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Old 09-11-2011, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is aspen or carefresh better for the hedgies? I use aspen right now, I tried carefresh once (it was the grey kind) and my female started chewing on it and self annointing and her saliva was all grey so I stopped using it and switched back to the aspen...
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IMO, neither. Liners are the best and safest.
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Lol I tried that once to and all they did was burrow under the liner and poop right on the bare floor difficult little children lol
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I use liners also and love them the best. They aren't dusty, don't make a mess all over, nice for the hedgie to walk on, and reusable. There were also a few tragic stories I have seen since choosing liners that made me very thankful I choose them. For some reason I can't find the threads I tried looking for but there has been a few cases of Impaction from eating the bedding (I believe with both aspen and carefresh), and I've seen a few stories of eye injuries from aspen. Not trying to be scary, but it was something that stuck with me since reading.
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Yeah, definitely not aspen. Fleece liners, as mentioned, are the best. But if you can't do that, carefresh is the better of the two.
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You can velcro down the liners to prevent liner diving and then fill something with fleece strips for burrowing. I fill my girl's igloo.
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I agree that liners are best. What kind of cage do you have? I use binder clips to hold my liners down so they can't burrow in them and then offer fleece scraps for them to burrow in.

Aspen can also get stuck on genitalia and stuff. Carefresh is fine, I just can't stand the smell of it personally. Also when using either of those beddings always freeze them in your freezer first to kill any sort of bugs that could be in there. I had mites on my rats that came from the carefresh once
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I've got my hedgies in clear storage totes...
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I've got my hedgies in clear storage totes...
You should be able to velcro them down then or perhaps weigh them down if you want to do liners
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