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Old 04-22-2020, 12:16 PM   #1
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Question What shavings is the best?

Hi all,
I would like to know if aspen bedding (the wood shavings) is safe and suitable to use for my 3 month old Syrian Hamster. After I got notified that the wood shavings I was currently using wasn't safe, I got told aspen wood shavings is one of the only safe ones.
If not sure which one I am talking about... it is on the pets@home website called 'Aspen Bedding 10 Litre'.

Is this safe and suitable for my hamster??
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Old 04-22-2020, 01:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: What shavings is the best?

Those aspen shavings are safe. I've used the Pro-rep aspen shavings, which come in a big sack, and found they didn't absorb much and got smelly in just a few days. They were also very dusty. I'm not sure if the Pets at Home aspen is better, but it is quite expensive for the amount you get. I think you would need 2 or 3 of the 20 litre packs to fill an 80x50cm cage base.

If you want to avoid other wood shavings (I use Pets at Home softwood shavings, but I know not everyone's comfortable with them), other good options are Kaytee Clean and Cozy, Fitch and hemp (Aubiose). I've used Aubiose and really liked it. It has a pleasant smell and controls odours well. Kaytee C&C and Fitch have good reviews and are quite popular. These all work out cheaper than the small packs of aspen.
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Old 04-22-2020, 05:04 PM   #3
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Default Re: What shavings is the best?

As long as it is safe for my hammy to use! I will give it a try while I received a bag of it.

Thank you for your help and kindness.
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