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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.

hamsters like different foods
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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Marina_Hale, 24 October 2021

Francine, Hamsters cannot eat peanut butter, As it will get stuck in their cheek pouches.


Kaori, 29 September 2021

If your thinking of owning a hamster, it’s best to prep before you get it. I suggest hamsterguru.com they have a wide variety of tips to owning a hamster.


Francine, 10 April 2021

My hamster adores Pears, apples, cauliflower, carrot and lettuce., and occasionally peanut butter, Im I giving him something wrong?


Melissa, 5 April 2021

I was looking for what hamsters eat .


Jeanine, 21 March 2021

My female teddy loves bananas strawberries organic baby spinach Chinese cabbage Bok choy carrots celery bell peppers and I’m still trying different stuff I have a small bowl of her hamster food nuts seeds corn dried fruits yea it’s a fiesta blend from Petco I also have a small bowl of a salad I make for her daily fruit and veggie salad ???? and she gets fresh bottled water I also change her tank stuff every 2 weeks so she doesn’t get bored lol by the way her name is fidget