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I used it for a day as litter for my little girl Opal. It was really dusty, it stuck to everything and just a pain to work with. Plus not only that Opal likes to eat paper so she chewed on it which I didn't like at all.
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Pros:
Don't have to wash it
Allows for digging

Cons:
Expensive
DUSTY (Which can lead to breathing issues)
Apparently it tastes good
Not appeling to the eye.
Hard to spot clean with
Gets everywhere
 

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Another issue with Carefresh is that it will dry the hedgie's skin out a lot. I've read comments from people that have had a hedgehog with a very dry face or lots of dry skin issues, and they were using Carefresh. However, in my opinion (though I haven't used it with Lily, I do work at a pet store where we use it for all of our mammals) it'd be the best store-bought option for bedding if liners aren't used. Mostly because I haven't heard of any risk of carrying mites, which all wood beddings carry a risk of.
 

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I've used it with rescues, both the green and the white. It is very dusty and makes a mess when picking hedgie out of the cage. It gets in food and water dishes and can cause impaction if hedgie eats it.

PROS - IMO, none, but can go longer without cleaning the cage than with liners

CONS
- messy
- expensive
- can cause impaction
- the green hides any off coloured urine or feces
- dries out feces making it difficult to find and tell if hedgie's poop is normal
- because it hides urine and feces, often people won't clean the cage as often as it should be
- dries out their skin and gets stuck in their quills
 

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I was using fresh n' comfy (which is basically the same thing) in Zephyr's little box. It really light so I found he easily kicked it out/ it dragged with him and brought it all over his cage. I switched the recyled newpaper pellets in his box and its SO much better, and less of a mess. Cheaper too.
 

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Christemo said:
It is extraordinarily dusty, to the point of setting off my asthma. I couldn't imagine what it could do to a hedgie's lungs.
Yeah, it drives me nuts when I'm cleaning cages at work, and adding new bedding. I always end up sneezing throughout the process, from all the dust. ><
 

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When people think that they switch from wood to Carefresh, the risk of mites disappears. However, this is not the case.
If you think about it, the wood shavings, somewhere along the way to the store, are stored next to the Carefresh. The mites (and whatever other little bugs are living in the plant, warehouse, store, etc) can find their way into the packaging.
The members on the hamster forums I used to frequent would store their Carefresh in the freezer for a week, to try to kill whatever is in there, but this isn't 100% guaranteed to work.
Just a little heads up about it.
 

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Is it really that bad? I just bought a big bag for almost $20, I don't want to have to throw it all away =( but I guess if It's really that bad for him...
 

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I don't think they will take it back and selling online gets to be such a pain in the butt. I might just use it as litter until I run out when I get a corner litter box for him.
 

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Christemo said:
I still wouldn't use it as litter.
Are there any animal welfare societies around you that could take it? It could end up being a tax-deductible donation.
I can email the Calgary Humane Society I guess. But I am going to have to use it for another week since I will be spending the remainder of my money this week on fleece other stuff.
 

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To be honest...Given that I've seen both Nancy and Kalandra mention how few cases of mites they've had from wooden bedding (and with Nancy having used it often with breeding), and Carefresh is considered to be at least the same as wooden bedding in that regard, and safer in that it doesn't give splinters or get caught anywhere, I don't think it'd be that horrible to at least finish out the bag, when it's just being used as litter. But that's just my opinion, of course.
 

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Everybody is saying how bad care fresh is but I don't see anyone coming up with any other solutions to the problem. I've been using care fresh and haven't had any of the problems anyone is talking about.If you still got a bag left, use instead of wasting your money. My hedgehog does just fine with it. Everyone says don't use wood, don't use care fresh but they have no better alternatives. Its like they want you to make it run on the plastic. Everyone has the "over care" thing going on where everything has cons and nothing has pros.
 
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most people use fleece, thats the alternative, however i think alot of bedding gets a bad wrap.

your correct that most people dont say the pros to bedding, and will be very negative, i dont see how

IMO there is some people and hedgehogs that bedding will work better for, i personally dont find carefresh or wood shavings dusty , I do use fleece but dont have a problem with other beddings
 

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Sure there is a 100% safe alternative.... liners. Liners carry no risk of mites, dust, ingesting and blockages, or pieces caught in sensitive areas. Light coloured liners are also easier to spot blood, off coloured urine or feces, or lack of urine and feces. Liners are also less messy.

Just because a hedgehog has been on Carefresh or shavings without incident, doesn't make it safe, or risk free, just lucky.

I have used Carefresh with rescue/rehomes that have arrived using Carefresh. It has never impressed me. I've picked carefresh out of their food and water dishes which means an increased risk of them ingesting it. I also found it sucked all the moisture out of their poop making it impossible to tell if the poop was normal or not. The white is definitely better than the grey which is impossible to see off coloured urine.

It's totally up to the individual person. Any loose commercial type bedding carries risks and has caused problems. If someone decides the benefits outweighs the risks that is their choice. :)
 

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Lilysmommy said:
To be honest...Given that I've seen both Nancy and Kalandra mention how few cases of mites they've had from wooden bedding (and with Nancy having used it often with breeding), and Carefresh is considered to be at least the same as wooden bedding in that regard, and safer in that it doesn't give splinters or get caught anywhere, I don't think it'd be that horrible to at least finish out the bag, when it's just being used as litter. But that's just my opinion, of course.
Mites was why I moved away from wood bedding. I had two that got mites from a bag of aspen. One of those two developed a skin infection because of it and permanently lost all of his quills on his lower back/rump because of it. It was bad. I learned about using Vellux as liners soon after that and of course we have since learned that fleece or sewn liners are a better alternative.

I recommend carefresh ultra white to those who cannot or will not use liners. Of the substrate beddings it is one of the few that is 'ok' to me. It still has plenty of risks, but it at least is bright white, so seeing green stool or blood is more apt to happen and the risk of splinters and other problems are much lower. But there are still risks of it being dusty, and it hiding problems too.

Sewn cloth liners or fleece cut to cage size are safe, and the best bedding for a hedgehog that we have found so far.
 

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Kalandra said:
Lilysmommy said:
To be honest...Given that I've seen both Nancy and Kalandra mention how few cases of mites they've had from wooden bedding (and with Nancy having used it often with breeding), and Carefresh is considered to be at least the same as wooden bedding in that regard, and safer in that it doesn't give splinters or get caught anywhere, I don't think it'd be that horrible to at least finish out the bag, when it's just being used as litter. But that's just my opinion, of course.
Mites was why I moved away from wood bedding. I had two that got mites from a bag of aspen. One of those two developed a skin infection because of it and permanently lost all of his quills on his lower back/rump because of it. It was bad. I learned about using Vellux as liners soon after that and of course we have since learned that fleece or sewn liners are a better alternative.

I recommend carefresh ultra white to those who cannot or will not use liners. Of the substrate beddings it is one of the few that is 'ok' to me. It still has plenty of risks, but it at least is bright white, so seeing green stool or blood is more apt to happen and the risk of splinters and other problems are much lower. But there are still risks of it being dusty, and it hiding problems too.

Sewn cloth liners or fleece cut to cage size are safe, and the best bedding for a hedgehog that we have found so far.
Where do you get these liners from? With fleece, do you just buy it from a fabric shop?

I currently use soft wood chips or care fresh. I haven't had any problems with it getting in her food bowl, which is up a level and she's pretty tidy in this regard, but the talk of mites concerns me a bit...

I'm in the UK.
 

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Virtual_Rachel said:
Kalandra said:
Lilysmommy said:
To be honest...Given that I've seen both Nancy and Kalandra mention how few cases of mites they've had from wooden bedding (and with Nancy having used it often with breeding), and Carefresh is considered to be at least the same as wooden bedding in that regard, and safer in that it doesn't give splinters or get caught anywhere, I don't think it'd be that horrible to at least finish out the bag, when it's just being used as litter. But that's just my opinion, of course.
Mites was why I moved away from wood bedding. I had two that got mites from a bag of aspen. One of those two developed a skin infection because of it and permanently lost all of his quills on his lower back/rump because of it. It was bad. I learned about using Vellux as liners soon after that and of course we have since learned that fleece or sewn liners are a better alternative.

I recommend carefresh ultra white to those who cannot or will not use liners. Of the substrate beddings it is one of the few that is 'ok' to me. It still has plenty of risks, but it at least is bright white, so seeing green stool or blood is more apt to happen and the risk of splinters and other problems are much lower. But there are still risks of it being dusty, and it hiding problems too.

Sewn cloth liners or fleece cut to cage size are safe, and the best bedding for a hedgehog that we have found so far.
Where do you get these liners from? With fleece, do you just buy it from a fabric shop?

I currently use soft wood chips or care fresh. I haven't had any problems with it getting in her food bowl, which is up a level and she's pretty tidy in this regard, but the talk of mites concerns me a bit...

I'm in the UK.
Yup, you can just buy fleece or fabric from a shop. You can also sometimes find fleece blankets on sale at stores, and if there's decoration around the edges, just cut that off. With fleece, liners can be as simple as just cutting it to fit the cage, and leave it as one layer, or you can sew a multi-layer liner. You can also use other fabrics, but they need to be sewn so they don't unravel and produce strings to wrap around legs.
 

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Wow, thanks a lot for the reviews... I'm using fleece now but I find it a little bit annoying to wash it everyday, because my hedgehog poops everywhere :( also his feet get too dirty... I was considering switching to carefresh but it's too expensive and now I see it's dusty too, so I will try to make him just be a little bit cleaner I guess.
 
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