Paints and Glues

PVC Solvent Cement

PVC solvent cement actually welds the pipe into one piece and becomes part of the pipe, so technically it’s not a glue it’s a solvent weld cement, so now we have cleared that up, let’s talk about “Animal Safe” well there is no such thing as animal safe glues, the manufactures go to great expense on testing glues for human safety, they will not go to the same costs in testing for Animal safety, its simply not cost effective for them to do that, however the same test methods used for human safety are relative to animal safety, in fact, like cosmetics, they are sometimes tested on animals.griffon-uni-100-1215-p

As there is no such thing as animal safe glues so we need to look at the next best thing and how they are used, Drinking Water – This is obviously safe for humans and animals alike, we fill our dog and cats water bowl from a tap which could be coming from a PVC pipe which has been approved by many different codes as well as the National Plumbing code, look for the NSF PW markings.  So you have to simply decide if you think the National Standards Foundation’s standards for potable water are good enough for you or not.

31mHUWnl0bL._SY300_Generally the only time it is hazardous is in the uncured state, this means that you need to leave the glue/cement out of the cage until it is fully cured, if you read the label properly, this could be around 48 hours, although it will be mechanically sound in 15 minutes, the main problems with glues and animals is the smell, which will effect hedgehogs as they have very sensitive noses, this glue is widely used in professional aquariums for pumping the water around tanks and filters

Pdc Solvent Cement is widely used in aquatic shops and installations, it is known to be a good glue for PVC pipe installations on pond pumps, I have used this myself on my pond pump filtration system with no ill effects on the fish

As with glues and paints, ensure that it is fully cured before introducing it into your hedgehogs environment.

Wood Glue

The words you are looking for here are Child Safe, if it is child safe it is suitable for hedgehogs “once fully cured”

uk-wood-glueA very good PVA glue is Gorilla Wood Glue it is the adhesive that woodworkers, carpenters and DIYers trust for their woodworking projects. Gorilla Wood Glue is a PVA glue, offers the benefits of an easy-to use, water-based adhesive, with all the holding power Gorilla is known for. The glue is incredibly water resistant and dries a natural colour that offers an invisible bond line for your projects.download

As with glues and paints, ensure that it is fully cured before introducing it into your hedgehogs environment.

Silicone Sealant

Normal DIY silicone sealant contains anti-fungal agents, these anti-fungal agents are what stops it from discolouring or going mouldy in damp bathrooms and outside, it is this which makes it unsuitable to hedgehogs, animal and aquatic safe silicone must be 100% pure silicone sealant and it is just that, 100% pure, it could even carry the word AQUARIUM on it, although this usually just pushes the price up.siliconedisplay2

A lot of people will maintain that they only buy from pet/fish shops “to be on the safe side” purely out of ignorance.

As with glues and paints, ensure that it is fully cured before introducing it into your hedgehogs environment.

Paints

The words you are looking for here are Child Safe, if it is child safe it is suitable for hedgehogs “once fully cured” Also look for 0% VOC, VOC-free and Solvent-free, there are specific paints for animals.dw_badge_template2_new

Solvent-free is important because not only are lingering paint smells in the home unpleasant, but many paints including most matt and silk paints contain solvents which are positively harmful and cause Sick Building Syndrome, Danish Painters Syndrome, asthma, allergies and chemical sensitivities; also, many “natural” paints contain ethereal oils, or terpene oil solvents which are known to generate carcinogenic microparticulates with the ozone in your home.dw_badge_template2_new (1)

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands. Examples include: paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions.

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The things to look for in your pet safe paints are:

  • water, natural plus manufactured binders (all water-based, all non-toxic)
  • pigments (yellow ochre, red ochre, various – all non toxic)
  • mineral fillers – limestone, clays (non-toxic)
  • thickeners & builders – wood cellulose & resinous (all non-toxic)
  • white pigment – titanium dioxide (food grade – non-toxic)
  • levelers (all non-toxic)
  • waxes & texture powders (all non-toxic)

Things to avoid, even those that advertise as being safe for pets to be around can contain:

  • white spirit, terpenes, ethereal oils, VOC’S glycols, coalescents
  • heavy metals – not just lead but cadmium, mercury etc
  • formaldehyde and formaldehyde donors
  • acrolein
  • vinyl chloride
  • phthalates
  • APEOs.
  • Acrylic Softeners

As with glues and paints, ensure that it is fully cured before introducing it into your hedgehogs environment.

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