Cedar and pine shavings can cause respiratory and sometimes liver problems in many animals. Some animals are also allergic to them.Really? I use pine shavings and they work really well. My neighbors use that Carefresh stuff and it smells quickly, it doesn't seem to help with odor.
Do not use pine or cedar! Bad.You may not have problems now,but they can pop up.There have been studies showing humans in mills getting RI's from pine dust as well.I use aspen for my small animals...it is very absorbant.I personally don't like Carefresh,so I don't use it.I use aspen and sometimes mix it with Yesterday's News.I would go with the wood shavings (pine), they are more absorbent and won't smell as quickly and they can dig in them. I would reccomend pine, because I have heard hamsters are allergic to cedar and I use pine, but I'm not sure about gerbils. I have a 10 gallon tank, too, I prefer them rather than the Critter Trails and wire cages because they can't really escape and are easier to clean. It is good that you have planned everything, especially what to do about vet bills if you have a low budget.
I had a degu with an allergy to aspen bedding so I guess it's not unheard of!Aspen is very good and pretty cheap as well! I used it until I discovered my ham, Patches, had a skin allergy to it!! Nobody had ever heard of a ham being allergic to Aspen, but I switched to Ulta Carefresh and haven't had any problems since!
I had a degu with an allergy to aspen bedding so I guess it's not unheard of!
I'm not sure, but my degu had been fine on it for over a year before suddenly developing the allergy. I switched her to Yesterday's News (paper-based like Carefresh) and she was fine after that.Wow!! I mentioned it in another forum several months back because I switched to Aspen and Patches would just dig and dig at herself and scratch against anything and everything!! They said they'd never heard of an Aspen allergy but told me to switch to something else to see if it stopped. I changed to Carefresh and within a day or two she stopped and hasn't done it since!! She was actually fine in the Aspen until after she gave birth, so I don't know if that had anything to do with her developing the issue or what?!