There are lots of small mammals that you can keep as pets, and each of them will have different needs when it comes to their bedding. One of the best things you can do for your pet is to provide it with bedding material that mimics its natural habitat. Even though your pet is probably not from the wild, it will have instincts that tell it what bedding should look or feel like. Here are some tips for the most common small mammal pets and the bedding they prefer.
A Word of Caution
Most small mammals can develop respiratory problems if they have bedding made of cedar or pine. Avoid these materials when you are choosing your pet’s bedding. Corn cob bedding is also dangerous for small mammals. Many of them will try to eat it, but they will have difficulty digesting it. This can lead to an early death, so corn cob bedding should be avoided.
These little animals like to have a quiet, dark place to nestle into for sleeping. You should provide some form of shelter, such as a hollowed out log. They also like to make nests, and they can regularly be found hiding food in such nests. Look for bedding that is soft, and natural.
Hamsters like to burrow when they sleep. Your bedding should be made of wood pulp, but not from cedar or pine. Give them enough bedding that it is deep, and they can burrow in far enough that you have a difficult time seeing them.
Wood pulp products are also good choices for rats. In addition to bedding material, rats also enjoy sleeping boxes and hammocks.
Chinchillas’ needs are also like the others. In addition to a wood pulp material, they need a dust bath in the cage. They need a sleeping area that is private, so choose a nesting box where they can hide while they sleep.
By providing your pet with the right bedding, you can help them live a long and healthy life.