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Some small pet owners tend to ignore the fact that their pet may be suffering by the bedding they have chosen.
Although many small pet owners like to go the cheapest route. This route can cause problems such as urinary infections, respiratory problems and other health issues later on in your pet.
It is important to make sure your pet has all the right needs to support a long and healthy life of happiness. So let us take a look at bedding choices below!
This type of bedding contains a lot of dust. When I got my first rat I used this type of bedding. I didn’t know much about rats at first but after research I realized that pine bedding with dust may be an overall bad choice.
The dust from the bedding can cause respiratory issues in your small pet. Charlie always sneezed but when I found out what dust can do to a rat, I immediately stopped using it.
Pine bedding comes in large shaved flakes or small granulated flakes. I have rabbits now and most of them are outdoors, so in the summer we use fine pine shavings from our local Running’s. In the winter we stuff our hutches full of nice straw to keep them warm and cozy.
If you are looking for a cheap bedding pine is by far the cheapest. But if you need a clean bedding, this isn’t for you. Rabbits and guinea pigs like to kick their bedding out of their cages. And pine can be very hard to clean up.
Aspen is cheap, smells good but makes a mess. Just like pine bedding. Aspen bedding tends to leave a residue on your hands after handling. I tend to shy away from this type.
Although it smells nice and is normally cut into small and soft pieces, this is only good for the owners who like the smell of the bedding without causing harm.
Downfalls of aspen? It can make a big mess just like pine bedding.
Bedding that is cedar contains harmful oils. Which if ingested can be very harmful for your small pet. Staying away from this bedding in my #1 priority.
Ceday chips are large chunks, which if your small pet ingests them can get lodge in their intestines. Which in turn leads to an emergency vet visit.
If you are looking for something cheap that smells good and you don’t mind your small pet ingesting the chips, then this bedding is for you.
I use clean and cozy to place in my rabbit’s nest boxes a week before they are expecting. My mother rabbits absolutely love this bedding.
Most dust free bedding is soft and very comfortable for your small pet. This bedding is mostly made up of some sort of shredded paper. I am thinking it’s made up of toilet paper.
All of the bedding above can also be used to place in your small pets litter box.
Did you know? Rats, guinea pigs, and rabbits can be litter box trained? You can even leash train them and teach them some fun tricks.