Doomed to be Titleless Forever
Join Date: Mar 2004
The thing with newspaper is the ink. If the ink is soy based it would be fine, but I have no clue how you would know whether it was or not. And if you shred it by putting it in a paper shredder, you run the risk of sharp edges that can cut them. For my hamsters I would line the bottom of the tray with newspaper and put bedding on top if it, and there were never any problems, but I don't do it for my rats.
Yup, rats are prone to RI, too. When I first got my rats, as soon as I heard them sneezing I wanted to get to the bottom of it so I could fix it right away. Turns out the Carefresh bedding was too dusty for them, and after I switched to aspen they were fine. Every once in a while they might be sneezey, but it's not very often at all. Yesterdays News is also something I want to try, because I've heard about how great it is as far as the fact that it isn't dusty and it does a good job absorbing things.
But if all else fails, you can always throw in a bunch of old rags, towels, t-shirts, etc. for them. The only thing that I don't like about that is how often you would have to change them, though.
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Last edited by LilSouthPaw; 01-02-2005 at 04:59 PM.
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