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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-24-2009, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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Safe wood and glue for hamsters?

I'm kind of a creative person, and would like to build houses and little play buildings for my hamsters when I get them.


So, I want to know what woods I can build with and what glue I can use to hold it together that wouldn't be harmful to my hammy's if they decide to sample the buildings?

They would be things that would be in their cage at all times, and in some cases a few of the buildings would go in a little play area outside the cage that they can hang out it while I clean or something. =)

I don't plan to paint the wood or decorate with anything, so it would just be wood and glue, and with some buildings plastic/glass and also large polished rocks glued down.

Any help?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-24-2009, 08:07 AM
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I think you can maybe use non-toxic wood/super glue but I think that it may be safer to tac/nail things together where/if possible
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yea but WHAT woods are nontoxic? Normally when I build little houses and signs for my pets, they are pets that don't nibble on wood so I just use what ever is in my workshop (and what isn't cedar) so I don't know whats safe =0
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Any woods that arent softwoods are safe so things like cedar and aspen are ok
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!!!Don't get cedar!!! Hamsters are allergic to them & it will eventually kill them. Aspen is your safest bet. Some use pine, but there have been some recent studies that show certain hamsters may have allergies to pine. That may be what killed my friend's hamster. Go for aspen.
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Alright, now is the bark of aspen ok?
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Oh, also, is white birch wood ok?
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Woops! Got em the wrong way round! I meant pine, not cedar. I thought id also mention that if you wanted to, you could dye the wood different coulors with food dye.
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pine and aspen eh.. and woah food coloring? that's a good tip thanks =D
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-26-2009, 02:05 PM
 
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I used elmers non toxic glue for my mice log cabin. I figure if kids don't die from eatign glue then neither should a hamster/mice.
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I used elmers non toxic glue for my mice log cabin. I figure if kids don't die from eatign glue then neither should a hamster/mice.
I never ate glue when I was a kid... it was a dare, honest!
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is white birch wood ok?
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no one seems to want to reply, so I'll rephrase it...

ARE POPSICLE STICKS OK?
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no one seems to want to reply, so I'll rephrase it...

ARE POPSICLE STICKS OK?
Hehe, yes, as long as theyre clean
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Your safest bet actually is to call an exotic vet's office. Usually vet staff are pretty friendly & will be willing to answer simple questions like that over the phone. As for food coloring & glue...true, it doesn't hurt kids, but that doesn't mean anything for animals. For example, eating a mini candy bar will be fine for a kid, but eating just 3 bites from that can give a hamster diabetes. Hamsters are INCREDIBLY sensitive to all products with sugar in them. I'd definitely be careful when using food coloring, & check the sugar content. If it has any at all, I wouldn't use it. You could go to a pet store that sells colored wood chew toys & read the product information on the tag/box for the hamster stuff. Anything they use should be safe. Although, never by the fluffy cotton stuff they sell. There have been hundreds of complaints of that stuff getting caught in a hamster's system & choking to death on it. I don't know why they still sell all that.
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