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Purina Yesterday’s News Small Animal Bedding and Litter
Yesterday’s News is pelleted from specially processed recycled newspaper, combined with a unique ingredient that eliminates odor on contact and is 100% non-toxic to your pet. Available in three varieties: Small Animal, Rabbit, and Ferret – each specifically formulated for your individual pet’s needs. Yesterday’s News brand Small Animal Bedding Yesterday’s News Small Animal Bedding is up to 3x more moisture absorbent than traditional pine and cedar shavings. The texture of the pellets are specially designed for small animals. Ideal for animals that dig and burrow similar feel to traditional animal bedding but with the advantage of highly-effective odor control. Easy to clean-up, the high absorbency keeps habitats clean and dry. Low dust compared to pine and cedar shavings, perfume free and non-toxic. Available in 20 lb. packages. Yesterday’s News brand Rabbit Litter Yesterday’s News Rabbit Litter is the first litter tested and made specifically for domestic rabbits and their bathroom needs. You can feel comfortable in knowing that Yesterday’s News is 100% safe, rabbit tested and non-toxic. You no longer need to worry about your rabbit inhaling or ingesting harmful chemicals or dust. Will not harm your rabbit if eaten and won’t affect their liver enzymes. No more scraping or caking in your litter pan. Yesterday’s News absorbs up to twice the moisture of other litters traditionally used for rabbits. Available in 10 lb. packages. Yesterday’s News brand Ferret Litter Yesterday’s News Ferret Litter is specifically designed for the unique bathroom needs of ferrets. Yesterday’s News is up to 3x more moisture absorbent than other ferret litters. This high absorbency helps keep habitat clean and dry and the specially formed pellets provide highly-effective odor control. Plus, you don’t have to worry about your or your ferret inhaling harmful chemicals, perfumes, or dust. Available in 10 lb. packages. BlueStoneCommerce earns a portion of each sale.

Guinea pigs poop every six seconds. Okay, maybe that’s not entirely accurate. But if you’ve ever owned a guinea pig or two, you know what I mean. It seems like, for every pound of food you feed them, you get back two pounds of feces and a quart of urine. That’s why bedding or litter is one of the essential guinea pig supplies you will need. But all bedding materials are not created equally.

Sure guinea pigs are cute and lovable. But they’re also messy. One day you finish building that clean and pristine C&C guinea pig cage and within an hour it looks like the bleacher section in a post-Super Bowl football stadium. Although bedding is one of the most mundane guinea pig supplies, it is also one of the most critical in terms of your guinea pigs’ health. Bedding serves as the “toilet” in your cavy’s cage. It will help keep the cage clean and dry but, if not chosen with care, bedding can also be a health issue for your pigs.

Clay Cat Litter

When people think of bedding, many immediately think of the old-fashioned kitty litter. Clay bedding is very dusty and presents a respiratory health risk for your cavies. Clay cat litter should definitely be avoided.

Cedar Shavings

Cedar shavings are a popular bedding material because the familiar cedar scent helps to cover odors. Unfortunately, that distinctive cedar scent comes from toxic cedar oils. Many small rodents are allergic to wood oils. These oils can cause respiratory problems, rashes and other medical problems. Cedar is a hazardous bedding material that should be definitely avoided.

Pine Shavings

Like cedar, pine also contains wood oil. Although not as toxic as cedar shavings, pine shavings still appear to represent a health risk for your pet. Some debate still exists regarding pine shavings. And conclusions are not as definitive as for cedar shavings. But, if you are interested in creating a healthy home for your pets, pine shavings should still be avoided because they pose at least a potential health risk for your pet.

Aspen Shavings

Aspen is a hard wood. As such, it does not contain the harmful oils that are present in cedar and pine. This is evident because aspen wood (and the shavings) are not nearly as aromatic as the other two varieties. Because it is lacking harmful wood oils, aspen bedding is perfectly acceptable as a bedding material. The downside is that it tends to be a little pricier than cedar or pine shavings.

Paper Bedding

Paper bedding is made from recycled paper or from wood pulp fibers. This type of bedding is the preferred bedding material in terms of health, safety and performance. Because it is compressed during manufacturing, it is a low-dust bedding. It is highly absorbent. These types of bedding retard the formation of ammonia gas from urine—which can be harmful to your pet. Some brands also contain odor-reducing agents.

When it comes to guinea pig supplies, bedding tends to be one of the more unglamorous items. But it plays a very important role in terms of your guinea pigs’ health and welfare.

Yesterday's News Rabbit Litter (10 lbs.) Yesterday’s News Rabbit Litter (10 lbs.)
Yesterday’s News Rabbit LitterYesterday’s News Rabbit Litter is the first litter tested and made specifically for domestic rabbits and their bathroom needs. Yesterday’s News is pelleted from specially processed recycled newspaper, combined with a unique ingredient that eliminates odor on contact and is 100% non-toxic to your pet rabbit.You can feel comfortable in knowing that Yesterday’s News is 100% safe, rabbit tested and non-toxic. You no longer need to worry about your rabbit inhaling or ingesting harmful chemicals or dust. Will not harm your rabbit if eaten and won’t affect their liver enzymes.No more scraping or caking in your litter pan. Yesterday’s News absorbs up to twice the moisture of other litters traditionally used for rabbits.No perfumes or masking odors. BlueStoneCommerce earns a portion of each sale.




We Have Informational Videos!!!

Just a short note to let you know that BlueStoneCommerce has produced a few informational videos on Guinea Pig Supplies (and we are in the process of producing more). Here are links to the videos – you can choose your favorite video website to view them on…

TITLE: Guinea Pig Supplies – The Essentials You Need to Start
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TITLE: Guinea Pig Supplies – What You Need to Get Started
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TITLE: Guinea Pig Supplies – Guinea Pig Hay Types Explained
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Super Pet 16 oz. Top Fill Small Animal Water Bottle (16 oz.; 2.5 Super Pet 16 oz. Top Fill Small Animal Water Bottle (16 oz.; 2.5″ L X 4.5″ W X 10″ H; Blue)
Our water bottle with its top opening allows for super convenient cage-side refills without having to remove and replace. This bottle features an adjustable locking bracket that easily secures to any wire cage and includes a stainless steel double-ball sipper tube that stops leaks before they happen. We designed our bottle with an easy to grip handle making it a snap to switch out and clean. Plus, during warm weather you can easily add ice cubes to keep the water cool for your pet. BlueStoneCommerce earns a portion of each sale.


There’s one thing to remember when purchasing guinea pig supplies: a water dish is fine for a dog or a cat—but highly inadvisable for a guinea pig for at least two reasons. 1) Cavies tend to knock dishes or bowls over quite frequently and 2) they tend to defecate often—and all over the place. (Yes, even in their food and water dishes.) For these reasons, when selecting guinea pig supplies, you would be well-advised to avoid water dishes or water bowls and to equip your cage with a top quality water bottle.

Water Bowls—The Downside

Yes, you can put water in a heavy ceramic bowl to make it difficult for your guinea pigs to knock over. And you can even rationalize that it’s a better system for them because it looks more natural to watch them drink from a bowl than a water bottle. In the wild, they would have lapped up water from a pond or a stream—not sucked it out of a metal tube. But when the day is done, you will still be faced with a filthy water bowl; heavily contaminated with hay, feces, bedding and any other debris that your pigs can manage to fling in there. Yes, our cavies can be (dare I say it?) such pigs.
On the other hand, if your pigs do manage to flip the bowl over (and it’s very probable that they will), it will cause a wet spot in the bedding that can became an appealing breeding ground for mold, fungus, or other undesirable life forms.

Choose a Water Bottle with a Stainless Steel Sipper Tube 

The solution, of course, is to use a water bottle with a stainless steel ball bearing sipper tube. This will keep the water protected from contaminants. And, because it attaches to the wall of the cage, it will be free from spills.
Although a bowl is not suitable for offering water to your pigs, it is still a handy item to have. It is a good idea to put a small, heavy dish or bowl directly under the end of the sipper tube to catch excess water. If you watch your guinea pigs drink from their water bottle, you will observe that they do not gently lick the ball bearing end of the sipper tube. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. They aggressively attack the sipper tube. They chew on it. They shake it. They chomp, munch and crunch away at it until their thirst is quenched—all the while splashing, slopping and drooling excess water out of the lower side of their mouth because, as I said earlier: cavies can be such what? Right! Pigs.

When shopping for guinea pig supplies, be sure to select a top quality water bottle to reduce the probability of leaking. Yes, water bottles do leak occasionally. But if you find a wet area forming beneath your water bottle, suspect your guinea pigs’ drinking technique first. As I mentioned earlier, a bowl placed underneath the sipper is the solution. But make sure the bowl is heavy and sturdy as your pigs will most likely stand on it to drink.

Water bottles are available in several different styles with a variety features.

Lixit Quick Lock Flat Sided Water Bottle ()

Lixit Quick Lock Flat Sided Water Bottle Flat sided, drip-less water bottle mounts flush against the outside of your pet’s wire cage and provides clean, fresh water.Easy to install with quick-lock bracket that works vertically or horizontally.Floating turtle inside bottle lets you monitor water level at a glance. BlueStoneCommerce earns a portion of each sale.










PETCO Small Animal Igloo Hideaway (Medium; 12

PETCO Small Animal Igloo Hideaway (Medium; 12″ L X 10″ W X 6.5″ H; Assorted)

PETCO Small Animal Igloo Hideaway It’s the coolest hideaway for your small animal. PETCO Small Animal Igloo Hideaways provide your small animal with a sense of privacy, while you can observe all the action through the translucent plastic. One piece igloo is made of easy to clean plastic in fashion colors to add a splash of interest and style to your small pet’s home. Your small animal will love to hide and sleep inside the igloo and play, climb or even enjoy a treat on top of this durable hideaway. Offered in assorted translucent colors, please allow us to choose for you. BlueStoneCommerce earns a portion of all sales.


Guinea pigs are hunted and eaten in the wild. In the wild, it is the guinea pig who struts proudly across large open spaces that is the guinea pig who gets eaten first. The cavy who scurries and hides, lives to scurry and hide another day. So it’s no wonder that they like to hide for comfort and security. For this, reason, when shopping for guinea pig supplies, always remember to select a suitable nest box.

In the wild, guinea pigs are food. No matter how much we love our little pets, we have to face this reality. The fact that guinea pigs are hunted and preyed upon in the wild is what drives many of their behaviors. Perhaps you’ve noticed that your pigs do not naturally like to be picked up. Eventually, as you handle your cavies regularly and make friends with them, they may learn to tolerate the lifting; but they always look uneasy when you first pick them up. This is because, in the wild, being picked up meant danger. It was never a friendly, loving act. It was usually done by a bird of prey—or a much larger (and hungry) mammal.

It is for this reason that your domestic guinea pig instinctively loves to hide in small places. And it is also for this that a nest box or other shelter should absolutely be at the top of your shopping list of guinea pig supplies if you want your cavy to feel safe and secure.

Nest boxes come in several forms with a variety of advantages and disadvantages.

The Plastic Nest Box

Several varieties of plastic nest boxes are available. Some are shaped like igloos. Others are box-shaped. Some advantages of plastic nest boxes are that they have easy-to-clean surfaces, they come in a variety of colors and guinea pigs will generally not chew them up. Many of them come in translucent colors so that you can see your pigs right through the walls. A popular example of an igloo-shaped nest box is the
PETCO Small Animal Igloo Hideaway
.

An interesting variation of the plastic nest box is one constructed from Super Pet Waffle Blocks. The nest box is reconfigurable because it is built from snap-together colorful plastic panels.

The Wooden Nest Box

Wooden nest boxes usually come in simple cube-like shapes. Most are a natural wood color although there are some colorful wooden nest boxes such as the Super Pet Tropical Hide-Out (which also offers adjustable vents to allow airflow through the nest box).

Guinea pigs like to chew on wooden nest boxes. (One manufacturer has even named their product Gnawsome Hut to emphasize this feature.) Depending on your point of view, this is either an advantage or a disadvantage. If you view your nest box as a shelter for your pigs—and only a shelter for your pigs—then you are not going to appreciate them chewing on it. On the other hand, if you view it as a multi-purpose object for your pigs to enjoy as a shelter and as a chew-toy, then this is the choice for you.

The Fabric Nest Box

A less popular option is the cloth tent for guinea pigs. An example of this is the
Super Pet Sleep-E-Tent
. Advantages are that it is lined with fleece so that it is soft and plush for added comfort. The disadvantages are that it must be washed regularly. As an added feature, this particular model also unzips to form a hammock for your pigs.

The nest box is an important item that many people overlook. When it comes to guinea pig supplies, many items are frivolous and unnecessary. Other items are absolutely essential for your guinea pigs’ health, safety and wellbeing.


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Super Pet Tropical Hide-Out: CLICK ON PHOTO to Buy This colorful wood hide-out features adjustable vented sides that open to offer airflow for warm days and close to offer warmth on cool days. Hide-out is made from all-natural pine wood and colored with food safe colors. Easy to assemble hide-out comes with a free bottle of pet-safe glue for permanent assembly. Made in China. BlueStoneCommerce earns a portion of all sales.