Pros and cons of recommended hedgehog bedding
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Pros and Cons of Commonly Recommended Bedding

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

Aspen

Pros: 

Safe material

Inexpensive

Availability

Cons:

Not very absorbent

Not very effective for odor control

Rough uncomfortable texture

Splitter injury risk

Pelleted wood

Pros:

Absorbent

Odor elimination

Easy Spot cleaning 

Doesn’t stick to hog

Cons:

Taste-testing can cause intestine problems in some cases

Becomes dusty after a while, if not properly cleaned

Potential toxins in the wood

Pelleted paper

Pros:

Green

Little odor

Cons:

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)

Pelleted straw/grasses

Pros:

Most brands are safely ingested

Absorbent 

Dust-Free

Heat-treated for pests

Biodegradable

Cons:

Messy 

Hard to find

Fluffy paper

Pros:

Absorbent

Lack of dust

Color variations

Cons:

The paper could expand if ingested

Sticks to hedgehog

Lightweight and gets kicked out of the cage

Frequent cleanings

Fabric

Pros:

Color variations

Good for Sensitivity (human and hog)

Less likely to contain dangerous materials

No splinters, dust, or cleanup out of cage

Easy cleanup

Spot cleaning

Reusable

Cons:

Some fabrics contain loose threads

Small/holey fabric can catch on claws

Accessories can slide around on slick fabric

No borrowing

Our pick?

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! 

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