Your guinea pigs tank a lot of time in their cage, so they require the bedding materials that good at absorbent, soft and warm. Furthermore, their bedding also needs to keep odor and do not contain any hazard risk of them.
The cotton bedding could contain towels, cloths and dome fleece and it is absolutely the most comfortable material of bedding for your pet. This bedding also did very well of absorbs liquid and you can recycle it by washing. This saves money than using the bedding that you must replace after once time using.
But there are also some drawbacks that it will take your time of laundry and you will need to use the detergents that friendly with your pet.
You should not use hay bedding alone. Instead, mix hay with the other types of bedding because hay also is one of the guinea pigs diets. But hay also makes a good option since it is cheap and natural. But it is very rough, not good at absorbent and not very effective at reducing odor.
Paper bedding is a comfortable choice and also totally safe for guinea pigs. Paper makes the most common types of bedding because it absorbs odor well. It comes with some forms such as granule paper pellets, natural paper shaving, confetti, etc.
However, paper is quite dusty and might cause respiratory problems for your guinea. It is damp quickly so you will need to replace the bedding more frequently than other types of bedding.
#4 Wood shavings
If you are limit in budget and want to save money, wood shaving is the best guinea pig bedding for odor at a low cost. However, there are some disadvantages to this bedding that you should consider.
Some types of wood have a strong odor that you may fell uncomfortable. Pine shaving contains volatile oils that can lead to bad effects on your pet’s health such as allergic. Aspen shaving has just a litter amount of oil but it is more expensive than pine shaving. Wood pellet makes your guinea pigs uncomfortable when they walk on.