Bedding/litter

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Rach Manatee

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My cage has one of those bins that hold and collect droppings underneath the bottom wire of the cage.
Currently I’m using rat bedding for it.
I was wondering if I could use something cheaper like non scented/dusty cat litter?
 

BoBa

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Do you mean that the flooring is wire? I suggest you cover the wire with fleece which is really cheap or wood and then some sort of bedding as the rats can get bumble foot (infected feet) from walking on wire. Imagine walking on wire mesh all day with bare feet.
If you just meant that your litter box had collective design then yes, you could use non-clay cat litter such as paper ones.
Hope that helped:)
 

Rach Manatee

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Do you mean that the flooring is wire? I suggest you cover the wire with fleece which is really cheap or wood and then some sort of bedding as the rats can get bumble foot (infected feet) from walking on wire. Imagine walking on wire mesh all day with bare feet.
If you just meant that your litter box had collective design then yes, you could use non-clay cat litter such as paper ones.
Hope that helped:)
The bottom of their cage is the wire like the sides of the cage. They don’t really go down there unless I’m cleaning. I’ll try the litter, thanks
 

SQ

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yes, you need to remove the wire floor or cover it. A piece of thick linoleum or coroplast cut to fit would be good.
Wire floors are not ok for rats.
 

jorats

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You could cover the wire floor and not even use litter except in litter pans. That would be cheaper. Nothing scented for rats, their respiratory systems are too sensitive.
 

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