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Can My Hamster Eat Apricots?

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Can Hamsters Really Eat Apricots?


Can Hamsters Eat Apricots?

Yes, Hamsters can eat apricots, but only in moderation. Apricots contain large amounts of sugar and sugar can be cause health issues in hamsters. Like all fruits they should be fed in moderation. Please do not feed your hamster dried apricot or jellied apricot as this contains way more sugar.

Apricots Comparison Table

We have created a table for you to compare the benefits and negatives of your hamster eating Apricots. Please read through them carefully, so you can decide weather or not Apricots are suitable for your hamster.


  • Contains Antioxidants
  • Contains Vitamin C
  • Great Source of Fiber


  • High sugar count
  • Need to be treat aware
  • Don’t feed too much to your hamster
  • Needs washing
  • Needs De-seeding
  • Needs to have skin removed

What are Apricots?

Apricots are small, round fruits that belong to the Prunus genus, which also includes cherries, peaches, and plums. They have a smooth, velvety skin that can range in color from pale yellow to orange, often with a tinge of red. Apricots are known for their sweet and slightly tangy flavor, making them a popular choice for both fresh consumption and culinary purposes.

These fruits are native to Central and East Asia, with China being the largest producer of apricots globally. They are rich in essential nutrients such as vitamins A and C, potassium, and dietary fiber. Apricots are particularly renowned for their high beta-carotene content, which is converted into vitamin A in the body. They are also a good source of antioxidants, which help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

In summary, apricots are small, delicious fruits with a smooth skin and a sweet-tangy taste. They offer various health benefits and are enjoyed fresh or used in a variety of culinary creations such as jams, pies, and desserts.

So is It Safe to Feed My Hamster Apricots?

Well, yes if you feed them moderately and only give your hamster apricots as part of a treat. We recommend feeding your hamster 2 small pieces of apricot a week, no more. Small size is basically the size of your hamsters paw. You should treat apricot like it’s a treat that is only given on special occasions.

If you want to give your hamster apricot please ensure you prepare it the following way: Wash the apricot fully, remove the seed from the fruit. Once you have done this cut a small piece of apricot and give it to your hamster. Never feed your hamster the leaves from the apricot tree, these are toxic to hamsters.

There are plenty of different fruits your hamster can eat like the plum. But please note not all fruits are safe for you hamster to consume, so be certain to double check before giving your hamster even the smallest bit of food.

Just remember when introducing your hamster to new foods it is best to introduce them gradually. Some hamsters might have a bad time with certain foods. So we encourage our readers to get a small amount of the food and feed it to their hamster. Wait 48 hours and see if your hamster has had any reactions to the food. If they have not had any issues it is safe to say you can feed them this type of food as part of a balanced diet.

Please be aware that with any fresh food you give your hamster, you need to ensure it is removed from the cage after 24 hours to make sure it doesn’t spoil. Hamsters are insane hoarders and will literally horde anything. Last thing you want is mouldy food in your hamsters house.



You can feed your hamster very small pieces of apricot, as a little special treat for your hamster. But you must keep a close eye on the amounts you are feeding your little fury friend. Too much of a good thing can be hazardous to their health. We wouldn’t want them to get ill from all that sugar.

There are other tasty fruits you can feed your hamster like pears and apples that have less sugar content!


Here at Can My Hamster we help people learn all about their fury little friends. What foods they can eat, what things they can do and how to look after them. Please note though, we are not trained Vets we have just looked after Hamsters for many years. So if your hamster is showing any health concerns ensure you get them to a vet as soon as you can.


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