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Bedding for Small Mammals: All You Need to Know

With special thanks to Bill Gordon and Josh Price

Hello, valued Small Pet Select customers, and welcome to our latest product-focused blog. As we add more bedding products to our online shop, we wanted to re-introduce you to our legacy products and highlight some of our newer offerings. Additionally, our CEO, Bill Gordon, and our Product Manager, Josh Price, recently visited the plant that makes our entire bedding line. Therefore, we wanted to share highlights of that trip with you.

Bedding Plant Trip Overview

Bill and Josh hopped over to the American Wood Fibers (AWF) plant in Lebanon, KY, 50 miles southeast of our Louisville (East Coast) warehouse. “All of our paper bedding products are made at this plant, which allows us to have a steady supply of inventory,” said Josh. He also mentioned that AWF is a reasonably large company with 450 employees at 10 facilities across the US. As a result, all their paper products are US-sourced. 

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Sourcing the best farm-fresh essentials and being kind to our planet are equally crucial to our company. So here's why we chose AWF to make our bedding.

  • AWF uses 100% virgin paper
  • AWF uses the leftover paper and scrap paper from different American companies, keeping the scrap and unused paper out of landfills and allowing for great use in the pet industry. 
  • AWF participates in SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative). In plain English, AWF is committed to sustainable forestry practices in the US. Moreover, when you see the SFI-certified label on their products, it means AWF validated their raw material supply to ensure sound environmental choices. You'll see the SFI-certified title on our bedding, too!
  • AWF makes eco-friendly and sustainably-produced products with ZERO chemical additives.

Small Mammal Bedding Breakdown

Ok, ok, you’re probably thinking. But, which small mammal bedding product is suitable for my precious pet? Like our Rabbit Hay Basics chart, we’ll give you all the deets below. First, however, don't forget about our Picky Pet Promise. If your furry friend doesn't give the bedding you ordered four paws up, contact our helpful Customer Service. Then, donate the leftover bedding to your local rescue or pet pantry to help others.

While all our bedding products control odor for up to 14 days, we recommend removing damp spots or soiled areas between changes. Additionally, we suggest replacing the paper bedding every one to two days (or fluffing to prevent large wet sites where your animal stands). Damp bedding can cause urine scald.

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Bedding Type

Species

Description

  • Rabbits
  • Guinea pigs
  • Gerbils
  • Hamster
  • Mice
  • Rats
  • 100% Unbleached Virgin Fiber
  • 99% Dust-Free
  • Sludge Free; Never Recycled Print
  • No Additives, Dyes or Irritant
  • 100% compostable

  • Rabbits
  • Guinea pigs
  • Gerbils
  • Hamster
  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Just as soft and absorbent as our brown paper bedding, this makes it easier to spot "used" litter and clean up only messy areas
  • Made with unbleached paper; the "extras" from human food packaging
  • Fluffy, soft, and great for nesting
  • 99% dust-free
  • Absorbs moisture up to 6x its weight and expands to 3x its size to keep your pet clean and dry
  • Eco-friendly and sustainably produced using zero chemical additives
  • This product is not 100% biodegradable. We recommend our brown soft paper bedding if composting in your garden or yard

  • Rabbits
  • Guinea pigs
  • Gerbils
  • Hamster
  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Just as soft and absorbent as our brown paper bedding, this makes it easier to spot "used" litter and clean up only messy areas
  • Made with unbleached paper; the "extras" from human food packaging
  • The 100% real lavender buds provide a calming scent that's safe for both you and your pet
  • Fluffy, soft, and great for nesting
  • 99% dust-free
  • Absorbs moisture up to 6x its weight and expands to 3x its size to keep your pet clean and dry
  • Eco-friendly and sustainably produced using zero chemical additives
  • This product is not 100% biodegradable. We recommend our brown soft paper bedding if composting in your garden or yard

  • Rabbits
  • Guinea pigs
  • Gerbils
  • Hamster
  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Chinchillas
  • 100% All-Natural

  • Wood Shavings from Logs

  • Kiln-Dried, NO PHENOLS

  • No Additives, Dyes or Irritants

  • 100% Recyclable and Compostable.


  • Rabbits
  • Guinea pigs
  • 100% All-Natural

  • Low Dust, Sludge-Free

  • Extra Dense for Increased Absorbency

  • Kiln-Dried, No Additives or Irritants

  • Eco-Friendly: Recyclable and Compostable

  • Not recommended for animals with sore or fragile paws. Instead, try our soft paper bedding


So that's the scoop on our bedding line…but I'll let you in on a bit of secret. We're doing a blog on a new bedding product in two weeks. Stay tuned. In the meantime, please let us know what your babies like and dislike about our bedding. Please comment on our socials or email us. As always, thanks for reading. We appreciate YOU!


DISCLAIMER: The links and information are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Small Pet Select of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual.


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