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Using Fleece For Bedding in Your Guinea Pig Cage

Updated on February 5, 2016

Fleece instead of bedding?

Many guinea pig owners are beginning to discover the use of fleece in their cages rather than bedding. It sounds a little ridiculous right? Not as much as one may think. Fleece is a unique material, as when it is washed and dried several times, liquid can actually pass straight through the fabric rather than be absorbed into the fleece itself. This leaves the surface of the fleece dry and comfortable for several days, depending on how many piggies may be living together.

this is the fleece I chose for my c&c cage.
this is the fleece I chose for my c&c cage.

Benefits of Fleece

There are many benefits that come from using fleece rather than bedding. Here is a list of some:

  1. Hello?! It saves money! Instead of buying bag after bag of wood shavings, buy a couple separate yards of fleece, and they can be washed and reused as much as desired.
  2. Fleece is more eco-friendly. Reusing fleece and towels means less waste overall, especially if you hang-dry it in warmer seasons.
  3. There are tons of different colors and patterns to choose from, and piggies enjoy the color it adds to their home, some even "popcorning" when their fleece is changed to a new design.
  4. Cleaning the cage will be much easier, as all that is needed is spot cleaning throughout the week, and a load of laundry at the end of the week.
  5. The cage will appear much more tidy and clean, not to mention stylish.
  6. The soft material of fleece is very easy on piggies' feet, and comfortable as well.
  7. If the fleece is properly cleaned and well maintained, it can reduce the smell of the cage altogether.

How to Prepare the Fleece

One common misconception people make about fleece is that it can just be simply bought and placed in the cage without preparation beforehand. This is very untrue. 

Once you have purchased your fleece, the first thing you need to do is wash and dry it at least 3 times with a mild detergent. Do not use fabric softener, as this will prevent the fleece from being able to wick at all.  

Now that you have washed and dried your fleece 3 times you are ready to begin layering. As I have mentioned before, liquid will pass straight through the fabric leaving the fleece dry to the touch, but this doesn't mean the liquid disappears out of nowhere. You need to have something underneath the fleece to catch the liquid. 

There are a lot of options for layers below the fleece. Many people use old towels, puppy training pads, mattress pads, or newspaper. I personally feel that using towels is the best choice. Old towels are free, and can be washed and reused as often as the fleece itself. Newspaper can tend to absorb the liquid too quickly and actually stick to the fleece, which will produce odor faster and leave you with a bigger mess. Puppy pads work great for absorption, but can get pricey. I have never used mattress pads personally, but I hear good things about them. 

When you layer your materials in the bottom of your cage, use one layer of fleece, and at least 2 layers of towels, puppy pads, etc. Using two layers of fleece would not be a good idea, because you want the liquid to pass through the fleece quickly and effectively, which can prove hard if it has to pass through more than one layer. Start from the bottom laying your lower layers first, and then finally your fleece on top. 

The Liquid Waste is Taken Care of, but What About the Solids?

Though it is rare, guinea pigs can be trained to use a litter box. If your piggie is not one of the lucky minority, having a litter box in the kitchen area is a good option. Find a small litter box or shallow rectangular bin that is big enough for the guinea pig to comfortably stand and eat, and place it under your hayrack on one end of the cage. Guinea pigs generally like to do their business where they eat, as well as in corners. Most of the solid waste will be left in the box, which can then be cleaned out as often as desired. The remaining waste that is left astray throughout the cage can be spot cleaned once or twice a day. 

Avoid These Types of Litter/Bedding:

  1. Cedar bedding. This is very dangerous. It can cause respiratory problems and allergies and is not good for the guinea pigs at all.  
  2. Clay-based or clumping cat litter. Guinea pigs are very curious and like to eat everything, and once this type of litter gets wet, it sticks together or expands. It's not hard to figure out what that can do to a guinea's insides.
  3. Sawdust. It is very bad for piggies' lungs. 
  4. Newspaper with a lot of print or ink. It is also too absorbent and can be smelly or messy. 
Use These Instead:
  1. Paper-based bedding. Not only is it completely safe for the guinea pigs, it is eco-friendly.
  2. Pellet bedding
  3. Aspen or pine bedding (pine must be aired out or it can be dangerous)
  4. Make your own with shredded plain paper or newspaper with very limited ink. 

Some Helpful Tips For Fleece

I've noticed a lot of the same questions coming up about using fleece. Below are a few helpful tips that will make your fleece experience only more enjoyable:

  1. For Static Cling - Add white vinegar to your load of wash. Not a lot, maybe a half cup. This will reduce static cling and acts as a natural fabric softener without altering the fleece's ability to wick. In warmer weather, hang dry your fleece and towels; you'll be guaranteed to have zero static cling, and you'll be saving energy!
  2. For Pesky Hair - All piggies shed, but if your pig happens to shed more than most or has long hair, buy a cheap lint roller at a dollar store to remove excess hair stuck to fleece during spot cleans and before washing the fleece.
  3. Binder Clips - My favorite thing. You will find endless uses for these, whether it be pinning fleece to the side of the cage to make piggy tents or keeping your piggy food bag closed. You'll also find yourself losing them as often as you lose a sock in the wash, so buy a couple packs in different sizes.
  4. S-Shaped Hooks - If you're using fleece you also most likely have a C&C cage. Hook these to the outside of your cage, and then hang your lint roller and hand broom from them. You're one step closer to being a master of organization.
  5. Leftover Fleece - Cut up leftover fleece into small squares to make piggy tents and hidey spots in the corners of your cage. Your pigs will thank you, I promise. Use leftover fleece to make small, flat pillows for your pigs to nap on (my pigs love their beds). A good tip for male pigs who like to scent after a routine fleece change? Keep a scrap of fleece in the cage at all times and never wash it. Your pig will be less likely to scent the cage if he can already smell himself. Still running out of ideas for extra scraps of fleece? Toss a scrap in the cage and see what your pig will come up with. You'll be surprised how much use they make out of piggy-sized blankets.

You're Done!

Now that your fleece is placed with the bottom layers in your cage, you are ready to start saving money and enjoying the clean and improved look of your guinea's home. This fleece can be washed as often as desired, but generally once a week is fine.

A good idea when using fleece for bedding is to buy a small vacuum or a hand broom with a dustpan, as they both work very well for spot cleaning the cage throughout the week. Enjoy!

Happy pigs with clean fleece

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      Catherine 7 weeks ago

      I have found a website that sells waterproof fleece in precut and sewn rectangles to line your cage. Is this a good option rather than putting towels under normal fleece as I imagine what I save on wood shavings I'll be spending on washing bills - electricity and detergent!

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      Lena 8 weeks ago

      You can get it at Joann fabrics. there is a sale now, for 6 to 7 dollars.

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      sophie 8 weeks ago

      Etsy online sells fleece. it will be expensive at the beginning but it is very cost effective than wood shavings :)

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      Ella 2 months ago

      I want to give my guinea pigs fleece for their cage but I don't know what kinds of stores sell fleece for guinea pigs. can someone please tell me?

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      An 5 months ago

      My girls like to pee everywhere. Do I need to clean the fleece pads every day? Or less. I am afraid it will smell to much leaving the pads.

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      Trista 6 months ago

      Hi! I am getting a guinea pig in probably about 2-3 days. I have food, a watter bottle, hay, a good sized cage, and everything except for bedding. I finally convinced my mom to let me buy a guinea pig with all of my own money, and i only have so much. (I have been saving up for years now and have quite a bit) but i want to save money. I thought fleece would be better so i searched on the web and this site popped up. I read Every last word and found out good ideas. Although, my mom does not like guinea pigs and i share a room with my sister who doesnt like guinea pigs either so i have to keep my little friend outside. I searched for climates that guinea pigs can be in and where i live will be fine. occasionally it gets sorta cold so do u have any tips on keeping my pig warm? Also, is there anything else i can put under the fleece? Like an old blanket or something? Last question, can i create hideouts with old boxes as well has leftover fabric?

      (Sorry this was so long) i appreciate everything you wrote on your website, thankyou.

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      Anja Philantrope 7 months ago

      I love fleece. Nothing better in my opinion. I have found a good way to control most of the poop. I got 2 disposable cat litter pans. They are very thick cardbord. I line them with a stack of newspaper and put the hay inside toward the front of the pan. They poop where they eat, so 80% of the poop is right behind the hay. I roll the paper up and throw away and line again. I do this once a day or more often as needed. Its really quick and the stray poops on the rest of the fleece get vacuumed morning and evening. For the hair issue, I shake the fleece outside against a tree really hard and most comes off. I also got super sticky tape on Amazon and that takes care of the rest. I regular lint roller did not work for me but that tape is amazing.

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      deb lyons 8 months ago

      do the pigs not chew up the fleece and swallow it?

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      Jessie Miller 8 months ago from Buffalo, NY

      I don't really think it would help much, to be honest.

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      Jessie Miller 8 months ago from Buffalo, NY

      It really is amazing, isn't it? Thank you for your kind comment!

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      Jessie Miller 8 months ago from Buffalo, NY

      Isn't it magical?! I can't believe I had gone years without ever hearing about it before! I agree, I think they are happier too :)

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      PipPiphooray 9 months ago

      I have a couple of questions about sented shavings for guinea pigs. In my class we have two guinea pigs. The problem with them is they stink up the side of the classroom there 0n. My teacher wants to change their shavings to sented shavings. Do you think it is guinea pig safe?

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      Jackie 9 months ago

      I just recently adopted 4 guinea pigs, 2 males in one cage and 2 females in another. The cages they came in are so small (like 16" by 28" or something, so I'm saving up to get a couple c&c ones. They had wood shavings in them, but I read that was bad, so I switched to hay. Well that was a mess. I went and bought a fleece nightgown from a second hand store, and washed it a few times. I cut it up, and it was enough to line both cages (with towels underneath)...I also used the sleeves and cut strips and made hanging toys for them, and also had enough strips left over to make a little fleece 'ball' for them to drag around. I tested the fleece by pouring a little water on it on top of a towel, and was so surprised at how it seeped right in, and when it got to the towel, the fleece felt dry in that area. I had no idea!! Now just a sweep or two each day before feedings to pick up poop pellets in between washings.

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      PipPipHooray 9 months ago

      I agree that using fleece bedding is much better than wood shavings(way easier to clean cage). I sadly do not have my own pet guinea pig but I have had some practice with the pigs in my class.

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      Rebecca 11 months ago

      After adopting two guinea pigs, I really thought it would be easier and more sanitary to use disposable bedding. I quickly realized that I didn't like the smell and also felt bad that they were just walking around in their poo and pee. I started researching fleece bedding. Your site was so helpful! I immediately switched to fleece on top and towel underneath. I know it sounds silly, but I swear my guinea's are happier. There is no smell, I can wash as often as I want, it's soft and cozy and it's all reusable.

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      Jessie Miller 14 months ago from Buffalo, NY

      I used to keep a separate "kitchen" area that would be a small litter box filled with yesterdays news. That's where their water bottle, food dish, and hay went. I helped keep the hay away from the fleece while still giving the pigs full access to it whenever they wanted ^_^

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      Secret person 14 months ago

      Anybody know where to get fleece?

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      Lindsey Whitney 14 months ago

      Thanks so much for sharing. I make and sell fleece liners and people often ask me questions about getting started. This is a great article to direct them to! (Find my at Etsy -- Fill Our Days with Fun).

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      mrspatwolf 14 months ago

      I tried fleece, once, and the timothy hay sticking to it drove me bonkers. Now I'm back to trying other forms of bedding. Any tricks or suggestions to conquer the hay sticking to it?

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      RoAnne 16 months ago

      What kind of fleece should I buy? I tried this a while ago and washed and dried the fleece several times just like the instructions said, no fabric softener and the liquid still pooled on top. Thanks!

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      crashbarry 2 years ago

      ok thank you, and never mind about the second-story. i saw in your other hubs how to do it. :)

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      Jessie Miller 2 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I always just washed them, if you change the bedding regularly it shouldn't be a problem. I would go 2 week with 2 boars sharing a cage and the towels would never be soaked you could wring them out.

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      crashbarry 2 years ago

      hi again. i want to make a second-story platform in my C&C cage. how would i go about that? thanks and i love your hubs!!!

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      crashbarry 2 years ago

      this is awesome and i have to try it, but what do you do with two pee-soaked towels? wringing them out would be kind of gross, and you can't exactly wash them, not filled with pee like that. how do you go about that? thanks!!

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      Jessie Miller 2 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      So sorry I missed this comment! That's actually not in my are of expertise because I've only owned males, but if you visit guineapigcages.com there's a great forum where you can find an answer to any question under the sun! Best of luck with your new friends! :)

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      Alaina 2 years ago

      I was just given two albino "cavies". I hadn't the first clue as to how I needed to care for them, and I too am a clean freak! So Google led me to your site and thank you for it!! I have a male and female in a way too small cage. The previous owner was trying to breed them....oh gosh. I don't think she's pregnant but how would I tell?

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      Jessie Miller 2 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      The first fleece that I bought for my pigs was actually from Walmart! Some work better than others, and I think the fleece that is actually on the thinner side and is usually less expensive works better anyway :)

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      lily&rose 2 years ago

      Hi, just wondering if any fleece fabric from Walmart or something would work for the fleece flippers.

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      Johne346 2 years ago

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      Jessie Miller 3 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      :o) No problem!

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      zach2011d 3 years ago

      A big help! Thank you so much! Onward to happier piggies! :D

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      Jessie Miller 3 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I'll try to just answer all of your questions straight out:

      1) When you empty the litter box, depending on how often you're emptying it sometimes there will be some stuck to the bottom so what I do is wipe it down with a mix of white vinegar and water that I have made ready in a spray bottle, or really anything that won't harm the piggies will be fine.

      2) Yesterday's news can be found really anywhere, I've seen it in both PetSmart and Petco, I've also seen it in Target.

      3) It is totally fine to wash your fleece and towels all together, and I wouldn't wash them with your clothes because they will be pretty gross by the time you're ready to wash them, sometimes you might forget a poo here or there that will end up on the bottom of the washer and I wouldn't want my clothes mixing with that! haha, I normally put the dirty piggy laundry in a garbage bag and then wash it by itself with the washer set to a small load. Remember, no fabric softener!

      Hope this helps, any other questions feel free to ask! And good luck! :)

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      zach2011d 3 years ago

      I have a couple of questions for the whole fleece bedding. I plan to start that here soon. For the litter box idea, since your putting Yesterday's News bedding in there, once you empty it, is there really any further cleaning that need be done with the litter box? Also, where do you find type of bedding?

      My other question is with regards to washing the fleece and towels. Can you wash the fleece and towels together? And further than that, would it be alright to wash them in the washer with other articles of clothing? Or should you just have your own little guinea pig towel and fleece laundry day? Hahah

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      Jessie Miller 3 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      ooh I have a feeling it will be too! :D

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      ashley 3 years ago

      Thanks! Definitely going to have to check into that. Discovered both piggies love to cuddle in blankets so hopefully fleece will be a great option.

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      Jessie Miller 3 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I use the cat litter box, just the bottom portion which can be sold separately. They actually come in lots of different sizes. Mine takes up almost 1/4 of the cage but it works great because the pigs have just enough room to both comfortably eat, and this way they don't get food all over the rest of the cage. It's also nice because you can point the water bottle there as well so if your water bottle leaks at all it won't make the fleece wet. I would visit a pet store or a walmart and check out the different litter pans they have. You might even get away with just using one of those mats that are meant for putting underneath dog and cat bowls to catch the water, they're just a shallow rubber mat.

      Hope this helps, oh and a great type of bedding to put inside the litter pan is called yesterdays news. It's made out of recycled paper so it wont harm the piggies, and it doesn't create any dust to get caught in their nose. It's also great because it's rather heavy so it's harder for the pigs to kick it up and make a mess.

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      ashley 3 years ago

      Over the last six months I've taken two guinea pigs from people who no longer want them. Right now I'm in the quarantine period before introducing them. The pig I recently adopted came with a c&c cage with wood shavings as bedding. I'm thinking about switching to fleece since I usually use carefresh but for two pigs It would get too pricy. My question is how is the food arranged in a fleece lined bed? I keep reading a litter box but if it's a regular cat litter box wouldn't that be too high? I'm quite confused. Please help.

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      Jessie Miller 4 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      The fleece won't make your piggy any more hot than shavings would, but I would definitely do something about the heat in your house because guinea pigs are very sensitive to temperatures. The fan is fine, but there are some things you can do in addition to help keep your guinea pig cool. Look up online for ideas for how to do so, I know a couple of ideas are wrapping a frozen water bottle in a towel and putting it in the cage for your pig to rest up against, or finding something cool and flat like a slab of brick for the pig to lay on. You could probably put the slab of whatever you find in the fridge from time to time to keep it extra cold before putting it in the cage. And make sure he/she has lots of water :o)

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      adriana 4 years ago

      will the fleece make or keep my guinea pig hot in the summer. I live in vegas and we recently had a heat wave, the temp. reached 117. I thought he might be hot so i turned the fan on. is a ceiling fan bad for guinea pigs on a low speed?

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      Jessie Miller 4 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Hi there! I don't see why not :)

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      Ellee 4 years ago

      Hi, I am going to build a c & c cage but I was wondering, can I put tile underneath the fleece? Would it still work? Thanks. Ellee

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      Kate 4 years ago

      You were smart on using a kleanex box for a hay holder.

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Lots of patience, slow movements, soothing calm voices, and treats :)

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      Love guinea pig 5 years ago

      Hey i had a quick question.

      Actually my guinea pig they don't get along with me when ever I try to pick them up they just run away or get scared, they don't squeak either so I just wanted to what's the best thing to make them feel open around me.

      Thank you

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Don't worry, there are tons of places to buy fleece! You can go to a craft or sewing store, such as JoAnn fabrics, Michaels, AC Moore, etc. You can also go to Walmart, as some of them still have fabric sections. I have also provided some links above to Amazon.com, where you can buy your fleece online. Buying online is neat because there are tons of options, and Amazon offers free shipping on orders of $25 or more on certain products. Please let me know if you have any more questions!

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      mcvey8 5 years ago

      i don't know where to get the fleece please help i need to know

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      Honey bunny 5 years ago

      Well Cool my guinea pig loves it it's amazing

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Check your area for sign shops, that's where most people get their coroplast. If you're having trouble, find a small business that might use it, or a school, and ask them who makes their signs and that should point you in the right direction. When I bought mine, I just typed "sign shop near *****(my zip code)", and the first one that popped up was literally right down the street from where I lived. Went there, asked the guy if I could just have a sheet of coroplast, and drove home with it in my drunk within 10 min.

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      luke 5 years ago

      i cant find cloroplasat!!

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      It's impossible to find a solution that will prevent a guinea pig from ever smelling. When done properly, fleece should not smell any worse than wood shavings. In many cases, people found that it smelled less, but if it doesn't smell less, it's still cleaner than using shavings because your guinea pig isn't laying around in his own waste all day.

      One thing that helps a lot in my cage is to have a couple cat litter pans filled with yesterday's news in corners of the cage. Guinea pigs generally choose to use corners to do their business, but the majority of it is done where they eat. If you put a good sized litter pan in the cage, fill it with about 1 1/2 inches of yesterdays news, and put your pig's food bowl inside with its water bottle, you'll notice that your pig will make use of it. This should reduce the amount of urine that will be throughout the rest of the cage, and should help keep the small down. It makes it easier than using shavings because rather than have to scrub and refill a huge cage, you just have to empty and refill a small bin.

      Other than that make sure you spot clean often, and change your fleece often. You might even want to start changing your fleece at least once a week or more. All pigs are different so you'll have to do some figuring out to find a way that keeps the smell at its minimum. I have two male guinea pigs (a recipe for odor), and I can usually go a week before I start to notice any odors, but I sweep their poop every day so it keeps it as clean as possible.

      Hope this helped, and I hope everything works out for you!

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      Sean 5 years ago

      I tried it for my guinea pig. He isn't potty trained, so it stunk. Is there another way?

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Definitely. Most store-bought cages are too small even just for one guinea pig unfortunately. I've found that using fleece in a C&C cage is easiest, and your pig will definitely be happy with all the extra room! For one guinea pig I believe the smallest size recommended is a 2 x 3 C&C cage. One yard of fleece will be more than plenty for that size, and you can cut off the excess to use for blankets, make pillows, tents, etc.

      I made an article specifically for C&C cages that gives you an easy step-by-step process with pictures from when I built my own. That should have any information you'll need, and if you have more questions feel free to ask away! Here is the url for my C&C cage site:

      https://pethelpful.com/rodents/how-to-build-a-CC-c...

      Since I have two male cagemates my cage had to be at least 2x4, so the tutorial shows how to make a 2 x 4 cage, but all you have to do is follow it the same way but make 2 x 3 instead if you wanted a smaller one.

      I hope it all works out well, your piggy is going to be so happy!

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      Tally 5 years ago

      So a while ago i bought a young and small guinea pig but now that i think she is fully grown, i want to get a bigger cage. i was hopeing for an inexpensive cage. Would a C & C cage be a good idea with fleece bedding? (i've been using a store bought cage and only have 1 piggy)

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Great! Glad I could help Sam. Yes as long as you keep up with it, there's no reason why it would smell worse than shavings. The difference is that if you're using fleece and being good about spot cleaning, your piggy won't have to live in it's own waste, so not only will your cage look cleaner, but your pig will be cleaner as well.

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      sam 5 years ago

      Well I will defenitly try it! Thanks!

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      It shouldn't smell if done correctly. I have two boars and they don't smell at all until it's time to change the fleece. I switch out my fleece once every 1-2 weeks.

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      sam 5 years ago

      Are you shure it won't stink?

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Try to think of some other ways to keep the fleece down. It might be chewing because the fleece is so readily available above the pig's head. Sometimes when my pigs are chewing something they aren't supposed to, I just do something to change where it is or how it looks and they completely forget about it lol. Here are a few things you could try:

      1. Instead of pinning the fleece up to the top edge of the coroplast, fold it under itself so that no edges are visible but it makes more of like a mattress pad.

      2. If they still pull the edges up binder clip the fleece to itself around the edges to hold it in place.

      3. If they still somehow pull it up, take a sheet of something like extra coroplast or cardboard, just a tad smaller than the dimensions of the bottom of the cage, and pin the fleece around the cardboard before laying it back down. This will make it even harder to pull up, and it looks really nice and tidy too.

      4. If folding the fleece under is helping but they're still chewing binder clips, use bricks in the corners of the cage to hold the fleece down.

      I'll try to think of some more ideas. Make sure your pig has plenty of hay to chew on. Put another bin of hay somewhere around the cage, and it might keep the pig busy enough to start ignoring the fleece.

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      Lauren 5 years ago

      the top of the coroplast

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Do you binder clip the fleece to something on the very bottom of the cage or do you binder clip the fleece to the top edge of the coroplast?

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      Lauren84 5 years ago

      i have used fleece ever since i brough mine home and it is wonderful and every thing i never had any problems with is and i never really washed it before putting it in the cage but it works good, but my problem is all the fabric that is in my cage (plus cuddle cup i made with fleece) he keeps chewing on and it scares me like every thing he chews scares me but is it okay if he chews on it?Also i have binder clips that hold mine up and he will chew them and it makes a loud shreaking/ nails on a chalkboard sound that makes me cring/wanna scream and do you have any idea how i could stop him or fix it (he has many things to chew on idk y he chooses those?

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Hi kd1110, I think that sounds like a great idea. I've known people who have made "mattresses" for the bottom of their cage, so that all they have to do is take the whole thing and throw it in the wash and they don't have to worry about having layers of this and that. I want to say they used something similar to what you're talking about, something like a feather mattress top of sorts. It also made the cage much cleaner-looking from what I've seen.

      I have never used a vacuum to clean up droppings so I couldn't really tell you what kind. I know some people do use vaccuums though. A dustbuster would probably work, I imagine something with a medium to low suction that wouldn't just eat the entire fleece blanket. I use a small dustpan and handbroom, and it seems to do the trick. A lot of people love using a vacuum, but I've always worried that my pigs would get the daylights scared out of them every time I spot cleaned the cage, which is usually at least once a day.

      Hope I helped, glad you've made the switch to fleece! Shavings are a pain, I can't believe I went years without even knowing the fleece method existed!

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      kd1110 5 years ago

      Hi--you mention having a small vacuum to clean up droppings--silly question but what kind? I am just imagining a vacuum making a mess of things and being difficult to clean out but thinking the dust buster types without rollers may just suck up the mess and not make a mess.

      I am currently washing and drying fleece for my son's two baby guinea pigs--after just 48 hours in the house I am already so done with the aspen shavings and shredded bedding material and even with trying to pick up the droppings, the floor of the cage looks filthy. I got a decent price on very nice printed fleece at Joann's--in the section with fleece blanket kits, which are on sale, and each kit comes with two large sheets of coordinating fleece. I can't wait to get it in place. I am thinking of making a bottom layer using a waterproof crib pad just to catch anything that the middle layer of towels doesn't absorb and keep the coroplast floor totally dry--any thoughts? Joann's also had waterproof PUL fabric but it is expensive, and would definitely need to be sewn to another layer to keep it from shifting (it is thin). The crib pads are fleecy on the outside with a plastic layer in the middle and have some weight to them, they don't' shift around on the bed.

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Use a lint roller to get the excess fur off before washing, should help quite a bit.

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      Some Dude 5 years ago

      My guinea pig sheds a lot. It gets all over the fleece. What should I do? =(

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Okay glad I could help. If this article helped I have another one on how to build a C&C cage that you might find useful.

      https://pethelpful.com/rodents/how-to-build-a-CC-c...

      Good luck with your pigs, they'll be so happy!

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      Nicole 5 years ago

      Thanks. Will do. I've got to go there for C&C cage info anyway.

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      yes, I was so thrilled to have a half bale of it for free! It lasted me literally 2 years, and now that I am finally running out I have to buy some myself. A lot of people buy hay online, as you can get more hay for less $$. A site I've heard about a lot is kleenmama's hayloft, that seems to be a popular go-to site. I'll be doing some research on hay prices before I buy to find the best deals but I will probably opt to buy online.

      Guinea pigs need as much hay as possible, you should always have hay in their cage and try not to let it run out, so unfortunately you'll be looking into a lot of hay. Thankfully those little bags actually last longer than you'd expect, I had to buy one at one point because I left my hay when I traveled and brought my pigs with me.

      Check out a site called guineapigcages.com, I go there often for any pig questions I have. It has a forum filled with cavy crazed people, and I can guarantee you'll find hundreds of topics just on hay alone, best places to buy hay, best brands to buy, and different types you can give to your piggies. I'll definitely be checking out that site before I do any hay shopping :)

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      Nicole 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info about the cost. That really helps a lot. How much hay do they generally eat a day/a week/a month? I ask only because I know the Timothy Hay I've seen runs about $7 a bag for a bag about the size of a big loaf of bread.

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Great question Nicole, I actually own two pigs myself. It all depends on how expensive your food/hay/litter is. What I've noticed is that I spend most often on a litter called yesterday's news (I have a kitchen area in a cat litter pan in one of the corners of my cage, it really helps to cut down on excess waste and smells because they do most of their business where they eat).

      Yesterday's news will sell at a pet store for around $8-9 for a small bag, and it goes higher as the bag gets bigger. A bag will usually last me a month, sometimes a little longer depending on how sparing I am with it.

      Food lasts me longer, probably 2 months, I don't remember the last time I bought food. If you get cavy cuisine it is around $15 a bag, but there are all different prices of food, as cavy cuisine is a great kind, it is also pricey.

      Hay I'm unsure of how expensive it is because I haven't had to buy any yet (I got free hay from a trusted local farmer).

      I was say in all a rough estimate would be between $10 and $30 per month, $30 is really pushing it though, that would be if you weren't being resourceful and over filled your food bowls, etc. I would say $20 would be the most likely, and oviously some months you'll spend more than others depending on when your stuff runs out.

      Generally guinea pigs are a very inexpensive pet. If you didn't have a litter pan in your cage that cuts out another $10 from your purchases. If you found a great deal on timothy hay that makes it all the better.

      Hope this helps! I didn't spend a cent on my pigs all December, but I have just ran out of yesterday's news so this month I will be spending around $15 for a big bag of litter to last me longer.

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      Nicole 5 years ago

      Using fleece, how much should I expect to spend total to take care of two guinea pigs per month.

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I suppose your bathtub would do the trick. You'd handwash fleece the same way you would handwash clothing, just be sure to shake it out good before washing it.

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      Some dude 5 years ago

      How can you wash fleece without a washing mashine?

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      Guinea pigs ftw 5 years ago

      Okay, thank you, I am going to walmart tomorrow so i will show my dad :)

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      There isn't a lot I can do for you here unfortunately, I would just keep stressing that you will wash it every time and that it will end up being less expensive in the long run (not to mention less wasteful). Tell them you can get plain yards of fleece for literally $2 at walmart, and unlike the plain paper you won't have to keep running to get more. You can get 2 separate yards of fleece and it will last years if you need it to. I hope your parents will come around, it's just a matter of them learning to trust you I guess :/ Good Luck and I hope this helps a little at least!

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      Guinea pigs ftw 5 years ago

      hi, i hav one pig, and i use just plain paper on the bottom, as the bedding is very exspensive in my area (i don't know why) and when ever i go to the US (every weekend) i go to walmart and i see fleece and beg my dad to get some but he says ask your mom and she says no, i hav told her all the benefits of it and she says my dad will have to wash it all the time, now wat?

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I really don't think you'll have to worry too much about smell with just one pig, but I think one thing that helps reduce the odor in my cage is that I have a cat litter box filled with yesterday's news (a brand of cat litter made from recycled paper). The guinea pigs' kitchen is in the cat litter box, so most of their business is done in there. If you don't have one I would highly recommend it.

      Try out your cage the way it is and if you don't notice any smelliness than you should be good but I wouldn't worry about finding a solution to odor before you're even sure there will be a lot of odor.

      Congrats on your new piggy!

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      Nandi 5 years ago

      I was just wondering how would you control the smell when using fleece bedding. I am getting my first guinea pig tomorrow! I have had to cut my fleece in half because it is too big for the cage. I have heard about putting baking soda underneath of the second layer (I'm using a waterproof mattress pad) would this work?

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Glad to help :) Good luck with everything!

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      misslia 5 years ago

      im new and your suggestions help a lot. thanks.

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Yes, it's definitely not a very common thing for pigs to chew fleece, neither of mine do and I don't read about that happening a lot. I'm sure your pig will be fine, if you're worried just make sure to tuck the fleece underneath so that there aren't any free ends for it to access easily.

      My pigs are more interested in towels than fleece, and even then they only chew it out of curiosity like once a year haha.

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      Milly 5 years ago

      Hiya, I am getting a Guinea pig soon and I really liked the idea of using fleece but my friend told me that her Guinea Pig had started to chew her fleece, or is her Guinea Pig just a bit different???

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      Miranda 5 years ago

      Something I do to prevent Hosea from burrowing under the fleece, is I cut the fleece to cover the bottom, sides, and allow it to drape over the outside of the cage. Since I have a common guinea pig cage, it has the wire on the top and after I put the wire part on the I use clothespins to attach on the outside so the fleece cant be moved around when Hosea is in his cage. Quite simple. :) Also I normally change the fleece out every othe day or so and use the puppy pads.

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Buy a lint roller from a dollar store to help pick up hair.

      My guinea pig Apollo has black nails, I really hate clipping their nails because it is hard not to make them bleed, especially with them squirming all over the place! For pigs with black nails, take a flashlight and shine it up from underneath the nail so that you can see where the vein is. It is okay if you don't get every nail every time, and if you only take off a little because you're scared. Just keep practicing and have your pig's favorite treat handy to distract him and keep him calm.

      In the event that you do accidentally clip to far and make him bleed, they make a special powder that is meant to stop the bleeding asap. Flour works if you don't have any of this powder. Just put a dab on the end of his nail and it should stop bleeding within a few minutes.

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      Questions 5 years ago

      What is a good way to get GP hair off fleece!!! By the way I got my piggy about 4 months ago at petsupermarket for only 20.00 :))

      ( he's tricolored with a cowlick or American crown on top of his head ).

      Ps. This isn't about fleece but how do u clip a GPs BLACK toenails?? I don't want to make him bleed!!!

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      You can't really say until you try it, so if you're willing to risk it go for it but if you're considering going back, you could probably get at least twice as much fleece from a fabric store for the cost of that one robe, that way when you clean the cage you'll have a fresh clean sheet of fleece to put in the cage while the dirty one is in the wash.

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      court 5 years ago

      Fyi this is fleece lol

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      Court 5 years ago

      i bought a 20$ somewhat "thick" male plaid robe from walmart to line my C&C 3x1.5-1.7 Cage with. its this too thick? i am able to still return it if so.

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      That's great! Glad I helped :)

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      Guinea pigggggg 5 years ago

      Thx sooo very much :) u helped ALOT My guinea pig loves to sleep on the scrap pieces of leftover fleece. ( he started purring when he got on it!!!)

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      of course I do! Like I said in the comment above yours, you can use extra scraps to make piggy tents and hidey spots using binder clips against the top edge of your grids. You can also sew small flat pillows for the pigs to sleep on (my pigs specifically choose to sleep on the pillows I make them)It's always good to have a few extra scraps around to use from time to time. Sometimes I just throw a piece in the corner and my pigs will arrange it just so and then sleep on it. You wouldn't think they'd think to use the scraps you leave for them but they find ways lol

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      Guinea pigggggg 5 years ago

      Hello do you have any ideas on what to make for piggies with left over fleece?? :))

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      One layer of fleece works best. When I have extra fleece I cut the excess off and then use the scraps to make piggy hiding places and tents : ) Glad your pig likes the fleece! My boys are fond of it as well!

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      It's me:)) 5 years ago

      Hello I have a question. I got 2 yards of fleece and it'sa little big so I folded it in half. My question is does the fleece have to be in 1 layer or will it still wick when folded. By the way my cavy lovvesss it and I love it to so I don't want to switch back:)) ????????????????????

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      It might be that the fleece you bought wasn't a good type to wick with. Try buying a different kind, maybe a thinner kind? The first fleece I bought was at walmart, literally the cheapest fleece you could buy. $2/yd, solid color, but it wicked great. Good luck and I hope this helps!

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      Er 5 years ago

      I got fleece for my 1 piggy and washed and dried 3 times no fabric softener. And put 2 layers of towels. When I put fleece in my piggy was sooo happy but then he peed and it wouldn't wick. So now it's stained and stinks. Pleaseeee help

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      That's great :) Yes I'm sure my landlord appreciates our cleanly pigs as well. I hope it works wonders for you like it does for so many people! Good luck!

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      stacy 5 years ago

      Im so looking forward to a less messy cage and apartment floor. I think my landlord would even appreciate my little friends even more!!!!!!! luv the idea. im going to go out and get the materials as soon as i can!!

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Puppy pads are perfectly fine. As for the hay, do you have a pile of hay sitting on the fleece? Or is it in a haybin/rack of sorts and the pigs just drop a few pieces here an there?

      If you aren't using something to hold the hay to keep it off the fleece from the start, it'd be a good idea. Fleece might get soggy under a lot of hay too because it wouldn't be able to air out properly if it became soiled . I've only ever had a few pieces that fall around the cage so I haven't experienced this problem. If they're really fine pieces that aren't as simple as just picking off, a lint roller might be a good idea. Other than that the only thing I would advise is to shake the fleece off outside before every wash.

      There are a lot of piggy owners out there that might have some better tricks specifically for hay. I can do a search around and if I find any other tips that have worked for other people I'll let you know! I'm sorry you're having a rough time I hope that it all works out for you in the end : )

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      gi-gi 5 years ago

      When I used the fleece I could not get the timothy hay to come out of it, so I ended up tossing the fleece. Any idea why I am having problems. Also, I was using dog training pads under the fleece to help with the odor is this okay for my g-pig?

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I've never heard about the temp. of the water making any difference

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      pw 5 years ago

      Does the fleece have to be washed in a specific temp. water? Or does it not matter if it's washed in warm or cold?

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I washed it with regular detergent every time when prepping it, and still wash it once a week with regular detergent. Just make sure the detergent doesn't have fabric softener included in it. You can also use white vinegar if you don't want to waste detergent.

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      Mary 5 years ago

      quick question, when you wash the fleece for the second and third time when you are preparing it do you use soap each time. Also, at the end of the week when you wash the fleece do you wash it with? regular soap?

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      What were you using underneath the fleece?

      It might be that the type of fleece you used wasn't wicking the liquids as well as it could have been. I would keep your hay in a small bin or something, I have a small litter box with yesterdays news at the bottom that I put a big pile of hay in so I've never seen how hay reacts to the fleece, maybe because the fleece isn't exposed to the air through the hay it wasn't drying properly?

      I'm sorry you're having problems, sometimes there's just something wrong and people have the hardest time getting fleece to work right for them. If it's working properly, it really shouldn't smell at all. When you wash it you might have a hint of piggy left on the blanket but it shouldn't be this bad. I hope you figure out a solution, because it really is great to use when it's working right! hahaha

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      Victoria 5 years ago

      I have tried the fleece and I really like the idea of it but the smell was terrible in about 2 days and then there was mold where the hay was laying on the fleece! I have gone back to Aspen but I would like to try the fleece again. Should I not let the hay be in contact with the fleece? Maybe that is the trouble. Also everything still smells even after the wash! I guess I will try the vinegar.

      I appreciate your help, I am a bit new to this!

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I've never heard anything about it being bad with them straining their backs. Mine is so low they barely have to life their head. My thoughts are that if that was considered bad for straining their backs, what about things like treat kabobs? My pigs stand on their hind legs at the side of the cage when they know lettuce is coming, and their backs are arched then so I really wouldn't worry about them. If you're worried, just make sure your hay rack is easily accessible.

      The only thing I've ever heard about dangerous things with hay racks is that sometimes people make hayracks out of bent cube grids, and the pigs can climb on top of them and get their legs stuck if they aren't careful about how they make it, also they make balls that are sort of like a small cage that is meant to put treats inside, and pigs can get their legs stuck inside these as well.

      Glad you're concerned with the safety of your pig(s)! It's always better to be safe than sorry, right? : )

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      Anna 5 years ago

      Hi I was just wondering I read an article that hay racks were bad for guinea pigs for them to have to strain their back to get to the hay. Is this true because I have also heard a lot of people say that they DO use hayracks.

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Thank you Maddi : ) With my first guinea pigs I used bedding because I had no idea fleece was an option, I just remember how much I hated dumping out the smelly bedding and spilling it everywhere >:[ This option is so much easier, cheaper, and better looking in my opinion!

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      Maddi 5 years ago

      You seem like a really amazing guinea pig EXPERT! I now am onto fleece and are never going back to smelly old bedding:D

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Thank you Sarah, that's a great tip!

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      sarah 5 years ago

      I just wanted to point out that you can also buy fleece sheet sets - I bought a twin set for $12.99 today at Ross and you get alot of fleece for the money... plus with fleece you can cut up the sheet set any way you want since it doesn't fray... will work nicely for large cages.

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      @jmegirlie I wouldn't worry about them eating at the towel. If you build a C&C cage (see my other article), and then wrap fleece over an extra piece of coroplast or clip it to the sides (read above comment^) they won't be able to eat at it because they won't be able to find an edge to chew on.

      Most likely if you are using a plastic bin as a cage, it isn't nearly big enough for a guinea pig, let alone 2 pigs. The smallest size you should be using for 2 pigs is what would be the size of a 2x3, C&C cage (for females, for males the minimum size is 2x4). That's around 2'w x 3'l , so unless your bin is that large you might want to consider upgrading : )

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      @Meghan, if you can afford to, cut out a piece of coroplast that is just a tad smaller than the bottom of your cage's base. When you put your fleece and towels down, you can then wrap them over the piece of coroplast, and any excess can be tucked under, sort of like tucking a sheet under a mattress. This way the fleece will lay nice and flat, and your pigs shouldn't be able to pull it up. If they still do, use large binder clips and once you overlap and tuck the fleece under, binder clip everything in place to hold it tight, then they REALLY won't be able to pull it up :) Your cage will also look a million times more tidy, which I love.

      Another option other than coroplast would be to just buy a large sheet of cardboard and do the same thing, but you would have to keep buying new sheets as it will probably get soggy after using it for too long.

      Another thing people do, although I don't like this approach because I think it doesn't look as nice, is to buy a little extra fleece than usual, so that you can binder clip your fleece to the top edge of your coroplast base. Some people love to do this, I think it looks silly and imagine the pigs knocking it down, but you can try it out if you like this option better and let me know how it all works out :)

      Thank you for your question and hope I helped!

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      @Er, I'm sure people have used a wool blend, and if you have it on hand it wouldn't hurt to try, but your best option is 100% polyester (polar fleece is a common 100% polyester fleece), because since it is made out of recycled material and is basically plastic, it won't absorb liquid or odor, whereas the wool most likely would to a certain extent.

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      Jessie Miller 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      @sam, of course you can use fleece for humans! Just go right to your local fabric store and pick out yard of fleece, in whatever design you choose. Some people even just buy fleece blankets, it's all the same.

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      Meghan 5 years ago

      My pigs burrow under the fleece! How can I prevent this?

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      Sam 5 years ago

      can i use normal fleece for humans for my guineas? Please let me know soon. i would like to get it this week for my babies!! thanks much....

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      Er 5 years ago

      Thanks for this great article! What about using wool fleece instead of the polyester type?

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      jmegirlie 5 years ago

      Hi I have 2 guinea pigs. I use wood shavings for bedding and its getting annoying having to dump bedding out and clean the tub etc. I have been reading about using the fleece and it sounds like a great idea. I don't have a cage for my piggys. I have them in a clear plastic bin that they love. My piggys eat at the towel when we hold them in the towel so I am worried about them eating at the fleece too.

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      @Donna I'm sorry about your frustrations! You're not using fabric softener, right?

      You know, I have a few pieces of fleece that I had bought and when I would test it, it wasn't working as well as the other ones were, but then I used it in the cage regardless and it seemed to work fine. I would suggest just giving it a try to see what it's like, depending on how many pigs you have it should be able to go about a week before it needs to be washed.

      If you find that it's not working, maybe try a different fleece, although I've never read anything about polyester and it being a bad thing. Normally I don't even bother to look at what kind of fleece I have, I just pick it by the designs and hope for the best! The best fleece I've actually had to work with wicking though was just the cheapest fleece at walmart, in solid colors (although I don't like to use solid colors because their piggy stains show up better, I just use them as blankets and tents)

      I wish you luck! Give it a try and see how it works out, your fleece just might be taking longer than usual : )

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      Donna L Georgi 6 years ago

      I am getting frustrated. I want to use fleece. Bought some 100% polyester fleece at walmart and have washed and dried it at least 5 times now and it still is not wicking. I will put a few drops of water and leave for few minutes and its still sitting on top (water that is). i am using detergent and vinegar in wash. any ideas?

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Completely agree. There's nothing better than having to just pop a handful of fleece and towels in the washer, instead of dumping out smelly saturated bedding and scrubbing the bottoms of the cage! Thank you!

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      Completely Hairless Baldwin GuineaPigs 6 years ago

      Nothing beats fleece for all piggie breeds. No heavy or expensive messy bedding. It's so comfortable, clean and elegant:)

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Hey, it's great that you're using fleece! Your piggies will be thrilled. Since you will have a bigger cage you will need at least 1 yard of fleece. I have a 2x4 cage, and one yard of fleece fits just about perfectly (with about an inch around each edge to fold under). What I normally see with people that use bigger cages is that they use more than one piece of fleece and they overlap so that it covers the entire bottom. So you will probably need about 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 yards to be long enough for a 2x5, I think that should be plenty. Some fleece is more stretchy than others too so you can experiment and always remember that if you realize that you bought a piece that is way too long, you can always cut off the excess and use it for piggy blankets!

      hope this helps, please don't hesitate to ask if you need anything else : ) and good luck with your fleece!

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      Milah 6 years ago

      Hello this is my first time using a C&C Cage I have 3 Guinea Pigs and I recently brought a 2x5 tray. My question is how big should I buy the Fleece because I found GREAT deals on 1 Yard of Fleece but I am not sure if that will fit my cage.

      Please help =)

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      That's awesome, and thank you for the feedback! When I switched I was so excited I just wanted everyone else to know about it :D

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      finatics 6 years ago

      Great Hub! I've been thinking about converting to fleece and this Hub has definitely helped me make the switch!

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      It will be easier in a C&C cage to keep it neat and tidy so that it stays down. However, if your pigs are big fans of burrowing, a good idea that would guarantee that they wont pull the fleece up is to make a flat base (extra coroplast or cardboard). The base should be a tad smaller than the bottom of the cage, and you can then wrap the fleece over the edge of the base and then use binder clips to hold it down.

      What I normally do is just fold the fleece under so that they cant find a loose edge to grab, but my pigs aren't very interested in pulling the fleece up.

      Some people even binder clip their fleece to the upper edge of the coroplast, which would prevent any solids from falling into the cracks as well. I personally don't do this, my fleece will never stretch that far, and even if it did I don't think it looks as good as when it is flat.

      hope this helps, and it's great that you're upgrading to a bigger cage :)

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      Meghan 6 years ago

      What do you use to keep the fleece down? Every time I put it down, my piggies burrow under it! Right now, we're halfway through making a c&c cage for them and using the fleece in their pet store cage.

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I agree, it saves so much money and it's so inexpensive! To try to fill the bottom of a 2x4 C&C cage with shavings sounds ridiculous, I'd have to buy a new bag of bedding like every week!

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      og104 6 years ago

      I discovered fleece when I took my guinea pigs for their first physical 4 years ago at the vet. Its very economical and they find it more comfortable. I think one of my guinea was allergic from the dust of the old bedding. Once in a while she used to sneeze. Since the switch no more sneezing. Glad I made this discovery otherwise I would have spent a fortune in bedding.

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      wash, dry, wash, dry, wash, dry

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      brandon 6 years ago

      Haha, oops. I thought I was supposed to wash 3 times, then dry. It's a different pattern every where I read the instructions. What should I do?

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Introducing new guineas to a cagemate is a very long and timely process, including isolating the new pig for awhile to make sure that it doesn't have anything wrong with it that it can give to the other pigs. I have never had to do it before so I haven't read into it that much, but a great site that would have all your answers is www.guineapigcages.com , there's a forum on it that I am part of (as the same username). I usually go there if I'm unsure of anything.

      I warn you though that not a single person will support getting a pig from a petstore on that site, although it seems like the right thing to do when you see how badly treated they are, the best thing to do is to look into adopting pigs from a rescue. I'm sure this is all stuff you've heard before, so to avoid continuous lectures from expert pig owners on that site I might leave that bit out of your story haha

      Hope I helped a bit, and good luck with all your boys!

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      hh 6 years ago

      Unrelated to bedding, but maybe you could still help... I bought two 10 week old brothers, they're still new here. There's a 4 month old male that I was also hoping to get. He's been stuck at the petstore for a long time, by himself, and he's rather big already. Would the three pigs get along, do you think? And thanks for answering my previous question.

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      @ newguinea and hh , yes both are perfectly fine

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      hh 6 years ago

      My washer only uses cold water... will it still work out?

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      newguinea 6 years ago

      is it ok to hand wash your fleece with a bucket and water

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Thicker fleece could take longer to prepare, and the liquid would take longer to wick through so my only suggestion is to avoid that. I literally just walk into a fabric store and browse the fleece on sale without even looking at what type it is, and I've never had a problem.

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      the human being 6 years ago

      does it matter what fleece i use

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Nope that doesn't matter, however you wish to do it is perfectly fine : )

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      thundertwig 6 years ago

      my cage is a 2x3 cage with a secound floor would it matter if i clip it to the coroplat in the lower floor and i don't do that in the upper

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      you don't have to clip it, you can lay your fleece out in whatever way works best for you. A yard of fleece fits almost perfectly on my 2x4 c&c cage, with maybe a couple inches around all the edges, so I just fold the edges under so the piggies can't pull it up.

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      thunderwolf 6 years ago

      if i have a c&c cage do i have to clip the fllece to the sides of the coroplast just like in that video or can i just put the sides of the fllece to the egdes of the of the coroplast.

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      generally guinea pigs don't have a problem with chewing fleece. My piggies literally have no interest in chewing it at all. I wish I could say that about my plastic litter box I have for their kitchen though! >:[ haha, I wouldn't worry at all. I've really never heard about that happening, and if that actually were to occur, you'd be able to catch it soon enough and then switch back.

      I think if you are really concerned about it, try it out and just make sure you keep an eye on them. Check them every hour or so or make sure they're in a room with a lot of traffic. I wouldn't worry about it though, especially if you keep plenty of hay and other things that are safe for them to chew on, they don't usually turn to other things.

      Thank you for the question and for reading!

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      Teddylove 6 years ago

      I just adopted 2 3 month old piggies.If I place fleece as bedding, will the guineas chew at it? I am afraid they will and choke.

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      Night Bite 6 years ago

      Thanks for your reply! Piggies are happy but pulling up the fleece. I've stitched fleece and towel together that goes on top of an extra layer of towel. Works pretty well, except that one of the gp crawls under it. I'll try the sheet of cardboard and probably use cotton elastic bands around the corners to keep it in place. Thanks again!

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      What I normally do is fold it under at the sides and corners so that the raw edges aren't out for them to see. I used to fold them and then binder clip them as well in areas where it pulls up the most.

      Another thing people do is take a large sheet of cardboard or coroplast and cut it out to just a little smaller than the bottom of the cage, then it is even easier to fold the fleece over and binder clip it into a smooth flat surface.

      Some people have stretchy enough fleece that they can binder clip the edges to the top edge of their coroplast sides, but I personally don't like the way this looks. I'm sure it works though.

      I was lucky enough to have piggies that generally don't care about pulling the fleece up, mine just like to poop right in the corner where its the hardest to sweep! >:[

      hope this helps!

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      Night Bite 6 years ago

      Hi, thanks for al the info! I've got it all ready but don't know how to stop the fleece from moving all over the place? I don't want my guinea pigs to play hide and seek with it!

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Thank you for the feedback! Yes piggies are very happy with fleece, I will never go back, especially when using a C&C cage. Joann is my favorite place to buy fleece, they usually have lots on sale and there are SO many choices! That's very interesting about the color green! Maybe I should think of that the next time I update my fleece : )

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      Jitters88 6 years ago

      Thank you for the useful information on fleece as bedding. I was having a hard time deciding on what type of bedding to use for my future guinea pigs. I was thinking about using aspen wood shavings, but I thought that it looked a little rough for such fragile little creatures. I will get my fleece from joann fabrics, I will get the color green, cause I have read that the color green makes them happier.

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I have used light blue and it hasn't had any problems with stains. I have had more problems with the stuff my boars secrete when "marking territory" but that comes out as well. In my experience I normally use a pattern (not only because they're cute but it is less noticeable when its dirty) in a medium shade.

      I actually ended up using my lighter solid colors and cutting them up to make various piggy beds, blankets, and tents. I wouldn't worry too much about it, fleece is inexpensive changing out different looks and patterns is fun. Thank you for your input, and good luck with your bigger cage! your piggy will be so happy : D

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      Hanna 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for the information! I just acquired a larger cage and I figured I'd use fleece to save money on twice the bedding! I didn't know all this treatment was needed first, and I'm glad I read your page before I decided to go out and change her bedding.

      I bought a lighter colored fleece and I was wondering if you have experienced stains as a result of all the pee. And if so, does it come out easily in the wash?

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Thats awesome :D I absolutely love it too, I can't believe I used to use shavings, its so smelly and messy compared to just throwing something in the washer!

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      katie 6 years ago

      I'm IN LOVE with fleece!! I was really skeptical at first, but I tried it anyway and I'm so happy that I did!

      My babies couldn't be happier (they even kick their feet out when they take a nap!).

      Happy pigs=Happy mom! :D

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I have actually only heard of using fleece as a fabric, because it has the ability to wick liquids. There are a lot of guinea pig experts on guineapigpages.com that might have an idea of a different kind, though I personally have never heard of it. There are things you can do to help keep piggies cool in the warm temps, such as chilling any sort of stone (terra cotta tray, brick, tile, etc) and placing it in the cage for them to lay up against/lay on. I have noticed that when my piggies get warm they tend to just lay out in the open more often than usual, I also have certain two shallow litter boxes filled with yesterdays news in my cage that they can retreat to.

      I live in New York state, so I only deal with summer-type weather for 1/4 of the year (or less it seems!), but I don't think having fleece would be too much warmer than having wood shavings. Both materials absorb heat so it is better to do some research on different things you can be doing to help keep it cool regardless of what's in the bottom of your cage.

      I recommend checking out the forum on guineapigcags.com, There are people there who helped me when I first brought home my piggies, and I doubt there's a question on the site that hasn't been answered already! Good luck with your new piggy!

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      Esther Lee 6 years ago

      Im about to get a guinea pig, and im going to use a fleece. But, i live in texas so it gets pretty hot sometimes(: haha. so im scared that in the summer, the fleece will be too hot for the piggies, and they'll have a stroke or something. what would YOU recommend to substitute the fleece? ( i do not want to use and shavings/newspaper or any of that sort because it is too disorganizing. but a type of fabric would be best) Thank you!!!!!

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      finatics 6 years ago

      Great hub! Very informational. @hazza, keeping guinea pigs outdoors isn't recommended though. It's hard to keep them warm in winter and cool in summer.

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Yup, you can use it anywhere. Some people even lay down towels with fleece overtop on the floor for when their piggies have floor time : )

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Like I said, I don't think its the type or brand of bottle that matters, it's just a matter of luck. My cheap plastic bottle from walmart worked just as well as my glass one, so I wouldn't worry about trying to find certain kinds, I'd just keep trying and eventually something will not leak eventually! haha.

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      katasha 6 years ago

      thanks..already had the glass bottle...didn't work, unfortunately..but i appreciate the input! maybe one of these days i will find one that works...maybe scruffles just likes to make a mess!!!

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I use a glass one, I used to use a small plastic one from walmart but I decided to upgrade. A lot of people rave about glass ones, saying they never leak. You can get them from petsmart. I haven't had any problems with mine, but if you do you can always return it.

      Sadly I don't think it's the brand that really counts, I think each individual bottle, so you could buy one bottle and have it leak, and then buy the exact same bottle again and have it work! They're so touchy..

      Best of luck. Some people don't even use bottles, their piggies drink from a bowl, though I don't see that being any cleaner :P

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      Katasha 6 years ago

      What kind of water bottle do you use? And does it leak much? I am having the WORST time with water bottles and can't seem to find any that don't leak much..it's driving me INSANE! I love my guinea pig(Scruffles)but the water bottle issue makes me want to pull my hair out!!!

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      haha, to be completely honest those piggies aren't mine :P though my piggies do popcorn all over the place when I clean their cage or they hear their dinner coming, I have never actually caught it on camera. I saw this vid on youtube and thought it went well with the hub so I don't know what the little box is made of. Im sure you could comment on the video through youtube and the person would tell you though. Sorry! haha, thank you for your input though and yes it is very good for those who have allergies to the bedding!

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      Lindsay 6 years ago

      Hello, I will definitely try this for my piggies...no risk of allergy to the bedding either...I love how your guys popcorn around. What is their little box made out of (between the first and second level)? thank you

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      if it is brand new fleece that has never been "prepared" or in other words, washed and dried 3 times, the fleece will not wick the liquid. Brand new fleece will just absorb the liquid and let the liquid sit on top of the surface for a longer time. Once the fleece absorbs the liquid, it will become soggy and smelly very quickly.

      The purpose of washing and drying the fleece is that it changes the fleece in a way that rather than just absorb the liquid, it pulls the liquid completely through it onto whatever is below it (which would be a couple layers of towels). It will take a lot longer for these towels to become soggy and smelly than one top layer of fleece.

      Long story short, it would be no better than just putting down a towel and trying to use that as bedding, you can imagine how that would be. The great thing about fleece is that it is dry to the touch once the liquid wicks through it, so the piggies aren't running around getting their feet wet from soggy fleece! : )

      thank you for asking and I hope my answer helped you better understand the wonders of fleece!

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      petlover 6 years ago

      hey what happens if i don't wash and dry the fleece 3 times before using?

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      People buy lint rollers to remove the hair from their fleece, so that would definitely help. It is totally fine to let it air dry instead of using a washer, I do that often myself because it dries very quickly and saves me money! That will also prevent it from getting staticky. You might want to change out your fleece more often than you normally did before to help cut down on the hair and smell as well.

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      Vero 6 years ago

      Ok, I'm gonna get bedding, cause my dad says it's better. I want the fleece, and I don't no wat to do. He is allergic to the smell and he says to stick with the bedding, cause if I put it in the machine , were we put all our clothers- it will get all full of hair( our clothes.) so then, I want to convince him. Do I need a brush, and then hand-wash it? I'm NOT allowed to put it in the dryer , and washer. (especially washer, though not sure about dryer). And I was wondering if I can let it air dry in the sun...

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      If done right and swept often it really shouldn't smell until about a week. Some people just find that they need to change the fleece out more often than once a week, and some people don't need to change it until a week and a half or so. I think it differs depending on the pigs and what is used underneath the fleece.

      How many pigs are sharing a cage together? and what size cage are you using? Also, what are you using under your fleece? I have found that one layer of fleece and 2-3 layers of towels works best for me, and I have two boars living together which typically male guineas are supposed to be smellier.

      Generally the more space the guinea pig has in the cage itself as well as how big the room the cage is in can make a big difference according to how noticeably stinky a cage will be. I hope some of this information helps!

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      Harlor 6 years ago

      I've just started using fleece, its great but really smells. Is there anything I can do?

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I'm glad it worked out for you! Yes, I wonder now that I've switched over why anyone would ever use shavings again! It's so much easier to throw fleece in the wash than having to dump out stinky urine-drenched shavings, and I personally think it's more aesthetically pleasing as well.

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      Cali banks 6 years ago

      wow!! my piggies love their new fleece, it's way way better than shavings and newspaper, I felt really awful as they had started to eat the paper even though it had wee on it! this I didn't want so I'm so pleased that the fleece works like everyone said, I just spot clean it a couple of times a day and it's like a new fresh cage, I would recommend this to anyone!

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      your welcome, I wish you all the best with your cage and pigs!

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      KittyKitty50 6 years ago

      Thanks! I cant wait to get my piggies and their fleece and make the C&C cage!

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      Cali banks 6 years ago

      thanks, i'll wash it a couple more times then.

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      nope, once it's prepared it only has to be washed and dried once from then on

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      KittyKitty50 6 years ago

      Do you have to do the wash dry wash dry wash dry every time you clean it?

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      it shouldn't matter, it might just take longer to prepare to wick. I've had relatives accidentally dry the fleece for me with a dryer sheet before, and all it does is make you have to prepare it all over again so you should be fine.

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      Cali banks 6 years ago

      could anyone tell me if it matters that the fleece I use had previously been washed with fabric conditioner as it's my daughters old one? I have washed it 3 times according to instructions (no conditioner etc. ) or should it be brand new, thanks.

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      yup, thats true. A lot of people use fleece baby blankets instead of going to the fabric section. I just normally go to the a Joann fabrics because one yard will fit my 2x4 cage perfectly so it just works out that way :P

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      person 6 years ago

      you don't have to go to the fabric section. i found mine in the baby section! here are cuter selections too!

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      wash, dry, wash, dry, wash, dry haha

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      person 6 years ago

      do you wash, dry, wash, dry, wash, dry. or just wash once and dry three times?

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Some people just have the hardest time getting it to work, and I honestly am not sure why it doesn't work out! haha, my only guess is that maybe there's a certain type of fleece that doesn't work? I just go to the store and grab whatever's on sale though so I don't even know what type I use. I know for a fact some people say they use polar fleece though.

      Normally what I'll do is after the 3rd or 4th time I will drip a few drops of water onto it, and watch it for a few minutes, and if it feels dry to the touch its working, but if it's still a bead of water sitting on top of the fleece it's obviously not ready. Maybe there's fabric softener in the detergent you're using? I have read that some people even go without using detergent, they just use a half cup or so of white vinegar.

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      sara 6 years ago

      Ive washed and dried it 4 times in the washer and it didn't work... so now i'm washing it by hand, i'm on the third time of that. But after the second time it still didn't work...i hope it works now, i don't know what i'm doing wrong if it doesnt!

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      Person 7 years ago

      Ok thanks! I washed it 3 times and put it in the dryer.

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      Jessie Miller 7 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      dryer sheets without fabric softener are perfectly fine, and probably a good idea to avoid static : o

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      person 7 years ago

      Well just went out and bought some for my piggy! But is it safe to use a dryer sheet without softner? or should i just put in the dryer without it?

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      lizmoss71 7 years ago from Orpington, UK

      Yes I washed and dried etc, and didn't use fabric softener. I am down to one piggie now sadly so when he moves indoors for the winter, I may give it another try.

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      Jessie Miller 7 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Did you prepare the fleece ahead of time by washing and drying it AT LEAST 3 times without fabric softener? That includes dryer sheets. The fleece should feel dry to the touch within seconds of having water dropped on it. I wouldn't put down newspaper, it absorbs very quickly but then gets soggy and smelly. One layer of fleece with two towels should work perfectly fine. I'm sorry fleece didn't work out for you, I have two boars together in a cage and can get away with at least a week without having to change out the fleece. It is also very important to sweep out poops at least once daily, beause that can build up and cause the fleece to get dirty and smelly much faster.

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      lizmoss71 7 years ago from Orpington, UK

      I tried fleece in my guinea pig cage and I couldn't get on with it at all. The problem I had was the smell. I had fleece with towels and newspaper underneath and within 2 days the whole room absolutely stank.

      And even after washing, the fleece STILL smelt. Disgusting. I now use Megazorb bedding and it is so much better.

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      Jessie Miller 7 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      tell her that she will save a lot of money using fleece, and that cleaning fleece is a lot easier than bedding. With fleece you can sweep poops daily so that your piggy doesn't always have to lay around in its poop. Clean fleece = clean guinea = happy guinea. I used to use bedding for previous pigs and now I think back to having to make a huge mess cleaning out the bedding and how smelly it used to be and I could never imagine doing that ever again. If your mom is worried about fleece not being natural, I'm sure there are a lot of people who would argue keeping a guinea in a cage as a pet is unnatural as well.

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      carla 7 years ago

      my mom wont let me use fleece because my aunty said it is unatural. its really annoying me because A LOT of people use fleece and its softer for guinea pig and bedding doesn't go flying everywhere. what should i say to her??? i have already said fleece is fine and that people always use it

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      Jessie Miller 7 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I know that some walmarts have removed their fabric section, but when I first bought my fleece I bought it at walmart. The plain kind was $2/yard, the patterned kind was a little more expensive. I have also bought fleece from joann fabrics, and they had a TON to choose from with reasonable prices, so when I want to buy more Im definitely going there. Basically any fabric store or craft shop should have it, and I have a 2x4 C&C cage for my pigs and one yard fits perfectly on the bottom.

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      Olivia 7 years ago

      Where Did You Get Your Fleece From?

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      Jessie Miller 7 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I agree, I would never go back. My two boars can go two weeks without having to change the fleece and it wont smell at all!

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      Taylor 7 years ago

      i just started using fleece for Vinnie it is GREATT

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      Becky 7 years ago

      Use White Vinegar, it is a great for eliminating odors, and for softening your fleece. I own a Green Cleaning Business, and vinegar is great to use in your normal laundry uses. It may smell like vinegar in the wash but when you dry your clothes they do not smell like vinegar. It is also great for HE washers in place of your monthly bleach cycle.

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      Jessie Miller 7 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      The fleece dries really quickly, so in the winter months you could just hang dry it and it wont lose its softness. You'll notice even after your first wash that right out of the washer the fleece feels barely wet.

      I also think they sell dryer sheets that don't have fabric softener in them and are only for the sole purpose of static, and that would be fine

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      Sharon 7 years ago

      Since you are unable to use fabric softener, what do you use to control static in the winter months?

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