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Old 09-30-2019, 12:33 AM  
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Default Re: Soil in enclosure?

Clay ingestion puts hamsters at a serious risk of intestinal blockages which is why it needs to be avoided at all costs in substrate. With coconut fiber being so much safer and digestible unless consumed in very high amounts, there's not really any reason to resort to a questionable soil or even any other product. This isn't to say clay is somehow toxic because that would be going way to far, since solid chew proof clay pots and other toys can be perfectly safe since a hamster has no realistic way to ingest clay from them, but it is still something we really shouldn't be allowing hamsters to ingest because of known serious health risks.
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