View Full Version : Does Wheat-based bedding do well with guinea pigs?

08-10-08, 11:11 am
Swheat Scoop Natural Wheat Litter (http://swheatscoop.com/salframe.html)
Swheat Scoop Cat Litter - Litter - Cat - PetSmart (http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2751594)
:confused:I was looking at this and I wondered if it worked out okay and if it is safe with guinea pigs. It saids when a animal urinates on it, it will clump together and you can easily scoop it out like a cat's litter box and save the rest for later use. Does anyone else use this? It seemed like a really good idea to me, but what do you think?

08-10-08, 02:25 pm
I wouldn't think so - pig could still ingest it. Hopefully someone can answer that question for certain for you, but I wanted to tell you I tried the stuff for my cat and and it is absolutely disgusting. It smells horrible in a matter of hours, it doesn't clump well, and it's overall just a gross experience - just wanted to let you know. I would not recommend it to anybody for any reason whatsoever. :yikes:

08-10-08, 03:38 pm
I'm not totally sure, but I'm with Paula- pigs may try to eat it. I know to stay away from kitty litters and clumping ones, so I'd assume the same goes for this. There are so many safe, cheaper bedding alternatives.

08-10-08, 05:22 pm
I found something else very similar, but shipping is high and our local store is about an hour there and back.

Oxbow Pet Products | Hay Cakes (http://www.oxbowhay.com/link.sp?page=EcoStraw)

08-10-08, 06:20 pm
It isn't really similar - perhaps the composition is close, but the Oxbow product is pellets, which would be harder for a pig to eat than something that's meant for cats.

However, the Oxbow stuff is probably hard on their sensitive little feet.

Why not try something like CareFresh?

08-11-08, 12:35 am
I have used wood pellets in the past, and still use them for litter areas. Pelleted beddings DO have advantages, my wood products are SO absorbant for one. Put a thin layer of aspen or kiln dried pine shavings over top if you're worried about their feet.

08-11-08, 09:40 pm
Not clumping litters. It's toxic if ingested and clumps inside the guinea pig.