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If you're like me, you want the best for your pets. Conventional pine and cedar litters are not good for the health of your hamster, gerbil, mouse, and rat. I use Carefresh instead. It is a recycled wood pulp paste (or something like that). It can be quite expensive though.
I didn't want my rodents sitting in uncomfortable aspen shavings (aspen is the only other safe litter, as it doesn't have all the oils that pine and cedar do). So I had an idea. I started buying one huge bag of aspen for $8.99 and one large bag of Carefresh for $19.99. This lasts me about 2 months for 4 rodents.
I also use toilet paper as their bedding inside their houses, and when I'm really running low and need to stretch the litter, I fill in with shredded up paper egg cartons.
For their food, I mix in plain rice puffs or Cheerios. The hamsters love them, and they are really cheap in the grocery store.