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Old 02-13-2005, 02:35 PM   #1
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Question for people who have mice and other rodents.

Can you use shredded newspaper for the bedding?
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Old 02-13-2005, 04:23 PM   #2
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You could, but newsprint can be dusty when dry, and quite messy/smelly when wet.

I use shredded aspen where the mice tend to pee because it is incredibly absorbant and seems to hold in the odor. But, I recently got a paper shredder and the mice love to tunnel in my shredded junk mail!
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When I had my rats, I used newpaper. The ink would make the white rats look dingey but, it never hurt them. I found it a much better choice in that it was much cheaper than the wood products that can cause respritory problems. I would bathe my rats on a regular basis as well. LOL They loved it.
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But, I recently got a paper shredder and the mice love to tunnel in my shredded junk mail!
Goodness, recycled peanut butter jars and now, recycled junk mail! Very clever indeed QTOFFER!.

BTW, I have a small amount...glad to donate to good cause..
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When I had my rats, I used newpaper. The ink would make the white rats look dingey but, it never hurt them.
Most newspapers today use soy-based inks - completely harmless if ingested, but does tend to get on your hands, and in Fluff's case, your rats!

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wood products that can cause respritory problems.
Right! Don't use cedar or pine bedding because of the aromatic oils.
Aspen is perfectly safe though. So is CareFresh - a dustless, super-absorbant bedding made from recycled paper. CareFresh is really expensive, though - you'd be better off getting a paper shredder and your name on alot of mailing lists.
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I already have a paper shredder, So I'm half way there
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But do you have the mice?
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I was planning on getting a small fancy mouse... I just havn't decided what I'm going to put the mouse in yet.

I have an empty 10 gallon, and an empty 29gal aquarium. I was thinking on putting it in the 10gal.
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A ten is plenty of room for a mouse. Rodents are extremely cool and full of personality.
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I know, whichi s why I was pondering the larger tank... .Cause if I see how cute they are in the store, I may not be able to only buy one ^_^;
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