Hamster bedding absorbs foul smells and provides comfortable material for your hamsters to burrow and sleep in.
This page discusses the possible types of bedding you can use in your hamster's cage.
Commercial BeddingAny commercial bedding said specifically for rodent pets can be safely used for your hamster. I use several brands. These are my current beddings:
Bedding MaterialsBeddings may consist of different types of materials. The recommended materials include:
We've got Fresh World and Carefresh Bedding
The hazardous materials include:
These beddings may cause hamsters to have breathing problems and should be avoided.
Homemade BeddingsMany people have asked if homemade materials can be used as bedding. Questioned materials include:
Commercial bedding is relatively inexpensive, about $10 for 60 Liter bag. This is an important addition to your hamster cage!
AdditionsCotton can be added to the cage. Pregnant hamsters scout for this material to create a soft, fluffy nest. But any hamsters would appreciate this treat!
How to apply beddingEverytime after you clean your hamster's cage, replace old with new bedding. Fill your hamster's cage with bedding at least an inch to two inches high. You may keep a handful of old bedding and mix with new bedding so your hamster has a familiar smell.
Your bedding should keep the cage relatively scentless until next time you clean! Watch your hamster re-explore its cage with excitement. :)