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Can My Hamster Eat Figs?

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Can Hamsters Really Eat Figs?

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Can Hamsters Eat Figs?

Yes, Hamsters can eat figs. But only small amounts due to their high sugar content. It is advised against feeding them dry figs as their sugar content is much higher. You should only feed your hamster a small piece of fig no bigger than it’s paws once a week. They can also eat the seeds inside figs too.


Figs Comparison Table

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

Benefits

  • Contains Healthy vitamins
  • Great Source of Fiber

Negatives

  • High in sugar
  • Don’t feed dried figs
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What are Figs?

Figs are a unique fruit known for their sweet and luscious flavor, as well as their distinctive appearance. They come from the Ficus tree, which is native to the Mediterranean region and has been cultivated for thousands of years. Figs have a soft, pear-shaped body with a thin skin that can vary in color from green to purple or black, depending on the variety.

When ripe, figs have a tender and juicy flesh that is packed with tiny seeds. They offer a rich and honey-like taste, with hints of berry and floral notes. Figs are not only delicious but also highly nutritious. They are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Figs can be enjoyed fresh or dried, and they are often used in a variety of culinary dishes, such as salads, desserts, and preserves. Due to their natural sweetness, this tasty fruit can also be used as a natural sweetener or enjoyed as a healthy snack on their own.

So Can I Feed My Hamster Figs?

Well yes, but in moderation. Figs are so high in sugar that they should be only fed one tiny piece once a week. A tiny piece is no larger than your hamsters paws. If your hamster is a smaller breed like the Russian/dwarf hamsters we would recommend you don’t feed them figs at all.

It’s a shame really that this small fruit has such a high sugar content because they are full of great beneficial nutrients for hamsters. This is why we do from time to time give our own hamster a tiny piece of this delicious treat, it’s like a Christmas treat for them in a way.

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.

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Conclusion

Now you know figs are not toxic to hamsters, but they contain so much sugar some breeds of hamsters should avoid eating them all together.

If you are going to feed your hamster this tasty treat you need to be very careful with the quantity you feed them with. There are plenty of other fruits you can feed your hamster like Papaya and raspberries! So why not try your hamster with those delicious fruits too!

Notice:

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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