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Post by River on Tue 18 Apr 2017, 3:14 pm

I'm wondering if 'bendy straws' are safe for mice. I notice them on a ton of bird toys, and thought they might make a nice addition to a DIY toy. I found a photo of them on the internet to attach below, if you're unsure what I'm talking about.



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Post by stephlisa on Tue 18 Apr 2017, 3:40 pm

They look colourful, but I'm not sure what benefit they would have for mice? Although I could see them as say ladder rungs for example. I'd be worried about them chewing on it too but maybe I'm a little paranoid about plastic products...

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Post by River on Tue 18 Apr 2017, 4:13 pm

I let the girls play with them during supervised playtime only, and they seem to like them - they tend to use them as a toss toy.
Even so I'm still hesitant to offer them in non-supervised play, as I'm not sure if they could chew it into a sharp edge as it is soft plastic(ish). Perhaps I'll find another non-wood, sturdier toss-toy for them. Thanks!

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Post by PastelMouse on Tue 18 Apr 2017, 6:53 pm

@River wrote:I let the girls play with them during supervised playtime only, and they seem to like them - they tend to use them as a toss toy.
Even so I'm still hesitant to offer them in non-supervised play, as I'm not sure if they could chew it into a sharp edge as it is soft plastic(ish). Perhaps I'll find another non-wood, sturdier toss-toy for them. Thanks!

Supervised should be fine. You could always use a safe material rope like sisal for an easy toss toy, and if you want something fun a lot of people on Etsy sell homemade toss toys. Bunny sections of stores also tend to have a lot of toss toys because bunnies love them.

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Post by CallaLily on Tue 18 Apr 2017, 6:56 pm

I use paper straws pretty often in diy toys. They do like to chew them and move them around. I wouldn't use the plastic ones.

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