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Can My Hamster Eat Sweet Potatoes?

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Can Hamsters Really Eat Sweet Potatoes?

can my hamster eat sweet potatoes

Can Hamsters Eat Sweet Potatoes?

Yes, Hamsters can eat sweet potatoes. But only if they are cooked and not too much, because they can be quite fatty for your little fury friend. Uncooked sweet potatoes can make your hamster unwell. We prefer to give our hamster a small bit of sweet potatoe mashed.

Sweet Potatoes Comparison Table

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


  • Full of Vitamins
  • Full of Fiber
  • Nice tasty treat


  • Needs to be cooked
  • High Fat Content
  • Be Treat Aware
  • Don’t feed flavoured
  • Avoid pre made mash from the store
a picture of a sweet potato

What are Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are starchy root vegetables that belong to the Convolvulaceae family. They are often mistaken for yams, but they are actually a distinct species. Sweet potatoes have a tuberous, elongated shape and come in a variety of colors, including orange, yellow, and purple. They have a sweet taste and a moist, creamy texture when cooked.

These nutritious vegetables are packed with essential nutrients. They are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium, and antioxidants. Sweet potatoes are also lower on the glycemic index compared to regular potatoes, making them a favorable choice for individuals managing their blood sugar levels.

Sweet potatoes can be prepared in numerous ways. They can be boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted, and used in both sweet and savory dishes. They are a popular ingredient in casseroles, fries, pies, and even as a substitute for regular potatoes in various recipes. With their delightful flavor, versatility, and nutritional benefits, sweet potatoes are a valuable addition to a balanced and healthy diet.

So Is It Safe To Feed My Hamster Sweet Potatoes?

Yes, it is safe to feed your hamster sweet potatoes when fed the correct way. Just like us humans hamsters have a hard time eating this type of vegetable raw. So always serve your hamster this type of food cooked. When we make a batch of sweet potato mash at home, just before we add the butter and other ingredients we walk a small piece away for our hamsters. They love this food mashed!

If you are going to feed your hamster this vegetable it needs to be cooked and free from any extra ingredients. Sure butter and cheese are safe for your hamster to eat in small amounts, but you don’t want to overload them with over sweetened fat store bought mash.

If you want to feed your hamster sweet potato there are many ways you can do it. First you will need to peel and chop it. Once it’s prepared you can cook it, there are many ways you can do this, whatever is your preferred method. As above we love it mashed.

Once the vegetable is fully cooked allow it to cool before feeding a small piece to your hamster. We recommend 1 to 2 small hamster sized pieces per week as this vegetable also contains sugar content, hence the name “sweet”.

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 hamstes eat sweet potatoes


So, now you know when you tucking down on a nice tasty piece of sweet potato if it’s cooked and free from additives you can feed your little fury friend a piece. Hamsters are not the only animal that enjoy this vegetable from time to time, it’s also common for dogs to have this mashed into their food too.

If you were wondering what other foods to feed your hamster, did you ever think of feeding them a small piece of pumpkin? heck the pumpkin seeds are great too.


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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