Paper ProductsPaper (wood pulp) based products have become very popular as bedding for rats and mice. There are even several alternatives out there now to try. One big reason for their popularity is that they do not scatter and make a mess like many other “traditional” beddings.
CareFRESH™This is the single most available alternative bedding on the market. All Petcos not only carry CareFRESH™, but also use it as a bedding for their small mammals. CareFRESH™ is a
Manufactured by Absorption Corporation, 6960 Salashan Parkway, Ferndale, WA 98248, 1-800-242-2287, (360) 734-7415, Fax: (360) 671-1588, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.absorptioncorp.com/.
CareFRESH® Ultra™This is one of the newest products on the market, and is just now
Newspaper, Shredded Paper, etc.Many people have tried to use newspaper, shredded paper, paper towels, etc., as bedding for rats and mice. Newspaper should be avoided (unless used under a mesh floor and changed daily). Though newsprint is reportedly free of toxins, it does come off on our animals’ fur. This causes the animal to almost constantly (neurotically) groom itself, and a considerable amount of ink is ingested (to what harm, we don’t know). Shredded newspaper and paper towels can make an acceptable bedding if enough is used; however, they do nothing to control ammonia odor and must be changed every 24 hours. They also turn into a soggy damp mess when they get wet.
Eco-beddingThis is a product which I have never seen anywhere but at Petco. Essentially, it appears to be long, finely shredded strips of heavy brown paper. Though it might be good as nesting material, the relative high cost of this product for the amount in the box does not make it practical for most owners to use as bedding.
Eco-bedding is manufactured by FiberCore, LLC, 15625 Saranac Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44110, 1-800-858-6150, (216) 249-2100, Fax: (216) 249-2112, www.fibercorellc.com/index.cfm.
ALPHA-dri™This product is one of the laboratory beddings. It is white chip paper
Contact Shepherd Specialty Papers, 8080 Moorsbridge Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49024, 1-800-253-3286, (616) 324-3017, Fax: (616) 324-3026, e-mail: email@example.com, www.ssponline.com.
Pelleted BeddingsOver the past few years several brands of pelleted cat litters have appeared on the market. Reptile enthusiasts have also developed a liking for pelleted beddings for their critters. These products typically are extruded pellets, approximately 1/8&Prime thick and ½–1 inch long. Because many of our animals don’t like the hard texture of these products to stand/lie on, many people use just a thin layer, then cover that with shavings (Sani-Chips® are the most popular).
Gentle Touch™This is a favorite bedding among those folks who can get it. No other product has had so much reported success in eliminating ammonia. Made of
Manufactured by Gentle Touch Products, 12390 S. 234th St. Gretna, NE 68028, (402) 332-0253, Fax: (402) 332-0267, www.gentletouchproducts.com/.
Aspen Supreme™This is the same product as Gentle Touch™ (an
Yesterdays News®This is pelleted cat litter made from recycled newspaper with an odor
Yesterdays News® is manufactured by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, Missouri 63164, (314) 982-1000, www.yesterdaysnews.com/.
Critter CountryAnother pelleted litter, this is made from winter wheat grass and other
Manufactured by Mountain Meadows Pet products, Inc., P.O. Box 778,
Lewistown, MT 59457-0778, 1-800-752-8864, (406) 538-2544, Fax: (406) 538-2545,
Updated December 18, 2009
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