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What Human Foods Can Hamsters Eat?

Nicole Cosgrove

July 8, 2021

One of the most important parts of pet parenting is feeding your furry friend a high-quality diet packed full of the right nutrients. As far as hamsters are concerned, these omnivorous rodents will thrive on a daily diet of commercial hamster pellets, Timothy hay, and the occasional fruit, veggie, or grain treat.

As a hamster owner, you may be wondering what types of human foods your little pal can eat. Fortunately, there is a long list of human foods that your hamster can safely consume.

If you want to add a tasty tidbit to your hamster’s next dish, here are some human food options that are perfectly safe for hamsters to eat in moderation.

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Hamster-Friendly Human Fruits

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As we stated before, hamsters are omnivores. This means that they need a good mix of greens, grains, and non-veg items in their diet. Here are some hamster-friendly fruits that you can safely feed your hamster.

  • Apples: You can safely feed red or green apples to your hamster. However, do not give her brown apples or apple seeds.
  • Bananas: Garnish your cereal with this delicious fruit and while you’re at it, share a tiny slice with your hamster! Only give your pet banana pieces in moderation. The high sugar content can lead to obesity and diabetes.
  • Grapes: Grapes and raisins are both perfectly safe for a hamster to consume. Just be sure to wash the grape thoroughly to get rid of any possible pesticides before offering it to your pet.
  • Peaches: Yes, you can treat your hamster to a peach! Just forego feeding her the stone.
  • Tomatoes: Just don’t let your hamster eat the seeds.
  • Watermelon: Your hamster will enjoy munching on the flesh of this gourd. Serve it to her in moderation to avoid diarrhea and dehydration.

With all of these fresh fruit options, you should always feed them to your hamster in moderation.


Veggies for Hamsters

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Not only will your little rodent pal love to dine on fruits, but she also enjoys vegetables! Here is a list of some common greens that you can safely feed your hamster.

  • Celery: This crisp, green veggie is great for hamsters. It promotes dental health because they have to chew it.
  • Corn: Offer your hamster a small piece of corn on the cob. She’ll love chewing off the small bits.
  • Cucumber: Fresh cucumber is an amazing treat for hamsters. But since it is high in water content, too many cucumbers can lead to dehydration and diarrhea.
  • Parsnip: Always boil this veggie. Never serve it raw.
  • Peas: These affordable veggies are the perfect bite-sized hamster treat.

Some other hamster-approved vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, and squash.

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Seeds

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A handful of seeds makes the perfect snack. Share your love for seeds with your hamster by offering her one of these options.

  • Pumpkin seeds: These large gourd seeds make the perfect tidbit for larger hamsters.
  • Sunflower seeds: This type of seed is a popular choice for hamsters. Loaded with necessary fats and vitamins, sunflower seeds make a healthy snack.

Nuts for Hamsters

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Being omnivores, hamsters also adore nuts! Try offering one of these types of nuts to your hammie today.

  • Peanuts: Your hamster can enjoy an unsalted peanut. It’s also an excellent source of protein for your pet.
  • Walnuts: Yes, hamsters can safely eat walnuts. Just feed her these nuts in moderation to avoid obesity.

Related Read: Can Hamsters Eat Peanut Butter? What You Need to Know!


Other Hamster-Friendly Human Foods

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Additional human foods your hamster can safely eat include:

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What Not to Feed to Your Hamster

Not all human foods are suitable for hamsters. Avoid junk food at all costs. Additionally, avoid feeding your pet sugared, salted, or seasoned foods. Other human foods hamsters shouldn’t eat include:

  • Almonds
  • Apple seeds
  • Citrus fruits, like oranges or lemons
  • Chocolate
  • Eggplants
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Raw potatoes or beans

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Feeding Your Hamster Human Foods

Whenever you introduce any new type of food to your hamster’s diet, you should so in a slow manner. Try giving her a small piece mixed in with her regular pellets to see if she likes it.

Hamsters can pig out on a wide variety of human foods. Just be sure to give your pet these treats in moderation to avoid excess weight gain. Nobody likes a tubby hamster!

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.