Hamster Food | What To Feed Pet Hamster | Syrian Hamster Diet


To bite or not to bite? That is the eternal hamster question. Hey guys! It’s Em, and today I am joined by my little hamster Wookie Latte, who’s a little bit shy, and we’re going to be talking about hamster nutrition. “Hamshter”? “Hambshter”? “Hamster” nutrition. [sped-up voice] He is my rescue hamster, and I say “rescued” because he was found outdoors in a park in a box, by a friend of mine who walks dogs for a living. [back to normal speed] Now, a lot of people think that hamsters only eat seeds and nuts because that’s typically what you find when you go and buy a seed mix from the stores. Hamsters are actually omnivores. They can eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and even some meat. Typically when you go to the pet store, you tend to find something that looks like this: Basically a bag of food with a seed and mixed grain. But what a lot of pet shops fail to tell you is that hamsters are actually omnivorous. They eat a whole plethora of foods: everything from fruit, vegetables, to the usual seed, and yes, even a little bit of meat, too. So I’m here today to talk to you a little bit about hamster nutrition. It is quite important to switch up the diet a little bit, because if you’re just feeding seeds and nuts and cereals, it can get a little bit boring. And they’re gonna have optimum nutrition if you give a little bit of variation. Put it this way: it’s kind of like living off of cereal for the whole of your life, even though that you’re an omnivore. Would you do that? No, so please don’t do it to your hamster. This is for Syrian hamsters, and also for Syrian hamsters who don’t have diabetes. if your Syrian hamster has diabetes, please consult your vet. or if you think that your Syrian hamster might have diabetes or any other hamster you keep, please consult your vet. So, grains and nuts. A couple of things that I keep in the house that I like to feed to Wookie Latte – in small portions, mind you – are his usual seed, which I scatter feed, which means I don’t just put it in a bowl. I kind of scatter it because it means he has to go and look for it, and that gives him a bit of enrichment. Kind of gives him a bit more excitement when it comes to his regular day-to-day activities and always having something on a plate. He has to actually go and find his seeds. I give him a mixture of sunflower seeds, he sometimes has flax seed. You can also feed a little bit of pistachio, you can feed a little bit of walnut. Remember, walnut is very, very fattening, so only feed a little bit of walnut at a time. Everything in moderation. Moderation is the key. Some other grain-type foods, carbohydrates, that you can feed to your hamster, which you might have around the house: little bits of cooked pasta or spaghetti. Now, I know that sounds weird, but honestly, they love it as a treat. As a treat! It shouldn’t be every day. I give Wookie Latte, who is running on his wheel, I give Wookie Latte one piece of penne pasta every three or four days. You can also do the same for brown rice. You can use white rice, but it’s not as good and nutritious for them as brown rice. So you can get them a little bit of brown rice, or the edge of a piece of toast as well. Vegetation! This is where I’m going to have to run a whole load of things off pretty quick. Vegetables! A couple of vegetables that you find around the house quite commonly: sweet potato. They love sweet potato, but make sure that you cook it first. Don’t feed your potato raw. Give them a little bit of cooked sweet potato, and they will thank you forever and ever and ever. Corn on the cob! They love a bit of corn on the cob. Take it off the corn, I just feed a little bit of sweet corn, so I get two or three pieces of sweet corn a couple of times a week, And I scatter them, and Wookie Latte absolutely adores them. He loves them so much that I have replaced his store-bought treats, which were like a yogurt-drop-type thing, I don’t know, and I’ve replaced that with corn, and he loves corn. If he’s going to calm down in my hands, it’s because he’s eating a piece of sweet corn. [imitating hamster eating sounds] Who doesn’t like sweet corn? Sweet corn is the best! It’s so much fun going in, and it’s fun on the other end too… [giggles] Celery! Your hamster can eat celery. Give a little bit, make sure that it is washed. If you can go organic for any of these foods, that is far better to do because then you know there’s no harmful pesticides on there. In fact, coming to pesticides, another food which is fantastic and a really great treat which you might see in a dry form in your pet store is dandelion. They can eat the stalk, they can eat the leaves, and they can eat the head as well. But make sure if you are gonna feed dandelion, if you go out and collect it yourself, please, please, make sure that the area you are collecting from is not treated for pesticide. If you can grow your own dandelions, that is great. Make sure you wash any dandelions from outside because you don’t know if you have dogs peeing on them or pesticides, just make sure you wash, wash, wash, and please try and get them as natural as possible. Cucumber! Now, here’s a very interesting thing about cucumber, is it’s very high in water. And what happens when the hamster eats lots of things with water, things like lettuce and cucumber? [pooing noises] Diarrhea everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Which you don’t want. Because if your hamster honestly gets diarrhea, it can get dehydrated very, very quickly. If you suspect that your hamster has diarrhea, take it straight to the vet. Don’t be giving it any Imodium or any over-the-counter medicines, go straight to your vet. And for that reason, if you’re going to feed any cucumber, minuscule amounts. Tiny. Tiny. Tiny! Amounts. And they love a bit of good cooked parsnip. I like parsnips, too. I like them glazed. Don’t give them glazed parsnips. Just bog-standard, roasted parsnip. With nothing on. Nothing at all. Also watercress. Now, watercress is a fantastic food for that. You can give them little handfuls of it, and you can watch them. It’s really sweet. They just stuff it in their mouth, so they seem to really love watercress, so watercress is fantastic, too. Peas! Any peas you can really cheaply buy, shop-bought peas. You can get them like peas in water, let me see if I can insert something for you. Where is it gonna come up? [tongue click] Over here. Shtop – shop – port… shop-bought peas! I buy them in water, that’s just a lot cheaper. There’s no nastiness in there. Not mushy peas, garden peas. So you can get your peas in water. You just pick out one or two at a time. You can feed maybe two or three of those in a day, so two or three little peas you can feed. The rest, eat yourself! They’re good for you. Don’t forget to eat your greens. Now fruit! Fruit you want to be sparing with, but fruit, they can actually eat things like banana, little nub of banana, they will love that. In fact, what I do with Wookie Latte is I get a little bit of banana, and I smear it in a line across some of these willow sticks. Like little willow sticks I have, and he has to go along and eat it up like that whilst balancing. Again, it’s a little bit of enrichment for him. So you can feed a little bit of banana, but sparingly because it’s very high in sugar. And remember what sugar does. You have too much sugar, what you gonna get? Fat. And diabetes possibly. So you want to look out for any signs of obesity or fattiness or diabetes as well in your hamster, so just a little bit. Grapes! You can feed grapes. What I do, I like to half the grapes, because again they’re quite watery, so I half the grapes. I take out the seeds – not that they’ll do too much damage, I mean that is debatable, but I just to be on the safe side, I take out the seeds. Tomato. Hey! It’s a fruit. Did you know that? Yes, tomato is a fruit. Tomato, you can feed a little bit. Again, don’t feed any seeds. Organic is better. Don’t feed tomato vine! Ever! Just don’t do it. Just feed them the actual tomato itself, and a very very little bit. I’m talking an amount that can balance on the tip of my finger over there. A tiny little niblet of food. Ah! Peaches! Peaches they like without the stone, don’t put the stone. A lot of stones for a lot of fruits can be poisonous. What else am I missing? There’s something I’m missing. Citrus. No citrus. And by citrus, I mean things like lemon and grapefruit. Anything like that, don’t feed it. The only kind of exception here is kiwi. You can feed a little bit of kiwi, and they really do enjoy it. Apple you can feed as well. It doesn’t matter if it’s green apple or brown… apple…? Don’t feed brown apple. Do you get brown apples? Red apples or green apples are absolutely fine to feed. Your hamster will really enjoy those. Again, I use them as a very seldom treat for Wookie Latte. Now, here’s where it gets interesting! Meat and protein. Your hamster can eat meat. Now, there are lots of care sheets online that you can look up which swear by feeding a little bit of cooked chicken or a little bit of cooked beef, but I’m thinking to myself, hang on a second. I mean in the wild, is the hamster likely to come across cooked beef? No. Is the hamster gonna come across cooked chicken? No. But what your hamster might come across in the wild is carrion. Carrion are dead, deceased animal. So I do feed Wookie Latte – in small portions, mind you – is chopped up chick. Which I buy online, and I will insert a video around here, so that you can see. I hope that didn’t gross you out too much. It’s just one of those things in life. Animals need to eat meat. So I have that for my snakes, for some of my lizards, for my ferret, and also a little bit as well for Wookie Latte. And he enjoys a little bit of chopped up chick. If that’s not for you, that’s fine. There are alternatives, which will come to you right now. Crickets! Brown crickets are very, very common to come past. Most pet shops will have brown crickets because people who keep reptiles and other exotics really rely on brown crickets. They can be annoying because they sing quite a lot. I personally like it, makes me feel like I’m somewhere tropical at night, but if you chuck these into your enclosure, Sometimes some hamsters will chase after them. Wookie will do it. He will quite ferociously hunt for brown crickets. He really, really likes them, gives him his exercise. He’s not just on his treadmill, He’s actually hunting for his food. Now a great treat and a fantastic source of protein and a little bit of fat too, is mealworms. Mealworms are phenomenal and your hamster will love mealworms, like just guaranteed. Go out there, get some mealworms. If you’re not going to use up the whole batch, you can feed your birds outside as well. Trust me, a little handful of these just chucked outside, and you’re gonna have every bird in the vicinity coming down and thanking you like you are their god or goddess. Thank you! Some people like [to] feed the dried mealworms, and there’s not that much in them, that’s kind of like eating potato chips. Depending where you are, probably not in North America because I think it’s illegal, but locusts. Or you can go out and find them yourself. Or breed them yourself, even better! Locusts are fantastic too because they are slower moving than brown crickets, and it gives your hamster to sort of scurry on after them and learn how to hunt. Foods to avoid! This is very, very important. We are not going to be feeding any of the following because take my word for it, you will likely kill your hamster. Onion, no. Froot Loops, no. Avocado, no. Garlic, no. Spring onion or scallion, no. Candies, like candy canes, no! Pizza! Cheese! Just please, use your head. And if you’re not sure, consult someone on the internet, or in a forum, call your veterinarian, look up a care sheet. Please just use your head, don’t be throwing any rubbish in at your hamster. If you have any other recommendations of your own, then please do share them down below! Let that knowledge train go round and round and round so that we can help everybody become a better pet owner. 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100 Responses

  1. Mike M. says:

    Are you Japanese?

  2. Birds corner says:

    I'm thinking about getting a syrian amster and can muesli,millet,sunflower seeds and cereal be its staple along with a little fruit , veggie and meat.
    Thanks in advance 😊

  3. Miss Waffies says:

    I saw a video years ago where someone made their hamster a cake, using banana, strawberry and some greek yogurt, like plain yogurt, tiny cake XD my two old hamsters (rip sweeny and todd) loved it, they died of old age at 3 years and a bit, which i think is quite long for russian dwarfs

  4. Angelica Davis says:

    You’re not giving him food

  5. brittany showers says:

    I give my hamster the sunburst hamster food with some fruits and veggies and dried mealworms. Glad I watched those so I know more that I can feed to him.

  6. Lucy Carlsson says:

    this video really helped me !!

  7. Xenia Hernandez says:

    I wish places like petsmart were trained and informed when selling hamsters to us customers. I feel like they don’t know anything about the size of cages or things we should feed them 🙁

  8. XPurple Myth :3 says:

    Um hello. I would like to ask how much seed mix and pellets to feed per day? Cause I only feed a tablespoon of pellets and I'm thinking of seed mix too..but how much of each? And do I feed a tablespoon as the tablespoon (flat spoon) or measuring spoon? Please reply soon cause I don't want to overfeed them

  9. Steph A says:

    I want to see your hamster hunting a cricket 🦗 🐹

  10. Abigail Harpster says:

    Can these foods work for Russian dwarfs?

  11. Sasha Cronin says:

    Can they eat dry meal worms

  12. Shelley J says:

    why is the life of a baby chick worth less than the life of a hamster? Why love one and kill the other?

  13. Violet’s Valley says:

    Wait so how much of everything do I fill the cage with I know not to fill it everyday but how much of like fruit vegetables and mix should I give them

  14. Lucy Alice says:

    Poor chick omg 🙁

  15. Amal Iqbal says:

    Great video! Very informative! I look forward to giving my little Poppy some new treats😄❤❤🙌

  16. Martina Medulienka says:

    Thank you for your video it's very educational…but nobody explain if that pasta or rise need to be cooked or not? Thank you x

  17. A crazy life with pets says:

    This really helped, thank you!! I might get a hamster

  18. 梨子 says:

    Ppl trying to video call Em and her reaction like erhm no![awkward ]
    Laughed so hard 😂😂😂

  19. denitto8 says:

    We were making our hamsters oath cookies 🙂 just mixing oaths with water and some seeds and dry them on the sun.

  20. TARAdaycatal or Tara if your normal says:

    Im i just a dumb american and thinking wrong but i swear loccas (sp…i have dyslexia plus havent written that word since high school (went to a lutheran school)) are grasshoppers….if so are ours huge cause im in florida but even in michigan they got big….

    But again i could be just not be using my brain or school lied to us (me) again you pick.

  21. Marie Ruchti says:

    I give my hamster home made food it's a mix of corn apple sesame seeds strawberry lettuce cucumber sugar snap peas carrot celery and bell peppers he loves them and in the summer I give him some Dandelions from outside he loves it he eats its and it is good for him to so we love giving it to him he's a Russian dwarf hamster named jorny and on special days I give him some chicken

  22. Sallys logic says:

    Answer me!!! Is it ok to feed them dogfood (solid) like lil brown cubies something or rooster/chicken feeds???

    I JUST FED MY HAMMY WITH DOG FOOD!!

  23. Crusty Metalbasket says:

    Always depends on the type of cereal

  24. Miss Waffies says:

    Can you do a video for dwarf hamsters? is it any different to syrian? I feed my dwarf hamster a bowl of the generic pet shop mix and dried mealworms as i was told live mealworms can bite them? I have ordered some watercress seeds aswell to grow my own for her 🙂

  25. theorom stoke's says:

    you are so beautiful!

  26. Mr Tizzler says:

    Hey emzotic could I feed a hamster pasta straight out the box/bag?????????????????!!??

  27. LilToxicLion says:

    My long haired Syrian hamster just sleeps a lot. And he usually eat seeds, vegetables, fruits, and he seems to love banana.

  28. xray xannyy says:

    I knew all about hamsters but then my hamster died I don't no why tho and it was a winter white hamster I'm getting longed harried hamster

  29. Shane Sirowich says:

    Poor chicks 😟😩

  30. garret223 says:

    We liked to give our hamster 1 or 2 Cheerios every so often. It looked like he was eating donuts lol

  31. Kinga Mekarska says:

    They can eat cgeese

  32. Kinga Mekarska says:

    Cheese

  33. bobby a says:

    CHOPPED UP CHICK? WTF?

  34. Serena I. says:

    I knew you also shouldn't feed them coocked legumens

  35. Aina Marrisa says:

    Dont give them
    Candy, bacon/ham, spice things, onions, garlic etc.

  36. Jennifer Harrison says:

    I feed my now 1 year old female Syrian Hamster her seed pet store mix, small amounts of fruits and veggies, cooked pasta every so often, dried mealworms 3 to 4 times per week only giving 2 or 3 at a time, corn on the cob made for hamster's that I've bought at the pet store, human baby snacks, some food you suggested I don't give often as my girl isn't interested in them she smells the items and walks away and completely ignores the items, I've researched a lot of items I give my hamster past and present online and I'm in a lot of different Hamster groups on facebook both Canadian and a group from hamster owners around the world as I'm always researching how to care not only hamster care but also bird care because I'm always learning new things each and everyday

  37. Lil Ginge says:

    When I was 9 I got my first hamster and she lived for 3 years only on the hamster food mix I wonder if she was actually really sad about her diet poor teddy😭😅

  38. Lil Ginge says:

    And I got my second hamster today😍

  39. Ng Krave says:

    I gave it very very little thin biscuit crumbs as a treat sometimes… Almost aper thin and about the size of the tip of my pinky finger… Watching him go crazyily happy on it is so satisfying 😂😂😂 I hope such small quantities maybe 3 times a week is alright… I only did it twice cause I scared its too unhealthy for it… But he would surely drink water after that and he seems perfectly fine

  40. Moony says:

    Your makeup looks good. It doesn't look as good when you slap the neon colors on there

  41. Couch Potato says:

    We can almost eat everything and animals are more restricted… But we're animals… I wonder how are stomachs evolved 🤔

  42. Charlie Hilton says:

    Wish you was my hamster 😂 very beautiful

  43. Joanne Grove says:

    But what if the live bugs harm the hamster? I was told to use dried mealworms because they can chew through the inside of hamsters' mouths

  44. Sunday Flago says:

    Can we feed normal grass nd any seeds to hamster??

  45. Sunday Flago says:

    Can hamster eat earthworm??

  46. Name Tags says:

    no cheese

  47. Gamer Raichu says:

    The crickets don't pose any threat of harm to your hamster, right?

  48. jack o says:

    What I learned from this video was that hamsters just love food

  49. Hanji Ackerman says:

    The way she says tomato is disturbing. . .

  50. Ashleigh Lucien says:

    What about Darwf hamsters?

  51. Grace Brinj says:

    Just got some hamsters, thank youuu!!

  52. Jazmin Star says:

    I know this is an old video but is it safe to feed a hamster toilet paper fyi I don't do this I just know someone who does

  53. Predatorhousepet says:

    "Organic" does NOT mean pesticide-free! It means farmers can still use naturally derived pesticides instead of synthetic. Depending on what it is naturally derived pesticides can be just as toxic or even more toxic than synthetic. So always, ALWAYS wash produce before eating no matter if it is organic or conventional.

  54. Animal Owner2.0 says:

    I have a hairless and its making things a bit harder

  55. Animal Owner2.0 says:

    what about cottage cheese?

  56. LilAsian says:

    How do you syringe feed a hamster? My hamster is refusing to eat anything.

  57. Bailey and Us says:

    @Emzotic I feed my syrians raw meat for his occasional meat-protein treat and I got roasted in a Hamster facebook group saying that domesticated hamsters have evolved and thus dont have the enzymes to break down raw meat and that I should feed them cooked meat as it doesnt change its nutrient content…. Then my post got deleted -_-

  58. •lil Minnie• says:

    😭😭😭I can’t have a hamster it’s illegal 😭😭😭are you a Pokémon fan? I saw a poke ball on your bed? I am, I love Pokémon 💖

  59. Billy Shaw says:

    Shit I fed my hamster cheese yesterday

  60. Em & Em says:

    The problem with crickets for me, is that they bite..

  61. little kids says:

    Your hamster is so big I was shocked

  62. Emma Haswell says:

    i work at a farm and today i found one of the guinea pigs lying there dead 😭

  63. WolfDestroyer123 YouTube says:

    This video was really useful for me and my little hammie!

  64. Apple Rat says:

    can they eat dead brown crickets

  65. Hailey Arzaga says:

    How would you know if your hamster has diabetes

  66. Zoe B says:

    I know I’m late but what should you feed your hamster if your allergic to nuts and sunflower seeds so you don’t feed them that

  67. Hudson the yellow Labrador retriever says:

    Broccoli and cauliflower are pretty good as well

  68. G2G Girls2Game says:

    NOOOO THE BAAABYY CHIIICKSS 😭😭😭
    LITERALLY MADE ME SCREAM

  69. Mohammad Hossain says:

    I have pet chicks

  70. Mad Slime says:

    2019 tomato’s not a fruit actually it was classified a vegetable even that it has the traits of a fruit

  71. blondbluex says:

    What kind of pasta is best, wholemeal?

  72. That one sad Honda says:

    My hamster loves grasshoppers

  73. Alorah Rose says:

    This video is awesome and this is all correct but your hamster wheel is way too small

  74. Christopher Shaw says:

    Do you cook the rice

  75. SRS vlogs says:

    I put the bottom of a broccoli in my hamsters cage, he loves it and because it's so big they have to chew it so it doubles as a chew

  76. samvid Qureshi says:

    Em I have a question about dwarf hamsters. My dwarf hamster has a tumor but it suddenly got smaller . I want to know if this was a good thing or that it might grow in a diffrent spot.

  77. bethany raynard says:

    you can give them boiled eggs too.

  78. Lara. Bee says:

    I’m upset bc I really don’t like seeing the dead chicks 😭

  79. Sherman The snake says:

    Thank you for not talking with your hands while holding the hamster

  80. Anne says:

    In terms of commercial bought food what are all your opinions on the recommended 1-2 tablespoons per day?

    I was thinking of going with 1 tablespoon per day for my future Syrian hamster to avoid overfeeding. Maybe scattering half of it.

    I'll go with homemade food mixes eventually but not rn.

  81. Jimmy Boots says:

    I think maybe we should go out to dinner, so you can teach me more about how to care for my future pet hamster.😁

  82. Serenity Clarges says:

    I was looking at what does hamsters eat in finding this video thank you so much for making this video I know so much now

  83. Alpha.Wolf00 says:

    My hamster won’t eat mealworms…

  84. Ena Vlog's says:

    I feed my hamster carrot and cucumber and strawberry not all in one day but I like to switch fruits and vegetables they like to eat . When I feed my hamster with cucumbers they don't have diarrhea but they love the foods I gave them and sometimes I gave them strawberries or blueberries or cheese drop snacks they don't even like it but when I gave them different snacks the tiny rings or paws snacks they love those so yeah not all hamsters have diarrhea from cucumbers or anything that make them do that I also gave them bananas and they love it too

  85. Judy Smith says:

    Cheese is good for hamsters

  86. Master Fox says:

    Can I put fog food in my hampsters mix?

  87. Elijah Frantz says:

    can you feed them frozen and thawed mice?

  88. Tory Palmeri says:

    Awwwwwwwww

  89. DaTrillion says:

    I gave my hamster a happy meal from McDonalds and she loved it. Chewed the toy up though…😄

  90. Nature Forever says:

    Would'nt the claws of a chick damage the esophagus and other internal parts of the animal ?

  91. Madi Paige says:

    Hamsters can actually eat cheese , making sure it’s in small amounts.

  92. Crazy melon! ! says:

    What is diubeds

  93. Ratty Animates says:

    We’re can I get meal worms for my hamster?

  94. Luke’s Pets says:

    Youshoukd give hammy cat credit

  95. Salty Wizard Flying on a Fish says:

    I wish god took care of me the way she did with her hamster

  96. Kitten Mimi says:

    Waiiit, no cheese? I heard small amounts of mild cheese is fine had I been misinformed?

  97. Mimi Shella says:

    Sugar doesn't cause diabetes. Diabetes can cause weight gain though.

  98. baby pickle says:

    Im re-binging your videos but! I remember getting so much more excited about getting a hamster when I discovered they are omnivores.

  99. Melanie Maitre says:

    Hamsters can have cheese.

  100. Isabella Pagnanelli says:

    Can i just point out how gorgeous Em is?

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