Hello. I need to change my guenia pigs bedding and I have just purchased some bedding. All the store had was Hartz Natural Pine with Chylorphyll. I just want to make sure this is alright before I put it in.
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Taken from Guinea Lynx :: Bedding"The most commonly used beddings are pine shavings and processed paper products but you will find a number of interesting and sometimes innovative beddings."
Taken from: Guinea Lynx :: Bedding - Wood Products"PINE SHAVINGS
In the U.S. dried pine shavings are an economical, convenient, and useful bedding material for your guinea pigs. Small bags are sold in most stores that sell pet supplies. Farm supply stores sell a huge bag very reasonably ($5 to $6). This 3.25 cu. ft. compressed bale yields about 9.75 cu. ft. when decompressed.
All bedding materials have pros and cons. Some cavy owners object to pine, believing that the shavings' volatile oils may harm the liver when used long term or the respiratory system. Should you have any concerns, opening the bag and dumping a third or so of the shavings into a large open container for several days will allow the volatile oils to dissipate.
The weaker the pine smell, the fewer volatile oils will be present. Be sure that any pine shavings you purchase are dry. If the shavings in the bag are wet (stored outside in the rain), return them to the store. Any wet bedding is subject to mold.
Sticks to towels and fleece.
Not as soft as paper products
Concern with possible respiratory and liver problems (see bedding to AVOID) "
Taken from: Guinea Lynx :: Beddings to Avoid"PINE: And if you're using pine, be sure to air the shavings thoroughly and use in a well ventilated cage. Airing the shavings will allow the volatile oils to dissipate. "