What is the Best Hamster Bedding?
There are dozens of different kinds of hamster bedding out there, but what is the best hamster bedding? Some of the bedding out there is great for your furry little hamster, but some kinds are just downright terrible for keeping a hamster happy and healthy. This article aims to narrow down a few of the best bedding types, and to reveal some of the bad bedding that may be harmful to your hamster. So without further ado, here we go!
The Good Hamster Bedding
If you have to use a bedding made out of wood chips, aspen is the way to go. Aspen shavings do not usually contain harmful chemicals, and the shavings are good at catching and masking odors. The oils and saps from aspen trees are significantly lower and less harmful to your hamster than other wooden beddings such as cedar or pine. The good thing about aspen hamster bedding is that it is widely available, cheap, and isn’t detrimental to your hamster’s health.
Another great bedding to use, and my personal favorite, is Carefresh hamster bedding. It’s made out of biodegradable and earth-friendly wood pulp. The odor absorbing capacity of this bedding is nothing short of amazing. Finally a bedding has been released that lets you miss a day of cleaning the cage without regretting it later (from the smell). Your little hamster will love this stuff, as well. It’s lightweight and soft, so your hamster can easily burrow in it without hurting his feet or ventral side. It used to be where you could only get Carefresh bedding in gray, but now they are offering many different colors, which is nice. If you can get your hands on this stuff, buy it. You won’t regret it!
Note: Hamsters like to build nests to sleep in. In order to make them even happier than they would be with just regular bedding, add in some bits of crinkled up paper (plain with no ink), a few pieces of straw, and maybe some pieces of cardboard. They’ll use these materials to build a happy home for themselves.
The Bad Hamster Bedding
Now that we’ve gone over the best hamster bedding types, let’s talk about the bad ones. A popular and widely available hamster bedding is the kind made of cedar or pine shavings. This hamster bedding is pretty bad for hamsters because a lot of cedar and pine has chemicals sprayed onto it which can make your little hamster sick, and we don’t want that! Also, the wood can sometimes lead to abrasions and cuts on the hamster’s feet. These cuts can then lead to infections – not good!
Another bad hamster bedding choice is recycled newspapers. If you are in a pinch, and really need some sort of bedding in a hurry, then newspaper will probably be okay. The problem is that, in the long term, hamsters may ingest some of the inks from the newspaper pieces and get sick.
To sum it all up, the best hamster bedding is probably the Carefresh wood pulp kind (it’s typically gray and fluffy in appearance, like balls of soft paper), and the worst would be either cedar or pine chips. If you have anything to add, please do so in the comments section below. Thanks for reading and good luck with your hamster! Don’t forget to check out our hamster care sheet while you’re here!