Gerbils & Hamsters/healthy treat?


I bought a container of unsalted peanuts in the shell today.   Can I feed some to my black bear hamster?


I let my hamster run in my bathroom.   She sometimes likes to romp through the chinchilla dust bath, but lately,  I allow her to run on my balcony.   She found out that it it much more fun to burrow into a planter full of dirt that play with the dust.

Hi Jinene

Thanks for your question.

Hamsters love peanuts in their shell. These are fine to give them - providing they aren't salted.

With regard to burrowing in soil - this should be ok providing there aren't any chemicals in it. The problem with soil is that it is dirty so she might still need to burrow in chinchilla dust to get clean.  Please make sure that if she is on the balcony she is safe as hamsters do love climbing and escaping.


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Syrian hamsters are my specialty, however, I have kept Campbells,Winter Whites and gerbils in the past. I can advise on most subjects associated with hamsters, including housing, bedding, feeding, handling, new borns and catching escapees. I have had some experience of various health problems with hamsters and can offer my opinion and advice on basic health issues, however I am not a qualified vet and therefore cannot recommend drugs etc. My website is


I have been keeping hamsters and other small animals for more than 12 years. My favourites are Syrian hamsters and I foster litters and 'difficult' hamsters for a rescue centre. My job is to tame hamsters ready for re-homing, which is extremely rewarding. I also enjoy looking after new litters and raising the pups. I have co-written a book on hamsters with my local vet and have a website:

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