SAFE FOOD FOR SYRIAN HAMSTERS

Safe Food For Syrian Hamsters

Here is a comprehensive list of safe food for Syrian Hamsters, we have also included which foods to avoid feeding your Syrian Hamster.

It’s a popular misconception that hamsters just eat dried hamster food that you purchase from a pet shop, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

In fact Syrian hamsters can eat and do require a wider variety of food, some of which may take you by surprise.

We actively encourage hamster owners to feed their hamsters a balanced diet of both dried food, proteins and wet foods.

SAFE FOOD FOR SYRIAN HAMSTERS

Syrian hamsters can eat a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, salad, nuts, meat & herbs as part of a balanced healthy diet, below is a comprehensive list of safe food for Syrian hamsters.

Fruit, Vegetables, Salad & Herbs

Plants & Flowers (Pesticide / Chemical Free)

Nuts (Unsalted)

Almond (*NOT IN SHELL*)
Brazil Nuts
Cashew Nuts
Coconut
Hazelnuts
Pecan Nuts
Peanuts (*AKA MONKEY NUTS*)
Pistachios
Sweet Chestnut
Walnuts

Other Safe Foods

Antos Cerea Chews
Baby Food (* NONE CONTAINING GARLIC, ONION, CITRUS OR CHOCOLATE*)
Biscuits (*PLAIN: E.G. RICH TEA, HEINZ BISCOTTI*)
Bread
Cat Kibble
Cereals (*PLAIN/NO ADDED SUGAR: E.G. WEETABIX, CHEERIOS, SHREDDED WHEAT*)
Cheese
Crickets
Dog Biscuits (*E.G. BONIO, MILKY BONES, MARKIES, GRAVY BONES, RODEO TWISTS, MISFITS, BISCROK*)
Egg (*COOKED: BOILED OR SCRAMBLED*)
Fish (*COOKED*)
Locust
Meal Worms (*DRIED OR FRESHLY KILLED*)
Meat – (*PLAIN AND COOKED* CHICKEN, TURKEY *)
Toast (*PLAIN*)

UNSAFE FOOD FOR SYRIAN HAMSTERS

Below is a list of known UNSAFE foods for Syrian hamsters.

Under no circumstance should you feed your hamster anything from the following list.

There are also many other foods that are unsuitable, if you do not see the food in question listed in our safe foods list or you are unsure than it’s best to not feed it to your hamster.

Fruit, Vegetables, Salad & Herbs

UNSAFE FRUIT & VEGETABLES
Cayenne
Chilli
Citrus fruits (*LEMON, ORANGE, LIME ETC*)
Iceberg Lettuce (*HIGH WATER CONTENT*)
Kidney Beans
Potato Leaves
Potato Tops
Rhubarb Leaves
Tomato Leaves

Plants & Flowers

UNSAFE PLANTS & FLOWERS
Acorns
Bindweed
Bluebells
Bulbs (*ANY SORT*)
Buttercups
Clematis
Crocus
Deadly Nightshade
Elder
Evergreen Plants (*FIR, YEW, HOLLY ETC*)
Horse Chestnut (*CONKERS*)
Laurel
Oak
Privet
Ragwort
Speedwell

Treats

UNSAFE TREATS
Sweets (*CANDY, TOFFEE, JELLIES ETC*)
Mints
Rabbit Specific Treats

POSSIBLY SAFE FOODS

The following foods may be suitable, until further evidence on whether they are safe or not is available we recommended not feeding your hamster the following foods.
If you do decide to feed your hamster any of the following foods then do so in very small portions.

Unproven / Suspect Foods

UNPROVEN / SUSPECT FOODS
Chocolate
Spring Onion
Leek
Onion
Garlic
Ramson