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stipma
03-20-05, 09:14 pm
After two days of headaches I've given up on aspen. I don't know if I got a bad bag or what but it had a pretty strong smell. So I went out and bought the boys some fleece. I really hope the fleece works because they were popcorning like crazy and seemed really happy in it. I also got some good first pics of them so I'll post them soon. Thanks to everyone who has suggested the fleece at one time or another.

Treen
03-21-05, 07:52 am
Glad it's working for you!

suzy_99
03-21-05, 09:36 am
I'm glad that you like the fleece, but just remember that sometimes you have to try different combinations of things under the fleece before you find what you like best. So don't give up right away if something doesn't work. At first I had fleece with towels underneath and I found it stunk, so then I tried newspaper, but I found that I didn't have enough newspaper to keep up with them. Finally I now have homemade fleece blankets with cotton batting inside them and puppy training pads in the spots that they wet most and I love it. I hope it works good for you.

stipma
03-21-05, 10:26 am
thanks for the advice

Plummie
03-21-05, 06:22 pm
I was thinking of switching to fleece also, but I have a few questions. Does the batting get funky after you wash it? I've made things with fleece and batting and it got all bunched up and lumpy. Also how much are the wee-wee pads and how often do you change them? Does the cost add up quickly?

suzy_99
03-21-05, 08:14 pm
To make the batting not bunch up you have to sort of quilt the blanket by sewing lines all throughout it. You can also get a polyester batting that is more like a blanket itself and that will never bunch. I buy about 32 puppy pads for $10 canadian (so about $7 american). I use about 3 in my cage at one time and I only change them everyday 2 or 3 days depending on how much they were used. So my whole cage only cost me about $10 per month, this would be a little bit more if you have to pay for your laundry services. The initial cost is a bit more, but the fleece should last at least a couple of years, so I think that it is definetely worth it. Alot of people will actually get 2 layers of fleece and sew batting between them, but I just use old sheets for the back so this cost me absolutely nothing.

Plummie
03-22-05, 10:03 am
Okay that makes sense! Do you use velcro to hold the pads in place?

suzy_99
03-22-05, 10:05 am
no they just kinda stick to the tablecloth that I have underneath and the fleece is almost like velcro against them. As mentionned before I have no bottom to my cage, so I buy my fleece so that it is about 2 inches bigger all around, then I set the cage directly on top of the fleece and the connectors hold it in place. My guineas have not yet been able to dig under it and I doubt they ever will.

Plummie
03-26-05, 09:04 pm
Nice. :) I'm still debating whether I should sew polyester batting or terry cloth crib pads between my fleece and cotton sheet. Which one would absorb better do you think?

stipma
03-26-05, 10:19 pm
I hold down the fleece with velcro and have about 3 layers of newspaper underneath. So far, so good and absolutely no smell. I'm in heaven.

suzy_99
03-27-05, 09:18 am
In my experience, terry cloth tends to smell very quickly and it stays very wet. It doesn't really smell like pee or anything, but it gets very musty (which I can't stand, because I lived in a basement for many years and I always hated that smell). I use a polyester batting, but I use the one that is tighly held together almost like a blanket and I find that it works great, but it really is a matter of trial and error. What works for me may not work for you.

TheAlmightyMiko
03-27-05, 09:47 am
Wow, isn't that funny suzy--I've had exactly the opposite experience! I find the crib pads to be a dream come true, and the batting to just "hold" the smell and moisture in...

It's so strange how different pigs can make or break the effectiveness of these combinations!

Plummie
03-27-05, 11:14 am
Has anyone ever tried vellux as a middle layer? Or maybe even a top layer? It's that weird fuzzy "foam" type blanket that are fairly inexpensive. When I used to have a hedgehog, I made liners out of vellux and they worked pretty nicely. Just trying to weigh all my options before I get started sewing!

TheAlmightyMiko
03-27-05, 11:16 am
I've never heard of it before, but it does sound like a really good idea! If it is "foam" like then it probably pulls the moisture away really well. You can always give it a go and see how it works (and then let me know after, haha).

Plummie
03-27-05, 11:27 am
I think I'm going to do a little experiment with all the different options and see which one soaks up the most moisture. Kind of like a paper towel commercial. I will keep you posted!