What Can I Feed My Chinese Dwarf Hamster? 2022 Guide

What Can I Feed My Chinese Dwarf Hamster

If you have a Chinese dwarf hamster and are wondering what to feed them, this article is for you. I will go over what they eat in captivity, what their diet should consist of, what foods are safe for them to consume and what foods to avoid feeding them.

Flowing is the list of food that is safe for Chinese Dwarf hamsters: 

Vegetablesspinach, broccoli, carrot tops, cauliflower, cucumber
Nut and SeedsWalnuts, roosted almonds, pistachios
FruitsBanana, apple (without seed), strawberries,  pears
Dairy ProductUnsalted cheese, yogurt
GrainsOatmeal, Rice Pilafs

In the wild, Chinese Dwarf hamsters feed on seeds and grains. However, in captivity, their diet is a lot more varied as they can be fed things such as fruits, vegetables, and meat products like cooked eggs or boiled chicken breast. 

Chinese Dwarf hamsters are a popular pet and can be easier to care for than some other rodents. In addition, Chinese Dwarf hamsters have lower nutritional needs, so they require less food per day than other species of hamsters.

Foods You Should Avoid Feeding Chinese Dwarf Hamster?

There are different types of foods that can be dangerous for Chinese Dwarf hamsters. Following are the list of food that you should avoid feeding Chinese Dwarf hamsters: 

  • Apple Seeds
  • Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee Beans,
  • Cranberries 
  • Currants
  • Dates
  • Raisins
  • Uncooked Plum

Foods that should not be fed to Chinese hamsters can vary depending on the type of food. However, foods such as crispy cereal or vegetables should only be used sparingly in order to avoid any nutritional deficiencies. 

How Much Food Should I Give My Dwarf Hamster?

Though they’re usually smaller than the average hamster, these furry rodents still require a substantial amount of food to survive. Therefore, it is important to provide your pet with a constant supply of high-quality food containing proper nutrients. However, the amount of food you should give your hamster depends on its age and size. 

  • 3 month to 1-year-old hamsters should be given only 1 square inch of vegetables (2 servings) per day. 
  • 2 Nuts per day ( Almonds or Walnuts)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of cheese ( two servings per week). 

Note: You should not give your dwarf hamster all the above-listed food on the same day. Instead, you should provide different types of food on different days. 

What Are The Best Food Options For My Chinese Dwarf Hamster To Eat In Winter?

Replace your Chinese dwarf hamster’s regular diet with a protein-based diet and fresh vegetables during winter. A protein-based diet is a priority. 

During winter, protein helps to keep your hamster warm, strong and active so they can play all day long! One easy way to do this is by including some sunflower seeds or other types of nuts into their diet, as they’ll provide plenty of protein. 

Is It Okay If My Hamsters Eat Dry Dog Food?

Dry dog food contains a lot of fillers and carbs that are not good for Chinese Dwarf hamsters, just like many other rodents. If you want your pet dwarfs to eat something different than their standard diet, try switching them over from one type of rodent food (like rat pellets) to another (like mouse block). Don’t worry about making the change too quickly or gradually because they will live off any nutritious substance as long as it has enough calories.

What Should I Feed My Chinese Dwarf Hamster When It Gets Sick? 

If your hamster gets sick and cannot eat independently, you feed them liquid food using a syringe. You should blend protein-based food with added water such as – hardboiled egg, cooked chicken, nuts, etc. 

However, if they can eat on their own, you can feed them a most similar diet to their usual one. For example, if they’re used to eating seeds and hay, mix those ingredients with what you have been giving them before the illness started.

Note: You should always consult with a vet if your hamster gets sick for necessary medical advice.

How To Feed A Baby Chinese Dwarf Hamsters? 

You should know several things about when it comes to feeding a baby Chinese Dwarf hamster, so I will cover those points in this section: 

I recommend using an appropriate feeder (such as a hard plastic or cardboard tube) and putting the food inside with a cotton ball at one end that the hamster can get its face through to eat from. 

We recommend feeding baby hamsters a mixture of foods, including: 

  • Baby cereal (unsweetened) – ½ half teaspoon per day.
  • Some fresh vegetables and fruit like banana, apple or green beans (blend it before giving to your baby hamsters) 

Did I Answer Everything You Wanted To Know About What Can I Feed My Chinese Dwarf Hamster?

There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to feeding your Chinese Dwarf Hamster. It’s not as simple as opening up the fridge and grabbing whatever food is handy. There are many foods you can feed your Chinese Dwarf Hamster, but Not all types of food are good for them. I hope this guide has helped answer any questions you may have had about what food is best for Dwarf hamsters and how much of it they need. 

Frequently Asked Questions  

Can Chinese Dwarf Hamsters Eat Blueberries? Chinese Dwarf Hamsters, which are also known as Roborovski Dwarfs, can eat blueberries. But they should not eat it every day or in large quantities because of the sugar content.

Can Chinese Dwarf Hamsters Eat Lettuce? There are many different types of lettuces out there and some might not be safe for your pet. For example, avoid feeding iceberg lettuce to your hamsters. 

Can Chinese Dwarf Hamsters Eat Carrots? Carrots can be a healthy snack for your hamster; just keep in mind that it can’t eat too many or it will get sick. Hamsters should only eat 1-2 slices of carrots per day.

Alina Johnson

Alina has years of experience with the hardships and pleasures that come from owning many hamsters. She has been involved with hamsters for about 5 years and knows everything there is to know about owning these furry friends.

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