Hamsters enjoy a wide variety of foods. This list will give you some ideas to liven up and vary your hamster’s diet, as well as providing a safe foods checklist.
Hamsters love dietary variety!
In general, if you’re not sure whether or not your hamster should eat this specific food, then we don’t advise that you risk it. Hamsters have very different digestive systems to our own, and there are many foods that we can eat happily that hamsters cannot.
Fresh Food Suitable For Hamsters
- Apple slices (remove seeds)
- Cherry (one only, pitted)
- Egg (small piece, boiled or scrambled)
- Hamster dry foods
- Hamster treats
- Lettuce (in very small amounts only)
Foods Not Suitable For Hamsters (NOTE: this list is non-exhaustive):
- Citrus fruits
- Any un-ripe fresh food
- Any over-ripe fresh food
- Any processed ‘human food’, sweets, chocolate, etc.
It’s best to try tiny amounts of 'safe' foods initially, in case they develop diarrhoea. When you’re sure a food is fine, offer your hamster a pea or bean sized amount.