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Old 07-27-2019, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been using newspapers as a bedding and although it leaves a bit of ink on the hedgehog's feet, but I have been using it since it isn't a very harmful material (at least I believe) and is easy to clean the cage. Is it ok?
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The actual paper is safe its the ink that is not safe. If he/she is to ingest that ink it can make him/her ill. I wouldn't use it.
There are better paper bedding you could use that would be safer.
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We use cheap printer paper run through a document shredder for bedding to put in ours dig/potty box. No ink ,very cheap, and was recycled.
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Newspaper isn't a good idea because when it becomes wet it gets very cold and can cause your hedgehog to become cold. It's ok to use in things like bird cages because they don't spend much time on the bottom of the cage and their droppings are drier than urine. Shredded paper can be very dusty.
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The actual paper is safe its the ink that is not safe. If he/she is to ingest that ink it can make him/her ill. I wouldn't use it.
There are better paper bedding you could use that would be safer.
Most newspapers use soy-based ink which is safe. But, as you said, there are better options to use.

@Romain, have you considered putting down a piece of fleece material instead? It would be softer than newspaper, wicks the urine (keeping them from a wet floor), and can be washed and re-used. It also comes in all sorts of fun patterns so you can switch the fleece out as needed.

The photos show some fleece items I use in my cage.
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The actual paper is safe its the ink that is not safe. If he/she is to ingest that ink it can make him/her ill. I wouldn't use it.
There are better paper bedding you could use that would be safer.
Most newspapers use soy-based ink which is safe. But, as you said, there are better options to use. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/images/smilies/icon_e_wink.gif[/IMG]
I didn't know that. I've always been told that the main reason you cant use newspaper is because of the ink.
I dont know much about news paper other than its great for coving tables when you or children want to do painting!!
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That is true of older newspapers, but there was a move away from that to mostly soy or water based inks. However, since this forum is international, caution should be mentioned since some countries may still allow for heavy metals (lead) or other toxic items to be in their ink.
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The actual paper is safe its the ink that is not safe. If he/she is to ingest that ink it can make him/her ill. I wouldn't use it.
There are better paper bedding you could use that would be safer.
Most newspapers use soy-based ink which is safe. But, as you said, there are better options to use. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/images/smilies/icon_e_wink.gif[/IMG]

@Romain, have you considered putting down a piece of fleece material instead? It would be softer than newspaper, wicks the urine (keeping them from a wet floor), and can be washed and re-used. It also comes in all sorts of fun patterns so you can switch the fleece out as needed.

The photos show some fleece items I use in my cage.
What kind of pellet you use in the litter box? Is it pine wood pellet?
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I dont use pellets I use kaytee clean and cosy bedding as litter cause its white.so easier to spot problems.
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You can use pine pellets in a litter box if you want to; theyre light coloured too. Honestly, any light coloured substrate (be it white or something like wood shavings) are typically very easy to spot problems with (i.e bloody discharge, etc).
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