An Arizona Rat BreederRattie & Mattie's Rattery

An Arizona Fancy Rat Breeder
Located in Bullhead City, Az

Bedding, Bedding, Which one do I chose?

Well we all know that Pine and Cedar are not options, but you'll find them on this page anyway.
BUT, what you'll also find is the pros and cons to most of the beddings and brands even that you can find out there!

So sit back and take it easy as we have just made selecting a bedding for your small friend easy!


What are the Pros of this bedding: It's fluffly & usually in big chunks so if any falls to the floor it's easy to just scoop up. The boys love to nest in it, burrow through it, eat it -_-.
What are the Cons of this bedding: Aside from the slight odd smell it has out of the bag, nothing. Wait, price Sad.
How is it's dust?: It has a moderate amount of dust. Some bags more dusty than others. The Ultra makes my boys sneeze like CRAZY. I advise to stay AWAY from Ultra.
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up?: It holds up well, sometimes I can stretch it a good week and a half, but toward the end it does have a strange odor, not overwhelming though.

What are the Pros of this bedding: Fluffy and fun for digging. Lots of volume that makes for a poofy cage floor.
What are the Cons of this bedding: Stinky, expensive and really dusty.
How is its dust? So dusty that you could see the accumulation of dust on the plastic cage from static. It made the fuzzbutts sneeze like crazy. 
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up? More absorbent then aspen but didn't do much to control odors.

What are the Pros of this bedding: Rats don't fling it everywhere, nor do they try to eat it.  Easier to see poop laying on top of it.
What are the Cons of this bedding:  Dusty, not as absorbent
How is it's dust? Not the best.
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up? Decent, but YN is better.


What are the Pros of this bedding: I think it controls odor very well, seems comfortable, and above all, is safe. Wink
What are the Cons of this bedding: Maybe a little pricey, but that's all I can think of. You get what you pay for, in my opinion. Wink
How is it's dust? A little, but not much. Far FAR less dusty than regular Carefresh, which actually makes ME sneeze.
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up? I have no problems with odor control whatsoever. The only time I smell anything is if it gets humid. I personally think it's because I use an enzyme cleaner on my cage (CritterFresh), which breaks down urine residue nicely. I highly recommend it!


What are the Pros of this bedding: minimal dust, smells good, easy to clean, ratties like it
What are the Cons of this bedding: Easily kicked from cages, if spilled hard to get all up with our vacuum
How is it's dust? minimal
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up?: Very well actually with a good smelling natural smell to boot.



What are the Pros of this bedding: N/A
What are the Cons of this bedding: N/A
How is it's dust? N/A
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up? N/A



What are the Pros of this bedding: It's cheaper, it absorbs everything nicely, I've never noticed a real smell to it, even when I forget to change it for days and days. Easy to vacuum up.
What are the Cons of this bedding: It's very light and gets flung everywhere.
How is it's dust? I haven't noticed much dust to it.
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up? Very well. I've tried using aspen and carefresh both smelled horrid after a few days, this doesn't at all!


What kind of bedding do you use?: Eco Bedding with Triple Odor Protection (blue bag)
What are the Pros of this bedding: It absorbs nicely and the wet stuff stays at the bottom to dry leaving already dry stuff on top for the ratties to walk on. They love to burrow in this. It also expands a lot.
What are the Cons of this bedding: If it gets out of the cage, it's easily dragged around the house on socks etc...
How is it's dust? No dust.
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up? It does a decent job of controlling odor (I had 3 rats using it and now 2).

*RAMR's Bedding of Choice!*
What kind of bedding do you use?: Eco Bedding with Triple Odor Protection (blue bag)
What are the Pros of this bedding: It's EXCELLENT on absorbing Odor, and wetness. I LOVE how fluffy it is, and just how much the rats LOVE to play in it! And a lil bit goes a long, LONG way! Easy to clean up too! It is Well Worth the money!
What are the Cons of this bedding: I have no Cons at the moment about this bedding.
How is it's dust? No dust!!
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up? I used it in all my cages, and this bedding lasts twice as long as any other bedding I have used.


ANY PINE OR CEDAR AT ALL IS NOT GOOD FOR YOUR PET! ANY PET AT ALL, ESPECIALLY SMALL ANIMALS!
Cedar and pine became popular for pet bedding material because they are good at controlling odor and have some natural insecticidal properties (they kill or repel bugs, especially cedar). These softwood shavings smell nice due to the volatile compounds (e.g. aromatic hydrocarbons, phenols) that are given off. Unfortunately these compounds have been implicated as a potential health risk, especially with regards to respiratory problems (asthma, inflammation, allergic responses) and changes in the liver.
http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/guineapigs/a/woodshavings.htm


What are the Pros of this bedding: Soft, fuzzbutt likes to dig in it. Natural material.
What are the Cons of this bedding: Flinging potential is high.
How is it's dust? None
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up? Very well.





What are the Pros of this bedding: None that I can think of.
What are the Cons of this bedding: It's Extremely DUSTY, and SMELLS soooo bad! Smells like an Ash tray, and makes your rats smell like one too. Dust builds up on their tails after just about 2-3 days. Rats and Humans have a very HIGH allergy problem with it.
How is its dust? HORRIBLE. It's more dust then you find in the desert! *and I live in one!*
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up? It masks the odors with an ash tray smell. So pretty good if you like that kind of stuff.

Random Brands of Aspen:

What are the Pros of this bedding: Deals well with smell, absorbent, I find it to be attractive
What are the Cons of this bedding: Sticks to fleece, is a pain to vacuum.
How is it's dust? I haven't noticed any dust
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up? pretty good, I'd say mid-range.

What are the Pros of this bedding: It's cheaper than most paper based bedding, I like the way it looks, doesnt smell bad like other wood shavings.
What are the Cons of this bedding: It gets everywhere, and it clogs my vacuum sometimes.  Roll Eyes
How is it's dust? None, really.
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up? Very well, actually.

What are the Pros of this bedding: Cheap, absorbent, rats like digging in it, no toxic phenols.
What are the Cons of this bedding: Slightly scratchy.
How is its dust? Great.
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up? Awesome. I love the odor control.

What are the Pros of this bedding: Cheap.
What are the Cons of this bedding: Stinks, gets flung around, sticks to carpets so it's hard to clean up. Fuzzbutts won't sleep on it and push it out of their cage. Didn't absorb water/pee very well and stayed wet for a long time.
How is its dust? Semi dusty. Sifting it with a strainer helped a lot.
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up? Horrible. Sometimes the cage would smell 12 hours after it was cleaned.

What are the Pros of this bedding:Cheap, safe
What are the Cons of this bedding:Sticks to material, scatters
How is it's dust?None that I've noticed
And lastly odor control, how does it hold up?great






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