A couple of days ago, I was walking through the supermarket when I saw a bag advertised as hamster bedding. It was made of pine wood shavings and was advertised for cats, guinea pigs and yes – hamsters.
I was shocked.
Here was a well renowned supermarket chain selling stuff to hamster owners, despite it clearly being unhealthy for hamsters.
However, I also realized this is not ill will – it is just lack of information.
So, that’s why I went back home, fired up my laptop and today, I can finally tell you the result.
PS: If you’re in a hurry we have listed the two best picks right here.
After researching more than 20 different kinds of hamster bedding and seeing our hamster test the best, we think the Carefresh Confetti Pet Bedding is the best hamster bedding. Please note this is the best option for both Syrian Hamsters and Dwarf Hamsters.
Here are the four main reasons:
Further, we also really enjoy the colorful colors of the material and find that these works great for kids. In addition, the material is very easy to clean, making sure it is less of a hassle cleaning out your hamster cage.
With its allergy-friendly, high-quality material and practically odor-less environment, we recommend it as the top pick of the available hamster bedding out there.
Our runner-up pick is the Kaytee Clean and Cozy Small Pet Bedding, White.
If you are not into the colorful bedding in our top pick, this is the best hamster bedding to get.
Like our top pick, the features are fairly similar and include:
The bedding is super soft and fluffy, making sure your hamster will enjoy running around in its hamster home.
So, if you’re in the market for white bedding, this is the way to go (click here to see prize on Amazon)
Now, we have just given you the short answer regarding what hamster bedding to pick. However, if you want to venture on your own and find one, or just want to figure out how we know “what is best”, we have outlined our methodology below.
Hope you enjoy it – below is an overview of the topics and you can just click these links to be taken to our research.
In their natural environment, hamsters burrow deep underground where they build their nest.
And when we keep animals in captivity, we want to mimic their natural environment as much as possible.
This means it is very important to find some good bedding for your hamster. Not only will it be more enjoyable to run around it, it will also allow it to dig around in it and even make a bed for itself.
Unfortunately, a lot of bedding material is sold that is simply not suitable for hamsters.
For example, some stores will sell cedar and pine wood shavings which should never be used for hamster bedding as they can splinter into sharp pieces.
These can hurt your hamster, causing both injuries and infections. In addition, they are often treated with a material that is toxic to your hamster.
Further, there is a lot of artificial, fluffy material on the market that seems like good options. However, the hamster can get their little legs entangled in the fluffy bedding and injure itself.
Finally, cat litter is sometimes sold as hamster bedding as well. Again, this should be avoided as hamster will not be able to digest the pieces they eat.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of stuff to avoid for hamster bedding:
In the wild, hamsters dig down as deep as ~3 feet (1 meter), so we obviously need to have some depth to the bedding in our cage.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be as deep as in nature.
Instead you should aim for at least 2 inches of bedding (6 cm) in your cage, which is sufficient – however, if you really want to treat your hammy, consider adding an extra inch to the depth of its bedding.
There is so much bedding out there sold as hamster bedding, which is simply not good for hamsters.
If you are to find hamster bedding on your own we recommend the following guidelines:
So, if you go out there and got some hamster bedding, make sure to do your due diligence before buying. Your little hammy will appreciate it, whether it’s a winter white, robo hamster or even a chinese hamster.
… which all brings us back to where we started.
Our top-rated pick for hamster bedding is the Carefresh Confetti Pet Bedding (click to see the price on Amazon) and our less colorful pick is the Kaytee Clean and Cozy Small Pet Bedding, White (click to see the price on Amazon).
We hope you’ve enjoyed this and if you have any questions, just ask them below.
– From the team at My Perky Pet
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