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Shredded Paper Bedding?

Discussion in 'Housing and Enrichment' started by sunnypig, Jul 10, 2011.

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  1. sunnypig

    sunnypig New Member

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    I'm very tight on cash right now, and I'm currently trying to get a job for a couple weeks before the summer ends so that I will have a bit of money saved up for when i get my piggies incase they end up needing to go to the vet. I have 136$ CAN right now. I need to buy food, another water bottle, and hay, which I've calculated the costs and that will be 26.77$, plus the actual pigs themselves are 35.00$ each, and I'm getting two, so that takes about 96.77$ of my money right off the bat before taxes. The rest I was hoping to save for emergency vet money. To cut off a bit of the costs, I was thinking about using shredded paper as bedding. Do you guys think that would be okay? Like it couldn't hurt my piggies right?
     
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    I dont know what the firm rules are on this BUT i have used shredded paper as an accompanying bedding before, mainly in the colder times I have added it to sonics hay and wood chippings.
    It has never caused him any problems, I must say tho that I have never used printed paper so I dont know if that would cause issues, We end up with lots of spare paper from work so always save it just incase.
     
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    ahh true, well the ink was the only thing that really sent a red flag. I mean I added shredded paper into Hash's before she died and she was okay... well until she died. :| but that was fungal. But anyways, thanks for the input! (:
     
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    Sorry was just thinking,, saying that I do line Sons cage with newspaper which has print on,, and he has never had any problems with that.
    A great source of scrap paper is actually our local bookmakers ( betting office ) I ask them to save it for us, as my friend runs it. I use it for the children to do their doodles on etc and thats where I have got a lot of plain paper from.
    Maybe its worth asking around local stores too to see if they could save it up for you?
     
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    Doeylicious Adult Guinea Pig

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    Shredded inkjet/copy paper is not very absorbant, so you would be changing it a LOT - the very nature of it means water tends to run off it rather than soak in (you can test this by spilling water on a photocopy!)

    Shredded newspaper on the other hand is brilliant stuff and what I personally use for all my pigs, it is so absorbant and also non dusty which is better for their little noses. Mind tend not to eat it unless by accident but have never noticed any ill effects, saying that mine is specifically made as horse bedding so does go through some washing process first to get any easily lost ink off.
     
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    That woud be a good idea, but I live in Quebec, Canada and almost everybody's french, where as- I am not. So I think it'd probably be a little difficult. :p I could probably ask my mom to bring some home from work or something though. (: Thanks so much!
     
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    I was thinking newspaper a ittle bit later on, actually. It's just I already have a big bag of just shredded stuff, so i was gonna use that up, and start using newspaper after i've gotten enough of that saved, and after i've used this first bag of paper. (: Thanks for the advice! (:
     
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    Doeylicious Adult Guinea Pig

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    I'd mix it together if you already have some shredded, then they get some nice floofy bedding and something a bit more absorbant too :)
     
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    I was gonna put a pig fluffy towel at the botton of the cage then put the paper stuff. (:
     
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    Doeylicious Adult Guinea Pig

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    Ah that could work as towels are very absorbant, as long as you can change it regularly.

    Give it a go and let us have some feedback :)
     
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    will do for sure (:
     
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    i just thought i'd let everyone know that i've been using shredded paper as bedding in the cage, and it's really working well. my dad brought me some shredded paper from his work. i line the cage with newspaper first and then i throw in shredded paper. it's absorbent, and the pigggies like to play in it so i think that's what i'll be sticking with from now on. i's much better than shavings i find.
     
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    I was wondering about this, I am not keen on shavings (never used it with the rats or hamsters) but can no longer source the recycled paper cat litter I did use. I have newspaper, shavings in the corners of the cage and then lots of hay. I would much prefer to used the shredded paper ( I have loads) and maybe shred the newspaper too?

    would that work?

    thanks

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    it seems like it would work. I just use regular shredded office paper, but newspaper would probably be a little more absorbent. (:
     
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    I am very lucky as I work in a bookmakers so I take home the newspaper each day I work - its only going out to be recycled anyway. If any of you are near a bookmakers I would pop in (if your over 18 of course) and ask them to save the papers up for you, in england most will have a racing post and then the big A2 papers that go up on the walls, saturdays are bulkier as more racing and the main bookmakers also have a plus service so more A2 sheets to use.
     
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    could he ask his work collegues to bring in newspaper for you to use as well?
     
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    Idk but he brings home TONS hahah, he brought me home 3 huge bags. It's awesome.
     
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