Rat Bedding

To keep your rat happily nesting and your cage tidy, you’ll need to get some good rat bedding for lining his cage. Chewy carries all the best rat bedding types and brands, so you should have no trouble finding a safe and comfortable material for your rats to burrow, frolic and relax in.

The best bedding for rats will be dust-free, absorbent, and comfortable for your pet. Most of the cheap rat bedding for sale that fits these criteria is made of paper, which has the added benefit of being compostable and biodegradable, too. You can find paper bedding in many different textures and piece sizes, and it comes in lots of fun colors, as well. Paper bedding saves on fuel use by being lightweight, and some of it is made from recycled pulp to reduce the strain on the environment. You can also use shredded paper as an economical pet rat bedding material, but make sure to use ink-free or non-toxic printed paper and avoid newsprint.

Avoid rat litter and bedding made from cedar or unprocessed pine shavings, as their aromatic oils can cause respiratory distress in your pet. Corn cob bedding can be problematic, too, as it can be dusty and promote mold growth and moisture buildup that’s bad for your rat. Soft aspen shavings are a dust-free, odor-free and suitable bedding for rats, but they can be less absorbent than paper and may not reduce odor as well. You can also use kiln-dried pine shavings that are free from harmful aromatic oils, or try a product made from eco-friendly pelleted wheat straw.

Whatever rat bedding you choose, you’ll find great deals on it and other essential rat supplies like rat food, rat treats, rat toys and the rat cages to put them all in at Chewy.com. Shop our wide selection of rat bedding and stock up on loads of your little bud’s favorite type!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do pet rats need bedding?

Rats need bedding to burrow, nest and eliminate in, so make sure to provide plenty of fresh bedding in their cage. Soft materials like paper or aspen wood work best, or try a litter made of eco-friendly wheat straw or kiln-dried pine. You may want to provide a mix of bedding materials so your pets can make their nests with the substrates they most prefer.

How often do I change my pet rat's bedding?

Change your pet rat’s bedding once or even twice a week and remove any soiled bedding or litter material daily. Cages housing many rats or those who aren’t litter trained may need to have their lining material changed more frequently. Be careful not to change the bedding too much, as rats find it stressful to be in a cage that doesn’t have their scent will stress-mark to make up for the lost odor. Well-ventilated cages made of wire will reduce the need for frequent bedding changes, as will using an absorbent, odor-trapping rat bedding material.

How do I set up Autoship on my pet rat's bedding?

Set up Autoship on your pet rat’s bedding by clicking the Autoship option at checkout when you order. You can set the frequency of your shipments here, too, and change the quantities and timing of your orders at any time. You can also cancel Autoship at any time if your needs change with no hassle. You’ll never find yourself without rat bedding again with Chewy’s convenient and easy Autoship service!

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