Hamsters are omnivorous, which means they eat both vegetables and meat.
Their natural foods include grains, seeds, vegetables, and insects, and
they will like corn, oats, or wheat mixed with dry dog food. Premixed
hamster food from a pet store has complete nutrition, but some
hamsters won't eat it.
Their favourite foods are foods native to their dry
habitat, like seeds. For protein and variety, they will eat some small
They like vegetables, but be moderate in how much you
feed them. The key word for the hamster diet is *variety*. It keeps them
But don't feed your hamster chocolates and other sweet
Either feed the hamster at the same time each day or
leave a constant food supply. Hamsters will not overeat but will often
store food in their cheek pouches and put it in a hiding place to eat
later. Remove food that is no longer fresh each day, and clean out the
"hidden" food once a week. Put food in heavy ceramic or
plastic food dishes (so they won't tip over) and clean them weekly.
Hamsters need to have fresh water constantly available. The best sort of
container is a drip bottle, which can be attached to the side of the
cage. A bottle with a wide neck and metal top will be easy to clean
every other day. The hamster will quickly learn how to sip from it.