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Manufacturer: Pets at Home / Type: Rodent / Small Pet Bedding

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      22.06.2012 09:35

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      Simple to use bedding for all small animals

      This is lovely soft pet bedding that I used to buy for my hamster. The pack contains a good amount of bedding and you can re seal the pack after use to keep the bedding fresh. I just added a bag clip to it. My hamster loved this bedding. The bedding is really soft and comfortable. It's really cosy bedding that will help to keep small pets warm and protected all year round, especially during the winter when the temperature drops. The bedding is easy to use. Simply break off a small amount and add it to your pet's cage. I used the bedding in two ways. I sometimes added some of it to the corner of the cage, leaving Snowy to do what she likes with it. I also added some of it to her hamster home, so she could use it to line her house with it and keep herself warm.

      Snowy was always warm and comfortable with this bedding. It did used to get soiled but if this happened I simply threw away the old bedding and replaced it with new bedding. The bedding is fragrance free and it doesn't contain any chemicals or dyes, so it's 100% safe to use.

      I would recommend this bedding. It was cheap to buy as well, although I have forgotten what I used to pay for it as Snowy died a year ago now.

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      08.12.2010 20:46
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      Nice for hamsters, but no good for rabbits!

      I have bought this a few times over the years, I had a hamster when I was younger and this bedding was perfect for him. He loved getting snuggled up in this bedding from pets at home. This bedding states it is suitable for all small animals such as hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and lots more.

      I do think this is alright for small animals but definitely not for rabbits. They are the biggest of the animals listed above, and the pack sizes that this bedding comes in, just isn't enough for the size of even a small rabbit. You would have to buy so much of it, it would become very expensive to use this bedding.

      I decided to try it a few weeks ago as it is now so cold outside, even though my rabbits are in a hutch, which is in a shed, it still gets really cold in there, so I thought maybe getting this warm and cosy bedding might be better for them instead of just the hay.

      I put this bedding in the corner of the hutch where my rabbits usually cuddle up together, thinking they would love there new cosy bed I'd made for them, but in the morning when I went to feed them, I realised they had used the new bed as a toilet! I tried putting this in different places in the hutch and all they did was go to the toilet in it, so it was a bit of a waste of money for my rabbits!

      The biggest pack size I have seen in pets at home costs £3.99, and there was only just enough for my two rabbits to have enough to make a cosy place for them to sleep, so if I was buying this stuff regularly, it would end up being so expensive.

      The material is very soft and does feel warm and cosy but I think it is suitable for very small animals such as hamsters, which you wouldn't need to use as much for them, so it wouldn't be so expensive.

      I wouldn't recommend this bedding for rabbits, mine didn't like it and it isn't really affordable to buy all the time for them anyway, but definitely for small animals, my hamster used to love curling up in a ball in the middle of it!

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      06.10.2010 15:40
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      A handy product that makes a change

      Pets At Home Safe Bedding is something we have tried out for use with our hamsters and gerbil when we had them. The product was something we thought may be an interesting variation for our pets from other forms of soft bedding. After all its good to vary the environment that small pets are kept in so as to give them some added interest from time to time.

      As the product is made from paper and paper fibres/ flakes that give a soft and fluffy effect when in use they did work well enough when placed in our pets cages. However we found that to get a good fluffy full effect for our hamsters and gerbil, we had to use more of this than with other more cotton wooly types of bedding products. This was a slight minus point for the product.

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      Our little hamsters in particular used to like nothing better than fussing about to get the perfect bedding arrangement for themselves. So we were not sure how well this would perform in practice, but were pleasantly surprised when it actually seemed to work well and our little hamsters seemed to enjoy using it.

      As the texture and feel of the product was a little different from the Rotastak Snug and Cozy Small Pet Bedding we also used, I feel this product also provided them with some thing new and interesting to fuss over. One thing we did notice was that although the product worked well as bedding, if it became soiled it was a bit more smelly than the Rotastak product. This is yet another minus point for the product.

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      The Pets as Home Safe Bedding is reasonably cheap to buy, but does not go as far in terms of use as other products did. This meant that whilst we only paid £2.99 for a good sized 500gms bag of this product, in actual fact it worked out as being not much different in value for money to the natural fibre bedding you can buy, which was lighter and easier to stretch and fluff up to make it go a bit further.

      When out of the pack this bedding has a good deal of softness to it which we and our pets liked. The product can be used for hamsters, mice, gerbils, rats etc as a bedding product. We found the product didn't seem to cause any allergies when in use with our hamsters and gerbil which was good. This can be a consideration as we have found that in the past our guinea pigs had a reaction to a new bedding product we used, although it wasn't this one as we only used it with the hamsters and gerbil.

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      The Pets at Home Safe Bedding is non toxic which is good. Although we didn't find it completely dust free due to what its made from. The texture of the bedding material is good once you have fluffed it up a little although it can flatten out more than the Rotastak bedding does when in use.

      The off white colour of the product is inoffensive and the whole effect is certainly cosy when its put into place for small pets to snuggle up with. The product was a fair bedding medium for our hamsters and gerbil to sleep in. The only real issue of any financial note was the fact that we used it more quickly than we first thought we would, due to having to use more of the product at any one time to get a good level of fluffy bedding.

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      As regards to giving this bedding product a fair rating I feel that it does work well, but you do need to use more of it to get the same effect as with the cotton wool type textured bedding products.

      This is something that does need to be factored in as a buying consideration and so has to effect the final rating for this. With that in mind I feel this ought to get 3 stars. I would recommend with reservationsit as it works well, but it will not last as well as some other bedding products you may have tried. This can create a cost issue that needs to be considered prior to purchase.

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        04.10.2010 17:03
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        will be buying it again.

        I cant pass a pets at home shop without popping in for a look. Thats when i came across this pet safe bedding. I have a robovorski dwarf hamster, my daughter named him Little Fella. This bedding felt softer than the usual bedding i buy him so i bought it to give it a try.

        Pets at home sell it for £2.99 for a 500gm bag. Thats about the same price as his old bedding.

        The Safe Bedding is suitable for lots of small pets like hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs, chinchillas and chipmunks.

        The bedding comes in a clear bag, the packaging is simple and comes with instructions on how to use on the back. The packaging does not reseal, this would be a improvement so the bag keeps out dampness and keeps the bedding fresh. I use a few pegs to seal the bag.

        The bedding is shredded paper and paper wool. The paper wool makes the bedding soft and light. The bedding if so comfortable and keeps him warm at night, the paper wool is great for winter months as it keeps him warm.

        The safe bedding is non toxic which is good as some pets like to eat there bedding but i have not seen little fella do this before. The bedding also does not give off any smell which is good as my hamster some times likes to mark his scent on new items that smell.

        I only use the bedding in his plastic bed hut, i think it would be a waste of money to line the tray of his cage with this. The bag lasts me 4 months which is quite good.

        Im happy with his new bedding, he looks so comfy in this bed and its a good way to keep him warm and gives me peace of mind with the winter coming. As i said the bags good value for money and is safe, what more do you want for your wee pets.

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        18.09.2010 12:48
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        Pet Bedding for our furry friends

        One of the many responsibilities of pet ownership is maintaining a healthy and clean environment for our animals to live in; the ones that live in cages need to have clean sawdust/woodshavings around plus a supply of bedding material in which they can make a warm and comfortable place in which to sleep.

        George, our Syrian hamster was purchased from Pets at Home two years ago and at the time we bought all the associated paraphernalia that came with owning a hamster i.e. his cage, food and accessories which included bedding material. Their own branded bedding to this day is still our preferred choice and more importantly George seems to like it too!

        Sold in plastic bags as illustrated in the picture above the bedding is suitable for most small animals from hamsters through to rabbits and is a non-toxic blend of paper and paper wool flakes. It is soft to the touch, white in colour and resembles shredded paper and when added to the interior of Georges hamster house allows him to snuggle into it where it provides warmth and comfort.

        George being quite mischievous likes nothing more than making his bed 'just so' and it is not unusual for him to remove all the bedding from his house and reposition it all in another corner of his cage where he bulks it out with extra sawdust and it isn't an uncommon sight to see his cheek pouches stuffed with the bedding when he decides he want a different corner to sleep in.

        We buy this particular brand because of who produces it, Pets at Home are perhaps the best known pet store in the UK and I trust the brand to be pet-friendly and safe. We pay £2.99 for our medium sized bag which seems to last a good few weeks even with frequent changes of bedding and will continue to use and buy it in the future.

        Definitely recommended by me and by George, the Pets at Home Safe Bedding receives a perfect 5/5 dooyoo stars.

        Thanks for reading my relatively short review, it's about Pet Bedding - what more could I say?

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          16.09.2010 20:16
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          Very cosy bedding

          This is a small pet bedding which is added to your pets cage to keep them sung and cosy the bedding can be used for hamsters, chinchillas, chipmunks, ferrets, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats.

          My small pet as you may know from my previous reviews is a dwarf hamster. I usually use wood shavings in his cage but picked some of this up as well the last time I went Pets at Home. It costs £2.99 for a 500gm bag which is quite big.

          Well my hamsters verdict was he seemed to really like it. It had only been in the cage 10 minutes when he had made himself a cosy little nest with this soft bedding and snuggled into it he also dragged some into his little plastic house and filled that with it as well.

          I would not recommend you use this bedding on its own as it is no where near as absorbent as wood shavings are. I actually change this more regular than the wood shavings because if my hamster wees on it it does not dry very well.

          As a cosy bedding though this is great a nice little luxury for my hamster.

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          09.09.2010 14:21
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          Derek gives it the paws up.

          A 340g bad of this bedding from the Pets at Home store costs £2.99.

          The shavings are presented in a plastic bag which has some details printed onto it about the kinds of animals that this bedding is suitable for (rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, rats, gerbils, hamsters, mice, ferrets etc). With rodents, especially rodents like chinchillas that tend to eat everything in sight, its really important that their bedding is "safe" in as much as that it isn't toxic because inevitably your chinchilla will ingest significant portions of it! This particular bedding is made from paper and paper wool flakes (I have no idea what paper wool is!) and the packaging lets me know that this is safe and hence will not be toxic to Derek the Chinchilla.

          Using it is simple. Basically i spread a generous layer of the bedding around the cage so that it is in ample supply for Derek to nest in it, as well as enough to soak up his urine when he "does his business". The bedding feels very soft and gentle - not unlike cotton wool, although with a little more texture to it than this. We tend to mix it a little with safe sawdust (which we also purchase from the Pets at Home store) as the sawdust is grittier and has a little more substance to it.

          Now.....I think its true to say that Derek loves this bedding....infact he probably loves it a little too much. I was warned that chinchillas eat everything, but I wasn't prepared to see him gobble up his bedding quite as frequently as he does. I have even spoken to my vet about this who shrugged his shoulders as if to say that that is what chinchillas do - although he did assure me that it would not do him any harm and that a certain amount of roughage is actually good for them.

          He does seem to settle well in this bedding and it seems to compress nicely for him when he constructs his little nest every day. I do think its funny though that you'll see him constructing his nest and eating his nest all at the same time....but he seems happy enough. I guess its akin to us having a gingerbread house! Of course the negative thing about this is that you have to add extra bedding to the cage regularly.

          It also is easy to clean as its very absorbent and so any dirty clumps are easy enough to remove - which we do at least once a day. We tend to give his cage a complete bedding change about once a week in which we remove all of his bedding, give his cage a spring clean and then pamper him with a completely new spreading of the clean bedding.

          A 340g bag lasts us about 3 weeks. Derek is happy enough with this product and he has to be the best judge.

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          31.08.2010 12:02
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          Might make the cage smellier

          Pets At Home Safe Bedding


          I first came across this safe bedding from Pet's at Home when I was looking for some cosy comfy bedding for a couple of my adorable little rats. This safe bedding is made from a blend of paper and paper wool flakes and should be relatively dust free and non-toxic. It does feel nice to the touch and it does look like it would make a cosy bedding material for your little ones. However, that being said I wouldn't recommend rushing out to buy this there are better products that do a better job out there to spend your money on.


          Everyone who has owned a small animal will probably tell you that despite common belief that they are a cheaper alternative to larger pets they will still end up costing a small fortune. Between treats, bedding, food, toys, cages and then all the other odd bits and pieces you need/want to get, having and owning any animal including a little one is time consuming and expensive. Some expenses are worth spending to make the life of your little pet better while others are not. This safe bedding typically retails for around £2.99 for a medium bag. Personally, I don't think you get enough of this safe bedding as sold in the medium bags to justify the cost. Particularly because the bedding isn't compressed there isn't really that much of it in the bag.


          If you do decide to try this bedding it is safe for a wide and varied range of small animals, including; Chinchillas, Chipmunks, Degus, Dwarf Hamsters, Ferrets, Gerbils, Giant Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Mice, Rabbits and Rats.


          This product also has no odour control properties so it will need changed more often than not, especially, if you use this for animals that like to scent their bed area. If you are going to use this bedding then it is more suited for the animals sleeping area rather than being bedding for the bottom of a cage.


          Overall, this bedding is just ok. There are better and cheaper alternatives available, in my opinion this safe bedding deserves a pretty standard and average three out of five stars. I won't be buying this again unless there is none of my regular pet bedding available.

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          13.08.2010 13:32
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          Colin loves it...I don't!

          When I bought back Colin the Syrian Hamster from pets at home I didn't only come back with a small box of hamster. No I came back with three large carrier bags full of bits and pieces for him. People have referred to hamsters and rodents as pocket money pets. Not this one...he costs me a flipping fortune....not that I'm complaining I adore the little chap and he can have anything he wants/needs!

          One thing I was advised to purchase in the store was some bedding. I actually purchased a few different types all at the same time as I had no idea which one he'd like best and thought it best to go by trial and error till I found the right one for him.

          This was recommended by a store assistant and at £1.29 for a small bag of safe bedding I felt it was a good buy. It is also available in larger bags and in different sized beddings depending on your pet so you can also get (as well as the small bedding), medium and large and are variant in price of course.

          The Packaging Of The 'Small' Safe Bedding:

          The bedding comes in a mostly see-through plastic bag and it has a green in-printed coloured label to the front and the back of it. On the front there are photographs of rodents, a chinchilla, guinea pig and a rabbit and I am told that it is Pets At Home Safe Bedding 'Bedding suitable for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, chinchillas and ferrets' and that as I have previously mentioned that this is the small bedding and it is made from paper & paper wool flakes and that it is non toxic. On the back of the bag other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and directions for using it, there is a list on there telling you what sort of bedding you can use for your pet and contact details for Pets At home are given. There is no weight stated on the bag but as I remember there are a couple of sized bags per size bedding available in store.

          A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Bag:

          Pets At Home Safe Bedding is naturally safe and non toxic, ideal as nesting and bedding material. Made from plant fibres, the combination of paper flakes makes Safe Bedding a great choice to make any cage or hutch a cosy home.

          Using It:

          All you do is grab a handful of what appears to be layers of compressed, soft toilet/kitchen roll. They are thick chunks of paper these and not as small as I expected but you only need enough to make a bed for your pet so in my case with my little fella thats just about a handful.

          It needs changing once a week (more if soiled) and it is to be used in conjunction with other materials such as sawdust etc.

          However although my Colin enjoys a good sleep in it he also enjoys eating it. I didn't realise this at first but I was putting in rather alot to be greeted the next day by a fat and contented looking Colin, belly up in his cage with a smirk on his face and the bedding being half gone.

          He does rest in it and although its none harmful and none toxic (which is a relief) I have stopped using this bedding for now and am using an alternative at the moment. I was impressed that it was easy to shake clean, was absorbent of accidents however not pleased my hamsters diet was paper....no matter how good it was. Recommended by Colin as his favourite food but not me cos I only wanted him to have a nice bed lol.

          Only available in Pets At Home stores.

          This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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