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View Poll Results: What substrate is everyone using?
Aspen Woodshavings 2 6.25%
Kiln-dried Woodshavings 7 21.88%
Carefresh/Clean n Cosy 11 34.38%
Fitch 12 37.50%
Aubiose/Hugro Hemp 2 6.25%
Finacard 3 9.38%
Anything else I've forgotten! 6 18.75%
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Old 07-25-2016, 11:46 PM   #1
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Default What substrate is everyone using?

As I'm currently on the hunt for a substrate, I was interested to see what substrate is preferred by everyone on here!
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:04 AM   #2
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I use fitch & hemp together, while I like them both used alone I do find that combined they hold burrows really well for those busy dwarf hams!
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Might have to try that combination with my Robos then, they do love to burrow
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Default Re: What substrate is everyone using?

I use Fitch but at the moment I have it mixed in with Oxbow Pure Comfort bedding (which is paper as well and very similar but a very slight amount of dust). The Oxbow one is normally only sold in the USA but I got it from rat rations.
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Default Re: What substrate is everyone using?

I use either use just Fitch in Sherbet's cage or other times I do a mix of Fitch, aspen and back 2 nature pellets. I find the aspen and back 2 nature are really good in Sherbet toilet as they both help with odour control a lot better than Fitch.
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I use either use just Fitch in Sherbet's cage or other times I do a mix of Fitch, aspen and back 2 nature pellets. I find the aspen and back 2 nature are really good in Sherbet toilet as they both help with odour control a lot better than Fitch.
Good idea! I'm apprehensive about Fitch having tried it and Willow smelt awful (whereas she didn't with hemp but that had spiky buts in it so I had to switch) but if I mixed it in with some paper cat litter the odor control may be increased
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Good idea! I'm apprehensive about Fitch having tried it and Willow smelt awful (whereas she didn't with hemp but that had spiky buts in it so I had to switch) but if I mixed it in with some paper cat litter the odor control may be increased
I found back 2 nature pellets work really well with odour control. I normally find where she is peeing a add a handful to that area and it seems to work. I understand your problem with Fitch when they pee on it does start to smell bad.
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I found back 2 nature pellets work really well with odour control. I normally find where she is peeing a add a handful to that area and it seems to work. I understand your problem with Fitch when they pee on it does start to smell bad.
So if I bought a bag of Back 2 Nature pellets and pit some in the side of the cage where she owes, would that work? I don't really want to stop using Fitch as I really love the texture and price
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I find it works myself and have been using them for over 4 years, As my Cookie pee used to smell really bad, I used to use p@h wood pellets but back 2 nature worked out cheaper so tried them and I prefer them. I find it help to reduce the smell but there is still a slight smell and I find they absorb pee well but still need cleaning frequently. You could try them as see if they help. You could try a 10l bag which cost £6.50 at p@h (I normally get the 30l bag).
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If you do get some hemp to try for the robo girls you could try that with Willow too as it's very absorbent & I've never had a problem with pee smells, it can actually be quite hard to know where they go!
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