When I discovered fleece bedding, my life changed forever! The odor was minimized, I no longer have wood or paper shavings all over the place and I have saved so much money since switching to fleece!
The first thing that you must know before switching over to fleece bedding is that sweeping the cage daily is a must; however, I am able to sweet four cages in under 20 minutes, it is very quick! You can do this with a small hand held broom and dustpan, or a vacuum (preferably a filter free vacuum or you will spending a majority of your time cleaning the filter out).
First thing’s first, choose the kind of fleece that you want to use. There are three options:
1. A simple sheet of fleece at the bottom of the cage with some sort of absorbent material under (I prefer U-Haul pads).
2. Fleece Flippers from Guinea Pig Market which is what I prefer to use due to the small removable pieces of fabric, making cleaning a lot easier!
3. You can get a custom made fleece cage liner on Etsy.
Now that you have decided on the type of fleece that you are going to use for your piggy’s cage, you must prepare the fleece for use.
One of the benefits of using fleece is that it will wick the urine from the surface of the fabric to the absorbent material underneath. This helps keep not only the odor down, but the cage nice and dry minimizing the possibility for bumble foot. In order to make sure that the fleece that you have chosen will wick the urine through, you must wash it roughly 3 times in order to remove the waxy substance that is found on the fleece after production.
*Tip: Do NOT use any dryer sheets on your fleece, as this will cause the fabric to lose it’s wicking ability.
All in all, fleece is my absolute favorite bedding! I have used wood shavings and paper bedding in the past, but I have found that my piggies even seem to prefer the fleece as well.
If you have any questions about using fleece in your guinea pig cages, please comment down bellow or shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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