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Q: Best bedding for a Chinese Dwarf Hamster?

December 13, 2009 | By ColieCole | 6 answers | Expired: 1678 days ago

ColieCole

Me and a friend are having a disagreement about which bedding is safest for our little guys(well in my case girl!) I use Carefresh for mine and have never had any problems, she uses Aspen and it seems he's always sneezing! But, she insists the pet store told her Aspen is better! Any suggestions?

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Kavykeeper
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Dec 19, 2009

I was also going to add that sneezing is very often a reaction to hay. Your friend might switch to a different type of hay.

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Kavykeeper
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Dec 19, 2009

Carefesh is better than aspen, but aspen is acceptable, too. Woods have oils in them that can be inhaled or absorbed into the skin. Aspen is very low in oils. Stay clear of cedar and only use pine if it's kiln dried to remove the oils. I like Kaytee Soft Sorbent the best out of all the choices out there. Kaytee also makes a bedding, Total Comfort, that is similar to Carefresh that is less expensive.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dec 15, 2009

For most of my hamsters' lives, both russian and chinese dwarf, I used aspen and they did perfectly fine on it. Just within the past year I have started using Carefresh and I am pleased with it as well. The carefresh does a better job of controlling the odor and is more pleasing to the eye but it is rather expensive. I would probably say that carefresh is better but I guess it's a matter of preference and personal experience.

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Lauren P.
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Dec 14, 2009

I only own a dwarf hamster right now, but in the past I've had mice and rats as well. At first I kept my rodents on Carefresh bedding, but eventually I switched to Aspen.

I've heard of a lot of different problems with the Carefresh bedding. Plus, it's so darned expensive and it really is not that much better.

I've been using Aspen for close to a year now, and I haven't had any problems with it. All of my animals reacted really well with it, and I haven't noticed any sneezing or wheezing due to the bedding, like I did with Aspen.

Whatever you do, do not use Pine or Cedar! They are absolutley terrible for any rodent..they very often will cause respiratory problems, which is not good!

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Passion4pasos
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Dec 14, 2009

I lost my russian dwarf hamster to an allergic reaction to cedar bedding, the packaging said it was great for hamsters but mine was a different case. I would suggest not to use the dusty, high odor beddings, they could cause reactions to the little ones, good luck :)

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Mary C.
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Dec 14, 2009

Aspen bedding is a safer alternative to pine and cedar bedding. I raise baby birds and that is what I use. It is not treated with any chemicals and is passable if ingested. Maybe something else is going on.

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