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    Fleece Alternative's?

    Hi, I've been using fleece since I made my new cage with a towl underneath - it seems that it seems to smell worse then using litter but, I was wondering if there was any kind of alternatives to fleece other then litter because its to expensive. I was wondering if you could use a dooner cover or a sheet or something else as we have some old ones, but I'm unsure.
    I only have 1 pig and in two days the cage smells. Is there any chance it could be the heat? (In australia its really hot but using a fan for the piggy room) or is it the fleece itself? I do daily spot checks for poo and can't see where he goes pee but its starting to stink in just two days and I don't want to wash it so often.
    I plan to get a 2nd pig when I'm back from a trip over seas and don't want it to get so smelly.

    Any help would be nice. sorry if I rambled.

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    Re: Fleece Alternative's?

    Are you only using 1 towel? If so that could be your problem. One single towel won't absorb much, try adding more. I use 3 layers in my cages usually.

    Also the heat sure can't be helping so I'm willing to bet at is at least part of the problem.

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    Re: Fleece Alternative's?

    We don't have many towls and my dad won't appreciate me using too many would 2 be enough?
    and I think the heat is part of it, its fairly hot lately and hoping once I move out to my mums it'll be cooler more breezes and stuff.

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    Re: Fleece Alternative's?

    two will help but honestly if they are thin towels they aren't going to work properly. Do you have any thrift stores near you? If you do go up and pick up some towels. You should be able to find plenty that work just fine for a guinea pig cage and then your dad can't get mad at you for using all the people towels. In our house we have human towels and guinea pig towels.

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    Re: Fleece Alternative's?

    Thanks, I will have a look for some thrift stores hopefully find one close nearby, my friend will be looking after my precious Piggy while I'm away and hopefully she'll be okay with the fleece since she uses litter instead. My dad should appreciate getting more towls for the piggy as it would probably help.
    Again Thanks I'll try find better thicker towls.

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    Re: Fleece Alternative's?

    You can use old t-shirts, bed sheets and etc under your fleece too.

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    Re: Fleece Alternative's?

    Before I bought fleece I used to just put down an old bed sheet with maybe a towel or two underneath it. If I remember correctly it worked fairly well and no hay sticks to sheets. This was one of my cages that I had used sheets instead of fleece (I don't know why because I had fleece)
    But I also kept up with cleaning. It's been a long time since this setup so I don't remember how often I had to change it. But my favorite thing was nothing really stuck to it.

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    Re: Fleece Alternative's?

    I am considering finding two old sheets and making two liners for my cage so then its easier to clean daily for poo and hay.
    The fleece is a pain with sticking hay so it might be easier with two towels and a sheet as the top layer.

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    Re: Fleece Alternative's?

    How large is your cage? That plays into smell immensely.

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    Re: Fleece Alternative's?

    his cage is roughly, 1m x 1/2 a m or so, its basically a 2x4 CC cage made of wire shelves instead.
    open and ventilated

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    Re: Fleece Alternative's?

    I cleaned out his cage and kept his two towls down, this is my alternative sheet - Toy story for my boy.

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    Added more hay after these were taken and filled his water.
    He popcorned in his clean cage for the first time in ages.
    Might stick to sheets if they keep cleaner longer.

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    Re: Fleece Alternative's?

    A sheet won't wick the urine through the way fleece will, and your pigs will be on wet bedding. The good thing about fleece is that all the moisture soaks through to the absorbent material underneath, and the piggies' nether parts and feet stay dry. That's a good thing, because housing them on wet bedding can cause bumblefoot as well as skin and urinary tract infections.

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    Re: Fleece Alternative's?

    I will attempt fleece again once my dad can get more - for now I can only use sheets.
    My old fleece wouldn't wick urine through so hopefully I'll get the new ones to next week.

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