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Post by Blackcandyapple Sun 26 Jun 2016, 12:57 pm

has anyone tried this, I think the main concern would be them eating it and it not agreeing with them, also what about coconut fiber?

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Post by CinnamonPearl Sun 26 Jun 2016, 5:00 pm

It doesn't sound safe. In fact, I've never heard anyone even recommend it. The best beddings for mice are paper-based beddings such as shredded newspaper, carefresh, or Kaytee clean and cozy. Not sure about coconut fibers either, but you can't go wrong with paper-based beddings.

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Post by scaredymouse Sun 26 Jun 2016, 6:13 pm

I have never seen anyone use these things for mice. Those are reptile substrates, I believe. I don't know if moss is safe for mice to ingest but I don't think they would be very good at odor control. The safest, most effective bedding for mice is paper-based bedding. Many of us use coconut hideaways and toys that include coconut fibers, so I'm fairly certain that it is safe for mice but I can tell you that those items get stinky.

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Post by SoBrill Mon 27 Jun 2016, 1:46 am

I may be wrong, but I believe OP was asking if it would be a good nesting material, not main bedding. So, like, for example, I use paper-based bedding, but I also give them toilet paper for them to shred and make their nests with.

As for whether or not it's safe; I don't think that it would necessarily be harmful. Obviously, there is the risk of them eating it, and while I don't know whether or not that's dangerous, your mouse may not attempt to. After all, we keep plastic wheels in their tanks and they are potentially dangerous if they were to be chewed up and eaten.

Now, there is the risk of allergies. Mice are notorious for having them. There is no absolute rule as mice, like humans, are very different from one another. I can't say much for how risky it is, but just know that it is a potential hazard.

In the end, I personally would probably just stick to my toilet paper. There is quite a bit of risk involved as we just don't know whether or not moss is harmful. I hope this helped you a bit.
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