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How Often Should I Change My Small Animal's Bedding?

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘happy pet, happy life?’ We didn’t think so.

We just made it up to help discuss rules of paw and claw for cleaning your furry friend’s habitat.

Catalyst makes small animal bedding—our latest and greatest product offering— and we want you to know exactly how to keep your pet and its home happy and healthy.

First and foremost, use Catalyst’s sustainable, high performing small animal bedding, which is made from Douglas fir residuals and is the only small pet bedding on the market that is hypoallergenic with a minimal amount of phenols. Starting with a stellar product will make your cleanup easier.


Because our small animal bedding is highly absorbent of odors and waste, it’s comfortable and safe for tiny paws, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic—the only small animal bedding on the market that can make this claim! Many wood-based small animal beddings contain phenols, which can cause organ failure, respiratory irritation, and other ailments.

What else can help make your pet and its home happy and healthy?

Spot clean/scoop on the daily to give the bedding the best opportunity to perform and last as long as possible. Plus, this will help keep odors at bay. Ammonia buildup in your pet’s cage can also adversely affect respiratory health, another great reason to scoop frequently.

Even with frequent spot cleaning, you’ll want to change your pet’s bedding entirely every 1–2 weeks. Let your nose be your guide as well – if odors are noticeable to you, your small pet has likely been aware of this issue much longer than you! An excellent sense of smell is innate in furry friends, allowing them to find food and avoid danger.

When it’s time to clean, remove and dispose of all bedding, keep in mind that Catalyst’s Douglas fir bedding is biodegradable! A win for pets, people, and the planet, which is always top of mind with our products.

Use hot soapy water and a brush or sponge to scrub the entire cage. Ensure it’s completely dry before adding fresh bedding to a depth of about 2—3 inches. The amount of bedding needed can vary depending on the type of pet you have and the size of your enclosure. You can calculate how much bedding you need by multiplying the length and width of your enclosure by the depth of the bedding you want for your pet. This number should be the volume of bedding you need. Or if that is just too much mental gymnastics, there’s a helpful chart on the back of our packaging with fill recommendations, too!

Our bedding comes in a 4-pack, with each package containing 19.6L (1,200 cubic inches) of usable volume. The bags are easy to lift and the contents expand once opened.

We can’t wait for you and your furry friends to experience the Douglas difference in our small animal bedding! Purchase online and save on your first subscription order!

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