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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-10-2010, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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I'm afraid I accidently hurt my Hampster!

For my birthday last month I bought a hampster and i know basically nothing about them. I put fluffy bedding in her cage but i was worried because she was eating it so I looked up if it was harmful even though it said "safe". I found out it was and now I am worried. should I take her the the vet?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-10-2010, 12:02 PM
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As long as she's still passing fecal matter and urine, and eating, I wouldn't worry too much. But take it out, replace it with something else(we used strips of old clothing), and see how she does.
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Ditto what FlickeringHope said and its "hamster" not "hampster"





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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-10-2010, 02:09 PM
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I did the same thing when I first got my hammies. I like using tissues with NO lotion or anything. Kleenex brand Ultra Soft is good. Just like FlickeringHope said, just make sure she's still able to pass urine and stool and is eating and drinking okay!!

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A Hammie eating fluffy bedding? Are you sure she wasnt just stuffing it into her cheeks to make a nest? Thats what hamsters do, btw, they'll stuff everything into their cheeks and toddle off to make the nest- they do this with food too while foraging.
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I was warned by someone when I first got my hams and was using the fluffy bedding that they will eat it and it will get wrapped around their intestines. It scared me and I stopped using it and switched to tissues! I never saw them eating it, but it scared me. The person that warned me said she had actually lost a hamster and the vet said it had strings of the fluffy bedding wrapped around its insides.

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As long as she is eating,drinking,peeing and pooping...she should be fine.

You also may want to start researching the animal you have in your care.There are many sites,forums and books that can teach you basic hamster care.




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Honestly IMO animals shouldn't eat anything like that. It's one thing if they shred it/carry it around or whatever but if they are actually eating it, you HAVE to take it out of the cage.

I would try some fleece strips for her to make a bed because they don't fray like regular fabric does. As long as you know for sure that she doesn't eat tissues and paper towels and whatnot you could use them also...but like I said if I were you I would take them out of the cage if she does start eating them.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-02-2010, 04:21 AM
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If you want to try something else, you might want to try strips of old (but clean) sheets. I don't know how they do it, but my hamsters love pulling sheets over to their cage to chew on for breakfast. I don't know how many sheets I've had to so up or how in the world they pull it over (I think they may have telekinesis...).
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