Bedding for Hammies????

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Bedding for Hammies????

Post by Max4 » Wed, 03 Jan 1996 04:00:00



i have been reading the posts in this newsgroups... and they are quite
informative.. thanx..

my question.. i have 3 hammies.. and love them dearly.. i want to provide
the best care possible... i read postings about cedar bedding and how some
hammies can be allergic to them.. or that that type of bedding is really
not recommended... i tried using this recycled paper stuff.. but it was
expensive and it was dark.. so i had a hard time going in the bedding in
the morning to clean up after the poop (i just picked them up and waited
for a week to change the whole bedding)...

any suggestions in a "healthy" type of bedding for hammies???

thanx.

 
 
 

Bedding for Hammies????

Post by P.D » Sat, 06 Jan 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>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.
COLLIN
 
 
 

Bedding for Hammies????

Post by huber.. » Tue, 09 Jan 1996 04:00:00


:  
: >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.
: COLLIN

--
Joanne H.                        email:

Hi!  Red or white cedar is better if you can find it, usually a
combination of pine or cedar is in the stores.  The cedar controls odors
better and gives them that *refreshed* smell.  The pine also sticks to
their hair more and is a pain if your hamster runs in a ball - it ends up
on the rug if you don't pull all the pine out of their hair before
letting them run.  They aren't too crazy about the pine removal.  I try
to stick to straight cedar, have found it much cleaner and beneficial
health-wise for the hamster.

 
 
 

Bedding for Hammies????

Post by Shredded Hea » Tue, 09 Jan 1996 04:00:00


Actually, processed corn cob bedding is even better than pine.  It's much more
absorbant and does not need to be changed as frequently.  Also gives them something
else to chew on; can't hurt them, it's just corn.

Trisha in Nashville
with new VIDEO hammy Bonnie
http://www.he.net/~luberia/bonnie.htm


Quote:


>>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.
>COLLIN

 
 
 

Bedding for Hammies????

Post by Brian Danie » Wed, 10 Jan 1996 04:00:00


Quote:



>>>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.
>>COLLIN

>Cedar shavngs are ok, too.

A quick warning!  AVOID CEDAR SHAVINGS WITH RUSSIAN/SIBERIAN DWARF
HAMSTERS!

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
scratch.  

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
him.  

Luckily, I was searching the web and came upon the NetVet site where I
found this article:

http://netvet.wustl.edu/species/hamsters/phodopus.txt

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
their deaths.

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
read.

Take care,
Brian

Brian Daniels                   | Gremlins squashed, bit-buckets emptied,

My opinions, not Interpath's    | users placated (extra fee), demons summoned
//www.interpath.net/~bdaniels/  | & dispelled, hacks while you wait!

 
 
 

Bedding for Hammies????

Post by Max4 » Fri, 12 Jan 1996 04:00:00


hi..

i just read your post.. and i found it quite interesting.. since my dwarf
hamster was also scratching loads... i was wondering if it got fleas from
my doggie.. but my dog doesn't have any...

i am using pine shavings now.. and she seems to be happy.. doesn't sit
around scratching herself to death... i also tried using this recycled
paper bedding, but since it was dark i had a hard time doing my everyday
hammie house cleaning.. ie picking up the poopies and cleaning the urine
areas, before my weekly shaving changes...

the only thing i had about the pine is that i have to pick it off my teddy
hamsters' furs before i put them in their balls.. but they have no
reaction to it...

so.. all in all.. i would also like to suggest pine shavings...

M.

 
 
 

Bedding for Hammies????

Post by Tom Puddicomb » Thu, 18 Jan 1996 04:00:00


Red cedar gives off fumes that are toxic enough to kill insects, small
animals, and big animals (even people) if exposed long enough.  It's used
to build cedar closets.

White cedar, on the other hand, won't keep your winter woolies safe from
moths because it doesn't give off toxic fumes.  White cedar is what's
supposed to be in the cedar bedding.

--
Tom