Are pine toys used for guinea pigs acceptable for hedgies? - Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum
Hedgehog Central GalleryForum Archives Facebook Link

Like Tree2Likes
  • 1 Post By nikki
  • 1 Post By Emc
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-21-2019, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 1
Question Are pine toys used for guinea pigs acceptable for hedgies?

Hello, I'm brand new to this forum and looking for some information regarding toys for my one year old hedgie, Kepler. So far I've observed that he loves his wheel and toilet paper rolls for entertainment, but he's ignored plastic eggs and stuffed toys.

I'm keen on giving him more entertainment and was looking at a few pine wood guinea pig toys, such as a little wooden dumbbell with a bell in it, a wooden wicker ball, and a wooden seesaw short enough there wouldn't be any risk of him falling and hurting himself. However, because these toys that I've found online are all pine based, and it is possible he would end up chewing them, I was wondering whether this would pose any health risks? I know that pine shavings in his cage could have harmful effects, so I'm wondering whether anyone has information on whether pine toys could also be detrimental. The product info states that they are ultraviolet sterilized. Thank you!
Miss Aqua is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 05-21-2019, 09:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
nikki's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Manning, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 8,486

Pine is safe as long as it's been kiln dried, that goes for shavings as well as toys made from pine. One issue with any wooden items in the cage is that if your hedgehog ends up with mites you'll have to throw them away as they can harbor the mites.
Miss Aqua likes this.
Retired breeder and active HWS rescue station
nikki is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-22-2019, 03:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
Emc's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Dublin, Ireland.
Posts: 481

I disagree with kiln dried savings being safe; one issue with pine is abietic acid, which has a melting point of 155C. Kiln drying treats shavings up to 84C, so we really cannot say that this process makes pine shavings any safer than untreated pine shavings. Yes, many use kiln dried shavings with no issues - but there are plenty other folk who do have issues, and this cannot be ignored. If you want to play it safe, it is a major No to kiln dried shavings.

Solid pine wood is fine; untreated or not, because its solid. Its just the shavings you want to avoid.
Askeptosaurus likes this.
Emc is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2019, 12:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 128

I second the pine shavings skepticism but also add that you can use aspen shavings or paper shavings with no issues.
Askeptosaurus is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

fun, pine, toys, wood

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Which are messier - hedgies or guinea pigs? Mecki General Questions 0 11-05-2018 09:42 PM
Can guinea pigs and hedgehogs reside in same room? Moonlight825 General Questions 1 09-01-2017 01:28 PM
thoughts on guinea pigs? OllieTheHedgie Off Topic 12 01-22-2013 09:36 AM
Hedgehogs and Guinea Pigs lmg_319 General Questions 6 12-01-2011 11:48 AM
Hedges with guinea pigs and rabbits in play area CritterHeaven General Questions 2 06-04-2011 10:01 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:12 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum