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Old 02-19-2021, 05:08 PM  
Newborn Pup
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Default Re: Plospan bedding?

Originally Posted by Ria P View Post
I just had a look here and Plospan is described as dust extructed and suitable for poultry which has sensitive eyes and lungs. There is no mention of rodents though which is probably because woodshavings specifically marketed for rodents are readily available.

Plospan and Allspan appear to be dust extracted woodshavings. If you can't get paperbased substrate in your country then you'll have to use woodshavings i suppose and give your hamster additional nesting material like plain toilet paper.

It has always puzzled me that Germany uses woodshavings instead of paperbased substrate and they believe that kapok fibre is ok for hamsters.

Maybe you could get some information on the German hamster forum Das Hamsterforum. Someone on rhe continent may know if those two products are the same and possibly marketed under different names in different countries.

Sorry i can't be of any real help.
It's alright! I still appreciate your feedback! From what I understand, a lot of people in the US also use wood shavings, just aspen instead of other wood-types. Wood shavings supposedly hold burrows the best, so I think it's why people tend to go for that. I'll definitely always be giving my hamster shredded kitchen paper as well, as it's soft and warm.

But also, I actually ended up sending a message to Plospan through their "ask a question" form on their website, and I got a response! Here it is:

"Good morning [my name],

Thank you for your e-mail. Please note that the spruce is family of the pine, I understand that itís a bit different but it does belong to a large family of pine. And with this email I can tell you that our products are safe for your hamster. We sell our product a lot and a lot of clients are really have with our products. Also people with hamsters etc. So you donít have to worry and you can buy and use our products safely if you want.

Best regards,

Niels de Leeuw
Plospan BV"

I'm willing to trust them on this as I don't believe a company can or should lie about this stuff, seeing as how it could potentially get them into legal trouble (if, for example, someone's hamster died because of their bedding and then that person sued them). Hopefully this can help anyone else who might come across this thread! ^^
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