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Post by Nicolademee on Thu 02 Jan 2020, 2:40 pm

I've just discovered hemp animal bedding. It's actually nicely cheap but is it safe? Has anyone used it before? I'll try to attach a Photo but I'm still new here so I'm not sure if it will work. Thanks for your help!Is Hemp Bedding Safe? Screen10

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Post by Robin~ on Thu 02 Jan 2020, 3:25 pm

Not sure if that brand specifically is ok but it’s pretty commonly used in the hamster community (namely Aubiose in the UK).

Seeing as it’s from Walmart I’d take some precautions and freeze the bedding first to prevent mites, but I’d give it a go!
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Post by Nicolademee on Thu 02 Jan 2020, 5:44 pm

Okay great! What do you think of using fleece lining on the bottom of the cage and giving a few handfuls of bedding in hides for nesting?

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Random plastic containers: Honey and Francesca the Stagmoantis Limbata praying mantids

I also have a few spiders chilling in my house but I haven't named them so I don't quite consider them pets, rather roommates. Y'know?
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Post by Robin~ on Thu 02 Jan 2020, 6:07 pm

@Nicolademee wrote:Okay great! What do you think of using fleece lining on the bottom of the cage and giving a few handfuls of bedding in hides for nesting?

I wouldn’t recommend using fleece as a bedding— it has no odor control and doesn’t really absorb stuff well. I’d imagine the hemp would be a pain to get off, too.

Be sure you provide a good amount of bedding (ie more than a few handfuls). Mice need plenty of bedding so they can thermoregulate and adjust how deep their nest is depending on the temp. At least 6” is recommended Smile

If you do go with hemp, depending on how scratchy the bedding is, you may want to add in some shredded toilet paper as well as it makes for softer nesting material to sleep on.
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Post by Nicolademee on Fri 03 Jan 2020, 5:18 pm

Is Aspen shavings alright with some shredded tissue/toilet paper for nesting? I'm trying to figure out the best way to keep both the mouse and my wallet happy lol. Ofc mousey comes first and I'll do whatever is necessary to keep them happy.

Edit: Pine and cedar is also unsafe for mice, right? I'm a hamster person lol.

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Post by Robin~ on Fri 03 Jan 2020, 5:28 pm

@Nicolademee wrote:Is Aspen shavings alright with some shredded tissue/toilet paper for nesting? I'm trying to figure out the best way to keep both the mouse and my wallet happy lol. Ofc mousey comes first and I'll do whatever is necessary to keep them happy.

I had a pretty bad experience with aspen what with the amount of dust in mine but maybe I just had a bad batch? Either way, if you go with aspen, be sure to use shredded aspen and not shavings (shavings being like Kaytee Aspen, shreds being like reptile aspen) as shavings are very bad at holding burrows.
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Post by Nicolademee on Fri 03 Jan 2020, 5:32 pm

Okay cool Smile and about pine and cedar: with hamsters they're mostly okay if kiln-dried, does that hold true for mice?

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Random plastic containers: Honey and Francesca the Stagmoantis Limbata praying mantids

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Post by Nicolademee on Fri 03 Jan 2020, 5:44 pm

And I feel it's obvious but I'll still ask: pellets aren't s good bedding bc they don't hold a good burrow, right?

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Post by Robin~ on Fri 03 Jan 2020, 5:47 pm

Cedar is never good kiln-dried or not; kiln-dried pine is debated. I just steer clear of that entirely due to mice’s sensitive respiratory systems.

Yes, pellets aren’t recommended on their own for that reason, but they can be mixed into the bedding or used in a portion of the cage to act as odor control.
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Post by AmyLynn on Tue 07 Jan 2020, 9:03 pm

Honestly I prefer the crinkle paper bedding. You can get it with it without baking soda. I use this with hay in certain areas and lots of toilet paper for nesting. It is natural and they weave cool nests with it. Sometimes I even buy a little bit of the colored stuff.

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Post by Nicolademee on Wed 08 Jan 2020, 9:09 pm

Crinkle bedding as in the stuff they put in Easter baskets? If that's suitable... that's awesome!! That stuff is everywhere! Is that good as a main bedding? Should I offer some clean and cozy and tissues?

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Post by Robin~ on Wed 08 Jan 2020, 9:26 pm

I would be a little hesitant with crinkle paper, mostly due to how, I would assume, it doesn’t insulate well. Paper beddings like Carefresh and Kaytee C&C are a bit more dense and can hold in more heat.
I think it would be nice to mix in to help with burrowing, but I don’t think I’d fully recommend it.

Another note: if you go with Easter basket filler, be sure that the ink is non-toxic.
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Post by Nicolademee on Wed 08 Jan 2020, 9:35 pm

@Robin~ wrote:I would be a little hesitant with crinkle paper, mostly due to how, I would assume, it doesn’t insulate well. Paper beddings like Carefresh and Kaytee C&C are a bit more dense and can hold in more heat.
I think it would be nice to mix in to help with burrowing, but I don’t think I’d fully recommend it.

Another note: if you go with Easter basket filler, be sure that the ink is non-toxic.

I just find it interesting it's used at all. I assumed it wasn't very nice. I may mix it in to help boost the amount of bedding I use and have to buy less clean and cozy. Thank you

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Post by AmyLynn on Sat 01 Feb 2020, 10:27 pm

I would not use the stuff for easter baskets. It is not made for animals. There are brands that are specifically for pet bedding. I also provide shedded papper towel and tolliet paper of nesting material. Every mouse has different preference. I has seven mice currently and they like different stuff. My male Pepper only likes the crinkle papper bedding. If you put carefresh or softer paper bedding in his house he gets mad and pushes it all to the corner and sitts on the glass tank. I would buy a few types and see what your mouse prefers.

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Post by chiroptera on Mon 03 Feb 2020, 1:51 am

@Nicolademee My roommate has used that exact brand for a mouse and hamsters, and it was actually pretty nice, they liked it a lot!

As for the additional discussion, I use shredded paper towels and add in the crinkle paper as well as tissue paper. Haven't had any problems with dollar store crinkle paper/tissue paper, they like to nest with the crinkle paper! Personally I think paper towel/tissue combo is just as good at odor control as Carefresh/KT (and much cheaper)

Pellets are awful in my opinion, I used them once because my roommate had some leftover after their hamster passed away and I hated it. It made the bin extremely heavy, they couldn't really use it as bedding, it made awful clanking sounds when they ran in their wheels, ugh.... sorry, just had to vent about how awful pellet bedding was Laughing

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