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Old 07-27-2008, 10:28 PM
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Hes not "probably" a campbell's russian dwarf, he IS one.

Rodents like to lick salt off of hands, or sweaty parts of your body.

I wanted to add, that bedding in his cage is pine shavings, and pine shavings are bad for small animals. The only safe wood shavings are aspen, and thats because there are no dangerous phenols and oils that have been known to give rodents upper respiratory infections.

As for salt licks and mineral licks, avoid those. Those are not recommended to put in their cages!!

And about spinach, give in moderation. It can give them diarrhea, especially if they are not used to veggies.
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:37 PM
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Mineral licks never gave my gerbils any problems. And I've had many many gerbils over the years. Never had a hamster, but I don't see why it would be bad for one rodent, but not another. The gerbils quite liked the mineral lick.
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:45 PM
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If they are getting the appropriate diet, they don't NEED them. So its my opinion they are unnecessary..and because they WILL chew them anyway, it gives them TOO much minerals. (Same with the salt lick! They will drink a LOT more water if they have a salt lick in their enclosure.). Its not that they are BAD for them, just unneeded. Also, a lot of hamster won't touch them,,and they just end up getting peed on and ignored and harboring bacteria.
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:07 PM
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punkygirl has been giving you some great info! In addition to what she said about bedding, Carefresh is another brand that I'm pretty sure you can get affordably at a Walmart (I believe its called Critter Care there, or something along those lines). If not, plain Aspen shavings are fine. In the mean time, you may want to dump the pine, since the actual pine itself can cause skin infections, and the phenols can cause respiratory infections. In replacement of this (until you can get Aspen or Carefresh), you can use plain unscented shredded toilet paper. The hamsters like to shred this to make nests too

Oh, and if you have a wheel in the tank, make sure it doesn't have any open bars. Their little feet can fall through the rungs and break their legs.

I used to have MANY hamsters, so I know too much about them, lol. If you have any more questions just PM me.

Are you planning on keeping him?
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Old 07-28-2008, 01:39 AM
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I'm not going to dump the pine guys. When this bag runs out I'll get another kind (one better suited) but I'm not going to throw away a bag that I've already bought. And like I said, I know it's pine and I know it's not good but it was the only kind they had. And I'm not going to just throw it away and I see no likely way to sell it so, he'll get diff bedding when it runs out.

I think I'm keeping him. Pretty sure. He's way too cute not to! ^_^
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:41 AM
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I put my Guinea Pigs on pine. I have read all of the problems with it, but they are in an open cage and i have had piggies for over ten years with not one problem. The cost differential is just too big for me, since they always do well on it.

I believe the whole phenol issue becomes a non-issue with good ventilation. Also, if it is kiln dried pine it is less of a problem.
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:40 PM
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Aww now I want a hamster. He's so cute! The only hamsters I've ever handled have bitten though.
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