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Lauren&Pigs
04-19-09, 12:56 pm
Hello!
I've been considering adopting a third guinea pig from my local shelter, but my mom said no. After asking why and such, it's because of smell. She says that it smells too much just with two pigs. So, she's giving me a chance to sort of "prove" myself, to see if I can handle having three pigs, and control the smell.

Are there any tips you have for reducing smell, or making it nonexistent?
I just switched to only fleece with no litter box, hoping that I could change the fleece more often to reduce the smell. I have 3 layers of towels underneath the fleece, and the fleece is double layered (it comes doubled up, so I just sewed it so it's doubled). I'm also going to try to clean and vacuum my room more often. My mom really doesn't like the smell of pee and hay mixed. So, I have a hay rack now, and it helps so that most the hay isn't peed on. Thanks for any tips!

walleandeva
04-19-09, 12:58 pm
You should only really have one layer of fleece on top of your towels.

Lauren&Pigs
04-19-09, 01:06 pm
Really? It seems very thin. :/
I do have new fleece that I can cut and make two fleece layers out of instead of one.
Thanks for the tip.

starshine123102
04-19-09, 01:10 pm
If you have a boar (or boars) they tend to be more smelly than females. When you change their cage put in a piece of fleece or a toy that has their scent on it so they don't feel as much need to remark the cage with their scent. That may help cut down on the smell.

Also, you may need to change and wash you bedding more than once a week. Keep multiple sets handy so you can replace it while the other is being cleaned.

Lauren&Pigs
04-19-09, 01:14 pm
Thank you!
All my fleece except one (or two layers now) are doubled up and sewn. So, I guess I will have to change the fleece more..
I have females too- but they still seem smelly!
I also read that if you leave a cup of vinegar near the cage, it absorbs smell- so i'm going to try that. :)

Paula
04-19-09, 01:19 pm
I would go to just one layer of fleece, vacuum or pick up all the poo and stray hay at least once a day, and if you can do entire bedding changes more than once a week, that is a great way to keep odors down.

As for boars being more "smelly" - they do mark things with their lovely boar musk, but boys are actually cleaner and neater than females as far as keeping their cages tidy, in my experience.

In addition to the vinegar near the cage, you might also try a box of baking soda too.

claire
04-19-09, 01:22 pm
I have read of people sprinkling baking soda on the coroplast, underneath all the towels to help absorb odours. Is this definitely safe?

Paula
04-19-09, 01:26 pm
It's safe, but it gets really gross.

starshine123102
04-19-09, 01:28 pm
As for boars being more "smelly" - they do mark things with their lovely boar musk, but boys are actually cleaner and neater than females as far as keeping their cages tidy, in my experience.

My girl was so much neater before we adopted our neutered boar. He's a slob and now she is too. I used to only have to pick up poos from one corner and now it's all over the place. Maybe I just got lucky with her for a while.:)

Paula
04-19-09, 01:36 pm
A single pig will generally behave a lot differently than s/he would in pairs or groups.

I'm not saying it's true of every pig, but of all the males I've had and all the females I've had, the boys have absolutely always been neater than the girls. No idea why that is.

greybear36
04-19-09, 02:17 pm
My 3 girls are a lot cleaner than my boy who is a poop machine. The girls all do most of their poops in their litter boxes or beds but because he's only young I can tell it's the boy Fudge who poops everywhere cos his poops are smaller!! I change their fleece and towels twice a week and spot-clean at least twice a day. In fact every time we have a chat I'm picking up poops!!! Lol. Plus i only have one layer of fleece and 3 layers of towels. Hope this helps!!

Lauren&Pigs
04-19-09, 02:49 pm
Thank you all for the replies! I will cut the sewn fleece apart so I will just have one layer. I'll also try the vinegar and the box of baking soda. I'll try to clean the cage more than once a week! :)

Paula
04-19-09, 02:50 pm
Besides towels, you can also try mattress pads and/or old blankets and comforters. I've gotten a lot of that stuff at local Goodwills and thrift shops and they are far preferable to towels, for a number of reasons. They are also a lot softer and "cushier" for the pigs.

Even with all the pigs I have, I don't start having odor issues usually until the day or two before I clean the cages, and I don't use ANY towels. I don't know if that has anything to do with it, but it might be worth a try.

pigsmakemesmile
04-19-09, 03:16 pm
spot cleaning daily and bedding changes 2x a week helps. I use fleece in their pen and shavings in their hideys. I have all boars and they poo all over their pen.
they're pigs heheh.

ferndalezoo
04-19-09, 04:21 pm
I have 4 boars in a cage. What we did was I made several sets of bedding (a "set" is the towels and fleece, 3-4 beds, a hammock (only 1 of my pigs will use it), covers for their bent-grid hideys, and a mattress for the "bunk bed". Every day, I sweep up the poops, scoop all the old hay out of the hayloft, and put in fresh hay. Twice a week, I take the whole assembly out and put in new. Wash the old set. We have no problem with odor.

AllysGuineas
04-19-09, 05:45 pm
Your lucky you even HAVE two pigs!

MapleOwl18
04-20-09, 03:03 pm
Also make sure the fleece is whicking the moisture through. The fleece isn't supposed to be a barrier or absorber for any of the water its basically supposed to let it right through.

I put water on top of the fleece and see if it beads up or not. You need to wash the fleece 3 times with a unscented no fabric softener detergant before using it. This gets rid of the water barrier. The unscented part is for your piggies nosies, and the no softener keeps it from getting a coating of "softener" that stops the water from getting through. I use unscented, hypo-allergenic All, and have different detergents for the piggies and humans.

Barb1222
05-17-09, 08:57 pm
Even with all the pigs I have, I don't start having odor issues usually until the day or two before I clean the cages, and I don't use ANY towels. I don't know if that has anything to do with it, but it might be worth a try.

How many pigs do you have? And how often do you change your bedding?

I have eight piggies - 5 girls & 3 boys - and my girls' cage gets stinky pretty fast. I use fleece with mattress pads only - a couple layers, so it's nice & cushy. I sweep up poops twice a day and change the fleece once a week. I just added an upper level where the hay rack will be placed & a litterbox of aspen bedding under it...I'm hoping that will help with the odor, since they poo & pee A LOT by the hay.

I may have to start cleaning cages more often.

NicholsS10
05-17-09, 09:24 pm
My pigs cage used to really smell only after a few days (even with spot cleaning daily and whole cage cleaning twice a week). What has help with me is location, location, location. I live in a moderate sized (for a college student) one bedroom apartment. I use to have my 5 pigs in the bedroom, but I wanted to expand the cage, so I had to move it out to the living room to do so. With the expanded cage I only have to do a whole cage cleaning once a week now, but the smell has gone down A LOT! I think it has to do with my living room being almost twice the size as my bedroom. What has also helped me is having windows open whenever the weather permits, using a hay rack, and probably the BEST thing has helped me out with odors is...an air purifier! I got one for christmas. It's a large tower one that designed for the size of my living room. I constantly leave it running. It has help a lot!

greybear36
05-17-09, 11:52 pm
I use one of these too. Got it off Ebay and if it is switched off at all I notice the difference straight away!! It' great :D

Furry's Friend
05-18-09, 07:26 am
I suggest that when you clean the cage, wipe it down with a 50-50 solution of vinegar and water before putting in the clean bedding (just mix some up in a spray bottle). You could also add about 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse water when you wash the bedding. Vinegar kills germs and reduces odor.

Piggy4Mathai
05-20-09, 12:23 pm
Every suggestion has helped me, and I didn't even have to post the question :).

I never would have thought to use fleece.

Can you "litter box" train a pig, or do you just put the "litter box" in a spot that you notice the piggy is poo'ing most in?

akstrohm
05-20-09, 03:56 pm
Can you "litter box" train a pig, or do you just put the "litter box" in a spot that you notice the piggy is poo'ing most in?

You put the litter box in the area most used. This works pretty well though for a lot of pigs.

luvmycavies
05-21-09, 12:17 am
I noticed for us the smell has been reduced since....
A. I use a vinegar and water solution to clean the cage
B. I use vinegar in the rinse cycle whenever I wash the bedding
C. I put a layer of mattress pad, towel then baking soda then fleece
D. sweep up at least once to twice a day
E. rotate cozies or anything else soft every 2 days

akstrohm
05-21-09, 10:14 am
Baking soda doesn't do much at all for absorbing odors--it just gets messy. The other tips work very well.

greybear36
05-21-09, 10:33 am
What are mattress pads? Also can you spray the vinegar/water solution over clean fleece at full cage clean to help prevent odours? Obviously I would make sure it was completely dry before I put my pigs back

lissie
05-21-09, 10:43 am
What are mattress pads? Also can you spray the vinegar/water solution over clean fleece at full cage clean to help prevent odours? Obviously I would make sure it was completely dry before I put my pigs back
At full cage clean, you'll want to remove your fleece and wash them. And put clean/washed fleece in the cage. It's nice to have more than one set of fleece/mattress pads (or towels) so you don't have to wait for the laundry.

Mattress pads are like this: Amazon.com: Deluxe 100% Cotton Damask Stripe Mattress Pad, Queen: Home & Garden (http://www.amazon.com/Deluxe-Cotton-Damask-Stripe-Mattress/dp/B000NPNQS0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1242924062&sr=8-1)

You don't need expensive one, just make sure it has 100% cotton top. The link I posted is just an example.

Edit: Sorry, I just reread your post and noticed "Also can you spray the vinegar/water solution over clean fleece at full cage clean". So I guess you're asking of you can spray on the new set you put in? I don't think it's a good idea since it might irritate them even if you leave your new fleece to dry.

greybear36
05-21-09, 10:52 am
Ok thanks. They seem to be called mattress protectors over here. Do I need a waterproof one or just a material one? Also there's one on Amazon.co.uk but it says it's polycotton. Would that be ok?

lissie
05-21-09, 11:14 am
I guess it depends on what type of waterproof ones, some will not absorb urine, some will absorb and protect the mattress from getting wet. Don't buy the ones that show water pooling on the top of the mattress protector, they won't absorb urine.

These types of waterproof ones will work.
Amazon.com: Priva Ultra Plus Waterproof Sheet Protector, 34" x 52", White: Health & Personal Care (http://www.amazon.com/Priva-Ultra-Waterproof-Sheet-Protector/dp/B000FOA7C2/ref=rsl_mainw_dpl?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
Amazon.com: Soaker Mattress Pad: Baby (http://www.amazon.com/Unknown-Soaker-Mattress-Pad/dp/B0001YIB1A/ref=rsl_mainw_dpl?ie=UTF8&m=A2CSHO47QL9TE2)
Amazon.com: Duro-Med 3-Ply Quilted Reuseable Underpad, 30 x 36: Health & Personal Care (http://www.amazon.com/Duro-Med-3-Ply-Quilted-Reuseable-Underpad/dp/B0009STNG0/ref=rsl_mainw_dpl?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER)