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Can My Hamster Eat Kale?

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Can Hamsters Really Eat Kale?

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Can Hamsters Eat Kale?

Yes, hamsters can eat kale but it’s rather complicated. You should only feed your hamster the outer rim of kale, never the centre pieces of the stem as these are full of water and tougher for your hamster to digest. Also call is more acidic compared to other leaf’s like lettuce and spinach so it should be fed in moderation.

Kale Comparison Table

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


  • Contains Vitamins A, K and C
  • Low in calories


  • Needs washing
  • Don’t feed the stems
  • Don’t feed the inner leaves
a picture of kale

What is Kale?

Kale is a leafy green vegetable that belongs to the Brassica oleracea species, which also includes other cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. It has a unique appearance with dark green or purple leaves that are curly or flat, depending on the variety. Kale is packed with essential nutrients and is often hailed as a superfood due to its numerous health benefits.

Kale is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like calcium and potassium. It is also a great source of dietary fiber and antioxidants, which help protect the body against oxidative stress and inflammation. With its slightly bitter and earthy flavor, kale can be enjoyed raw in salads, blended into smoothies, or cooked in various dishes such as soups, stir-fries, and sautés. Its versatility and nutritional profile have made kale a popular choice among health-conscious individuals looking to incorporate nutrient-dense foods into their diet.

So Is It Safe For My Hamster To Eat Kale?

Well, yes and no. Kale is not toxic to hamsters perse and if fed in moderation the right way can be beneficial to your hamsters health, due to the low calorie content and the good vitamins it contains.

Now the issue with kale is that the steams are too tough and the inner leaves are too watery. So we need to avoid both of them. Also this leafy green in general is a little on the acidic side, not as bad as citrus fruits like oranges, but it should be heavily monitored.

If you want to feed your hamster this food then we recommend you wash it throughly and only server your hamster the outer rim of the leaves. You should not feed your hamster more than a small piece twice a week. A small piece is no bigger than your hamsters head in this case. Don’t feed baby hamsters kale.

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.

can hamsters eat kale


If you are at all concerned about feeding your hamster kale then we would advice you against it. There are plenty of other leafy foods that your hamster can eat like lettuce for one. We wouldn’t want you worrying over your hamster.

We personally only give our hamster this type of food on a rare occasion and only ever the outer rim leaves of the food. So we wouldn’t hold anything against you if you chose not to feed them any. However if you fed your hamster chocolate we might have some strong words for you.

Always remember to check out website if you are concerned about any foods you can or can not feed your pet hamster.


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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