What Do Hamsters Eat?

Hamsters eat a wide variety of foods, but in general they will need three things; dry food, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a small amount of protein.

Modern dry food is specially formulated to contain most of the key vitamins and minerals your hamster needs to stay fit and healthy. There are a wide variety of mixes to choose from, online and from your local pet shop.

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Food, glorious (hamster) food!

Fresh food is a tasty addition to the bare-bones dry food diet. Hamsters enjoy leafy greens such as dandelions and clover, and fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, carrots and cabbage. There is a useful list of hamster foods on our Hamster Food List page.

If a hamster is feeling off-color, or recuperating from illness or pregnancy, supplementing the diet with a small amount of protein can help. A small portion of boiled egg is ideal. Don't overdo it - a hamster is a small animal with a small stomach and correspondingly small appetite!

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Kaleigh, 17 November 2019

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Furry, 2 November 2017

Thank you for sharing what types of foods hamsters can eat. I like to write about what hamsters can and cannot eat as well on my website!

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