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I want to build wooden toys/houses/things for caged pets, such as Degus, Hamsters, etc.

I'm aware that there are chemicals and glues used to make some wood products, such as MDF which make the dust created by cutting it somewhat toxic to human health.

How could I select an appropriate wood or wood material for my animal cage, considering that the animals may chew on them? Are MDF and other plywoods safe, or do they contain toxins that may be dangerous for pets if they are ingested in small quantities?

closed as off-topic by James Jenkins, Peter Grace, drs, CRABOLO, guitarthrower Mar 18 '15 at 19:55

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    This might be a better question to ask at Pets.SE it can vary by species. Also green wood has issues for some species where kiln dried does not. – James Jenkins Mar 18 '15 at 16:29
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this question would truly be better served by the pets.se community rather than woodworking. I'd suggest migrating it to pets.se or having the asker re-ask on pets.se and closing this question. – Peter Grace Mar 18 '15 at 16:41
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    I think it does fit on either site, but the domain of knowledge (what is safe for a pet?) is probably better served by the pets community rather than here. – Peter Grace Mar 18 '15 at 16:42
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    @StampyCode hey there! This question was undeleted because we felt the question and conversation had historical value to the context of the site. Voting to Close doesn't actually cause the question to be deleted and shouldn't be considered a negative. Please feel free to continue asking questions on the site! – Peter Grace Mar 18 '15 at 17:25
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    I've created a similar (more specific) question on the Pets.SE site as suggested (link). I wonder if anyone on there will recommend the question be migrated to the Woodworking.SE site :) – StampyCode Mar 18 '15 at 17:52