What Is the Best Bedding for Pet Rats?

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I've raised various pet rodents, including rats. I love writing about animals and sharing my knowledge of how to care for them.

Safe Bedding Options for Rat Cages

Pet rat bedding is important not only for your rat's comfort, but also for yours. A good bedding will absorb urine well and keep your rat dry and healthy. The best beddings for rats include the following:

Paper Pellet BeddingStraw Pellet BeddingShredded Cardboard BeddingCloth Bedding

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.


Layla Williams on April 07, 2020:

I have read that rats are prone to respiratory issues if there bedding is dusty, so is carefresh the best option?

maria burch on February 11, 2020:

what about aspen bedding

Ahsha on November 01, 2018:

Thank you for the info on rats! I am about get a rat and want to be prepared.

Ellis on January 15, 2018:

This website is very useful!

At least to me.

rat lover x on November 27, 2016:

I don't own a pet rat yet, but hopefully soon I will. I cant believe there are people out there who don't like rats. there so cute!

I wanted to get a hamster, but my dad has gotten bit and his rats never bit him, and hamsters sleep in the day, and are loud at night. p.s I have a bearded dragon

Esward borre on November 20, 2016:

Although this article is absolutely wrong about pine bedding,it is therefore pretty informative

Stephanie Giguere from Worcester, MA on January 04, 2013:

I LOVE the picture! I always used Carefresh with my rats, and I would give them my old socks to use for bedding too. I hope to get more soon!

Natalie on February 19, 2012:

Cute photo, for my rats I use cut up fleece. I buy a BUNCH of fleece blankets from my local dollar store. They are inexpensive. I cut up the fleece blankets and use it for all the bedding. once or twice a week I gather all the fleece, but it into a couple of mesh laundry bags to keep it all together, and launder normally. This has been a great, affordable alternative to wood-chippings or newspaper. I also use the same fleece cut into larger sections as hammocks in the cage. All in all it ends up being more affordable, and more comfortable for everyone, a real win win situation. **on a side note, I keep my rats litter trained. This has allowed me to use a re-usable materials in the cage without to much mess and odor. Litter training is very easy with a little patients, only take a couple weeks or a month or persistence to do

christinepurr on November 08, 2011:

Awesome hub!! I LOVE rats, they're probably my favorite animal along with dogs, and bedding is such an important factor in owning rats. Pine and cedar can make ratties lives shorter, and many people don't know that! I like to use cloth bedding. The rats have fun chewing it up and making their own nests, or wherever they like to put it lol. I don't mind washing bedding and it's probably more cost efficient than constantly buying bags of pellet bedding.

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on October 13, 2011:

You are so right! Why does pine bedding or cedar bedding even exist? I always hear to never use it, yet it is in every pet store. Weird! Very helpful hub and voted up!

Michele McCallister from USA on October 13, 2011:

Very interesting and informative hub. Certain to be a great resource for pet rat owners. I don't have a pet rat and probably won't as I am a bit scared of them plus my pet pal Kipperdoodles, the dachshund would probably give it a rough time. Cute photo!! Keep hubbing !! Voted up and interesting.

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on October 13, 2011:

This was a really interesting hub and I loved the photo at the beginning - so cute!! I have never owned a pet rat so I didn't realise how many precautions you had to take with bedding and so on. Very useful information.

Voted up!

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