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Old 04-01-2018, 03:04 AM   #1
Bella_01
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Default How do I encourage chewing?

My hamster Bella doesn't like to chew much unless it's a treat, I've got many different chew toys in her cage but she's not interested in any of them. I was wondering if I could sprinkle a bit of Weetabix or something similar over her toys to encourage her to play with them.
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Old 04-01-2018, 03:15 AM   #2
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Default Re: How do I encourage chewing?

Ah yes. That sounds like my girl. She never used to chew on any of the wooden toys I got her. I then gave her the Whimzee dog chews, and she chews through it in absolutely no time. If I'm not mistaken, it's made from potato starch, so it's almost like chewing through cardboard. I'd suggest you try giving Bella these.

https://www.whimzees.com/products/toothbrush/
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Old 04-01-2018, 03:37 AM   #3
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Default Re: How do I encourage chewing?

Whimzees are definitely the way to go, most hams love them, the small toothbrush ones are probably the best.
I wouldn't recommend putting anything on chews or wood, I know some people use fruit or peanut butter but I think you just run the risk of things going mouldy & something like cereal wouldn't really stay on.
If you want to try wood as well as whimzees hazel or apple twigs which you can buy are the best.
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Old 04-01-2018, 03:50 AM   #4
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Default Re: How do I encourage chewing?

Thanks, I'll go to the pet shop to pick up a few!
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Old 04-02-2018, 01:26 PM   #5
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Default Re: How do I encourage chewing?

I bought a toothbrush for her to use and she's chewed it a bit, I hope she'll be using it often. I also bought a Whimzee stick and a Lava Ledge which she has been sitting on. Also I heard that Cuttlebone is ok so I got some but I just wanted to check. Is it ok to use? If not I won't be using it. Thanks.
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