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We love our hamsters! This much is undoubted. We want to provide the best possible food and snacks for them, this is because of how much we adore them! Just like a child though, we want to make sure that these snacks are healthy. Your pet won’t like snacks that hurt their health after all! This leads people ask ‘Can Hamsters eat Sesame Seeds?’ The good news is that they absolutely can! Like sunflower seeds, sesame seeds are fine as long as they are fed in the right amount.

This article will be taking you through this question in more depth. We’ll be looking at exactly how to feed your pet sesame seeds as well as how many you can feed them. We will then be looking at the benefits and risks of this delicious snack!

What are Sesame Seeds?

Sesame seeds are a delicious seed that is often used in a lot of cooking! Asian cooking especially uses this seed a lot for their dishes! These seeds started being grown over 3000 years ago and are mainly produced in India, Tanzania and Sudan! You can find these seeds in any shop. They can be eaten by themselves or cooked into so many delicious things, no wonder people are asking if our hamsters can eat them!

Can Hamsters eat Sesame Seeds?

As stated before, they absolutely can! These seeds can be a delicious snack for your cute pet. The question, however, is quantity. Too much of a good thing can sometimes be a bad thing, especially with small pets! We’ll be looking at the quantity later.

How to feed your hamster Sesame Seeds

When you are giving treats, such as this seed, to your pet, always make sure you are holding them or make sure that you are close to them. This is because giving treats to your hamster can strengthen your bond and assist in socializing them. Only give a small amount to your hamster at first, this is to figure out if they like sesame seeds. There’s no point giving your pet a lot of it if they just ignore it! Your hamster might put the food in their cheek poaches though.

Make sure that you wash the seed beforehand. This gets rid of any of the chemicals that may have been on the seed to protect it whilst it was growing. Pesticides can hurt your hamster’s health.

Consider feeding this seed to your hamster as part of a daily diet including treats like pumpkin seedscabbage and carrots! Lots of fruit, veggies and seeds are great for your hamster!

How many Sesame Seeds can you feed your hamster?

The amount of Sesame Seeeds that you can feed your hamster does vary depending on the size of your hamster! This usually means that the breed of the hamster is super important in figuring out how many sesame seeds they are allowed! Syrians are allowed more than Robos and both are allowed more than Dwarfs.

How many Sesame Seeds should Syrian Hamsters eat?

Syrians will love this food! You can give them around 4 seeds a day. This is due to the amount of fat in sesame seeds, anymore could result in a very fat hamster! This is the perfect amount of seeds

How many Sesame Seeds should Robo Hamsters eat?

Robos are bigger than dwarfs but smaller than Syrians. This means that they can only have a certain amount of seeds. Give them around 2 sesame seeds a day. They will appreciate that you are looking out for their health.

How many Sesame Seeds should Dwarf Hamsters eat?

Dwarf hamsters, such as Winter White Dwarf Hamsters, Chinese hamsters and Campbell Dwarf Hamsters should only have one seed a day. This is due to their size and their susceptibility to obesity.

Benefits of Sesame Seeds

There’s plenty of benefits when it comes to sesame seeds, they can be a quite nutritious snack! This can apply for hamsters as well. You need to make sure you feed the right amount though or the benefits won’t outweigh the risks. These seeds contain:

  • Dietary fibres. These protect your hamster’s digestive system and allows it to function
  • Protein. This helps your hamster grow to be big and strong!
  • Vitamin B. This helps improve your hamster’s metabolism
  • Calcium. This allows your hamster’s teeth to stay strong
  • Iron. Your pet’s blood will be given big benefits by lots of iron

Risks of Sesame Seeds

Although sesame seeds have a lot of wonderful benefits, they can also suffer from quite a few risks! These only become an issue when your pet has too many though, stick to the guidelines and they should be fine!

  • Sesame Seeds contain a lot of fat. This can result in your pet becoming obese and suffering from diabetes. This can reduce their lifespanm
  • Sesame Seeds will fill up your hamster. This means that they can’t have a nutrient rich diverse diet

What kinds of sesame seeds can hamsters eat?

There’s plenty of sesame seed colours and products that are available to us! This can result in people asking if our wonderful pets can have them too! This seeks to answer that question.

Can Hamsters eat White/Black sesame seeds?

The colour of the sesame seeds absolutely doesn’t matter, they have the same nutritional profile! As long as you stick to the guidelines, you should be absolutely fine!

Can Hamsters eat Sesame Snaps

We don’t recommend that you feed your hamster sesame snaps! Although it may seem harmless, these snacks contain a lot of sugar! That’s how they managed to get them to taste so sweet. Avoid sesame snaps.

Can Hamsters eat Sesame Sticks

Just like with sesame snaps, we recommend that you don’t give sesame sticks to your pet. They aren’t safe for your hamster and contain quite a few chemicals that could hurt their health.


So, in conclusion hamsters can absolutely eat sesame seeds! They can be a delicious snack for hamster and human alike! Just make sure that you stick to the amount that we recommend, anymore than that and the fat within the seeds could hurt your pet! Sesame seeds, regardless of colour, contain a lot of lovely vitamins. Just avoid the snaps and the sticks!

Have you fed your pet these seeds before? Did they enjoy them? Let us know in the comments!

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