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question about playgym

I have a pretty nice playgym I got from Amazon. It's good sized, natural color wooden and my birds love it. The problem is having to clean the floor of it every night wears off the white protective coating and then the whole thing begins to warp from washing it. Does any one have any suggestions? Lining the floor with paper towels won't work...they pull them off and shred them. Does anyone know of a safe bedding or anything I could use to line the bottom of the playgym? This will be my third one of these same playgyms, they're great except for the floor cleaning problem.


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Could you post a pic of your gym. I am always doing stuff and remake things for my birds. Might be able to help you out.
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i use a clear plastic shower curtain liner under my tree (i cut it in 4 pieces so it fits). it is nearly invisible and very washable. i wash it every few days and let it dry and put it back

you can just barely see the square outline on my floor

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Could you post a pic of your gym. I am always doing stuff and remake things for my birds. Might be able to help you out.
Yep...here it is along with two of the culprits who contribute to the problem!
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I cover the bottom of mine with a layer of wood pellets
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It helps with the mess from poop and the birds forage in it for stray millet. My only down side so far is our love bird likes to toss the pellets out and onto the floor. Not too bad since I just vacuum at the end of each day.
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You could also use completely natural cardboard/paper cat litter
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Yep...here it is along with two of the culprits who contribute to the problem!
Thanks for posting the picture i see what you mean those are really nice. You can do a couple of things. First off you could get a piece of plexi glass (you no the plastic clear stuff) and have the cut it to size where you just drop it in and then the clean for cleaning you just have to wipe it clean or remove the piece and rinse it. You can also use walnut bedding but have to make sure they dont eat it. The problem with that is if they like to play on the bottom you will have a bigger mess as they fly around. The other thing you could do is use the same bedding that Petco uses i can see if i can find the link for you. They usually have it in there parakeet cages. It is big and they cannot eat it. I hope this helps somewhat.
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I was told by my avian vet to never use cat litter. I had 28 pet birds in my bird room at one time and as you can imagine with that many birds it did not always smell good in there. I switched all my cages to a nice smelling cat litter with baking soda to control odor and one of my birds actually got sick. Turns out the cat litter is a NO NO NO. Sure smelled good for a few days. The bird was okay we caught it in time.
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You can't use scented cat litter even if it is natural. For instance I buy Yesterdays News and it is just simply paper but you can also get a scented one too, I don't trust it
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I got a pic so you can see how it looks on that type of play gym. I have a smaller one than you but basically the same thing. The budgies forage too but don't toss the pellets out.
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Thanks everyone! Great ideas! I'll give the wood pellets a try. I also have a small leftover piece of plexiglass I used for the top of their cages I can have cut and try. The cardboard kitty litter is a great idea too. Thanks everyone! I'll try them all!


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The same stuff real estate signs are made of.
Easy to cut easy to clean and cheap enough to throw away.
Other wise if they are going to chew that you could try linoleum. again easy to cut and clean.
I do not have any problems with my guys chewing the paper I use. It is new news print. I use it under the cages, the play gyms and in the bottom of the cages. But if I had a chewing problem I would go with either of the above.
In fact I have just used old real estate signs under the temp cage Jack was in, in the spare room to stop his mess going everywhere. he would throw his food everywhere.


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I got a pic so you can see how it looks on that type of play gym. I have a smaller one than you but basically the same thing. The budgies forage too but don't toss the pellets out.
Okay here is what i was trying to say what is this type of bedding called?
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