Bedding & Sand !!

For a hamsters owner, the topics of bedding or sand never fail to capture my interest.

But unlike the Foods Topics, the bedding and sand is more concern than interest. I am always checking for cheaper, better and safer supplies. I am very choosy too. Even though the odor control is very good and cheapest in the market      ( hamster safe bedding brands) I don’t really like recycle paper bedding like Back2Nature,BreederCelect,Daily Scoop etc , not very comfy .I also don’t like those corn cobs bedding, too hard,bad odor control and potential risk of growing mold and fungus. After deducting unsafe bedding like wood shavings , Scented Granules etc, the choice become some what limited.

I become extremely friendly with the brand named Healthy Pets lately.

I decided to stock up on my bedding and sand so that I don’t need to worry about them for at least 6 months.

Since I am fed up with Healthy Pet Ultra and loving the Healthy Pet Grey, I ordered 4 bags of 30l Healthy Pet Grey along with 2 bags of Color Bedding . Color bedding is purely impulsive buying , hope it will brighten up my babies’ home 🙂

I got six packs LOL I mean six cartoons of Charlie (don’t-know-who-that-guy-is) Bathing Sand too

Now I don’t need to worry about supplies for at least 6 months ,hopefully they don’t dirty up the tanks and their bathing place too much . Finger crossed 😛

Trying out new Bedding and Sand !

Healthy Pet Grey and Supreme Science Chinchillas Bathing Sand(Charlie Chinchilla Approved).

Don’t know who the hell is Charlie 😛

So I decided to try Healthy Pet Grey , since I have been fed up with Healthy Pet Ultra dustiness . I also would like to use Healthy Pet or Care Fresh color bedding but I decided to try grey first.

Unlike in the picture, I got 30L HP grey for $23( around there) and Supreme Science Bathing sand for $13.30 from Pet’s Street. Got 5%  membership discount.

So far love both. I like texture of grey bedding , it make great nesting material and good for burrowing too. Surprisingly soft and give warm fluffy feeling. Great value for money. SS sand is wee bit finer than Vitakraft sand( I have been using Vitakraft Sand as long as I can remember) , easy to shelf and pour because of the convenient packaging.

Start from this weekend tanks cleaning, I use Healthy Pet Grey for De De & Ke Ke’s tank. Scabber still using HPU ( the last of  the bag ) . SS sand for all of them. Both doing great, De& Ke love to dig and burrow in their new bedding, in fact I notice that they dig and treasure hunt even with this new bedding.

So, thumb up for both .

De De’s tank.

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Ke Ke’s tank.

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Just random pics of Scabber after tank cleaning.

Coroplast Playground!

I have been dreaming about building a playground for my kids. Too busy lately , don’t have a chance to get down to business. Finally , have free time….so set my foot down and getting started by buying supplies and shaping my idea.Turn out to be quite awesome and I am happy with my end result 🙂

Its only take around one hour to finish up everything and I just love the size of its. My first idea is to make it very colorful but after much thinking, I decided to go classy and use only purple and cream color .

Here it is!!!!

Things I used:

1. Silver color duct tape from Home Fix …. s$4.15
2. 5 sheets of Coroplast plastic board from Popular…..s$3.15
3. a few paper clips.

The coroplast sheets are very big, so I cut them into halves and start with duct tape.

Tape one side first, tape opposite side at other end.

Will look like this, with duct tape at alternate connection.

Don’t tape two last end, give a little slit with pen knife to fold the plastic sheet neatly. Just use some strong paper clips to secure two ends.

End product. I use purple and cream color coroplast sheets.

Little Scabber asking me to open sunflower container 😀

Can fold it and keep neatly.

Can also drag one end into the middle and make separate playground for two hammies. This is a sample model for De De and Ke Ke

Easy to make, cheap, and can expand as much as u wish.
Supervise a bit first to check that are they going to try to bite the duct tape. I don’t leave the any duct tape end facing the inside, make it impossible to bite off.
Relatively heavy for the hammy to lift it and escape.
Each sheet is 40cm in height and 50cm in width.
So far, me and my hammies are happy with it. ^_^

Toys and Accessories !

                      I can’t help but fascinated by most of the hamsters toys and hideouts.Especially mini swing and hamheads, I find them very cute and funny 😛   Come to accessories , there are so many choices but always be three main products ceramic, plastic and wooden. Each have cons and pros!

                       For plastic …..they are colorful, easy to clean and not very expensive but if your hamsters have a habit of biting his furniture plastic can be harmful if they swallow, and sometimes the smell of urine can be lasting longer on the plastic accessories especially those plastic tubes.

                       Wooden accessories give natural vibes, give hammies something to bites and come in wide range of beautiful design but if your hammy is not toilet train, cleaning part will be tough, smell and urine will be very difficult to clean out. Some use sand paper, scrub the stain floor and wash it but still always need to look out for algae and mold. Personally I don’t like to use wooden accessories for too long, just throw away the old stuffs and replace with new ones to avoid moldy wooden furnitures.

                     The last is my fav ceramic or porcelain accessories. I am all sucker for ceramic stuffs , they have endless pros 😀 Colorful, easy to clean, any stain can easily wash through with rinsing under tap water, relatively heavy so hammy can’t pushover the stuffs easily, cooling to hide inside and come in a lots of designs and color. I can use it as long as I like unless I drop it and smash it in the cleaning process, that is a bit of a high chance since I can be real clumsy LOL =] The best are ceramic hamheads, all my kids love to sleep inside because their ceramic base are quite cooling for hot Singapore weather.

                      I always give 2 hideouts each for all my hammies, one is ceramic hamhead, one is baseless hideout that can be put directly on the floor fill with beddings, so it will be convenient for  both cool weather like rainy days and hot weather like sunny days. I do have cooling plates , but my kids rarely use it.This is the example, blue dino head and little cowhouse , cute huh?

 

 

The rest are my collections of accessories and furniture complete with 90% of ceramic stuffs.

Food bowls: corner feeder for Scabber, rainbow bowls for De De & Ke Ke

 

Porcelain bathing place for De De & Ke Ke, they are dwarf size accessories.

 

Little and big hamheads and a dino head. CUTE!!!!!!

 

 

 

A flower shop house and pink ceramic hide and seek cubes . They are good size for Syrian, and I am so glad that I can hunt them down for Scabber. In Singapore, decent and beautiful syrian size accessories are a real bitch to find.

 

 

 

Little cowhouse for De De and little tiger house for Ke Ke

 

 

Glass jar as toilet and bathing sand container for Scabber, as I said before satisfactory Syrian size accessories are hard to find. This glass jar is big enough for him to roll and play around freely, also he have a habit of digging sand and making them flying around. This is real useful. S$2 from daiso. Cheap lor ^_^

 

 

 

A Gym from Hagen Living World Hillside series. Wooden swing in the market are too small for my liking, this is another one that I am very glad for grabbing it fast. I paid S$24 for it, quite expensive but worth it. Its very hard to find in Singapore, I got it from Pet Lover Center and this is the only one left in the whole series. The series is complete with six products…..Gym, Cafe( Have water bottle in it), Salon( Have brush in it for grooming), Restaurant( Food bowl attached),Mansion ( its a pretty hideout) and Toilet ( a sand bathing place). I would love to buy Mansion and Toilet, but sadly I can’t find it anymore  😦

 

 

 

 

Wooden hide and seek cubes and plastic balls with bells inside. Wooden hide and seek cubes are dwarf size and you can built a maze or anything as your imagination goes. Those plastics balls are for cats and guinea pigs , but my gals love to roll around those balls……I can heard the chiming of bell when they do it and it is the cutest thing everrrrrr

 

 

Wooden swing and wooden logs. You can bend  the wooden log bundle  into any shape and can be use in many ways. A shelter, a bridge, a ladder etc Some even use it as divider wall for digging place.

 

I am not very creative in tank sets up and always looking out for better design. I really love check out other’s design and pick their brain Haha…If I travel abroad next time, I am soooo going shopping for more accessories 😀

Bedding,Litter and Sand !

Think hamsters are smelly? 

Its means you are dirty,not them

                      I think the most common complain about hamsters is that “They R Very Smelly” duh! How about start to clean up after them? I have three tanks near the window of my dinning room, and I never heard any of my family member or guests complain about the smell nor do I . The right choice would be using correct bedding and bathing sand. Bingo! If your ham(s) is toilet train. Hamsters tend to poo everywhere as they desire 😀 but you can train them to pee only in the sand.

                     The absorbent recycle paper bedding is the best choice for ham(s). They are both absorbent, last for long and comfy for them. You can check out recommended bedding here in this article

 http://www.sghamsters.com/index.php/index.html/_/articles/basic-hamsters-care/recommended-beddings-r41. Wood shaving such as Ceder and Pine are very controversial and taboo in hamster world. Cheap as they are, not really absorbent and worst of all , they can cause allergic reaction and respiratory problem . Aspen is the only wood shaving that is recommended but they are not available in Singapore and I don’t have any intention to use them either.

Currently I am using Back2Nature( for absorbent) mix with Carfresh Confetti(for comfort).

Texture of B2N

                         I decided not to use Carefresh Confetti anymore, they are more expensive and I am just being sucker for colorfulness . I bought 2 packs of Healthy Pet Ultra, my old fav brand because they are quite comfy and the white color is very refreshing.Its on promotion at http://moomoopets.sg/mmp/, I took the opportunity to order and stock up. Still have leftover one big bag of Back2Nature at the moment so, I don’t need to worry about bedding supply for awhile.

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Sandy sandy sand 😀 😀 All my hams love their bathing sand .

Here enjoy some photos of’em enjoying their sand in various fashion.

Baby Scabber in his old sand bowl

Now I am using sideway glass jar, normal bathing room in markets are too small for my liking . He can freely roll around and dig inside this jar.

De De being upside down near her Marukan Ceramic Bowl

De De dig dig!

Ke Ke rolling around.

 Bathing Sand for Hamsters:Bathing sands are essential for your hamsters. It can help them to groom their furs, so as to keep them clean and dry. It can also helps to prevent many skin related problem if hamsters have regular sand bath. Do not use water to bath hamsters, they are not suppose to be bath in water. Hamster’s natural habitats in the wild do not have much water for them to bath, hence they rely on rolling in sand to clean themselves.
Most dwarf hamsters will know how to roll on the sand when given to them in a ‘toilet’ or dish. Syrian hamsters typically do not roll on sand much like the dwarf hamsters, but sand bath is still useful for them to keep the coat in good condition.
There are many bathing sand in the market, but not all are suitable for hamsters. Some are for other animals, and they are not really suitable for hamsters. Do check out the following list when you are out shopping for bathing sands for hamsters.

Check out the direct link and full article on recommended sand

 http://www.sghamsters.com/index.php/index.html/_/articles/basic-hamsters-care/recommended-bath-sand-for-hamsters-r37    The scented sand eg.mint flavor sand, strawberry scented sand are very harmful to their respiratory tract and remember pleasant to the human didn’t mean pleasant to the hamster(s). Please stick to what is good for them, instead of what you like 🙂 .

Currently I am using Vitakraft Chinchilla Sandy that is usually cost s$11.90. As a cheapskate , I grab when they had promotion of 2 for S$20 and stock up on them. The sand is a bit coarse , good in odor control and keep their fur clean and healthy and fluffy 😛

Hammock !

I sew a cute little hammock for Scabber. The fabric was bought from Daiso, but I already have most of the supplies handy at home. It only took like 20 minutes for me to sew it. I use felt fabric and plain brown cotton for the floor lining. He look so cute sitting on the hammock 😛

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