A revolutionary new enrichment bedding from the people who brought you ALPHA-dri®

Environmental enrichment

ALPHA Pad appeals to rodents’ natural behavior of nest building. Its long cotton fibers allow for easy shredding and manipulation.

Unparalleled cleanliness
ALPHA Pad is manufactured from 100% bleached cotton staple fibers to exacting standards. Please refer to the technical specifications for composition and contaminant information.

Low dust levels
Extremely long, 100% cotton staple fibers eliminate the potential for airborne dust after shredding.

The sheets are cut to size to fit standard shoe-box cages, allowing for quick and easy cage filling. The long, absorbent fibers also dump out of soiled cages easily. This allows for better use of valuable labor resources.

Exceptional absorbency
Staple cotton fibers are among the most absorbent fibers in the world. The shredded ALPHA Pad will absorb nearly 20 times its own weight which helps keep the animals clean and dry for several days.

ALPHA Pad is available in several different forms. Standard sheets are 6″ x 10″ in sealed poly bags at 50 sheets per bag. Each bag is packaged into a carton of 400 sheets. Sheets can also be cut to custom sizes – contact us to discuss your requirements.

The ALPHA Pad is easily autoclaved.

Reduced storage
One small carton of ALPHA Pads will bed the same quantity of cages as four bags of bedding.

Codes and sizes:
1034022 Alpha-pad Mouse 6″ x 10″ (400)
1034023 Alpha-pad Rat 7″ x 16″ (250)


Our Products

Not only do our products promote research integrity and enhance animal welfare, but they also are designed to assist our customers in operating an efficient and cost-effective research program. With a variety of options for bedding and enrichment, SSP offers everything you need for Excellence in the Cage.

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Why SSP?

Shepherd Specialty Papers has been family owned and operated for over 30 years, and we take pride in the unparalleled quality of our products, and our people. When you choose SSP, you are choosing award-winning products that are used in cutting edge studies by the largest research companies around the world.

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When you use bedding or enrichment products from SSP, you can be sure they’ve been subject to stringent standards through our Continuous Monitoring program. Let us show you what consistent, quality products look like for you and your animals. In-depth analysis reports for each of our products are available to all of our customers.

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