|Barked: Wed May 16, '07 4:40pm PST |
|I agree that cedar is bad for small animals...pine is better but not much. It's the cedar and pine oils that cause the problems if I remember correctly. Also, with any wood-based product, you have to worry about splinters or large chips causing problems.
Aspen bedding is currently being recommended for small animals - it's made from hardwood and they say it doesn't have the oils that cause problems like cedar and pine do. Also, corn cob bedding is available (if the animal wont' eat it).
Hay or straw might be a less expensive and better alternative than most other bedding. Anything that you put out, though, would have a lot of cleanup, I would think...it might be easier in the long run to get some grass seed that "patches" areas like that and that will grow in shade. I personally haven't been able to get grass to grow in the shade of our oak tree, but then again I have a black thumb and never remember to water it enough.
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