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Are cedar shavings (used as animal bedding/litter) harmful to the health of small mammals, such as hamsters, gerbils, rabbits and other such animals kept as pets.



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We have used cedar, pine and hardwood shavings with mice at the nature center, and with gerbils and hamsters at home, with no ill effect. Cedar is best at absorbing liquid and keeping down odors, pine middle, hardwood not so good.

J. Elliott


Dear John,

Yes, can be harmful:
http://www.trifl.org/cedar.html
http://www.oregon-ferret.org/1995/ofa0295.html

Sincerely,

Anthony R. Brach



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