Bedding is a tough subject. If you choose the wrong type, it could seriously injure your hedgehog. If you choose one type, there could be a cheaper or better option. But is there a best type? Here is a list of the pros and cons of commonly recommended hedgehog bedding to help you decide.
Included in this article are the most commonly recommended bedding. There are a few bedding options not included for a reason. Find out why in our bedding guide.
Not very absorbent
Not very effective for odor control
Rough uncomfortable texture
Splitter injury risk
Easy Spot cleaning
Doesn’t stick to hog
Taste-testing can cause intestine problems in some cases
Becomes dusty after a while, if not properly cleaned
Potential toxins in the wood
Serious health problems if ingested
Dark color gives an unclean look
The dark color can also hide poop colors (that inform on hedgehog’s health)
Most brands are safely ingested
Heat-treated for pests
Hard to find
Lack of dust
The paper could expand if ingested
Sticks to hedgehog
Lightweight and gets kicked out of the cage
Good for Sensitivity (human and hog)
Less likely to contain dangerous materials
No splinters, dust, or cleanup out of cage
Some fabrics contain loose threads
Small/holey fabric can catch on claws
Accessories can slide around on slick fabric
We use fabric bedding for our hogs. Specifically, we use fleece liners and some pieces of thick fleece strips around the sleeping area. It is inexpensive, easy to clean up (washable), and safe for hedgehogs. As long as there are no holes and it has something absorbent inside, it should be a good match. Although, good things have been said about Vellux blankets.
If you didn’t see your type of bedding on this list then you might want to check out our other article on not recommended bedding. It contains what bedding to NOT use and why.
Tell us in the comments about what bedding you use!