Hampster bedding??- Budget101 Discussion List

my daughter has a hampster. stinky little devil it is!! i have been buying the recycled type of bedding for his cage. he has 2 cages connected together. one small one and one med. size one. i only use the bedding in the med size one. (food and toys go in the small one) so here is my

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  1. #1
    hannahs1mommy
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    my daughter has a hampster. stinky little devil it is!! i have been

    buying the recycled type of bedding for his cage. he has 2 cages

    connected together. one small one and one med. size one. i only use

    the bedding in the med size one. (food and toys go in the small one)

    so here is my question. is there something that i can use other than

    buying bedding. ie. i shred papers, could i use them. also, after

    about 5 days, he (his cage) starts stinking again. is there something

    i need to add or take away from his diet that would help. i feed him

    the boxed store bought hampster food. or is there a secret someone

    would be willing to let me in on that i could add to his cage to

    counter act the smell. it seems he uses the bathroom where there is no

    bedding to absorb the liquid.



    just need some advice on the stinky little critter. he is way too cute

    to get rid of and my daughter loves him.




    thanks








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    Katherine Lassiter
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    I do not think you should be surprised or upset that 5 days of peeing and pooping results in a smelly cage! I have had much experience having spent many years with all types of pets and this is just what they do. If you peed in the corner of your house for 5 days, it would also smell. Even my bird cage needs cleaning out at least once a week! I have never had a gerbil, but hamsters and guinea pigs pee a lot. I used to buy the huge bags of cedar shaving made for kennel bedding at Walmart or the farm supply store. A big bag would last me at least three months and I'd clean the cage out twice a week. Your local library or pet store has books on the care and feeding of hamsters. I would never restrict their food or water because it made them pee to much. They are at your mercy and I know you want to take good care of them.

    Kath

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    lisa griffeth
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    I always used cedar shavings with my hamster...no smell issue at all...unless you don't care for the way cedar smells.
    Lisa G.

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    Tonya Hervonen
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    I use my paper shredder to shred junk mail and newspaper to use in my ferret cage. I usually mix it with the recycled bedding just because i dont have enough junk mail to fill it. but it works well



    Love & Hugs


    Tonya

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    Chrissey
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    We've had hamsters in our home for years. I just love them!

    If the cage is smelling like that, it's not clean (which is dangerous to the animal). Take the whole cage apart and wash it with hot, soapy water. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Then, put in the litter on the bottom of the cage. We use the huge bags of bedding from PetsMart - the aspen wood chips. Make sure you never use cedar or any wood with an oil. It will kill the hamster. Aspen is safe. One big bag of the aspen shavings costs us $12 but it lasts for about 8 months and we do a complete cage clean once a week. And, I should note that our hamster lives in a 140 gallon aquarium - not a small cage. So, that $12 bag would probably last you a couple years.

    You can also put a small container of sand in their home. They seem to like that. You may even want to divide the home into sections and place various things in there to see what your hamster prefers.

    With regular maintenance and care, your hamster cage will not smell. And, your pet will live a longer, healthier life!

    Chrissey

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    Sandy Coulter
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    OH great idea. i didn't think about that. i like the smell of cedar.

    thank you

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    Sandy Coulter
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    Re: Budget101.com : Re:Hampster bedding??

    no i don't mind the cleaning of the cage every 5 to 7 days. and i def. dont under feed the little critter. just didnt know if i could add to his diet to help. i am liking the cedar bedding though. i may def try that

    thanks so much

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    Chrissey
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    Don't use cedar for hamsters!!!! The oils will kill them!!! Check on line or with your vet or even on the bag at the pet store. They all say NO CEDAR for hamsters or small animals!!!!

    Chrissey

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    Sandy Coulter
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    thank you. i think i am now going to stay away from cedar due to the fact alot of people on here are saying the oils from the cedar could actually kill my little hampster. def dont want that. he is way to cute. i want to me for economical with my purchases for him not elimanate him.

    thanks for the reply.

    ps i did not know people could be alleric to cedar? thank you for that also.

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    Maja Drouin
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    I just wanted to ad my 2 cents also, as I have been wondering about the same thing with schredded papers etc for our sons 2 gerbils...we will definately give it a try.

    Thanks so much & have a great weekend,
    Maja

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    Thomas & Tracy Harris
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    clean the cage more often on the smell.



    Thomas & Tracy Harris






  12. #12
    Marie
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    Be careful with cedar. Some people are allergic to it. I am one of them.

    Marie

  13. #13
    Tressa Watts
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    RE: Budget101.com : Re:Hampster bedding??

    we accidentally killed my daughters hamster this way....he died in my hands while waiting for hubby to get back with something from pet store to help him....so sad...I could still cry and that was 9 years ago. I felt like the worst mom in the world.
    Tressa

 

 

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