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How Often to Change Hamster Bedding

Hamsterpal Team | November 16, 2020

It’s difficult to put an exact duration on how often you should change your hamster’s bedding. We recommend changing the bedding frequently enough to prevent it becoming damp or smelly.

Investing in a highly absorbent and fresh smelling bedding such as Carefresh Small Pet Bedding can help to maximize the time between bedding changes.

Hamsters spend the vast majority of their day in and around their bedding. This means that if you don’t change their bedding frequently enough, their entire living space can become an unpleasant place to be. As a responsible owner part of your job is ensuring you maintain a suitable living environment for your hamster.

Hamsters rely on their sense of smell, living in a dirty environment can cause them distress, as well as spread illness. When it comes to cleaning cages and replacing bedding you’ll be aiming to ensure that you maintain a fresh and clean cage at all times.

Two Common Mistakes:

Cleaning Bedding Over Changing It

Some owners clean bedding; perhaps in an effort to save costs or reduce waste. This approach is not recommended, when it’s time to freshen up your hamsters’ bedding, replace it entirely. You’re never going to be able to completely clean dirty bedding so it’s not worth the risk.

As well as bacteria and feces stored in the bedding, hamsters are also known to hoard food. If the food isn’t cleaned out with the bedding, it’s likely your hamster might be snacking on urine-soaked food later down the line.

Setting Numbers of Days

It’s not uncommon for people to be reluctant to change bedding because “they only changed it a few days ago”. If the bedding is dirty, it doesn’t matter when you last changed it. All that matters is that dirty bedding needs to be changed as quickly as possible.

Don’t put a set number of days between changing bedding, change the bedding as soon as it becomes dirty.


Hamster bedding is where your hamsters will spend large amounts of their day. Your responsibilities as an owner involves keeping the hamsters bedding as fresh as possible. Failing to do so can result in the spreading of bacteria, illness and a very distressed hamster.