8 Recommended Hamster Bedding Options
The secret to having a cleaner hamster cage is having a sand bath or sand litter/toilet and choosing the recommended hamster bedding.
Thorough cleaning the cage is also done once a month and the other times you can just tidy up. (This will greatly depend on if you chose the recommended hamster bedding)
Avoid These Bedding Materials:
Cedar, pine, scented materials, fluffy materials (cotton or wool), newspaper, corn cob and cat litter.
Hamsters like burrowing, therefore, 2-4 inches of recommended hamster bedding is okay. This keeps them warm.
DO NOT expose your hamster to cold environments as it will go into what people call “hibernation” but really is torpor. In this condition they sleep and do not eat.
Warm or room temperatures are best.
THE BEST HAMSTER BEDDING or rather RECOMMENDED HAMSTER BEDDING INCLUDES
#1. Fitch Paper Pet Bedding
Fitch Paper Pet Bedding is healthy for your hamster, it is soft, hides smell, it is super cheap and is very absorbent.
Where Can I get Fitch Paper Pet Bedding?
#2. Boxo Comfort Small Animal Bedding
This is great for burrowing as it is soft. It also controls odors. It is also a cheap and a better alternative to carefresh.
Where Do I Get Boxo Comfort Small Animal Bedding?
#3. FiberCore Eco-Bedding Natural
Don’t use this on its own. Mix it with either fitch, boxo or snowflake woodshavings.
Where Do You Get FiberCore Eco-Bedding Natural?
#4. Snowflake Woodshavings Natural Pet Bedding
(This one is dust extracted and good for your hamster)
Where Do You Get Snowflake Woodshavings Natural Pet Bedding?
#5. In some part of the cage or even in a container you can use Hamster safe sand. (Your hamster will use this as a bathroom or toilet)
Note that some people use chinchilla sand. We do not know whether this will affect your hamster’s respiratory system. Chinchillas respiratory system is modified in such a way that the fine dust or sand will not affect them. Therefore, we will only recommend sand we know other hamster owners and experts have used and given a go ahead on safety.
a. Carib Sea Caribsea Super Naturals Aquarium Sand
Follow the instructions at the back and to further make it safe, you can put it in your oven for about 30 minutes in the highest heat setting or 200 setting for 45 minutes
Where Do You Get Carib Sea Caribsea Super Naturals Aquarium Sand?
b. Quikrete Play Sand Bag
(This is specially graded sand that has been washed, and screened for use in children’s sandboxes. To make sure it is 100% safe for your hamster put it in your oven for about 30 minutes in the highest heat setting or 200 setting for 45 minutes)
c. Argos children’s play sand
(This Children’s Play sand is made up of Quartz Synonyms: Quartz sand; silica sand; crystalline silica and silicon dioxide. It also complies with British Safety Standards. To make sure it is 100% safe for your hamster put it in your oven for about 30 minutes in the highest heat setting or 200 setting for 45 minutes)
#7. Harlan Tekland Envigo shredded Aspen Bedding for Pets #7093
Please read more on Aspen here. It is important before purchase.
#8. Kaytee Clean & Cozy Small Animal Bedding (White in color) UNSCENTED or
Kaytee Clean & Cozy Natural Small Animal Bedding (Brownish in color) UNSCENTED
Before Purchasing this, you will need to read this to make a better and informed choice.