Dwarf Hamster Food List

dwarf hamster food - seedless grapeNot all dwarf hamster food is equal

Dwarf hamster food usually comes in the form of hamster mixes but the occasional fresh food is also fine. However, not all fresh food can be fed to dwarf hamsters as they may be toxic. Different species of dwarf hamsters also have different food requirements. For example, Russian dwarf hamsters such as Winter Whites and Campbells are not able to eat many fresh fruit because fruit are mostly high sugar and these hamsters get diabetes easily. Some people prefer not to feed their Russian dwarves fruit because they think it may cause diabetes. Roborovskis, on the other hand, can enjoy a seedless grape now and then (like my hamster in the photo ^_^)

Some food is toxic for hamsters and pets

And then there are the foods that are toxic or unhealthy for all types of hamsters. The obvious ones are human junk food like potato chips, chocolate, and candy. But there are also food that are seemingly harmless but are still very bad for your hamster. For example, Avocadoes contain a substance that can cause heart failure in pets when eaten in large quantities. Bitter almonds contain cyanide which can be highly toxic to small pets.

Dwarf hamster safe food list

To help you pick the right dwarf hamster food, here’s a list of food for dwarf hamsters that are safe. Unlike other lists on the internet, I have 1) checked that they are safe from various sources12 2) given these food to my hamsters and can confirm that they are safe. I will update the list as I find more food. If a food is not on the list and you would like me to check, please leave a comment below!

Important: Please feed these food in moderation. They should never be used to replace a hamster food mix or pellet

Grains, seeds and nuts:

  • Barley
  • Cashew
  • Flaxseed
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Peanut
  • Pumpkin seed
  • Quinoa
  • Sesame seed
  • Sunflower seed
  • Walnut


  • Asparagus
  • Basil
  • Bean sprouts
  • Bell pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Choy sum
  • Cooked potato
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Green bean
  • Kale
  • Okra (a.k.a ladies’ fingers)
  • Spinach
  • Watercress
  • Wheatgrass


  • Brown rice pasta
  • Boiled egg
  • Mealworm (yikes, but they love it)
  • Grasshopper
  • Crickets
  • Cooked plain salmon
  • Cooked plain chicken
  • Tofu
  • Yogurt


You may notice that I didn’t include any fruit. That’s because most fruit is high in sugar and bad for Russian dwarves which get diabetes easily. This is why I think some fruits are okay for diabetic or diabetes-prone hamsters. Don’t give these to your winter white, campbell’s, hybrid, or Chinese hamsters if you’re worried.

  • Apple (without seeds)
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Cantaloupe
  • Coconut
  • Cherry
  • Grape (without seeds)
  • Guava
  • Honeydew
  • Lychee
  • Papaya
  • Peach (without pit)
  • Pear
  • Plum (without pit)
  • Starfruit
  • Strawberry


Once again, if there is anything that’s not on the list but you would like me to check, please leave a comment below. Thank you for reading!

References and further reading:
  1. Safe and Unsafe Foods for Hamsters []
  2. Food for your hamster []
  • Lily

    Can dwarf hamsters eat carrots?

    • Sarah Yee

      Hi! It depends on which species of dwarf hamster. If it’s a Roborovski dwarf hamster, then carrots are fine in small amounts.

      For Winter Whites, Campbell’s and Chinese dwarf hamsters, most experienced owners recommend not to give them carrots because these hamsters are more prone to diabetes and carrot is one of the foods that are higher in sugar.

  • casey

    can they have lattace? (sorry about spelling)

    • Sarah Yee

      Hi Casey

      Yes, they can have lettuce but make sure it’s not Iceberg Lettuce because that contains lots of water and very little nutrients. You want to give them something that has plenty of nutrients, like spinach!

  • Juni

    Can Dwarf hamsters eat corn?

  • FF

    Hi. I really enjoy your blog. Keep it up :)
    Umm one question though. When travelling with pets for long distances, usually we have to put in fruits as a source of hydration for them. What fruit do you recommend for winter whites, given that they’re more prone to diabetes?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah Yee

      Hi and thank you!

      Cucumbers or lettuce would be good as a source of hydration. And in this case since it’s used mainly for hydration (I’m assuming you’ll have no other source of water/water bottle during travel), Iceberg lettuce would be fine.

      If it has to be a piece of fruit, a piece of apple would also do the job. I’ve seen recommendations not to give diabetes-prone hamsters apples and I used to adhere to this too, but have been reading up a little more and it seems apples and some other fruits might not be so bad after all. I’ll be doing a post on this soon and updating the above list with suitable fruits!

      • FF

        Yeah because when using water bottles during travel, the cage tends to get all wet.
        Looking forward to your new posts. Thank you :)

  • Hayley

    Hi, I feed my chinese dwarf hamsters their basic hamster food from the shop but sometimes i jus feed them apple, is this bad? Because the shop that I got them from said I can feed them apple but a lot of websites say I shouldn’t because of the acid? What else should I feed them as I want to spice up their diet!

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah Yee

      Hi, apples are actually fine in small amounts. However, you’ll want to give them their basic hamster food as the bulk of their diet and only give the apple once a week and only a dime-sized piece each time. This is because the apple doesn’t contain all the nutrients that they need.

      The food listed in the post above can all be given to your Chinese dwarf hamsters but remember that whatever you give them should be in small amount and on top of their hamster mix, not as a replacement for it.

      I personally like giving my hamsters a bit of flaxseed, sunflower seeds, and broccoli.

      Hope this helps!

  • Shirli White

    Hi.I feed my campbells dwarf hamster carrots every once in a while.Is that ok?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Sorry for the late reply, I would have said no a while back but after some more reading, I think it’s alright now especially if you feed it only once in a while. Please see this for details http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/diabetic-hamsters-fruit/

  • Lisa

    Hi what about rice cakes

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Hi! What are the ingredients used in the rice cake? If there’s salt and other ingredients added to it, it might not be suitable. Plain rice (in very small amounts, used as a treat) would be better IMO.

  • Denise

    Would it be ok to give them a small piece of a tomato?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      I’ve read that tomato leaves and stalks are poisonous for hamsters but I think the tomato itself should be okay (in small amounts) Some people claim they are too acidic but others have fed them to their hamsters with no problems. Check out this thread on hamster central for more info on feeding tomatoes: http://www.hamstercentral.com/community/feeding-nutrition/43087-tomatoes.html

  • Kay

    Hi shoulld i feed my robo dwarf hamsters seed?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Hi! It depends on what kind of seed you’re talking about. Seeds like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, etc are healthy when fed in moderation. Give only a few seeds everyday as treats/rewards because otherwise they’ll hoard it and eat only that!

  • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

    Sorry, I missed your comment! Yes, they can have a small piece of apple now and then :)

  • Lynne’

    r they allowed raw brocoli or only cooked ??

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Both are fine in small amounts. As for carrots, some people do not feed it to their Russian dwarf hamsters because Russian dwarves are prone to diabetes. I used to think that but after reading up a little more, I think carrots are actually okay in small amounts too.

  • KatieeMichelle2013

    How do you prepare the ToFu for the little guys?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      I just scoop some from the package and give it to them straight. Usually outside their cage because I don’t want to mess up their bedding/cages

  • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

    If it’s just plain dry pasta (read the ingredients to be sure), it should be okay as an occasional treat and in small amounts :)

  • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

    They can, there’s nothing wrong with Spinach :)

  • Emily17

    My hamster is sick! I think its because I fed him too many fruits and veggies! I have 2 hamsters. One of them is absolutely fine but the other is sick! really sick! Its really cold in here-(my country) so in the afternoons we put our hamsters in the balcony in the sun. But today I saw that my hamster’s fur was wet and it was still for a long time. I thought it was gone…but AMEN…God saved him. He is still alive now. It hasn’t ate anything since the whole day. No fruits, no veggies, no bread, no nuts! :(
    What do I do? It also couldn’t walk when it was sick. Its winter now and we have a blanket for the ham-ham. Does that help? Tell me what I can feed it and what kind of weather is good for my ham. PLEASE…

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Do you have a hamster mix? You should give it a hamster food mix or pellet instead of just fruits, veggies, or nuts which are meant to be used as treats (no bread please, there might be added salt and/or sugar in it). You can find food mixes and pellets for hamsters in any good pet store or online.

      Hamsters do well in about 65 – 75 degrees F (18 to 23 degrees C) but a little higher or lower would be fine if they have a hideout and nesting material that they can use to keep themselves cool/warm. The blanket probably helps! You can also shred some tissue and let the hamsters use them as nesting material.

      Please don’t put your hamsters in the balcony anymore. They should not be put in direct sunlight or exposed to drafts and should generally be kept indoors.

    • critterlove

      dwarf hamsters can die from exposure to sunlight, and get sunstroke too..and die. Why do you have a pet you haven’t properly researched, i knoew this the day before getting one, and so should anyone thinking of getting any animal, read everything you can on the type of animal, please people! take some responsibility if you’re gonna look after a life!!

  • hamsterlover339

    can they eat carrots??????

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah


  • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

    Hi! Yup

  • ava

    can you feed them lettuce

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Yes, except for iceberg lettuce because it doesn’t have a lot of nutritional value

  • Tori

    where do you get tofu??

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Most supermarkets should have them. Or try an asian grocery store ^^

  • babs

    Help I gave mine a bit of an almond will he die

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      I don’t think so. There are actually sweet almonds which are okay for them, but because people usually can’t tell the difference between the two, it’s better not to feed them almonds at all. But if your hamster just had a bit of an almond, it probably wouldn’t kill him.

  • NL1412

    I don’t have a hamster yet, but I’m planning to get a WWR hamster. Should the sunflower seeds be cooked (the ones we eat) or should it be raw? Thanks.

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Hi! The sunflower seeds should be raw. The ones that we eat usually contain added salt so it’s not a good idea to give it to a hamster ^_^ Also, the food in the list above are all raw (even the pasta!)

      • Jenni

        Oh cool, I was wondering about the pasta (and grains) – good to know! We grow giant sunflowers in the summer – I guess we can share the harvest with our little robo Sonya now! :)

  • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

    Yes in small amounts. There is a lot of water in cucumber and too much could give them diarrhea. It’s actually in the above list! :)

  • Ally

    Hello! I love your blog, and it’s always my go-to spot when I have questions. Can dwarf hamsters eat popcorn if it’s plain and unsalted? Thanks so much!

  • Kenny

    Can I feed my hamsters things like carrots or potato?

    • iudqk

      yep :)

  • Hamster

    Is this safe? It has apples but… I’m not sure Its called
    The Missing Link Ultimate Health & Beauty Small Animal Formula

  • Emily G.

    HI im getting a hammy soon and my friend who has a hammy gives her Syrian hamster peanut butter but since im getting a Russian dwarf hamster I don’t know if that’s good for them

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Hi, it’s not really good for them. Most peanut butters contain additional salt and sugar so I would not give too much to a hamster (if at all).

    • Rachel

      never feed your hamster peanut butter, it can get stuck in their pouches

      • Emily G.

        I have been feeding my dwarf hammy peanut butter not a lot and they are perfectly fine and healthy

  • Emily G.

    can I feed my little Russian dwarf hamster cheese we think she is prego and we should feed her protein

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Hi, I would recommend boiled egg instead of cheese. Boiled egg is much healthier and is also high protein :)

  • Emily G.

    yea well hammy not prego any more she just gave birth like a couple of hours ago

  • maggie

    Can they eat cooked or raw peas?

  • gustav

    yeah probably

  • Emily G.

    on a different site that I looked at it said they could have cooked chicken what do you think would that be a good thing for my sis hammy who is currently nursing 4-5 baby hamsters to eat?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Yup, some people give their hamsters cooked chicken occasionally and it’s fine if the chicken is boiled in plain water with no seasoning is added to it.

  • Frankie

    can my russian dwarf rovoroski hamster eat carrots

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Hi, Russian dwarves and Roborovski hamsters are different but yes, they can both have carrots as a treat :)

  • Cameron

    Petco employees said I can use cabbage to deliver the probiotics that help prevent wet tail…?

    • Delaney

      I heard that too and used. It works great!

  • hamster lover

    hi i need to know if my robo hamster can have green bean, corn, peas and carrots when ther forzen

  • B;ah!!
  • Valencemonkey

    Wow, just gave Boo a bit of asparagus and it was more than an instant hit. She went nuts for it!

  • Treat Q

    Hi. I’m thinking of getting a Robo hamster and saw these treats online:

    [Raw materials]
    Flour, eggs, sugar, skim milk powder, vegetable oil, beer yeast, casein, vitamins, vitamins minerals
    [Contents] 110 g

    Are they unhealthy because of there being sugar, casein, and added vitamins?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      I’m not sure the caesin and added vitamins are unhealthy although I would avoid anything with sugar in it. Treats like these are kind of like junk food for hamsters — use very sparingly if at all ^^

  • AnastasiyaKnight

    I have a robo hamster and I have to go on a vacation soon and of course, I’m going to take Omnom with me. It’s about four to six hours away. Any suggestions on what to give him on the way up there to keep him happy and healthy until we can get him back to his cage?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Hi! I would suggest a piece of cabbage or any vegetable that is high in water to keep him hydrated throughout the journey (I’m assuming you’re going by car and a water bottle would just leak everywhere)

  • sasha


    • Tiffany T

      The average dwarf hamster lives approximately 2-3 years in captivity. I’ve given my roborovski dwarf hamster both banana and lettuce and she really enjoyed them. Also, small quantities of carrots, blueberry’s, and raspberry’s are ok too. Remember to only give your new hamster fruits and veggies sparingly, because hamsters tend to hoard food in their checks and wet foods like the ones I mentioned above have the possibility of becoming spoiled while in their mouths. Also remember to remove these foods from it’s cage no later then 1 day after putting them in to reduce the risk of bugs going into the cage and of the foods becoming moldy. Happy birthday!

    • claude

      hi , dwarf hamsters can eat lettuse and banannas and live for 2-3 years

    • hammywuver

      Yes, they can have lettuce just make sure it is not iceberg lettuce as it doesn’t digest well and ad very high qualities of water (which can be bad.) and it doesn’t provide and nutrients or anything so why bother? Bannanas yes, just not large quantities and only sometimes because they contain high quantities of sugar, and dwarfs are more prone to dibeaties. Hoped this helped!

    • cheetah new hamster is mine

      dwarf hamsters live about three to two years and yes bananas and lettuce is good for them and try to go to ur local petco or petsmart to find a good food brand

    • Helen Cooper

      They last up to 2/3 years

  • Tiffany T

    Yes. I’ve given my robo hamster strawberries and she was just fine.

  • Pepper the hamster

    Hi! I got a hamster from a friend who didn’t take good care of her and I want to give her the best possible life. She came with Wild Harvest Nutrition Diet for hamsters and gerbils and I was wondering if this is a good brand to feed her.Thank you in advance:)

  • Lily

    Hi! I got a Robo Dwarf hamster 4 months ago and I’ve seen some videos where people are feeding their hamsters banana chips… I want to feed it to my hamster,but,I don’t know if it’s safe.

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      If the banana chips are plain (not fried or has salt or sugar or anything else added to it), they should be okay for robos as an occasional treat :)

      • claude

        hi , how are u my name is claude and i am 10 years and have three dwarf hamsters and one was born last week and want her to be healthy what shoude i feed her

      • claude


    • claude

      sadly not the hamster will get very sick

  • gabs

    Can dwarf hamsters eat strawberries? I have a russian campbell.

    • claude

      no they will get dibeties .

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Yes they can, please see my update on the article above for more information :)

  • LovelyLittleHammy

    Can Russian Dwarf Hamsters eat peas or pea pods?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Hi, yes they can! :) It’s an ingredient in many food mixes too

    • claude

      yes,peas and pea pods

  • jazmin jaramillo

    Can dwarf russian hamsters eat any kind of bugs?

    • claude


    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Sarah

      Not any kind of bugs, but there are some they can eat. It’s best if you got the bugs from the pet store so you know that they are safe.

  • claude

    if two hamsters are bigger than a other will they hurt her

  • Mara

    What is the best brand of food for a little Russian hammie? Mine love vita kraft but wanting to try something new.

  • Matthew

    Is there dried food/gibbles etc. that my Robo Dwarf Hamster can eat?

  • Faith

    Can they eat kiwi?

  • madison kohut

    I have a robo hamster named turbo. He’s my best friend and I wouldn’t feed them those. If the number one ingredient is suger I wouldn’t but if its once in awhile maybe. I love hamsters and it would be hard not to give him one because their so cute! But over all I wouldn’t.

  • liny201

    Seedless watermelon and carrots?

  • Austn02


    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog


  • Jennifer Rethman

    banana chips? (dried bananas) I ask this because my rabbit absolutely loves dried bananas. So we buy a lot. And it would be nice if we had two reasons to buy it. :)

  • Krystle Sunbury Cranmer

    How often should I give my Campbell’s dwarf fresh veggies?

    • cheetah new hamster is mine

      u should probably give ur hamster fresh veggies every two to three days because the fresh stuff is like treats to them

  • kai595

    What about the inside of a raw pumpkin?

    • cheetah new hamster is mine

      the seeds are ok but I don’t know about the stringy stuff

  • kai595

    What about the inside is a raw pumpkin for my Russian Dwarf Hamster?

  • forestgirl24


  • Sz3_Y1

    Carrot? ?? Is it okay? How long give them a small treat ?? If they just give birth & the baby died. What I can do for them?? What supplement do the female hamster need ?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

      Yes, a small piece is okay. You can give them a treat every few days. Give your female hamster protein-rich food like mealworm, plain eggwhite, boiled chicken, etc

  • whiteflower17

    Hi there. I have a winter white female hamster and a dwarf hamster which im not sure of the its breed. It has red eyes. What are the best veges and fruits that I can feed these breeds with?

    • cheetah new hamster is mine

      I don’t afficolly know but I have a dwarf hamster as well so I would suggest carrots and lettuce to start with the go to ur local pet store and find a good food brand (I would suggest katyee or its spelled something like that )

  • dane

    Can a dwarf hamster have water melon?

    • lemonkiss

      no there’s too much water content, it will cause diarhea

  • Andra

    Hi, i just got my two robo dwarf hamsters yesterday, they have been so great and playful I love them! I have a small bowl that i keep their food in, but they always hop in it and kick all the food out into the bedding. Is there a way to avoid this or should i not worry about it? other than that they have been great little friends! even though they won’t take any fresh veggies or food yet!

    • Andra

      I also just noticed that I accidentally got them a chunky gourmet diet food that is for guinea pigs… did not even pay attention. it has only been a day. but what should i do?

    • Jes

      What about pistachios? My Russian dwarf seems to love peanuts and almonds as a treat but I ran out so tonight I gave him an unsalted Out of the shell pistachio .. Hoping it’s safe bc he snatched it outa my hand , pocketed in his cheek and buried himself lol so there’s no way I’m getting that sucker back

      • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

        hahh that’s so cute! my russian dwarves do that with their treats too. and yes, unsalted pistachios are fine

  • Brenna

    I have a daddy and mommy dwarf hamster, and 2 of their babies because I sold 2 and one died. Would they any kind of cheese? Or crackers?

    • cheetah new hamster is mine

      I wouldn’t suggest the cheese or crackers because salt aint good for them. nor is the stuff cheese has plus u don’t know what is put on the chees for flavor or if it has something poisonous in it.

  • Alexis Sava

    I had a Syrian hamster and I feed them healthy diet food brand is kaytee would it be OK to feed those to a winter white dwarf hamster? Just asking iam new at dwarf hamsters. Please let me know thank u

  • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

    Banana peels are completely edible! :) My hamsters don’t seem to like them though. I’m glad the blog was useful for you!

  • Melissa Pankey

    Can my robo hammi eat wax worms? i got some for my spider but i kno the spider wont eat them all before they die. is it okay??
    Also i tried to give mine fresh lettace but he wasnt interested in it >.<

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

      Yes, they can eat that

      • Melissa Pankey

        well at first i thought he wasnt gonna eat it so i went to take it out of his cage and he nabbed it and devoured it… O.O

      • chibi

        Can they eat long beans
        ? ?

  • Hamsterlover

    I have two russian darf hamsters can they have cauliflower leaves?

  • JJ

    Can winter whites eat all natural dehydrated chicken and sweet potato dog treats?

  • Ashley Jacoby

    I’m going to get one, this summer and I want it to live a happy long life! This blog is really helping me out. Thank u very much!!! So when I first get it do I just feed it anything that is on the list or what?

  • Bailey

    What about carrots? I am getting robo hamsters this weekend and baby carrots are something i always have in my fridge and i know they are ok for other hamsters. What about robo hamsters?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

      They’re okay for robo hamsters too! :)

      • Bailey

        Cool thanks

      • chibi

        What about dried blueberries and dried cranberries ? ?

  • Bailey

    One more question. What about peanut butter? I have seen hamster treats with peanut butter in them.

  • Kc

    Can i feed my hammies some dog pellet?

    • Lisa

      I would NOT feed your hammies with dog food.

  • hinata447

    Can i feed my Winter white dwarf hamster cheerios? i heard you can but i just want to confirm it.

  • Lisa

    Try to feed them the sunflower seeds and sweetcorn after they have eaten the rest of the food.

  • Abby

    Carrots are ok 2, my teddy bear hamster loves them, also… Her FAVOURITE food is rice krispies

  • Abby

    Can my hamster have salty sunflower seeds?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

      Nope, salted is not good for them

  • khamsterownwerarlo

    Can I feed my hamster small quantities of peanut butter? A video I watched said I could put some on some of his chews to get him to chew them but I’m not sure

  • hamsterlove

    can my hamsters eat raisins

  • BrittLynn

    My daughter received a Robo Dwarf Hamster as a gift from a cousin and I know absolutely nothing about them. Can anyone give me some basic and anything they think is important to know about the care of them please

  • BrittLynn

    My daughter received a Robo Dwarf Hamster as a gift today from a cousin and I know absolutely nothing about them. Can anyone give me some basic and anything they think is important to know about the care of them please? I was told to feed her 1 cricket a week as a source of protein?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

      Hi, please take a look at these pages:
      For supplies and general intro – http://dwarfhamsterblog.com
      For hamster care info – http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/dwarf-hamster-care
      For robo hamster specific stuff – http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/robo-dwarf-hamster

      You can also use the search on the sidebar to find anything else you need. Hope this helps!

    • cheetah new hamster is mine

      yes me I can
      they are fast tiny small shy and they don’t eat much or drink much
      so what u want to do is have the right size cage, bedding , food and toys
      I have one and her name is cheetah last night I lost her in my closet but luckly my dad helped me catch her
      how to catch them is put one hand in front of them and have ur other hand ready behind it and back it up with the front hand and cup the back hand to scoop it up
      it depends on what sex it is( male, female) to find out what it is either male or female go to ur regular vet and have the vet check it out so u can see if its helthy or not
      u also need to have it on a good diet ( read the food list above on what to feed it)
      hope that help u some I am having to look more up on more stuff for mine
      and plus I have never fed mine a criket before so I have no clue on that

    • Emily G.

      so I think one of the most important things is the cage, depending on how tiny it is, you may need to block off some of the bigger holes in the cage. place the cage in a low area so that if it is able to squeeze it’s self through the cage bars, it will not fall and break it’s back. the food on the other hand I didn’t find to be that big of a problem, just look at some of the online lists of things you can feed them as like fruits and veggies, but don’t feed them too much of those, keep namely to a store bought hamster food and don’t switch up their diet so much. Bedding I didn’t find to be much of a problem just check you hamster carefully for any red sores, and watch out for mites, we lost lots of hamsters to those little devils.

  • Concerned Sister

    What happens when you feed your Syberian Dwarf Hamster Tomatoe? my little sister accidently did and now the hamster is acting strange. Shes making noises ive never heard before, and when i was holding her it was as if she was trying to get something out of her. please help, i am really worried :( thank you

  • cheetah new hamster is mine

    what about dandelions? I have some in my backyard and I read a book that said on the diet page that they eat dandelions. my hamster`s name is cheetah and she is a Robo Dwarf hamster (aka Roborosky`s hamster) I don’t know what to feed her except her store food. I got Saturday, March
    fourteenth this year and she only had the bag of food with her and I was told to refill it every end of the week. I don’t know wat to feed her

  • cheetah new hamster is mine

    I got a robo hamster last Saturday and she doesn`t eat much at all. her previous owner filled her food bowl and cheetah stashes what she wants but doesn`t eat the rest what should I do and are dandelions ok for Robovsky`s hamters?(aka robo hamsters).

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

      Hi, store-bought food should be the main food she eats. It’s okay and normal if she stashes them away or leaves some food in the bowl. It’s also likely that she’s eating some of her stashed food (I would be worried if she’s not touching the food at all but since she is stashing them away, it shows that she at least likes them enough to do that)

      And yes, dandelions are okay

      • cheetah new hamster is mine

        thx so much I am glad u approved on the dandelions but what if she doesn’t u know umm like come out of her hiding place much and seems to be scared all the time but keeps doing the on the lookout pose is that ok or should I do something about it because im scared that she doesn’t like u know umm eat what she stashes because when I cleaned out her cage last night I found almost all of her stash untouched
        what should I do
        plz reply quickly im scared

        • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

          Hi, it’s okay if she hides. The lookout pose is totally normal too. How much food are you giving her and how often?

          • cheetah new hamster is mine

            the previous owner filled her bowl to the top and the bowl is about two inches deep I feed her only half now because it was a lot to feed her that much and can they have grape tomatoes?
            I feed her well I don’t know when to feed her because her bowl is left in the cage and she stashes some of it and I don’t know when she is done stashing things and I just put new food in her bowl

          • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

            Hi, you’re doing it right. It’s okay if she stashes away food and doesn’t eat them immediately. That’s normal behavior and hamsters in the wild do that a lot too. Just refill her bowl when you see it empty/nearly empty. And yes, they can have grape tomato, just make sure the leaves and stem are removed (can be toxic to hamsters)

          • cheetah new hamster is mine

            but what if they are wrinkly(the tomatoes)/?/?
            can I still feed them to her??//?/?/

          • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

            I don’t think that’s a problem unless it’s spoiled? If it’s something you’re going to throw out, don’t give it to your hamster

          • cheetah new hamster is mine

            ok thx
            I got back from a sleep over today and I don’t think my dad put new food into cheetahs food bowl
            other than take the old food out and put new food in
            wat should I do??

          • Natalie T

            NO TOMATOES PLEASE, tomatoes are bad for hamsters.

      • Chibi

        Are dried blueberries and dried cranberries OK for my winter hamster?

  • cheetah new hamster is mine

    yes they love carrots
    carrots help their teeth become the right lenth and very good for hamsters

  • cheetah new hamster is mine

    I have that same problem mine only takes out the stuff she likes
    try ur local petco they might have something

  • cheetah new hamster is mine

    thx for helping me on the “if they could live to four years” thing/question I had
    I have the smallest dwarf hamster kind of hamter

  • Johanna I. Noguez

    can russian dwarf hamsters eat potato or potato pealings??

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

      Yes, if it’s cooked

  • Gi

    What about plain popcorn?

  • Natalie T

    Another veggie that hammies love is zucchini. I fed that to my dwarf robo, Crumb, and he loved it!

  • Jocelyn

    Hello I am currently living in Japan and bought a hamster two days ago. My friend said its a dwarf hamster but im wondering what kind of dwarf she is. I do not speak much Japanese at all so I was not able to communicate well with the people that worked at the pets shop. Also she is very active and loving. I am not sure how much to feed her. Also she drinks very little water is there anything I can do to get her to drink more?
    also the food mix I got her has tiny dried fish is that fine for her to eat everyday?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

      Hi Jocelyn, your hamster looks like a winter white dwarf hamster. You might want to take a look at this: http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/russian-dwarf-hamster/

      • Jocelyn

        She is a Sapphire Winter White :)
        Thank you!

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

      Does the food mix show the nutritional content and feeding instructions? If you have no idea how much to give her, it’d be better to give more. Hamsters are more likely to stash away the excess than to overeat.

      Also, she might be drinking less because she’s in a new environment and still getting used to it. I wouldn’t worry unless she’s not drinking at all.

      • Jocelyn

        I cannot read anything on the bag of food mix, It is all in Japanese.
        The pet store I got her from use to fill her bowl up to the top I don’t give her anywhere near that much food. I give her about 4 pieces from the red and green mix, the second mix I give her only one sunflower seed, 1 dried fish and a couple of the other things in the mix (carrot, corn and the other two things in there I am not sure what they are) then I give her the thing in the baggy they break off into little balls and I give her one of those. Then for a snack/treat I will give her one or two of these items: broccoli, lettuce, bell pepper, celery, and a baby puff since it only has 1g of sugar. It sounds like a lot of food but I don’t think it is but then again I don’t know much about hamsters.

        • Jocelyn

          I give her about this much. I was told they weren’t suppose to eat a lot by a friend. As soon as I put the food in its gone either in her tummy or her little house. Is this too small of a portion? I feel like I may be starving her? Before I go to bed I do add a little bit more of food in her bowl because I feel like she doesn’t get enough food.

          • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

            Hmm, it looks like a really small portion. I would give her more if I were you BUT I googled a bit and found some info the food you bought, including the feeding recommendations.

            1) http://amzn.to/1FaqeBt
            2) http://amzn.to/1Faqi40

            The nutritional data for the first food is:

            which translates into 22%~ protein, 5%~ fat, ~7% fiber and ~10% ash and water.

            The second one:


            has 13.7%~ protein, 16.9%~ fat, ~2.8% ash, 9.2% water and 16.4% fibre.

            Both look alright to me especially if you are giving them together. I prefer the first one though since it’s higher protein and lower fat.

            For both, the feeding guideline on the box says to give 2 grams of food per day per 15 grams of weight so you’ll need to weigh your hamster and figure out how much food to give it based on its weight.

            The main food is more important than the snacks although I think it’s great that you are giving her vegetables. The baby puff should be given only occasionally if at all because it has very little nutritional value.

            Hope this helps!

          • Jocelyn

            My husband is in the Military and we are getting sent somewhere for a month our plane ride is about 11 hours long. Would it be okay if I brought my hammy Emi with us on our trip? Will it stress her out too much? I have a friend who can watch her but she has a bird, cat and a baby that is about to arrive. Emi is my baby and I would like to take her with me but im nervous if the plane ride would be too much for her?

          • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

            Hi Jocelyn, I don’t have any experience with traveling on a plane with a hamster, but this article might help: http://gopetfriendlyblog.com/pet-travel-hamster-syle/

            The article is written by a lady who shares her experience and tips for plane travel with a hamster. According to the article, her hamster “showed no signs of stress: he ate, slept, and exercised as usual”

  • Emily

    Hi, I have 2 Russian Dwarfs.
    after I read your post (which by the way was excellent) I noticed that in Vegetables Carrot wasn’t listed.
    please could you get back to me on weather Carrot is safe or is not.
    thanks bye.

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

      Thanks! Carrot is safe, I’ve just added in it :)

  • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

    They can have celery in small pieces. I believe the advice about not giving your hamster celery because it’s too stringy is referring to not giving the hamster the entire stalk of celery.

  • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

    Hi Dalia

    Carrots are fine. You might want to read this: http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/diabetic-hamsters-fruit/ It’s for fruit but also applies to carrots :)

  • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

    Yup, tomato is okay (just remove the leaves and stem). And like any other fruit or vegetable, it should be given in small amounts.

  • Jocelyn

    Hello my hamster Emi was born sometime in Febuary so she is still a baby. I normally give her pellets, millets, broccoli and this other hamster mix that has dried corn, carrots and these two types puff balls. She is very active on her wheel and she loves to come out of her cage for some mommy and hammy time. I clean her cage every morning and night. I normally change the bedding out every two to three days. every morning I give her fresh water. I feed her twice a day morning and night with her snack which is broccoli. She has been acting normal however her poops have been more watery not exactly diahrea they are still partially normal poop form but just soggy and a bit watery. I read it’s normal for hamster at a young age to get it, I also read I could be feeding her too much. But could this be wet tail? I’m in Japan so I can’t go find her that wet tail treatment people buy. And it’s hard to communicate with the vets.
    I had the stomach flu a little bit ago and held her on day one cause I didn’t know I was sick til later in the day and day four when I was feeling a bit better. Could I have gotten her sick? should I take her to the vet ?

    • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

      Hi, sorry for the late reply. Is Emi a dwarf hamster? Dwarves don’t really get wet tail and it doesn’t sound like wet tail either since it’s just soggy and not watery. And yes, it might be from the broccoli so you should reduce or stop giving it to her temporarily. You should bring her to the vet if it hasn’t gotten better by now though.

  • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

    Yes, they can have guava. And thanks for asking! I’ve added it to the list above :)

  • http://dwarfhamsterblog.com/ Dwarf Hamster Blog

    Hi, if this is the type you’re talking about: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant_noodle

    No, I wouldn’t recommend it. The noodle contains salt in it and is usually processed by oil frying so it’s already unhealthy even if you cook it plain.

  • Jonny Boon

    can they eat commercial pellets???????

  • michelle


    • Kira Hallam

      He is a Russian hamster. He looks like a campbell to me. Winter whites usually have a white face, however, these two breeds do get confused a lot so please forgive me if i am not correct. you could always take him to a store to find out for sure. as for the age i am not really that sure,

  • Angi Gomez

    Hi, we got my son a dwarf hamster yesterday. He is a young (1-2 month old) Djungarian dwarf hamster. I am a little concerned because I can’t tell if he’s eaten anything. He has plenty of (dried kaytee commercial) food in his bowl. So my question is, how much food do hamsters this age typically eat?

  • Marisa

    I got my Chinese hamster as a rescue from petco (we get all are pets from there). I got her 2 years ago and since then shes been fine, since she is a rescue we don’t know her true age. Is there a way to find out how old she is?

  • Kira Hallam

    you have to get your hamster use to your scent step by step.make sure she has plenty of treats and food in her cage. make sure she has lots of places to explore in her cage. once you have done this leave her in her cage for a little while. after this you should start talking to her in a soft, quiet and friendly voice to get her use to the sound of your voice. slowly begin to introduce yourself face to face (preferably i the cage) she can see you but not reach to bit you. begin to introduce your hand to her slowly stroking her, do this when she is most active as waking her up can startle her. then if she is no longer being so aggressive just begin to take her out and play with her in your room, not too high off the floor or your bed as she may get scared and fall. if this does not work start over taking a longer time with the steps. i hope this has helped.

  • Kira Hallam

    yes, hamsters are able to eat peanut butter. However, they are not able to eat a lots so just smear a little bit of peanut butter onto a chewing stick and they will love it. If they have too much peanut butter they are at risk of dying so please do not give generous amounts.

  • Izaiizaikun

    Alright not good with the whole conversation thing, but ive had two hamsters before this new one I got and the other two could have almonds but I was told by others not my russian hamster. So was wondering if she could have almonds or not?

    • gaillynndavis

      Almonds have naturally occurring arsenic in them…it is a slight amount and would not hurt a human or larger animal. Dwarves are so small that even naturally occurring amounts are compounded by their tiny size

  • Leah

    Are cooked green peas okay to feed my robo hamster? As a treat, obviously.

    • gaillynndavis

      I thawed some frozen ones to room temp and ours loved them. not sure about mushy canned ones though.

  • Luv Snowkitties

    I’m almost sure they can’t. Cause like, even little kids can’t eat popcorn because of the risk of choking.

  • Tasha Doty

    I would like to get a Dwarf for a classroom pet. However after looking at the mixed seeds i noticed they have nuts. I have severe nut allergies in the classroom. Can i just supplement with the list above excluding nuts?

  • Riylee Marie Winn

    Can a winter white hamster drink milk

  • Sophie

    Hi, I’m not sure about popcorn that humans eat but I know you can buy popcorn treats for your hamster. They are usually flavoured so are a different colour such as pink or green. Hope this helps :)

  • Sophie

    Hi :) I am about to get two dwarf hamsters for my birthday and I just wanna know if it is okay having two of them together (same gender) as my sister had a friend which had two of the same gender and one ended up eating the other…

    • gaillynndavis

      It is supposed to be okay if they are liter mates…after time alone or introducing a new hamster, dwarves can be a bit vicious

    • gaillynndavis

      if they are used to each other (i.e. have lived together already) our pet store guy said if you buy one, it is difficult to later introduce another one, but if you get ) them at the same tiem and they already were in the same cage,,,no worries

  • gaillynndavis

    They can eat pumpkin seeds; some other seeds (like strawberry) are also fine. Apple seeds have arsenic in them and while it occurs naturally, it would probably affect a dwarf hamster more than a larger human or other animal.

  • gaillynndavis

    They love the corn…

  • gaillynndavis

    I gave mine a small amount, but it is a bit surgary and since they can get diabetes easily, just give a bit once in awhile.

  • gaillynndavis

    Cheese stays wet in their mouths and can go bad in the cage quickly if wet. maybe the tiniest of morsels (like the size of a toll house chip or maybe even half that). They often like yogurt drops though

  • gaillynndavis

    I give them raw, that is how they would eat them in the wild, but as she says above make sure it is small amounts and intro new food individually, clean any uneaten bits from the cage after a day so they do not mold.

  • Madi

    are winter whites just completely white of can they have some darker patches? as my dwarf hamster (delilah) is almost completely white but has a small black patch from her ears to the tip o her nose but that’s the only darker bit on her, in the pet shop it wasnt set up in to breeds only gender and sizes! please reply if you know :)

  • Brandi Warner

    My dwarf hamster swallowed a blueberry whole, I’m worried about him. He is our family pet.

    • gaillynndavis

      he probably did not swallow it, but stuck it in his cheek pouch. if he is running and fin the next day, preobably no worries

  • Katie

    My hammy eats hamster treats

  • Natty

    Are dwarf hamsters allowed to eat pasta? And if they are cooked or uncooked?

    • gaillynndavis

      not sure. if you try it, I would use the whole wheat or organic kind. since it is not something they would eat in the wild, I would not give it to them, but they eat yogurt and other things not in the wild…

  • gaillynndavis

    if they are used to each other (i.e. have lived together already, then yes..) our pet store guy said if you buy one, it is difficult to later introduce another one, but if you get them at the same tiem and they already were in the same cage,,,no worries

  • gaillynndavis

    can they eat cabbage?

  • Smellyrules 101

    I just got a Russian dwarf hamster for Christmas and want to know what treats that I’m supposed to give him. Can you please list a few?

    • gaillynndavis

      If by treats you mean candy or such, do not give them that. Treats can be fresh fruit or veg listed on this site.

  • caitlin

    Hi I just got 2 dwarf hamsters last week and I’m not entirely sure what kind of dwarf hamsters they are because the pet shop didn’t let us know and the signs above the cages only said dwarf hamster could you possibly help me identify the breed thankss(p.s their from the same litter so their the same breed)

    • Gracie Wilsher

      If it has white blobs above its eyes as if they were eyebrows, it’s a Roboroski I’m certain, though you can get white faced robos
      Campbells normally have a darker brown shade of their normal fur down there back
      and Winter Whites I think are white, though that could just be in winter, not too sure there
      Plus I know you probably know by now but oh well :3

  • Mea

    Me and my sister spontaneously got a pet robo dwarf hamster yesterday. Its a girl and she seems happy. I am however worried about the food I gave her. Its says its for hamsters but is there special dwarf hamster food? The food is about her size and I haven’t seen her eat very much. She is a baby and I just want to make sure she’s getting everything she needs. Any suggestions? Thank you

    • gaillynndavis

      They are small, but mine eats pumpkin seeds and lots of parts of the hamster food. At 3 stores here in Winston-Salem, NC there is no specific dwarf ham food. We give ours extras like a slice of carrot, small bit of apple, 1/4 of a strawberry, peanuts, etc that are not always in the mix.

  • Noah

    One night i fed my robo dwarf hamster a cherry tomato, the next night it died, could that be why it died? I got in july 2014 and it died in febuary 2 2016. Was it old age or the cherry tomato? I realy need to know.

  • gaillynndavis

    There is a great list on this site. You can also ask the pet store

  • fuzzybunny

    My daughter has two male robo hammies can she feed them cauliflower or fresh garden peas?

  • Gracie Wilsher

    I would stop if I were you, or do some research if you still do it. Like I’m not an expert but I read it was bad for them

  • ♡ Klaira Morris ♡

    I have two Russian hamsters, and I have to give them kiwi because it helps with their health and they like it :)

  • Queen Stephanie

    What about lettuce, onion, grape tomato, pickle, sliced jalapeño, or sliced tomato?

    • Janetta Duffany

      Never grape tomatoes it’s toxic to hamsters

  • chloe

    Can Russian dwarf hamster eat kiwi? Pets at home told me to feed them a little kiwi every day as source of water. Are they wrong to have said that? Thanks

    • Andrea Stemp

      I work for pets at home and they feed all little dwarf hamster a bit of kiwi everyday at 11am! As they also feel the rabbits and Guinea pigs kale and other veggies too!

      • Helen Cooper

        I have a Russian dwarf hamster which I just bought for my daughter what fruit can she eat

  • cinnamonSnow

    can a roborovski dwaf hamster eat ham? like the fresh plaster kind.

  • Shim’tar Akila

    I just acquired 2 dwarf hamsters, litter mates, who have never been on their own. Since it is too soon to determine the sex of them I planned on separating them into separate habitats. Does anyone know if this will have an adverse reaction on them?

  • Sabrina Paul

    What about ( simple truth) Blanched Almonds Slivered with no salt?

  • Leo Fermandoz Fynnwick

    hi..sorry in advance for my not good english.i want to ask about i have been mixing my hamster diet with catfood, so will it be best for my dwarf hamster? i just afraid by mixing it my hamster dont want to eat it because of the catfood smell..thanks..

  • Victoria

    I just fed my little baby a small piece of watermelon and checked on the site that it was okay but only in very small and limited portions so I gave her a small piece for the first time and I believe she’ll be fine but I just want to make sure and that’s my baby in the pic, I am not quite sure what breed she is but she’s also very outgoing and not shy at all. She warmed up to me right away and doesn’t bite or like growl. She is the perfect little hamster except when she’s chewing and climbing her cage waking me up

  • Mark

    Hi, I have two Russian Dwarf hamsters, but I’m not sure on their specific breed. Is this any fruits and vegetables, that we shouldn’t feed them?

  • Shim’tar Akila

    They gave us no problems adjusting to the separation. Frisk (our male) seemed a little despondent for the first 2 weeks, but with lots of attention and encouragement he adjusted fine. I was worried at first since he didn’t want to use his wheel and only wanted to come out of his loft to eat and drink, and would occasionally nip at us when we tried to handle him. Bago was happy as can be right from the start to have her own space to run around in as much as she wanted. She started using her wheel immediately and took no encouraging at all.
    I do find it funny how they have both, independently, trained us to know when they want attention. They will climb up the side of the cage and wait for you to open the cage door so they can climb out into your hand. Also, Bago gets mad at me (there is no other word to describe it) when I clean her cage. I don’t allow my boys to put their hands near her for the first few hours (minimum) since she bites afterwards. The first couple times I thought it might be a fluke, but it is every single time her cage is cleaned. After a few hours, and some persistence, she settles down again, but she does not like her cage cleaned.. lol.. Frisk on the other hand revels in a clean cage. He rolls around in the fresh bedding, and gets to work immediately carrying bedding into his loft and getting everything back to the way he wants it for his comfort.

  • Melinda Newman Ashby

    I have a 4 year old german shepherd lab mix, 2 male 1 year old beardies, and we recently added a new addition to our familt: a dwarf we named Rhino. We usually have an excess of Dubia roaches, superworms, and collard greens(our beardies favorite veggie). Do y’all have any thoughts on whether I could try feeding our little Rhino some of those or if I should aviod it?

  • Lana Jane Killian

    My Syrian dwarf hamster doesn’t drink her water but she prefers kitten milk why is this