Since you know that hamsters are omnivorous little creatures that love snacking on insects, grains, grasses, and fruits and vegetables, you might think that moderation doesn’t matter. However, in the wild, a hamster will not encounter pears and other fruits very frequently. Therefore, moderation is key.

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How Much Pear Should I Serve My Hamster?

If this is your first time serving a pear to your hamster, you’ll want to start in very small amounts. Introducing anything new to the diet can upset their gastrointestinal tract and cause them far more issues than benefits.

So always make sure to give tiny, bite-size portions initially until you monitor your hamster to ensure they aren’t having any negative kickback. And speak with your vet to ensure you have a balanced diet on offer for your hamster.

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Conclusion

So now you know that your hamster can certainly enjoy a little pear occasionally. The more crisp and less ripe they are, the better. As the pair gets riper, the sugar content increases, which can upset your hamster’s gastrointestinal tract.

It’s best to offer your hamsters a few small tidbits for the taking. Remember, hamsters are hoarders. So, when you offer them fresh foods, scour their bedding for left-behind remnants to ensure nothing is rotting in the enclosure.


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