Mango is a delightfully exotic fruit that originated in India more than 5000 years ago. This
invariably popular treat is also known as ‘the king of fruits’ and for good reason, the soft
and succulent yellow flesh is about as delicious as it gets (well, that’s our opinion
anyway!). These sweet delights aren’t just for humans though, many animals like them
Can my Hamster eat Mango?
If you’re a hamster owner and you’re wondering whether your little friend can eat mango,
the answer is yes! However, as with any sweet treat you should be careful with the
amount that you feed them (more about this below).
Mango can be fed to your hamster fresh, cut into small chunks with the skin and pip
removed, or you can buy dried mango for your hammie to gnaw on.
Is Mango good for Hamsters?
Mangos are often considered a superfood, because as well as being absolutely delicious
they are also full of healthy nutrients to keep your hammie happy and healthy.
These are some of the essential vitamins and minerals that can be found in mango:
- Fibre – helps with your pets’ digestion, and may reduce their risk of heart problems and diabetes
- Vitamin C – really good at keeping your hammies’ skin healthy
- Vitamin B6 – beneficial for the immune system, brain and nervous system
- Vitamin A – helps to build and maintain a strong immune system
- Copper – keeps your animals’ blood healthy, by helping with production of red blood cells
How much Mango should I give my Hamster?
Making sure that your hamsters’ diet is evenly balanced is very important. Whilst
delicious, mangos should only ever be given in moderation as a treat and not as a main
staple of their overall diet. Giving your pet a sweet treat like mango should be something
that you do infrequently as overfeeding can lead to complications including diarrhoea.
As with any new treat, if you are introducing mango to a hamster’s diet, you should
always keep an eye on them to make sure that they react well to it.
Though it is a superfood with lots of healthy nutrients, mango does has a very high sugar
content, this means that your hamster will consume a lot of calories when they eat
mango. For this reason, you should always remember that hammies are much smaller
than humans, so their portion size should be significantly smaller than what you would
enjoy. The exact portion size will depend on the type of hamster that you have, with larger
Syrian hamsters able to have slightly bigger portions than their smaller Chinese or dwarf
You should always have a discussion with your vet regarding treat portion sizes and the
frequency that you give these to your pet.
What other treats can Hamsters eat?
Hamsters do love treats and as long as they are being given in moderation, you can give
them a variety of different goodies including raisins, banana and nuts. Why not combine
all of these with a mixture of dried fruits for hamsters, we really like this tropical carnival
mix that contains dried fruits including mango and more.
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