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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-10-2007, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Getting two Guinea Pigs this Saturday

And their foster mommy told me that wood chips are not good for piggies. Is this right? One thing she suggested was hemp bedding, which I can get at the same place as my aspen shavings. Which do you think is better?

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Aspen shavings are perfectly safe . I've used them with guinea pigs with no problems. I had a degu who was allergic to aspen but that's not very common.

I've never used hemp bedding, though.




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Alright, thanks! I think I'll try both, and see what they seem to like better, unless someone tell me one of them is unsafe. Oh! I got a picture, too! I'll post it if I can figure out how

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Dang, it's too big. I'll get my mom to resize it tomorrow, and I'll post it.

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Ok, I can't wait . And you know, if you upload it to Photobucket it's really easy to resize.




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Yoopee, here they are!
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Aww they are cuuuuute!!

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They are very cute!
How wonderful! Are these your first piggies?

I use Carefresh bedding because it is very absorbant. Piggies pee a lot... as you will see, so that is why i prefer the Carefresh. Aspen is not as absorbant. Piggie pee will be stinky if the bedding does not absorb it up enough.
Wood based shavings, in my opinion is too messy with piggies because they run around a lot and tend to kick it out of their enclosure. Also some piggies tend to chew it and that can lead to problems. It can be a bit dusty, fine dust particles and it may irritate their respritory system.

Here is some good info to consider

*Wood Shavings:

Advantages:
smell pleasant and absorb urine and odors
are not too costly
Disadvantages:
cavies may chew on the bedding leading to health problems
sharp particles may harm your cavy's eyes or feet
fine dust from wood shavings irritate their lungs and may lead to allergies
There are types of wood shavings that make a good source of bedding, these are:
Aspen
Kiln-dried Pine (recommended by some and not by others)
Never use cedar or plain Pine wood shavings!! These have oils in the wood that can be extremely harmful for your pet.
Use of wood shavings is mostly discouraged, but from a finacial point of view, they are usually more affordable.

*Recycled shredded or pelleted paper products:

Advantages:
Good for long-haired cavies
Softer for cavies with sensitive feet
Non-allergenic
You can make an excellent bedding using this on the cage floor and adding a light layer of hay over the top.
Disadvantages:
Can be expensive
Brands to try: Yesterdays News or CareFresh

Other bedding:
There are also different varieties of fabric, fleeces, flannels you can use as bedding. .
Some cavy owners simply use black and white newspaper as a layer on bottom of the cage and add a layer of CareFresh on top. This makes cleaning a snap, as you can simply roll the newspaper up along with the hay.

*Whatever you use, please be sure to change the bedding at least once a week.... Or as often as necessary.

Check out this link for good piggie care.
Guinea Lynx :: A Medical and Care Guide for Your Guinea Pig
Guinea Lynx :: Bedding

You will find what works best for you and your situation.


Why type of enclosure will your piggies have?

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Thank you for the links! I'll check them out. Carefresh is a little expensive, so I'm gunna try the aspen for a while, and see what works. Luvnature, would you suggest hemp bedding or not?

I made a nice big C & C cage (Cubes & Coroplast).

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Yeah i know...piggies can be expensive.
I have never tried the hemp bedding so i dont have an opinion on it. From what i have read about it ..(i looked it up
Hemp Bedding)
it sounds very good! If you try it let me know what you think about it....absorbancy, cost, etc.
There are some reviews on that link. Sounds like it might be a bit pricey as well though

Would love to see pics of the nice cage you made them.

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Ok. So today's the big day. In about 8 hours, I'll have my piggies, but I feel like I'm missing something. I got the hemp bedding. It actually seems MORE absorbant than aspen(I did a little experiment, lol) And it was dust-free when I was putting it in from the top of the bad, but when I just dumped the rest of the bad it, it was dust city!! Do you think if I always leave a little in the bottom of the bag (the part that's dustiest) it'll be ok?
Now, for the missing something- I feel like I've gotten/ made everything that's UNNECESSARY, but I feel like I'm missing something vital. In the cage I have wo little tents, a shoebox with holes, a tunnel, a cushion. Water food, and timothy hay are all there, and I even got threats Anything I'm missing? Should I put in some wood (I have an apple tree in my back yard)?
Thank you guys sssssoooooooooo much for everything!!

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Oh! Also, does anyone have any ideas for names?

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Hi i just wanted to say i use Carefresh for my rat and i dont think its that expensive! It cost me £3.99 for a 10litre bag! I think this is relatively cheap for the comfort of my rattie!

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Im sure she will do whatever is best for her situation.
Prices are different in different places, states etc.
Everyone of us wants to do the very best for our pets but also every situation/circumstance is different and so that must also be taken into account.

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