The great bedding debate

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The great bedding debate

Post by Hali Fuut » Wed, 20 Feb 2002 06:24:36



I just want to announce my curiosity about bedding and why so many mice
owners buy commercial bedding from petstores. Most are health hazards or
just too dusty due to many years in storage.
I haven't noticed a major difference in smell and you save so much money
that can be used for vet bills, toys or snacks for your mice.
I've been using long thin strips of paper as bedding in my mouse tanks. I
crunch them up so they take up more space and the mice love digging in it.
This is an old issue and won't get much replies, if any at all, but I never
got the chance to voice my opinions. :(

hehe bye

 
 
 

The great bedding debate

Post by Flykill » Wed, 20 Feb 2002 08:27:03


Quote:
>why so many mice
>owners buy commercial bedding from petstores

because we've been told to.  pavlov's bell and all that.

Quote:
>I've been using long thin strips of paper as bedding in my mouse tanks. I
>crunch them up so they take up more space and the mice love digging in it.

sounds good

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the father, but
through me."  john 14:6

 
 
 

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Post by Paskal Kier » Thu, 21 Feb 2002 05:31:01


I just tried it today, and you are right: they love it, running through it
and hiding, and jumping. So funny to watch!
But how do you get the paper strips? I just folded some old newspapers and
took a pair of scissors.... Now my hands hurt... and that was just one cage.
Do you have a paper shredder or something? ;-)

Daisy

 
 
 

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Post by Flykill » Thu, 21 Feb 2002 10:04:37


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>Do you have a paper shredder or something? ;-)

you can get a paper shredder for less than $20, the cost of two large bags of
pine shavings.  it'll only do one sheet at a time, but you can do a few sheets
per day, collecting the shreds in a trash can for later.

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the father, but
through me."  john 14:6

 
 
 

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Post by Michael » Thu, 21 Feb 2002 13:05:54


Quote:

> I just tried it today, and you are right: they love it, running through it
> and hiding, and jumping. So funny to watch!
> But how do you get the paper strips? I just folded some old newspapers and
> took a pair of scissors.... Now my hands hurt... and that was just one cage.
> Do you have a paper shredder or something? ;-)

> Daisy

I have a paper shredder so i might try that. I noticed that the pet
store i like to use has a kind of recycled shredded cardboard for
their bedding. They sell it too but it costs a lot more then pine
bedding. Would the ink used in newspaper be harmful to mice?

Michael
http://anomaly3.net

 
 
 

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Post by Flykill » Thu, 21 Feb 2002 14:36:05


Quote:
>Would the ink used in newspaper be harmful to mice?

unlikely, since some humans spend quite a few years handling it without any
sign of a problem.

you could probably find out what's in it.  call  your local newspaper and find
out where they get their ink from, then call the ink provider and ask them
what's in it.  I'll bet a lot of paranoid people call them all the time, and
that they'll have a standard fact sheet right there by the phone ready to be
read to anyone who calls.

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the father, but
through me."  john 14:6

 
 
 

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Post by Wendy U » Fri, 22 Feb 2002 03:40:28


Flykiller
: you can get a paper shredder for less than $20, the cost of two
large bags of
: pine shavings.  it'll only do one sheet at a time, but you can do
a few sheets
: per day, collecting the shreds in a trash can for later.
....
Would shredding the paper not make the paper sharp... paper
cuts for instance can be very painful to a human finger? ;o)

Wendy
www.rodentrefuge.co.uk

 
 
 

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Post by Flykill » Fri, 22 Feb 2002 09:19:21


Quote:
>Would shredding the paper not make the paper sharp...

( .... )

not to get too heavily into the physics involved here, paper cuts require a
good strong backing behind the edge to give it support and to hold it straight
while it cuts.  shredded paper just doesn't have the mechanical strength.  for
a practical real-world test, get a bunch of paper and shred it in a paper
shredder, then stir your hand through the paper for about fif*** minutes.
you'll get no cuts.  now wad up all the shreds and dump them in a container, as
was specified by a previous poster, and stir your hand around in that for
another fif*** minutes.  you'll still get no cuts.

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the father, but
through me."  john 14:6

 
 
 

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Post by Wendy U » Sat, 23 Feb 2002 03:36:36


Flykiller
:you'll still get no cuts.
.....
Thanks Flykiller!  

I only mentioned it as someone else on another newsgroup
had stated it wasn't a good idea to shred the paper and
the only reason I could think of, for it not being a good idea,
was paper cuts. ;)

It doesn't seem such a bad idea now! ;o))

Wendy
www.rodentrefuge.co.uk