What To Feed Your Hamster | Hamster diets


so diet is one of the most important
parts of having a happy healthy hamster so that’s why it’s important to
have a high quality and high variety hamster food for your hamster a lot of
people think you can just walk into the pet store pick the cheapest seed mix and
then feed it to your hamster and that’s it but a hamsters diet is a little bit
more complicated than that hamster diets can be pretty confusing
because there is not one sole hamster mix sold in the pet store that is going
to meet all of a hamsters nutritional needs oftentimes hamster owners are
going to have to mix more than one mix together to get the proper amounts that
a hamster needs so here are a couple of things that you should know about
hamsters, hamsters are omnivores they’ve been found in the wild to eat a lot of
different insects as well as they’ve even been found to eat other small
mammals hamsters are not herbivores like a lot of people think if they’re just
fed a herbivore diet they will slowly die from malnutrition. Pellets and things
like the Oxbow brand which I love the Oxbow brand for any other species of
animal just not for hamsters because the main part of that mix is hay which
hamsters don’t need in their diet. Seeds are good for hamsters there’s a lot of
myths that surround seeds a lot of people think that seeds are like candy
to hamsters they really aren’t seeds provide a lot of variety for your
hamster as well as seeds are actually fairly low in fat and sugar so it’s not
really like candy if you take a look at something like barley it actually has
quite low fat and low sugar content per 100 grams so because of that myth a lot
of people just feed their hamsters pellets as well as a lot of people will
recommend feeding pellets so that their hamster can’t become a picky eater but
this then gives your hamster a lack of variety which is really important in
their diet that’s like if you were only to eat
crackers the rest of your life you would be very bored of that and it would not
be very fun to eat the same thing over and over so variety is
really important there’s a lot of different ways that you can get around
with not having your hamster become a picky eater such as you can not refill
the dish until everything has been eaten from the dish or you can try to find a
seed mix that doesn’t just contain a ton of junk foods try to find one that has a
less amount of those fattier foods in it so when it comes to picking a good
hamster mix you’re going to want to try to find something with 17 to 19 percent
protein 4 to 7 percent fat and 6 to 15 percent fiber you’re also going to want
to pick something with a lot of variety now you’re probably not going to find a
sole mix in the pet store that is going to meet all of those requirements you’re
most likely going to have to end up mixing a couple of different mixes now
what I recommend is because a lot of seed mixes generally have very low
protein content I recommend taking a high variety seed mix and I recommend
mixing that with a high protein block diet. When you are mixing different
hamster foods together you really need to be careful you can’t just like mix
three different mixes together you kind of need to calculate it out because you
can actually really mess up the overall nutritional value of it and you don’t
want something that’s too high in fat or too high in protein or too low in
protein so you’re gonna want to make sure you’re going to be calculating it
right I will leave a really great calculator that was made by one of the
members on the hamster haidle forum so that you can figure out how much of each
mix to combined together as of right now the most recommended mix on the market
would be to take 50% of the Higgins Sunburst and 50% of the Mazuri rat and
mouse pellets and mix that together I myself have actually researched quite
a bit into homemade hamster diets and decided to create my own mix as well as
mix in a little bit of commercial hamster seed mix I don’t talk about it a
lot on my channel because it is important if someone wants to make
their own homemade hamster diet they do their own research and they learn how to
properly calculate all of the nutritional values of each food it also
can be a very expensive process so if you’re on a low budget you probably
don’t want to be making your own homemade food if you’re still interested
in making a homemade diet I will leave a good link that talks all about it
I myself have personally chosen to create my own hamster seed mix because
there is no other mix on the market that looks like mine I can provide as much
variety as I want I get to choose and select which seeds which different types
of foods I put in there as well as I can make the variety lots, I also know where
each food is coming from because I’m purchasing it myself to put into my mix
making my own hamster food doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better than a
store-bought food it is something that I’m always improving my mix isn’t 100%
perfect but it is something that you always are going to be improving and
changing along with your hamsters regular daily mix you also want to
include fruits vegetables and other extras these are really important
because they have a lot of good nutrients and minerals for your hamster
vegetables are super healthy a lot of people seem to be against feeding them
every single day because they say they’re going to get diarrhea and they
could die which they won’t there is a certain way you can go about giving your
hamster extra foods like fruits and vegetables and you shouldn’t just give
them an entire carrot stick that of course would give your hamster an upset
stomach but if you’re slowly introducing a new food to them every time and you
slowly increase the amount, your hamster won’t get an upset stomach I also have a
video that talks about safe and unsafe extra foods to feed your hamster so I
will leave that link in the iCard above right here and the last thing I want to
talk about is herb’s this is something that not a lot of
hamster owners in Canada or in America really include into their hamsters diet
because it might not be as available to us as it is other countries but
herbs are really great they have a lot of good minerals as well as good
properties to them for example the herb echinacea helps strengthen the immune
system, dill can actually help with an upset stomach and chamomile can actually
help with indigestion as well as any respiratory diseases so because herbs
don’t contain a ton of fats and sugars there’s not really a limit on how much
you can give I myself personally sprinkle a bunch in the cage once a week
but you could probably go get away with giving a little bit more one. last thing
that I want to touch on is extra mineral drops or mineral chews that you can get
at the pet store that you drop into your hamsters water or you feed them to them
these are not necessary and they don’t always help your hamster your hamster
should be getting all of the nutrients and minerals from their daily diet so
these really just aren’t necessary so I really really hope this video could help
anybody who is confused on hamster diets because I know it can be such a
confusing topic and make sure you check out the description bar because I’m
going to leave a bunch of links about things that I talked about in today’s
video so yeah guys thank you for watching bye

100 Comments

  1. Search up, “Faze Rug Hammy” On Youtube

  2. My sister’s hamster, Nena is being a little hyper she’s running around her cage and scratching the fish tank glass to escape, I bought the hamster today and she is trying to run and she bit me when the pet shop employee told me to caress her. My hamster, Tofu is a bit calmer and she loves to burrow around her cage. Both of them are separated and in their own fish tank. I really don’t know what is happening to Nena, but if you ever read this please reply because I don’t know if she is stressed, sick etc. They are both winter whites in case you are wondering.

  3. Hi Victoria, first, thanks for the video! I’m a vegan, but I’ve realized my hamster is malnourished recently. I’m disgusted by mealworms, but could I use dead crickets and scrambled eggs instead? I’m hoping it would be something similar to what they’d eat in the wild. Thanks!

  4. My hamster refuse to eat it’s vegetables…….what should I do?😣

  5. Hasab reply its a request apparently

  6. I just give my hamster, hamster muslei

  7. And veg

  8. Which hamster is the cutest

  9. And which hamster should i get

  10. From where

  11. i’m still confused 🙁

  12. Ah! Thank you for telling me this. My mix has 12% protein, yet meets the others! Thank youZ

  13. Where do u get the meal worms?

  14. So how much of the Higgins and the block should I be giving? I have a mama ham and 6 babies, 3 of each gender. I will be separating male and female tomorrow and adding in the block to their diet (and the moms)

  15. hamster food is expensive

  16. Are Salt Licks good for hamsters???🤔

  17. This video helped me alot Victoria thank you so much for sharing this video my friend

  18. Guys Vita Garden by higgins is amazing i feed mine that he is picky and he LOVES it

  19. My area doesnt have any mealworms. Do you know where i can find mix with mealworms online?

  20. I have exbow for my hamster but what could I add too his dish to make it better for him

  21. The hamster food available to me in the uk has: Protein 18.0%, Crude fibre 6.0%, Fat content 6.0%, Inorganic matter 5.0%, Calcium 0.8%, Phosphorus 0.6%.

    Thoughts? Idk about the variety but i may have to add some milworms or something too.

  22. Where do you get you mazuri

  23. I have a dwarf hamster and use Higgins sunburst but I was always picking out the carrots because I was worried about him getting diabetes it would be nice if you could make a video explaining hamster diabetes

  24. Can I use butter lettuce for a hamster 🐹

  25. I love your channel soooo much

  26. I’m getting a hamster soon, I need tips. ;w; I’ve been doing a bunch of research and I never knew about food for a hamster, yours helped so ty!

  27. What is that plant at 1:29 and where can I get it?

  28. um so i am looking in to getting a hamster and i was wondering how to tell if your hamser is over waight.(also thank you so much for making these videos they are very helpful with my reaserch.)

  29. is vitasmart hamster food good?

  30. Is it ok if I feed my hamster cantaloupe?

  31. Do you mix your herbs like you make your own hamster food or do you buy a certain brand? I really want to provide herbs for my future hamster to encourage natural foraging behaviors. I want a really good kind to make sure that the herbs is not to high in fat or protein. I would really like some recommendations on any herbs you really like or maybe brands to stay away from? Thank you so much! I love you and your fur balls! LOL!!!

  32. Hey Victoria I have a question I have been looking for a hamster cage and came across this playpen. Is it ok to use this as a long term cage or will the hamster chew a hole in it even with chew toys here is the link it is off Amazon.
    https://www.amazon.com/Parkland-Pet-Portable-Foldable-Removable/dp/B01B37WUXI

    Please let me know if it is suitable and or large enough.

  33. No hate at all, I've watched all of your videos and I love you,, just curious, why do you pronounce the "h" in herbs?

  34. how can i give my hamster extra protein if she doesn’t like mealworms or egg? the food i use is pets at home muesli, it has 17% protein, 6% fibre and 6% fat, and i mix in herbs as well and ofc veggies but is their another bug? or maybe some nuts? but which nuts?

  35. Is it okay to feed the hamster fruits vegetables and chicken meat with no oil

    And about the bedding do i need to change it per month???

  36. I get all of my information from you I don’t really listen to other YouTubers and google. Thank you ☺️

  37. Hey so I bought a hamster and did get the oxbow. Is it safe to feed if I do mix it with something else?

  38. Just asking and wondering, how often do I need to clean my hamsters cage?

  39. can i use a different type of food for my hamster because the main food is going shipping and might come after i get my hamster or by the time i get the main food my hamster will be use to the Temporary food i have given him?

  40. My hamster looked just like your Syrian. I did all my research, watched most of your videos. My hamster got really sick with diarrhea at the age of 5 months old and we had to put her to sleep bcz the medicine and fluids my vet gave me didn't work fast enough she got really weak and she started clicking in her lungs and rolled over stiff. I dont understand what made her sick, I was really careful with her diet and kept her enclosure clean. It's not fair she was only 5 months old she got sick and I couldn't save her I tried my hardest😥 Brought her home today in her Urn, had her cremated. I miss her soo much! I dont understand what went wrong.

  41. When I feed my hamster I scatter the food around instead of putting it in one bowl so that my hamster can go on a fun treasure hunt!

  42. Im confused. I need to switch the diet from oxbow, but im still confused… and what do i do with all the oxbow i have? I HAVE SO MUCH. I dont understand. Can I use oxbow+seeds?

  43. Lmao u should start ur own food brand 😂

  44. Hello where do you get your herbs? Thank you

  45. I’ve been researching hamsters for almost 3 years! My dad still refuses to let me get one, I even would pay for him ):

    (Him is the hamster)

  46. Hey Victoria I have a question if you put sunflower seeds in there mix can they open them themselves

  47. What about sunflower

  48. what ingredients did you use in your seed mix? (i’ll look it up and calculate it) i just want to know what’s best! thanks.

  49. Can you crush a solid hamster food mold to feed your hamster

  50. I'm a bit confused. I'm planning on getting a hamster, which I'm going to take care of with my nine-year-old sister. I have no clue what type of food to get, and the calculator you displayed at 3:44 is a bit too confusing for me… I have a limited amount of money to spend, so I want to buy the fewest food brands as possible, while still having enough for a healthy diet

  51. I feed a mix of 60% Higgins, 38% Harlan Teklad, 2% mealworms.

    The Teklad is sourced through wee companions dot com. Wee companions is a hamster rescue and is priced at $1.25 per pound the shipping is About $8.

  52. Thank you for this Information I didn’t know this only just had my hamster

  53. Recipe to your mix?? I would to make one!!

  54. can you please make a video about the mix you make? And showing all the stuff you put in there? or do you already have a video about that? Cause it looks so good and i want a hamster but im first doing some research.

  55. Can a hamster have frozen blue berrys.

  56. This is so helpful. Thank you for sharing and keeping us informed.

  57. Are flax seeds and chia seeds good for hamsters

  58. I didn’t know hamsters can eat that many mealworms all the time 😮 like your seed mix had a lot of mealworms and I usually give mines about a few mealworms a week as treats

  59. I'm actually researching into what I can do for my son's school hamster. They just have a regular seed diet for the hamster. I offered to help them get all they need for proper care, and they were delighted for the help! It's even going to be a project for the kids to learn so they can learn about natural habitats and proper animal care. This video is AWESOME in helping me get everything I need to help them get the best diet for the little guy. Thanks so much!

  60. CAN YOU PLEASE SELL CUSTON SEED MIXES AND HERBS!!!!!

  61. would tropical carnival be ok?

  62. Sunflower seeds are 50% fat.

  63. Does anyone know if gerbils diets should be close to this too? because i’ve been researching and don’t want to give my gerbils the wrong type of food. please help, i love my animals and want to keep them happy and healthy!

  64. I'm a bit worried about my hamster she is provided with a hide but she never sleeps there she would rather sleep in the corner is that bad?

  65. Do I give my hammy salads everyday?

    BTW I love your videos💕

  66. Good points
    ☺️😋

  67. You should start selling ur mix! I would buy it!

  68. “Mom can I get some mealworms for my-

    “NO”

  69. Do a hamster cooking video. Make some pancakes for ur hammy

  70. I'm thinking about getting a hamster, although I'm highly allergic to peanuts
    and I cant seem to find a variety mix that doesn't have peanuts in it. Please help me if you
    have any suggestions on what to do or what food I can give them that still has
    variety but no peanuts.

  71. Where did you get your food bowls? Specifically the clay/ceramic looking one?

  72. I think we in germany have the ,more or less, perfekt mixture for hamsters. Its called ZwerghamsterTraum.

  73. Hi Victoria! How have you been? You have helped me A LOT sharing your knowledge! But, I have a question related to this mix that you make, I can see some insects… are those actually those that you buy for reptiles? If so, are they safe to feed my hamster with? Xx

  74. i owned hamsters in past im getting a syrian for my 20th birthday i love hamsters they are ominovors they eat fruits veggies and seeds and spray i recommand menu or wild harvest

  75. My hamster is so picky. I haven't tried with meat yet tho. He loves bugs, sun flower seeds, nuts, those hard carrot and green nutrients , banana chips and corn chips I guess? And his died is kinda low on these and full of other seeds he wont even eat.

  76. My friend uses hamster muesli it has sweet corn (dried), dried banana, pellets, lettece (dried) and she also gives him mealworms . She is really curious if that is the right diet for him xx

  77. what brand or kind of herbs do you feed your hamster? I want to start scatter feeding with my hamsters. Is the rosewood natures salad safe for them?

  78. I give mostly seeds and mizuri rodent food and I give a very small amount of oxbow pellets scattered around his cage as a treat

  79. my hamster only eat the sunflower seed. what should i do?

  80. Do you feed the hamster freeze dried mealworms for reptiles?

  81. Please do a video on homage diet!

  82. Where do you get the herbs that are safe?

  83. Is that a ceramic or taracotta pot plate you’re using?! I like the look of it I just want to make sure I get what you’re using so I know it’s safe for my hamster, Mable ☺️

  84. I feed the Syrian, locusts. She loves hunting them when they hop around the massive Alaska cage

  85. can they eat tiny little watermelon peices?

  86. how much would i feed a hamster in like sunburst and mazuri rat and mouse diet together?

  87. I thought you can’t give hamsters lettuce?

  88. I feed my hamster lettuce, carrot, sub flower seeds, and corn. Is that okay?

  89. Can you make a video about your hamster mix? please!

  90. I had a hamster when I was very young and haven't had one since.
    I have been working at Petco for 3 months and want to learn more about them so I can recommend the best possible foods for these guys, since I feel personally responsible for the wellbeing of every animal in the store and the ones I sell. I appreciate this video very much so, I screenshotted the two foods you recommend mixing 50/50. I think that would be a good starting diet for new hamster owners and then they can add more variety and research more about them. I'm going to start recommending this video for them and maybe even making a public playlist for new hamster owners to cover food, housing, etc. and show them where they can find it so they will learn all the right information (and continue to fact check myself).
    Thank you so much for helping me better understand hamsters and their care requirements!!
    If there are any veteran hamster owners reading this, please tell me your favorite and least favorite things Petco sells for hamsters.
    I am already talking people out of critter trails, and if I'm successful in what I'm trying to do we won't be selling them very much in the future. We need to start carrying more 20 gallon long tanks because they're a good size for dwarfs, most of our reptiles and fish. They're basically the go to tank for every live animal department (other than birds) and we can't seem to keep them in stock long enough

  91. I wish I found you before I got my first hamster

  92. the only reason your hamster would get diarrhea from having veggies is because they are giving them veggies that are unsafe or TOO WATERY 😬 anything with high water content just gives u diarrhea everywhere in large amounts

  93. how can i get hamster herbs when i dont grow them i dont know there i can get good herbs???

  94. can hamsters eat peas?

  95. The paper I got when I bought my hamster has incorrect info and I spotted them right away thx to your videos!!!

  96. When im a hamster and your my owner ill be SOOOOOOO HAPPY AND HEALTHY LIKE LTRLLY ❤❤❤❤ i luv you so muchhh

  97. I hate bugs and worms but I’m willing to handle them if it means having a healthy and happy hamster!

  98. Wild harvest works perfectly and it meets everything

  99. my hamster has variety but it’s menu from walmart for now until i get the mealworms and i will buy sunburst and mazuri

  100. Can I use any type of sand for hamster bath?

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