hamster foods

Hamster Foods

Welcome to our list of Hamster foods.

Unlike other hamster food lists, this isn’t a list of foods that we think they should eat, it’s a list of foods that people have asked a question about in a ‘google search.’

So we’ve attempted to answer their questions here.

This means that we’ve looked at the good foods, the bad foods and the ridiculous.

However, no question is stupid when it comes to the health of our hamsters, so we answer everything.

Alongside each food, is a brief summary of the post we have written which you can click onto through the name of the food.

We hope it’s helpful to you.

So here is our comprehensive list of hamster foods.

Contents

Acorns – Apple skin

Acorns: Acorns that are picked in the wild are not good for hamsters to eat.

Almonds: They can only eat them in very small amounts due to high fat.

Acorn Squash: They can eat it, but only in small amounts.

Alfalfa Hay: It is very good for them to eat.

Aloe: A food to avoid

Almond butter: Not the easiest food for hamsters to eat.

American cheese: Yes they can eat it in small amounts.

Ants: Not good for hamsters to eat.

Apples: Only Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat them due to high sugar.

Apple skin: Apple skin is fine for them to eat.

Apricots – Avocado

Apricots: Only Syrian’s and Roborovkski’s can eat them due to their high sugar.

Applesauce: Contains too much sugar in it for them.

Applejacks: Not the best cereal for them to eat. Better to stick to plain cereal.

Arugula: Can eat it in small amounts in moderation.

Asparagus: Can be eaten in small amounts in moderation.

Asian pears: Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters can eat it in small amounts on an occasional basis.

Aubergine: Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters can eat it in small amounts on an occasional basis.

Avocado: Not good for hamsters to eat.

Bananas – Beet Greens

Bananas: Okay for Syrian’s and Roborovski’s, not so for others. Too much sugar.

Bacon: Too much fat for hamsters

Basil: Small amounts in moderation.

Banana chips:They are too sweet for hamsters

Baby food: Not the best for hamsters to eat.

Bell peppers: Good for hamsters to eat.

Beans: they can eat green beans but only in small amounts on an occasional basis

Berries: It depends on which berries. They cannot eat wild berries.

Beets: Too acidic and sweet for hamsters to eat.

Beet greens: They can be eaten, just not beets.

Bird food – Bologna

Bird food: Not the best foods for hamsters

Biscuits: One or two pieces of a biscuit is fine for them to eat. But on the whole, they are too sweet for them

Bird sunflower seeds: Yes they can. A few at a time though.

Bird peanuts: If they stumble upon them and nibble one or two they will be fine.But they aren’t a food that should be fed purposely to them.

Blueberries: Only feed to Syrian’s and Roborovski’s due to the sugar content.

Bloodworms: Not good for hamsters to eat unfortunately and may make them sick.

Black beans: Yes they can have a few at a time.

Black olives: lack olives are not the best food for hamsters as they are very salty and full of fat

Bok choy: Yes they can eat it, bok choy is fine for them

Boiled eggs: Yes they can eat boiled eggs, a slice of boiled egg twice a week is good for them

Bologna: They can nibble a little bit of it, but it isn’t really a food that is good to be purposely be fed to hamsters

Boiled Potatoes – Breadsticks

Boiled potatoes: Fine for hamsters to eat.

Bonios: Many owners say they are fine, however they are specifically made for dogs diets.

Brazil nuts: Only feed to Syrian’s and Roborovski’s due to sugar content.

Bread:  They can eat it in small amounts, however it has no nutritional value

Broccoli:  This means that they can eat it in very small amounts on an occasional basis

Brownies: If they nibble a few small pieces they will be fine, but they are not the best food for them to eat as they are too sweet for them.

Brown rice: they can eat brown rice in small amounts both cooked and raw.

Breakfast cereal: Yes they can as long it doesn’t have any flavorings or additives in it. Plain cereal is best for them.

Branflakes: Yes they are fine for them to eat. Plain branflakes are best.

Breadsticks: Yes they can nibble them but they have nutritional value for them.

Breadcrumbs – Buttercups

Breadcrumbs: Yes they can eat them in small amounts, but nothing more than that

Butter lettuce: It is not good for hamsters to eat.

Burritos: Unfortunately they are not good for hamsters to eat at all. A food to avoid.

Butter: The fat that it contains is not good for hamsters at all

Butternut squash: A small amount very occasionally is fine for them but nothing more.

Buckwheat: In small amounts only on an occasional basis, as it is very acidic and high in fat

Buttered popcorn:They can nibble it, but it isn’t a good food for them to eat in general.

Bunny food: specifically for the diet of rabbits and is not good for hamsters to eat.

Butter beans: Yes they can in small amounts in moderation

Bugs: It depends on what bugs they are, they can’t eat bugs found in the wild.

Buttercups:  Wild butttercups may contain parasites or parasites. Best to avoid

Carrots – Celery
Carrots: Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat them in small amounts, steer clear feeding them to dwarf hamsters due to high sugar content.
Cashews: Fine for Syrian’s and Roborovski’s in small amounts, avoid feeding to other dwarf hamsters.
Cat food: Cat food is designed and made specifically for the diet of cats and is not suitable for hamsters.
Candy: Too sweet for hamsters to eat.
Carrot tops: Just to be fed to Syrian’s and Roborovski’s
Cake: Too sweet for hamsters to eat.
Cardboard: Yes cardboard is fine for them to chew on.
Cat treats: Unfortunately they cant at all. Cat treats are made specifically for the diet of cats and are not suitable for hamsters
Cantaloupe:  Syrian’s and Robo’s can eat it in small amounts on an occasional basis
Celery: They can only eat it in small amounts in moderation on an occasional basis.
Cereal – Cheeseballs
Cereal: Yes they can eat dried cereal, as long as it has not sugar, frosting, or flavorings on it.
Cheese: Yes they can eat cheese, but only in small amounts in moderation.
Chives: Unfortunately chives are not good for hamsters to eat.
Cherries: Fine for Syrian’s and Roborovksi’s, but not good for other dwarf hamsters.
Chocolate: Too sweet for hamsters to eat.
Chicken: This means that they can nibble it but its not a good that should be fed to the
purposely.
Chia seeds: They are fine in small amounts and hamsters will love them
Chips: Unfortunately they can’t at all. They are too full of salt and will harm a hamster if they are fed to them
Cheddar cheese:  They can have a little cheddar cheese but not too much as they may get stomach pains.
Cheeseballs: A few small pieces only as too much will hurt them.
Chestnuts – Clover sprouts
Chestnuts: Wild chestnuts are not good for hamsters to eat.
Cilantro: Not a good for hamsters to eat.
Cinnamon sticks: Not good for hamsters to eat.
Cinnamon: Not good for hamsters to eat.
Citrus fruits: They are too acidic for hamsters to eat.
Clover: Yes they can, but make sure that they are not sprayed with fertilizer or they have parasites
Clover flowers: No they can’t unfortunately.
Clementines: No they can’t unfortunately. They can’t eat citrus fruits.
Club crackers: Small pieces are fine for them to eat.
Clover sprouts: Yes they are fine for them to eat.
Cloves – Coconut oil
Cloves: They are not good for hamsters to eat.
Coconut:  They can in small amounts in moderation as it is high in fat.
Cooked chicken: Yes they can eat cooked chicken, it is fine for them to eat.
Corn: Yes they can eat it.
Cookies: The sugar content in cookies is not good for them so they are not great for hamsters to eat.
Cooked broccoli: It is fine for them to eat small pieces.
Cornflakes: Yes they can eat them in small amounts as long as they aren’t frosted or have additive flavorings in them.
Cottage cheese: No they can’t unfortunately.
Cooked carrots: Yes they can eat them in small amounts.
Coconut oil:  No they can’t.
Croutons – Cuttlefish
Croutons: Yes they can eat them, they are fine for them.
Crackers: Yes they can eat plain crackers which are not seasoned.
Cranberries: Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat cranberries in small amounts on an occasional basis. Steer clear of feeding to other dwarf hamsters.
Crickets: Yes they can eat crickets. they are fine for them
Crab: Fish that has shells on it like crab is not great for them to eat.
Crab apples: Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat small pieces of them.
Cream cheese: No they can’t unfortunately.
Crunchy peanut butter: It is not good for hamsters to eat.
Cucumbers: They can eat it in small amounts.
Cuttlefish: They can have it to chew on, so they can grind their teeth.
Cupcakes – Cuties
Cupcakes: They are far too sweet for hamsters to eat.
Cucumber skin: Yes they are fine for hamsters to eat.
Cucumber seeds: They are fine for hamsters to eat.
Curly kale: Syrian’s and Roborovksi hamsters can eat but steer clear of feeding to other dwarf hamsters.
Custard creams: Too sweet for hamsters to eat.
Currants: They can eat them in small amounts.
Cuties: They cant eat citrus fruits unfortunately
Dates – Dandelions

Dates: Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters can eat them in small amounts occasionally.

Dairy: It depends on what it is. Check out for the post for specific foods.

Dandelion leaves: They may contain parasites so are not good for them to eat.

Dandelion flowers: They cant as they may contain parasites that may harm them.

Daisies: They cant as they may contain parasites.

Daffodils: They are toxic for hamsters to eat.

Daddy long legs: They cant as they may contain parasites that may harm them.

Dandelion greens: They are unable to eat any kind of wild flower for risk of them having parasites on them.

Dark Chocolate: They cant as it is has too much sugar and fat in it.

Dandelions: They are not the best for them to eat as wild dandelions may have parasites on them.

Earthworms – Elderberries

Earthworms: Unfortunately they cant as they may be carrying parasites that could harm a hamster.

Edamame: Not great for hamsters as very acidic.

Egg yolk: It is fine for them to eat, however it is better for them to eat when it is hardened.

Elderberries:  Contain too much water and acidic content for them to handle.

Egg shells: No they can’t unfortunately. They are not good for them to eat.

Egg plant: Can be eaten by Syrian and Roborovski hamsters but is best avoided by other types of dwarf hamster.

Fabric – Fine beans

Fabric: Yes they can eat through it if necessary. Its not good for them though, as it doesn’t even provide a good material for them to chew.

Fennel: Yes they can eat it in small amounts in moderation. Because of its strong flavor, it is not a food to feed them lots of

Feta cheese: It really isn’t good for hamsters to eat at all.

Ferret food: Not good for hamsters to eat as it is especially made for the nutritional requirements of ferrets.

Fennel seeds: Not great for hamsters to eat.

Fenugreek: In small amounts only 3-10 seeds a day only

Fish: It is not the best food for hamsters but they can have a little of it.

Figs: They can eat them but only in small amounts and in moderation.

Fish food: No nutritional value for hamsters

Fine beans: Yes they can have them in small amounts in moderation.

Fish fingers – Fudge

Fish fingers: Unfortunately they can’t eat processed foods

Flour: Unfortunately, flour provides no nutritional value for hamsters and they will struggle to eat it as well

Flax seeds: Not recommended as a food for hamsters. It contains too much acidic and phosphorus content for them

Flowers: It depends on what types of flowers they are. Click on the link to find out more

Flies: They aren’t good for hamsters to eat as they maybe carrying parasites that could harm a hamster.

Flour tortillas: They are not good for them to eat, although this won’t stop them nibbling at them if they manage to get at one

Fortune cookies: They can nibble at them a little but they are too sweet for them in general

Fruit: It depends on the type of fruit. Click on the link and find out more.

Fruit loops: The additives that they contain, make them not good for hamsters to eat.

Fries: They cant unfortunately. They are far too full of fat for them

Fruit snacks:

French fries: Unfortunately they are far too full of fat for them to eat.

Fudge: Unfortunately they cant at all. It is far too sweet for them
Funyuns

Garbanzo beans – Glue

Garbanzo beans: Yes they can have them in small amounts in moderation

Garlic: There is too much calcium, phosphorus and acidic content for them to handle

Garden peas: Yes they can. Just make sure that they are fresh and not frozen.

Garlic bread: Unfortunately they can’t at all. It is not good for them

Gammon: They cant eat it at all.

Gelatin: Yes they can eat it very occasionally. But not too much.

Gerber puffs

Gerbil food: Only good for gerbils

Gerbil muesli: Only made specifically for the diet of gerbils.

Gem Lettuce: It contains too much acidic and water content for them to handle

Glue: No they cant eat it at all

Grass – Gummy bears

Grass: Just make sure it doesn’t have a any pesticides on it

Grapes: Fine for Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters to eat.

Green beans: they can eat green beans but only in small amounts on an occasional basis

Green apples: Yes they can eat them but don’t feed the seeds to them.

Granola: Fine for Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters to eat.

Guinea Pig pellets

Guava: No they can’t unfortunately. It is too acidic for them to eat

Gummy bears

Hay – Honey Roasted Peanuts

Hay: Yes they can eat Timothy, Alfafa and Meadow hay.

Ham

Hazlenuts: Ok for Syrian’s and Roborovski’s

Hard boiled eggs: can eat them in small amounts and in moderation.

Hash browns: can’t unfortunately. Fried food is not good for them.

Herbs: do check out each individual one before feeding.

Hemp seeds:  they can eat hemp seeds

Honey: A food to avoid feeding hamsters

Honeydew: they can eat it in small amounts in moderation.

Honey roasted peanuts: Not good for hamsters

Hot dogs – Hula Hoops

Hot dogs: Processed foods such as hot dogs are not good for them.

Honey nut cheerios: They will enjoy plain cheerios, give them a few at a time.

Honey bunches of oats: No they can’t unfortunately

Horse chestnuts: No they can’t unfortunately.

Human food: depends on what it is as to whether they can eat it or not

Hummus: No they can’t unfortunately. It is not good for them

Hula Hoops: They are too salty for hamsters to eat.

Ice cream – Ivy

Ice cream: No they can’t unfortunately.

Iguanas: iguanas will eat hamsters if given the chance

Ice: No they can’t unfortunately

Iceberg lettuce:  they can’t unfortunately. It can cause them to have diarrhea

Insects: It depends on what they are. They can’t eat wild insects at all

Ice cream cone: they can eat them in small amounts in moderation

Ice lollies: No they can’t unfortunately

Ivy: No they can’t. It is poisonous for hamsters.

Jalapenos – Jicama

Jalapenos: they can’t unfortunately. They are too spicy for them to eat

Jam: they can’t unfortunately. It is too sticky and sweet for them

Jackfruit: They can eat it in small amounts in moderation

Jacobs crackers: they can as long as they don’t have anything on them

Jaffa cakes: They are too sweet for them to eat and they shouldn’t eat chocolate

Jello: can in small amounts but do bear in mind that it is very sweet and so just a little bit will be okay

Jelly beans: They can’t really as they have a lot of sugar in them

Jerky: Yes they can in small amounts

Jicama: Yes they can in small amounts. It might be better cooked for them so that they can digest it more easily.

Kale – Kyoto

Kale: Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat it

Kettle corn: Yes they can as long as it isn’t sweetened or salted

Ketchup: It is not easy for hamsters to eat and so is not the best food to feed them

Kiwi: Yes they can in small amounts in moderation
Kidney beans

Kix cereal: Yes they can eat them. As long as they aren’t sweetened or have added flavors in them

Kitchen roll: Yes they can. They will love tearing it up. Just make sure it is plain kitchen roll and has no other scents or moisturizers in it

Kitten food: A few pieces of dry food are fine for them

Kleenex: Yes they can it is fine for them to chew on

Kohlrabi: Yes they can have it in small amounts in moderation

Koko Krunch: Unfortunately they can’t eat cereals with flavorings in them.

Kraft cheese: They can eat them in small amounts and in moderation

Kumquats: Yes they can have them in small amounts in moderation

Kwazii

Kyoto

Lavender – Live mealworms

Lavender: Yes they can in very small amounts in moderation

Lambs Lettuce: No they can’t as it may give them diarrhea

Lamb: If they nibble a little bit of it, they will be fine but it isn’t a food to be purposely be fed to them

Ladybugs: Unfortunately they cant eat wild creatures at all

Lettuce: Lettuce is too high in water content and acidic content for hamsters to eat and will make them sick if they eat it

leaves: not good to feed them any leaves found in the wild, but it does depend on what type of plant they are from

Lentils: Lentils unfortunately have no nutritional value for them

Lemons: Citrus fruits are not good for hamsters eat and will harm them if they are eaten. A food to avoid.

Lima Beans: They will make them sick if they are eaten

Live mealworms: Yes they can in small amounts in moderation. Just make sure they are purchased from a reputable store

Little gem lettuce – Locusts

Little gem lettuce: No they can’t unfortunately. It is too full of water content for them

Linseed: Its fine if its added to a hamsters food mix

Live crickets: Yes hamsters can eat crickets. As long as they are bred in captivity

Lime: Unfortunately limes are not good for hamsters to eat as they are too acidic for hamsters to eat and will hurt them if eaten.

Lizards: No they cant unfortunately

Licorice: No they can’t unfortunately. It is too sweet for them to eat

Life cereal: Yes it is fine for them to eat as long as it doesn’t have any added flavorings or additives

Liver: Unfortunately they cant at all

Longan: Unfortunately it is too acidic for hamsters to eat

Locusts: Yes they can as long as they are bred in captivity and not found in the wild

Long beans beans – Lychees

Long beans: Yes they can in small amounts in moderation

Locust beans: Yes they can in small amounts in moderation

Lobster: Unfortunately, they can’t at all

Lollipops: Unfortunately they are too sweet for hamsters to eat

Lunch meat: Unfortunately processed foods are not good for hamsters to eat

Lucky charms: Unfortunately they are not good for hamsters to eat

Lychees: Yes they can in small amounts and in moderation

Mango – Maggots

Mango: Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat mango in small amounts on an occasional basis.

Macaroni: Yes it is fine for them to nibble on. Just make sure it is plain macaroni though

Mayonnaise: Unfortunately it is not good for them to eat

Marshmallows: Hamsters unfortunately cannot cope with their sugary consistency and they will make them sick.

Mandarin Oranges:  They are just too acidic and high in sugar for them to eat.

Macadamia nuts: Syrians and Roborovski’s can eat macadamia nuts in small amounts and in moderation

Macaroni cheese: No they can’t unfortunately.

Marigolds: Unfortunately they cant at all

Mashed potatoes: Mashed potato will make them sick and it is a food for hamsters to avoid

Maggots: No they can’t unfortunately. Any food that has maggots in it needs to be thrown away.

Meat – Millet

Meat: Only certain types of meat such as cooked ground beef or cooked chicken or turkey.

Melon: Yes they can in small amounts in moderation

Mealworms: Yes they can as long as they have been bred in captivity and not found in the wild.

Meadow hay

Melon skin

Mint: Yes they can eat mint in small amounts in moderation

Milk: They can’t really drink it. It isn’t really good for them

Meatballs: Yes they can as long as they haven’t been flavored with anything and not fried. Feed in small amounts  in moderation.

Milk bones: Yes they can eat them

Millet: Yes they can eat it.

Mice food – Molasses

Mice food: Yes they can eat purpose made mouse food, it wont harm them

Mini cheddars:  Unfortunately they are just too salty for them

Millet seeds: Yes they can eat millet seeds

M&Ms: No they can’t unfortunately. Chocolate is extremely bad for hamsters as they cannot handle the sugar content that it has

Mouse food: Yes they can eat mouse food

Moths: Yes they can as long as they are moths held in captivity and not wild ones

Mozzerella cheese: It is not the best food for hamsters to eat

Monkey nuts: Yes they can

Morio: no unfortunately they cant at all

Molasses: Unfortunately they cant at all, it is just too sweet for them

Moss – Mustard

Moss: Unfortunately they can’t at all

Monterey jack cheese: No they can’t unfortunatley

Monkey chow: It is not the best food for them to eat

Mushrooms: they are just too acidic for hamsters to eat and will make them sick if they eat them. They should be avoided as a food for them

Muscadines: No they cant unfortuantely

Multigrain cheerios: Yes they can eat a few of them

Muffins: They are not the best food for hamsters. Best avoided
Mulberries

Muesli: Yes they can in small amounts.

Mustard greens: but only in small amounts on a very occasional basis, due to their acidic and calcium content

Mung beans: Yes they can eat them in moderation

Mustard: A food to avoid as far as hamsters are concerned

Naan bread – Nutella

Naan bread: they can eat plain naan bread but not that which has flavorings in it.

Nachos: Unfortunately they are too salty for them.

Natural yogurt: No they can’t unfortunately

Napkins: they aren’t the best for them to chew on, but if presented with one they will chew on it

Nectarines: nectarines are fine for Roborovski’s and Syrian hamsters to eat

Newspaper: yes it is fine for them to chew

Nettle: No they cant unfortunately

Nilla wafers: yes they are fine for them

Niger seeds: Yes they can in moderation

Noodles: It is not the best food for them as it holds no nutritional value.

Nuts: It depends on what nut it is, check out the post for more details.

Nutella: No they cant unfortunately. The sugar and fat content that it has makes it very bad for hamsters to eat.

Oats – Olive Oil

Oats: Yes they can eat them, just on an occasional basis a few at a time

Olives: they are not good for any species of hamster to eat. They contain too much salt for them and will harm them if they eat them.

Oat bran: It is not the best food for them, but they can have a nibble at it and they will be fine

Oatcakes: Yes they can eat them as long as they do not have any additional flavors or additives.

Octopus: They can’t eat any kind of fish food unfortunately as they struggle with food that has a high fat content

 

Oat biscuits: Yes they can nibble on them but that is all

Oatmeal cookies: Yes they can nibble on them but that is all. Just one or two small pieces that are large enough to hold in their paws will suffice for them.

Oil: No they can’t unfortunately. Oil really isn’t a good food for them and will make them sick if they eat it

Okra: Hamsters can eat okra, but only in small amounts on a very occasional basis

Olive Oil: Unfortunately, they can’t eat olive oil at all. It is too full of fat and will hurt them if they do so.

Onion – Oyster Crackers

Onion: they can’t eat onions at all. They just cant eat food with high amounts of acidic content and water, they will make them sick if they eat them.

Oranges: oranges are not a good food for hamsters to eat. They are too acidic for them to eat

Oregano: The can eat it in small amounts, however too much may make them sick.

Orange peppers: Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat them without a problem

Oreos: They are just too sweet for them to eat

Orange peels: Any kind of citrus fruit, including oranges and their peel is not good for hamsters to eat

Oyster crackers: they contain too much salt for all kinds of hamster to eat and will make them sick if they eat too much of them.

Parsley – Pastry

Parsley: can eat parsley but only in small amounts on a very occasional basis

Pasta: Yes they can in small amounts in moderation. It is best fed cold to them and avoid feeding hot.

Paper: Yes they can as long as it doesn’t have any toxic inks on it. Most types of paper are fine for them to chew on from newspaper to toilet roll

Pancakes: Yes they can in small amounts. As long as it doesn’t have any added flavorings, sugar or lemon juice on them and are served cold

Parrot food: No they can’t unfortunately

Papaya: Syrian hamsters and Roborovski’s can eat papaya in small amounts in moderation

Paper towels: Yes they can eat chew on them. They are absolutely fine for them to also tear up and use as bedding as well

Pasta noodles: Yes they can nibble on them if they don’t have any flavorings on them. They can eat raw or cooked, just not served hot

Parsnip: Robo’s and Syrian hamsters can eat parsnips on a very occasional basis in small pieces served raw.

Pastry: Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat pastry without a problem, but give it to them in small amounts due to its sugar content.

Peanuts – Physalis

Peanuts: This means that they can eat peanuts in very small amounts on an occasional basis

Peaches: Syrian’s and Robo’s can eat them in smalll amounts.

Pears: This means that pears are fine for Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters to eat, just don’t give them too much

Peppers: They eat them in small amounts on an occasional basis, they are fine for hamsters to eat and they will enjoy them

Peanut butter: No they can’t unfortunately

Pecans: They can eat a few of them at a time, but that is all as they are very fatty.

Pepperoni: It is fine for them to nibble on

Pea pods: Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters can eat them in small amounts

Peanut shells: They can nibble them but they aren’t a great food for them to eat

Physalis: They can’t unfortunately, they are too acidic for hamsters to eat

Philadelphia – Plastic

Philadelphia: No they can’t unfortunately. It will make them sick

Pistachios: They can have a few of them at a time but they shouldn’t have too many

Pineapple: They cant unfortunately, it is too acidic for hamsters

Pizza: They can have a nibble of it but it isn’t a food that should be fed a lot to hamsters.

Pine nuts: This means that Syrian’s and Robo’s can eat one or two pine nuts on a very occasional basis

Pickles: No they can’t unfortunately. They are too acidic for hamsters to eat.

Pine cones: Pine cones which have been brought in from outside aren’t the best for them

Pinto beans: Unfortunately, they are not good for hamsters to eat. One or two will be fine for them but that is all

Pita bread: Yes they can as long as it hasn’t been flavored in any way.

Plums: Syrian and Roborovski hamsters can eat them in small amounts on an occasional basis, but other pet hamsters can’t

Plastic: They can chew it, but it isn’t good for their teeth if they do so.

Popcorn – Popcorn kernels

Popcorn: They can nibble it, but it isn’t a good food for them to eat in general.

Plantains: They are not a good food for hamsters to eat unfortunately.

Plain cheerios: Yes they can eat them, they are fine for them to eat

Potatoes: They are not a good for hamsters to eat unfortunately

Plain yogurt: No they can’t unfortunately

Plain pasta: Yes they can in small amounts in moderation. It is best fed cold to them and avoid feeding hot.

Pomegranate seeds: They are not good for hamsters to eat unfortunately.

Pork: No they can’t unfortunately. It is too fatty for them to eat

Potato chips: Unfortunately they can’t they are too salty for hamsters to eat

Popcorn kernels: No they can’t unfortunately.

Porridge Oats – Pumpkin seeds

Porridge oats: Yes they can, they are fine for hamsters to eat as long as they are plain and not flavored in any way

Poppadoms: Yes they can as long as they are plain poppadoms and not flavored at all

Pomelos: Unfortunately they cannot eat citrus fruits

Pretzels: Unfortunately they are just too salty for them

Provolone cheese: Yes they can eat it in very small amounts on an occasional basis

Pringles: No they can’t unfortunately. They are just too salty for them to eat

Prawns: No they can’t unfortunately

Prunes: Syrian’s and Roborovksi hamsters can eat one or two of them on an occasional basis

Prawn crackers: They can nibble at them, but they have too much fat to have a lot of it

Pumpkin seeds: They are not good for hamsters unfortunately

Purple Grapes – Puffed Wheat

Purple grapes: Yes they can eat them in small amounts on an occasional basis

Pumpkin:  Syrian’s and Robo’s can eat it, in small amounts.

Pumpkin pie: No they can’t unfortunately. It is too sweet for them

Purple cabbage: Yes they can eat it. It is fine for them to eat

Puffed rice: It’s not the best for them to chew on. It has no nutritional value for them

Purple sprouting broccoli: Yes it is fine for them to eat in small amounts.

Puffed wheat: Yes they can, a few will be fine for them

Quinoa – Quaker Oats

Quinoa:  A few grains won’t hurt them but it isn’t a food that should be purposely be fed to them, due to the amount of acidic content that it has.

Quorn: it is fine for hamsters to nibble on but it shouldn’t be fed purposely

Quavers: They are fine for hamsters to nibble on but shouldn’t be fed purposely as a regular food for them.

Quaker oats: Quaker oats are fine for hamsters to eat as long as they don’t contain any artificial flavorings.

Raspberries – Raw brocolli

Raspberries: One or two raspberries is sufficient for Syrian’s and Roborovski’s only due to their sugar content.

Raisins: They are okay for Syrian’s and Roborovksi’s to eat but only a few at a time.

Rat food

Raw corn

Raw peanuts: They can eat peanuts in very small amounts on an occasional basis.

Rabbit food: Unfortunately bunny food mix is designed and made specifically for the diet of rabbits and is not good for hamsters to eat.

Raw pumpkin seeds: They are not good for hamsters unfortunately. A food to avoid feed hamsters

Radishes: Syrian and Roborovski hamsters can eat them without an issue. A few slices at a time is a recommended.

Raw pasta

Raw broccoli: they can eat it in very small amounts on an occasional basis.

Red bell peppers – Runner beans

Red bell peppers: they can eat them in small amounts on an occasional basis, they are fine for hamsters to eat and they will enjoy them

Ready brek: They can eat it as long as it doesn’t contain any artificial flavorings. They can only eat it uncooked though and raw.

Red cabbage: Contains a lot of acidic content and a little sugar. Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters can eat it.

Red grapes: One or two are find for Syrian’s or Roborovski’s are just fine.

Readigrass: readigrass is fine for them to eat and will help them with the chewing requirements that they have.

Red apples: Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters can eat apple in small amounts, cut up so that they can hold the pieces in their paws.

Rhubarb: rhubarb is fine for them to eat in small amounts. Make sure it is chopped up into small pieces.

Red currants: Fine for Syrian’s and Robo’s to eat.

Red split lentils: They can nibble cooked lentils in small amounts but nothing more than that, due to the amount of calcium and phosphorus they contain.

Runner beans:  runner beans are fine for them to eat. Just a little at a time though, not too much as too much may make them sick due to the acidic content that they contain.

Rubber – Rye bread

Rubber: Unfortunately it isn’t good to put in front of them.

Rusks: they don’t provide any nutritional benefit for them, so don’t give them too much.

Rutabaga: Syrian’s and Robo’s can eat it, but only in small chunks that they can hold in their paws.

Ryvita: Ryvita is fine for hamsters to eat. Plain ryvita is highly preferable than those that are flavored.

Rye bread: It is fine for hamsters to eat. However, it doesn’t provide any nutritional value for them so

Salad – Seafood

Salad

Salt: Unfortunately, they can’t eat salt at all.

Salmon: Unfortunately they can’t eat salmon. Fish is not good for them to eat

Salami: They can nibble at it but it is not something that should be fed too much as itt holds no nutritional value for them.

Salted nuts

Scrambled eggs: Yes they can as long as it is cold and does not have any added flavorings such as salt.

Seeds

Seaweed: No they can’t unfortunately. It contains too much salt for them to consume and will harm them if eaten. A food to avoid feeding them.

Seedless grapes: Some hamsters can eat them, but unfortunately others can’t.

Sesame seeds: Sesame seeds are fine for hamsters because of their nutritional content.

Seafood

Shrimp – Smoked Salmon

Shrimp: Unfortunately, hamsters cannot eat fish food and so shrimp should be avoided as food for them altogether.

Shredded Wheat: It is fine for them to nibble on but don’t give them too much as it holds no nutritional value for them.

Shelled peanuts: peanuts contain quite a bit of calcium, a lot of phosphorus, a lot of acidic content and fat.This means that they can eat one or two peanuts but not too many due to the content that they contain.

Shortbread: It is not the best for hamsters to eat as it contains too much sugar for them.

Shreddies: Yes they can eat original shreddies and not those that are flavored. Don’t give with milk though.

Skittles

Slugs

Sliced cheese

Slim jim

Smoked Salmon

Salmon – Soft cheese

Salmon: Unfortunately they can’t eat salmon. Fish is not good for them to eat, plus the fact that salmon contains small bones

Smoked ham

Snap peas: they are not the best foods for hamsters due to the amount of water content that they have.

Snails

Snow: Unfortunately it is too cold for hamsters to eat and should be avoided as far as hamsters are concerned.

Soybeans: unfortunately they cannot eat soy beans. They are not good for them at all and may make them sick if eaten. A food to avoid.

Soda crackers: No they can’t unfortunately. Their salty content is not good for hamsters to eat and may make them sick if they eat it.

Soup: No they can’t unfortunately, they just can’t digest it well and so it should be avoided. It’s just not the kind of food that hamsters like to eat.

Sourdough bread: Yes they can nibble on it, but it is not a food that has nutritional benefit for hamsters and so it shouldn’t be purposely be fed to them.

Soft cheese: They aren’t the best type of cheese for hamsters to eat. Harder cheeses are much easier for them to eat.

Spinach – Strawberry leaves

Spinach: it is not great for hamsters to eat but they can eat it in small amounts on an occasional basis.

Spiders

Spaghetti noodles: Yes they can eat spaghetti noodles. It is better that they are cooked as they are too awkward for them to eat dry.

Spicy food:

Unfortunately, they can’t. They just can’t handle spicy food like we can and it will make them sick if they eat it.

Spring onion: unfortunately they can’t eat spring onions, they are too much for hamsters to handle and should be avoided as a food.

Squash

Squash seeds

Squirrel food

Strawberries: Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat them, however other dwarf hamsters cant.

String beans:  they can eat string beans. Just make sure they are washed thoroughly and that they don’t eat too many. A few at a time will suffice for them due to their acidic content.

Strawberry leaves: Yes they can as long as they are thoroughly washed before feeding to your hamster. They will really enjoy eating them.

Steak – Syrup

Steak: It is fine for them to nibble at, but it isn’t a food that is recommended to be fed to them.

String cheese: It is fine for them to nibble. However, it isn’t nutritionally good for them and so isn’t a food that they can eat often or eat too much of as it may make them sick.

Sugar: Unfortunately they cant at all because it is harmful to their teeth and their stomach’s cannot handle it like we can.

Sunflower seeds: one or two sunflower seeds are fine for them to eat at a time, however they shouldn’t eat anymore than that as they are quite bad for them.

Sugar snap peas: they are not the best for hamsters to be eating. Their high water and acidic content means that they really should be avoided as a food for them.

Superworms: Unfortunately, they are not good for them.Their tendency to bite could cause a hamster great problems and should be avoided.

Sweet potatoes: it is not a good food for hamsters to eat and should be avoided if possible. There is just too much acidic content for them to handle.

Swiss chard: it is not a good food for hamsters to eat and should be avoided, because of its acidic and salt content.

Sweet peppers: they can eat them in small amounts on an occasional basis, they are fine for hamsters to eat and they will enjoy them.

Swiss cheese: Yes they can nibble at it, it is fine for them to eat. However, don’t let them eat too much of it as swiss cheese does contain a lot of fat.

Syrup: It is too sweet for hamsters to eat and will hurt them if eaten, it should be avoided as a food for them.

Tangerines – Tomatoes

Tangerines: tangerines are not good for hamsters to eat.They are too acidic and sweet for hamsters to eat and should be avoided as a food for them.

Tape: Unfortunately they can’t at all. Tape is quite dangerous for hamsters to chew on or eat as it will harm them if consumed.

Tapioca

Tater tots: They are not the best food for them to eat, however if they were to nibble a little of one, they should be fine.

Tea leaves: No they can’t unfortunately. They cannot handle the caffeine that tea leaves contain and it will harm them. Definitely something to avoid feeding to them.

Thyme: yes it is fine for them to eat.

Tissue: Yes they can eat it. However, they are more than likely to use it as bedding material due to its softness. Any time, i put tissue into my hammy’s cage it is used like this.

Tinned sweetcorn: they are fine for Roborovski and Syrian hamsters to eat.

Tic tacs: Unfortunately they are too sweet for hamsters and should be avoided as a food for them.

Tomatoes: unfortunately, tomatoes are not the best food for hamsters to eat. Their water content is too high for hamsters to eat and should be avoided.

Toilet paper – Twine

Toilet paper: Yes they can eat it as long as it doesn’t have anything on it.However they are more likely to use it for bedding if you put it in their cage.

Tofu: hamsters can eat it, but only in small amounts. A few small pieces that they can hold in their paws is sufficient for them due to the amount of fat and calcium that it contains

Toast: Toast is fine for them to eat. As long as it doesn’t have any other ingredients added to it or flavorings.

Tortillas: Yes they can nibble it without a problem as it is not bad for them.

Triscuits: Yes they can eat them.

Trail mix

Tree nuts

Tuna: Unfortunately they can’t at all. They can’t eat fish and there is a danger that it will contain bones which will cause chokage if ingested.

Turkey: it is not good for them to eat. It is too acidic for them.

Turnip greens: Yes they can but don’t give them too much due to their calcium content but your hamster will enjoy them.

Turnip: This means that hamsters can eat turnip, just only occasionally in one or two very small pieces which they can hold in their paws.

Tulips: No they can’t unfortunately, they are not good for hamsters to eat and will harm them if eaten. This is because of its toxicity.

Twizzlers: Unfortunately they are too sweet for them to eat and should be avoided as a food for them.

Twine

Unsalted peanuts – Unsalted sunflower seeds

Unsalted peanuts: they can have one or two, but nothing more than that.

Uncooked corn

Unpopped popcorn

Uncooked pasta

Unsalted sunflower seeds

Vanilla yogurt – Vinegar

Vanilla yogurt: They can’t eat any kind of yogurt at all unfortunately. They can’t handle the texture and nature of it unfortunately and it will make them sick.

Vegetable oil: No they can’t at all. It will make them sick.

Vanilla wafers: Just a little at a time will suffice for them as they hold no nutritional value in them.

Vaseline: Unfortunately, hamsters can’t even touch vaseline at all.

Vegetables

Vinegar: It is far too acidic for hamsters and will harm them if they taste it.

Watermelon – Wheat

Watermelon: watermelon is not a good food for hamsters to eat due to its huge amount of water content.

Walnuts: They are not good for hamsters to eat them. However, if they are fed to them they will consume all you give them.

Watermelon seeds: They are not the best for them and should be avoided as a food.

Waxworms: They cant eat wild waxworms, however those that have been bred in captivity are fine for them to eat.

Watermelon rind: they can nibble on them, however, they provide no nutritional value for them and so aren’t the best food for them to eat.

Weed

Wet cat food: it is made only for the specific nutritional requirements of cats, and so is a food to avoid feeding hamsters.

Weetabix: they can eat it in small amounts. However, it has no nutritional value for them, so don’t give them too much of it to eat.

Weed stems

Weed seeds

White bread: Yes they can nibble at it. However, it is not the best food for hamsters to eat as it has no nutritional value for them.

Wheat: It isn’t a good idea to feed them wheat picked from fields as it may contain parasites because they may harm a hamster. However, generally wheat products are fine for them to eat as long as they don’t contain additional flavorings or additives.

Whole wheat bread – Woodlice

Whole wheat bread: Whole wheat bread is fine for hamsters to eat. However, it holds no nutritional value for them so don’t feed them too much.

Wheatbread: Yes they can eat it because it isn’t bad for them at all.

Wheatgrass: Yes they can eat it in small amounts, but nothing more that.

Wild bird seed

Willow

Wild rocket: Yes they can eat wild rocket in small amounts due to the peppery flavor. Dont’ give them too much though.

Wild rice: they can eat it, but only a few grains at a time as it is not great for them to eat. They can eat it raw or cooked.

Worms: Unfortunately, they can’t at all and should be avoided. They are not good for them to eat. Worms caught in the wild, may especially contain harmful bacteria.

Wood

Wotsits: Unfortunately, they are not good for them at all to eat. They are far too salty.

Woodlice: No they can’t due to the bacteria that they could possibly contain having been out in the wild. Its just too much of a risk for them.

Yogurt – Zucchini

Yogurt: Unfortunately, they can eat it. They can’t handle the texture and it may also make them sick due to the amount of milk it contains. A food to avoid.

Yellow squash

Yellow peppers: they are fine for Robo’s and Syrian hamsters to eat. Just chop them up into small pieces for them and get rid of the seeds and stalk

Yogurt drops: They can have a nibble at one or two, however they are not they best food for them and shouldn’t be fed purposely to them if you can help it.

Yogurt covered raisins: No they can’t unfortunately. They are too sweet for hamsters to eat and should be avoided if necessary.

Yarn: No they can’t eat yarn unfortunately.

Yellow beans

Yellow cheese

Yams: They can eat yams but only in small amounts of a few pieces at a time that they can hold in their paws. Only feed fresh yams and not cooked.

Yellow split peas

Yorkshire pudding: It is high in fat so it is not good for them to eat, but if they were to nibble some they will be fine.

Yogurt chips: Unfortunately, they cant eat them because of their lack of nutritional content. They are just too sweet for them to handle.

Zucchini: Yes they can, it is fine for Robo’s and Syrian hamsters to eat.

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