I can't express the happiness my husband and I feel over discovering this new bedding. It's cheap, lasts, virtually NO smell from our pigs can be detected, helps the pigs nails stay reasonably short without causing any foot issues, the Pigs love it, and it looks uniform and nice.
You can get it for 5-6 dollars a bag, and for a 4x2 c&c cage, one bag per changing works, and lasts up to 3 weeks, depending on how many piggies you have, and how much mess they make.
On a side note, this stuff can also be used for cat litter, for reptiles, rats, and also for farm animals! In fact, its MADE for horses. It's called Equine Pine, and you can purchase it from Tractor Supply. I know avid Cavy owners just read the word "pine," and probably fell out of their chairs ready to reply to my post so fast I'd freak, to picket against pine. We all KNOW that pine CHIPS and SHAVINGS are not good because of the oils. Esp in an enclosed cage. Relax. I know.
These are PELLETS...they have a light pine scent, and a shiny, hard surface. They absorb pee, water, and oder and can be removed as they "puff."
IF you still just can't think Pine and Anthrax aren't distant cousins, there is a similiar product, also at Tractor supply, also made for Horses, which is made of ALFALFA, and they can even eat it if they chose. It's twice the price, but the same concept. Also, don't be afraid to check out horse treats...dried apples and carrots are dried apples and carrots...and your cavy will love it, even if a horse is on the package. I saw cubes of hay in a 40 LB bag for $6 there.
HOWEVER, don't give g. pigs anything less than real guinea pig pellets to eat as a staple, because they have specific nutitional needs that aren't met in rabbit or horse pellets.
So go out there and give this new bedding a try, maybe washing that fleece everyday, or dealing with sopping paper shreds, or expesive saw dust won't be so attractive...
PS...the pellets can be dumped in your yard too, FYI, they disintigrate, and the pine also repels insects and fleas...and makes great mulch. You'll feel pretty smart after this purchase!