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Old 03-26-2021, 10:02 AM   #1
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Default Best non-dusty substrate

There have been many posts about the best substrate over the years but I thought I would do a quick census to get a feel of current thinking. One of my hams succumbed to a respiratory issue and I suspect that the substrate was a factor. It was Carefresh which I have used in the past without any problems but was beginning to think it was quite dusty. So, my question to all is: what is your favourite non-dusty substrate?
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Old 03-26-2021, 10:16 AM   #2
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Default Re: Best non-dusty substrate

Fitch . Used it for years
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Old 03-26-2021, 11:04 AM   #3
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Default Re: Best non-dusty substrate

I've only ever used Carefresh & Fresh 4 Life aspen shavings. Once, I had a SUPER dusty bag of Carefresh, like there was tons of dust in a corner of the bag, and me, back then, as I was a horrifying hamster owner, I used it anyways! I've never had problems with Carefresh besides then. The aspen I really like, it's never been dusty, and not as sharp as what I've gathered other people's aspen is.
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Old 03-26-2021, 02:23 PM   #4
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Default Re: Best non-dusty substrate

I use Kaytee clean and cozy mainly but haven't been able to get the one i like, the natural lately so use the white inside the houses, nesting and burrowing areas. I use woodchips under the wheel because it keeps it in place and Carefresh as a top layer because it's firmer than Kaytee so toys don't sink so easily.

If i would have to chose one substrate as my favourite it would be Kaytee clean and cozy natural.
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Old 03-26-2021, 02:33 PM   #5
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Default Re: Best non-dusty substrate

This is Fitch by the way. Recycled food grade paper - no dust whatsoever. No smells.

Fitch First - Fitch Paper 10kg Single Bale Bedding For Smaller Critters - Pet Bedding in Bulk - Pet Store

In the cage. It looks a bit white but hamsters love it.

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Old 03-29-2021, 01:31 AM   #6
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Thanks all. I think I'll start with a 1kg bag of Fitch.
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