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Last night I cut up newspaper and decided to try it as a bedding for my guinea pigs.<br><br><br><br>
I have heard of possible toxicity, but is this a problem with larger newspapers? I have heard that some inks are toxic and some are not.<br><br><br><br>
After doing some research online I have mostly found that newspaper is commonly used on farms as bedding for livestock, and one site noted it as being a safe bedding for small domestic pets as well.<br><br><br><br>
That site is <a href="http://learningstore.uwex.edu/pdf/g3546.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> [PDF].<br><br><br><br>
I obviously don't want to poison my guinea pigs, but I don't like fleece or towels as much because feces has nowhere to go and when I had them on fleece I didn't appreciate vacuuming the cage everyday [the cage was humongous, suitable for 4 guinea pigs and I had 3 in there].<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone have more insight on this? More links, websites, references? I'd like to be further educated on my decision so I can decide whether or not to keep using newspaper or to find something else to use.
 

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i'd always read/been taught that newspaper was never good. so i never ever used it for my rats. i did use the carefresh, which is recycled newspaper stuff but without all the yucky dyes.<br><br><br><br>
i don't know about things such as magazines/catalogs/whatever. i don't know how much would leak out once it's wet, though. for spots like their hideaway beds, i would shred up plain paper towels. they -loved- the paper towels.
 

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I also use Carefresh. I'd play it safe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I use newspaper down first, and then litter on top. Newspapers these days are printed with soy inks--you could contact your local paper to make sure if you are worried, or check the info near where they list the editors. Soy inks are safe.<br><br><br><br>
I found huge bales of aspen shavings at my local feed store for $9. It's awesome for my pig cage. I don't like the maintenance of fleece/towels either and Carefresh is too expensive for me (at least if all 13 of the rabbits and guinea pigs were using it!). For my rabbits, I use wood stove pellets--40# for about $4.50. The downside is that it's heavy when you dump the litterboxes. But the newspaper underneath makes the dumping quick and easy.<br><br><br><br>
You've probably already seen this, but cavycages.com is a good site for pig cages and info. <a href="http://cavycages.com" target="_blank">http://cavycages.com</a>
 

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I used to be a member of cavycages.<br><br><br><br>
I've got 4 hamster cages, a large rat cage, and 3 guinea pig cages and it's a <i>lot</i> of Carefresh. I'd use Aspen, but I don't know where to find it cheap and I'm allergic to it.<br><br><br><br>
Carefresh is just ... expensive ... especially for a girl who is currently unemployed.
 

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When I had rats one of them had chronic breathing issues and I actually found carefresh was too dusty for her and plain newspaper was much better for her. The vet knew about it and said it was fine.<br><br><br><br>
They all lived to be 2+ years old, pretty standard for rats that were rescued from bad conditions and were "feeder" quality.
 

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For a super cheap bedding, you can use hay. It's not as absorbant, obviously, so you have to change the hay frequently. But with a layer of newspaper under it and the willingness to put in fresh hay frequently, it works.
 

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When I took my niece's rat to the vet for respiratory issues, he suggested using newspapers or old towels. He said aspen is fine for healthy rats but when this one had breathing problems, newspaper or towels were better because there's zero dust. And I've also read the soy inks are safe, and if the ink comes off on your hands when you read the paper, it's probably soy ink.
 

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I've always read that newspapers aren't safe, but I looked around on the internet and it says that as long as it's soy or vegetable based ink, then it's safe. However, I was thinking that if your guinea pigs were light colored then they would get dirty-looking!
 

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I put a layer of newspaper on the cage bottom for my foster bunnies (no litter--that's in the box). The ones with white feet often end up gray instead!<br><br><br><br>
Piggies don't have fur on the bottoms of their feet so they don't tend to turn ink-colored.
 
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