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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-09-2009, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Question Yesterday's News?

I've owned my rats for almost two years now and I've always used Carefresh for their bedding but since joining Paw-Talk I've heard a lot of rodent owners saying they use Yesterday's News.

I looked for it last time I was at Petsmart and I couldn't find it in the small animal's section. I assume it's used primarily for something else but I didn't have time to ask anyone about it before they closed.

My question is this: What is Yesterdays News? Where do I find it? How well does it work for odor control and does it make good bedding? (My rats are not litter trained so it would have to go all over the bottom of their cage.)

My biggest problem is that the bedding under their water bottle gets matted and sticks to the bottom of the cage and it's hard to clean out, does Yesterday's News have the same problem?

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It's actually a cat litter so check the cat section . They do market it for small animals, too, but it tends to be pricier even though it's the same thing.

Yesterday's News is basically pellets made from recycled newspaper. It's not soft like Carefresh and is more of a litter than a bedding, if that makes sense. Since you want to use it as bedding, I'd recommend mixing it with something softer like Carefresh, aspen shavings, or even some nesting material.

It's very absorbent and it seems to do a good job of controlling odor--but I don't have rats so I'm not sure (I have degus and rabbits). It's also MUCH easier to clean than Carefresh and tends to clump together when wet (rather than sticking to the cage bottom).

I'd recommend it, personally .




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Cat litter... That would explain why I couldn't find it. I have absolutely no reason to go anywhere near the cat section. I'll look for it next time I'm there, thanks.

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Oh yeah, does it really work?? Are you sure that the cat stuff is the same for the small animals?? I know that they make both.


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