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Old 07-28-2020, 06:36 AM   #11
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Default Re: Wood shavings as a base?

Originally Posted by Ang2020 View Post

I have an Alaska cage and picking up my Syrian tomorow. I am prepping the cage today.

Is a thick layer of wood shavings ok? Or is it care fresh bedding that's best to use mainly? Or a combination of both?

I'd recommend Kaytee clean & cozy which i use in my Syrian's Alaska cage. I use the Natural or Camo because i like the papery consistency and prefer it to the softness of the White.

As for wood shavings, i use them in playcages and my dwarfs often sleep in the wood shavings areas and sleep in the Kaytee areas at other times so i'd say that they like both.

You could have wood shavings in one area of the cage and paper based substrate in another to give your hamster variety.
Keep in mind that with wood shavings a hamster still needs paper based bedding to make a nest with like lots of torn up strips of plain white toilet paper or paper substrate.
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Old 11-06-2020, 05:20 AM   #12
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Hi I'm using Kaytee under the house and burrowing area but a smaller shallow area under the wheel is wood shavings. I bought a big bag from Pets at Home at the beginning. The bag doesn't say what shavings it is but it doesn't smell and isn't dusty. Rather than throw the whole lot away, given its no where near burrowing or bedding area and the hamster seems fine (she's young tho - 3 months) cld I continue to use?
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Old 11-06-2020, 05:46 AM   #13
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Default Re: Wood shavings as a base?

Unfortunately no. Unspecified wood shavings are always unsafe and should never be used as it is just far too big of a safety risk.
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Old 11-06-2020, 08:03 AM   #14
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maudie222 P@H wood shavinds are fine, if your ham doesn't have a problem with them don't worry about it.
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