All hamsters love to eat! That’s why we’ve put together the complete dwarf hamster feeding guide to help you provide the nutrition your pet needs. We’ll go through some of the best dwarf hamster foods, healthy treats as well as the foods you should avoid. A balanced diet will certainly keep your small friend happy and healthy.
Choosing The Best Hamster Foods
A good dwarf hamster food mix is an essential part of hamster care and it’s important to find a reliable brand that provides a healthy blend of foods. We’ll cover the best dwarf hamster food mixes later in this article.
Most foods on the market are formulated for a Syrian hamster. Try and find a product that has been created with dwarf hamsters at mind. A dwarf hamster mix will usually be healthier and less sugary than your standard Syrian mix.
You’re also going to want to provide your hamster with treats, fresh fruit and other hamster-safe foods (maybe even insects). This keeps meal time interesting and creates a balanced diet for your pet.
How Often Should I Feed My Dwarf Hamster?
The bottom line is that hamsters need fresh food every single day. One feeding per day will be absolutely perfect to keep your pet hamster sustained.
When Should I Feed My Dwarf Hamster?
The truth is, dwarf hamsters are active during the day, waking up every few hours for a stretch, drink and a bite to eat. In the wild, hamsters will forage for food during the night and wake up throughout the day to enjoy their findings. Morning feeds or evening feeds are perfectly fine, just keep each feed around 24 hours apart.
How Much Should I Feed My Dwarf Hamster?
A tablespoon per hamster per day is the rule of thumb when it comes to feeding your dwarf hamster. This should of course be supplemented with the odd treat and piece of fruit. This rule is also the same for Syrians, dwarf hamsters usually have a faster metabolism which allows them to match a Syrian’s eating habits.
The daily intake may fluctuate. Just cater it to your hamster’s specific needs. One spoon of food mix per day along with a couple of treats will provide the perfect balanced diet.
Toxic And Unhealthy Dwarf Hamster Foods
Not all food should be consumed by hamsters. The obvious is human junk food such as chips, chocolate and anything unnatural. There are some less obvious toxic hamster foods though. Never feed your dwarf hamster avocado! Avocados may seem like your average healthy fruit but they are actually poisonous to hamsters.
Another example of toxic food is almonds. Avoid them at all costs! Not to worry though, most foods are fine and there are plenty of natural foods your dwarf hamster can enjoy.
Here’s a list of toxic and unhealthy hamster foods:
- Apple seeds
- Junk foods