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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-11-2006, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Bedding?

I have always used the fluffy type of bedding with some shredded paper mixed in for all the gerbils and hamsters I've had.

I've never had any problems with it but I read in a few books recently that you shouldn't use fluffy bedding as they can swallow it and choke!

I just wondered if anyone had had problems with it and also what other people use for bedding?
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I used aspen with my gerbils. I don't like Carefresh too much but aspen seemed to work well

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I'm assuming that you mean that fluffy stuff they sell for them to make nests with? Yeah, they can choke and I've even heard of them getting a paw caught in the threads and breaking limbs .

When I had hamsters I used aspen shavings and would give them paper towels and hay to make nests with .




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oh and toilet paper works wonderfully for nests

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i use aspen for bedding and give my gerbil paper towels to shred for nests.
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I use aspen mixed with Yesterdays News for my rodents and the rats get blankies for bedding and the mice get shredded paper towel,tissue and toilet paper for their bedding.




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I use carefresh for my hamster, ive never heard anything bad from it. But my chinchillas get pine because my male almost died from eating carefresh bedding, it caused a blockage.
Has there been any incidents with hamsters and carefresh? Thats what she was in at the store.. so thats what I got.
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I use carefresh for my hamster, ive never heard anything bad from it. But my chinchillas get pine because my male almost died from eating carefresh bedding, it caused a blockage.
Has there been any incidents with hamsters and carefresh? Thats what she was in at the store.. so thats what I got.
Nope I never heard of any incidents,carefresh is good for all small animals,rats,mice,hammies and gerbs.I don't use it though due to having a couple of my rats develop allergies.

Is pine okay for chins???





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I dont think theres a problem with pine.. I think I read that its safe to use it.. ill do some research, but they seem fine with it so far...
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I dont think theres a problem with pine.. I think I read that its safe to use it.. ill do some research, but they seem fine with it so far...
I was only curious,because pine and cedar is toxic to rats,mice,hams and gerbils because of the phenols in them.Thats why I wondered if it was alright for chinnies.




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Its so hard to know. Some say to use pine, others say to use other types like aspen. A lot say to use carefresh, which I STRONGLY disagree with.. ill have to get my books out! haha
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