Post by rockythegerbil on Jul 23, 2012 16:42:02 GMT -8
Yesterday's News doesn't clump. The brand actually made a line specifically for small pets because people were using it for their rats, mice, ferrets, rabbits, and hamsters. However, I believe they discontinued it and now advertise the cat litter as being safe for small pets, too. Which they address here: www.yesterdaysnews.com/HealthyLifestyle/FAQs/SmallAnimals.aspx
Yesterday's News is paper based, so I think the ingestion risk would be the same as any other bedding. That said, I don't see the point in using it with gerbils. Like qtoffer said, they have very little smell when it comes to urine. Also, I tried the litter for my cat once and honestly was not impressed. I like that it's recycled from old paper... however, it didn't really control the smell well and was hard to scoop out.
"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms." ~George Eliot
Owned by: 1 Syrian hamster, 2 gerbils, 3 dogs, and 1 VERY bossy cat
Post by hazelanddan on Jul 23, 2012 19:39:40 GMT -8
I've read on a degu website (I'm aware gerbils are not degus, but i assume the same principles apply) that you should never use the wood or paper pellet cat litter as substrate, as they expend and cause fatal stomach ruptures if ingested. (Reference : www.degutopia.co.uk/deguhouse.htm )
They showed experimental demonstrations of these litters
Post by amandarinorange811 on Jul 23, 2012 20:20:44 GMT -8
Well, when my family had ferrets we used Yesterday's News and it worked brilliantly. I understand ferrets are more like cats than anything else, but my point is it's just compacted newspaper, if I remember right. I still honestly wouldn't use anything like that though, considering gerbils are some of the cleanest, less-smelly small animals out there. They really don't pee much, and their cage only stinks if it needs cleaning REALLY REALLY badly. I think you should just stick with a natural bedding that says it prevents odors. I recommend EcoBedding (or its almost identical competitor, Carefresh Pro-Earth Bedding). I line the bottom of my tank with newspaper though, under the bedding, and I don't seem to have problems with odor too much. If you're worried about odors, burn a candle works for me!
In the book "Gerbils" by Engelbert Kotter, he says that a bottom bedding of a mixture of two-thirds sand and one-third cat litter has proven to be successful because fewer big cleaning jobs are needed and the kitty litter keeps the bedding cleaner longer and helps prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. He says a layer up to 5 inches. Then he says put a layer of support bedding on top of that.
I haven't tried this but just thought I'd let you know because I remembered reading it.