In the article today, we show you how to get the right kind of guinea pig bedding which will keep your cage odor free and provide a comfortable surface for your guinea pigs.
In the article, we will cover both fleece-based bedding, paper-based bedding and wood bedding (which is not recommended). Here are the highlights:
In this article, we will start by providing guinea pig safe fleece bedding before we move to paper-based bedding (that is just as safe).
At the end of the article, we’ll describe why you should no longer use wood-based bedding.
Using fleece bedding for guinea pigs is still a pretty new phenomenon but one that is quickly rising in popularity. The main reasons are the following:
If you have decided to go with fleece bedding, we think that’s a good choice. Below, we have hand-picked fleece bedding that is properly treated to maintain odor.
There are quite a few designs to pick on each of the beddings so even if the pattern is not right for you, click on it to see if there are others you might like.
If you do decide to go with disposable guinea ped bedding, there is absolutely no doubt you should choose paper-based bedding and not wood-based bedding.
The Paper-based bedding we recommend offers many of the qualities of fleece-based bedding including:
As such, it is a matter of taste whether you go with paper-based bedding or fleece-based bedding. If you decide to go with paper-based bedding, we have hand-picked the best bedding for you (and your guinea pig) below.
If you decide to go with paper-based bedding, the small pet premium soft paper bedding is a great choice.
While it might look like wood, just looking at the pictures it is indeed made of unbleached paper.
The 178L bag makes it last for a very long time and is thus one of the best value buys you can make when it comes to paper-based bedding.
If you are looking for a more premium option and with more of a paper-based look to it, the Carefresh Complete Pet Bedding is a good choice.
Besides great odor control, it is also pleasant on the eye with a neutral and comfortable color.
As an “in-between” alternative to the two other, we have the Healthy Pet HPCC Natural Bedding.
This expands to about 2.5x its stated size and the 60-liter version does become roughly a 150-liter version when unpacked.
It is thus a great option value when it comes to paper-based guinea pig bedding.
Historically there have been 3 types of guinea pig bedding. Wood, paper and fleece.
For many years, wood was the preferred bedding option when housing small animals.
However, times have progressed, and you should not use wood shavings for guinea pig bedding. Here are the reasons:
Overall, there are no good arguments for using wood guinea pig shavings and a lot of arguments against. That is why we recommend going with either fleece bedding or paper-based bedding.
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