There are numerous types of pellets that can be used as absorbent bedding. Pellets can be sprinkled across the entire bottom of the hutch or cage, or used solely in a ‘toilet’ if your rabbit uses one of these. One of the key benefits of using pellets, as opposed to other bedding such as wood shavings, is that they contain a lot less dust. Examples of this type of bedding include the PeeWee Wood Pellets and plant-based pellets.
Straw is one of the most commonly used types of bedding for both indoor and outdoor small pets. It comes in many different types such as barley and wheat straw. Straw is very suitable for retaining warmth, but it is not as absorbent as other bedding materials. Because of this, straw is often used in combination with other bedding. Rabbits and rodents that are sensitive to dust can be given Supasoft Bedding, which is made of chopped barley wheat and contains less dust than regular straw, to avoid respiratory problems.
Bedding made of Fibres
Vetsend offers a range of bedding that are made of fibres. One of the main benefits for fibrous bedding is that they generally contain less dust. An example of bedding made of fibrous materials includes the Carefresh line, which is made from reclaimed cellulose. Reclaimed cellulose bedding is highly absorbent and very soft. Another example includes the Tumblefresh, which is made of virgin wood pulp. If you would rather not use cotton or cellulose fibres, the Chipsi bedding could be a suitable alternative. The absorbent mat of hemp fibres is practically dust-free and will help lower the chances of respiratory irritations and other respiratory problems.
Not only is it important to clean your small pet’s enclosure daily, but it’s also important to change their bedding regularly. How many times you have to do this depends on the size of the enclosure, and how many pet’s live in there. Tip: train your pet to use a certain corner as its toilet. This way, you’ll have an easier time getting rid of the unpleasant odours.
Does your pet live outside? Make sure there is enough bedding, straw or hay. In the winter periods, consider getting your pet a more isolating type of bedding. This way, it’s easier for your pet to stay warm. If it gets really cold, it’s sensible to move your pet to a more sheltered area, like a garage.