>>>any suggestions in a "healthy" type of bedding for hammies???
>>In response to your question, the best stuff to use is pine shavings.
>>You can buy pine shavings at a local pet store.
>Cedar shavngs are ok, too.
A quick warning! AVOID CEDAR SHAVINGS WITH RUSSIAN/SIBERIAN DWARF
We just got our first dwarf Russian and happily lined his cage with
cedar shavings. Within a day, we had one miserable hamster. Non-stop
scratching. He literally wouldn't walk two steps without starting to
We checked him for lice and other parasites, and could find nothing.
Then he began developing really worrisome behavior, like leaning to
one side and circling as if dizzy. We thought we were going to lose
Luckily, I was searching the web and came upon the NetVet site where I
found this article:
which among other excellent information contains this note:
The cage should be lined with pine shavings, NEVER CEDAR! Many
individuals are very sensitive to the oil of cedar, and it can cause
We immediately removed all cedar bedding and our hamster has been fine
since. This article probably saved our hamsters life. Unfortunately,
there is no author listed for it, so I can't send my thanks. In any
case, if you have the dwarf hamster variety, I would say it is a must
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