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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-24-2009, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Will this kinda wood be harmful to mice?

Ok so i saw a little wooden cabinet at a tag sale and was thinking i could turn it into a cage for some mice by cutting the doors and putting in wire and glass so they got air and digging ability and then using like tile or something for the floor so that it is easy to clean. but my question is its made out of composite wood and i was wondering if it would be harmful because i know some wood it harmful and some isn't. and if anyone had a list of which is which it would be great thanks


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You would want to seal it with something or cover it, because mice pee will soak into the wood and make it stink really really fast. Also they will be able to chew it

The woods that are harmful is cedar and pine because they smell and the oils and smells can harm mice and other small animals (i'm pretty sure even people if they had to live in it)

The glue could be harmful if they chew it, so you would have to figure a way to make it chew proof

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I was figuring if i used laminate flooring or tile? I could cover the floors and up the sides in it would this be safe or what other covering would you recommend?


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the Laminate would be fine for the floor, but the sides would take the most damage I would think. I used aluminium flashing (thin metal) to cover the sides of my rat cages, and it works great. It's seamless and ridgeless so they can't bite at it, unlike linoleum. It is expensive at 30.00 for 50' (well, it's not pricey, but for what little you want it is) so it may not be the best option for you.


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-26-2009, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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thanks guys but mom doesn't want to spend the little extra to make a cage so it looks like A 10g aquarium and maybe a tank topper if i can find a well made one.


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