What human foods can hamsters eat?

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What human foods can hamsters eat?
Hamsters can eat some types of human food. (hamster image by Patrik Lidaj from Fotolia.com)

A hamster's diet should consist of mostly high-quality, store-bought food that is designed especially for your furry pet. You can feed hamsters several different human foods as long as they are healthy. Human food should also be a treat and no more than about 10 per cent of your hamster's diet. Stick to healthy foods like whole grains, fresh vegetables and fresh fruit. Definitely skip the junk food.

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Fruits

Hamsters can eat the following fruits: apples (remove skin and seeds), bananas, cherries (remove the pit and stem), cranberries, blackberries, lychees, grapes (seedless), cantaloupe, honeydew, peaches (remove the pit), raspberries, plums (remove the pit), strawberries, raisins and blueberries.

Vegetables

Hamsters can eat the following vegetables: parsley, carrots, celery, broccoli, kale, sprouts, cauliflower, swede, spinach, peas, tomatoes, asparagus, cabbage (not too much), clover, cucumbers, zucchini, dandelion leaves, romaine lettuce, green beans, peas (cooked), corn, turnip, watercress, potatoes (cooked), sweet potatoes and squash.

Proteins/Dairy/Grains/Starches

Hamsters can eat the following foods: chicken (cooked), turkey (cooked), cottage cheese, eggs (scrambled or boiled), low-sugar baby food, minced beef (cooked with no fat or grease), deli ham, walnuts, peanuts (unsalted), brown rice (cooked and plain), pasta (whole wheat, cooked and plain), whole wheat bread, cereal (whole grain, no sugar), pumpkin seeds, lentils, sunflower seeds and popcorn (plain air-popped, no salt or butter).

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