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Can Guinea Pigs Eat Tissue Paper?

If you are tempted to find something for your piggies to chew on, or want to give them some more bedding you may be tempted to lay down some tissue paper.

Tissue paper or simply tissue is a lightweight paper or, light crêpe paper.

Tissue can be made from recycled paper pulp.

Key properties are absorbency, basis weight, thickness, bulk (specific volume), brightness, stretch, appearance, and comfort.

Tissue paper is produced on a paper machine that has a single large steam heated drying cylinder fitted with a hot air hood.

The raw material is paper pulp.

The Yankee cylinder is sprayed with adhesives to make the paper stick.

Can guinea pigs eat tissue paper?

This is fine for them to use.

Most tissue paper these days is free of any kind of materials which they may be sensitive to.

If they do chew it, they won’t do for too long once they realize it isn’t to their taste.

If they happen to swallow some, they will find a way of digesting it.

Its the same as laying down a newspaper for them.

So it is fine for them to chew on, just make sure it isn’t fragranced and us just plain tissue paper.

For more things that guinea pigs can and can’t eat check out our guinea pig food list

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How Often Should I Change My Guinea Pigs Bedding?

Changing your guinea pigs bedding is something that can get a real pain but it is a necessary thing if you want to keep your guinea pigs cage in a good state.

Most of my experience with guinea pigs has unfortunately come through trial and error so I’ve had times when I’ve let it go a week or so without changing their bedding, but I’ve learnt that the more often I change it, the more my guinea pigs appreciate it.

Most guinea pigs recommend daily spot cleaning which means scooping out the poop and any urine stained newspaper.

This is pretty good advice.

Have you ever laid newspaper down for your guinea pigs to walk on and left it to see how long it stays in its same condition.

After 24 hours it is guaranteed to be stained and sodden with urine. So with that, I try and change any newspaper daily.

It is also worth checking the hay to make sure it is in a good state. If you think it needs changing, then change it. Guinea pigs love fresh hay that is dry, and I lay down meadow hay for mine.

When they see fresh hay, especially laid out in large bundles they go nuts!

Meadow Hay is great for this as it is not expensive at all like Timothy Hay and can be purchased easily from any good pet store.

Make sure it looks green and is not too dried out though.

So how often should I change my guinea pigs bedding?

So I have found that the ideal time period to change a guinea pigs bedding is on a daily basis for newspaper, and then hay every 2-3 days.

By doing this you will ensure that your guinea pigs live in a good state that they are happy in. I can tell that my guinea pigs aren’t happy when I leave their cage unclean for couple of days, believe it or not. Especially when I’m on holiday and they’re just being fed.

You will also ensure that the cage stays fresh and free of urine smells which can become very smelly if you don’t keep on top of it.

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Comparing Guinea Pig Bedding Options

Using the right bedding for your guinea pig is something that is vital for their comfort.

They will love and appreciate it if you go that extra mile to prepare good bedding for them and maintain it so that they can sit and sleep in comfort.

So here is a guide to that looks at the different types of bedding that is out there.

 

1.   For any bedding that is laid down, this is the first layer that needs to be put down.

 

Newspaper

Use newspaper as the base material for your bedding. It is absorbent and also helps keep in the warmth and makes cleaning the cage a whole lot easier.

 

2.  Then there is a whole range of different types of bedding that you can use.

 

Wood shavings

Wood shavings are fine to use as bedding but must be cleaned up regularly. It is cheap to purchase but do watch what you buy.

Avoid any that has dust, as it gets in their eyes and can be very irritable for them.

Also don’t use cedar pine or wood shavings as it contains aromatic oils that piggies will find toxic.

Wood shavings than be purchased from any good pet store on

Aspen bedding

Aspen Bedding is manufactured from natural aspen shavings specifically made to eliminiate the dust and wood debris.

It comes from hardwood so eliminating aromatic oils that are found in other types of wood bedding.

Hay

guinea pig bedding optionsOne of the most popular forms of bedding because you can dispose of it easily .

My guinea pigs love to move it to one side especially in their pig loos so this will stop this from happening. It also makes for a really nice comfortable bed for them to sleep on.

However it does need cleaning out regularly at least a weekly basis.

For bedding, alfalfa hay is the best to use.

For eating, timothy hay is guinea pigs favourite.

Carefresh

Carefresh is a bedding that is specifically designed to get rid of any pet odour. It is very long-lasting and is absorbent with the ability to absorb up to 3 times its weight in liquid. It is also dust free and hypo-alergenic.

All that is needed is to add 1-3 inches at the bottom of a cage.

 Fleece

Some owners put fleece down for their piggies to bed on.

Fleece is a very popular bedding material as it is very warming for guinea pigs.

However, it does need maintaining on an almost daily basis as they are likely to pee and poop on it.

Therefore it is not a bedding that can be be left alone and needs to be washed often in a particular way.

This article on fleece is very informative on the subject of keeping it as clean as possible

‘Fleece should be washed with unscented laundry detergent. Using vinegar in the rinse cycle helps as well. Regular detergent may leave residue on the material and prevent the wicking action which is needed for a successful fleece bedding solution. It’s important to wash your fleece and absorbent liners in hot water in order to help kill bacteria and encourage wicking.’

So if you have the time and patience to maintain it, then fleece is a great bedding for your piggies and one that will find very comfortable.

Vetbed

Vedbed is a type of fleece that draws urine to the bottom layer so that guinea pigs can keep dry.

Just keep newspaper underneath which you can then change and clean out the poo. Your vetbed can then be washed as you see fit.

But make sure that you don’t use detergent or softener as it will ruin it. You can purchase it from any good online pet store.

Towels

Towels are a cheap way of providing bedding for guinea pigs. They are absorbent for guinea pigs but they still need to be changed almost daily to ensure that your guinea pigs are completely comfortable. You need not even buy expensive towels, very cheap ones will suffice. Make sure that the Towels are soft, and do not use any fabric softener when you wash them as it will reduce the absorbency of the material.

 
There are all kinds of bedding that can be used to put down for your guinea pigs. They do vary in price and in quality kits worth trying all the different guinea pig bedding options listed above to see what works for you. You may prefer one particular type to another.

If you can afford it, then do consider investing in good bedding, but guinea pigs will be more than happy with any of the options above, as long as it is maintained regularly.