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Q: bedding

April 24, 2009 | By Rachael V. | 10 answers | Expired: 1940 days ago

What is the best hamster bedding?

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SoulLonely
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May 07, 2009

carefresh is very absorbent. I worked at a petstore for a year and that's what we used with all the small animals. we never had problems with respiratory problems from the bedding.

stay away from fragranced litter such as cedar because that can cause respiratory problems and if I remember correctly, they may have oils on them that are not good for the animals (?).

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Sheltervt
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Apr 24, 2009

I prefer aspen wood bedding, myself, but others like CareFresh. Whatever you get, make SURE it's not pine or cedar, as they are not good bedding for respiratory health.

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Lisa B.
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Apr 24, 2009

I use carefresh, but I have not tried aspen wood bedding. I also buy a little round tube that the hamster tears apart. I have to buy it every four months it comes with soft yellow stuffing that he makes into a bed as well. It is called Chewbular play tube. You can find it at www.superpetusa.com

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Cindy C.
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Apr 24, 2009

I use carefresh for my rabbit and it is wonderful at absorbing smell and its not very messy either.

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Sabricent
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Apr 28, 2009

Be careful using Carefresh type beddings as they can carry mites. It's best to keep them in the freezer for 24-48 hours before using in your small animal cage. I actually think that Yesterday's News is the best, you can buy the unscented cat litter bag because it's the same as the small animal bag.
Avoid any sort of wood bedding, especially Aspen or pine, and avoid any sort of cat litter that isn't made from paper product. I've heard the wheat cat litter is sometimes eatten by small animals, so thats a no too.

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Gabrielle
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Apr 28, 2009

WHATEVER YOU DO... DO NOT USE CAREFRESH BEDDING. It causes respiratory infections! I have lost so many beloved pets to that horrible product.

I have always used light pine/cedar bedding and supplemented with a handful of tissues for them to tear up and make into a nest.

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Leah D.
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Apr 24, 2009

It all depends.. I have used Carefresh, Softsorbe? and Aspen. I think that Carefresh and Softsorb work the best for absorbing smell. Aspen though works.. just not as well.. and it is cheaper on your wallet.

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JungleWolf
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Apr 24, 2009

CareFresh and SoftSorb are my favorites for most small animals. They lock in orders, last a long time, don't have harmful oils/orders, plus they come in lots of colors which stimulate your animals brain and please your eyes!

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Mylima
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Apr 24, 2009

To tell the truth ... I use whatever is available at the store! ... I never had a problem with the kind of brand or anything like that ... and my hamsters are happy as they can be! ... I hope you get great answers and you can find the best bedding for your pets because you should choose what you feel is good! ... good luck!

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Kavykeeper
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Apr 24, 2009

I recently started switching my guinea pigs cages over to fleece over terry cloth. You can shake out the droppings, the fleece draws moisture away into the towel so it's dry. I've found it to be odor free. I wrote a journal about it, explaining how I did it. I used kiln dried pine before this. Kiln dried is safe, but messy. Aspen is also kiln dried, but has a strong odor. Carefresh is the best bedding since it's odor and dust free.

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