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Post by Peachy on Sat 16 Jul 2016, 1:30 am

I have a bunch of (currently) unused cork hot pads, various sizes, taking up space in my cupboards. I found this on Pinterest and thought it was kinda neat...
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Anyone know for sure if cork is safe for mouses? Any idea how I could clean it? Just scrub it? Pardon
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Post by scaredymouse on Sat 16 Jul 2016, 2:37 am

I checked around on my hamster forums but I couldn't find a trustworthy answer.

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Post by River on Sat 16 Jul 2016, 10:30 am

It's often used as a form of rat poison, and since rats and mice are so similar, I doubt it'd be safe.

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Post by Peachy on Sat 16 Jul 2016, 10:34 am

Thanks for checking, scaredy! I looked around at other forums, too, but it was all kinda inconclusive. I'll try to research the rat poison thing a bit.

What do you think, @CallaLily? Ear wiggle lol
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Post by MouseLover on Sat 16 Jul 2016, 11:51 am

I thought it was safe cuz they sell those little cork tunnels for small pets? Yikes, that would be awful if it turned out to be poisonous.

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Post by River on Sat 16 Jul 2016, 12:32 pm

It isn't poisonous, to say.

//poisoning mentuon???I guess I should tag it,//

People soak them in oils or grease, and when the rat eats it, it causes a blockage.

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Post by Peachy on Sat 16 Jul 2016, 1:00 pm

I was coming back to say that that's all I could find, too. I guess you could just watch to see how much they chew...
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Post by CAPSLOCK on Sat 16 Jul 2016, 3:26 pm

I seriously doubt it could be effectively cleaned - it is so absorbant and can't exactly go through the wash intact.

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Post by Peachy on Sat 16 Jul 2016, 3:36 pm

I mostly meant clean it since it's been left untouched in the cupboard for a few years, I could definitely just toss it when the mice are done with it. I don't know. Maybe I'll just find some other project to do with it. I appreciate everyone's input. Smile
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Post by MouseLover on Sat 16 Jul 2016, 3:50 pm

If the only risk comes from a blockage caused when they eat it, then really it's as safe as plastic, isn't it? As long as the mice aren't eating it, it's not a problem Pardon

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Post by CallaLily on Sat 16 Jul 2016, 4:52 pm

Natural cork bark I would think is safe. I'm not sure how the hot pads are made. Are they bits of cork glued together or whole pieces of cork bark? If it's little pieces glued together, do we know what type of glue?

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Post by Peachy on Sat 16 Jul 2016, 5:40 pm

Does that look glued? Or glued like... wine corks glued together? Scratch

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Post by CallaLily on Sat 16 Jul 2016, 8:53 pm

I do think it looks like little pieces of cork pressed together in some way. I have no idea with what or if it's safe though.

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Post by Peachy on Sat 16 Jul 2016, 9:07 pm

Ah, I'll just skip it then. Maybe I can use them to pin recipes or something. lol Thank you! Smile
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