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Old 08-27-2020, 05:11 PM   #1
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My 2 month old Syrian hamster recently started sneezing a lot. She especially starts sneezing when burrowing. We've tried three different beddings (two brands of paper and aspen) but she sneezes with all of them. When put in a cardboard box she doesn't sneeze nearly as much so we're thinking it's an allergy to the bedding. Just seeing if anyone has any recommendations of what I should do since bedding is kind of essential. She has no other symptoms and is acting completely healthy otherwise...
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Old 08-28-2020, 12:59 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to HC!

Have you tried the white Kaytee clean and cozy bedding?
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Old 08-28-2020, 11:14 PM   #3
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I use the paper substrate Ria mentioned, it’s probably the least dusty of all the substrates I’ve tried & there shouldn’t be any risk of allergy with paper.
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Old 09-08-2020, 08:31 AM   #4
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Yes I have tried Kaytee clean and cozy. When she was a about a month old she used this and had no issue but now it causes her to sneeze along with the aspen. She is currently just on a piece of cardboard and chewing her own cardboard bedding that doesn't make her sneeze. She chewed a hole through the cardboard and made herself a little tunnel underneath, but I feel terrible since I know they need to burrow. She is also very desperate the escape and seems really bored and I think it has to do with the bedding situation.
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Old 09-08-2020, 02:36 PM   #5
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Clean and Cozy can unfortunately be dusty at times, so I'm not personally all that surprised that it could be causing problems too.

I would try Small pet Select's paper bedding or Oxbow Pure Comfort. Both are virgin fiber dye free etc - Kaytee is not. Small Pet Select in particular is known to have extremely low if any dust, while Kaytee in general does get more mixed reviews at times. I know for me it triggered my own allergies!
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Old 10-09-2020, 12:13 PM   #6
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Clean and Cozy can unfortunately be dusty at times, so I'm not personally all that surprised that it could be causing problems too.

I would try Small pet Select's paper bedding or Oxbow Pure Comfort. Both are virgin fiber dye free etc - Kaytee is not. Small Pet Select in particular is known to have extremely low if any dust, while Kaytee in general does get more mixed reviews at times. I know for me it triggered my own allergies!

my robo also has allergies to all bedding, so I will try these you suggested.
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Old 10-11-2020, 08:15 AM   #7
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I don't know if you're in the UK or not but have you tried finacard?

https://www.finacard.co.uk/
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