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Paper Products As A Bedding Choice

    Care Fresh
    Yesterday's News
    Crown Animal Bedding
    Megazorb
    Other Paper Products


CARE FRESH is a popular bedding material, although some people are not fond of it. Reportedly soft and absorbent, the primary drawbacks are price and some dustiness. Carefresh Ultra reportedly is not dusty but is more expensive. Critter Care and other generic Care FRESH type beddings are less costly but more dusty. One member's vet feels CareFRESH can aggravate respiratory problems.

        Pros:
        Softness and modest absorbency

        Cons:
        High cost
        Some varieties are very dusty
        Complaints that doesn't soak up as well as other products
        Cage looks dirty even though you've just cleaned it
        Difficult to notice bloody discharge if your pet is ill


YESTERDAY'S NEWS is not as popular a bedding material. One drawback is its heavier weight.

        Pros:
        Less expensive than other paper based litters
        Very absorbent
        Great odor control
        Unscented preferred over scented

        Cons:
        High cost
        Cannot easily spot-clean (the pellets are about the size of droppings so doesn't scoop easily)
        Sticks to towels
        Heavy when wet
        Leaves a powder at the bottom
        Reportedly stains white fur


CROWN ANIMAL BEDDING is similar to Yesterday's News. Observations from one user:

        Pros:
        Doesn't stick to towels, fleece etc. like shavings do
        Wet spots are easy to see
        Heavier than aspen which means less ends up outside the cage (less vacuuming/sweeping etc)
        Economical
        Poops not visually noticeable

        Cons:
        Heavy
        Some dust, especially when pouring large amounts
        Slight odor
        Rougher texture than other beddings


MEGAZORB is similar to Care FRESH/Yesterday's News. Observations from one user:

        Pros:
        Very absorbent
        Less dusty than Care FRESH
        Doesn't stick to towels/cozies
        Doesn't stick to cage flooring either, even when wet
        Heavy enough not to be kicked out of the cages
        Fairly cheap if you have a local supplier

        Cons:
        Heavy
        Rougher texture than other beddings
        Can have a slight smell, depending on the batch you buy
        Poops visible on top of the bedding (objectionable to some people)


OTHER PAPER PRODUCTS

ECOFRESH
Ravenshade writes: "I've also tried EcoFresh (a white, paper-based cat litter) but found that to be almost as expensive (even though it was $5/bag, I needed two per cleaning for my pen) and less effective. The last bags I got were also dustier than the CF [Care Fresh]."

CELL-SORB
Sara writes: "Cell-Sorb is a GREAT alternative to Carefresh. I put paper towels, newspaper, then a layer of Cell-Sorb for my piggies. Cell-Sorb is not nearly as dusty, and packs down nice so the pigs don't fling it out of their cage. It also absorbs, expands, and softens as the pigs use it, keeps the smell contained longer then Carefresh. It's my preference!

HUNT CLUB, INC
LER writes: "Hunt Club, Inc. Is little pieces of cardboard. I tried it but it really didn't absorb well, in my opinion. The only pro I found was that it is light. However, the con of not absorbing leads to very soiled piggies. Plus, being so light, it flies easily out of the cages. So, I was not happy with it and went back to the wood pellets."

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