“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Rodent / Small Pet Bedding „
Our hamster needs a fresh sprinkle of sawdust every day as he likes to remove it all off the floor and hide it in his house. I normally buy this from Home Bargains for 49p (it's good too) but being in a rush and being in Tesco I grabbed their value sawdust, not taking much notice of the cost- I just presumed it would be cheap, at £1.99 it wasn't and it's the standard size. The next size up is £5.49.
The sawdust is a tightly packed rectangular block, in a plastic wrapper. It tells us that it's 'Everyday Value Small Softwood Bedding', the picture above is out of date, now it has cute small pets and relevant items pictured on it.
There's always a bit of a battle to open this stuff, it tends to go everywhere whatever brand I use, this one is no different! After carefully cutting the top I break a chunk off again it goes everywhere. The sawdust itself is in quite 'small' pieces which can tend to make it dusty in the cage, but I presume this makes it softer on little feet. It's absorbent and easily emptied out. I don't have to use more than any other saw-dusts I've used, so longevity isn't a problem- it lasts a few weeks. The hamster doesn't complain, there's no difference in his activities between this and his usual stuff. It isn't overly 'woody' smelling either. It's just bog standard saw-dust that does the job.
Would I buy it again- no not at that price, it's way too expensive.
It's difficult to grade, it does the job but is costly.
I used to pay around £1.10 for this pack of shavings but the price just kept shooting up!
The shavings are average wood shavings. They're great for placing into a cage or hutch to absorb wetness and odour. I place these into my guinea pig hutch before placing the hay into the hutch. I find that the shavings absorb urine and odour well and they stop the strong urine from staining the bottom of the hutch. The shavings smell fresh and clean with the usual "woody" smell to them and you get a fair amount in the ack so it will do you for a few cage cleanouts.
Unfortunately I found a few pieces of hard wood in a pack once and my guinea pig somehow managed to cut his eye on a piece of the wood. I wasn't happy with this as this pack is supposed to be made of SHAVINGS not pieces of wood. You may find the odd small piece in there but the piece that cut Guinness's eye was around two inches long. I took the pack back to Tesco and they gave me a refund but this put me off buying them again.
However if you pick out the pieces of hard wood it shouldn't be a problem, however this may be a little time consuming. Also, the shavings make you sneeze a little so try not to place them too near your nose...!
Our house is getting a little bit like a zoo, we have 2 dogs, a cat, 2 gerbils and a rabbit hence the reason I need to buy softwood bedding. I bought this one from Tesco although I normally buy it from home bargains as it is much cheaper there but I was doing my shopping so bought it to make it easier for me.
The pack costs £1.99 and the thing that really irritates me with all the packs of bedding is they don't tell you what weight you get so it is harder to compare the price. This one is about 2 times what I get from home bargains and they are 50p each so this is about 50% more expensive than what is available elsewhere.
The bedding is vaccuum packed in clear plastic wrapping, it can be quite difficult to open and I find that sticking a knife in the top helps to get it started. On the front of the packaging is the usual tesco value logo in red, white and blue so it is obviously what brand it is and then there is a cute little picture of a rabbit and a guinea pig. The bedding is packaged in a rectangular shape.
Inside you package you find there are lots of tiny little flakes of wood along with quite a bit of dust, I find it easiest to squeeze the packaging from the outside to loosen it a little and then put it in the cage by putting the pack inside and wriggling it that way I don't have to touch the bedding and get it stuck to my clothing which does tend to happen.
I found that my animals seemed happy with the bedding and didn't try and kick it out of the cage which I have had before with the rabbit, the area that the animals use as a toilet doesn't smell bad when using this aslong as cleaned regularily which obviously should be done anyway.
This product does the job and does it well but it is not worth paying double the price for.
I have two guinea pigs and they live in luxury compared to some animals with this rather over the top cage and it can take forever to change the bedding at the bottom.
I usually go to a local pet store in the area and obtain my bedding but they were out of stock last time so had to settle for the first time with Tesco's very own branded bedding.
At first it looked decent enough inside this foot long packet and it seemed to be the perfect solution for me but for £1.99 I was gobsmacked so I got just the one to try it out because otherwise I would be wasting money.
I noticed when I opened the bedding it had a smell of wood and it was weird what the other smell was it was almost like that wood you see in DIY stores which is treated and you smell a substance on them it was very much like that.
It came out the packet in a big lump and then I had to break it down to get it to become the bedding and this was the part I found annoying. I never noticed that when I took the bedding out the packet there was quite a few loose pieces all over the floor but that was not the biggest problem it was the sense that I couldn't breathe.
It was like dust creeping into my nose yet I couldn't really see any so I began sneezing and coughing. I was nervous if this was going to cause a problem for my guinea pigs because they are sensitive little creatures anyways.
The bale was easy to take apart but some pieces felt a bit rough round the edges compared to my usual bale I get so this was something else that was different.
After a few days I found that it needed changing and it was easy to gather up but I could still feel this urge to cough and sneeze and since have never brought any again. The problem is that you think it is going to be average due to the branding on the pack.
However with the price being what it was you somehow expect it to be a miracle bale with no problems because you never see Tesco Value products appear more expensive then bales you get elsewhere.
I would recommend to people who get this just get the one to try first because it might be something they put with this bedding that made me sneeze and cough and might not be anything wrong with the bedding at all.
I would hope that Tesco reduce the price for this because £2 for such a small amount is really bad especially when I get usually 3 times the amount for the same amount elsewhere usually so the price is rather high for me.
Each week, me and my Fiancé order a Tesco shop to be delivered to our flat. A few weeks ago, I realised that I had run out of bedding for my hamster, Chibi. Unfortunately, we seem to be quite a fair distance from a pet shop, and so I decided out of convenience to purchase some bedding in our big Tesco order, rather than take two buses just to nip to a pet shop for some.
A search on Tesco's website brought me up two sizes, a small for £1.59 or £5.16 for a large. I decided to opt for the small pack, as from the description, it still looked like a reasonable size for a small hamster. When my bedding arrived, I noticed that it was tightly packed in a long rectangle shape. The packaging was a basic clear plastic wrapping with the Tesco Value logo plastered on the front. OK, so the packaging is not very eye-catching, but I have never been one to buy for the packaging, it is the content that is the most important. I advise you to rip open the packaging over a bag, or something to catch the bedding in, as it does tend to fly everywhere once you have opened it! It would have been a good idea if they made this a resealable product, so at least then you can control the amount of bedding you are losing to the floor each time you use it.
This softwood bedding, as I expected with a cheaper value range, contains cheaper woodchip. The woodchip is very thin and flaky, and I found that I had to use a considerable amount to line the cage, as it is not as absorbent as more expensive brands I have tried. I am normally used to a similar sized pack that I have bought in Pets At Home which does not require as much in the cage in one go as this Tesco Value pack does. I clean out my hamster every week, so I found that this pack of softwood bedding only lasted just under the three week mark. The one thing that has deterred me from buying this brand in future is that a lot of the woodchip is very sharp. I actually pricked my fingers a few times when pulling the softwood bedding out of the packaging, and was worried that my hamster would endure an injury from it. Chibi likes to carry a bit of the softwood in his mouth into his bed with him to vary his bedding a little, and I did worry that he would cut his mouth on some of the sharp pieces. I did try to remove the sharper of the pieces when I was laying the bedding down though. Although there were some sharp pieces, this bedding does not create dust, so you can at least be assured that your hamster is not inhaling potentially dangerous fumes.
You will find that this bedding is also not scented. Scented softwood or sawdust bedding can at times be rather expensive, so I do not always treat my hamster to this when I know it is time to clean him out. Therefore, due to low funds, I decided to go for this brand for the price, and simplicity was fine for me. As long as it did the job, I did not mind that it was missing a scent. However, I found that the smell of the wood was quite strong, especially if you have used quite a lot in your hamsters cage. I have not really noticed this strong wood smell in the sawdust bedding I normally get from Pets At Home.
Tesco Value's Softwood Bedding is a simple pet bedding that does the job, but there are some small drawbacks that have made me want to go back to the previous bedding I was using. The woodchip can be quite sharp at times, and the texture is a little rough. Other woodchip beddings I have used before have favoured smaller slices of wood, which are more shavings then chunks. Here I have found Tesco Value favours more chunks in their product, which is a bit of a shame. This softwood bedding does absorb your hamsters urine, but I found that it was not as absorbant as I hoped it would be. My hamster does use a hamster toilet, but at times he has missed the toilet and hit the bedding. Having urine wet the same area of bedding a few times does show that the bedding clumps and starts to smell quite quickly. If you are looking for a new wood bedding to line your hamsters cage, I suggest going for either a slightly fragrenced variety, or for something that is of a softer, more absorbent quality. This version carries a great price, and I felt it is fine for the odd occasion when you are in need of bedding quickly, but if you have another pet store near you, then I strongly suggest checking out their versions first.
Tesco Value Small Softwood Bedding
With two little high maintenance guinea pigs in the house we go through quite a lot of sawdust bedding within a year. After running out of our regular variety and not in the mood to drive all the way into the city to visit the pet store, I was glad to find that Tesco had some available in their own brand pet products. I only bought a small bale of this, more to test it out before investing in a larger size pack.
The small bale cost around £1.60, which isn't too expensive but not as cheap as I would have thought from Tesco's own basic brand range.
When I first opened the pack to use it felt a bit cheaper than my regular brand. It wasn't so fine cut up and there were a few more rough edges than I was used to, but none of this was a real worry or any cause for concern. When I started to spread this across the guinea pigs cage I couldn't help but notice that this sawdust was a lot dustier than I was used to. In fact it made me quite uncomfortable and irritated my nose, I couldn't help but sneeze.
Apart from the dust this sawdust did pretty much exactly the same job as my usual variety. It clumped together nicely and it was easy to throw out when it had been used. Giving it another try I decided that maybe all the sneezing was a first time fluke. However, when I was again smoothing more of this out over their cage again it seemed to catch in my nose and make me sneeze. Since then I have stopped using this as I was a bit worried that maybe it might irritate the little piglets since it seemed to irritate me.
This Tesco value small softwood bedding gets a very lowly two out of five star rating from me. Although this is cheap the quality isn't great and the slightly more expensive Pet's At Home variety is much better to use.
However, this might be better suited to larger small pets and I have since given the remainder of this sawdust to my mum to use with her larger rabbit and she hasn't had any problems with it.
As a hamster owner of nearly 2 years' standing, I've had the chance to test out quite a few different brands of bedding (not personally, of course!), and this Tesco Value pack was one of the first I bought. I was delighted to find that Tesco stocked several small pet products, and even more pleased that this bedding was in their Value range, as I assumed I'd be getting a bargain. I was therefore a bit surprised by the price of these packs (currently £1.59 for a small pack, or £5.16 for a large), but not having much experience in the field of sawdust buying, I wasn't sure how this compared to other brands. I've since discovered that similar sized bags can be bought from most pet shops for less- Pets at Home, for instance, sell bales for £3.99, which are similar in size to the larger Tesco bale.
A combination of the price and my lack of experience drew me to the small pack, which consisted of a thin, oblong shaped bale of sawdust, about a foot long, tightly wrapped in plastic. To open, you have to rip the plastic, but I'd advise doing so with caution, as the loose flakes of sawdust can get everywhere if you're not careful! As with all sawdust bales I've come across, this one was tightly packed, so you really have to dig your fingers in to pull out a handful.
These woodshavings are quite unremarkable- pale in colour, and smelling of wood with a slight chemically edge to them, they're pretty much the same as the other brands I've tried. The only difference is that these flakes seemed to be slightly thicker and a little more scratchy than most. Still, they made a perfectly decent base for Gimli's cage, providing all the usual moisture/odour control that you'd expect. As with all natural woodshavings (can you get unnatural ones?!), these are biodegradable, and can be added to the compost, although they do take quite a while to break down. They've also had the dust extracted (again, standard for small animal bedding), so they're completely safe for your pet.
The major downside to this product is its size. If you apply the recommended 3-6cm to your pet's cage, and change it weekly, this tiny pack will only last a few weeks at the most. As Gimli's cage is on the large side, and I like to give it a generous layer of sawdust, I got through this pack in just 2 weeks. Given the price, this would work out quite expensive if you bought it on a regular basis. Even the larger bale isn't great value compared to other brands. My advice would be to stick with a different brand- although the product quality is much the same, this 'Value' bag does not live up to its name, and there are many cheaper options available.
As my second youngest child has been nagging for a pet since almost before he could talk we decided that he was responsible enough to have a pet hamster with Mummy as back-up in case he didn't remember to do all the little things that are required with keeping a hamster. I have set a regular routine with my son where he has to clean his pet out three times a week to ensure that he gets in a thorough routine and that the hamster is never left in a dirty cage for a long period of time. The bedding of choice that we use is the small wood shavings because this is easy to scoop up and remove from the cage and relatively cheap to replace.
When we were in Tesco my son spotted this bedding and remarked that it looked like the type that Chip (the hamster) has. I spotted that it was just £1.59 and decided that we would give it a go as it was cheaper than the bedding that I purchased in the pet store when buying Chip.
The product is quite basic, it's just a large block of bedding which is well compacted and it is covered in plastic packaging which is quite strong. I have found it easy just to open the end of the bedding and then pull out the required amount for my son to use each time he is cleaning out the cage. There is lots of information on the packaging about how to use this bedding and the types of animals that the bedding is suitable for. The packaging is not possible to reseal once it's been opened so I have found it best to wrap a carrier bag over the end so that any loose bedding is scooped up and can be used when needed (I.e when we are running low!).
When we used this bedding for the first time the first thing that I noticed was that the bedding was quite dusty. Also, there was a thick natural wood smell to it (as you'd expect) which made me feel confident that this wasn't treated with lots of chemicals that would upset Chip in his house. When this bedding is a couple of days old it does retain quite a nice smell to it and doesn't soak up too much smell from Chip's mess. Because the bedding is quite dusty there is a lot more mess around the outside of the cage which my son has started to notice and even he (at 6) has made the connection between the mess and the new bedding we have been using. I would say that this is suitable for Chip as it keeps his cage clean and soaks up any liquids he may produce without leaving him sitting in sodden bedding but because it's so dusty I probably won't buy this again unless money is really tight.
You can tell that this is a cheap product because I have been using the one we purchased in our local pet store which was a lot chunkier and thicker. When Chip was thrashing around he didn't make anywhere near as much mess and it was a lot quicker for my son to clean out his cage as well. It's fair to say that I'd be happy to spend another £1 or so to buy a slightly better product just to save some time on the cleaning stage. I want owning a pet to be fun for my son yet still have it's responsibilities but I don't want it to take up all his free time when he could be playing with Chip.
There is enough bedding in this packet for quite a few bedding changes and so you do get value for money but it will take you a little more time to clean out your hamster and there will be a lot more mess all around the cage!
One thing I have found rather expensive since owning Colin the hamster is his bedding. Well it's basically wood shavings but I change it alot as he isn't exactly potty trained and I hate to see his cage looking a mess or thinking it may smell not so good!
I do like the Pets At Home one (of this type of product) for his comfort and the fact that as flooring it is absorbent. However it didn't work out cheap really although I liked it and being a novice at hamster owning I decided to give this a go as it cost £1.59 and therefore it had to be worth a try!
The product comes in an oblong see-through plastic packaging with a red, white and navy sort of colour-scheme going on. On one side of the pack I am told that it is Tesco 'Value' Small Softwood Bedding 'Ideal for rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals. Soft and absorbent natural bedding'. Other information given on the pack includes being told how to use the bedding and the pets it is suitable for, storage details are listed as are contact details for Tesco. It is a cheap looking pack and very obviously an economy 'stores own' type of product though my only real gripe with this is that once you open the pack up it's a real pain to reseal it yourself so I suggest you get something to keep this type of thing in, safe and dry.
The Product Itself:
Well as I touched on earlier this is called bedding on the pack though look on the directions for use on this one and we are told to cover the base of a hutch/cage with this and of about 3-6cm depth so that you make a soft and comfortable sort of carpet.
This is pretty much suitable for a lot of small pets and the list of course (if in doubt) is listed on the pack regarding the pets it is suitable for. The shavings are thin, small and a bit dusty really and are like pine wood in appearance and smell very natural of wood indeed.
However me and my Colin are not so keen on this. When he's messing about in his cage this is prone to flying over my home as it is so dusty. The smell stays nice, fresh and natural though but it moves easily around the cage as it is so light. As for it being absorbent I don't feel that it is as much as it should be, again down to its thinness and I do need to change it more often than other, more expensive brands I have used recently.
All in all I feel this is ok but it feels very economy to me. It looks nice enough in the cage though, isn't sharp which is something that concerns me and I find its easy to spread out and make a little of it go a very long way indeed!
Not bad but not great but if you trying to be economical or are stuck and need some it isn't too bad though I will personally from now on pay a little extra from Pets At Home for better quality stuff for Col......cos he deserves the best lol.
Only available in Tesco stores costing £1.59 a pack (no size is stated but this is the only size I have seen this available to purchase in).