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DE in kitten pen?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by derby, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. derby

    derby Songster

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    Out of necessity (theirs, not ours), we have had to take over the care of some feral/ barn kittens - about 5-6 weeks old. I put them in a bin at night to protect them from predators. I put leaves in the bin so they would learn to eliminate in leaves. After a few days, the bin smelled like something had died in it - far worse then my coop has ever done. I was thinking of sprinkling DE in their bin to help out with odors and reduce fleas. Can DE be around kittens that young?

    Thanks,
    Derby
     
  2. texasgirl

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    Are you taking out the soiled leaves each night and putting in fresh?
    I don't see a problem putting DE in with them underneath the leaves maybe, I wouldn't want them breathing it in if they rustled the dust up though.
     
  3. freshegg

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    I was kinda wondering the same thing about puppies. they are 3 weeks and have seen fleas but they are too young for advantage so will DE be ok
     
  4. If you put a litterbox in there and cleaned it daily it would be really easy and it probally wouldnt smell.
     
  5. PitterPaws

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    If you want them to be used to using leaves, put a litter box filled with leaves, that way you can clean it out daily, and they get used to eliminating in leaves.
     
  6. derby

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    Sometimes the solution is so obvious once someone else says it! Thanks!

    Derby
     

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