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shimmer

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I have just started my own breeding group. They are just babies and I only have two right now. I need a way to get rid of the pee smell in the room. They are in a 10 gallon tank because the people at the pet store said that they will get out of wire cages at such a small age. I have been changing the paper towles daily and have only recently started using sherded newspaper.
 

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Use a fine layer of baking soda, and then pine shavings on top. This will help with the smell.
 

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You could try this:

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shimmer said:
isn't pine suppose to be toxic to rodents?

No, I think you are thinking about cedar, but it is not toxic to rodents, it is to reptiles though.
 

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Iv read in many places that Pine and cedar is toxic to rodents.. I only use aspen shaving's for my breeder rats..I dont have a problem with them smelling either.
 

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Lexi said:
Iv read in many places that Pine and cedar is toxic to rodents.. I only use aspen shaving's for my breeder rats..I dont have a problem with them smelling either.

I have used pine for years and never had a problem. It is great in my opinion.
 

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For fairness, it should be pointed out that the evidence against pine is not generally considered to be as compelling as the evidence against cedar, and the claim that pine is unsafe as bedding is more disputed. As a general rule of thumb, pine is arguably less dangerous than cedar, but if you want to be safe, it's best to avoid both if at all possible.

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However, the Equine Fresh are compressed pellets. The compression process removes all aromatics from the Pine, making it safe for rodents. The unsafe form is the Pine Shaving which is addressed in both articles referenced above.
 

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VARNYARD said:
Lexi said:
Iv read in many places that Pine and cedar is toxic to rodents.. I only use aspen shaving's for my breeder rats..I dont have a problem with them smelling either.

I have used pine for years and never had a problem. It is great in my opinion.


Me too. You can also add a teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract per gallon of drinking water water. This will help also.
 

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