|It is important to feed your hamster a balanced diet so that they remain fit, active and healthy, and it is vital that your hamster has access to fresh water at all times. |
Hamsters like to store food away and they collect it in their large cheek pouches. They push the food into their pouches which expand as they become full, they will then carry the food to a "safe" place and empty their pouches by pushing the food forwards out of their mouth. The inside of a hamsters cheeks are very sensitive and sharp or sticky foods can become stuck and/or damage your hamster's cheek pouches, so it is important only to feed them appropriate foods.
A range of hamster mixes and pellets are sold in our store and in pet shops. They have been designed with the nutritional needs of hamsters in mind and they consist of a variety of dried cereals, seeds, nuts, fruit and vegetables. You shouldn't feed your hamster food that has been designed for other animals as it may not be nutritious enough and it could even cause health problems.
Hamster mix should form the main part of your hamster's diet but you can also feed them some fruit, vegetables and plants to give their diet a little variety.
Hamster mix and pellets are dry and if they are stored properly in dry conditions they should stay fresh for a while.
Fruit & Vegetables
You can feed your hamster a variety of fruit and vegetables to supplement his diet and he will enjoy them as a tasty treat. Only feed fruit and vegetables in small amounts because if your hamster stores them away, they can become mouldy.
A wide variety of fruit and vegetables are safe for your hamster to eat and these include: apple (seedless), banana, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, celery, cucumber, dates, figs, grapes, green beans, kiwi fruit, mango, melon, parsley, peach, pear, strawberries, turnip, swede, sweetcorn, watermelon, lettuce, marrow, raspberries, mint, sage, peas, courgette, asparagus, cranberries, cooked rhubarb, cooked potato and cooked kidney beans.
Vegetables that should NOT be fed to your hamster are; raw kidney beans, onion, tomato leaves, rhubarb leaves, raw rhubarb, potato tops and raw potato.
Any vegetables should be thoroughly washed before your feed them to your hamster.
Plants & Flowers
Plants and flowers are a nice treat for your hamster but you should ALWAYS make sure that they are safe for your hamster to eat. If you are in any doubt about the safety of the plant, DO NOT feed it to your hamster. Examples of some safe plants are: dandelion leaves and flowers, cow parsley, water cress, clover, hawthorn leaves, bramble leaves, and groundsel.
A wide variety of hamster treats are available in our store or your local pet shop. Your hamster will really enjoy these however, treats should be given sparingly to avoid obesity. Other treats can include: biscuits, brazil nuts, cashew nuts, hazel nuts, pecan nuts, peanuts, pistachio nuts, prunes, raisins, walnuts, sultanas, coconut, cheese, bread, currents, acorns and breakfast cereals.
When to Feed
Your hamster's food should be refreshed on a daily basis and ensure you always check their water bottle and top up as required.
Changing your Hamster's Food
Hamsters have a very sensitive digestive system, so any changes to their diet should be done gradually.
If you are changing your hamster's food to include some new types of fruit or vegetables, only add one at a time to his diet and monitor him for any digestive upsets. This way you will be able to identify which vegetable is causing him problems so you can omit it from his diet.