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Old 02-26-2018, 03:55 PM   #1
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Default Safe potting soil? And bedding for long-haired Syrian?

Hello! I've got a couple of unrelated questions.
One, what is the best bedding for a long haired Syrian? What won't just get tangled and stuck in the little guy's skirt? Right now I use primarily aspen bedding and I fill his hidey-houses with soft paper bedding. I live in the US, and I'll use whatever works, but preferably something cost effective, too
Also, I understand that you're only supposed to do a deep clean once per month? He uses his little box for pee, and I only spot clean poo from his nest once or twice a week.

Two, what kind of soil is okay for the critters? Brand name would be helpful, but what am I looking for when I'm looking for soil? Also, how much of their cage can be soil or sand?

Thank you very much!
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Old 02-26-2018, 11:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: Safe potting soil? And bedding for long-haired Syrian?

I don't know about US substrates for long haired syrians, hopefully someone else will, but don't put any soil in your hams cage, they don't need it & most just aren't safe.
For a syrian just a sand bath is enough the rest of the cage should be substrate.
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Old 02-27-2018, 09:48 AM   #3
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Default Re: Safe potting soil? And bedding for long-haired Syrian?

I never had a Male long haired hamster, so I don’t know what the best bedding would be. I would probably think something like a paper based bedding in his cage might be better than aspen.
As he is litter trained then you won’t need to do full cleans every month - with my girl I remove about 1/3 of her substrate every month usually the area where her nest is as she likes to bury her poos in this area. And then mix some new substrate in with the old to help keep as much your hamster scent in the cage as possible as hamster do get stressed out with full cleans.

I also wouldn’t recommend using soil either - they often have other things added to them such as fertilisers, perlite which makes them unsafe. It can also make quite a mess of it gets wet and also soil can be quite moist therefore can go mouldy.

I use a 26cm ceramic roasting dish for my hamsters sand - in her play area she has a smaller one.
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Old 03-02-2018, 04:44 PM   #4
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Default Re: Safe potting soil? And bedding for long-haired Syrian?

My (fairly scruffy) long haired Syrian does okay with shredded tissue bedding. He sometimes gets bits of it in his skirt, but he gets bits of everything in his skirt and he managed to clean it all out okay.
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