Hamster 'how to' Guides

Basic requirements

Main Diet:

Unlimited supply of fresh water (this should be given from a drink bottle and changed every 1-2 days)

Hamster Mix (look for something that isn't predominantly made up of corn and sunflower seeds)

Lab Blocks (these discourage selective feeding and provide optimum protein)

Treats (3-4 times a week):

Small piece of Broccoli, Cucumber, Capsicum, Carrot, Spinach, Apple

Teaspoon of Plain Yogurt, Plain Tofu, Boiled Egg, Baby Food (without sugar)

Peanut with shell

Millet Spray

Cage Setup:

Provide a suitably-sized running wheel, a sleeping chamber and an elimination chamber. Food can be provided in a dish or scattered to encourage foraging. Clean the cage every week.

For older or ill hamsters:

Good to have thyme tea, manuka honey and Baytril on hand


Start introducing yourself to the hamster when it is young. Older hamsters can be tamed, but will require more patience. In any case, consistency and patience are key. Let the hamster get used to your smell and your hands. Be gentle and remain confident. Offer treats as rewards and try to let your hamster out at the same time each day. It will look forward to exploring with you as it gets used to the sound of your voice and your smell.


Hamsters love biting, so provide a toilet roll or chewing block. They enjoy running on their wheel and exploring new tubes connected to their cage, your lap and the living room.