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Can My Hamster Eat Mushrooms?

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Can Hamsters Really Eat Mushrooms?

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Can Hamsters Eat Mushrooms?

This is a tough one, for the safety of your hamster we would advise against feeding your hamster mushrooms. There are so many variants and types and there is very little evidence trying this food on hamsters. So to stay on the safe side we would avoid feeding it to them.

Mushrooms Comparison Table

We have created a table for you to compare the benefits and negatives of your hamster eating Mushrooms. Please read through them carefully, so you can decide weather or not Mushrooms is suitable for your hamster.


  • Unknown


  • Some are deadly
  • Could be toxic
a picture of mushrooms

What are Mushrooms?

Mushrooms are a type of fungi that belong to the kingdom Fungi. They are unique organisms that come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Mushrooms typically have a stem, known as the stipe, and a cap, which is the top part of the mushroom. The cap often features gills, pores, or other structures that house the fungi’s reproductive spores.

Mushrooms play vital roles in ecosystems. As decomposers, they break down dead organic matter, such as fallen leaves and logs, and recycle nutrients back into the environment. Additionally, some mushrooms form symbiotic relationships with trees and plants, known as mycorrhizal associations. In these partnerships, mushrooms provide essential nutrients to the host plant while receiving sugars and carbohydrates in return.

Humans have a long history of utilizing this type of food for various purposes. Culinary mushrooms, such as button mushrooms, shiitake, and portobello, are widely consumed and valued for their unique flavors and nutritional benefits. However, it is important to note that not all mushrooms are safe to eat, as some species can be poisonous or hallucinogenic. Certain mushrooms, like psilocybin, contain psychoactive compounds that have been used for spiritual, therapeutic, and recreational purposes in different cultures around the world.

So Is It Safe to Feed My Hamster Mushrooms?

No, it is not safe to feed your hamster mushrooms, although this food is beneficial to humans (well certain types), they are also toxic and dangerous. Because of this we always need to double check which type of “fungus” we eat, before we can consume them. Some of them are fatal if consumed in small doses. Because of this we advise you against feeding your hamster this food.

There is very little evidence on hamsters effects when trying mushrooms. People might speculate that they may eat them in the wild. This could be false. Just because a food grows in the wild does not mean another animal is going to consume it.

Due to the toixc nature of this food don’t recommend you feed them this food. There are so many other types of foods you can fee your little fury friend. Feeling experimental? why not try some artichoke. Want something simple, spinach will do.

Just remember when introducing your hamster to new foods it is best to introduce them gradually. Some hamsters might have a bad time with certain foods. So we encourage our readers to get a small amount of the food and feed it to their hamster. Wait 48 hours and see if your hamster has had any reactions to the food. If they have not had any issues it is safe to say you can feed them this type of food as part of a balanced diet.

can my hamster eat mushrooms


We would strongly advise against feeding your hamster mushrooms, as we do not know the long term effects this food has on small animals. It’s well known that a lot of animals avoid this type of food.

With there being so many foods your hamster can eat and enjoy, that are safe. There is no reason for you to try this type of food on your pet hamster.

You should always double check our website to find out if foods are safe or unsafe for your hamster to consume.


Here at Can My Hamster we help people learn all about their fury little friends. What foods they can eat, what things they can do and how to look after them. Please note though, we are not trained Vets we have just looked after Hamsters for many years. So if your hamster is showing any health concerns ensure you get them to a vet as soon as you can.


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