Hamster Bedding, Litter & Accessories

To keep your hamster happy and your cage tidy, you’ll need to get some good hamster litter and bedding to line your cage with. Chewy carries all the best hamster litter and bedding types and brands, so you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect material for the bottom of your cage. Here are a few things to know before choosing new hamster bedding for your habitat.

The best hamster bedding and litter material will be dust-free, odor and moisture-absorbing, and comfortable for your pet. Most paper bedding for small animals fits these criteria and has the added benefit of being compostable and biodegradable, too. You can find paper bedding in many different textures and piece sizes, and it comes in lots of fun colors, as well. Paper bedding also saves on fuel use by being lightweight, and some of it is made from recycled pulp to reduce the strain on the environment.

Avoid hamster litter and bedding made from cedar or unprocessed pine shavings, as their aromatic oils can cause respiratory distress in your pets. Soft aspen shavings are dust-free, odor-free and suitable for hamsters, but they can be less absorbent than paper and may not reduce odor as well. You can also use kiln-dried pine shavings that are free from harmful aromatic oils, or try a product made from eco-friendly pelleted wheat straw. There are also some “fluffy” hamster beddings made from cotton, but you should use these with caution since they can cause blockages if ingested.

Whatever you choose to use to line your hamster cages, you’ll find great deals on bedding, hamster food, hamster toys and all your other hamster supplies at Chewy.com. Shop our wide selection of hamster litter and bedding and stock up on loads of your little buddy’s favorite type!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much bedding do hamsters need?

Hamsters need at least 4 to 6 inches of bedding in their cage. Some studies have shown that depths up to 15 inches can be quite beneficial to hamsters, so know that deeper will usually be better. Bedding is usually sold in cubic liter measurements, so if you’re trying to figure out how much bedding to buy, expect to use roughly 12 liters of bedding per square foot if you fill to a depth of 5 inches.

How long does hamster bedding last?

Hamster bedding will usually last a week between changes. You should check the enclosure at least once a day and remove soiled bedding as you see it. Perform a weekly cage cleaning where you throw away all the litter in the cage, clean the habitat and accessories thoroughly with soapy water, then fill it with fresh litter once it’s dry. This routine maintenance schedule should keep your enclosure tidy and sanitary for your pets and help prevent health issues.

Is hamster litter safe?

Hamster litter is safe for your pet, just make sure you get litter that’s made specifically for small animals. Soft paper beddings made without toxic inks will be super safe for your pets, as will aspen shaving and some of the newer beddings made from lightweight natural materials. You should never use aromatic cedar or pine shavings, clay cat litter or scented litter for hamsters. Fluffy cotton bedding, also known as kapok, should also be avoided since it can cause intestinal blockages if ingested or get tangled around your hamster’s feet.

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