Mouse Bedding

To keep your mouse happily nesting and your cage tidy, you'll need to get some good mouse bedding for lining your cage. Chewy carries all the best mouse bedding types and brands, so you'll have no trouble finding the perfect material for the bottom of your cage. Here are a few things to know before choosing a new lining material for your habitat.

The ideal bedding for mice will be dust-free, odor- and moisture-absorbing, and comfortable for your pet. Most of the cheap mouse bedding for sale that fits these criteria will be 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 also 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 a cheap mouse bedding material, but make sure to use ink-free or non-toxic printed paper and avoid newsprint.

Avoid mouse litter and bedding made from cedar or unprocessed pine shavings, as their aromatic oils can cause respiratory distress in your pets. Soft aspen shavings are dust-free, odor-free and suitable for mice, 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 you choose to use to line your mouse cage, you'll find great deals on it and other essential mouse supplies like mouse food, mouse toys and the mouse habitat to put them in at Chewy.com. Shop our wide selection of mouse bedding and stock up on loads of your little buddy's favorite type!

Frequently Asked Questions About Mouse Bedding

Do mice need bedding?

Mice 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 much bedding do mice need?

Mice need at least three inches of bedding at the bottom of their cage for good health and hygiene. Mice love to burrow in their bedding, so a greater depth works well, and more bedding materials also mean more odor control if you've chosen an absorbent bedding. Having an adequate depth of bedding will also provide comfort for their feet and warmth when they nest and rest in it.

How often do you change mice bedding?

Change mouse bedding at least once a week and remove any soiled bedding or litter material daily. Cages housing many mice or those with males, who tend to have more fragrant urine, may need to have their lining material changed more frequently. Be careful not to change the bedding too much, as mice find it stressful to be in a cage that doesn't have their scent and many males will stress-mark to make up for the lost scent. You can try leaving a little of the older bedding in there after cleanings if you think your mouse is upset, or just try changing the bedding a little less frequently.