What Treats Can I Give My Hamster? (33 Safe & 13 Unsafe Food Items)

We all want to spoil our pets whilst keeping them happy and healthy. The below list is of approved safe foods that your hamster can happily eat as extra alongside there well-balanced hamster mix.

Safe List of 33 Hamster Treats

  1. Cottage Cheese
  2. Boiled Eggs
  3. Scrambled Eggs
  4. Cooked Poultry
  5. Beef (excluding fatty parts)
  6. Muesli
  7. Nuts (excluding almonds)
  8. Rice
  9. Apples
  10. Peaches
  11. Plums
  12. Lychees
  13. Raspberries
  14. Seedless Grapes
  15. Lettuce (certain varieties only)
  16. Strawberries
  17. Bananas
  18. Cranberries
  19. Blackberries
  20. Raisins
  21. Turnip
  22. Carrots
  23. Cabbage
  24. Broccoli
  25. Cucumber
  26. Celery
  27. Cauliflower
  28. Watercress
  29. Zucchini
  30. Asparagus
  31. Sweet corn (fresh only)
  32. Whole grain bread (without butter or jam)
  33. Peanut Butter

When treating your hamster to human foods, remember never to give them uncocked meat and remove any fatty parts from the meat. Likewise, never give them pips or stones from any fruits. You must always remove them first before lettings your hamster have a nibble. 

Best Practises When Treating Your Hamster

The Do’sThe Don’ts
Do cook the meat throughDon’t add any cooking oils
Remove the fatty parts of the meatDon’t add butter or sauces
Always let the food cool down before servingDon’t add any seasoning, like salt, pepper, onion or garlic
Always provide a well-balanced hamster mix as their primary food sourceDon’t overfeed your hamster. Their tummies are only small
Watch out for any allergic reactions in your hamsterNever leave food to rot in the hamster cage
Best Practises when treating your hamster to human foods
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The Amount

We all know that hamsters are tiny creatures, and so are their tummies! So when you come to provide them with an added extra treat, please keep in mind that their tummies are only small. The amount to feed your hamster would be no larger than the tip of your finger. It may not seem much, but to a hamster, this is more than sufficient.

How Often

For standard size hamsters, you should treat your hamster to no more than two items from the list above per day. For a smaller sized hamster, no more than one and slightly lesser portion size than the tip of your finger.

Allergic Reactions

Hamsters can have allergic reactions to new foods and their environments. It would be best to keep a watchful eye on them whilst they try out the new foods.

Allergy Symptoms

  • Difficulty in Breathing (Wheezing)
  • Dry skin around the Eyes, Nose and Ears
  • Diarrhoea
  • Itchiness
  • Lethargic
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Red Feet
  • Runny Nose
  • Sneezing
  • Swollen Feet
  • Watery Eyes

Even though hamsters are omnivores, hamsters seem to prefer the fruit and veg a lot more than the meat. 

What does omnivore mean?

A hamster is what we call an omnivore, meaning that it will eat both plants and animals.

When best to give a treat to a hamster?

Hamsters are nocturnal, and since they should be sleeping during the day, leave the treating until sunset. Your hamster will appreciate it more when they are awake and happy.

13 Unsafe Food Items For Hamsters

  1. Almonds
  2. Rhubarb
  3. Raw Potatoes
  4. Onions
  5. Garlic
  6. Raw Kidney Beans
  7. Citrus Fruits
  8. Canned Foods
  9. Apple Seeds
  10. Aubergine
  11. Watermelon
  12. Strong Cheeses
  13. Chocolate

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By Teresa Mine

Teresa has studied canine behaviour and canine nutrition. She loves sharing her knowledge and educating through her articles. She loves binge-watching animal documentaries. Teresa has some pets; she adores two dogs, two cats, and one hamster.