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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-12-2004, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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I just got my first hamster about a month ago. She's a 3 or 4 month old teddy bear. Oh so cute. Today i noticed that she keeps rubbing the sides of her body on everything as if to scratch an itch (the same thing dogs do to scratch their sides). Is this a problem or something to be concerned with? I can't find anything about this anywhere. Thanks
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I'm *not* 100% postive, but I *think* that she is getting her scent on things. My hammy has recently started this (or maybe I'm just noticing it now?), and I'm pretty sure I read that they are getting their scent on things. Does she do it after recent cage cleanings? My hammy usually does it about a day after I clean her cage. Whatever it is, it's nothing to worry about.


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What kind of substrate are you using?
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-13-2004, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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If by substrate you mean bedding, I have Pestell (tm) canadian pine.
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Pine is bad, so is cedar. Have you thought about using aspen or CareFresh bedding?

Now I'm thinking I'm wrong, and maybe it isn't normal. But I use aspen bedding...


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I know cedar is bad, deadly even but I thought only the scented stuff was bad. This stuff is directly marketed for small pets such as hamsters. I will try a new bedding and write to the manufacturer if she stops. Thanks for the help.
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There is another bedding I use and have good luck with it.It is a kiln dried pine made by American Choice.


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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-30-2004, 10:32 AM
 
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like LilSouthPaw said, it could be the bedding or your hammy might just be getting its scent on things..I reccommend using the cardboard bedding, thats what I usually use for my hammy..its safe and you dont have to worry about it having 'fumes' or anything(or big splinters, like I know pine has sometimes).
another problem might just be because your hammy may have fleas. check to see if this is the case(just look through your hammy's fur to see if there are any fleas) and if there are fleas, I reccommend you use "8 in 1 Ultra Care Flea and Tick Spray for small animals". I also use this for my hamster. It works very well. follow the directions on the bottle.(you just spray it generously all over your hamsters body, except the head, making sure it gets to the skin. I hold my hammy in an old [clean] hand towel until she dries off to make sure she doesnt lick herself and get the stuff into her blood stream. make sure also to not put him/her into the cage until s/he dries, and keep and eye on him/her to make sure s/he doesnt lick him/herself if your not keeping him/her in a towel to dry)

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