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Post by Misha_usa on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 12:13 pm

Hi there.

Sorry in advance if I'm stepping over an already mented topic, but I searched out and couldn't find this specific information... please move or close this topic if I'm wrong!

I thought of making a corner hammock for Nimh today, but I'm not totally sure of what material I should use to do so. I read it's better to use fleece or felt, but then I assume it must also be the natural kind? Could also dyeing products used on the material be damaging to mice?

I have a huge amount of "regular" synthetic felt, dyed on several colors and if it's safe I'd love to put them on a good use Smile

I googled a little too and saw most online pet sops discourage you from using non-natural materials but all the same they sell synthetic hammocks, mostly made of nylon. I'm a bit confused..

Thanks!
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Post by scaredymouse on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 12:56 pm

The material that we pretty much all use is fleece from craft/fabric stores. It's safe for humans, think of babies who chew on blankets all the time, and it's safe for mice. Is all made out of polyester, it is safe because it is woven with short fibers that won't tangle up inside of their stomachs and intestines, if they were to eat it. Things like cotton on the other hand, are made from very long fibers that will get tangled up and can potentially kill them. So, just because it's natural doesn't mean it safe.

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Post by Misha_usa on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 1:07 pm

I see, that really makes sense thanks.
I thought it may depend more on mice's ability to "digest" fibers depending on its composition... nonse I suppose xD
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Post by Peachy on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 1:16 pm

Felt is safe for the same reasons scaredy mentioned about fleece... but it's easier to chew through than fleece, and it's not as soft/warm. I usually only use it for toys. Another benefit is that nails are less likely to get caught in fleece or felt than in other fabrics.
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Post by Misha_usa on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 1:47 pm

Fleece is like.. baby blankets and so? I think it's what we call "polar" but I'm not totally sure. Is it like plush fabric?
Sorry I'm afraid I'm having a language issue here D:
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Post by Peachy on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 2:44 pm

Polar fleece is right.
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