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Old 12-15-2018, 01:18 PM   #1
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Question Tree branches from the yard

I have a cherry tree and a plum tree in my yard. I do not use pesticides on them. Is it safe to use their fresh branches to make railings, toys and such for my hamster? Do I need to sanitize the branches and twigs?
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Old 12-15-2018, 02:14 PM   #2
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Default Re: Tree branches from the yard

Both cherry and plum are part of the Prunus family (fruit which has a stone) which are not safe to give to pets as the wood is toxic. As the prunus family contain cyanogenic glycosides in their branches which when a hamster/or pets chew on the branches this chemical reacts with enzyme forming hydrogen cyanide. (More info here https://extension.umd.edu/learn/toxi...prunus-species)

Here a list of safe and unsafe wood - What wood to use?

All safe branches for hamsters that have been collected from outside need to be sanitised before giving them to your hamster plus you need to be certain that no pesticides/or chemical have been sprayed on them whilst in your garden.
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Old 12-15-2018, 04:34 PM   #3
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Thank you very much for the list. And for increasing my hamster knowledge and protecting my future furry friend.
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