Originally Posted by Cartoonist 35
My owner cleans the cage every 3 weeks and Pratt's said this litter is safe.
You are cute ... welcome to the forum.
However, perhaps you need to think about telling your owner that wood shavings gets in your fur and can make a mess. Litter training isn't too bad and then that messy litter can be eliminated ... that is, if your owner uses pelleted litter for your litter box. Or if your owner doesn't mind the shavings in your fur, he or she can just use the shavings in the litter box.
I have to say something on the safety of litter. Pet stores sell cedar bedding, and many claim it is safe for animals. It is not. The phenols (smell, odor, oil) in the bedding causes irritation, even for people. Just because someone says it is safe, it may not be safe.
On the other hand, I am of the opinion that pine is relatively safe. Most pine beddings that are manufactured for animals are put through a process to dry it so that it is safer. Now, if you used pine shavings direct from a tree, I would say that isn't a good idea. Hardwood shavings such as aspen or poplar are even safer. There are also paper-based products. The key to this is finding a bedding brand that isn't dusty, as dusty bedding can cause respiratory problems.