Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Navigation
Front Page
Forum
Gallery
Wiki

Ads by Google


Go Back   Hamster Central > >

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-05-2019, 08:21 PM   #1
little3princess
Newborn Pup
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Posts: 2
Smile Are these brands okay?

I have had 3 hamsters in the past, Jo (winter white male) Cheesecake (syrian male) and Kobe (Black and white Syrian Male). I am about to get another hamster, and I'd like to name it Daisy or Henry, but I might change my mind depending on his or her colors, size, and personality. It's been a while since I've raised hamsters, and I was wondering what you guys thought of Carefresh Shavings plus. It's like a mixture of wood shavings and bedding. Also, does anyone know anything about the food VitaKraft VitaSmart Hamster food?
little3princess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2019, 02:11 AM   #2
Shannonmcn
PM Fluffy for custom title
 
Shannonmcn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Posts: 3,079
Default Re: Are these brands okay?

The shavings plus uses softwood shavings which are not safe. It'll be pine or cedar which can cause respiratory issues. If you want a combo of paper based and wood shavings you can buy a regular bag of carefresh and mix it with aspen (a hardwood) shavings yourself.

I only know the Vitasmart brand form reading about it on other forums. I'd normally hesitate to reference a forum other than this one but hamster hideout has the food listed as "Recommended" and they have a much more US-focused userbase. The protein is a little low at 16% but you need to supplement most seed mixes with extra protein anyway.
Shannonmcn is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2019, 06:37 AM   #3
alpacassei
Hamster Addict
 
alpacassei's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Cornwall, UK
Posts: 970
Default Re: Are these brands okay?

I’d stick to Carefresh or Kaytee Clean and Cosy. In the US softwood shavings aren’t safe because of the way they’re dried. Hardwood shavings like Aspen are safe tho!

Most US hamster owners use Higgins Sunburst substituted with Mazuri lab blocks or Harry/Hazel Hamster.
__________________
<3 Sunflower Custard, Bigfoot, Petal, Stormy, Flurry, Peach Crumble, Vanilla <3
___________
Angel hamsters: Francisco, Marcello, Peppermint, Mishka, Stephano, Sundae<3
alpacassei is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2019, 08:03 AM   #4
AmityvilleHams
PM Fluffy for custom title
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 3,647
Default Re: Are these brands okay?

Higgins Vita Garden would be better with some Pure Bites chicken, shrimp, or turkey added. You really don't need to use Mazuri lab blocks, and Hazel/Harry Hamster is not a very good food either(artificial dyes and minimal variety). The current Vita Garden formula has 15% protein which doesn't need too much boosting.

Oxbow Pure Comfort would be a much better substrate choice than anything mentioned! It's virgin paper(not recycled which can have dyes and such mixed in which is best avoided, nor is it cellulose pulp type fiber like Carefresh which also happens to use unsafe wood fibers as it is). You would have to order it online, but it is known to be a very good and 100% safe substrate.
AmityvilleHams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2019, 03:19 AM   #5
Schwartzie
Hamster Pup
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Posts: 69
Default Re: Are these brands okay?

Thank you so much for asking this question. I had the same question in another thread about using Vitakraft. That seems to be the standard here. I tried to look up Higgins on Amazon but no shipping where I am. What percentage protein is a good amount? I see 12% is too low and 15% is ok. I don't want to have to substitute the food I buy in case I can't get the extras. What brand of food is enough on it's own? I can delve into whether I can get mealworms, crickets etc later but want to be on the safe side.
Schwartzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
male, white, syrian, food, hamster, shavings, hamsters, wondering, raised, personality, size, carefresh, vitasmart, vitakraft, bedding, colors, thought, mixture, wood, guys, change, winter, cheesecake, kobe, black

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Parts of this site powered by vBulletin Mods & Addons from DragonByte Technologies Ltd. (Details)
Copyright 2003-17, Hobby Solutions Inc.
All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:17 PM.