Nutrition & Feeding for Golden Hamsters
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

Nutrition & Feeding for Golden Hamsters Hamster Nutrition

Golden/Syrian Hamsters should have a simple diet of hamster food, fresh fruits, and fresh vegetables. Be sure to purchase a quality food that includes small grains such as oats and barley, dried vegetables, peanuts, safflower
seeds, and a minimum of sunflower seeds. Do NOT use bird food. Buy food in small quantities so it stays fresh; your hamster will eat only about 1 tablespoon of food per day. Good hamster food is the staple of a healthy diet. Monitor your hamster to make sure he eats all the ingredients in his food, not selected ingredients only.

Oxbow Essentials Healthy Handfuls Hamster/Gerbil Supplement your hamster's food daily with small amounts of fresh vegetables - carrots, cabbage, celery, cauliflower, and broccoli are all great choices. Give fresh fruits as treats, and only in very small amounts. Also, give a handful of Timothy Hay 2-3 times a week. Avoid foods such as raw beans, potato eyes, iceberg lettuce, citrus fruits, green potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, chocolate, and sugary or salty foods.

Oxbow Simple Rewards Treats Hamster treats are a wonderful addition to your pet's diet, but give them sparingly.

A vitamin supplement will ensure that your hamster receives all the necessary vitamins and minerals. This is especially important if your hamster is a finicky eater.

Since hamsters are nocturnal, it is best to feed them at dusk, when they wake up.