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I recently have been interacting with person on one of the live journal hamster communities. They posted a problem with a kind of shredded paper nest material. It got caught and wrapped up around their hamster's foot/ankle. It was wound so tightly that the foot became horribly swollen and bloody.

This individual had recently switched from a cotton type nesting material after finding out about its hazards and went this this shredded paper material. After removing the stuff, the hamster ended up with wet tail, probably due to the stress if it all.

I'm told this nesting materials is a "pets at home" brand. This is apparently a UK pet and pet supply store?

The packaging apparently says Its a medium recycled paper bedding which says that its suitable for hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats , chinchillas and ferrets and says that it is dust free, digestible 100% recycled paper and biodegradable. I wish I could get a sample image of what the package looks like. If anyone can provide image that would be helpful.

People in the UK be wary of this stuff, and anyone else on other parts of the world should be wary about similar nesting material.

I don't know why so many people go out and buy their critters special bedding. I guess because they dont know any better. I give my rodents enough bedding to build up a nest. I also give them uncolored and unscented tissue paper. They love it! My syrian Gwen has a huge nest in the corner of her cage. They really don't need much more then that. Of course an igloo or other hide away might help retain heat if thats what any hammy owners are worried about.

Here is what Gwens nest looks like right now. Just aspen shavings and tissues, maybe a bit of chewed up cardboard. She's in a 29 gallon tank which is pretty large. Measuring with a ruler I estimate she built it up to about 6 and a half inches high (about 16cm) by seven inches deep (about 17 or 18cm) And shes nice and cozy!

13 January 2007 @ 08:10 pm
Hello everyone! :)

I am hammiesarelovex3 on HC. Just saying hello and here are a few pics of my hammie Carmelo. I got him on April 14th, 2006! :)

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13 January 2007 @ 11:13 am
Another update already! We have made some minor changes to the website again. Smoo has taken some time to get some of the "hamster central to do list" cleared up. Collaborating together we have done some small changes to the aesthetics of the main page. We have added more links to the home page as well.... These include...

~ Donating to Hamster Central
~ Contact the Administrator (a contact forum!)
~ This month's Hamster Central calendar (in PDF formate for you to use and download)
~ Hamster Central LiveJournal community (an extended community of HC.)

Yes I'm trying to get the word out about the LJ community. I'm hoping that it wont be to long until more people join and start to post themselves. I'm not really sure how else to spread the word, I think doing so on other hammy LJ communities would seem like spamming and we dont want that! But for all of you who visit this community please let your hammy loving friends know about us, and please dont be shy about posting to the community. Introduce yourself and share pictures!
11 January 2007 @ 08:41 pm
I haven't posted in a few days.. I guess its been almost a week now! Ive been up to a few things.. I've been putting allot of focus into my hamster website www.hamstercentral.com My hubby, who is known as "Smoo" on the HC forum has been helping me make some aesthetic changes as well as fixing some bugs. It takes work trying to keep a happy community going! All is well though and I hope to add more articles and features soon. I have another "to do" list for our wonderful HC programmer.

We have a new article about hairless hamster on the website. We mentioned the mutation once in the syrian hamster article, but I felt people needed to be more informed. Luckily someone on the forum who owned a hairless donated some pictures for it! Click here to read the article!
06 January 2007 @ 09:05 pm
Gwen's Great Escape! The pictures really tell it all! But to start, I put a piece of cardboard on the inside of Gwen's tank to stop her from chewing the inner plastic ridge of the aquarium. It can be quite noisy at night! But lately she taken an interest in escaping and managed to get her teeth around the cardboard...

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06 January 2007 @ 11:16 am
About a week ago I stopped to pick up a new cage so my two little robo's muffin and cupcake could have a full sized cage of their own to live in since they were fighting. While I was there I grabbed a small bag of these yogurt drops. I've heard people talk about these hammy treats plenty but hadn't bothered to buy any until recently.

Mine are by Nutriphase and are Wild Berry flavor, they are kind of pink/purple in color. I have to say, these little drops look quite tantalizing to me! And they smell delicious! I'm tempted to try one for myself lol!

My robos and gerbils seem to like them and Gwen especially! I tried to get a picture of her holding one, but she stuffed it in her cheek pouch before I managed.

And here she is searching the bag for more!
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