Gerbils & Hamsters/Cleaning hamster


Can you please tell me if it is safe to use "critter powder" to clean my dwarf hamster with. I read online that many people suggest using chinchilla sand, but I can't find this at my local pet store. I care a lot about my hamster and I wanted to be sure that whatever I'm using is safe. Thank you for your time.

Hi Vi

Thanks for your question.

I usually use chinchilla sand, but I've googled 'critter powder' and it seems to look fine.  They advertise it as being safe for hamsters, so it should be fine to use.  Once they get the hang of bathing in this they usually love it - sometimes they don't understand what it is for initially though so don't be too surprised if they sleep in it or wee in it!

I hope you get on OK.


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Syrian hamsters are my specialty, however, I have kept Campbells,Winter Whites and gerbils in the past. I can advise on most subjects associated with hamsters, including housing, bedding, feeding, handling, new borns and catching escapees. I have had some experience of various health problems with hamsters and can offer my opinion and advice on basic health issues, however I am not a qualified vet and therefore cannot recommend drugs etc. My website is


I have been keeping hamsters and other small animals for more than 12 years. My favourites are Syrian hamsters and I foster litters and 'difficult' hamsters for a rescue centre. My job is to tame hamsters ready for re-homing, which is extremely rewarding. I also enjoy looking after new litters and raising the pups. I have co-written a book on hamsters with my local vet and have a website:

Hamsters in Sickness and in Health - Sheila Adby and Dan O'Neill ISBN186163218-5 (Capall Bann Publishing)

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