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    Question Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    I was just wondering if there is a cheaper alternative to Carefresh out there that is just as good. I recently made a small bin type thing out of coroplast to go underneath the hay bag, so I use much more bedding than I did before.

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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    Aspen is less expensive than Carefresh. Fleece is another option.

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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    I'd rather not use fleece as the hay gets stuck to it so easily. But I'll look up aspen, thanks!

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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    I have heard good things about the Petco paper pellets. Aspen would be way cheaper though.
    http://www.petco.com/product/106817/..._BeddingLitter
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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    I don't know if Aspen controls odors but Planet Petco recycled paper pellets for small animals is what I use for the kitchen since that's the only place my gp pees and does most of her pooping.

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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    If theres a Walmart in your area, they sell Boxo bedding, its pretty much just like the Carefresh natural. i find that it kinda depends on the bag, sometimes it may be dustier than normal bags! works quite well.

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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    I get my carefresh here!
    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...m?pcatid=25435
    If you get the "basic blend" its carefresh (the brown kind) mixed with aspen shavings and its only like $11 for the 60 liter bag. It is cheaper (I've calculated it) than most aspen shavings, with the odor control of carefresh and its less dusty because of the wood shavings.

    ETA: right now its on sale for $8.39
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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    Oh wow, thanks everyone! I have heard about the paper pellets as well, but it was still a bit on the expensive side for me. I have never heard of the basic blend carefresh before, that's interesting! @aeiou thank you for posting, I think I'm going to try that!

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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    I also use Atlas Pellet Fuel which is safe wood pellets. $6.50 for a 40 lb bag. Found it at OSH thanks to Lissie here. Works great too!

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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    Quote Originally Posted by Artista View Post
    I also use Atlas Pellet Fuel which is safe wood pellets. $6.50 for a 40 lb bag. Found it at OSH thanks to Lissie here. Works great too!
    Wow, that sounds awesome! Is it good with odor control? Does it soak up urine well? And is it dusty at all?

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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    Quote Originally Posted by AllThesePiggies View Post
    Wow, that sounds awesome! Is it good with odor control? Does it soak up urine well? And is it dusty at all?
    It's good with odor control and absorbs well. You can tell where the gp pees because that area turns to dust. My gp does fine with it. I do partial changes daily with scooping up the pee/dust areas. It's a price that I don't think can be beat.

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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    Quote Originally Posted by Artista View Post
    It's good with odor control and absorbs well. You can tell where the gp pees because that area turns to dust. My gp does fine with it. I do partial changes daily with scooping up the pee/dust areas. It's a price that I don't think can be beat.
    Alright, thank you! I agree, the price is awesome, especially since I'm on such a low budget right now.

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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    Glad you found something that worked! I can't use the pellets because my guinea pigs can't tell the difference between bedding pellets and food pellets..You'd think they'd realize the taste difference

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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    Aspen and kiln-dried pine are both safe for guinea pigs and significantly cheaper than paper-based bedding. Carefresh also makes a cheaper product that's a mix of their paper bedding and wood shavings.

    If you do go the wood route, make sure it's not pine that isn't specifically kiln-dried, or cedar wood. Those have oils that have been known to cause respiratory issues in small animals.

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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Carefresh?

    I try to get recycled material Carefresh-type bedding. Unfortunately, that is more expensive. Kaytee brand (which I really don't like in general) has some for $14/50 liter at Pet Supply Plus. They often have it on sale for $11. While not recycled, it does not have much dust which I am allergic to. I find that PetSmart is much more expensive. I'll have to check out Walmart, but i hate that store.

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