Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: London, Ontario
I've heard that using compressed wheat/grain pellets for litter is a good alternative 'clumping' sort of litter for small animals like bunnies and guinea pigs. I've never tried it. Apparently it breaks down really quickly and safe for ingestion.
I stick to paper litter in a scatter-proof pan for my buns. I have those little triangle shaped pans with high sides so they can't miss the edge, and wire over the litter to prevent accidental scattering when they kick. I know wire isn't the best for bunny feet, but they don't tend to hang out on it that much, since there's a much more comfortable pet bed and cardboard box in their cage. I only use Carefresh. I'm afraid to try different ones!
I don't really clean the cage every day anymore since I got the new litter pans. It stays really clean since they can't kick their poop all over the place anymore. I just take out the litter boxes and empty it all into a garbage bag, rinse them with the hose, refill, and stick them back in the cage. The bottom of the cage gets a full wash down every week, but again, not that dirty. It's mostly just dumping out the scattered hay they didn't eat onto my lawn and then wiping it with paper towel and some cage cleaner. Takes all of 10 minutes now. It used to take me up to 45 minutes to finish cleaning their cage, but I've got it pretty much down to routine now. It takes a bit of trial and error to find what works, but once you figure it out it's really not that hard. Don't worry, I moaned and groaned for weeks trying to find easier solutions, too (and you can find those threads on this forum!). I tried to find better odor absorbing litter, I hated Soft Sorbent because it got all over the carpet and was a headache to clean because the vaccuum kept getting clogged with it, etc etc. The key for me was getting 2 litterboxes that were the right size (I had a couple of random plastic boxes that were way too big for the cage before and the current ones are just corner-sized), and the wire covers for the litter boxes. One of the old litter boxes used to be the bottom plastic bit of my cousin's dwarf hamster cage. It didn't even fit through the door! I had to slide it in underneath by pulling the tray out. It was a huge mess. And the bunnies kicked and chewed at it until it was cracked down the side and I just had to throw it out.
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Last edited by MattMouse; 06-07-2008 at 08:37 PM.