Guinea pigs are small, sensitive pets that come with a lot of responsibility. One of the most important things to know is what guinea pigs need to feel comfortable and safe in their new home.
In this article, we are going to talk about guinea pig’s bedding and why it is important for their overall health and happiness.
Now, do guinea pigs need bedding in their cage? Guinea pigs need to have some type of bedding in their cage. Having a proper type of bedding for guinea pigs is extremely important for their health and comfort. Also, with certain types of beddings like fleece, the cage can be kept clean and odorless (absorbs urine and spilled water). Letting a guinea pig sleep in a cage without bedding is like leaving a human to sleep on the floor.
First of all, guinea pigs are prey animals. They are used to hiding from danger and over time, they got to the point where they love to hide. Bedding is something that is very nice and fun for them as they can hide in it as well. This is an entertaining way for them to spend their time.
Another reason why it is better for the owner to buy bedding is that it collects urine and wet substances that can be found in a guinea pig cage. It is a lot easier to take out the wet bedding and replace it than to scrub out the cage every day.
In the following sections of the article, we have discussed different types of beddings for guinea pigs and in the end, we have given you our recommendation for the type of bedding that we use for our guinea pigs. Let’s begin!
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Why Are Some Beddings for Guinea Pigs Better Than Others?
That is a good question. A rational owner searches for great absorption and no odor when they are looking for bedding for small pets like guinea pigs. There are a lot of brands on the market but for now, we are not going to talk about any of them, we will just talk about beddings in general.
There are many types of beddings that you will read more about later in this article. Many brands make every single type of bedding. You need to keep in mind that the benefits or disadvantages of a bedding type might vary from brand to brand.
This is why some things that we have said may not be applied to every bedding.
Following this idea, we think it is important to mention that multiple layers of bedding are also important and can play a big role in the absorption process. They can also make the cleaning last a lot shorter.
However, odor control beddings contain a lot of chemicals to keep the air fresh, so it is probably more irritating for guinea pigs’ sensitive skin. It is definitely up to you, but it is good to know that there is such an option on the market.
Now let’s see what types of guinea pig beddings are on the market.
A type of bedding that was frequently used in the past is wood shavings. It was frequently used, but it isn’t used anymore because technology evolved and it was discovered that some wood shavings (cedar, for example) contain some oils that can get your guinea pig sick.
Wood shavings are not a good option in general because they are not very absorbent, so you will need to wash the cage more often. They don’t offer any odor control over the cage. We presume that for guinea pigs it is not pleasant at all to sleep in a wet smelly cage.
Another very common bedding is paper bedding. A lot of companies produce it, but it differs very much when it comes to different brands. Some may be more absorbent than the others, some may be more comfortable, but still, in general, paper bedding seems to be a little harsh, and it doesn’t seem to do a good job at absorbing urine.
When it comes to paper bedding, it is all about the brand. Be careful though, most of the brands put the paper bedding in small packages, so you think you need to buy a lot more packages. It is actually enough because it expands after you take it out of the package.
Finally, if you find a good brand of paper bedding, it will be more expensive than wood shavings but it will be more useful, and it cannot possibly affect your guinea pig’s health.
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The newest and the best type of bedding so far is the fleece. It is definitely a lot cheaper and also eco-friendly. Fleece as a bedding is magical because it allows spot cleaning so you can go longer without cleaning the whole cage.
You need to put a towel under the fleece. The urine will pass right through the fleece and it will be absorbed by the towel. You can wash that towel periodically and the fleece will be dry to the touch.
Don’t make the mistake of using newspaper as bedding. Besides the fact that the cage will be a total mess, guinea pigs will certainly eat the newspaper.
We definitely recommend fleece as bedding for guinea pigs. It seems to be the most efficient bedding out of all of them. Fleece can be washed and reused so it is good for the environment. It requires one or two layers of towels. This is not a problem: towels are also reusable and it keeps the cage much cleaner because of the many layers of bedding.
The fleece is also very comfortable and because it allows spot cleaning, you can even put little fluffy pillows in your guinea pigs cage without worrying about them. This is a simple thing but it’s exciting for them to have a special place in their cage where they can really relax.
Do not buy something you have no idea what it is and always be careful about what you want to do for your guinea pig. They react to every single change, or should we say bad changes, and sometimes it might be something serious like a bad type of bedding that can bring allergies and respiratory problems.
Always be careful when buying something for guinea pigs and espicially take special care with their diet. Best of luck!
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