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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-29-2004, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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anyone use bedding that doesnt attract bugs? i've used corn cob and cedar chips and after maybe not even 5 days, there are these little nats... its not like they're cages never get clean, i mean, at least once a week but i still get these stupid little bugs.. any suggestions?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-29-2004, 09:19 PM
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You might try a recycled paper bedding. I've never had a problem with Aspen bedding itself, which is what I use for my chins.

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I agree with Jade.

I use Pets Preference bedding for my chinchillas. It's a recycled newspaper litter. It not only absorbs well, but it's not as dusty as some of the other beddings out there. I suggested it to a customer today who is going to purchase a chinchilla.

I know if ingested in small quantities, it will not harm your pet, unlike some of the other beddings out there.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-09-2004, 05:12 PM
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yup yup, recycled paper is good to use. At Walmart you can find the grey looking recycled paper all packed up (sold as pet bedding). The dustyness of pine or aspen gives pigs resperatory problems.


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Usually cedar and corn cob beddings aren't recommended for animals...especially cedar! (the cedar oils can cause serious respiratory problems in small animals and when my fiance bought some for the welping box for a litter of puppies we had, half the puppies swelled up with an allergy to them)
I use Aspen for my rabbits as recycled newspaper beddings stink way too quickly. I just switched to Kiln Dried Pine shavings for my chins as it's safe, not smelly if changed weekly and much less expensive. Personally I would recommend Aspen or Kiln Dried Pine. There is also a product called WoodyPet that is made for horses and small animals that I've heard works really well for GPs...It's about $5 for a large bale and it's super absorbant, not dusty and locks in odors. You can check it out and find a dealer near you at www.woodypet.com

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-10-2004, 08:10 AM
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I have a HUGE problem with gnats in my apartment. I use kiln dried pine for my chinnies and they've never been attracted to it. The chin food--yes but their bedding--no. I don't know if your gnats in Michigan are the same as mine down here but you might give it a try. I used to use the gray paper stuff from Walmart (made by the same people as carefresh) but switched to pine cause it's soooooo much cheaper! I did like the stuff from Walmart too, though.
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It is also a seasonal thing. I get them here every fall, I just keep diligent about cleanig up after the pigs and all is well. I use kiln dried pine at my house because of cost.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-28-2004, 06:52 PM
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I also use pine for my girls. I have tried all the other beddings and I prefer the pine. I've never had issues with bugs. The corn cob cedar thing can work id you remove the used corncob daily and replace it.
Althought I don't use it for my cavies because my cages have always been too big for corncob bedding to be cost effective, I have seen it used with great success in small manufactured cages. The key to sucess there is to clean the corn cob bedding daily and the whole cage weekly.

Aspen is a great alternative although I don't care for the smell of it personally.

The best option is to change the cage more often to keep the bugs at bay. You and the cavies will be happier for it.
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