Guinea pigs are hastily little creatures who eats and eats, unlike rabbits who use litter boxes guinea pigs do not. And as they are not meant to be trained like that they urinate and sleep in the same place. This is called guinea pig bedding.
What is Guinea Pig Bedding?
This is the bedding used to make sure that guinea pigs are comfortable, and cozy so that they can enjoy their time in the cage, as that is what most small animals do. Bedding can be created using various types of things, mainly it is paper bedding, fleece beddings, and aspen bedding. Under these types of bedding the following products are mentioned below;
Paper bedding is one of the most famous go to choices for guinea pig owners. It helps with the stink and is extremely soft, soft so it will provide your guinea pig with a comfortable living situation. However some paper beddings may not be absorbent, which will not only make it uncomfortable for the guinea pig, but it will also cause fowl odours. Furthermore, sometimes it can get dusty really easily, which is not good for the respiratory system. And sometimes guinea pigs may eat the paper which is dangerous, so it can cause health issues.
These are wood shavings which have less dust and is scent free, so it will not disrupt your pets. However this type of bedding does not fight of odours, so it will be necessary to change the bedding more often than others.
Unscented paper pellets
This is reclaimed pulp turned into safe, non toxic pellets, it is 100% eco-friendly and the best thing about is that it is three times more absorbent than any other bedding. But the super absorbency can make it heavy and uncomfortable for the animal. Also this is more on the expensive side.
Natural paper bedding
Comfort is the one of the things that is essential to all animals, not just guinea pigs, and this bedding provides them of that, it is soft and comfortable, and expandable, plus it provides great odour control. But as this is paper it can have a tendency to allow more dust to be drawn in, and if not cleaned properly then it will result in mushy bedding, which no animal prefers.
White, unbleached paper bedding
If you want 100% biodegradable bedding, then this is the way to go, it also has great odour control, and it is 99% dust free, which is amazing especially for it being a paper bedding. However the strong paper scent can be too powerful, and make the guinea pigs uncomfortable.
Crumble paper bedding
Wanting to save money, and take a more affordable yet comfortable route, then this type of bedding is the way to go. It is made from recycled paper, so no chemicals were used in the process. This bedding is know to absorb three times its weight in liquid, so it great when it comes to cleaning. However as it tends to get heavier, the more fowl it will become, and will need constant changing.
Soft paper granules
This is a bedding made from wood fibers, and converted into a soft highly absorbent bedding. The granules is actually what makes it softer, the smaller the granule the softer it is. With its high absorbency rates it would also mean that it needs to be cleaned out before it gets too heavy.
Confetti paper bedding
It’s called confetti bedding because of the various colours of the crumbled paper, it gives it a more fun look to your cage, and as well as that it is natural and easy to clean up. But you could be disappointed with the colours as it may not be as colourful as it seems, so if you bought it because of the colour then be prepared to expect the worse.
Hemp is an organic bedding, which grown without the use of pesticides, it is not only absorbent, but it also smells great. However they are soft, but not as soft and cozy like paper granules. And as it is organic, it will be high end, so it make drive your costs up a bit.
Fleece cage liner
These are the softest, and least inexpensive type of bedding, it will save you hundreds, and I repeat hundreds. It is eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, and dust free. Which is exactly what you need for your fuzzy little friend. But as it is fleece it means you’ve got to wash it, it constant laundry, which can eventually deteriorate the quality of the materials.
When should I be changing the bedding?
Now many of people will say a week, or 4-5 days, well that can be true, but it is not specifically stated on when you should be changing it. Because there are various factors that need to be taken into consideration like they type of bedding, the nature of the animal, what they eat and what they do. It truly depends on your animal and the bedding, because some beddings could be extra absorbent, so it won’t need to be changed more often. Or if your guinea pig has less discharge than others it would also mean the guinea pig bedding would have to be changed less often.
But it is important to know that the bedding should not be kept in for more than a week, even if it is superabsorbent, as it is not healthy for your pet. And it is more difficult to manage when it is heavier.
How much will it cost?
Bedding isn’t as expensive as you think it is, yes there are some high end brands which do cost more, but if you’re on a budget it is also possible to find one which is more acquired to your tastes. Bedding prices can change due to a number of factors like the brand, the quality, the materials, the volume, and more.
On average a 60 liter bedding package would be roughly around $22, and this isn’t that bad, but it can be only used for about three to four changes, and as bedding has to be changed regularly it wont last you a long time.
Overall bedding is a must, so you can’t hold of on it, and make sure that it is being kempt, as the health of your pet is the most important thing.