Can Hamsters Eat Cashews? A Comprehensive Guide

Hamsters may love the taste of cashews, but they should never be offered these treats. Find out why cashews are harmful for hamsters and what healthy alternatives are available.
Can Hamsters Eat cashews?

The short answer is yes, hamsters can eat plain cashews free from salt but in moderation as an occasional treat. While cashews may seem like a tasty treat for hamsters, they can be harmful to these small rodents if consumed in high amounts. In this article, we will explore the potential benefits and risks associated with cashew consumption, alternative treats for hamsters, and appropriate portion sizes for treats in a hamster's diet.

Nutrition Facts of Cashews

Cashews are rich in various macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals, which can be beneficial for hamsters when fed occasionally.


  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fiber
  • Fats

Vitamins and Minerals

  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B Complex
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium

Precautions While Feeding Cashews to Hamsters

To ensure your hamster benefits from cashews without any negative side effects, always follow these precautions:

No Salt or Seasonings

Always choose plain cashews without any salt or seasonings. High salt intake is not suitable for hamsters and can lead to severe health issues.

Raw or Plain Roasted Cashews

Pick raw or plain roasted cashews, as added oils or other ingredients during frying can be harmful to your pet.

Introducing Cashews Gradually

Start by offering a tiny piece of cashew and gradually increase the portion size if your hamster tolerates it well.

Signs of Overfeeding Cashews to Hamsters

Overfeeding cashews to your hamster can cause several health problems. Keep an eye on the following signs:



Weight Gain


Greasy or Dirty Fur

If you notice any of these symptoms, stop feeding cashews to your hamster immediately and consult a veterinarian.

Tips for Feeding Cashews to Hamsters

To make it easier and safer for your hamster to consume cashews, follow these tips:

Chopping Cashews into Smaller Pieces

This ensures that your hamster can chew and digest the cashews more easily.

Mixing with Other Hamster-Safe Foods

Combine cashews with other hamster-safe treats to provide variety and balanced nutrition.

Monitoring your Hamster's Reaction

Always keep an eye on your hamster's response to new foods, including cashews. If you notice any adverse effects, discontinue feeding cashews and consult with a veterinarian.

Cashew Alternatives for Hamsters

There are numerous healthy alternatives to cashews that you can feed your hamster:

Nuts and Seeds

  • Almonds (without skin)
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumber
  • Spinach
  • Bell Peppers

Commercial Hamster Treats

  • Yogurt Drops
  • Hamster-safe Biscuits
  • Chew Sticks


Hamsters can eat plain cashews in moderation as an occasional treat. Make sure to follow the precautions and feeding tips provided above to ensure your hamster stays healthy and happy. If you observe any adverse reactions or have concerns about your hamster's diet, always consult with your veterinarian.

Medically Reviewed by Ibrar Ahmed, DVM

Dr. Ibrar Ahmed is a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) who took a Master of Philosophy in Animal Nutrition. He is looking after 2 dog shelters and a well-established dog research center in terms of food and care since 2019.

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