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hi, is there any suggestions on what is the best type of litter to keep rats on.

as amonia created by the rats urine causes major respiratory problems and therefore a bedding is needed that a) absorbs the amonia and stops the smell and b) is dust free.

any suggestions???
 

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i use aspen. my ratties love it. my two girls push it all inside there hideout and make 3-4 inch high bed out of it, lol. it works great and is relatively cheap.
 

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Yup Aspen works pretty good and is VERY cheap. CareFreash and Kaytee Total Comfort bedding are two of the best out there I think, but are a little bit more expensive. Price varies though. Where I live Total Comfort is a lot cheaper than Carefresh, so that’s what I use.
 

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i use yesterday's news cat litter. if you buy from a feed store you can get a big 30 lbs bag that will last me (having 6 rats in a 2 tier chinchillla cage) a little over a month for $15 canadian. which is about half of what i would pay anywhere else. especially pet stores-- the inflation on their stuff is nuts! in any case, i find yesterday's news is the best to use. the aspen i find doesn't absorb the odour as well and the carefresh i find doesn't last as long (more expensive for less).
 

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At my feed store I get bales of wood shavings (not pine or cedar - those are sold separately) for $6.99. It's a BALE of the stuff - 10 cubic feet - about 2 ft x 2 ft x 4 ft compressed. It works as well as aspen, and doesn't have any of the aromatic oils that the pine or cedar do. By far the cheapest option I've yet found.

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I buy corn cob bedding at Wal-mart, it is $3 for a large bag. I change the litter in my cage 1-2 times a week and it lasts at least a month per bag. You can also buy the same size bag of Organic corn cob bedding at Petco for $7-8 I think.
I bought the Petco kind because it has a resealable bag and I refill it with the wal-mart kind to keep it fresh.
 

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tasha said:
I buy corn cob bedding at Wal-mart, it is $3 for a large bag. I change the litter in my cage 1-2 times a week and it lasts at least a month per bag. You can also buy the same size bag of Organic corn cob bedding at Petco for $7-8 I think.
I bought the Petco kind because it has a resealable bag and I refill it with the wal-mart kind to keep it fresh.
you clean the cages 1-2 times a week? i dont have to clean mine more than once a week or once every 2 weeks....depending on the size of the cage. why do you have to clean them that often?
 

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i clean mine every 2 weeks... but even thats not neccisary... thanks to cell-sorb.... >.> i add a lil every few days, mix it around, and every other week, empty and throw away whats in there, and start over :)
 

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twitch said:
i use yesterday's news cat litter. if you buy from a feed store you can get a big 30 lbs bag that will last me (having 6 rats in a 2 tier chinchillla cage) a little over a month for $15 canadian. which is about half of what i would pay anywhere else. especially pet stores-- the inflation on their stuff is nuts! in any case, i find yesterday's news is the best to use. the aspen i find doesn't absorb the odour as well and the carefresh i find doesn't last as long (more expensive for less).
cat litter is the best i started using it 2 months ago and ive still got half a bag its amazing stuff tottaly stops the smells and is cheap!! woop go cat litter!! hehe
 

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not this yesterdays news. its recycled newspaper rolled into little pellets. no dust and amazing on odour control. and if you look arounf a bit cheap as all get out. like i said before, i get 30lbs bags for $15 CDN. mine you i get mine from a feed store. i saw a 15 lbs bag in a sobeys store today for $15 as well. i love my feed store! i get twice the ammount for the same price and each 30 lbs bag will last months.
 

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oh, yesterday's news.....i thought u were talking about the clay cat litter people use in a cat's litterbox.
 
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