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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-02-2007, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Eating Cardboard

My rats eat cardboard and paper. A lot. They aren't just chewing on it, they actually ingest it. Is this a problem? Usually I make them stop, but if I let them they will sit there eating it for several minutes. How bad is it for them to eat cardboard and paper?

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I hope thats not a bad thing my Rats do the same thing. I hope They will b ok!


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I give my rats& mice cardboard boxes and stuff and they're alright. If the paper contains ink you might want to find out if the ink is soy based or not. Soy based ink is ok


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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-02-2007, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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I'm pretty sure it's ok in small amounts, I just feel like they eat a lot of it. I guess I'm just wondering how much is too much, and how dangerous is it if they do eat too much? Does anybody know?

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IF they're chewing it that's one thing. If they're actually eating it you might want to watch how much you give them. The cardboard can make them bloat and it's not a good thing.

Try not to give them too much if they're eating it.

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I totally agree with Missy.

My rats only chew it and shred it as far as I know.I never seen them actually eat it.





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My rats only chew it and shred it as far as I know.I never seen them actually eat it.
Oh, mine definitely eat it. I feel bad because they love to play with boxes and stuff, but I always end up taking it away so they don't eat too much of it.


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The cardboard can make them bloat and it's not a good thing.
They do occasionally seem bloated. I'm glad to know that it's probably from the cardboard, I would never have thought of that. I will definitely try to keep it away from them now.

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I totally agree with Missy.

My rats only chew it and shred it as far as I know.I never seen them actually eat it.

Same here. I hear them shredding all hours in the night


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If they like to shred maybe you should try some paper. Just make sure the ink is okay and it's not like regular white printer paper.

If you want to give them something to sleep in make them hammocks.

If you search around there are some easy things you can make that probably won't involve cardboard.

If they like eating stuff that they chew on I would stay away from plastic as well. Plastic can be much more dangerous then cardboard.

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My rats have a cardboard tube, but they do not even chew on it. I gave them a paper bag and they shredded the end of it and made a tunnel. I have never seen them eating it.
But yes, be careful. If they eat too much of the cardboard they can get bloated. It may even prevent them from going to the bathroom. So just be careful with how much they consume and they should be fine. (My mice ate the paper tubes from toilet paper all the time. They were fine. You just have to make sure they do not eat too much.)
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If they like to shred maybe you should try some paper. Just make sure the ink is okay and it's not like regular white printer paper.

If you want to give them something to sleep in make them hammocks.

If you search around there are some easy things you can make that probably won't involve cardboard.

If they like eating stuff that they chew on I would stay away from plastic as well. Plastic can be much more dangerous then cardboard.
They eat paper too, but they don't eat plastic (they chew it and leave it). Basically I'm just going to have to keep cardboard away from them as much as possible. They eat their bedding too, sometimes, but not too much. Hopefully they won't eat more of it when I cut out their cardboard/paper.

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seriously if they're eating that much stuff I would cut it out completely.

Switch to fleece blankets for bedding if you have to. Eating that much stuff isn't good for them. I had a mouse die that ate too much cardboard.

You can try wooden houses too.

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Well, they have this nest thingy for a house, and they don't eat that. And I don't keep any cardboard in their cage, but they get to it when they run around the room. I started worrying when I saw just how much they were eating, so now it's all out of reach.

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the real problem with eating the stuff is that it may one day become blocked in their intestines or give them serious constipation..either way just cut it out..how about soft balsa wood? would they eat that was well? if not, then that would be a better alternative


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