I was wondering what other folk use in the bottom of their parrot cages.
In particular, does anyone use cat litter? Seems like the clumping type would make cleanup easy. Just as long as it would not harm the bird. We have been on the road full time in our motor home for almost
8 years with our YCA. Many time we have been in locations where theusual cage material cannot be found. However, cat litter can almost always be found even in some of the smallest country stores.

Why am I here? I could be someplace else.
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I was wondering what other folk use in the bottom of their parrot cages. In particular, does anyone use cat ... material cannot be found. However, cat litter can almost always be found even in some of the smallest country stores.

I and many others use newspaper with a layer of woodshavings on top, the sort made for hamsters and the like. It absorbs wetness, is not dusty (like cat litter is) is easily disposed of, isn't heavy or expensive, and smells pleasant.When you need to clean the cage simply roll the newspaper up with the mucky shavings inside and dispose. What could be easier?
No cat litter... the dust is harmful to the birds.

We use "Chicken mash" from the co-op or farm store. It works great and it's edible in case the birds eat some of it.
You have to change it every couple of days but it works great. That's what we use for babies.. for adults we just use newspaper. Get a subscription. Emotion: wink
I was wondering what other folk use in the bottom of their parrot cages. In particular, does anyone use cat ... material cannot be found. However, cat litter can almost always be found even in some of the smallest country stores.

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No cat litter... the dust is harmful to the birds. We use "Chicken mash" from the co-op or farm store. ... but it works great. That's what we use for babies.. for adults we just use newspaper. Get a subscription. Emotion: wink

Depends what cat litter you use. I use a wood based litter, no dust.
Depends what cat litter you use. I use a wood based litter, no dust.

True Ray, a wood based litter is better than clay based. Though I think wood based litter is more expensive? Not sure as I don't use either. I think the chicken mash is the best bang for the buck. About $10 for 50 lbs. If you only have a couple birds, this is over kill. For us, with breeder pairs and such, 50lbs is great.

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Depends what cat litter you use. I use a wood based litter, no dust.

True Ray, a wood based litter is better than clay based. Though I think wood based litter is more expensive? ... you only have a couple birds, this is over kill. For us, with breeder pairs and such, 50lbs is great.

It is cheap as long as you can buy large quantities. It's great for lorikeets, I use a 25lb for each aviary.
I was wondering what other folk use in the bottom of their parrot cages. In particular, does anyone use cat ... be found even in some of the smallest country stores. Why am I here? I could be someplace else.

Try newspaper.
My canary's cage has a grill for him to walk on, so he's not stepping in his own caca but there's newspaper underneath. Then you spray off the grill ...

Newspaper's everywhere, and when you do it like this, you don't have to watch out for the colored stuff, because they can't get to it. Well a parrot might ...
Thanks for all the replies. I should have mentioned that Tequila thinks she is a Roto-rooter and paper shredder machine. Her old cage had a grid in the bottom that kept her off the floor. However, the cage we now have was dictated by what will fit in the motor home.

When we settle down and but a house again she will get a new very large cage with all the bells and whistles she can use. But after almost 8 years on the road we still have a couple of years to go. So much to see in the great country.

Why am I here? I could be someplace else.
I was wondering what other folk use in the bottom of their parrot cages.

newspaper
corncob
In particular, does anyone use cat litter? Seems like the clumping type would make cleanup easy.

Don't use clumping litter!! Cat litter often has "scented" grandules that birds shouldn't have any contact with. Also, it is really dusty. Use "FelinePine" brand pine pellet litter for cats. Works great for my cat. It will work great for you bird as #1) there aren't any harmful odors #2) absolutely dust free #3) is bio-degradeable. Clumping cat litter isn't. The crystalized cat litter is a BIG no-no too. You don't want your bird to have any contact with cat gravel either. That is why you don't see cat litter in the rodent/bird section.
Someone mentioned that they use pine shavings. STAY AWAY FROM SHAVINGS! I had bred gerbils several years back and clearly remember that #1) shavings as dusty #2) Shavings are messy! They are like feathers, they always seem to get out of the cage. Also if you should ever dump even a small amount of shavings on a carpet, it will create a endless mess that vacuums don't agree with. In a moblie home it will happen sooner or later. #3) Some shavings (like ceder) have odors that don't agree with rodents & birds.
I am a fan of corncob, newspaper, or pine pellets.
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