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Feeding Hamsters Fruit & Vegetables

Hamsters enjoy fruit and vegetables to eat but there are a few fruits and vegetables that are not safe to feed to hamsters, so check out which are safe to feed and which to avoid.
Feeding Hamsters Fruit & Vegetables

Although a hamster mix will provide the hamster with a good basic diet, hamsters also enjoy fruit and vegetables to eat.

However, it is important that fruit and vegetables should be introduced to a hamster's diet gradually as a sudden large amount of fruit or vegetables can cause diarrhoea. To begin with the hamster should only be given a small piece of fruit or vegetable once or twice a week and over a period of weeks this can be increased to a small piece every day. If at any time the hamster shows signs of diarrhoea then you should stop feeding all fruit and vegetables until the hamster has recovered and then gradually re-introduce them into the diet.

Any fruits or vegetables should be washed prior to giving to a hamster to ensure it is safe and free from any pestcides, chemicals, etc.

The hamster should only be fed an amount of fruit or vegetables that it will eat in a day as if the hamster is fed too much and stores any vegetables and fruit they can become mouldy.

Although there are many vegetables, herbs and fruit that are safe for hamsters to eat, there are a few fruits and vegetables that are not safe to feed to hamsters so it is important to check what is safe to feed and what is not.

Vegetables, fruits and herbs that are safe to feed a hamster are:

  • Alfalfa
  • Apple (seedless)
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado (skinned and seedless)
  • Banana
  • Basil
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts - small amounts occasionally - not all hamsters like the strong taste
  • Calabrese
  • Cabbage - should only be fed in small amounts occasionally as too much can cause health problems
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower leaves and stalks
  • Celery
  • Cherries - stones should be removed as they can be dangerous if gnawed
  • Chestnuts
  • Chicory
  • Chinese Leaves
  • Coriander
  • Corn-on-the-Cob
  • Corn Salad
  • Courgette
  • Cranberries
  • Cress
  • Cucumber
  • Curly Kale
  • Dates
  • Endive
  • Fenugreek
  • Feijoa
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Kale - should only be fed in small amounts occasionally as too much can cause health problems
  • Kidney Beans (cooked)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Kumquat
  • Lettuce - small amounts occasionally - in excess it can cause liver problems
  • Logan Berries
  • Lychee
  • Mange Tout
  • Mango
  • Marrow
  • Melon
  • Mint
  • Mung
  • Okra
  • Pak Choy
  • Papaya
  • Parsley - a good tonic
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Peas
  • Plums - stones should be removed as can be dangerous when gnawed
  • Potato (cooked)
  • Raspberries
  • Raspberry Plant leaves - beneficial for diarrhoea
  • Rhubarb (cooked)
  • Rocket Chard
  • Sage
  • Sorrel
  • Squash
  • Star Fruit
  • Strawberries
  • Sugar Cane - small amounts
  • Sweet Potato
  • Soybean Sprouts
  • Swede
  • Sweetcorn
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Ugli Fruit
  • Turnip
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Watermelon
  • Water Spinach

Vegetables, fruits and herbs that should NOT be fed to a hamster are:

  • Kidney Beans (raw)
  • Onion
  • Potato (raw)
  • Potato tops
  • Rhubarb (raw)
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Tomato leaves

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