Unsafe foods for your Hamster

Below is a list of unsafe foods for your hamster…

Unsafe/Risky Fruit, Vegetables, Salad & Herbs

  • Cayenne
  • Chili
  • Garlic
  • Kidney Beans
  • Leek
  • Onion
  • Potato Leaves
  • Ramson
  • Rhubarb Leaves
  • Spring Onion
  • Tomato Leaves

Unsafe Plants & Flowers

  • Acorns
  • Bindweed
  • Bluebells
  • Bulbs (of any sort)
  • Buttercups
  • Clematis
  • Crocus
  • Deadly Nightshade
  • Elder
  • Evergreen Plants (e.g. fir, yew, holly etc)
  • Horse Chestnut (Conkers)
  • Laurel
  • Oak
  • Privet
  • Ragwort
  • Speedwell

Unsafe Treats

  • Sweets (candy, toffee etc)
  • Chocolate
  • Mints

Apart from this, the general rule is to never feed your hamster anything too sugary, salty or spicy, including fried foods and alcohol.

Rabbit Treats

Treats designed for rabbits often contain a drug that is used to combat a parasite called Coccidia. This is a parasite that has not been seen in hamsters and it would be very unlikely that your hamster will even come into contact with this parasite. They do not need to be treated with this, and actually the medication can make your hamster quite sick.

Feature Photo credit: Wolfgang Lonien / Foter / CC BY-SA

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