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Best Bedding for Guinea Pigs with Great Odor Control and Comfort

Best Bedding for Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs, like other small animals, need soft and absorbent bedding for their hutches or cages.

Ideally, they need a bedding that will keep their cage dry and free from odors (from their urine) in between cleaning.

You should always aim to clean out your guinea pig’s cage at least once a week at the very least. A good tip which will keep your guinea pigs (or any small caged pet) happy and healthy is to remove any heavily soiled bedding daily in between full cleaning and changing.

By doing this regularly your guinea pigs will be far happier and healthier in their cages.

Types of guinea pig bedding

For a long time, owners of guinea pigs used to use wood chips or shavings as a bedding material, however, now most owners also use a paper-based bedding, and in some cases fleece. These are the most common bedding types for guinea pigs.

Like with anything, they all have positives and negatives for use as a bedding material.

Let’s take a look at some of them

Wood shavings as bedding for guinea pigs

Wood Shavings as Guinea Pig Bedding

For years, many owners of small animals and pets, like guinea pigs, would use wood shavings as a bedding material.

However, now time has moved on, and people have become more conscientious of the health and well-being of their pets. They know that certain types of wood chips (cedar as a prime example) contain oils that can make guinea pigs and other small animals and pets sick and unwell.

For me personally, I would not use wood chips or shavings as a bedding material for guinea pigs. Aside from some of the potential dangers that they can cause to your guinea pig’s health, they are not very absorbent or offer any real odor control. So I can imagine that if you did use them, you would have to constantly be changing them, and not an ideal situation for the happiness of your pets (as they would have to sleep in the smell of their own urine, not very nice I am sure you would agree).

Paper bedding for guinea pigs

A lot of companies who make bedding for guinea pigs do so out of paper.

The trouble I have found with some of these particular brands, even though they are essentially made out of the same material, is that they differ and vary so much in quality.

Some I have tried before seem really rough (and not very comfortable for the guinea pigs to sleep on) and some are worse at absorbing urine, and the fact that they are not very absorbent means that they end up smelling of urine really easily, definitely not good for your pets!

Another thing that varies differently between the good and the bad paper bedding is the amount of dust. The bad guinea pig bedding is really dusty, which again is firstly not good for the health of your guinea pigs (as it could cause allergies or respiratory problems) but not only that, it makes the cleaning of the cage an absolute nightmare.

That being said, I do use mainly paper bedding for guinea pigs and we will look at some of the best paper bedding for guinea pigs shortly.

Another thing that is worth keeping in mind if you are going to use paper for your bedding material is that a lot of brands use different colors, some are white and some just have a natural color to them.

Although, in some cases, the paper bedding that you can buy for your guinea pigs may look small in its packaging, the manufacturers normally pack it in really tightly, so you do get more than you think you do, as it expands when you pull it out and into your guinea pig’s cage.

Yes, paper bedding is more expensive than wood chips, but for me, it is the far better option. By choosing a good brand it is usually far less messy, which in turn makes your pet’s cage far easier to clean, and much better for the health and happiness of your guinea pigs as well, as it is much more absorbent and controls odor far better.

Also in my opinion (and the guinea pigs’) it is a lot more comfortable and unlike wood chips or shavings there are no potential health hazards.

Fleece as a bedding for your guinea pigs

Fleece as Guinea Pigs Bedding

Using fleece for bedding is still pretty new, however some guinea pig owners say it is a great bedding material.

Usually, fleece is used for homemade cages, and it is a lovely and soft material, to make sure your pets will have a comfy nights sleep.

Also if the fleece is pre-treated correctly, and has a proper under layer, it is very absorbent.

Fleece bedding generally works out cheaper in the long term, as it is reusable, which also makes it pretty good for the environment too!

The best bedding for guinea pigs

Okay, so let’s now take a look at some of the best bedding for guinea pigs you can purchase.

1. Carefresh Complete Natural Paper Bedding Blue

Carefresh Complete Pet Bedding Blue

Carefresh Complete Natural Paper Bedding Blue – check current price on Amazon

This bedding is made from natural paper and is 100% biodegradable, so not only is it a great comfortable bedding for your pets, it is great for the environment too.

A great choice of bedding for your guinea pigs at a great price, It also really expands when you take it out the packaging, a highly recommended buy.

What I like about it:

  • great odor control
  • super absorbent
  • almost completely dust free
  • easy to clean up
  • really expands
  • eco-friendly
  • soft and comfortable
  • safe for your guinea pig’s

2. Carefresh Complete Pet Bedding

Carefresh Complete Natural Paper Bedding

Carefresh Complete Natural Paper Bedding – check current price on Amazon

Another great bedding material from Carefresh for your guinea pigs (it is also great bedding for rabbits) made from reclaimed pulp which is processed to remove any potentially harmful, toxic nasties.

It is also a great price, and because of its high odor control, it definitely lasts a long time. Definitely a great purchase.

What I like about it:

  • great odor control
  • super absorbent
  • almost completely dust free
  • easy to clean up
  • a healthier choice for your guinea pigs
  • really expandable
  • eco-friendly

3. Kaytee Clean & Cozy Lavender Bedding

Kaytee Clean & Cozy Lavender Bedding

Kaytee Clean & Cozy Lavender Bedding – check current price on Amazon

This paper based bedding is a great choice for your guinea pigs. It is really soft and cozy and will be perfect for your pets to burrow into for a great nights sleep.

Not only that but it is naturally scented with lavender, which can help keep them calm and their cage smelling amazing.

Your guinea pigs will definitely get an amazing night sleep if you decide to use this for their bedding. It is also pretty affordable as well, which is a bonus.

I can not recommend this bedding highly enough, it really is a great buy for your guinea pigs.

What I like about it:

  • great odor control
  • almost completely dust free
  • safe for your guinea pigs
  • super absorbent
  • no chemicals
  • no by-products
  • eco-friendly manufacture
  • colorfast
  • super expandable

4. Carefresh Complete Confetti Pet Bedding

Carefresh Complete Confetti Pet Bedding

Carefresh Complete Confetti Bedding – check current price on Amazon

Another great quality paper bedding product for your guinea pigs from the Carefresh range.

The Complete Confetti is 100% biodegradable and makes a fantastic and cozy bed for your guinea pigs.

This is one of the cheapest bedding materials on this list, but that is not to say it is bad. In fact, this “confetti” style of bedding is amazing and super comfortable for your guinea pigs to sleep in. Well worth a look!

What I like about it:

  • natural
  • biodegradable
  • compostable
  • great price
  • absorbent
  • great odor control
  • easy cleanup
  • dust free

5. Kaytee Soft Granule Blend Bedding

Kaytee Soft Granule Blend Bedding

Kaytee Soft Granule Blend Bedding – check current price on Amazon

Another fantastic bedding material from the guys at Kaytee, this one is slightly different in that it is in granules, which actually provide a really soft and comfortable bedding for your pets.

This particular bedding is actually a really good price so it is definitely worth taking a look at if you are on a slightly tighter budget, but so not want a drop in quality.

What I like about it:

  • great odor control
  • really absorbent
  • compostable
  • 99% dust free
  • healthy for your guinea pig’s and other small animals
  • colorfast

6. Small Pet Select Jumbo Natural Paper Bedding

Small Pet Select Jumbo Natural Paper Bedding

Small Pet Select Jumbo Natural Paper Bedding – check current price on Amazon

A great paper based bedding material for your guinea pigs (which can also be used for any other small caged animal). The bedding is really comfortable and although it is a little pricey, you do get a lot of bedding for your money, as it is really compressed in its packaging.

  • 100% safe for your guinea pigs
  • soft and comfortable
  • really expandable
  • great odor control
  • pure unbleached paper
  • eco-friendly

So there we have it, some of the best bedding for guinea pigs that will keep your guinea pigs cozy, comfy and warm and definitely happy and healthy!

Remember to always change the bedding often to make sure that your guinea pigs are comfortable and maintain optimum health.

What are you using for your guinea pigs’ bedding?

Let us know in the comments.

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