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Old 04-05-2019, 06:22 AM   #1
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Default Open Varnished Wood?

So basically I varnished (Plastikote) the bottom of my Living World Eco Green Habitat and wasn't too worried about that because it would be covered by substrate. However, my recent Syrian has taken a huge liking to sand baths so I got him a wooden box with no lid (40 x 30 x 10cm) but I have Plastikoted it because obviously he'll use it as a toilet and I am preventing the urine from soaking in. The only thing I'm concerned about is the varnished wooden box is out in the open and not covered by the substrate, I know Plastikote is the safest varnish but surely it can't be 100% safe for a hamster to chew on wood with varnished applied to it. My current hamster hasn't chewed up any wooden toys or flavoured chews but he has gone crazy at the Whimzee dog chew. Also, the smell and toxin that the varnish produces can't be good either?

Think it's okay to add this varnished wooden sand bath?

NOTE: The varnish I use is the PlastKote B47W 59ml Enamel Paint Bottle-Creme De La Creme

Thank you!

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Old 04-05-2019, 07:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: Open Varnished Wood?

It'll be fine I think Plastikote is virtually odourless and I have a sensitive nose - it certainly is once it's dry. It is a water-based pet-safe waterproofing paint, rather than a varnish as such (varnish is oil based). People on here have been using it for years - wood wheels that hamsters chew etc.
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Old 04-05-2019, 08:24 AM   #3
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Default Re: Open Varnished Wood?

I agree, it’s completely safe! A lot of hamsters, if given the option, prefer to chew on natural uncoated woods over ones that have been painted or varnished. Mine like apple wood the most!
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Old 04-05-2019, 08:34 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, was just debating whether I just painted this box for nothing!
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Old 04-05-2019, 03:30 PM   #5
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I agree, itís completely safe! A lot of hamsters, if given the option, prefer to chew on natural uncoated woods over ones that have been painted or varnished. Mine like apple wood the most!
Where do you get apple wood? I leave wood natural and can't really see the need to varnish it because my hamster pees in a clay flower pot and not in his wooden house. I think he dislikes plastic.
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