Always feed good quality fresh food to your hamster. The food should be fully defrosted, and neither under- nor over-ripe, as your pet has a delicate stomach and will find it hard to digest anything but the best.
If you can collect fresh food from your garden, this is a great way of supplementing your pet’s diet. It might be veg that you’ve grown, or locally harvested greens such as clover and dandelion. Don’t just pick any greens, though, as many species are harmful to hamsters. Thoroughly wash everything before serving. You’ll find a list of suitable plants in our Hamster Food List section.
It’s important not to feed too much of the fresh stuff. Too much will result in various problems. Firstly, too much of it can upset your pet’s stomach. Secondly, too much of fruit can lead to dental problems. Thirdly, hamsters have a strong instinct to store food that they are unable to eat there and then, and fresh food will rot very quickly.
It’s therefore a good idea to remove any leftover fresh food the following day. This will stop your pet from eating bad stuff.
A small creature like a hamster only needs a tiny bite of fresh food – don’t overdo it!
Extra Protein For Your Hamster
Hamsters need protein to build muscle and stay fit. Many dry mixes have been formulated to provide all the protein your pet needs, but others are more basic and require you to supplement your hamster’s diet with added protein.
A small amount of hard-boiled or scrambled egg is the ideal protein supplement. The hamster only needs a small amount, and, furthermore, will only stash the leftovers away, where they can quickly rot. You’ll need to take any leftovers from the cage, as the hamster can easily become ill if he tries to snack on bad food.