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Selecting the Best Bedding for Guinea Pigs for Ultimate Comfort and Odor Control

Guinea pigs make a great first pet. Not only do they have fun personalities and make the cutest noises – they often purr when they are happy, but they are also very easy to care for. Make sure you have space in your home and your heart for two guinea pigs, as they are very social creatures; and it is recommended that you adopt a pair of same-gendered Guinea pigs. When setting up their home, make sure you have a lot of space for them, as they spend a lot of time nesting in comfy bedding. Line the bottom of their habit with a good quality, soft and absorbent bedding that keeps them warm and safe but keeps odors under control. It should be easy to clean up and biodegradable for easy disposal. There are several types of bedding available for Guinea Pigs to nest in, including paper-based, fleece, wood, and hay. The best bedding for your Guinea Pig is either a paper or fleece based bedding. Keep reading to discover what bedding gives the best guinea pig care.     Paper-based small animal bedding Many guinea pig owners choose natural paper bedding, like carefresh natural paper bedding. This is because it is the softest, most absorbent bedding PLUS it offers the best odor control. It also has very little dust which keeps your pet healthy and cleaning easier. It’s made from sustainable sources and biodegradable and compostable. So not only is it better for you and your guinea pig, but it's also better for the planet! Guinea Pig Fleece Bedding Fleece has gained in popularity in recent years as a bedding for guinea pigs. It’s very soft and reusable, making it good for the environment and cost effective. However, odor control is not very good and they do take more time with washing and drying. So overall, we recommend sticking with a paper-based bedding as your bedding of choice.
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How to choose the best small animal bedding for your hamster

Providing the best care possible for your hamster includes selecting the safest, most comfortable bedding and nesting material for their home. It should allow them to burrow and hide, just like in their natural environment, but also needs to be absorbent, control odor and be easy to clean-up.  There are several options for bedding available including paper, wood, hay, grasses, grains, but not all perform the same. Important features in hamster bedding include: Soft & comfortable Controls odors Highly absorbent Dust free Safe with no harmful chemicals Good for burrowing Easy clean up Made from sustainable materials Biodegradable We recommend: carefresh® natural paper small pet bedding offers pillowy softness, incredible absorbency and 10 day odor control – hamsters love to burrow in it! CritterCare® natural paper pet bedding that is soft and stays dry and fresh smelling for several days  We do not recommend: Cedar wood shavings and other shavings that are not kiln dried – wood containing volatile oils may easily irritate a hamsters’ respiratory system Fluffy bedding made from artificial fibers like cotton or polyester stuffing – may cause choking if eaten Corn cob – hamsters may eat and it can mold easily Newspaper – inks may be toxic Scented bedding – may lead to respiratory problems for your hamster Straw – may have sharp ends  It is best to check the label carefully of any small animal bedding. If you have questions or concerns, you can always contact the manufacturer directly or consult your local vet. When setting up your small pet’s home place 1-3” of paper bedding in your pet’s home or more if preferred, the more the better, as small pets often enjoy burrowing. However, the actual amount needed will depend on size of your small pet’s habitat, pet size and quantity. To keep your hamster happy and healthy, spot clean daily and completely change the bedding once a week.
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