We are providing a translated version of The TVT Hamster Care Sheet from Tierärztliche Vereinigung für Tierschutz (The Veterinary Association for Animal Welfare). A translated version of The TVT website can be seen here. PDF Taken from this page TVT Publications for download.
Special grain mixes for hamsters in which mainly low-fat seeds and grains are included, and various vegetables and herbs, make up the nutritional basis. The hamster can gradually get used to fresh food. Fruit is suspected to be responsible for the more frequent occurrence of diabetes. Animal protein is often already included in the ready mixes, but can also be given by feeding small insects (e.g. crickets), as well as in the form of hard-boiled egg, dry cat food or fermented dairy products (e.g. hard cheese) can be offered. Nuts and sunflower seeds are only allowed in small quantities because they are very fatty. Branches of unsprayed trees and softwood help to wear out the constantly growing teeth and take care of them. Also hay and straw can be gnawed and is used for nest building. Drinking water must always be offered.