Can Hamsters Eat Chocolate? (The Risks!)

No, hamsters can’t eat chocolate.

Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to hamsters.

Hamsters are omnivores, meaning they eat both vegetables and meat. They need a balanced diet consisting of protein-rich food like nuts or dry whole-grain bread, fresh fruit and vegetables (bananas, apples, carrots), cereal grains (oatmeal, cornflakes), and alfalfa.

Chocolate has the potential to be fatal for your hamster because it contains caffeine and theobromine.

Can a hamster die from eating chocolate?

Yes. Theobromine is a lethal poison for hamsters. Hamsters can’t metabolize theobromine and it accumulates in their bodies, resulting in death.

What should I feed my pet hamster instead of chocolate?

Have a balanced diet consisting of protein-rich food like nuts or dry whole-grain bread, fresh fruit and vegetables (bananas, apples, carrots), and alfalfa.