Finally got through the whole thread! Hahaha...rats to ferrets to cats to guinea pigs...
I would like a ferret one day,I spent months and months researching. However I am not sure I could get past the smell.
I used to have guinea pigs too. I had 5 of them. I think they are cute,but I doubt I will ever have them again. I had huge cages made for mine out of those cubes. I could never find coroplast,so I used table clothes for their "floor" and never had any problems with that.
Not sure of exact brands but you can try finding corn cob bedding, I've heard of cotton-based bedding, if you can find something that is similar to carefresh (made from recycled paper or cardboard) that would be just as good. The big thing with pet care is to stay away from aspen and pine. Also, be careful with wood shavings, because some small pets have allergies to it. One of my girls did not care for wood shavings and would sit there sneezing.
No! I would avoid corncob! I had a rat die from impaction after he ate a lot of it. Plus it can get moldy pretty fast.
Aspen is actually quite safe and what I have been using for over 9-10 yrs now,with NO problems. I also occasionally use Boxo (a paper based bedding)...I only use that though if I cannot find aspen.
Pine and cedar are the ones to stay away from. They contain phenols,which are toxic to small animals and give them respiratory illness.
Originally Posted by Shirleythebetta
ooooh, I had a rat named Thor too. It was a girl though. I know, I'm a weirdo. She was so pretty. She was gray and had a white streak that looked like lightening. She had one black eye and one red eye. I had to get rid of her though. I miss her.
Aw,a girly named Thor? Thats okay. She sounded so pretty.