VIDEO.:  Avoid these bedding options

Cedar Shavings

  • One doesn’t have to search very hard to find numerous warnings and studies showing the dangers of using cedar for animal, reptile or bird bedding.  NEVER use cedar shavings because they contain a toxin called Plicatic Acid and other aromatic (volatile) hydrocarbon or phenol compounds.
  • These phenols are what give the shavings their scent and what repel fleas and moths but they are the same compounds that lead to numerous problems in small mammals.
  • The use of cedar shavings can lead to respiratory illnesses, liver problems and some types of cancer.
  • To our knowledge the only recommended use by veterinarians is for filler in dog beds.


  • A few owners have used hay as a nesting option for their hedgehogs.
  • As long as the hay is from packaged from a pet store it should be fine.
  • Hay used for large livestock hasn’t been treated for anything that could make your hedgehog sick.
  • As long as the igloo or sleeping area remains clean it is a comfortable, natural bedding.
  • Hay is generally NOT recommended as the main cage bedding.


  • Sawdust
  • Straw
  • Garden soil and leaves
  • Gravel
  • All bedding should be properly cleaned and processed to remove the risk of mites and other parasites.

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