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What kind of bedding is best?

RustBottum

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HI!

I have had my guinea pig for a few months and have been using Carefresh bedding. But it is begining to get expensive and i ahve found it dusty and it has an odor. Right now i used old newspaper(not colored) to layer the bottom of the cage then used shredded newspaper on top. That is a smelly and whenever he moves he drags it with him. I just don't know what kind of bedding i should use. Does anyone have any ideas? I want something that is inexpensive and doesn't smell.
 

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The odor is definitely from a too-small cage. You'll just have to spot clean and clean the entire cage more frequently.

The newspaper isn't all that absorbant.

How about using aspen? It's relatively cheap, is safe, and won't smell. Fleece also will work if you can wash it every day and have several changes.
 

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thankx! My cage is not very small it is over 30 inches (not sure exatly) and i only have 1 gp.
Do you know where i could get the aspen bedding from? I cannot wahs the fleece everyday.
Also i have heard of megazorb but i don't know were i could get it in the US. Do you know if that is any good?
 

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You can't get megazorb here. Besides, it's just the same as carefresh. I've heard some good stuff about cell-sorb (another paper bedding). You can find it online at places like (broken link removed), (broken link removed), (broken link removed), etc. Aspen can be found at feed stores, pet stores (yuck), etc.
 

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What do u think is the best out of all the choices?
 

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you could try a layer of aspen and then a thin layer of carefresh. makes the carefresh last longer.

do your piggies use the bathroom in only certain areas? some peoples piggies do and then you could just use the aspen/carefresh there and fill the rest with shredded paper (free from the office)
 

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my pig right now uses the whole cage but i am getting a litter pan and he will only be going in one corner
 

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I use a three-inch layer of aspen and then a thin layer of carefresh.
 

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30" length would make it pretty small how wide is it?
 

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RustBottum said:
my pig right now uses the whole cage but i am getting a litter pan and he will only be going in one corner
if the piggie doesnt use the bathroom in one place now, a litter pan will almost never change that. it usually only works for some people whose piggies go in the same area everytime.
 

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Yeah, 30" is like 2 grids which is small
 

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what size would be good? My cage now is 20 inches wide and 39 inches for length.

I was thinking of putting one layer of newpaper then cover the cage with aspen. Is that ok?

Starbucks-He mostly goes in one corner of the cage but sometimes in other places too.
 

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make a 2X3 c&c cages its really cheap and easier to clean then petstore cages
 

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what if i amke a 2x3 cage with an upper level of 2x2x1( L-shaped)?
Would that be easy to clean?

How do you make an upper level?
 

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You just attach the grids to the top as well it pretty self explanitory once you get the cubes. Just so you know the ramp takes away from running space.
 

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I second that aspen with a carefresh layering on top. It's what my pigs use. I layer the bottom with newspaper first and I also put a layer between my aspen and carefresh because the aspen got kicked up everytime they moved and dust went flying everywhere. I have no idea why Kaytee's aspen is so dusty for me. Anyway, by not being able to see my aspen layer, it looks as if it's all carefresh ;) It's a great illusion
 

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thankyou very much
 

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It's only about 5.41 sq feet, so you should build a 2x4 for two.
 

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who are you responding to?

if to me i only have 1 piggie
 

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mncavylover said:
Fleece also will work if you can wash it every day and have several changes.
not neccessarily. in my 2x3 cage, i only change the fleece about every 3-4 days, and even then, its not smelly or dirty looking at all. When i went away for 8 days, i came back and it still smelt and looked perfectly fine. but i like to change it at least every 4 days.
 
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