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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-08-2006, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thumbs up Crazy Cages!

If you want to satisfy your hammy...then you need to have a great cage and cage layout! For example:

1.You need to have at least one house or hiding place for it to sleep and hide when it feels scared.
2. You NEED to have water in the cage for your hamster to drink out of.
3. You NEED to have food in the cage too.
4. You also need to have chew toys for the hammy...if you don't...the teeth will grow to big and puncture the brain! EWWWW!
5. Also, you must have quality bedding. Don't go with wood shavings because your hammy will eat them. And that can cause stomach probs. as it gets older.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-08-2006, 11:12 AM
 
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I beg to differ about the wood shavings. In fact, hamsters are a lot less likely to eat aspen than a paper-based product. When it comes down to it, some hamsters eat stuff they shouldn't, some don't. You really don't have control over that.

You also need a good size solid-back wheel. Hamsters must have exercise and entertainment.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-08-2006, 11:20 AM
 
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id say it would be better for them to eat wood pellets then something like carefresh! carefresh and simular recyled paper products are bad about causing impaction in many diff animals
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-08-2006, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Oh! Right...lol...forgot the exersise wheel! lol sry!
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-08-2006, 10:58 PM
 
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I prefer using aspen... Just remember NEVER to use that fluffy-stuff nesting material for any small animal.. For dwarf hamsters they also like sand baths...
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2006, 07:47 AM
 
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cedar=bad

a type of bedding you SHOULDN'T use for hamsters is cedar.

my baby Janet had cedar bedding and she got a lung infection and died after she died when my brother and I went back to the pet store they all said cedar was bad for small rodents but nobody said a thing about it when i first got Janet. they told me after she was dead
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2006, 10:05 AM
 
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why not use that fluff stuff? i use if for the mice
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2006, 11:39 AM
 
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why not use that fluff stuff? i use if for the mice
To perfectly illustrate- an excert from an email a friend sent me recently- who is a vet nurse and often takes in problem cases-

Mine are ok.. no losses since dawn, except 6 little campbells pinkies yesterday. My vet came to my door with a cage of that fluffy bedding crap saying her cousin had bought a hamster and it had just had babies and they didn't know what to do.
She hadn't looked in yet, and we took out the bedding and the mum was dead, had a baby stuck. Saddest thing i'v seen in ages. We had to tease through the fluff to find the pups.. 2 had it all entwined around their limbs and had gone purple, and died soon afterwards. 1 of them had it stuck in its mouth too.


Fluffy bedding can choke, strangle, and mame.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2006, 12:56 PM
 
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i know never to use if for a mom to be and her babies. i know it causes death. but to full grown mice not expecting babies isnt it just fine?
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2006, 02:07 PM
 
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It is still a risk to be tangled around limbs, necks, etc. and can cause intestinal blockages. Why use it when toilet paper works just as well?
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2006, 03:29 PM
 
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just wondering! thanks
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-13-2006, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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I use carefresh...the room my hammies are in...does not smell...they love to dig under it and play in it.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-31-2006, 02:10 PM
 
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i use Aspen Shavings. i havent had any problems
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