Yes, Pine as in Slash, Long leaf, Sand, Loblolly or Pond pine. I don't think we have fir trees here.
I also ordered the Cavy Performance from Oxbow as all my piggies are under one year old and I think would benefit from the Alfalfa based pellets.
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We have the long soft ones also, they would probably like them. Have you given them yet, or seeing if it is okay? That would be interesting to know if they do like them.
I know a local rabbit rescue that gives the buns pine cones every week as a chew toy/treat.
You can find them on Busybunny.com where they sell them in baskets and such. Their products are organic and everything is clean and safe for the critters.
As far as pine not being good for cavies, that is constant exposure from using it as bedding. A pine cone in their cage is not going to distribute the smell to every corner of their cage and they can easily walk away from it. Perhaps you could just use them during floor time if you worry about it.
I'm sure since its safe for both Chinchilla's and Rabbits, pigs wouldn't have a problem with it.
Also, you may not see bugs, but its better to be safe than sorry. Atleast where any animal is concerned.
At any rate, by putting one or so pine cones in their cage, surely does not force them to be contsantly exposed to the strong elements continually. They can nibble and walk away. I also believe that pine shavings are pretty safe when used in moderation. I know there is alot of diversity on the issue, but when it comes down to it, I have never seen or heard of it to happen where a critter dies gasping for breath after a few short days on pine as I do hear of from Cedar.
This is a chinchilla thread, but there really is some useful information about pine cones. You can see both sides of the 'story' -Why people think its good, why people think its bad. Nancy/Hedgehogmom is the person I got my info from, and personally - I'm willing to try pine cones as I trust her.
http://www.chins-n-quills.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=38551 ...happy reading, lol