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Old 11-15-2019, 01:01 AM   #11
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I considered hemp before but had the same concerns as you. I found it too stubby and hard so decided against it.

You could put some in a tray in the play pen to see if your hamster likes it.
In my country....all the wood shavings you find are of unknown origin. at the moment i have a portion of such wood shavings in the cage. my hamster will have to get used to it he has no choice.
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In my country....all the wood shavings you find are of unknown origin. at the moment i have a portion of such wood shavings in the cage. my hamster will have to get used to it he has no choice.
When i was young back in the 60's i had a guinea pig and got the wood shavings from the local saw mill. We all did and never thought about what kind of wood they came from. Our pets were fine and i sometimes wonder if people look into things too deeply nowadays.
You can give your hamster heaps of plain white toilet paper torn into strips for nesting material. They love that.
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Old 11-15-2019, 02:33 AM   #13
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When i was young back in the 60's i had a guinea pig and got the wood shavings from the local saw mill. We all did and never thought about what kind of wood they came from. Our pets were fine and i sometimes wonder if people look into things too deeply nowadays.
You can give your hamster heaps of plain white toilet paper torn into strips for nesting material. They love that.
I also had a syrian hamster in 2003 with not only unknown wood shavings but also scented ones. he lived about 2,5 years. He was very stressed at the end of his life because he also had a very small enclosure, i think it was a 20l tank. A very small wheel, smaller than 20cm. All i could fit in the enclosure was the wheel and the house. I also didn't provide him with water i just fed him cucumbers twice a day. I did all this because there was no book on hamsters and because the pet shop suggested to put him in a jar. I actually did better then the pet shop suggestion if you can believe it.

Anyway, the 60s, i wonder what information you had at that time. I am also from eastern europe so i don't think guinea pigs and hamsters were available in my country at the time because of communism.
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Old 11-15-2019, 10:17 AM   #14
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I also had a syrian hamster in 2003 with not only unknown wood shavings but also scented ones. he lived about 2,5 years. He was very stressed at the end of his life because he also had a very small enclosure, i think it was a 20l tank. A very small wheel, smaller than 20cm. All i could fit in the enclosure was the wheel and the house. I also didn't provide him with water i just fed him cucumbers twice a day. I did all this because there was no book on hamsters and because the pet shop suggested to put him in a jar. I actually did better then the pet shop suggestion if you can believe it.

Anyway, the 60s, i wonder what information you had at that time. I am also from eastern europe so i don't think guinea pigs and hamsters were available in my country at the time because of communism.
You're doing things right this time around and i'm sure you weren't the only one who didn't provide a hamster with the right care.
I remember visiting a cousin who had a hamster in a small budgie cage which was kept under the toilet sink!
I feel bad even thinking about the poor hamster swinging on and biting the bars of his little prison.
My guinea pig was one of the lucky ones because he was spoilt rotten by my mother, lived in a big cage in the kitchen and was allowed to free roam in the lounge.

We diverted from the Hemp thread. I do apologise hellobg.
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