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Old 03-27-2017, 12:11 PM   #1
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Hey !
I have a question can I give cork (=bottle stopper) to my dwarf hamster? I would like to make something out of it like a toy or something but she is a real chewer sooo? any advice?

Thank you a lot!
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Old 03-27-2017, 12:17 PM   #2
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Cork is safe in it's natural state, I have no idea if bottle stopper corks are treated with anything that might make them unsafe though or if they're just compressed cork.
Cork bark is safe to chew on a bit but you wouldn't want her actually eating it really so you would probably need to keep a close eye on anything you made.
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Old 03-27-2017, 12:24 PM   #3
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THANKSS! I will watch it closely and let you guys know what happend
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Old 03-27-2017, 12:39 PM   #4
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I'd not risk it.Just because she doesn't die immediately or get seriously ill doesn't mean it is safe.You need to use completely safe cork meaning that which has definitely not been treated with any sort of chemicals(as cork stoppers may have,you shouldn't ever use them for any pet)and is properly sterilized(frozen for several days to a week before usage,for example).

Consider that just because something doesn't cause harm immediately doesn't mean it is good or safe For example,a hamster could certainly eat a tiny bit of garlic or leek(known to be toxic)without dying immediately.Or,a hamster could eat a tiny bit of food containing BHA/BHT/ethoxyquin(label regulations in the UK and other places can be a loophole with unspecified preservatives,if it says E&C approved in the UK it legally could be one of these,most likely there is something similar elsewhere)without immediately getting cancer despite these preservatives being known to cause cancer.Does this mean they're healthy or even safe?Absolutely not!
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Old 03-27-2017, 12:43 PM   #5
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I'd not risk it.Just because she doesn't die immediately or get seriously ill doesn't mean it is safe.You need to use completely safe cork meaning that which has definitely not been treated with any sort of chemicals(as cork stoppers may have,you shouldn't ever use them for any pet)and is properly sterilized(frozen for several days to a week before usage,for example).

Consider that just because something doesn't cause harm immediately doesn't mean it is good or safe For example,a hamster could certainly eat a tiny bit of garlic or leek(known to be toxic)without dying immediately.Or,a hamster could eat a tiny bit of food containing BHA/BHT/ethoxyquin(label regulations in the UK and other places can be a loophole with unspecified preservatives,if it says E&C approved in the UK it legally could be one of these,most likely there is something similar elsewhere)without immediately getting cancer despite these preservatives being known to cause cancer.Does this mean they're healthy or even safe?Absolutely not!
Thanks ! After this comment I will not risk it i'm already giving her stress with the vet that is coming.
THANKY YOU!
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