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When I was younger I kept hamsters. I only had one at a time, but over the years I was the proud owner of Hamish, then Sammy then Malcolm. Hamish I was particularly proud of, being as he was my first real pet. I was about ten years old when I got him, and as my friend also had a hamster I knew there was a list of things I had to have ready before I brought my new friend home from the pet shop. As well as the essential cage, feeding bowl, water bottle and bedding, I knew I also had to have a bag of sawdust ready.
There was only one pet shop in town when I got Hamish, and it was (and still is) a small family-run shop that is packed with all manner of pet accoutrements. They only stocked large bags of sawdust, and although it looked like a lot I quickly discovered that Hamish would get through it fairly speedily. Hamish had a three-tier Rotostak cage, which was attached via a tunnel to a large square cage. I put a layer of sawdust in the large, bottom tier of the Rotostak and a dusting in the large single-storey cage. With rodents sawdust is usually used in the areas they use as their bathroom, and it will absorb waste products and also help to mask the smell. Sawdust is excellent for absorbing urine, and will form a solid-ish block when liquid seeps into it. I changed Hamish's sawdust several times a week, and found that the corners he used for his bathroom were not overly saturated when I cleaned them out over this time frame. I used a layer a couple of centimetres deep, but hamsters tend to dig the sawdust up and more accumulates around their toilet area.
Although the soiled sawdust smells OK from a distance, when the sawdust/urine combination is emptied from the tray the sawdust is not able to mask the pungent smell of hamster urine. I hated this task, and the smell often made me gag. I love the smell of sawdust in general however, even though the particles to have a tendency to get into other rooms and all around the hamster's cage when they dig.
I remember I paid around £1.50 for a large bag of sawdust from my local pet shop. Bags of sawdust are widely available, and can be found in supermarkets and stores such as Pets at Home, too. It is very versatile, and essential if you keep rodents. Just make sure you don't breathe in when empting the dirty cage, though.
Having a hamster means that you have to regularly clean them out at least once a week if not more as they tend to have a pretty foul smelling urine. This means getting in a lot of bedding and flooring for your hamster cage. I stocked up when I first purchased the hamster so as not have to travel to the pet shop again to get the basics as I knew I would be suckered into getting a whole load of other and rather expensive treats for Hammy.
However we had run out a few weeks back and I decided to pick some of the saw dust we use for bedding up at Morrison's and found it to be pretty good.
The saw dust was in a fairly large packet which allows for around three changes of the cage and there was a slight special offer on that you could buy two packets for £2 making it a real bargain.
The saw dust itself is not just suitable for hamsters but all small animals in general. This means it is safe for rats, rabbits, guinea pigs and the like. The saw dust is not just any old saw dust and you probably couldn't' raid the local wood work shop for theirs as this is Soft wood shaving and is specially designed for use with animals.
It states that the saw dust give a comfy and cosy home for any small animal and that it is both hygienic and easy to use.
The directions for use are simple in the fact that all you need to is to replace the old sawdust bedding once a week with this new and fresh saw dust. You grab handfuls from the bag and need to separate the lumps up and spread evenly on to the bottom of the cage. I always prefer to line the cage with newspaper too so that any of the hamsters urine gets soaked into that and makes it less likely that the sawdust would stick to the bottom of the plastic cage.
I find the saw dust easy to use and have to say that where ever I purchase it from, it is generally of the same quality and I personally feel a far better cage liner than the other options available such as the straw type variety.
The price I paid was very good and as I say the quality was nothing less than expected. Getting three changes out of a small bag is not bad going and makes owning a hamster not too expensive.
I will keep using this saw dust as a bedding material for Hammy as he has now gotten rather used to having it and I find it does a good job at keeping him and me happy!
Highly recommended and a 5 out of 5 star rating!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Sawdust is the main bedding used for rodents. Its made up of cut offs from wood, and is bought from every good petshop, and some farms etc. Sawdust varies in price from around £4 for a small bag, to £2 for a huge bag, it all depends on where you buy it from! I used to buy Pets at Home branded sawdust, which was around £4 for a couple of kilos, which when you have 4 hamsters, a rabbit, and 2 gerbils, it goes down very very quickly, so now I buy it from a small pet shop in Lancaster near my mums home, as its the same price for a HUGE bag, which is exactly the same!!!
Sawdust is put in the bottom of the cage of many animals, many people say not to use it for Guinea Pigs, but we use a small amount in their "toilet" part of their house to absorb the wee!!! You can use sawdust for Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice, Rats, Rabbits....and all other rodents!!
There isn't really much alternative to sawdust, and although it works well to absorb the wee, it doesn't absorb the smell of the wee which is very annoying, as especially with mice and rats, if you have them...you'll know they STINK!!! But you can now get "smelly" sawdust, the one I have seen has either lavander or lemon scented pieces in the sawdust, which makes the cage smell lovely for a day or so, but still they need cleaning every couple of days!
Sawdust is much better than using hay alone, and it cleans out pretty well which is always good!!!
One thing which is very annoying is when you have just changed out your animals, and they think its funny to kick their sawdust all over your nice clean floor....!!!!!!!! Thats annoying...but theres not much you can do about it lol!
All in all, sawdust is easy to use, easy to clean, and although it does get smelly, it does the job its supposed to do which is to absorb moisture.
A review on sawdust, quite random but you would be surprised how many uses it has!
Rodents such as hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs and more all use sawdust for bedding as a main use including warmth and shelter. Out of a block of timber you would be surprised of the amount of sawdust shavings that can be made from grinding up just a single block of wood so it is not only economically viable for anyone to buy but it also is a favourite for animals without question!
Other materials could be harmful such as newspaper to animals due to the ink content in case they chewed or consumed any which could be dangerous to their health. An animal can use sawdust to build their own home, as an example a gerbil tears up and carries sawdust to a spot to build their bed up which provides a safe and relaxing place to rest.
You may not think its very relaxing but if you go to a sawdust facility and jump in a pile of fresh sawdust its very soothing (Don't actually do this or you will probably be kicked out). Also it doesn't have to be replaced very often as it's always churned up and mixed in with each other meaning it's not like it would get old very quickly.
A major floor however to sawdust is that it can be dangerous to the health of small animals as if its inhaled into their lungs it can cause serious damage which means its only advised for larger animals such as rabbits. All in all if you want cheap and comforting bedding for you pet, sawdust is the way forward!
Sawdust is the material most often put down in small animal cages, such as hamsters, mice, and gerbils. It's cheap - about £1 for a big packet of it, it has good absorbancy (small animals do tend to pee a whole lot) and a lot of people buy it because it's what they use in the pet shops so it seems like it's just What You Do.
For a long time I also got it for my hamster because I also thought it was What You Do. Over time though, I started noticing problems - not so much for my hamster, but for me. I'm prone to sinus headaches, and I started noticing more and more that they were flaring up on days when I was in my room a lot (where the cage was) and when I cleaned the hamster out.
At first I thought I was becoming allergic to the hamster herself. It took a more savvy friend to clue me in as to the problem. Turns out the wood they make sawdust out of gives off poisonous oils and dust. Not good for my sinuses, and definitely not good for my hamster's lungs - apparently it can shorten their lives quite considerably. Apparently, it's also particularly bad for asthmatics
I switched to cardboard shavings. Just as absorbant, a bit more expensive and I needed to order packets online. More importantly though, my headaches stopped and the hamster lived to the ripe old age of three.
If I get a small animal again, I would never use sawdust again. It is - quite literally - not worth the headache.
There are a large variety of hamster beddings available for purchase from pet stores. Some are safer than others.
I use cotton cloth bedding which ensures that my hamsters are warm and cosy, but avoids the risk of them getting tangled up in it or choking.
The cotton wool bedding is dangerous, as there have been many cases of hamsters eating the bedding (something that they often do) and being unable to digest it, causing their stomaches to swell and eventually die.
Shredded newspaper is also a no no as the ink can run onto their skin, and cause them to become ill. Another reason against this bedding is that they can become tangled up and even lose limbs.
Dont use cedar wood chips or sawdust as the amount of dust from these are extremely dangerous to your hamster and can cause severe respiratory problems.
Cotton cloth bedding or kitchen towels are far better and safer for your hamster.
So, what is it?
We should be mindful that the traditional image of sawdust (some wood shavings) is wrong. Sawdust can also be the shavings or particles from sawn stone. The wood version is oft-used to put pets or messy children on. The stone version is not.
How do I choose my sawdust?
First, test several brands. They are all the same. Now, buy some.
My pet hates sawdust!
You're not supposed to be feeding it to her.
Overall, sawdust is good for the things for which it is good, and rather bad for the things for which it is bad. The real problem is maintaining it. I tried washing it but it turned back into wood. Set fire to it and it doesn't last long, but it does reduce the feeding budget for the pets living in it. You've guessed already I'm sure but the trick is to keep buying new sawdust. Have a look on ebay for the best bargains. Don't buy the second-hand stuff.
I've noticed a huge amount of opinions about sawdust in the last few days and after reading a lot of them, I thought to myself, "I wonder what's on the telly later." Not that they weren't interesting, it's just that we've lost the TV guide. Anyway, I thought I would have a bash at it myself. Many years ago, my wife and I had rented a holiday cottage in the highlands with the intention of spending a week plodding through the mud and glaur that festoons the Scottish hills in the height of Summer. After spending a long, wet, exhausting day, up to the knees in slurry, with the only thing keeping us sane being the thought of delving into a steaming bowl of soup in front of a roaring log fire - we trudged our weary way home. As we were so wet, we needed something to soak up the various secretions from our sodden, soaking clothing which was forming puddles at an alarming rate. I hunted high and low around the house but nothing could be found. Then I had an idea, what about the wood shed? Surely I would find an absorbant, dusty type of substance there. So I looked, and what do you think I found? That's right. Dust. I SAW DUST. To counter the risk of being branded off topic, let me just finish by saying that there was bags of sawdust - the by-product of sawing wood - in the shed and this we used to soak up the puddles. Sawdust is great for soaking up those little pet 'accidents' as well. Not to mention their plip plops, which I won't. We had a gerbil for a while and he loved the stuff. He would bury himself deep inside it and that's the last you saw of him for days. He's dead now, poor little thing. PS A rip snorter is a power saw Thanks for reading ©proxam2002
Sorry, I'll have to be quick here. I have only 10 minutes left of my session on the computer. I'll have to review short computer session times and their plusses and minusses later, unless everyone else gets to it before me, like they did on sawdust. Anyway, I just read Jill's op on sawdust in her local pub, and I remembered the 2 reasons I have heard about why we say "happy as a sandboy", and handily enough they both apply to the gritty sawdust in the pub. ONE REASON. The "sandboys" would buy the sawdust for a mere pittance at source - the sawmills of the district; and would then cart it round to all the hostelries and sell it on at great profit. That way they would be happy. ANOTHER REASON. They got to take all the dirty floor coverings away every morning after every night before. And as you would expect, they could keep all the phlegm, turds, gobs of tobacco and so on that it contained, AS WELL AS all the groats, shillings, guineas, etc. That way they would be happy. I have no interest in which of these excuses for the phrase "happy as a sandboy" is true. I just want some reads and a crown to allow me to cash in for something more useful than ipoints. Please be considerate. I'll love you for it. I'll be as happy as a sandboy, selling anecdotes on at "great" profit, and sifting through shit to find 3ps... God, wasn't that sublimely apt?!
Over the past couple of days I noticed all the reviews about the very interesting subject of sawdust and seeing as it is proving to be such a popular topic decided to jump on the band wagon and submit my own opinion. God where do I start? Sawdust is a substance that is created by shredding wood into very fine particles. When our local annual carnival comes round each year in October sawdust is often spread over the playing fields muddy surfaces where the fun fair is held to prevent it becomming too soggy underfoot as it is very absorbant. Sawdust is such a useful product that it has a multitude of uses and is often used, as the description above suggests, in animals cages for bedding, and again as it is so absorbant it quickly soaks up any little accidents that little hammy may have. With this subject becomming so popular you may find that sawdust is currently difficult to come across but in normal circustances it can often be purchased very cheaply in pet stores or if you contact a local carpenter I am sure they will be more than happy to cheaply supply you with any leftovers once they have dealt with the current stampede. To sum up I would highly recomment that you obtain a nice large bag of sawdust very soon as it is such an adaptable substance which can be used to soak up a mass of nasty messes including, sick, wee and spillages. Hope you manage to get yours before it runs out.
....and I may a well jump on it. In the past few days I've seen a few people attempting to write an opinion on sawdust. Yes that's right sawdust, the dust that falls from cutting wood. I really don't know why this subject has created so much interest but obviously sawdust is the new rock and roll or something. Anyway we are in the pets and animals section so I suppose I should write about the virtues of the fine yellow dust substance. My encounters in life with the substance have been few, I don't really remember throwing up at school ever but you can always remember the times when Johnny on the next table would hurl in the playground. The caretaker would come out and apply sawdust to the remains in order for it to be easily cleaned up. The same applies to animals, I wouldn't reccomend it for fish, it would be awfully messy and chances are your fish will die within a matter of moments due to suffication. However if your pet is of the small rodent variety, something like a hamster for example then Sawdust should be one of your best friends. It gives a great bedding for the small cage your pet inhabits and also brakes their fall when they decide to do rambo style climbs on the top of the cage. But more importantly it absorbs the urine they seem to do in large amounts. So when you come to clean up the little critters home you won't have a lot of sloppy stuff to deal with. Of course the stuff is pretty cheap and easy to get hold of, most pet stores will stock it for a modest price so stick up now....that's my advice. Anyway there's not much more I think I can say on the matter but I've tried my best, it's just a pretty basic subject.
You wouldn't think that sawdust could make an appealing pet, but I think you'd be surprised. There are significant advantages that sawdust can give over more conventional pets. · Cheap ? the cost of sawdust is much cheaper in a pet store than that of chinchillas or koi karp. · Plentiful ? when you buy your sawdust you get a huge bag, a whole colony of sawdust if you like. · Available ? At all good pet stores. · Maintenance ? Obviously it depends on how you decide to keep your sawdust, in a glass cabinet, is going to be more expensive than a shoebox for example. · Attachment ? this is lower than with other pets. · Life expectancy ? no one really knows how long sawdust is supposed to last, but you can replace it with ease, with sawdust which will look very similar. · Other uses ? Also when sawdust is dead, you can use it as packing material, or as bedding for conventional pets. No list of advantages would be complete without a list of disadvantages · Not affectionate ? sawdust finds it hard to show its true feelings for you · Not good for stroking ? But some pleasure can be gained from grabbing a handful of sawdust and letting it fall back to its container through your fingers ? they love this by the way. · Not popular or fashionable ? Others may come to your home and see your stylishly presented sawdust in a lovely glass showcase, and tap the glass (all pets don't like this including sawdust) and look for a more conventional pet inside. Also they may laugh at you if you tell them that the sawdust IS the pet. · Breeding ? virtually impossible to find the right conditions for sawdust to mate ? if you find them, let me know. This concludes this short discussion
Well, here goes! You're little. You go to school. There's a strange old man who wanders around the place called the caretaker. And, as often happens, when one of the other children is sick in the playground, along comes the caretaker. What does he do? He covers the pile of icky stuff with .... SAWDUST! No idea why. But, that's what always used to happen. The extraordinary thing about this was that, given an overnight delay, the sawdust and sick magically disappeared never to be seen again! This brings me to ask, is sawdust the solution to dog mess on our pavements? Could sawdust make the poop skoop redundant? Other uses of sawdust I've seen? Cricket. It's rained for days. The outfield is drenched. But they are actually playing this wonderful game. And the bowler's footmarks are really damaging the outfield. So, what appears? Sawdust! We have hamster cages. Sawdust in the bottom. The content of the brains of the cabinet. Sawdust. Amazing stuff. What more is there to say?
Sawdust is little bits of wood. When a bloke (it’s usually a bloke) saws up wood, lots of little bits fall off in a pile of the floor and that’s sawdust. I’ve only ever used it as a carpet for our rat. It sucks up the pee really well, in much the same way as our landing carpet sucks up the dog pee when she’s too lazy to ask to go out. I’ve also heard of people using it as cat litter, but I don’t fancy trying it because I’m sure it’d get all over the kitchen floor and probably trodden into the landing carpet along with the dog stuff. Butcher’s used to have it on the floor of their shops to suck up the blood from the meat. I don’t know whether they still do because I haven’t seen a proper butcher’s shop for years. ~~+~~+~~
Never being one to pass up on a challenge, I couldn't resist when it became obvious that there's something going on at Dooyoo-Land. It's a goodie this time, of course, because I cannot think of anything more boring to write a review on than sawdust, ermmm, well I'm obviously not writing on sawdust, I'm using paper, well a keyboard anyway (Stick to the topic, young man, stick to the topic). Anyway, you know this is a real challenge because there is literally nothing you can write about sawdust which is in the slightest bit interesting ... is there? Well, let's have a go... Sawdust is, as the name implies, the dust generated when you use a saw. It is therefore usually made up of tiny bits of wood which comes out of the cut when you are sawing things up. Now, obviously technically it doesn't need to be wood because you can pretty much saw up anything. For instance, the other day my son was disassembling a toy robot (don't ask, it's a long story), but was struggling to get one bit out. In the end, we had little choice but to saw off the offending bit of plastic. In these circumstances, therefore, the little pile of tiny bits of plastic were also technically sawdust, although I can't see Mr Guinea Pig being too chuffed when you put all this plastic grit in the bottom of his cage. After all, plastic doesn't soak up excrement too well, now do it? (Well, what do you think? Could you stand a whole review of such inane drivel? No, I thought not). However, there are a whole pile of sites dedicated to the stuff - check out http://www.sawdustartfestival.org/ or even http://www.sawdustmaking.com/ - "Welcome to Sawdust Making 101, first of all let me assure you that woodworking is not nearly as daunting as it may seem. It is not necessary to spend a fortune on tools many projects can be done with a minimum investment. At one time or another we all do something that we reg
ret, the more cheap tools we buy the more regrets we have. Often it is better to put off purchasing a tool if you can't afford to buy a quality item, eventually it will go on sale, or you may find a used one at a garage sale, flea market or on eBay! . I would be wary of used power tools, however I would definitely advise buying used hand tools, especially older brand names providing they have not been abused, generally the quality is superior to the newer models. Another advantage to buying quality tools is that, heaven forbide, you don't wish to continue with the hobby they will have a much better resale value. Let your friends and relatives know you are interested, often they will have tools that they no longer use and will be glad to give them a new home." Now that's a bit racey, if you ask me, and you know you did by clicking the bloody link. Anyway to close, dig this... Sawdust is a useful tool to put in the bottom of the cages used to keep rabbits, mice, hamsters and guinea pigs in. It absorbs the excrement and urine and prevents the cage smelling, but only as long as it is regularly replaced. So get moving, fatties of the world...