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Can Hamsters Eat Mango? What You Need to Know!

Nicole Cosgrove

Hamsters are fun little pets that are easy to take care of. They are curious critters that are fine with human handling if the handling starts while they are still babies. They like to burrow, climb, and play. As omnivores, hamsters enjoy eating many different foods too. They eat grasses, wheat, bugs and insects, and a variety of fruits and vegetables.

There are many hamster foods available on the market that come in the form of pellets and contain grasses, protein, and sometimes, produce. This should be your hamster’s main source of calories each day. However, your hamster would appreciate — and should get — fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks to ensure optimal health and vitality as they age.

The big question is, should mangoes be a part of their regular diet? Is mango good for hamsters? The answer is a resounding yes! Hamsters love the taste of mango, and there is no reason to keep this tasty fruit from their reach. Here is what you need to know about feeding mango to your hamster.

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Why Mangoes Are Healthy for Hamsters

Mangoes are healthy for hamsters for many of the same reasons that they are healthy for humans. They contain a high amount of vitamin C and minerals that help support a hamster’s immune system as time goes on. Mango is also full of fiber, which will help keep your hamster’s digestive system healthy and keep problems like diarrhea to a minimum.

Mango is also thought to promote eye health and regulate cholesterol levels as a hamster gets older. Overall, mangoes are a healthy addition to any hamster’s diet. Since they are so good for humans too, consider sharing a mango with your tiny furry pet occasionally. Even if you do not enjoy eating mango, there is no reason to keep this juicy fruit from your pet hamster.

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Dangers to Be Aware Of

Mango is not inherently dangerous for your hamster. However, there are a couple of dangers to be aware of so you can ensure a safe and healthy experience for your hamster. First and foremost, if the skin of the mango is thick, it can be a choking hazard, so it should be peeled before being offered to your hamster.

Also, eating a large amount of mango regularly can lead to diabetes because it is so full of sugar. It can also make your hamster obese, which could lead to other health problems. However, as long as the fruit does not make up more than about 10% of your hamster’s weekly diet, there should not be anything to worry about.

Mango Feeding Suggestions

There are many fun ways to feed mango to your hamster as snacks. Of course, you can simply give them a slice of fresh mango flesh to chew on. But if this seems boring, try the following ideas:

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  • Offer Dried Mango. Dried mango is almost as good for hamsters as the fresh fruit is. It is higher in sugar, so only try giving your hamster one or two very small pieces of dried mango at snack time, and watch them have fun playing with it before they devour it.
  • Mix It into a Plate of Newspaper Shavings. Indulge your hamster’s innate drive to forage for food by mixing tiny chunks of mango with strips of newspaper. Use a pair of scissors to shave or strip a piece of newspaper. Put the newspaper in a bowl, then add mango and mix the newspaper around with the mango. Top the bowl with a little bit of commercial pellet food, then let your hamster forage to their heart’s content.
  • Make a Smoothie. You can also make a smoothie to share with your hamster by blending a banana, fresh or frozen mango, and coconut milk. Pour a teaspoon’s worth into a small bowl for your hamster and keep the rest for yourself.

Any of these serving options are sure to tickle your hamster’s fancy and give you peace of mind in knowing that you are providing them with the nutrients and enjoyment that they need for high quality of life.

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In Conclusion

There are many great reasons to feed your hamster mango, at least occasionally. The nutrients in mango will help your hamster thrive, while the flavor and juiciness will take care of their natural food cravings. What types of fruits have you fed your hamster so far, and how did they react? We want to hear from you! Leave us a message in our comments section.


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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.