Guinea Pig Safe Bedding

Guinea Pig Safe Bedding

There are many different guinea pig safe 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 you 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 list 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.


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Aspen Bedding

 

 

 

 

 

Aspen Shavings are more expensive then Pine Shavings and rarely come in bale sizes. They are also reportedly not as absorbent as wood shavings.

Pro’s

  • No Volatile Oils

Con’s

  • Not as absorbent as other wood based shavings.
  • More expensive to buy
  • Smaller Pack Sizes

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Pine Shavings

 

 

 

 

 

Many owners object to using Pine Wood shavings due to volatile oils which can cause liver damage and respiratory issues.

Pro’s

  • Low Cost
  • Availability

Con’s

  • Volatile Oils
  • Sticks to everything
  • Not as soft as some paper bedding

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Wood Pellets

 

 

 

 

 

Some people swear by this bedding alternative.

Pro’s

  • Easy To Use
  • Low Cost
  • Absorbent
  • Odour Control

Con’s

  • Harder to walk on.
  • Heavier when wet.
  • Possible health concerns

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Carefresh

 

 

 

 

 

Carefresh is a very popular paper bedding alternative to wood shavings and wood pellets. Many people only recommend this product to house the Guinea Pigs on.

Pro’s

  • Softness
  • Absorbency
  • Expands in size to 3 times its size in compacted form.

Con’s

  • High Cost
  • Difficult to see blood in Animal unwell

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Megazorb

 

 

 

 

 

Megazorb is very similar to Carefresh. It is reported to be very absorbent and a lot less dustier then Carefresh.

Pro’s

  • Very Absorbent
  • Less Dusty then Carefresh
  • Fairly Cheap
  • Heavy which prevents being kicked around

Con’s

No Feedback Provided


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Bio-Catolet

 

 

 

 

Bio-Catolet is a Lightweight, Non-Clumping Recycled Paper Based Cat Litter. Bio-Catolet is also a 100% biodegradable.

Pro’s

  • Very Absorbent
  • Less Dusty then other materials
  • Doe’s not stick to towels or cozies

Con’s

  • Can have a slight smell.
  • Poops Visible
  • Heavier Texture
  • Harder to walk on

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Safe Bedding

 

 

 

 

 

Safe Bedding is ideal as a temporary measure following surgery as it is very soft. Very cheap to buy.

Pro’s

  • Soft on Body and Feet
  • No Dust (Ideal Following Surgery)

Con’s

  • Will need daily maintenance
  • Guinea Pigs may attempt to eat it.
  • Not Very Absorbent

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Towels

 

 

 

 

 

Towels, Heavy Cotton Cloth.

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

Pro’s

  • Soft and Absorbent
  • Guinea Pigs seem happier using them
  • Machine Washable

Con’s

  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

While Hay is not a good bedding material when used alone it works very well when combined with other bedding materials.

Pro’s

  • Natural Product
  • Low Cost

Con’s

  • Moulds Easily
  • Not Absorbent (Could lead to Urine Scalds), therefore MUST BE CHANGED DAILY

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Fleece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polyester Fleece does not absorb urine but in fact allow it to leak through, because of this many people use it with an additional material such as Towels, U-Haul , Zorb Fabric which is used as a liner in between two layers of fleece.

Pro’s

  • Soft
  • Guinea Pigs seem very happy using it.
  • Machine Washable

Con’s

  • Fluids drain through- Will need daily maintenance
  • Hay and Poop’s need to be removed before washing

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