How to Choose the Best Bedding for Your Small Pet

Mouse in a houseFinding the right bedding for your small pet is an important task. With so many available, how do you pick?

It depends on your individual pet – hamster, gerbil, mouse, rat, guinea pig, or rabbit – and what is important to you. Here are some of the most important factors you should consider when choosing bedding for your pet:

• Where does the bedding come from?
• How is the bedding made?
• Is the bedding safe for your pet?
• Is the bedding effective?
• Does your pet like the bedding?

We believe that the healthiest bedding for your small pet is the most natural bedding. So you should always consider where it comes from. It’s important to be aware that sludge-based beddings – often labeled “reclaimed pulp,” “reclaimed cellulose,” or “cellulose fiber” – are made of materials that contain harmful dioxins that aren’t safe for your pet. What else should you keep in mind when shopping for small pet bedding? Your pet’s comfort! Here are some different types of bedding you may want to consider for your little one:

1. Kiln-dried Pine: This is a great, all-purpose wood shavings bedding. It has a clean, fresh scent; great absorption; and has been the bedding choice for millions of pet owners, farms, and veterinary research facilities for decades. Also, this pet bedding is usually 100% all-natural and very affordable.

2. Red Cedar: This wood shaving has many unique, desirable characteristics. These include a strong, woodsy aroma; excellent odor control; and insect repellent properties. We recommend red cedar wood shavings bedding for larger animals in large enclosures, like dog kennels or rabbits in an outdoor hutch.

3. Aspen: This scent-free wood shaving contains no aromatic oils, and at the same time is highly absorbent. Aspen is the wood bedding of choice when there is concern that your pet may have respiratory sensitivities.

4. Paper: Paper can provide an absorbent habitat for small animals and offer color options that blend in with – or “liven up”– home décor. There are three primary categories of paper bedding for pets: sludge-free, reclaimed sludge based, and recycled paper pellets. To make sure you’re buying sludge-free pet bedding, avoid products labeled “reclaimed paper pulp” or “recycled newspaper” pellets; and avoid pet bedding that is a dull or dark gray color, as that is usually an indicator that the bedding contains sludge or inks and dyes, and therefore, dioxins.

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Have a question about selecting the right bedding for your pet? Just ask!

4 Reasons Pine is Your Small Pet’s Favorite Bedding

Pine Bedding Guinea PigAs pet parents, you do everything it takes to keep your small pets happy, healthy, and safe – and that includes selecting quality pet bedding for your little one. What makes guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, and other small pets so content and comfortable in our pine bedding? Here are four reasons pine is (or should be) your pet’s favorite bedding:

1.)  It’s All-Natural. All-Good.

We like to say, “All-Natural is All-Good.” Our kiln-dried pine pet bedding is the most natural bedding you can buy – there’s no processing that involves inks, dyes, bleach, or other chemicals – just clean, screened wood fiber, which makes our pine pet bedding safer than some of the competitors’ products. Also, there are no additives – with pine, odor control comes naturally.  Even better? It’s completely biodegradable.

2.) The Scent is Oh-So-Fresh!

Pine pet bedding has been proven to give you twice the odor control of other beddings. Say goodbye to stinky odors and reduce costly cleanings. Pine helps your special pet stay fresh and clean. Plus, kiln drying the shavings makes pine pet bedding safe and absorbent for our small friends.

3.) American Wood Fibers Bedding is 100% Sludge-Free.

What exactly is sludge? Well, it’s defined as a muddy or slushy mass, deposit, or sediment. It often is the production process of choice for many paper bedding products. These sludge-based beddings – often labeled “reclaimed pulp,” “reclaimed cellulose,” or “cellulose fiber” – are the result of discharge from pulp mill clarifier solids. Doesn’t sound like something you want your small pet to snuggle in, does it? Rest assured, AWF pet bedding is always sludge-free.  Learn more about sludge-based bedding here >>

4.) Our Products Are Made with Love.

We do everything it takes to ensure we’re producing the highest quality pet bedding (and other products) possible. The safety, quality, and consistency of our pet bedding products, including our pine wood shavings bedding, are of the utmost importance to us. We know you count on American Wood Fibers to keep your small pet’s home as safe and comfortable as can be, and we take that trust very seriously.

And, each day we commit to you and your pets that we’ll continue to help maintain a sustainable future for our nation’s forests. We haven’t wavered from this pledge since the doors of our family business opened in 1966.
What do you think about American Wood Fibers small pet pine bedding? We welcome your questions and opinions; please tell us in the comments!

What’s In A Name

Pet owners put a lot of trust in the manufacturers of the pet products they buy. To us, this trust is a constant reminder of just how important a role our products play in their lives.

So, who exactly, is American Wood Fibers and why do so many pet owners trust AWF for their small pets’ bedding?

American Wood Fibers was founded by Frank Faehner almost 50 years ago and has grown to be the nation’s largest producer of wood shavings and wood flour. Today, there are ten American Wood Fibers plants and distribution centers across the country, with locations near the majority of the major timber processors, coast-to-coast. Our facilities process more than one billion pounds of fiber per year. Yet, despite the size of our organization, AWF’s focus remains on family; both our customers and our own.

American Wood Fibers embodies a culture of courtesy and respect, and a commitment to customer service. We are also proud of our commitment to the environment; both our environment and your small pet’s environment. Throughout our manufacturing process, we put a tremendous amount of effort into producing our products safely, sustainably and consistently. AWF pet bedding products are all-natural, dioxin-free, and produced with your small pet’s health, safety, and comfort in mind. We focus on total waste utilization, utilize recyclable materials for our packaging, and always strive to develop environmentally-friendly products.

Our family of small animal bedding brands include Premier Pet™ and Pets Pick™. We also work with a large group of well-known private label partners. In addition to the AWF small pet bedding division, the company offers large animal (horse) bedding, industrial wood flour, and premium wood pellet fuel products.

AWF will continue to develop new and improved offerings so that we always present the highest quality line of products, and pet owners have choices in bedding that are good for their pets, good for their home environment, and good for the planet.