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Not Recommended Hedgehog Bedding

Hedgehog bedding can be very hard to pick as a new hedgehog owner. To your pet, it is a daily part of their lives. Changing it can cause a big difference. Some hedgehog beddings are unsafe to use and should be avoided if possible. Others have medium concerns or small concerns. Here is the explanation of not recommended hedgehog bedding

If you want to skip this list check out our pros and cons of recommended bedding. It will tell you what’s best to use right away. Or if you want more information in general look at our bedding guide.

Potentially Unsafe/Not Recommended

Cedar Shavings

  • NEVER use cedar shavings! There are numerous studies showing how bad cedar is. 
  • Varied sizes, shapes, and textures can be unhealthy and uncomfortable
  • Requires frequent cleaning
  • Could contain aromas
  • Are dusty
  • Risk of splinters and scratches
  • Contains the toxin, Plicatic Acid
  • Could also contain other aromatic hydrocarbon and phenol compounds
  • It could create respiratory illnesses, liver problems, and some types of cancer.
  • Uncomfortable for the pet to live and lay on

Pine Shavings 

  • Cheapest for bad reasons
  • They are least recommended by veterinarians. 
  • Varied sizes, shapes, and textures can be unhealthy and uncomfortable
  • Requires frequent cleaning
  • Could contain aromas
  • Are dusty
  • Risk of splinters and scratches
  • Have high levels of Abietic Acid and other harmful things
  • It could create respiratory illnesses, liver problems, and other ailments
  • Uncomfortable for the pet to live and lay on
  • Kiln-dried is acceptable but still can be bad for pets

 Sawdust

  • Too small particles 
  • Is dusty
  • Gets stuck to pet and pets genital area, causing irritation
  • Gets stuck in nose and eyes, causing irritation
  • Could cause respiratory illnesses and other serious health problems.
  • messy

Hay/Grass/Straw

  • Gets cold and stays cold
  • Could splinter 
  • Could contain dust
  • Gets moldy
  • Could contain scents
  • Hard for the pet to walk, and lay on
  • Requires frequent cleaning

Garden Soil/Leaves

  • Could contain mites, bacteria, and parasites
  • Is messy 
  • Hard to clean up
  • Could contain harmful chemicals and sharp objects
  • Hides poop color (poop color helps inform pet’s health)

Gravel

  • Wears down on sensitive feet pads 
  • Could give scratches and wounds
  • Causes pain and discomfort
  • Could contain bacterial or chemicals
  • Uncomfortable for the pet to live and lay on
  • Gets cold
  • Not absorbent enough

Puppy Pads

  • They will eat the puppy pads
  • Tear them
  • Borrow into them
  • Is messy and hard to clean up after the destruction
  • Certain brands stick to claws
  • Claws get stuck during tearing and could cause pet extreme harm
  • Could cause intestinal damage and other issues

Paper Beddings

  • Could expand in the stomach
  • Sometimes not heat treated
  • Could be toxic
  • Sticks to pet
  • Colors can hide poop color
  • Requires frequent cleaning
  • Easily blown out of the cage
  • Could cause internal injury upon consumption
  • Holds smell

Aspen Shavings

  • Can be dusty
  • Can have similar cons to pine, in certain brands

Corncob Bedding

  • Can stick to genitals 
  • Uncomfortable for pet
  • Causes health issues
  • Mold risks
  • Hard to walk, live, and lay on
  • Injury possible if a foot gets stuck
  • Bad absorption
  • Cold 

Astroturf

  • Rough on feet and body
  • Uncomfortable for pet
  • Cold 
  • Bad absorption
  • Hard to walk, live, and lay on
  • Mold risks

I hope you enjoyed this article and found some valuable information on your hunt for bedding for your pet. 

Let us know in the comments what kind of bedding you use! We mostly use fleece liners with special absorbency inside.

unsafe hedgehog bedding

4 Comments

  1. I like this! Great to find, but I am not sure where to start. Which of your articles can you suggest I read next?

  2. thank you x art

  3. thank you you too

  4. *WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more wait .. 😉 ?

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