What to Feed Your Hamster

Do you have a pet hamster? Or are you perhaps considering getting one? These tiny furballs are very cute, and are also gentle and easy to care for, so it’s no wonder that they are so popular as pets. Like any other animal, hamsters need a clean, comfy habitat; fresh water; and proper nutrition in order to thrive. When it comes to Hammie’s menu, there are some specific do’s and don’ts which you should be aware of. In this article, your Upper Arlington vet offers some tips for feeding your hamster.

Basic Menu

Your furry little pal can have a commercial pellet or seed mix as his basic menu. Feed the little guy about a tablespoon, twice a day. If you get a seed mix, be aware of the fact that your pet may pick out his favorite bits and store them for snacking on later. Pellets eliminate this possibility, but can be rather bland. Whichever you choose, double check to be sure it is appropriate for your specific type of hamster.


You’ll want to supplement your tiny pet’s main meals with small amounts of fresh fruits and veggies. Asparagus, bean sprouts, broccoli, Bok Choy, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, green beans, and peppers are some of the veggies Hammie can enjoy. Syrian hamsters can also have fruits, such as apples, berries, bananas, melons, and papaya. Many herbs, like basil, are also safe.


Most of our furry friends love getting treats. Hammie is no exception. Hamsters can enjoy many different types of treats. Your furry pal will love the occasional insect, such as a grasshopper, mealworm, or cricket. Be sure to buy Hammie’s bugs at pet stores, as wild ones can carry bacteria and parasites! Eggs, tofu, cooked unseasoned chicken, pork, or beef, little bits of cheese, and dog biscuits are all suitable treats for your tiny friend. Certain seeds and nuts are also acceptable.

What to Avoid

There are many foods that are dangerous to hamsters. Chocolate, onion, peanut butter, garlic, apple seeds, junk food, candy, and raw potatoes are a few of the foods on Hammie’s forbidden list. To play it safe, always research a new food before feeding it to the little guy.

Do you have questions about your hamster’s health, care, or behavior? Contact us, your Upper Arlington veterinary clinic, any time!

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