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Dublamax

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I was thinking of upgrading Caramel and Fluffy's cage from a 2x3 with a 1x2 upper floor to a 2x6 with a 2x3 upper floor. I usually clean their cage every week but if I upgraded it, how often would I have to clean it.

They're sorta potty trained, they use their litter box but sometimes do their business around the litter box. I am currently using aspen mixed with carefresh. What if I switched to fleece with towels and puppy pads how bad would it smell and how often would I have to clean their cage?(when its upgraded)
 

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I don't suggest a 2x3 upper floor because it is way too hard to reach under. Maybe a 1x6 upper floor?

If you still used shavings, spot clean every few days, but I would still clean it out every 7-10 days.

If you used fleece and puppy pads, every week (7 days) would be sufficient for changing.

I never used puppy pads, just newspaper, so I can't comment on whether is smells or not.
 

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I was thinking of sumtin like this
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or even 2x5 bottom

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If you really want a 2x3 top jus when cleaning out use a long broom. I like the idea of it. Would it be a 6x2 with a 2x3 but the 2x3 wuld be hanging of so that actually only 2x2 will be ontop of the cage? I actually think that might be harder to clean.
 

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im gonna have supports for the part thats hanging
 

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Yay, bigger is better, go for it and see how it works out. If it doesn't work for you, re-design it!
 

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I use fleece with puppy pads, and I'm happy to report there is no smell whatsover.
 

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I have one layer of rubber-backed bath mats, one layer of towles and one layer of fleece and this works for me like a treat; no smell what so ever and I only clean it once a week. I do have a litter tray in there though, and Misty uses it quite dilligently.
 

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I have a 2x5 and second story 2x3. I do have to use my regular broom to get under the second story to clean up poops. It doesn't bother me but, makes it hard to catch my piggies. I think they know they can get away from me by going to that area.:cool:
 

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twinkies said:
I have a 2x5 and second story 2x3. I do have to use my regular broom to get under the second story to clean up poops. It doesn't bother me but, makes it hard to catch my piggies. I think they know they can get away from me by going to that area.:cool:

what bedding do u use and how often do u clean their cage?
 

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I have just now switched from newspaper and fleece to human incontinence pads and fleece. I bought huge box of the pads at Sam's for about $22. It should last me about a month I'd say. In addition to fleece, I've been buying some sherpa, kind of looks like vet bed. It works great because it is heavier than the fleece. I can just run the shop vac over it and it doesn't get sucked up. It's expensive but well worth it to me.
 

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I have use pine, carefresh, fleece, and now I am experimenting with the braided rugs. The girls are in a 4 cube long by 2 cube wide cage with a 2 by 2 hay loft. I have the rugs under the hay for easy pick up. I think I like the rugs better than everything I have tried so far. It has been 4 days and no smell yet. I will probably change them Friday, by then they will be running low on hay.:melodrama
 

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What about building the cage with a 2x6 bottom and a 1x4 upper loft connecting to a more open 2x2?

Like this:
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I have a 2x5 bottom with a 2x2 loft. I really like it but it is hard to reach the one bottom corner. I use the loft for their hay, pellets and I have a water bottle up there (which they are using way more of now) and I have a pigloo and a fleece tent I made and I cover the bottom with carefresh.
The main floor is covered with fleece and has about 4 hideys and their "comfy furniture" and a carefresh litter box (which they use a lot) ! I find it much cheaper to just use carefresh or aspen, etc for the smaller area & fleece for the larger and it is not smelly and easy to clean. Just have spare fleece for when u change it out (i do mine every 3 days) with 3-4 daily cleanings :eek:
 
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