When we originally purchased a pair of gerbils (one passed away very quickly) we bought the gerbilarium and all of the basic accessories as part of a package from a Pets At Home store. Amongst the supplies was a pack of pet safe wood shavings, used to fill the main tank section of the gerbilarium. Gerbils originate from desert regions and love to tunnel and bury themselves underground so a decent amount of wood shavings is essential to keep them happy and content.
This Pets At Home branded wood shavings comes supplied in a packet costing just £2 currently and is suitable for all types of small caged animals. We used this brand intermittently whilst our remaining gerbil was alive but found buying this from alternative stockists was more convenient on a regular basis. That is really the only thing that prevented us from buying this brand continuously as there are no particularly issues with it.
I found the consistency of the shavings to be very even, with no long or sharp pieces likely to cause any injury or issues for small pets if trodden on or swallowed and it didn't create excess amounts of dust, even when fresh from the pack. The small even pieces were ideal for our gerbils to use for their preferred activity of tunnelling and burrowing.
It is possible to buy this in scented varieties but I prefer the more natural smell of freshly cut wood and found this helped to minimise any scents created by the gerbil's (relatively small amount of) waste anyway.
I would recommend this brand of wood shavings to other pet owners.
I have a lovely little dwarf hamster who is very spoilt and has two large cages which he happily lives in. We have always used Pets at Home woodshavings and I have always been happy with the quality and price of the product. I typically buy the medium pack which is 41 x 29 x 11cm and typically retails at £4.50. You can also buy the woodshavings in a small, large or giant pack (ranging from £2 to £14). The larger the pack, the more woodshavings you get for your money but as we have a relatively small house I don't really have space to store the giant pack so we settle for the medium pack. I am more than happy to pay £4.50 for this product as the pack is pretty large. We have two cages and we put a lot of woodshavings as our hamster really likes to burrow and make himself little dens within the bedding. Even though we use a lot, the pack still tends to last us around two months for our two cages.
The woodshavings itself look of a good quality. I have seen cheaper versions of the product when shopping in my local supermarket but the quality didn't seem as good as it looked like there was all sort of extra bits in there which didn't look like they should have been there!
Our hamster seems really happy with the product and, as owners, we are happy with the price and quality so I would definitely recommend.
This is great for lining the floor of your small animal's cage.
Practicality- You simply pour the wood shavings over the floor of your animals cage, they come out of the bag easily and usually come out as a block clumped together which means you can get a lot out at once and then break it up and spread it around the cage. I normally cover the whole of the bottom of the cage with about and inch of the wood shavings, I have a hamster and they don't really burrow to this is enough for them. If the cage has mesh on the side there is quite a good chance that your animal will end up getting the wood shavings outside the age and it can make a bit of a mess, bear this in mind when you pick a cage. The wood shavings are however easily hovered up and aren't too much of a problem. When you come to clean the cage you can hover them all up or you can tip them into a plastic bag.
Cleanliness- These shavings aren't scented although scented ones are available, you need to change them at least once a week otherwise they will start to smell of the animals wee, which isn't very peasant. If they do start to smell it is a good indication that you are not cleaning out your animal's cage enough. If you do change them every week they will stay in a reasonable condition and don't really become soggy.
Price- I have found these to be cheaper than other makes because they are pets at home's own brand. I pay about £2.50 for a small packet that lasts for about a month, you can buy them in larger amounts which work out cheaper and would be ideal if you had a bigger animal or cage.
When I got my first 2 guinea pigs back in 2009 I had them on woodshavings as that is what I had been advised to use. This is a review on my own personal experience with them and I will also include my thoughts on Pets at Home own brand woodshavings.
Some people use woodshavings without any problems at all and generally it is best to use those that have been dust extracted, this helps to prevent respiratory problems, there are some shavings on the market that are scented. These are said to keep the cage or hutch smelling nice for longer but personally I would not recommend them at all, they can have an extremely strong odour and it is my opinion that breathing in these fumes all the time can only be detrimental to your pets health, particularly their respiratory tract. No one wants their pet to suffer from breathing difficulties, especially if they can be easily avoided via a change of bedding.
My own pigs did snuffle and sneeze slightly and I will admit that at the time I was a very inexperienced owner and had just followed the advice given to me. Another problem with woodshavings is that they can strip the oils out of your pets coat, this was one of the reasons that made me switch over from them to using fleece instead as I noticed my guinea pigs' skin was becoming dry and flaky. Again, this doesn't effect all animals on shavings but it is something to consider if perhaps your pet has skin problems.
I tried various brands of shavings before I made the switch over, they all varied on how dusty they were but even those that were supposedly dust extracted still seemed slightly powdery. They also varied on their absorbency, with some types I was having to completely remove and replace them every day due to them being so damp. I found Pets at Home shavings to be of a good consistency, the flakes being of a good size with little dust, they proved to be reasonably absorbent and I was pleased with how they held up.
Another difficulty that I'm sure woodshaving users are familiar with is just how messy they are! Even if you try your hardest to be as neat as possible and not spill any, inevitably you will still end up with a sprinkling of shavings on your floor. I was forever having to vacuum and I found that they stuck to my clothes, this would cause them to be spread throughout the house, it was a nightmare!
Using woodshavings was also proving costly and a small bag wasn't lasting me long at all, I was getting through at least a bag a week, usually more. Pets at Home shavings are available in different sized bags of varying prices, I would recommend that if you are going to use shavings then it is more cost effective to buy a large bale rather than several small bags.
With woodshavings I would recommend removing all of the wet daily and then topping up your pet's bed as needed. I used a cat litter scoop to remove the urine patches and then I would put on gloves and remove the poops by hand. This was more time consuming but the method ensured that as many dry shavings were saved as possible. When all the was left were clean shavings I would get a dust pan and brush to neaten everything up, making sure that the bed was nice and even in thickness and sweeping the cage ramp free of any shavings that might be stuck to it. I would then vacuum up all the stray shavings that had fallen on the floor.
Shavings can be a good bedding for outside hutches as they can help to conserve heat in the colder months. I would use a layer of shavings for absorbency and then top up with hay on the top so your pet has something to snuggle down in. It is worth noting that straw does not make a good bedding as it can cause injuries to the eyes, it would be easy for a guinea pig to get a strand poked into their eye, particularly as they are a very low to the ground creature!
There are so many beddings available on the market nowadays, from shredded paper to wood pellets. Some people, myself included like to use a layer of puppypads or towels topped with a layer of fleece, certainly guinea pigs especially seem to love everything soft and snuggly!
Regarding Pets at Home shavings I would say that they are of a reasonable quality but are so much more expensive than if you were to buy a bale from a horse supply store for instance. Remember to use dust extracted and that scented shavings are a no no! Give a nice thick bed to aid absorbency, in winter months a thick bed is a must if your pet is to retain body heat.
I am sorry if this review has been somewhat long winded but I hope that it has been informative.
I am not a massive fan of pets at home but I am a very big fan of there wood shavings.
I first brought my wood shavings from pets at home about 4 years ago now after a friend recommended it to me, I had previously been buying big bags of wood shavings for the rabbits from a local pet feed supplier but the shavings were very rough to the touch and sometimes had bits of paint in them so I had started to use the small bags from the supermarket that I use with the hamsters but this was a nuisance as I needed 6 of these every week and was working out quite expensive.
Pets at homes wood shavings are available in 4 sizes
I personally buy the giant bags, as it is easier for me to get them and not have to be going back each week for the wood shavings saving me money on petrol and on shavings.
I was very pleased at the first use of these shavings as they felt a lot softer to the touch than the ones I had previously been using and didn't hurt my hands so were going to be a lot gentler on my pets feet as well.
Pets at home claim this is an odour control bedding and I wont disagree completely as it does seem to stop the odour from my hamsters for longer than the previously used big bags but not as long as the lavender scented ones I have used in the past but I get a good 5 days before there is any smell at all from there cages which is really good.
This bedding is biodegradable so is better for the environment but still cannot be put into any of the recycling facilities we have local to us so unfortunately mine still ends up going in the general house hold waste.
Pets at home claim it to be dust Free to help keep your small pet healthy wholes I don't completely agree with this it isn't completely untrue either, I have a lot of allergies and this shavings do still make my nose irritated a bit when I am putting it in the cages but it doesn't irritate my nose or eyes once it has settled in the cage.
It is very absorbent so my hamsters very rarely end up with any wet patches in there cage from where they have weed or from where a bottle has dripped which is great and it doesn't stick to the bottom of my cages like other brands have so makes cleaning them easier.
I would recommend this to anyone with small caged fury animals.
As I have two rabbits, I am always in pets at home buying bedding etc for them. I used to buy this bag of wood shavings every week but it was getting too expensive as we use so much of it for our rabbits, so now we go to farms and buy huge bags of wood shavings for only £6, which lasts for months. But now and again I do go and buy the pets at home version as we live quite far away from the farm.
We usually get the biggest bag which is round about £8. We don't have a massive hutch but it is still a decent size for two rabbits, and after you have cleaned out the rabbit hutch a few times and replaced with these wood shavings, the bag is gone, it doesn't last long at all.
It isn't very compact, the wood shavings you get from a farm are really compact, although this pets at home product is better in my opinion, just too expensive for the amount we use. Even though it isn't very compact, it is very soft and comfortable for the rabbits. When you pour it in the hutch it isn't dusty at all.
It comes in a plastic bag, which you have to rip open and it comes in all different sizes. The bag is clear so you can see how much is left.
One thing I hate about wood shavings though is how messy it gets! It is so hard to clean the hutch, the wood shavings get everywhere. We pour in about 5cms deep, and when you feel it, it does feel really soft for the rabbits to sleep on.
We also put the wood shavings in the litter tray and it is very absorbent and it doesn't really smell either. On the pack it says it has natural odour control, and it definitely does work. The wood shavings are also biodegradable so they are safe for the environment.
I think pets at homes wood shavings are better for smaller animals like hamsters, as you don't need to use much of it as they are so small, these packs are just not enough for bigger animals such as rabbits. If I could afford to buy this product all the time I would as it is better quality than what you get at farms, but it is too expensive and I only ever buy it now and again.
Having a kept a hamster and a gerbil in the recent past, plus still having guinea pigs and a rabbit all of which do tend to be kept caged for much of the time, (although the rabbit and guinea pigs can go outside in the grass run and the hamster did like a hamster ball) the issue of what works as a suitable bedding product for them has sprung to mind on many occasions. Not only does the bedding need to be pet friendly it also needs to be kind to the environment our pets are kept in and our pocket.
Pets at Home being a large store have plenty of pet care items to choose from including their Pets at Home Woodshavings Small Pet Bedding which isn't a bad product and does what most other woodshaving based bedding products can. The product comes in a plastic pack that holds up to 17.5 kilos of bedding in the largest sized pack, which is handy to have if you keep a number of small pets that require pet bedding such as this.
Things we have had problems with have mainly been when opening and storing the packs. Being a rather clumsy person at times I have had issues with these packs and ended up spilling rather a lot of woodshavings when trying to get enough out of the larger packs at times when they are full. I feel this is more down to me than the packs themselves, but would urge caution when trying to take bedding from a new and full pack.
The texture of the bedding is ok and offers a soft base for our pets to enjoy. With our hamster and gerbil when we had them, the bedding was nice to use with the addition of some extra soft fluffy bedding for their sleeping areas and this woodshaving material as the base for everywhere else. With the guinea pigs and rabbit this can be used along with some decent straw in the sleeping areas, with this again being used as the over all base.
When cleaning out the cages you do tend to find that the product when wet will clump together and make it easy for you to scoop it out if the way. It does tend to soak up liquids well, but does remain damp and so we generally leave the wet area in the cage to get some air for a while prior to putting down new bedding between full cleans.
The product is soft enough to be used with many small animals and has a nice airy feel and texture. Its a natural smelling product that shouldn't cause harm to your small pets, but can make us sneeze at times when getting it out of the pack. Prices for the product begin from £1.69 for the small sized bag (1.5kilo) the medium bag at £3.99 holds a bit more (3.5kilo). We sometimes pick up the larger packs which is fine if you have storage space (plus a strong person to carry it) and those hold a whopping 17.5 kilos for £12.99.
As an all round bedding product the Pets at Home Woodshavings work well its biodegradable so friendly to the environment and because of its natural absorbent qualities smells can be kept to a minimum. As an every day bedding item it works well and so ought to get a 4 star rating. It can be difficult to store if you buy the larger packs and there is a risk of spilling the product when the larger packs are full.
What can you say about wood shavings? After all, they are just little shavings of wood that you put in the bottom of your little furry animals cage to provide some comfort and something to absorb their little wees etc.
We have 2 rats in a very large cage at home and kind of defaulted to the Pets at Home Wood shavings option after we found that our normal supplier (Tesco) had sold out, and our little critters were in dire need of some fresh shavings and couldn't really wait for a new Tesco delivery. Kind of difficult to tell a rat to hold on for a few days.
Price wise there was quite a difference. Whereas we normally paid just over £5 for a large bag in Tesco (and we also get Clubcard points - every little helps!!), at Pets at Home we were paying £8.99 for a similar size bag, so nearly double the price. Ok, we needed it for the animals and had to pay the higher price, but were the Pets at Home wood shavings really that much more better than the Tesco variety? Do they come from some Scandinavian forest high up in the remote hills where the trees were gently watered from some ancient pure stream trickling over some volcanic rock? I don't really think so.
Looking at what little we had left of the Tesco product at home, and that from the new Pets at Home bag, I couldn't really see much difference between the 2 products. Both have equally fine shavings with no real rough or large bits in the mixtures. Both come compressed in a large bag and both smell roughly the same, nothing nasty, just woody.
We use the shavings on the bottom of the cage, mainly to soak up any wee etc and both products do just that equally effectively. OK, if I was really dedicated I could have done some sort of wee absorption test, taking samples from the rats and plotted absorption rates over time (hope you're not eating your dinner whilst reading this!!), but for the purposes of this review (and because trying to get rat wee is difficult nowadays), lets just say that they both seem to be equally good on that aspect. Cleaning the cage out later and there was no real noticeable difference between the 2 products.
So in summary, the Pets at Home product appears to be equally as good as the Tesco variety. It's fine for the purpose and doesn't rally carry and nasty smells etc. So I can't really see or justify why you should be spending nearly twice as much on the Pets at Home variant as you would on the Tesco variety.
Perhaps the Pets at home logo on the bag costs that much extra? If you are a logo collector, maybe this is the product for you. But for me, I'll save my money and buy the cheaper Tesco version.
When I bought my son his first hamster we purchased him from pets at home and so the natural step was to purchase the cage and accessories from there too. As such I purchased the pets at home brand wood shavings to line his cage with there too.
I purchased the small wood shavings at a cost of £1.69 but there are larger packs available. I find that the small pack is the best for our needs as it is easily stored and we don't need a huge amount per cage clean for our hamster. I would imagine if you have a larger pet like a rabbit it would make more economical sense to buy the shavings in a larger pack.
In the small wood shavings you get approximately 1.5kg of the product. On the packaging there is the pets at home logo along with a picture of some of the small animals the product is suited to. The wood shavings are very highly compacted into a thick cuboid shape. The wood shavings are covered tightly with a thin but strong plastic and once you open the packaging you may find that some of the shavings fall out. For this reason I always keep my opened pack in a carrier bag under the sink to catch any potential spillages. Of course you could store it in a sealed tub or something too.
When I clean Jasper out I simply pull off a chunk of the tightly packed shavings. When it is in the base of his cage I move it around and pull bits off until the shavings are all free moving and are no longer clumped together. I usually put the shavings down to be around a centimetre thick and this seems to be fine for Jasper.
Unfortunately for me Jasper has decided he will wee in the tiered part of his cage rather than in the main base of it. To deal with this I put some of the wood shavings in the corner where he wees and now he does it on there. I find that the wood shavings absorb his mess very well and I can clean it out easily.
The product is actually really good at controlling the pet odours that Jasper creates which is of course a very positive thing. We are also told that the shavings are biodegradable so safe on the environment and dust free which will help keep our pets healthy.
Jasper likes to add some of the shavings into his fluffy bed for some reason and I can't imagine this being comfortable in the slightest but he seems to like it so he must not mind the texture and it must add to his comfort in some way!
I am not sure what else I can say about these wood shavings other than that they are a good quality and are not a bad price. Jasper seems comfortable with the shavings and if he is happy with them I am too!
Thank you for reading my review!
One of the perks of having a hamster as a pet is that they're very low maintenance animals- give them food, water and a clean, comfortable place to live, and they're happy (well, I assume so, at least- small rodents aren't the most expressive creatures!). There are a few essentials that you'll always need to hand, however, and one of these is a decent sized bag of woodshavings. These serve as a covering for the cage's base, providing a soft, comfortable floor for your pet, and, importantly, absorbing their wee. Any hamster owners out there will know that this can be pretty pungent, so odour control is vital! A generous layer of woodshavings not only absorbs moisture, but also keeps the smell to a minimum.
As a first time hamster owner, I have to admit I was a little surprised by the array of woodshavings out there! From Lavender scented to something organic that resembled pot pourri, there was something to suit all tastes, and budgets! Eventually, however, I plumped for the basic option- standard woodshavings. After all, my hamster Gimli is as macho and hardy as his namesake, so I figured he wouldn't mind roughing it a bit! Still, even standard woodshavings don't come as cheap as I was expecting- a medium sized (41 x 29 x 11cm) bale will set you back £3.99, although you can also opt for small (£1.69), large (£8.99) or giant (£12.99). These Pets at Home prices are actually quite reasonable compared to the bales you can get in the supermarkets, which is why I tend to go for this brand.
The plastic packaging of the bale contains the instructions for use- basically, cover your pet's cage or hutch with 3-6cm of woodshavings, and replace the soiled shavings daily. It also recommends using the shavings in conjunction with another bedding material, although I don't think this is strictly necessary, at least not for hamsters. Gimli has soft cotton bedding in his nest, but apart from that, I find a generous layer of woodshavings to be perfectly adequate for absorption. The other hamster care advise I've read is that you should clean the cage once a week, so I stick to this rule instead of cleaning out the damp woodshavings on a daily basis. Hamsters are generally clean creatures, and Gimli seems to know when to scoop a few more shavings into his toilet corner to keep things fresh! Replacing all the shavings weekly is enough to keep his cage smelling relatively pleasant, without things getting too damp or dirty.
These woodshavings come tightly compacted in a plastic wrapper, so getting them out can be a bit of a mission. You have to rip open a large section of the wrapper, then basically dig your fingers in to pull handfuls of the shavings out. This gets easier as the bale decreases in size- you really have to tug to get those first few handfuls out of such a compact bale! You can then separate them out more with your hands to form an even, breathable layer on the cage floor. The shavings themselves are just like any other- pale, thin fragments of wood, which feel a bit scratchy individually, but form a soft surface on the cage floor. According to Pets at Home, the shavings are 'a by product of selected softwood timbers from sustainable products', and are, of course, biodegradable. They can be added to compost, although I've found that they break down much slower than the fruit and veg waste alongside them, so tend to just chuck them on a pile in the garden along with other twiggy bits! These shavings have also had the dust extracted from them- an essential for keeping a small animal's environment safe and healthy. Gimli certainly hasn't had any bad reactions to these woodshavings (nor to any others, for that matter!).
All in all, I'd say that one brand of woodshavings is much like another in my experience, but the bales from Pets at Home have the edge in terms of price and variety of sizes. The medium bale usually lasts me a few months, generously covering Gimli's large cage on a weekly basis, and always provides the softness and absorbency that I'd expect.
==Pets at Home Wood Shavings==
Having bought our hamster from Pets at Home, we also needed to buy all the items that you need when owning a hamster and these wood shavings was one of the items we purchased on that day.
Since then I have opted for other brands such as Tesco or Morrison's, mainly due to the fact that Pets at Home means a special trip out of the way. However the Pets at Home Wood Shavings was a good quality and priced reasonably so I think if I was in the shop I would get a pack if I needed to.
The sales assistant did try and get me to purchase the larger bag of the wood shavings as it works out a tiny bit cheaper buying it in bulk but having no where to store it would be my main concern!
The smallest bag of 1.5kg is the size which I stick to buying. This is because it is the cheapest and the easiest to store whilst still allowing a good three or possibly even four, changes of the hamster cage.
For £1.40pence the price is reasonable but I do find it slightly cheaper when I purchase it from Morrison's especially as it is often on some sort of offer.
The wood shavings are exactly what they say they are which is just little shavings of wood. However they are specially designed with little animals in mind which means they are soft and safe to use.
They come in a nice plastic bag which needs to be ripped open to get them out but both the ripping of the bag and the getting out of the wood shavings is easy to do (even if I do get pretty messy doing so!).
All in all it has to be said that as far as wood shavings go, these from Pets at Home are okay. They are not the cheapest you can get but the quality of the wood shavings is pretty good. I don't think I would go out of my way to visit Pets at Home to buy them so generally an average of 3 out of 5 stars and a slight recommendation from me.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
My son has a hamster (named Hammy, very original I know!) and on the bottom of his cage we have a layer of woodshavings to collect and soak up his number 1s and number 2s (the hamster, not my son's). I usually buy the Tesco own brand largest carton of woodshavings to line the cage with, but a few weeks ago whilst in Pets at Home, when I realised I'd forgotten to buy them from Tesco and was running out, I had to buy the Pets at Home version for small rodents instead.
The 'Large Bale' size which I bought was £8.99, and having not checked the price before buying it, I got a shock when I got to the check out! The pack I normally buy from Tesco is around £5 cheaper if I remember rightly, so straight away I knew that I wouldn't be buying this product again, as I was much happier with the Tesco price!
The woodshavings come compressed in a large plastic bag, they're almost shrink wrapped and you need to work at breaking the shavings up when you use them, fluffing them out to make them comfier for your pet. This is the case with most wood shavings though, it's easier to sell them in the compacted version I suppose!
When I changed the cage nearly a week later, the dirty woodshavings were again, in a very similar state to what the Tesco ones usually are - with bits of hamster poo mixed in and some soggy areas where the hamster goes to the toilet most.
Although these did perform well, I can't really see why they should be preferred to the much cheaper and equally good Tesco product I usually buy. I wouldn't be paying this much for wood shavings again when I can buy virtually the same thing for so much less!
I buy these wood shavings for my little hamster 'the hatter' to fill his cage with. I buy the small pack which is 1.5kg of shavings and costs £1.39 that for my cage size is enough for about three changes of the cage.
The wood shavings can also be used for gerbils, guinea pigs, mice and also rabbits cages.
The wood shavings are used in order to soak up my hamsters mess if you know what I mean. My hamster is a dwarf one so he is not very big anyway but he does poo alot lol. These wood shavings mean I cannot smell his wee and poo in the living room when I enter which is a good thing the wood shvings are great for odour control. The woodshavings themself are quite large and dust free which is great because it means that one when the bits drop out of the cage I can pick them up and two that the hatter does not have to breathe in lits of dust because the shavings are dust free.
As well as keeping the cage odour free the wood shavings also keep the hatter warm at night. He has a little plastic house which he pushes lots of the shavings into and burys himself down into them so they must be cosy for him.
When opening the packet you have to cut into it with scissors because it appears to vacuum packed and all the shavings are compressed together. Once into the pack I then break some of the shavings off and then scatter them through his cage covering the whole surface.
I clean the cage out every couple of weeks and it is easy to simply tip the cage upside down into a bin bag and all the shavings fall neatly into the bin leaving no mess behind which is great.
For larger animals the wood shavings also come in Medium £3.99, Large £8.99 and Giant £12.99.
5 stars would recommend for hamsters definatley.
We have two rabbits who live in a palace in the garden. Ethan and Ezzy have their very own summer house with outdoor run attatched. Inside their summerhouse they also have a hutch where they sleep.
We tend to buy Pets at Home Woodshavings simply because you can get a large bag which will last at least a month. The woodshavings come in various sizes, a small bag costs £1.69, a medium bag costs £3.99, large is £8.99 and giant is £12.99. We tend to opt for giant because it lasts the longest meaning we dont have to make a trip to get some so often. The woodshavings are also available in lemon and lavender scents.
The packaging for the woodshavings looks exactly like the picture above. It is easy to find in the shop as it is with all the smaller pets accessories. This type of woodshavings is suitable for hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs and mice. When we used to have a hamster we also used it for her bedding.
To open the bag can sometimes be a bit of a problem! The woodshavings are packed tight in there and there is very little of the bag to grip to tear so I would usually recommend using some scissors.
When getting into the bag the woodshavings are packed tight together. I find this really useful as it means you can just pick up a handful then break it up wherever you want it. This means that you wont be left of a trail of woodshavings and also you end up with quite a lot in one handful.
We use this in our rabbits toilet. Their toilet is really a small dog basket, we put newspaper in the bottom and then a thick layer of woodshavings on the top. We empty and refresh the toilet twice a day.
The woodshavings are excellent for picking up what they need to! They are very absorbant and we have never had a problem of things leaking through. The woodshavings are also made with a sort of odour control which means things do not get smelly.
The woodshavings are also animal friendly, on more than one occasion a rabbit has had woodshavings right next to their eye but it has not caused any irritation. It is dust free which is essential in this sort of environment.
Obviously, the woodshavings have more uses that just a toilet! They can be used to line cages and just make it a bit more cosy for your pet. They also help to protect the cage itself.
To dispose of the woodshavings we simply throw them away, they are biodegradable so no harm to the environment.
We always buy these woodshavings and will continue to buy them. A giant bag lasts us absolutely ages and they are very good quality. Recommended by Ethan and Ezzy.
I am not very much of a people person, I love animals and my pets are hugely important to me. I have a Pets at Home store within only a 10 minute walk of my house, so this is usually my first choice for pet products. Wood shavings are a basic essential and I always need to have them in stock. Pets at Home supply bags of wood shavings in various sizes and they can be bought from the brick and mortar stores, or online at www.petsathome.com. You can choose from the following: Small 1.5kg £1.69 / Medium 3.5kg £3.99 / Large 10kg £8.99 / Giant 17.5kg £12.99. The bigger package you buy, the better saving you make.
I have 2 rabbits and one guinea pig, all of which live within my house in their own special bedroom, and they each have their own cage where I put their food, water, and sleeping areas. This means I need to use a lot of bedding products to keep my babies clean and cosy! I use the Pets at Home wood shavings for my guinea pig Shinobi and she seems to be a fan! When I got my bunnies I was advised that wood shavings and sawdust are best avoided for use in rabbit hutches as it can be an irritant to them, so I use straw or pellets instead.
I clean the cages once a week and freshen them up as needed. I usually opt for a combination of products to make it more practical and comfortable. For my guinea pig, I start off by layering sheets of newspaper at the bottom as this make it easier to remove the dirty bedding and clean up. After that, I throw on a layer of shredded paper. Finally I cover it all up with a layer of wood shavings and sprinkle on hay here and there for nibbling and burrowing opportunities.
Pets at Home say: "Woodshavings by Pets at Home is an odour control bedding suitable for all small pets.
+ Biodegradable - safe on the environment;
+ Natural odour control - to ensure your small pets home stays fresh;
+ Dust Free - to help keep your small pet healthy;
+ Absorbent - helping to keep your pet's home dry.
Woodshavings by Pets at Home will help to create a soft, warm and cosy home for your pet."
The bags are really good and last for ages. The wood shavings come in a clear plastic wrapper that is seal and has a handle cut-out at the top for carrying. They are packaged really compactly and you get an awful lot more shavings that it may look at first, as they are given room to expand once removed from the packet. I tend to grab a clump and crumble it in my hands to break up the cluster of shavings and create a softer bedding material without uncomfortable lumps in it.
The wood shavings are indeed dust free, there is very little (if any) fine dust or powder included and this is good for the health of your pet as you don't want them inhaling sawdust particles - this happened to my Shinobi not long after I first got her and she had a major sneezing fit. Cute but not good at all!
I also totally agree that they are very absorbent, they do a good job of soaking up the nasty business and stays as fresh as is possible when it is being abused in this way! Most small animals will usually frequent a certain area to use as their toilet zone, and it's easy to clean up this are and then add a handful of new wood shavings to replace the dirty bits as required.
The great thing about using a natural bedding product like wood shavings is that it is completely bio-degradable. after I've removed any dirty bedding from my pets' cages I bag it up and it goes off to my dad's allotment to be composted and turned into fertiliser for his veggies. A perfect way to get rid of waste without sending it to a nasty landfill!
My guinea pig seems perfectly happy and comfortable in her indoor cage with the Pets at Home Wood shavings as her main floor covering / bedding material. She is able to run around and exercise without slipping or sinking in! The wood shavings are very resistant and hardwearing. I have used them for the past couple of years and they are a reliable performer. The shavings always seem to be good quality and are good value for money as you can get a lot of uses from one bag due to it being packed in so tightly.