How To Bed A Hamster Cage

by Hamster Care

How to bed a hamster cage

Bedding is essential for keeping your hamster comfortable and his cage clean. Bedding a hamster cage requires more than just tossing any soft material in his cage – even some bedding sold for hamster use is unsuitable. Provide the right amount of bedding, and avoid materials unsafe for your pet. Appropriate nesting material keeps your hamster’s burrowing chamber warm and absorbs waste and odors.

Choose safe bedding

Individual bedding materials have pros and cons. Cedar and pine bedding, popular at one point for cost-effectiveness, have chemicals that cause upper respiratory problems and allergies in hamsters. Use aspen bedding if you prefer wood shavings. Other types of safe bedding material include wood pulp/paper, wood pellets and hemp bedding. Wood pulp has the most benefits. It’s dust-free, made from recycled materials, soft and absorbent; and it helps control odors.

Offer enough depth

Cover the bottom of your hamster’s cage or tank with enough bedding material so your hamster can build up piles of it without leaving empty spots on the floor of the cage. It’s not enough to simply cover the cage or tank bottom. Bedding is meant to provide comfort for the animal and should not be used sparingly. A depth of 2 to 3 inches will allow your hamster to burrow and allow plenty of excess after your daily cleaning removal.

Your hamster will not suffocate in their bedding. It is a natural instinct for hamsters to burrow. They can be completely covered when they do this, but no need for concern. As long as your bedding is cleaned or changed regularly and does not contain any harmful chemicals, or ink, it will not cause harm to your hamster. 

Even a cage with a depth of bedding more than 4 inches, it is safe for your hamster to be buried beneath or to create tunnels within the material. 

Provide nesting material

Add torn tissues or paper towels for nesting material or even hay. Hay is a good option because it’s something the hamster can eat as well as stuff his burrow with. You can also use newspaper, but only that printed with a soy-based ink. The more natural the nesting material the better.

It is normal for your hamster to chew on and eat some bedding. Your hamster will often use their mouth to move around materials. In small amounts, eating the bedding is harmless as long as you have a hamster-safe substrate. 

Hamsters will eat bedding more often if they are not properly stimulated in their enclosure. If you are concerned that your hamster is eating too much bedding, you can supply additional treats or toys for them to munch on. 

When adding bedding to your pet’s home, you can use more than one material. Using different styles of bedding together can be the key to creating a cozy environment for your hamster.¬†

Avoid some materials

Never use ground corncobs, cedar shavings or pine shavings as hamster bedding material — even though you’ll find them marketed for rodent use at pet retail. Corncob molds easily, is dusty and can cause impaction if eaten. It can also be uncomfortable for your hamster to walk on. Bedding floss, meanwhile, may look comfortable and cozy, but it can be deadly for your hamster. The floss can cause impaction and may also choke your hamster. Impaction can be deadly if not remedied by a veterinarian immediately. Signs of impaction include bloating, abdominal pain, constipation and discoloration of the abdomen.

If you want more helpful advice on looking after your hamster, including tips on toys, accessories and accommodation, add a comment below to let us know!

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