Resident Aquarium Nerd
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Since you have a dwarf hamster it's important that you avoid sugary foods since dwarfs tend to be more prone to diabetes. This includes dried fruits (common in a lot of small animal mixes). I would only feed fruits as occasional treats and not include them in the mix itself.
Some other things you can mix in are dried herbs and vegetables (dried carrots are easy to find but don't overdo it...they are high in sugar for a vegetable), high quality dog food, sugar-free cereals, nuts (cashews are good but all nuts should be limited because of fat), and pumpkin seeds.
Remember to offer fresh foods too like vegetables and grasses. Hamsters also need some animal protein in their diet...this can include dog food, dog biscuits, eggs, mealworms, and crickets.
Don't feed citrus fruits, kidney beans, potatoes, onions, garlic, rhubarb, chocolate, foods made for rabbits (because of the antibiotics found in rabbit foods), almonds (because of cyanic acid), eggplant, apple seeds, leeks, scallions, chives, pickles, and iceberg lettuce. That's just a general list of unsafe foods...if you aren't sure if some thing's safe than it's best to not feed it.
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