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Old 04-13-2017, 11:19 AM   #1
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Cage liner for cage without grate?

Good morning,
My sister gave me a really great cage for my new parrotlet that is coming home today. The only issue is that the bottom doesn't have any sort of grate so I am not sure what I can use on the bottom that is safe.
I have a feeling paper would be shredded...I do not want to use any sort of wood chips because I heard they are unsafe.
Would Carefresh bedding be a safe option? I would prefer something I can buy at Petsmart because that is the closest store...
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Old 04-13-2017, 12:27 PM   #2
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A cage with a grate is ideal because without a grate you'll find yourself having the change the material on the bottom really frequently. The cage we've housed our lovebird in doesn't have a grate and I wouldn't recommend it.. we use a corn kernel bedding in his cage and it is a disaster all the time. Not to mention now that he's older and having trouble perching he spends a lot of time on the bottom of his cage where all the dropped food and water and poop collect.

You can buy that bedding at Petsmart I believe, but I would really recommend making it a temporary solution until you can get a grate for the cage, or a different cage.
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Old 04-13-2017, 01:35 PM   #3
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I would use paper and deal with the shredding. All the other "beddings" tend to harbor bacteria and fungi, plus they prevent you from seeing what the droppings look like which is strong indicator of health.
Honestly, though, I would get a cage with a grate. Grates promote health for the bird, and sanity for the human. Otherwise you would have to change the paper MORE than once a day!
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Thank you. I think I will see if I can find a grate for this cage. It is so ideal otherwise It would be a shame to give it up for that reason...i will try paper or corn in the mean time and see how it goes.
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I am in the no grate camp. I never use them and my birds stay cleaner than they did with a grate. I use plain white paper towel which I change every night after they have eaten their fresh foods. That way there is no leftovers in the cage overnight to spoil. They hop down to the bottom and play sometimes but seldom disturb the paper. I suppose it depends on the bird too - some might eat the paper.
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I have a grate, but use plain white paper towels daily for Ollie, no problem. It gets changed if a "poo" is seen during the day. Ollie doesn't shred them.
He loves to play on the bottom of the cage to bat around a plastic cup, his favorite toy.
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Thank you. I think I will see if I can find a grate for this cage. It is so ideal otherwise It would be a shame to give it up for that reason...i will try paper or corn in the mean time and see how it goes.
I was going to suggest seing if the grate can be purchased. Sometimes manufacturers will replace or sell repalcement parts to their cages.
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Our cages have grates. But I find it easier to use paper towel. Neither the conure nor the parrotlet have been shredding it.
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Our cages have grates but we tend to place paper on top of the grates.

I would feel uncomfortable using a cage that was designed for a grate with out it. Mainly because the cage was designed and tested to be safe with the grate. It was not tested to be safe without the grate so there is an increased chance of a bird trying to escape and doing something that can harm it.
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