How Long Can A Hamster Live Without Food?

So you want to leave your hamster alone to travel. You dont want to disturb someone taking care of the fluffy ball so youre wondering how long a hamster can go without food and water?

To answer your question you can survive without food or water for a maximum of 3-4 days after eating or drinking.

Now that you know this information know that you are probably going on a trip that weekend but you will definitely want to ask someone to take care of your hamster if you are away for an extended period of time.

How Often Do Hamsters Need Food and Water?

Hamsters are primarily desert animals. This is why they often hoard food in their hamster house.

This is one reason not to worry if your hamster has been gone for a few days as it may have saved some food by then.

Although they store food from time to time they need to be fed regularly.

Can I Leave my Hamster Alone For a Week?

It is possible to leave your hamster outside for a week as some hamster parents have done and return to find their hamster in good or better condition.

This should only be done if there are no other options but your hamster may get used to the routine of being around you and miss the social elements of your life.


A maximum of 3 or 4 days without food or drink is recommended but a hamster can be left alone for up to a week if provided with the right amount of food and water.

However its a good idea to have someone take care of your hamster or at least check on it once or twice. A healthy hamster is waiting for you when you get home.

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