Small animals, such as guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, lizards and turtles, can be great pets. However, if you have not owned a small animal before, you may wonder what type of small pet bedding is best for your adorable friend.

Small animals are different from dogs and cats. They need a cozy cage with soft bedding that gives them a secure place to sleep and nest. Below, we’ll discuss some of your best options. These beds keep your pet warm and comfortable, absorb waste, and keep cages dry and odour-free.

Wood shavings

Wood shavings are a great inexpensive product for your small animal bedding. Ensure the product you buy is kiln-dried and dust-free, as dust and aromatic oils can cause respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary tract and skin issues in some small animals. Kiln-drying removes harmful oils.

Paper-based bedding

Paper-based small animal bedding is made from recycled paper or cardboard. It is also an affordable option and contains no oils and little dust. However, once it gets wet with water or urine, it will have a strong odour. This type of bedding should be changed daily to prevent mildew.


Another inexpensive option is corncob bedding. As with paper-based bedding, however, it can become mouldy quickly if not changed daily. Corncob bedding should not be used for some small animals, like guinea pigs and rabbits, because ingestion of dried corncobs can cause medical problems.

Choosing the best small pet bedding

Every small animal has different needs. It is a good idea to try the various options and see which one works best for your pet. If you notice that they develop any hair loss, sneezing or other health issues, you should switch bedding. You may also want to talk to your veterinarian about the best choice for your pet.

Where can you buy wood shavings for bedding?

At Klassen Wood Co., we provide Highwater Hardwood and Plush Pine shavings through our brand Beachy Pet Products. Both bedding options are sustainable, dust-free and kiln-dried, ensuring your small animal is safe, healthy and comfortable.

Plush Pine is ideal for hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils and rabbits.

Highwater Hardwood, a maple and alder blend, is the best choice for exotic small animals like snakes, lizards and turtles. It is also a good alternative for people that are sensitive to the smell of pine.

Contact us today to discuss your options or place an order. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you make the best decision for your pet.