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Fleece I want to change my pigs' bedding, but..

chelalala

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I want to change my pigs' bedding, but I need some help before I do anything. By 'help', I mean I just have a couple questions.

1. What kind of fleece is best? Right now, the kind of fleece I mostly have is the polar fleece (I think). I have referred back to the 'Fleece Types and Debates' thread, but the pictures are all gone so I'm not quite sure if I'm right.

2. To hold down/keep together my pieces of fleece, is it okay to sew it together? I'm worried that my guinea pigs' nails will get caught or something on the thread.

3. Lastly, do you just wash the fleece normally? As in, do you just wash it like you wash your clothes that are made out of fleece? Or is there a specific way?


Thank you very much for those who help. :)
 

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1. I have been told that the blizzard or no pill fleece is good to use.

2. Most people do not suggest sewing it together, due to it may not wash and come clean properly.

3. Yes, it can be washed like regular fleece items, but some people use vinegar, to really help remove any odor.
 

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We have the 100% polyester no-pil fleece, but we also picked up some pil fleece, which works out okay too (but probably won't hold up as well as the anti). As for washing, I use our regular detergent and give it a second rinse. I only just switched to fleece, and tomorrow will be the second change of bedding, but so far everything's been fine.
 

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I ordered mine off site removed and I LOVE it! It was a little pricey, but to not have to deal with towels or puppy pads or anything was really worth it. It is 3 layers, and it fits up over the side of the coroplast.

I've had it in the cage for a little over a week, and since Fajita uses his litter box for most of his business, it doesn't even stink!
 
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I think I have some no pill fleece around somewhere.. What would you guys recommend for me to do for holding down pieces of of fleece? Because I don't think I can find a piece big enough to fit over the side.
 

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I think I have some no pill fleece around somewhere.. What would you guys recommend for me to do for holding down pieces of of fleece? Because I don't think I can find a piece big enough to fit over the side.

We just tuck the sides in under the towels, and it works well. If you want to weigh down the corners, or a particular spot, bricks for a large rock would work well. Also, keep in mind that you'll be placing items into the cage as well (hidey house, food, etc) that provides weight too.
 

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I think I have some no pill fleece around somewhere.. What would you guys recommend for me to do for holding down pieces of of fleece? Because I don't think I can find a piece big enough to fit over the side.


My cage is arranged so that the coroplast is OUTSIDE the cubes, not inside. My fleece is an inch or so bigger all around than the cubes are, and they sit directly down on the fleece. It works.
 

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Thanks for your help everyone! :)
 

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I use anti pill or blizzard fleece. In another thread some folks said that their blizzard fleece pilled, but I haven't had that problem. I have a lot of sets of fleece though so maybe I'm not washing it as often as others who may have one or two sets :confused:

I hold my fleece down by cutting slit-like holes low on the side of the coroplast (about one per grid) and clip it from the outside of the cage. I have big time burrowers and this is the only way I've been able to get them to stop.
 

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I have tried many many things under fleece in the last year. I have settled on the best for me, a layer of fleece (I like the blizzard prints) sewn to a cut-to-fit piece of "cotton rich" mattress pads from walmart (I use a king size one). I think they are around $20 if I recall.

I leave enough fleece to sew around the sides and underneath the pad, then it's heavy enough that my burrower doesn't try to get under them. I also made them some cozies to get in/under and that helps tremendously.

The fleece pad then just shakes out beautifully and washes/dries just fine too. My favorite thing. My boys have gotten quite good at using the litter box as well (darn near perfect if I use carefresh but $$) so taht cuts down on the frequency of washing.
 

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Thanks! I'll try all the suggestions and such over the weekend.
 
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