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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-06-2006, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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I don't see anything moving in the bedding nor their fur, but maybe I'm missing them. I seem them scratching themselves (or either licking themselves, hard to tell). Do they groom themselves often or is it mites? They use Carefresh bedding. They are Campbell's.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-07-2006, 12:20 PM
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My cambells grooms alot also. So maybe it is just the breed.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-08-2006, 11:34 AM
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dont worry, grooming is natural for hamster.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-09-2006, 05:57 PM
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Hamsters,gerbils,mice and rats all groom themselves alot to keep clean, so this is normal.

If you do see patches of missing fur or scabs, that could be a sign of mites.However you won't be able to see the mites as they are minute size and so therefore you would have to bring the animal into a vet for a skin scraping.

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