Hamster Diet Chart

The easiest way to make sure your hamster’s diet provides everything he needs is to buy the best prepared food you can find. Then supplement its diet with pieces of fresh fruits and veggies, throwing in an occasional mealworm or cricket. A varied diet is as important to hamsters as it is to people.

To ensure your hamster’s safety, you need to know what foods your hamster can eat, what foods they should not eat. Now HamsterPetCare.com has helped you create a hamster food list, and we call it:

Hamster Diet Chart

Fruits List


Note: Feeding recommendation for all the fruits mentioned above should be only once or maybe twice a week and not more.

The serving sizes displayed are given assuming that it is the only fruit being given in the diet. If multiple fruits are to be added into the diet, then appropriate adjustments are to be made in the serving sizes. For example: If apple and grapes are to be fed then it should be so adjusted that the total quantity of apple and grapes being given to the hamster is 1/4 teaspoon.

Seeds List

FoodSyrianRoboWinter WhiteCampbell'sChineseServing SizeFeeding recommendatio
BarleyYesYesYesYesYes1/2 tablespoonDaily
Buckwheat groatsYesYesYesYesYes1/2 tablespoonDaily
Canary grass seedYesYesYesYesYes1/2 tablespoonDaily
MilletYesYesYesYesYes1/2 tablespoonDaily
MiloYesYesYesYesYes1/2 tablespoonDaily
Oat groatsYesYesYesYesYes1/2 tablespoonDaily
QuinoaYesYesYesYesYes1/2 tablespoonDaily
Rye berriesYesYesYesYesYes1/2 tablespoonDaily
SpeltYesYesYesYesYes1/2 tablespoonDaily
Wheat berriesYesYesYesYesYes7-10 seedsDaily
Flax seedsYesYesYesYesYes1-2 seedsDaily
Safflower seedsYesYesYesYesYes7-10 seedsDaily
Sesame seedsYesYesYesYesYes7-10 seedsDaily
Sunflower seedsYesYesYesYesYes2-5 seedsDaily
AlmondsYesYesYesYesYes1 nutOnce a month
CashewYesYesYesYesYes1 nut2-4 times a month
Brazil NutsYesYesYesYesYes1 nut2-4 times a month
HazelnutsYesYesYesYesYes1 nut2-4 times a month
PeanutsYesYesYesYesYes1 nut2-4 times a month
PecansYesYesYesYesYes1 nut2-4 times a month
PistachiosYesYesYesYesYes1 nut2-4 times a month
Pumpkin seedsYesYesYesYesYes1 seed2 times a week
Soynuts/SoybeansYesYesYesYesYes1 seed3 times a week
Squash seedsYesYesYesYesYes1 seed2-3 times a week
WalnutsYesYesYesYesYes1 nut2-4 times a month

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Note: The first 10 seeds of the list can be either fed dry or can be mixed into the daily diet of the hamster. It is always advisable to feed 2-3 types of seeds in a combination for holistic nutritional growth.  A total of 2-4 nuts can be fed per month and the servings are given after assuming that, that is the only seed being given in that particular month. And another important fact is that all seeds should be unflavoured and unsalted.

Fruits List 02

FruitsSyrianRoboWinter WhiteCampbell'sChinese
Bean SproutsYesYesYesYesYes
Bell PepperYesYesYesYesYes
Bok ChoyYesYesYesYesYes
Brussels SproutsYesYesYesYesYes
Dandelion flower/leavesYesYesYesYesYes
Green BeansYesYesYesYesYes
Sweet PotatoesYesYesNoNoNo
Swiss ChardYesYesYesYesYes
Water chestnutYesYesYesYesYes

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Note: One may serve any of the above vegetables every other day but the serving size should not exceed 2 nickel-sized pieces.

The serving sizes that have been provided are under the presumption that it is the only item that is being fed to the hamster. If multiple items are to be fed and added into the diet of the hamster then appropriate reductions and modifications in the serving sizes need to be made. For example, if broccoli and bell peppers are to be fed together, then, instead of 2 pieces of each 1 piece of bell pepper and 1 piece of broccoli is to be given.

Other Foods

FoodSyrianRoboWinter WhiteCampbell'sChinese
Peanut ButterYesYesYesYesYes
Sweet AlmondsYesYesYesYesYes
Popcorn (without Salt)YesYesYesYesYes

In addition to what is listed in the “Hamster Diet Chart” list, you should refer to each hamster food item here.