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Old 08-04-2005, 01:38 AM   #11
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she is just such a beautiful girl, her coat is so shiny! Beautiful pictures! Beautiful hamster!
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Old 08-04-2005, 08:29 AM   #12
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Oh she is changing so much - looks like a real young lady now not a pup anymore

I love Sables' eyes from certain angles they can seem blue, and the spectacles are really pronounced making them look very wise indeed.
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:38 AM   #13
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She's beautiful (what a pretty name too). I do love sables, they are really attractive hamsters.
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Old 08-05-2005, 05:59 PM   #14
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she is soooooo pretty, and that name is so cute! What does it mean? or where did it come from?





I thought fabric was harmfull for hams? As it could get caught in their pouches? If not please let me know as I would love to hang a hammock or 2 in my hams cage! If it IS infact harmful let me know that to! I don't want to unintentionaly hurt my hamster!
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Old 08-08-2005, 06:57 PM   #15
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It is really not recommended as they do have a tendancy to put things in their mouths, like little human babies, more so than other rodent species such as rats. As well as pouching the fluffy fibres the threads which chewing produce can also get wrapped around limbs, especially young babies, and amputation is a serious consequence, even strangulation. Ingesting the fibres they can get trapped in their stomach/intestines causing blockages, which if caught quickly enough can often be treated but are more often potentially fatal.

Like most things some hamsters are fine. Many hamsters have used the fluffy bedding you often see sold in petstores for years with no ill effects, others have suffered terrible injuries and death. You should see a warning on fluffy bedding now indicating it is unsuitable for nursing mothers but really it should just be removed altogether as there are so many other alternatives.

For picture posing purposes it will generally be okay, just be vigilant as always, and similiarly if they show no interest in eating fabric then it is usually okay to let them play in a hammock etc. during play time, whilst they are under your constant supervison, just in case they change their mind, and just in case they get up to any other mischief Like use it as a trampoline to bounce out of their playground

I would personally be wary of leaving a hammock etc in an enclosure overnight, I know some people do though with no problems but if something were to happen I would not be happy knowing I could have prevented it. Maybe if you were able to make a hammock from rice paper or vegetable fibre? I am not sure if such things already exist on the market? I have certainly never heard of any specifically for hamsters but it would be possible to manufacture something and they would definitely sell.
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Old 08-08-2005, 09:20 PM   #16
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Awww, that last bunch of photos was even better! I think its great when people rescue a ham. I also really like sables to, I hade a sable with white spots but she dies of wet tail I believe



Babyboos, it must be nice to have given one of your rescues to someone that will keep you updated on the little one I gave a gerbil to someone and they have been keeping me updated with picks and that’s always nice



Looks like she is settling in very nicely! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-08-2005, 09:56 PM   #17
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Mimosa was only in her cuddle cup and on the velvet fabric posing for photos The cuddle cup is in her playpen for out time.

I have a hammock for her, but it was only to break her fall when she does a kamikaze and lets go whilst climbing on the underside of the cage roof. She doesn't spend any other time in it, but I have taken it out now. I have enough on my mind to give me sleepless nights as it is without that



She has the shredded jay cloth material as a bedding, so that should be alright.
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Old 08-08-2005, 10:33 PM   #18
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This stuff which looks like wash cloths is usually made from 100% vegetable fibres so is safe if injested (check packaging) - I wish they did it in large sheets and then I would make my own canopies and hammocks for my Indiana Jones / Spiderhams...
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Old 08-08-2005, 10:37 PM   #19
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Awww such a pretty hamster I must go look up the breeds more I thought you were talking about Sable as a breed like Syrian not a colour, unless it is a breed? I'll go look it up :P



Do you think jay cloths would be ok to use as hammocks then? I didn't know about all this no hammock business, my hammy has two hammocks because her cage is quite tall and when I got it she fell off one level and ricocheted off the other onto the floor she wasn't hurt though, just got up and carried on exploring! Then I added the hammocks and she lands nice and softly! She doesn't chew them at all but I don't think her cage could be without them the height that it is.
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Old 08-08-2005, 10:45 PM   #20
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Although the bedding material looks similiar to J-cloths in that it has a checked pattern it is not made from the same material sadly - or at least wasn't last time I looked - the hamster bedding is made from 100% vegetable fibre which is then shredded into small pieces. It is non-woven so doesn't form strings/threads when chewed and degrades in their stomachs. Of course if I had a hamster who ate lots of this stuff I would not give them it as it doesn't break down as quickly as one ply shredded septic tank safe (unbleached, uncoloured, unperfumed) toilet paper does. You always have to watch your hamster very carefully when using any new product to see his/her reaction and act accordingly.



I have been researching hemp cloth trying to find a 100% natural non-woven one...
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