Can hamsters eat coconut?


Let us see whether the hamster can eat coconut or not? As you all know that coconut is very tasty which can be eaten by humans as well as animals. There are also many breeds of hamsters that do not like to eat coconut, so you should first check whether your hamster likes it or not. There are many dishes of coconut such as coconut oil, coconut water, and coconut milk, but can your hamster eat all this or not, you will get the answer to all these in the article. How much coconut should be fed and when is coconut bad for hamsters are some of the questions that you will explore before feeding coconut.


How many coconuts should I give My Hamster?



It depends on your hamster how much coconut it will be able to digest as there are many breeds of hamsters and they all have different digestive systems. In the beginning, you should feed coconut in small quantities and check whether the hamster has digested it without any problem, if he does not have any allergy after eating coconut, then you can increase the quantity of coconut. If you suddenly give a big piece of coconut, it can get stuck in its throat and there are also disadvantages of eating more coconut which you will read in this article.

If you have a Syrian hamster, you should give him a little more than the other because he is the largest of them, so he can digest it easily, and feed the rest of the dwarf and Robo hamsters only on occasion or feast.


Can I give my hamster’s fresh coconut?


Yes, fresh coconut is good for a hamster because it contains many nutrients which are very important for its health. Whenever you feed coconut meat to a hamster, cut it into small pieces so that it doesn’t get stuck in its throat and there are many coconut recipes that you can use in a hamster diet. If you buy a coconut from a shop, then always check it thoroughly and take a fresh one because many people use artificial flavor to make it sweet.


Can hamsters drink coconut water?

Coconut water

As per 1 cup




2 gram


400 mg


60 mg

Vitamin C

25 mg


8 gram


3 gram

Yes, hamsters can drink coconut water. Coconut water is very beneficial for health, it contains many nutrients such as magnesium, iron, and electrolytes which helps in maintaining optimum pH level in the body of hamsters. Coconut water has more sugar and calories than coconut flesh. You can drink coconut water without worrying, it will not harm him, but keep in mind that it is fresh and if you are buying from a shop, then check it thoroughly because many people use artificial sugar and flavor in it. Your hamster will not be dehydrated by drinking coconut water and the amount of water in his body will be maintained. Many people avoid coconut water because the amount of sugar in it is high, but you can drink fresh and small coconut water, it contains less sugar than large coconut.



Can I give my hamster coconut oil?

Coconut oil

As per 1 tablespoon



Vitamin E 

0.012 mg

Vitamin K

0.080 µg

Saturated fat

11 gram

Monounsaturated fat

0.80 gram

Polyunsaturated fat

0.20 gram


Along with the food of the hamster, we should also pay attention to its hair. You can apply coconut oil to his fur along with his food, first you apply some oil in your hands and rub it, then massage his body with light hands. After a few days, check if he is allergic to oil, if he is fine then you can increase the quantity of oil. Always use a good quality virgin coconut oil in which no chemical has been added and you can massage the hamster with oil 2-3 times a week. If your hamster is very fat, then you should not use coconut oil in its food because it has a high-fat content which can lead to rapid weight gain the hamster. In the beginning, you can use a small amount of oil so that you can see if the hamster has any allergy or problem with the oil because there are many such breeds that have problems with coconut oil.

Can hamsters eat coconut


Can hamsters drink coconut milk?

Coconut milk

As per cup




2 gram

Vitamin D

40% of DV (daily value)


10% of DV

Vitamin A

10% of the DV

Vitamin B12

60% of DV


5 gram


As we all know how healthy milk is for the body, normally people give cow’s milk, but do you know that coconut milk is healthy. Coconut milk helps in lowering cholesterol and boosting the immune system because coconut contains a lipid (lauric acid) that helps in boosting immunity. Consuming coconut milk reduces weight because it contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which help in losing weight quickly. If your hamster does not consume milk directly, then you can add milk to its food. If you overfeed the milk, the hamster may have diarrhea and vomiting, so give it in small amounts once a day.


When is Coconut Bad for a Hamster?


Coconut is not bad for the hamster, just some substances are found in it which are not good for health, such as medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and fat content. Consuming more coconut also has its disadvantages, so you should feed coconut once a week or a month, and that too in very little quantity. Coconut milk contains saturated fat, which is healthy to a certain extent, but if included in a hamster’s regular diet, it can increase the amount of cholesterol and cause heart problems. Whenever you feed your food to the hamster, first take the advice from the doctor so that he does not have any problem by eating it. If your hamster is eating coconut regularly, it can cause problems like vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.


How should I give my hamsters coconut?


You can feed coconut to your hamster at any festival or feast. Just as we eat something different from our regular diet on this day, we should also feed our hamster something different so that it feels good. Remove the outer layer of the coconut before feeding, otherwise, it may bite its mouth and gums through the shell as it is too sharp and hard to eat. When your hamster is sick or not eating his food, you can offer him coconut or coconut water so that he gets better soon, drinking coconut water will also keep him hydrated.


Final thought


Can hamsters eat coconut? So the answer is yes. You can feed coconut and coconut products to the hamster. But you should keep the coconut shell away from the hamster as it is very sharp. Always feed the hamster fresh coconut as it does not contain any artificial flavor and you can massage it with coconut oil twice a week, it will not harm him in any way. Both of you can eat coconut together so that the relationship between both of you will be good, if you have any queries related to this article then you can comment on it.

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