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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.

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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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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

Yesenia, 28 May 2020

my hamster loves food!

Sarayah, 14 May 2020

Add different varieties of cages