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AuroraBorealis

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I'm considering changing to vetbed or fleece after reading everyone's experiences. My main reason for switching is the dust coming from the hemp that I currently use. All that dust hanging in the house must be very unhealthy.

I do have a few questions though:
*for the vetbed-users: is the moist contained 'inside' the vetbed, or will the pee go right through it (in which case I would need a layer of towels or something underneath it I guess)?
Is it flexible material (so that big pieces can still fit into the washing machine)?
*for the fleece-specialists: will fleece work in a 2x7 with 5 pigs?

Thanks everyone!
 

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Fleece will work in any size cage. You'll just need to buy the fleece by the yard and cut to size.
 

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I use the vet bed for my 2nd and 3rd levels. I don't know how much they urinate up there because the vetbed is never wet. I go 3 weeks at a time before I clean it. I love it and think its the best thing around. There is another poster here who just got the vetbed and mentioned that after the 1st day of use, no wetness. I am waiting for further posting from him/her to see how this poster likes it.

You would have to cut it into sizes that would fit into your washer. It cuts easily enough and it lays down nice and flat.

There is no comparison to fleece except the price. Vetbed is absolutely wonderful if you are willing to spend the money. It pays off in the long run.
 

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Can I ask where you found Vetbed in the States, because I have never been ablel to find it here. Thanks.
 

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This is where I purchased mine.

(broken link removed)
 

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I was under the impression that Vetbed was simply extra thick polar fleece. Is that not true? What is it made of?

I do seem to recall seeing the vetbedding on KVvet; thanks for the link. I believe my main issue with it was the cost. To cover four large cages would have been pretty cost prohibitive, I'm afraid.

Regular fleece does quite well for me. The surface never gets wet, but I do replace it every 3-4 days because it tends to look messy after a few days (primarily because of the hay).
 

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SandyF, I'm wondering about that too. I searched the internet, and every vetbed that is sold in the Netherlands looks like thick fleece. I get the impression that this is not the real stuff, but a cheap fake.
The original Vetbed I can only find in the UK. That looks a lot better, actually. It's also way more expensive, unfortunately, and it also needs to be shipped abroad, which adds greatly to the total costs.

pennick, does the moist stay inside the vetbed? Do you put anything under it?
Your vetbed looks like the original UK Vetbed!
 

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It looks nothing like fleece. It looks like plush carpeting. It comes in 2 densities. ONe is thicker than another. If you saw it in person you would think oh, thats carpeting.
 

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Darn it! Don't tell me that...now you're making me wish I could afford that stuff. You said that it handles moisture extremely well. I assume you don't put anything underneath the vetbed, then? What about odor? How do you clean it between washings? -- do you just shake it out? What about hay?
 

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I use it! It is super because of it's absorbancy and softness. My pigs just submerge into it :)

1) It works like fleece - it doesn't retain the moisture, it wicks it away and down to the material underneath it
2) You need to have something underneath - I put several layers of newspaper but you can also use towels.
3) My vetbed doesn't really smell, not even after 1 week.
4) I have to wash it by hand since mum doesn't want me to use the washing machine. Now that is a total nightmare - it sucks up the water and gets really heavy. My arms actually hurt the following day. It's pretty flexible, so if you can use the washing machine, it's fine
5) I take it to the garden and give it a good old whack against the fence. The hay doesn't really stick onto it so that's not a problem.
 

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Piglet, thanks! How big is your cage, how many piggies are in it, and how often do you need to change the vetbed?
 

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I just got the Palace Pet Bed (the American version of Vetbed). I have had it in my piggy and chinchilla cages since last Thursday, and so far so good! At this point, I don't have anything under it and it seems to do just fine. I am trying the simplest methods first, but that may change if it seems needed.

I have a 2x5 with a 1x2 loft, a 2x3 and a 2x4 cage with a total of 7 piggies.

On a daily basis, I vacuum out the beaners and sweep/vacuum out any loose hay. I also have a litter box in each cage with aspen (their old bedding) in it. I am planning to switch that to something heavier so they can't track it out at all, but I didn't want to do that until they got used to the idea of the litter boxes (which they have never had before). At this point, the piggies are definitely peeing all over the cages, but I am guessing this will start to taper off as they learn to use the litter box more.

I haven't washed it yet, but I am planning on just throwing it in the washer - the size doesn't seem to be a problem, but I will have to see what the washer thinks about it before letting you know if it needed to be cut down some for washing.
 

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The first time I used vetbed, I was shocked! When I lifted it up there was so much pee on the newspaper (I thought that vetbed stored the moisture then). So, pignchins your coroplast may be a little soggy.
 

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Thanks, Piglet! I will keep an eye on it.
 

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pigsnchins, let me know how the washing machine handled the vetbed, please! Have you washed it yet?
I don't plan on hand washing it, it must be machine-proof, or else I'm giving the fleece a try.
I might do that anyway, since the vetbed is quite expensive...

Piglet, I like your purple vetbed! I don't think colours like that are available over here, all I can find is grey, black, white, that sort of colours.
 

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I'll be washing some of it today, so I will let you know how it goes.
 

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hey just curious..what is the purpose of fleece...can i just use normal towels as bedding or is fleece more absorbent or something? i dont know where i can get fleece here but i think this is waaay better in replacing the shavings. i agree..care fresh is SUPER expensive. also another thing. do your piggies leave their beans in their cuddle cups? my piggies leave all their beans in the corner of their cage..i'm afraid they'll use the cuddle cup as a potty and there will be poo stains all over :(
 

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When the vetbed is drying, I use towels in my cage. Fleece is more absorbant and that is why it's preferred. If you can't find fleece on a roll, I'm sure you'll find fleece blankets. Do you have an Ikea near you? Oh yes, mine poop like crazy in the cuddle cup but that's ok. Everynight I will tip the cup into the bin and I will hand wash it every other week (or more depending on how dirty it is).

Aurora, I got mine from ebay and there were over 10 colours! I just got the one that matched my room :p
 

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Ok, I washed the Palace Pet Bed for the first time. It came out beautifully! I have it drying on the porch right now. I only washed one for the first try, but I don't think the washer is going to have any problem handling a few at once - I put it on the Heavy Duty cycle to be safe.

The Recommended Care states:

"When your Palace Pet Bed becomes soiled, simply machine wash and tumble dr. Your durable Palace Pet Bed will last wash after wash. Bleach when necessary. Do not dry clean or iron."

I hope that helps!
 
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