There are lots of different bedding options, but some should be avoided. We’ve listed some of the pros and cons for the different types of bedding on our ‘How Much Is Hamster Bedding’ page. Hamsters love making little burrows and tunnels out of their bedding, so once you’ve decided on a suitable material it’s a good idea to add quite a lot to your hamster’s enclosure. This provides them with an activity, with warmth, and it also soaks up their waste, making it easier to clean the cage.
Some owners opt for a light-coloured bedding, as this makes any blood in the cage more obvious. If you spot some blood, then it’s a good idea to give your hamster a thorough health-check. Small nicks and cuts can be treated at home, but large injuries and blood in urine or around the genitals means that your hamster needs to see a vet.
A hamster's bedding is very important
Depending on your hamster enclosure there are different ways of storing your bedding. If you have a Qute with storage, then you can simply keep your bedding in the drawer. Owners without this option often choose to keep their bedding in a sealed box so that the bedding doesn’t get wet. If you’re worried about pests, such as if you’re keeping your pet in hay, then some owners opt to freeze their bedding for 48 hours to kill any pests living in the bedding material. This will minimise the chances that your hamster contracts mites - just be sure to properly defrost the bedding before you put it back into storage or in your hamster’s cage!