What Can Hamsters Eat?

We have received several questions on what to feed your hamster, so if these are your questions; Read on for a complete guide:

  • What fruit can hamsters eat?
  • Can hamsters eat bread?
  • Can hamsters eat blueberries?
  • What foods can hamsters eat?
  • Can hamsters eat cheese?
  • Can hamsters eat lettuce
  • What can hamsters eat?
  • Can hamsters eat apples
  • Can hamsters eat grapes?
  • Give us a hamster food list?
  • Can hamsters eat carrots?

Hamster NUTRITION Percentages

  • 6 months and Below:  Protein: 19-20%, fat: 7-8%, fiber: 8-10%
  • 6-18 months: Protein: 17-18%, fat: 6-7%, fiber: 10-12%
  • 18 months and above: Protein: 15%, fat: 6-7%, fiber: 12-15%

4 Categories Of Foods You Should Give Your Hamster


1. Commercial Pellets and a supplement (mix a and b below (50-50 ratio) 1 tablespoon of each)

a) Higgins Sunburst Gourmet Blend Hamster & Gerbil Food

Most, if not all,  hamster owners and experts will recommend Higgins sunburst gourmet blend hamster & gerbil food as the first and best option.

If you cannot access Higgins Sunburst Gourmet Blend Hamster & Gerbil Food, an alternative is:

Higgins Vita Garden Hamster & Gerbil Small Animal Food

Higgins Vita Garden Hamster & Gerbil Small Animal Food

c. Once or twice a week, supplement the mixture above with Natural Debittered Brewers Yeast (just a little that fills the tip of the spoon, sprinkle on the above) too much can be harmful!!!

Everland Natural Debittered Brewers Yeast, 400gm
Where Do You Get This?

CANADA: Everland Natural Debittered Brewers Yeast, 400gm

NOW Brewer’s Yeast Debittered, 1-Pound
Where Do You Get This?

US: NOW Brewer’s Yeast Debittered, 1-Pound


2. Occasional Vegetables and Fruits (Once or Twice a week!!)

Safe fruits for your hamster include: seedless apples, melon, mangoes, strawberries, seedless grapes, cherries, cantaloupe, blueberries, blackberries, banana, lychee, raspberries and their leaves

Safe vegetables for your hamster include: cucumber, kale, squash, celery, romaine lettuce, parsnips, clover, carrots, broccoli, corn on the cob, cauliflower, radicchio, sweet bell peppers, turnip. Zucchini, water cress, endive, chicory, chestnuts, asparagus, chickweed, dandelion leaves, spinach


3. Occasional Treats

Cheerios, sunflower seeds, scrambled or boiled eggs, crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms, unsalted pumpkin seeds, alfalfa, unsalted nuts (do not give almonds) and dog treats that do not have onion or garlicrecommended examples of these dog treats are:

Yoghurt drop (Vitakraft Hamster Drops, eCOTRITION Yogies for Hamsters)

4. Fresh water

Should be available throughout!! In a water bottle. Suitable water bottles recommended by most hamster owners, which have the least or no issues at all, are:

Living World Eco + Water Bottle
Where Do You Get This?

US #1. Living World Eco + Water Bottle, 6-Ounce

UK: Living World Eco Plus Water Bottle, 177 ml

CANADA Living World Eco Plus Water Bottle, 12-Ounce

There is an important read about pet water bottles here that can be very beneficial, especially if you are encountering some problems.


WHAT NOT TO FEED YOUR HAMSTER!!!!!


DO NOT FEED

Apple seeds, almonds, chocolate, citrus fruits, watermelon, onions, garlic, chives, scallions, avocado, tomato leaves, raw rhubarb, eggplant, pork products, junk food, canned food, raw potatoes, cherry stone, apricot stone, spices, pickles.


How Often Should I Feed My Hamster?


A hamster is nocturnal, therefore, feeding time is in the evening.

Before feeding, check the “hoarder’s store” (where your hamster hides food) first so that you limit addition. You do not want the food in the store going bad or your hamster becoming obese.

Fresh food such as fruits and vegetables can go bad fast. Try and wedge this in the cage so that the hamster is unable to carry it back to the store. It may contaminate the rest of the food and make your hamster sick. Alternatively, you can give it in small quantities like once or twice a week.


Hamster Eating Schedule
  • Every evening, serve your hamster a mixture of 1 table spoon of Higgins Sunburst Gourmet Food Mix for Hamsters & Gerbils and 1 tablespoon of Mazuri rat and mouse Diet. Once or twice a week Sprinkle Natural Debittered Brewers Yeast (very little that fills the tip of a teaspoon) on top of the mixture.
  • Once or twice a week give vegetables or fruits.
  • Also, once or twice a week, give some treats.
  • Clean Fresh water should be in the cage always.

 


Examples of Good Hamster Food Bowls

4. Kaytee Paw-Print PetWare Bowl, Colors Vary

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2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST.

  1. Sez says:

    none left of the Higgins or rat and mouse diet in the uk, where else can I get it from?

    1. Victor J. says:

      added a few links to petco and chewy, they have Higgins Sunburst Gourmet Blend Hamster & Gerbil Food in stock

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