Guinea Pig Bedding

Guinea Pig Bedding

There are many different guinea pig bedding options available and there is no real best option. It is all dependant on the cage setup, cost and the time available. There are many different types of bedding that are suitable for use with Guinea Pigs. They are as follows :-

  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Hay & Others
  • Fabric

The most common bedding used for Guinea Pigs tends to be Wood Shavings, Paper Bedding and Fleece Towels. Feel free to try the various listed items which I have included images for so that you can identify them easily.

REMEMBER there are bedding material out there that are not safe for your Guinea Pig and must be Avoided.

The table below shows all of the different types of bedding materials that you can use with your Guinea Pigs. Remember your Guinea Pigs Safety must always come first over everything else. They are counting on you.

Type Information Pro’s Con’s

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Aspen Bedding Wood

Aspen Shavings are more expensive then Pine Shavings.

Reportedly not as absorbent.

  • No Volatile Oils
  • Not As Absorbent
  • More Expensive to buy

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Pine Shavings

Pine Shavings Wood Many Guinea Pig owners object to Pine Shavings due to Volatile Oils which may cause liver damage.
  • Low Cost
  • Availability
  • Sticks to everything
  • Not as soft as Paper Bedding
  • Volatile Oils

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Wood Pellets

Wood Pellets Wood Some people swear by this bedding alternative.
  • Easy To Use
  • Low Cost
  • Absorbent
  • Odour Control
  • Harder to walk on.
  • Heavier when wet.
  • Possible health concerns

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Carefresh Paper Carefresh is a very popular bedding.
  • Softness
  • Absorbency
  • High Cost
  • Difficult to see blood in Animal unwell

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Megazorb Paper Megazorb is very similar to Carefresh.
It is reported to be very absorbent and a lot less dustier then Carefresh.
  • Very Absorbent
  • Less Dusty then Carefresh
  • Fairly Cheap
  • Heavy which prevents being kicked around

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Bio-Catolet Paper

Non-Clumping Recycled Paper Based Cat Litter.


Bio-Catolet is 100% biodegradable, absorbent cat litter

  • Very Absorbent
  • Less Dusty then other materials
  • Doe’s not stick to towels or cozies
  • Can have a slight smell.
  • Poops Visible
  • Heavier Texture
  • Harder to walk on

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Safe Bedding

Safe Bedding Paper

Safe Bedding is ideal as a temporary measure following surgery.

Quite cheap in the way of cost.

  • Soft on Body and Feet
  • No Dust (Ideal Following Surgery)
  • Will need daily maintenance
  • Guinea Pigs may attempt to eat it.
  • Not Very Absorbent
Polyester Fleece Fabric Polyester Fleece does not absorb urine but in fact allow it leak through, because of this many people use it with an additional material s
  • Soft
  • Guinea Pigs seem very happy using it.
  • Machine Washable
  • Fluids drain through- Will need daily maintenance
  • Hay and Poop’s need to be removed before washing

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Towels Fabric

Towels, Heavy Cotton Cloth of Cotton Fleece

Can be used in the public area in combination with smaller, more frequently changed towels.

  • Soft and Absorbent
  • Guinea Pigs seem happier using them
  • Machine Washable
  • Area’s used frequently will need daily maintenance
  • Hay and Poop’s must be brushed of before putting in washing machine.

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 Hay  Hay While Hay is not a good bedding material when used alone it works very well when combined with other bedding materials.
  • Natural Product
  • Low Cost
  • Moulds Easily
  • Not Absorbent (Could lead to Urine Scalds), therefore


Don’t forget to check out our Un-Safe Bedding page here