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ABIGAILgrace 03-30-2017 03:07 PM

What to line my cage with?
 
Hey!
I own a very wide cage that has no paper that will fit it. Taking the small printer paper out of the cage is very messy, the vision cages do not have a slide out bottom, so I was looking at alternatives. Someone said kitty litter works well, but Iím not so sure if I want that in with my birds. While my cage does have a bottom grate, so they canít eat or walk on it, Iím concerned about fumes and chemicals. Does anyone use kitty litter? Is there a specific brand? And if not, is there something else?
Thanks so much! :)

Therm 03-30-2017 04:27 PM

I wouldn't use cat litter!

It's very dusty and I've never heard of anyone using cat litter in a bird cage before.

You can get specific cage liners for Hagen vision cages. This is a UK site, but there's going to be ones in America too.

I know some people just cut paper to fit the cages awkward shape.

JRS 03-30-2017 04:57 PM

I have a large vision cage for my canary.
I use it without the grate, but bought this item:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vision-Pape...ion+cage+paper
TBH, its expensive for what it is - basically a cardboard template of the bottom of the cage that is only laminated on the top side and therefore won't last very long used as intended.
I only use it as a template for cutting newspaper but I'm so glad I have it. I can be a bit of a neat freak, so I'll draw around that template on an opened newspaper, cut out the shape and then remove the newspaper staples. The cage is too long for one sheet, it takes two that overlap in the centre. I'll then layer the sheets on top of each other (numbering the first few, to warn me I'm nearly at the bottom) and I don't use the grate. It means that in the mornings, I can just open the little end door, take out the seed bowl and then take out the top layer of paper leaving a clean one below.
You could still use the grate, but would be a bit of a faff lifting the cage on and off daily to remove the newspaper...... maybe you could just remove the seed cup at one end, lift up the grate at that end and have enough space to remove paper beneath it without having to detach the base?

FaeryBee 03-30-2017 05:05 PM

The fact that the Vision cages do not have slide out bottoms is one of the biggest complaints of many people who purchase them.

Often members indicate that they lift off the entire top of the Vision Cages each time they clean them.

Using cat litter is definitely not something I would every recommend using in your bird's cage. :scare:

Newspaper, white craft paper, white or brown butcher paper are good options.

JRS has offered you some very good suggestions! :thumbsup:

ABIGAILgrace 03-30-2017 09:01 PM

Thanks so much everyone!
I will not be using kitty litter and plan to buy a template or possibly make one. I really appreciate it you guys!!!

lbeckman 03-30-2017 09:25 PM

Hi. I just use newspaper, more than one sheet if I need to. I prefer to either not use the grate or to put the paper on top of the grate so that the birds can walk on it and I can put treats for them on it. If you change the paper every day it's fine. Particularly since your cage is large it won't be poop covered!

crazybirdgal 03-31-2017 04:01 AM

I use gravel paper specially designed for birds. I like it because it files down their nails when they walk on it and it's much more durable than newspaper meaning you don't have to change the lining every day. If a piece is too large I'll just trim it to size.

FaeryBee 03-31-2017 05:56 AM

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Originally Posted by crazybirdgal (Post 3978593)
I use gravel paper specially designed for birds. I like it because it files down their nails when they walk on it and it's much more durable than newspaper meaning you don't have to change the lining every day. If a piece is too large I'll just trim it to size.

Shalisa,

Talk Budies never recommends using sand paper as perch cover or on the bottom of the cage.

The sand is much too rough for the budgie's delicate feet. There are specific "sand" and pedi-perches which can be provided for your budgie which will serve the same purpose of keeping the toenails trim.

Even sand and pedi-perches should only be used in conjunction with natural wood perches of varying diameters in order to ensure the budgie's health.

Please refer to the information in this link for additional information.

https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...reat-cage.html

crazybirdgal 03-31-2017 06:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FaeryBee (Post 3978641)


Shalisa,

Talk Budies never recommends using sand paper as perch cover or on the bottom of the cage.

The sand is much too rough for the budgie's delicate feet. There are specific "sand" and pedi-perches which can be provided for your budgie which will serve the same purpose of keeping the toenails trim.

Even sand and pedi-perches should only be used in conjunction with natural wood perches of varying diameters in order to ensure the budgie's health.

Please refer to the information in this link for additional information.

https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...reat-cage.html

Like I said I buy gravel paper that is specifically made for lining small bird species' cages and obviously they do not walk around on the bottom of the cage all day anyway. I don't use gravel/cement perches in my cages but instead opt for natural and dowel perches in varying sizes and shapes.

FaeryBee 03-31-2017 11:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crazybirdgal (Post 3978673)
Like I said I buy gravel paper that is specifically made for lining small bird species' cages and obviously they do not walk around on the bottom of the cage all day anyway. I don't use gravel/cement perches in my cages but instead opt for natural and dowel perches in varying sizes and shapes.


If you choose to use a sandpaper product to line your budgie's cage, that is obviously your choice.

However, the purpose of this site is to promote what we consider to be the Best Practices when it comes to care of budgies for their optimal health and well-being. :)

Simply because a product is sold by a pet supplier as being "for birds" does not mean it is necessarily bird-safe or the best choice to use with your precious pets.

Many items sold as bird supplies can be detrimental to a budgie's health and well-being.

The Talk Budgies Staff is dedicated to ensuring that all members and guests reading threads recognize the risks and utilize the resources we have available to make educated and informed decisions.

Best wishes!


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