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Old 02-24-2020, 01:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I Have Been Using Pine: Worried

So I recently just watched a video on youtube that was saying pine bedding is bad for hedgies. I brought my hedgie home a little over a month ago. The breeder was very kind and she provided a starter kit including a cage bedding and food. She told me to never use cedar bedding and the bedding she gave me is pine. I have been using it for a month now (it was a super big bag). Martini so far has had no symptoms of a URI or any illness at all. Still, after watching that video and reading through threads on here I immediately ordered some aspen bedding from amazon. Should I be highly concerned about my hedgehog's health?

Also disclaimer: I have already tried to switch to fleece but I feel like it made her cage stinkier than the other bedding so I don't really see using fleece as a favorable option right now.
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Old 02-28-2020, 01:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Pine is fine to use so long as its kiln dried. Cedar is definitely bad though. You'll be fine with aspen though. You could also try paper bedding.
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I heard that pine is bad for any small animal because of their respiratory system. Just an idea though
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Old 03-11-2020, 11:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have been using kiln dried, dust free pine bedding for four years with no problems whatsoever. My little guy prefers pine over everything else. He prefers a mixed bedding, such as 65 percent pine shavings and 35 percent paper, well mixed. He doesn't like aspen at all. I found aspen to be one of the dustiest wood shavings I've ever used.
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