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    need disposable solution

    HI
    I'm a new pig owner to an awesome guy named Garfunkel and getting a new pig this weekend my mom does not want fleece or towels in the washer so i need a disposable solution my cage is separated into to areas a play and a bathroom/food area because i read that they will go to the bathroom where they eat I'm considering puppy pads and care fresh in a litter box.I would appreciate any advice recommendations or suggestions

    PS i also need to be aware of odor control

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    Re: need disposable solution

    Kiln-dried wood shavings, carefresh, Yesterday's News, and wood pellets are all options for you. Disposable puppy pads will get expensive pretty quickly. Of the things I listed above, wood pellets are the cheapest, the others are all roughly the same price. I've used aspen shavings, which were pretty good at odor control, and I currently use wood pellets, which are excellent at odor control.

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    Re: need disposable solution

    Garfunkle's Papa.........

    Do you have an Ocean State Job Lot nearby? I buy puppy pads there (inexpensive) to line the cage, with a variety of litter on top. Personally, I don't like Carefresh very much because I didn't find it very good at odor control and far too expensive. I much prefer Petco's Eco/Green pellets... the crumbled paper w/baking soda being my favorite.

    I'm currently experimenting with Carefresh (without odor control) mixed with the Petco and it seems to control the odor pretty well. I don't know what state you're in, but look for a local Agway or feed store for bedding......far less expensive.

    BTW, I put a double layer of the puppy pads in the end of the cage where he urinates frequently. Then I can slide out the top soiled one and get more mileage out of the litter. The cage is changed and scrubbed from top to bottom each week.

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    Re: need disposable solution

    BTW, BP.......can you provide the link to your post on wood pellets, please. Thanks.....

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    Re: need disposable solution

    spy9doc, which pellets post are you talking about? I've written about pellets several times, but none of them stand out in my memory.

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    Re: need disposable solution

    Are you saying lining a litter box with a puppy pad and then covering it with carefresh? That's what I do, except I use Back-2-Nature bedding which I like a lot, and it keeps the smell down! I buy cheap puppy pads from Walmart. I change the litter box pretty often (maybe every other day or so--the rest of my cage is fleece) I still think Carefresh is a good bedding for a litter box or wood pellets like bpatters was telling you about with the puppy pads underneath. They don't smell as quickly as newspaper and it keeps the plastic trays that I use for the litter boxes from getting really nasty on the bottom.

    Hope I could help!

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    Re: need disposable solution

    BP......as active as you are here on the forum, there's no way you can remember everything. No worries, I was just being lazy....and with a bit of sleuthing, found the post:

    http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/...mell-down.html

    Always looking to learn something new.

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    Re: need disposable solution

    When I first started I used incontinence pads (they were cheaper than puppy pads) from Wal-mart and carefresh on top. This worked well but got expensive-which is why I switched to fleece. I didn't have any problems with odor and changed it all out once a week.

    I did have a litter box at one end of the cage with hay and food and I changed that twice a week or more just because they peed/pooped more in there.

    But you can find different versions of cheaper carefresh too. And shop around-my farm and home store sells Carefresh for $5 cheaper than the petco or petsmarts here.

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    Re: need disposable solution

    Wood pellets are only good for litter boxes, it's not good to use them as bedding, it will hut their feet.For mine, I used news paper as base and then shredded news paper as bedding. For odor control, I change it 2 times a day. If that's too much for you, you could still use news paper as base and then wood shavings for bedding. Although shredded paper is still cheaper.

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