Guinea Pig Unsafe Bedding

Guinea Pig Unsafe Bedding

Guinea Pig Unsafe Bedding although may not cause death could lead to long term health problems and should not be used for the general welfare of your loved pet.

The table below has been created with Pro’s and Con’s, and although the pro’s may seem beneficial the health of your guinea pig should always come first.


Type Description Pro’s Cons
guinea pig unsafe bedding Wood It is widely believed that cedar shavings negatively affect the health of animals. Reportedly, the aromatic oils which so effectively kill insects, may harm the respiratory tracts of our pets and may cause liver damage.
  • Low Cost.
  • Availability
  • Spreads Easily
  • High Volatile Oils (This may lead to liver damage, Guinea Pigs with Cardiovascular Disease may struggle breathing)
guinea pig unsafe bedding Wood PINE: And if you’re using pine, be sure to air the shavings thoroughly and use in a well ventilated cage. Airing the shavings will allow the volatile oils to dissipate.
  • Low Cost.
  • Availability
  • Spreads Easily
  • Medium Volatile oils (Should be aired before use)
guinea pig unsafe bedding Paper While some people find it useful to line the bottom of the cage with newspaper and place another bedding on top, newspaper alone is a poor bedding material.
  • Can be used to line cages and hutches although a lot would be required due to poor absorbency
  • Poor Absorbency
  • No Odour Control
  • Needs Changing daily
  • Will attract flies and fleas
  • Could cause urine scalds
  • Ink may be toxic
guinea pig unsafe bedding Corn Corn cob bedding has a tendency to mould, does not control odours, and is reportedly hard on a cavy’s feet, making it a poor bedding. Cavies will sometimes eat this bedding, which reportedly swells when wet.  No Positive Results
  • May Swell When Wet

(If guinea pigs eat this and consume enough water may swell up in the digestive tract)

guinea pig unsafe bedding Straw

Straw is non-absorbent

Stiff long stalks can cause injuries

 No Positive Results
  • Non-Absorbent
  • Sharp pieces of Straw can cause injuries (Normally affecting the eyes)
  • Older Guinea Pigs may suffer leg injuries or reduced blood circulation from long strands.