Preference of guinea pigs for bedding materials: wood shavings versus paper cutting sheet

Exp Anim. 2003 Jan;52(1):11-5. doi: 10.1538/expanim.52.11.


The preference of guinea pigs for bedding materials, wood shavings (WS) or paper cutting sheets (PS), was studied. Animals aged 8 weeks and 20 weeks showed a similar behaviour pattern during 30 min in the light, preferring WS to PS regardless of ages. Over both light and dark periods for 24 h, guinea pigs apparently preferred WS in the light, spending much more time resting in them than in PS. In the dark, the border-crossing was significantly more frequent than in the light, and the staying time was rather longer in PS than WS. The results suggest that guinea pigs prefer different bedding materials under light and dark conditions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Laboratory / psychology*
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology*
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Darkness
  • Guinea Pigs / psychology*
  • Housing, Animal*
  • Light
  • Male
  • Paper*
  • Wood*