Best Bedding for Your Skinny Pigs
Are you on the hunt for the perfect bedding for your beloved skinny pigs? We’ve got you covered!
In this guide, we'll delve into the world of guinea pig bedding, covering various types and their suitability, because not all bedding options are created equal.
Providing a clean and comfortable living environment is essential for your skinny pigs' well-being - Happy pigs mean fewer vet bills for you, so it’s important to take the time to get this right. Bedding is not just for comfort it’s purpose is primarily to absorb the germs in their feces and urine. This means fewer bacteria in their cage which means fewer health issues and a longer, happy life.
When choosing bedding, you will ideally want something comfortable, breathable, and easy to clean, with some measure of longevity.
Cedar Bedding and Pine Bedding (Softwood Shaving):
Avoid cedar and pine bedding at all costs. Though they offer a natural forest aroma that masks the urine smell, they also release toxins harmful to your skinny pigs' respiratory and liver systems. Inhalation of these toxins can lead to respiratory infections and liver failure.
Newspaper, Straw, Corn Cob, Pellet, and Hay:
Newspaper bedding may contain harmful ink that disperses when wet, posing risks to your skinny pigs. Corn cob and straw are prone to mold and can be ingested, leading to intestinal issues. These options are also less absorbent, increasing the risk of bacterial growth and conditions like Bumblefoot.
Aspen Shaving (Hardwood Shaving) / Kiln-Dried Pine:
Aspen bedding lacks harmful oils found in softwood shavings. Still, it's less absorbent, which is crucial for managing urine and feces moisture. Kiln-dried pine, while having a milder scent, retains some oil and may still be harmful if the area your skinny pig’s cage is in lacks proper ventilation.
It's odor-free, more absorbent than wood shavings, and gentle on your skinny pigs' sensitive feet. However, not all paper bedding products are created equal. Quality varies between brands, however, so be sure to choose wisely to avoid dust issues that can affect your pets' respiratory health.
Generic Fleece Liner:
Guinea pig fleece liners are almost perfect, offering zero dust and a soft texture for your pet's comfort. However, moisture control is comparable to good quality paper bedding. Bacteria control is slightly better but only if you are meticulous in daily spot cleaning. Keep in mind that regular washing and maintenance are essential to ensure these liners work effectively.
The GuineaDad Liner:
The GuineaDad Liner stands out as an innovative choice. It uses AirCell technology to enhance drying and antibacterial properties. This liner maintains a clean environment, reducing the risk of infections that often shorten skinny pigs' lives, and even has a little pocket for your skinny pigs to snuggle into. What makes this product stand out from the rest is the layer of bamboo fiber which has natural bacteria-fighting properties.
So make sure to choose a quality liner for your piggies and do your research before making your final choice. As responsible skinny pig parents, if you always prioritize cleanliness and comfort, your skinny pigs will thrive in their safe and cozy environment.
Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!
April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., M.P.H