Hamsters are omnivores and need a really varied diet. Imagination is key when feeding your hamster. Scatter feeding your hamster will encourage him to hunt for his food; this gives him exercise and mimics the foraging characteristics a hamster would show in the wild.
There are a lot of nutritionally complete hamster foods on the market so try to choose one for your hamster that is not full of colourants and is the best you can afford. In addition to a good quality complete food, you can add things like pulses, seeds, mealworms (one or two at a time) and cat biscuits to your hamster's diet to make it more varied and interesting. Any new foods should be introduced gradually to avoid any stomach upsets.
What treats can I feed to my hamster?
Healthy treats that you can feed to your hamster include:
- Pasta (cooked or uncooked)
- Boiled egg
- Curly kale
- Dandelion leaves
- Sweet potato
- Apple (or another fruit tree) wood to gnaw on.
Hamsters will hoard uneaten food in their bedding so make sure your are feeding the correct amount and remove any uneaten food at the end of the day. A small handful of food scattered around the cage once a day should be enough for your hamster.