Do you have a small animal like a mouse, gerbil, guinea pig, hamster, or rabbit for a pet? Small animals make a great pet for people who don’t want the commitment of owning a dog. After all, you don’t have to walk a small pet. However, when it comes to small animal bedding, the needs of a small pets are different than those of a cat or dog.
Small animals need a cozy cage with soft bedding. The bedding provides them with comfy place to nest and sleep. Plus, it gives them warmth and protection, especially when they want to burrow into the bedding. And, it absorbs waste and keeps your pet’s cage dry and odor free in between cleanings.
Here are three common types of small animal bedding:
Wood Shavings Bedding
Some pet owners like to use wood shavings, such as pine, cedar and aspen, for their small animal’s bedding. Wood shavings are inexpensive and readily available at most pet stores. They can be quite absorbent and provide decent odor control. Wood shavings come in different textures such as fine-cut soft shreds, or big, thick chucks. The texture can make a difference in your pet’s comfort since larger shavings may be harder for your pet to walk on.
Wood shavings can be dusty and contain aromatic oils that can cause respiratory and other health issues (gastrointestinal, urinary tract and skin) in some small animals. Also, wood shavings may aggravate any allergies you have, too. And the oils can get on your hands when changing bedding. Aspen and kiln-dried wood shavings tend to be less dusty. And with kiln-dried wood shavings, the oils are removed.
Additionally, your pet may eat the wood shavings, which can cause gastrointestinal blockages. These obstructions require immediate care and may be fatal.
Corncob bedding is an inexpensive small animal bedding option that contains no aromatic oils and dust. When the corncobs are heat-dried, they’re very absorbent. Therefore, they’ll keep your pet’s cage cleaner.
When exposed to water and urine, corncob bedding may become moldy. Therefore, daily cleaning is required. Otherwise, moldy corncob bedding can contain bacteria that may be harmful if eaten. As with wood shavings, some small animals, like guinea pigs or rabbits, may eat the corncob pieces, which can cause a lethal blockage.
Paper-based small animal bedding is made from recycled paper or cardboard boxes. Paper-based bedding contains no oils and little dust. Therefore, it shouldn’t cause any allergic reactions in your pet or you. And, your small pet won’t experience any adverse effects if they eat it.
Paper-based bedding is very absorbent. However, once it gets saturated with water or urine, it can have a strong odor. Therefore, paper-based bedding should be changed daily to avoid mold growth.
Which Small Animal Bedding Type to Choose
Since all three small animal bedding types have their pros and cons, so you may want to talk with your veterinarian about which option they recommend for your small pet. Every small animal has different care needs. You may want to try several bedding options to see which works best for your pet. However, pay special attention to your pet’s health, and switch bedding if you notice any sneezing, hair loss, or other health issues.
Buy Your Small Animal Bedding through Grateful Pet
You don’t have to run out to the store when you need your pet’s small animal bedding, you can use Grateful Pet delivery service. Grateful Pet offers several different types of bedding for your small pet at prices that are comparable to your favorite store. And we’ll deliver it directly to your door – either at home or work – within the Indianapolis metro area for FREE.
Contact us today at 317-670-0847 to learn more about Grateful Pet and to place your order.