What Foods Can Hamsters Consume?

Hamster being fed an apple slice by hand

Hamsters can consume a variety of pellets, seed mixes, fresh meals, and treats as part of their diet. The majority of a pet hamster's diet should consist of high-quality, store-bought chow manufactured exclusively for hamsters (not for , , or ). Even after reducing it down to hamster food, the pet store's pet food selection might be daunting. When you go home and want to give your hamster fresh foods and treats, the decisions don't stop. Learn which meals are ideal for your hamster and which foods are acceptable to give as rewards.

Pelleted Hamster Diets

Pelleted hamster feeds provide a complete and balanced diet in every mouthful, which is why they are frequently suggested. Pelleted diets come in a variety of sizes, although most resemble miniature biscuits, cookies, or cereal. With loose seed mixtures, a hamster might be fussy, consuming only their favorite things, resulting in an imbalanced diet. Pelletized diets avoid this, although they're a little boring, and some hamsters won't eat them. As long as the pelleted food makes up the majority of the diet, it can be supplemented with a range of different things.

Seed Hamster Diets

It's critical to choose a loose seed mix diet that includes a range of foods including grains and dry veggies, as well as seeds. A balanced pellet food is also included in certain loose seed mixed feeds (which is ideal). When feeding a loose seed mix, make sure your hamster finishes the bowl before adding more, and don't let your hamster eat only what it likes.

Fresh Foods and Treats for Hamsters

You may give your hamster a range of human foods as long as the treats are only a minor percentage of his or her diet. Stick to healthful foods like whole grains, fresh veggies, and fruit instead of junk food (in moderation, otherwise diarrhea may result). Yogurt drops and honey/seed sticks from the store are too sweet for a hamster and should be avoided.

Because are prone to diabetes, it's very important to limit sugar in their diet, therefore don't give them fruits as rewards. You may feed your hamster the following things that are safe to eat:

  • Apples (no seeds)
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Dandelion greens
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Peas
  • Potato (cooked)
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet potato
  • Squash
  • Hay
  • Whole grain bread or toast
  • Whole wheat pasta (cooked)
  • Brown rice (cooked)
  • Whole grain cereal (no sugary cereal)
  • Mealworms
  • Crickets
  • Small pieces of cooked chicken
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Nuts (unsalted, no almonds)
  • Peanuts (unsalted)
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Lentils
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Plain air-popped popcorn (no butter or salt)

Peanut butter is also a favorite of hamsters, but it must be served with caution (as with any sticky meal) since it can become caught in their and create serious complications. As an occasional reward, a very thin layer of peanut butter on a piece of wood is OK, although peanut butter should be offered with caution.


Foods You Should Not Feed Hamsters

  • Apple seeds
  • Raw beans
  • Raw potatoes
  • Almonds
  • Citrus fruit
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Rhubarb leaves or raw rhubarb
  • Chocolate
  • Any sugary or salty foods
  • Any junk food

The Best Hamster Diet

A pelleted feed combined with a variety of other safe and human foods is the best diet for hamsters. If your hamster refuses to consume the pelleted food, put some seed with the pellets or look for a seed diet that already contains pellets.

  • How long can a hamster go without food?

    Three to four days, maximum.

  • How much does hamster food cost?

    Hamster food shouldn't cost more than $50 dollars a year.

  • How much food should I feed a hamster?

    Hamsters need about 1 to 2 teaspoons of dry food per day.