Yes, hamsters can eat meat!
Hamsters are omnivores, which means that they will happily eat meat as well as fruit and vegetables. Meat is a great source of protein, which is an important part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Wild hamsters eat small insects as part of their diet, including crickets and mealworms.
If you’re not too squeamish then you may want to consider feeding your hamster dried or live crickets and mealworms. These can be particularly popular with dwarf and Syrian hamsters.
Other kinds of meat that you can safely feed to your hamster include cooked chicken and beef, and canned dog food.
It’s widely said that you should avoid feeding pork to hamsters. Other people report feeding pork to their hamsters without any problems. We recommend avoiding pork. With so many other meat, fruit and vegetable options, it’s simply not worth the risk.
Whatever kind of meat you decide to feed to your hamster; make sure that it is unseasoned. That means no salt, pepper or other spices.
Finally, you may hear horror stories about hamster cannibalism. Some people say that giving a hamster meat makes them more likely to be cannibals and eat their babies or other hamsters! This is not true.
Hamsters have been known to eat their young when they look unhealthy or when there is not enough food or water available. And, in some cases, hamsters may also kill – and possibly eat – other hamsters if their environment is overcrowded and unclean. However, this behaviour is not affected by whether or not there is meat in the hamster’s diet.