Substrate recommendations - finacard and green mile comparison

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Substrate recommendations - finacard and green mile comparison

Post by Satana » Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:13 pm

Hi there,

I'd like to get people's opinions on the 'dustiness' of finacard and green mile. I purchased finacard a number of years ago and despite it being 'dust extracted' I found it to be fairly dusty. For this reason I moved onto green mile and was always happy with it.

It's been nearly year since our last ratty passed on, but today we rescued some elderly chaps from a rescue centre. They have had chest infections in the past and I want to keep things as dust free as possible for them. I may end up using material, but should I try out a substrate again I just wanted to get opinions on how 'dust free' everyone feels these products are, especially since the description for green mile on says "virtually dust free" rather than dust extracted.


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Re: Substrate recommendations - finacard and green mile comparison

Post by cyber ratty » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:20 pm

I've never had any problems with finacard being dusty, but I know they changed the manufacturing process a while back to address some of the issues people had reported about dust, so it's worth trying a new bale to see what you think.

Definitely use some sort of substrate though, rather than a layer of material - rats need to be able to dig and forage and nest with a loose substrate. If you want to try an alternative to cardboard, I can recommend pureflake extra or megaspread shavings - they are both kiln dried and dust extracted so are suitable for rats, and barely smell of wood at all.

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