Brown and white hamster eating a seed

Hamsters are a great low-maintenance pet option which is what makes them appealing to families with children who are trying to learn the responsibility of a pet. Hamsters are also adorable and fun pets and children often want to feed them treats to show their affection. But, it can be confusing trying to figure out what to feed your hamster. 

You can feed your pet hamster an array of humans foods, just makes sure you keep track of how often and how many treats he is getting. Avoid processed food, instead use whole grains and fresh fruit and veggies. Avoid anything with a high sugar content as some hamsters can be prone to diabetes.

Treat Ideas

  • Plain popcorn
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Lentils
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Unsalted peanuts
  • Nuts (except almonds)
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Cooked chicken, cut into small pieces
  • Crickets
  • Mealworms
  • Whole-grain cereal, with no sugar added
  • Cooked brown rice
  • Cooked whole-wheat pasta
  • Brown white and grey hamster with a crackerWhole grain bread or toast
  • Hay
  • Squash
  • Sweet potato
  • Spinach
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cooked potato
  • Peas
  • Kale
  • Grapes
  • Dandelion greens
  • Cucumber
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Blueberries
  • Apples, without seeds

Foods to avoid

  • Junk foods or processed foods
  • Anything sugary or salty
  • Chocolate
  • Rhubarb leaves or raw rhubarb
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Citrus fruits
  • Almonds
  • Raw potatoes
  • Raw beans
  • Apple seeds

There are many options for feeding your hamster treats, just be aware of your hamster’s dietary needs. Make sure your family is aware of these needs as well. Keeping a chart near the hamster cage to help keep track of your hamsters feeding and treats will help keep everyone on track.

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