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Old 01-15-2010, 10:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone had any experience with the recycled paper type beddings? I switched from pine chips to Boxo about two months ago, when Beck had mites and I completely disinfected and cleaned his cage. Beck's been losing quills continually since then, presumably from mite damage. But it's STILL going on, and getting worse, though no mites are visible anywhere on him. They're coming out with the follicle.
Is there any chance he's allergic to the Boxo bedding..?

He's on Revolution again, and I'm thinking I'm going to disinfect his cage again and switch to a fleece liner. It's $80 to do a fungal skin test, and I'm trying to decide if I should take him in today or wait and see if he improves in a bit with the Revolution. I don't want a bald hedgie. He's is starting to look sparse. He seems to be losing most quills over his haunches and bum/tail area. He actually has a bare spot above his tail now.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you use the Search feature at top-right it will bring up many forum discussions regarding Carefresh.

That sounds like a lot of quills.
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It got a lot worse all of a sudden. It went from being 5 or 6 quills a day to 20 or so basically overnight.
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've heard that the carefresh isn't that great to use because it can cause blockage if they eat some. It expands a lot in water which makes it dangerous.

Would about something like Yesterday's News? I've heard that a lot of people like it and I think it's less of a chocking/gi block hazard than Care Fresh.
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have been using carefresh but ONLY in his litter box and his sleeping crate ....I have the fleece liners on the bottoms of the cage and some crumpled up in his igloo. The carefresh does get caught in his private area =/ at times but is easy to remove and I was warned from the breeder that it could happen. Maybe you should try using it only in one small section of the cage. I chose the litter so he knows its a safe place to go to the br haha
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