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What Can Hamsters Eat Besides Hamster Food?

Hamsterpal Team | September 28, 2019
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As we’re sure you know, hamsters aren’t just limited to eating store-bought hamster food, they can enjoy fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. That said, not all fruit and vegetables are safe for hamster consumption, we did some research and took a look at the food hamsters can eat besides hamster food.

Food hamsters can eat

Some human foods are also great to feed to your hamster. It’s important these are washed, cut into reasonable sizes and have any seeds removed.

Here’s a list non-exclusive of some of the fruit and vegetables that are safe for hamsters to consume:

  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cherries
  • Peach
  • Mango
  • Pear

Food hamsters can’t eat

There are also certain foods that should definitely be avoided when it comes to feeding your hamster. Here’s a non-exclusive list of foods that shouldn’t be fed to hamsters:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Chocolate
  • Potato
  • Peanuts
  • Lettuce

Feeding your hamster fruit and vegetables

It’s important that you use your common sense when it comes to feeding your pet hamster. For example, foods such as apples should be fed in small slices and without any seeds. Ensuring that the food is cut into manageable sizes for consumption is vital, remove any seeds as well.

As fruit and vegetables are high in sugar moderation is really important. Overfeeding your hamster fruit and vegetables can result in them becoming overweight or diabetic.

Hamsters love to hoard their food, which can often give owners the impression that they want more snacks. In reality, it’s likely the hamsters have hidden the food for later and by giving them more they can easily become overfed. This is especially easy with fruit and vegetables, which have a stigma for being healthy. In reality, vegetables such as carrots have high sugar content especially for small animals and must be fed sparingly.

If you’re not sure

The fact you’ve read this page suggests your prepared to do research to get your hamsters diet right. That said, we always recommend checking in with your vet if you have any concerns related to your hamster. If you do rely on your own research be sure to make sure you only take information on board from credible sources.

Conclusion

Feeding your hamster fruit and vegetables can be great for a balanced diet. That said it’s vital that you know the foods that you can and can’t feed to your hamster. You also need to make sure that you feed them these in moderation, even if they’re allowed to eat the food too much of it could cause health issues.

References

  1. https://www.petmd.com/exotic/nutrition/evr_ex_hm_what-can-hamsters-eat
  2. https://www.omlet.co.uk/guide/hamsters/feeding_your_hamster/hamster_food_list/
  3. https://petcentral.chewy.com/what-can-hamsters-eat/