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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-07-2005, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hello, I am new to this site, and I have a question. When we got our prairie dog the previous owner told us that they couldn't have cedar or anything for bedding because of the respiratory problems that it causes. We have been using shredded paper, because I tried some stuff that a pet store recommended and she ate it. I was scared it would hurt her. She loves the shredded paper but we don't. It covers up none of the odors. I need some suggestions on some bedding that wouldn't hurt her if she ate it but yet covers up the odor. Please help! Thanks in advance for all your help.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 12:36 AM
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I use coastal hay for the bedding in my prairie dog cages. Its quality varies greatly depending on which cut you get, but gives them that nice grass smell.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 09:20 AM
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Does your cage have a wire bottom? There should be no need for bedding if you can get a cage with a 1/2 by 1/2 wire full floors and a tray to catch any waste. These are the type of cages recommended for prairie dogs and work best. You're very right cedar and pine are something you should use because prairie dogs can suffer respiratory problems from both. The best thing is to not use any kind of bedding. It's never wrong to be too careful. Using potties in every corner also makes a big difference, but not all pd's will use them. Now, if there is an odor problem it may be diet because their urine should not be noticeable is the cage is kept cleaned, but I'm sure you do that. What diet are you feeding your baby? If you must use bedding I feel the best is Yesterdays News which is a bit expensive (for me at least since I have several pd's) or aspen pine (very inexpensive). These are non toxic and dust free. The aspen pine is not like normal bedding pine because it does not have the oils and strong odor that average pine bedding does. I'm so glad you care enough for your little one to find out what's best for her. I hope that helps some.

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