Best Hamster food - What Can Hamsters Eat? [GUIDE]

Best Hamster Food: What do hamsters eat?

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SupremePetfoods Tiny Friends Farm Hazel Hamster Tasty Mix (2 Pounds)

Summary:

Having researched both organic and non-organic hamster food, and seeing hamsters indulge in their food, our opinion is the Supreme Petfoods Tiny Friends Farm Hazel Hamster Tasty Mix is the best hamster food out there.

Key Features

Pelleted food, ensuring your hamster doesn’t “cherry-pick” its favorite pieces

Rich in natural antioxidants for general health and immune support

Contains both prebiotics and probiotics to support digestive health

Natural preservation gives it a longer life (i.e. it doesn’t spoil easily)

Good value for money - lasts about 4 months

High protein content of 16%

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Oxbow Hamster And Gerbil - 1.5 Pound Bag - Garden Select

Summary:

If you're looking for a GMO-free hamster food, we've also got you covered.


The Oxbow food is a great alternative to the Farm Hazel Hamster mix and has a lot of the same qualities. The only drawback of the food is that some users have reported it has a tendency to become crumbly.


That is something we have yet to experience and to us, it has always delivered and our hamsters have loved it.

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Kaytee Forti Diet Pro Health Hamster Food, 3-Pound

Summary:

If you are looking for something more budget friendly for your hamster, the Kaytee Forti Diet Pro is a great choice.

The main drawback and difference compared to our two top picks is a somewhat lower protein content coming in at 13.5% - however, this is still very much within the recommended range (12-16%) for hamsters and thus, there should be no worries.

In addition, it has a lot of natural ingredients that are rare for more budget friendly options.

Finally, the pieces are good chunky ones, helping you keep your hamsters ever growing teeth the correct length.

Finding the best hamster food for your little furry friend is one of the most important parts of being a hamster owner.

With the sheer number of options out there, it can be quite a task just trying to figure out what to give your hamster - at least we thought so, and that is why we have put together this guide based on the following criteria:

  • Protein content between 12-16%
  • Should not get dusty
  • Keeps itself fresh
  • Be something your hamster actually likes!
  • Be crunchy so the hamster's ever-growing teeth are kept at a reasonable length

These are the main considerations when it comes to hamster food...

... and below, you can see our top three picks when it comes to hamster food.

Product
Best choice
SupremePetfoods Tiny Friends Farm Hazel Hamster Tasty Mix (2 Pounds)
Oxbow Hamster And Gerbil - 1.5 Pound Bag - Garden Select
Best price
Kaytee Forti Diet Pro Health Hamster Food, 3-Pound
Good for
Both Syrian and Dwarf Hamsters
Both Syrian and Dwarf Hamsters
Both Syrian and Dwarf Hamsters
Features
Made from soya, whole peanuts and sunflower seeds
Non-GMO food made from three varieties of grass hay to support variety
Pelletted food made from a variety of corns and seeds
Pros
High protein content of 16%, even picky eaters love it
High protein content of 16%, good value for money. Crunchy pieces good for teeth health
Crunchy pieces that are good for teeth health
Cons
Quite expensive
Can get crumbly
Protein content of 13.5% on the lower end
Best choice
Product
SupremePetfoods Tiny Friends Farm Hazel Hamster Tasty Mix (2 Pounds)
Good for
Both Syrian and Dwarf Hamsters
Features
Made from soya, whole peanuts and sunflower seeds
Pros
High protein content of 16%, even picky eaters love it
Cons
Quite expensive
Product
Oxbow Hamster And Gerbil - 1.5 Pound Bag - Garden Select
Good for
Both Syrian and Dwarf Hamsters
Features
Non-GMO food made from three varieties of grass hay to support variety
Pros
High protein content of 16%, good value for money. Crunchy pieces good for teeth health
Cons
Can get crumbly
Best price
Product
Kaytee Forti Diet Pro Health Hamster Food, 3-Pound
Good for
Both Syrian and Dwarf Hamsters
Features
Pelletted food made from a variety of corns and seeds
Pros
Crunchy pieces that are good for teeth health
Cons
Protein content of 13.5% on the lower end

What do hamsters eat?

By nature, the hamster is omnivorous (just like humans), that is they eat both plants and meat.

In their natural habitat, a hamster diet would consist of seeds, grasses and a few insects. When you decide on what hamster food and treats to buy this should naturally be reflected.

And while you do not need to feed your hamster insects the best hamster food will contain some protein to mimic this.

Also, because the hamster diet differs from that of other animals you should not tempt fate by buying dog, rabbit or other types of food – your hammy needs hamster food!

HOW MUCH DOES A HAMSTER EAT?

Surprisingly and despite their difference in size, both Syrian Hamsters and Dwarf Hamsters eat between 1/3 to 1/2 ounce of food daily (10-15g) and will consume about 6 tablespoons (30ml) of water per day.

What do Hamsters eat? Seed Hamster Food vs. Pelleted Hamster Food

First of all: You should be buying natural hamster food without any additives. Hamster food does not go through the same rigorous testing as food for humans and as such, the easiest way to ensure you don’t feed your hamster anything bad is to buy food without additives.

So, read the labels and ask questions.

With that out of the way, there are basically two types of hamster food:

· Seed Hamster Food

· Pelleted Hamster Food

Historically, seed hamster food was the main and only choice of food when getting a hamster. While it can and often is okay to use, it does risk your hamster being picky only eating its favorite seeds. This will lead to a diet that is not balanced and worse, your hamster will not get all the vitamins it needs.

Thus, if you go with seed hamster food, make sure the food bowl is empty before giving it more food. Otherwise, its diet will not be sufficiently balanced.

For that reason, Pelleted hamster food is now seen as a better option. In it, everything is mixed together so every bite your hamster takes is by definition balanced.

Pelleted food usually looks like small biscuits, cookies or cereal.

Due to the ensured balanced diet, we also recommend getting pelleted hamster food.

WHAT IS PELLETED HAMSTER FOOD?

Pelleted foods, a rather recent innovation in animal nutrition, gives your hamster the optimal nutrition in an easy-to-eat, easy-to-serve format. Each pellet (or nugget), contains a baked, healthy blend of grains, seeds, vegetables, fruits, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

As pelleted foods are also specifically made for other animals such as birds and rabbits, it is important to buy pelleted foods specifically for hamsters.

You should feed your hamster one or two times a day.

Hamster treats: Good treats for a happy hamster

Just as for, dogs, cats and every other pet imaginable, giving snacks to your hamster is something you want to do. You see your little hammy eat the food which gives joy to both you and more importantly the hamster.

But what are the safe hamster treats to eat?

Luckily, most healthy food is and below we have a list of what your hamster can eat and what it can’t.

In general, what you should avoid is giving your hamster sugary foods. Dwarf hamsters are especially prone to diabetes and should not be giving sugary treats and in general, it is better to simply stay from sugary treats no matter the hamster breed.

When you give your hamster a treat you also keep these rules in mind:

· Feed a small cube of fruit or vegetable

· Give it 2-3 times a week (no more than 10% of total hamster diet)

· If you provide carrots, make sure to remove them when they get small (otherwise they can get stuck in your hamster cheek)

LIST OF FOOD YOUR HAMSTER CAN SAFELY EAT

Apples (no seeds)

Bananas

Blueberries

Broccoli

Brown rice (cooked)

Carrots

Cauliflower

Cheese​

Crickets

Cucumber

Dandelion greens

Grapes

Hard boiled eggs

Hay

Kale

Lentils

Meal worms

Nuts (no almonds, unsalted)

Peanuts (unsalted)

Peas

Plain air popped popcorn (i.e. no butter or salt)

Potato (cooked)

Pumpkin seeds

Romaine lettuce

Cooked chicken

Spinach

Squash

Strawberries

Sunflower seeds

Sweet potato

Whole grain bread or toast

Whole grain cereal (no sugary cereal)

Whole wheat pasta (cooked)

LIST OF FOOD YOU SHOULD NOT GIVE TO YOUR HAMSTER

Almonds

Apple seeds

Beans (raw)

Chocolate

Citrus fruit

Garlic

Junk food

Onions

Potatoes (raw)

Rhubarb leaves

Salty foods

Sugary foods

Tomato​

What if I have a fat hamster?

You should always closely watch for any weight chances in your hamster. While hamsters are somewhat round by nature, it is important to make sure your hamster’s stomach doesn’t become too round.

If it does you should start feeding it less. This is most easily done by cutting its food ration slightly.

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