I bought some fleece today in order to make a cuddle cup for a new piggy I'm getting Saturday since she appears quite pregnant (wanted her to have something soft to sleep on). However, I currently use aspen shavings in my guinea pig cages (Though for her quarantine cage I might just use a fleece blanket or something) and I was wondering if there was anything you could do to the bottom of the cuddle cup to prevent aspen from getting stuck on it? Also when washing fleece(mainly small items) could you just handwash in with a vinegar-water solution (or let it soak), rinse it and dry it or would you need to machine wash it with detergent or woolite or whatever?
In the future I am planning on switching to fleece with a kitchen area (probably of aspen), I just need to save up for the fleece and furniture pads.
I also have some questions for when I do switch to fleece:
If I fold a uhaul pad in half could I use just one layer of fleece, or would I still need two? Could I substitute a layer of towels for a second layer of fleece? Would more layers be more absorbent?
I've heard or one or two fleece users having problems with the piggies ripping holes in fleece. How could I prevent that before it might even start? Would a few cuddle cups and a maybe fleece-lined hidey house help?
Is fleece a safe and healthier choice for a pregnant sow and her future babies? Before anyone asks, I'm adopting a sow that certainly looks/acts pregnant by no fault of her current owner.
Also, if I want to have the fleece go up to the top edge of the coroplast, how can I secure it? Could I use velcro in places if I make sure it's securely attached and where the piggies can't get to it? Another thought I has was to sew fleece strips to the outside of the fleece and tie it to the grids, but I'm not sure how that would hold up in the wash.
I apologize for the length, I just want to make sure I do right by Mo and my boars. Two 2x4 cages are the reason I'm considering switching to fleece with a kitchen area, since a 4.0 cu ft bag typically last 2-3 weeks with one cage.
P.S. Mo sounds like she might be a good candidate for fleece since her current owner says she tends to only do her business in one corner of the cage. I'll have to wait and see during quarantine.