I have several indoor pets that include 2 rabbits. I use cedar shavings in all the cages. When I clean the cages I dump the used shavings in my flower beds for mulch as well as fertilizer.
By kflawson from Bolivar, TN
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I agree my rabbits manure is wonderful! I use it on my canna garden and they are so beautiful this year. The manure has a high nitrogen content, so research the plants you put it on first.
I'm using that paper litter called Care Fresh - it's great in my Tumbleweed composter!
I don't use that cedar stuff = I've read it's toxic to the animal and we sure don't want that!
Another litter that's great is Cat Country. It's alfalfa or wheat grass or something like that - golly, does the composter and garden love that!
Rabbit litter is one of those that can be used right away because they aren't "hot" like cow or horse manure.
My only suggestion is to look at a bedding other than cedar. While it smells nice, there are reports that the volatile oils that give it that nice smell is actually quite hard on a rabbits respiratory system.
I generally use pine or, even better if they aren't directly on it, something called ABM.
My entire garden in several inches deep of rabbit manure and the squash and tomatoes absolutely loved it as did the flowers in the flower gardens.
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Have you ever thought of using your old cat litter as mulch for your flower beds? It may sound disgusting, but yesterday I went to a pet store that sells organic and biodegradable cat litters. Here's a run-down on the ones they sell that clump:
Each of the above litters has a different price range.
I bought the one made from wheat grass because it's supposed to have excellent odor control. It cost under $6 for 8 pounds. Most of the ones made from food can also be flushed. I plan on composting my litter before I use it as mulch (even though you don't have to) to help purify it a bit. If you are also interested in using a cat litter that's actually good for the environment, phone some of the pet stores in your area and see what natural based litters they carry or google any that I mentioned above.
Source: If you live in Washington State, the store that sells natural pet products is called Mud Bay Granary.
By Cyinda from near Seattle
* These natural litters can be used as mulch in FLOWER gardens only. Do NOT use them in FOOD gardens! ... I am composting mine, so it can sit for a year to "breath and break down" before I actually use it in my garden.
P-POD and VetBasis are the ones specially made for cats with "litter box problems" or litter box "rage". (because of the lavender or mint scent) NOT " Worlds Best" or "Feline Pine" as stated in the above post. (04/24/2008)
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