Animal Welfare organisations such as The RSPCA, Blue Cross and Royal Veterinary College strongly advise against the use of fluffy bedding but many retailers are either unaware or are ignoring this advice that exists from the most reputable sources available.
Furthermore, the public and retailers are being led to believe the word of the manufacturers that fluffy bedding is safe as is often claimed on the packaging, but this is contrary to the evidence and advice that exists.
In addition to The Animal Welfare advice there are many testimonials from the public saying that fluffy bedding has caused injury or death to their pet.
If you are using fluffy bedding please don’t take the risk. Do you really expect your hamster to remove every small fibre from their cheeks! As well as intestinal blockage it could cause a respiratory infection or get trapped around a limb causing serious injury.
Instead, use safe paper based bedding that looks like tissue clumps, it’s the best type that can hold up the structure of a burrow. It’s important that you give your hamster the ability to dig and build a burrow where they can sleep, just like they would in the wild.