In moderation, treats provide enrichment and bonding opportunities. Some suitable hamster snacks include:

  • Carrots – A classic healthy treat, served in small slices or pieces. Can provide 1-2 times per week.
  • Plain Yogurt – Provides probiotics. Choose unsweetened yogurt and give 1 teaspoon or less at a time.
  • Cooked Egg Whites – Scrambled or hard boiled egg whites make an excellent source of protein. Feed sparingly.
  • Crackers – Look for whole grain crackers low in sugar and fat. Break into small pieces to avoid choking.
  • Bell Peppers – Offer a 1-inch chunk of red, yellow, or green pepper once or twice a week.
  • Plain Popcorn – Plain air popped popcorn gives a nice crunch. Provide 1-2 popped kernels at a time.
  • Chicken – Shredded plain chicken provides lean protein. Feed a pinch or two twice a week at most.
  • Cheese – Small cubes of low fat cheeses like mozzarella offer calcium. Give only on occasion due to fat and salt content.

Snacks and treats should comprise no more than 10% of a hamster’s overall diet. Introduce new treats slowly and monitor stool health.

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