The bedding you use depends on what works best for your guinea pigs and your lifestyle.
Fleece bedding (this is what I use!)
Fleece bedding works by allowing liquid to pass through the first fleece layer and being absorbed into the middle layer, leaving a dry surface for your guinea pigs to walk on. It is able to be washed in your washing machine and reused. This makes fleece more affordable in the long run, but it does have a large upfront cost as fleece bedding can be expensive. Although, you can DIY guinea pig fleece bedding.
With fleece bedding, you will need to spot clean poop once a day to manage the smell. It should be changed every 4-5 days. Although with spot cleaning and extra layers on top, it can be used for up to a week before changing. Skinny pigs must live on fleece.
Pros of fleece bedding
Reuseable, Soft for piggy feet, will not irritate guinea pigs’ respiratory systems, easily customize your cage themes/colors,
Cons of fleece bedding
Large upfront cost, daily spot cleaning, washer/dryer access, fur/hay sticks to fleece, potential to smell
Guinea Pig disposable bedding works by absorbing liquid. It can be cleaned once a week.
Safe guinea pig disposable bedding
Kiln-dried pine (air dried pine is not the same)
Dust-free paper crumbles
Paper pellets (double check that there is no baking soda in it.)
Unsafe guinea pig disposable bedding
Pine (air dried pine still contains phenols which causes respiratory and liver issues)
Cedar (contains phenols which causes respiratory and liver issues)
Sawdust (Easy to breathe in. Causes respiratory issues)
Shredded paper/newspaper (Doesn’t absorb enough liquid + ink could be harmful)
Cat litter (lots of dust + baking soda + chemicals = bad for guinea pigs)
Pros of disposable bedding for guinea pigs
Fresh smell, Inexpensive, easy to clean
Cons of disposable bedding for guinea pigs
Buying bags of bedding every month gets expensive over time, incorrect type of bedding can cause respiratory issues, can be kicked out of cage and get stuck in carpet, will stick to any fleece hideys in cage
Learn more about bedding and what works for your lifestyle.
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