Official Loofah Tester
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SE United States
The problem with Styrofoam packing peanuts is that they are the perfect consistency to be chewed into tiny bits and accidentally inhaled and to cut off breathing. I wouldn't let them chew those. They make an artsy kind (love that word) of noodles that are made of corn starch and melt in contact with water so the choking hazard is greatly diminished.
The only problem with towels is that they sometimes have threads as they are shredded which can lead to entanglements that cut off circulation to little toes or snag toe nails or even cause strangulation.
But, just because they pulled a towel into the cage and chewed it up isn't a problem at all. In fact, as long as you are aware of the risks and remove a shredded towel before it becomes a hazard, I don't even see a problem with intentionally giving them towels to burrow into.
For more safety, felt and flannel don't have the threads. You can buy them cheaply in the remnant section of most fabric stores.
I also have used old tee shirts. I have a bag of shredded teeshirts that I put in their cage in a big plastic bowl. They love burrowing in it and digging around. I can toss them or wash them once a week for reuse.
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Last edited by Storyseeker; 07-07-2011 at 09:11 AM.