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Reading the articles, Yesterday's News seems to be the common answer for most small pets (my roommate uses it for her ferret as well). I could see regular kitty litter being very bad for hedgie breathing, not to mention an irritant to skin.
 

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No offense, but why didn't you ask him in the first place if you're not willing to listen to anyones advice on here? I'm pretty sure kitty litter falls under the same category as shavings - it CAN be used, but it's not suggested as it CAN have adverse effects on hedgie health. Just because you have a hedgie who's never had adverse effects doesn't mean it's safe. It's no different then me saying galloping my horse in pavement is safe just because she hasn't had an injury - yet! It's been known to cause issue in the past, and this is coming from very respected and responsible hedgie owners, so regardless of how good your vet is, the advice is coming from people who have experienced these situations.

A vet may have a degree, but that doesn't make him gospel. It's good to remember that. We put FAR to much profit in "professionals", when in many situations, ordinary experience is a much better teacher.
 

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I was not judging him in anyway, I was not even saying he's wrong, I'm saying it's narrow minded and ignorant to automatically assume that just because he's a vet he must know better then all of these very good hedgie breeders and owners. It is a matter of opinion, and really, I'm a bit curious who this vet is. It seems that a #1 vet with tons of hedgehog experience wouldn't likely recommend something like this.

Quite frankly, I simply flat out do not understand the issue whatsoever. If there is even a CHANCE that this could affect hedgie health, why is your pet not so important to you that you'd switch to Yesterday News anyway, knowing there's NO chance it's going to be bad for him? I fed the same cow food sweet feed to my horses for years because my grandpa did (cheaper) before realizing that it contains 2% more protein then horse feeds should. Has anything bad happened in 20 years? No, but I am feeding normal horse feed now because I'd rather not take the risk, it simply isn't worth it to me.

I don't know, maybe I'm to animal obsessive. I like to ensure the best for my pets, and I don't understand people who argue vehmently when something may be bad for their pets. I suppose it's your choice. I'd just advise not always believeing vets 100%.
 

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I figured as much. I'd like to see the report/statistic where that happened to a hedgie. And really, are such theatrics really neccesary? You asked for opinions and were given them. Just because you did not like them is no reason to get all upset. I said he's yours and it's your decision what you do with him. I just personally don't believe in trusting vets 100%. Ok?
 

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*shrugs* It's up to you, not me. I never said I didn't want you here. I am not being pulled into such a childish stunt, and I am not going to apologize for voicing my opinion. Not everyone is always going to agree with you, I am not trying to start a fight or even argue with you, I was merely pointing out my own stance on the topic. I think it's a shame if you just decide to quit or give up anytime someone doesn't agree with you. Nobody said they did not want you here.
 

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No. I never implied anything. You are reading what you want to read from my messages and assuming that I am speaking against you, calling you names, saying things that I'm not and implying things that I am not. Stop assuming and be your own person.

I am done with this topic. Good luck regardless which decision YOU make.
 

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Thanks lilhoglet, I wasn't aware of that! I've just been scanning most of the pinned topics and Nancy's website, and it seemed to be a general consesus that it was the safest! I know cat litter is no good for ferrets, they tend to eat it, I assumed hedgies may be much the same. Thanks for the info!
 

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laurennicole said:
i thought you where leaving this post and i said the same thing but you did not care!!
No, I said I was not going to continue to argue with you. I never said I didn't care, I said I'll like to see some statistics/reports and seeing now how two members have said this could happen, I am listening to public opinion. Doesn't mean I'm assuming it's bad, it means I'm taking the time to consider and evaluate the opinions of others.
 

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laurennicole said:
im scared that there might be something els that got into the bag like chemicals. i wouldnt risk it.
I am not trying to fight with you at all, I'm just honestly curious why the opinions of one product have you convinced you shouldn't use it, and yet when people tried to say that cat litter was not a good alternative, you didn't care? You seem very honestly worried about Bessie's health, so why are you willing to risk one product and not the other? If you'd rather not answer, that's fine to, I'm just curious!
 
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