Baby hamsters food

How To Feed Baby Hamsters

Have a pregnant hamster? Not sure what to feed her or the babies? These tips will help guide you to the best hamster diet during these life stages.

What Do Pregnant Or Mother Hamsters Eat?

Mother hamsters need extra protein while they are pregnant or nursing. Feed them boiled egg, bits of cooked unseasoned chicken or beef, mealworms (usually available at high-end pet stores) and fruits or vegetables rich in vitamins A (natural A is good) and E.

Broccoli, sweet apple (as opposed to sour green apple), cantaloupe, and peas are all good fruit and vegetable choices for your hamster.

During pregnancy the restriction on sunflower seeds may be safely lifted; let the hamster eat as much as she can. Pregnant hamsters need the extra folic acid and vitamins as well as the fats and proteins that sunflower seeds provide, which is why mother hamsters can eat more. Protein needs for a hamster increase 60 percent during pregnancy. Nursing 14 to 28 pups in a litter can sap a mother hamster’s reserves; she’ll be able to use the fat in the seeds to keep from losing weight.

Always provide plenty of hamster food for a nursing mother hamster. She’ll need the food both physically and emotionally. Having plenty of resources to draw from makes a mother hamster feel secure and less stressed, which gives the hamster pups the best chance of survival. Hamster babies continue to nurse for almost three weeks after birth.

Feeding Baby Hamsters

Baby hamsters are usually well cared for by their mothers, but you can offer a few foods to help the hamster pups along. Baby hamsters will likely benefit from wheat germ cereal early in their development, so sprinkle a little close to the nest. Also small seeds such as millet are good for hamster pups, even those younger than 10 days old. Place a whole sprig of millet in the cage as an extra treat for the mother. This gives her something interesting to do, because she will need to gather the seeds off the stem.

Sometimes you will need to feed a hamster pup if the mother dies or rejects it. This will be a full-time job. Pups less than 8 days old have a poor survival rate, but you should still try. It can be rewarding to nurse a young hamster to adulthood. Saving a motherless hamster pup involves more than just feeding it, but our focus is nutrition.

Feed a pup evaporated milk mixed in a 50/50 solution with water. Warm the solution to 90 degrees Fahrenheit before feeding it to the baby hamster. Administer the solution via syringe or feeding wick (available at most pet stores). You may also use puppy or kitten formula. The volume to feed varies with the type of hamster.

Feeding Baby Dwarf Hamsters

For a dwarf hamster less than 2 weeks old, start at 2 drops every half-hour around the clock. Increase this to 3 drops every half-hour as it approaches 2 weeks of age. When the hamster pup reaches 2 weeks of age, increase the volume to 1/2 milliliter every hour. While nursing on this formula also provide wheat germ, small seeds and something fresh such as broccoli.

Hamsters continue to nurse for up to 3 weeks in extreme cases. This doesn’t mean that the hamsters won’t eat solid foods. Hamster pups start using their teeth at about 5 days old on smaller seeds. If you provide wheat germ by sprinkling it close to the nest, small hamster pups will lick at it.

During the third week you should see hamster pups eating from the bowl of solid foods. You can breathe easy after three weeks and start weaning them from the milk. To wean a hamster, just reduce the amount of milk given by half for a day or two and then stop all milk by the next day.

Feeding Baby Syrian Hamsters

For a Syrian hamster or other full-sized species of hamster, increase the amount of milk offered. Start with 1 milliliter 12 times a day around the clock until the hamster pups are 2 weeks old. After 2 weeks, feed them 2 milliliters 8 times a day. Provide the hamster pups with wheat germ, small seeds and something fresh while feeding the formula.

Around 3 weeks of age, you should see the hamster pups start to eat solid food. When you see this, gradually wean them off the formula. If you watch hamster pups carefully you’ll notice that they eat droppings from adult hamsters. This is normal and quite necessary. The droppings contain bacteria that the hamster pups need to help them break down and digest the mostly cellulose foods they eat. This is true for orphan hamsters as well. If you are a surrogate parent, remember to place droppings from an adult hamster near the nest so the pups you are nursing can benefit.

By: Doran Jones

Excerpt from the Popular Critters Series magabook Hamsters with permission from its publisher, BowTie magazines, a division of BowTie Inc. 


When Can Baby Hamsters Start Eating Hamster Food?

By Naomi Millburn

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Newborn hamsters of all types begin their existences in highly dependent states, lacking both vision and fur. Despite this powerless start in life, a hamster's development is extremely fast, and before you know it, the little rodents are completely weaned and heartily chowing down on commercial hamster formula.

Hamster Food

Wee hamsters typically start taking in solid, dry hamster foods when they're about 10 days old. This is when the weaning process commences. As with many other animals, weaning entails the gradual transition from exclusive nursing with the mama hamster to eating only "normal" foods."

Completion of Weaning

Although baby hamsters start eating hamster foods when they're just days old, they still continue to nurse with their mothers for a little while longer. Dwarf hamsters -- like Chinese and Campbell's hammies -- typically are all through with weaning once they get to roughly 3 weeks old. The process doesn't move as fast with Syrian hamsters, however. Many Syrian hamster youngsters wait to be fully weaned for almost a month. Typical weaning age for Syrian hamsters is between 26 and 28 days old.


Before you give baby hamsters their earliest servings of hamster food, make a point to immerse the pellets in water beforehand. By doing this, you give the food a smooth and soggy feel, and therefore make it easier for the little guys to eat them initially. Note that putting these pellets on the floor of their living space offers the young hamsters easy access, too.


Baby hamsters also need to have clean water always available to them. Once they're old enough to eat hamster food, they need to be regularly drinking water, too. When setting up the bottled water in the hamsters' cage, make sure that the wee ones can comfortably get to the bottles' tubes. Make sure too that the tubes don't touch the hamsters' sleeping area. Clean water is vital for young and adult hamsters alike.

General Hamster Feeding Information

When planning your hamster's mature meal plan, look not only at commercial hamster foods but also at produce. Discuss with your veterinarian supplementing your hamster's diet with small and controlled amounts of fresh produce, both vegetables and fruits. Never offer your hamster any specific vegetables or fruits unless you're 100 percent sure that they're hamster-safe. Seek your vet's OK before introducing anything new into your pet's menu. Also ask about suitable commercial treats that are made for hamsters.


  • The Humane Society of the United States: Hamster Feeding
  • Hilltop Animal Hospital: Care of Pet Hamsters
  • Hunt's Veterinary Clinics: Hamsters
  • Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine: Care of Hamsters
  • Caddy Veterinary Practice: Hamsters
  • SPCA Singapore: Hamsters
  • Florida Atlantic University Veterinary Services: Hamster Hideout
  • Marlborough Bird & Animal Hospital: Gerbils and Hamsters
  • All About Baby Hamsters

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Hamster diet. What is the best food and treat?

For good health and proper development of the hamster, proper nutrition is essential. Before buying a hamster, check out the foods and grains you can feed them. Remember what foods you need to exclude from his diet. Our online store offers a wide range of treats and food for rodents. You can buy tasty sticks for a hamster or food with absolutely free delivery without leaving your home by placing an order on our website. In this article, we will tell you in detail about a complete diet for your pet, we will analyze the composition of the feed. Whether you feed a hamster correctly depends on its life expectancy, its activity, the number of babies born to the female, and finally its health. nine0003

For Djungarian hamsters, vegetables and fruits are important, because they belong to the steppe rodents. They get water from fruits and vegetables. Syrian hamsters love oats, corn, wheat, greens and seeds, because their habitat in nature is sown fields, at the foot of the mountains. In summer, grass and greens grow in sufficient quantities on the street, it is necessary to give it to the hamster. In winter, you can grow grass yourself from seeds or buy ready-made. Also in winter it is necessary to give vitamins to the hamster, you can buy vitamins for the hamster in the MegaZOO. by online store, vitamins of the Irbis trademark are well suited fruit basket, ascorbic acid, vegetable plate, appetizing hazelnuts. The cost is low, the quality is high. nine0003

The portion size of the food should not be large. Hamsters love to hide food in their cheeks and move everything into the house) Small portions two to three times a day will satisfy the hamster's daily need. Dried fruits, dried beans and peas can be added to the diet of Djungarian hamsters a couple of times a month. From fruits, hamsters can be given a pear and an apple, from grains - watermelon seeds, millet and oats, from greens - oat and wheat sprouts, beet leaves, from vegetables - tomato, cucumber, pumpkin and zucchini. nine0003

From the statistics obtained: based on customer feedback, sales numbers and feed composition, three brands can be distinguished.

1. Little One for hamsters. Made in Germany. A good balanced composition of this food will be appreciated by your pet. Packing weight 400 and 900 grams.

2. Vitapol (Poland). Made in Russia. The composition includes oats, wheat, peas, clover cranula containing the necessary vitamins, millet, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, corn, meadow grass seeds, bakery products, fruits, dry vegetables, nuts. nine0003

3. Waka High Quality hamster food. The components contained in the feed will provide your pet with strong immunity, healthy offspring, a beautiful coat and will delight you with the longevity of your pet. The Flaxseed contained in the feed, along with the Probiotic, will improve the absorption of feed, normalize digestion, and increase immunity; Herbal granules - will bring to your pet all the benefits of freshly cut grasses; Striped sunflower seeds - will become an additional source of energy, while, thanks to their properties, they will carefully protect your pet from excessive obesity; Pumpkin seed - as a natural anthelmintic, will cleanse the body of a hamster from internal parasites; Dried vegetables and nuts will make your pet close his eyes with pleasure and enrich the body with vitamins. nine0003

You can buy Little One food for a hamster, Khrum-khrum or Vaka in our online store without leaving your home!

It is worth paying attention to food for dwarf hamsters and jungars. The granules should not be large so that the hamster is comfortable eating. The composition of the feed should not contain a high content of seeds and nuts - after all, it is high in calories. Salty and sweet ingredients should not be in the feed at all, no exotic fruits - this can cause allergies. nine0003

If introducing a new food into your hamster's diet, introduce it gradually, little by little, and watch for changes in the hamster's behavior and appearance. The food packaging says how many grams per day should be given to the rodent. On average, from 10-30 grams per day, it all depends on the size of the hamster.

Water or milk?

Sometimes water can be replaced with milk - it is rich in protein. But often this cannot be done, as it can cause a problem with the work of the digestive tract. If you still decide to give the hamster milk, you need to boil it and cool it. Mandatory conditions: fat content should not be more than 1.5%.

How can you spoil a hamster?

A wide range of treats for rodents is presented: in sticks with dried vegetables and fruits, assorted vegetables and fruits, treats in jars. According to customer feedback and sales numbers, we can offer: nine0003

1. Little One sticks. Made in Germany. The assortment includes sticks with berries, with puffed rice and nuts, with fruits, herbs and flowers, with vegetables.

2. In Little One jars. Made in Germany. Assortment: flattened peas, dried carrots, vegetable mix, fruit mix, herbal pads, puffed grains.

3. Meadow grass basket for rabbits and rodents Little One (assorted) in stock.

4. Vitapol Smakers Box fruit platter, vegetable platter.

5. Salt stone Dr. Hvostoff .

You can buy Little One hamster sticks, salt stone in our online store


From fresh products, sometimes, 2-3 times a month, you can give: cabbage, a piece of cheese, cashews, dried beans, peas, banana, live food (worms, flies, ants).

What should not be fed to a hamster? Prohibited products for the hamster.

1. Pasta.

2. Any products containing sugar. This can cause diabetes. nine0003

3. Salty and spicy foods.

4. Fried and fatty foods.

5. Smoked dishes.

6. Garlic, onion.

7. Mushrooms.

8. Potato skins.

9. Dairy products.

10. Exotic fruits. This may cause allergies. nine0003

The listed products are harmful to the hamster. Their use can adversely affect the health of the hamster, lead to poisoning, malfunction of the digestive tract, diabetes and more serious illnesses.

You can get a full consultation and buy food and treats for a hamster by calling us or writing to viber +375444555333. The managers of our online store will be happy to share their experience and select the option that you like and suits your Pet! nine0003

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Little One hamster food contains a complete complex of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins necessary for proper nutrition and health of your pet. A balanced composition will ensure high nutritional value and digestibility of the feed. nine0003

Red millet
Sorghum white
Sunflower granules
Sunflower seeds
Flattened barley
Corn flakes
carob (4.25%)
Flattened peas
Puffed wheat
Puffed barley
Lupine sweet flattened
Dried carrots
Pumpkin seeds
fructooligosaccharides (0.2%)
Yucca extract (0. 01%)

Nutrition value:
Proteins - 13.2%
Fats - 6.4%
Fiber - 6%
Ash - 5%
Calcium - 0.8%
Phosphorus - 0.5%.

vitamin A - 3298 IU
vitamin D3 - 352 IU
vitamin E - 22 IU
biotin - 66 mcg
copper (II) sulfate - 1.1 mg
zinc sulfate - 11 mg
potassium iodide - 0.44 mg

Feeding recommendation for hamsters:
The daily dose of Little One hamster food is 10-20 g, depending on the size of the animal.
Feed your hamster twice a day at the same time.
Make sure your hamster always has fresh water.
Remember that any grain feed should be combined with fresh produce. Hamsters need fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables.
Remember that hamsters need to be given food of animal origin: eggs, cottage cheese, pieces of meat. It is necessary to give protein foods little by little, no more than twice a week. nine0003

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