Cotton for hamsters, cozy nest, pharmacy cotton
Using cotton for the hamster’s nest has long been a custom. However, it has cost the lives of many hamsters. Indeed, cotton is dangerous for hamsters. There are many good reasons to throw it away. First, despite what is sometimes written on the package, cotton is not digestible for the hamster. If your hamster eats it, it can have a bowel obstruction. Finally, cotton makes very strong yarns and it is not uncommon for hamsters to wrap one around a leg. The thread tightens and blood no longer circulates properly. In the best of cases, you will have to be patient to remove the wire in time, tear off the scabs that block it and listen to your hamster scream in pain. In the worst case, your hamster, after undergoing all this, will lose the tip of its leg. I let you imagine the case where the cotton yarn wraps around your hamster’s neck. I recommend the use of odorless white tissues cut into strips.
Plastic accessories should be avoided. Most of the plastics used can be dangerous if the hamster gnaws at it. In addition, air circulation is poor in most commercially available hamster items. Wooden accessories should be preferred.
Cloth accessories are dangerous for hamsters. They can nibble on them and have an intestinal obstruction or wrap their wires around their legs/neck… The best thing to do is to avoid these types of products, which do not bring anything to hamsters.
In a plastic box the air cannot circulate well. This leads to the proliferation of fungi and bacteria. In addition, ammonia cannot escape properly.
Walking balls for hamsters
Hamster walking balls are very dangerous. Many hamsters injure themselves in it, by hitting themselves in the walls or just by falling in. They are poorly ventilated, hamsters run out of breath quickly in them, the absence of air is also stressful for them. This stress is increased by the fact that the hamster cannot get out of the ball when it wants to. In addition, most hamster balls are too small.
The ball outings do not bring anything to the hamsters, who need to feel, touch, explore what surrounds them. Sometimes you think your hamster is happy in your ball, but in fact the hamster is just thinking about getting out of that ball. Hamsters can’t get out when they want, it’s impossible to determine when they’re fed up.
A wheel of less than 20 cm for a dwarf hamster, 25 cm for a Syrian, will force your hamster to run with his back bent. In the long run, this can cause back pain and even deform the spine.
Make your hamster travel in his cage
Your hamster must always travel in a transport box adapted to its size. And this is for safety reasons. In case of emergency braking or in corners, your hamster can easily stall to absorb the impact while if it is in a large space it will be tossed. I let you imagine the hamster that during an emergency stop on the highway is propelled from one end to the other in an 80cm long habitat… Poor hamster! even if you drive carefully, you are never safe from this kind of situation…
Wheels with bars or bilateral suspension
Bar wheels are dangerous for hamsters that can get their legs caught in them. Prefer a solid wheel, with no holes on the track to run.
Bilateral suspension wheels are also dangerous, hamsters can get a leg, body or head caught between the race track and the sidebar. The wheel must be fully closed on one side.