If you can get consistent quality wood shavings they should be ok too but I usually find one batch ok, the next is dusty etc. Mind you I've now changed where I buy things from and they seem better. If you don't want bedding on the floor however the best thing to do is not to keep rodents :lol: Either that or buy a shed
I use clean straw to bed my mice but you have to make sure there is no mold and if it's good quality their will be little to no dust plus the nest they build with them are just fabulous I also add shredded newspaper and paper towels when the does are close to due.
I have been bedding mine on shredded cross cut paper office not newspaper which I also use for the rabbits and a handful of hay which they mix together and tunnel through, is this ok? Just thought I had better check.