Here´s a quick summary of some old posts.
I like YN.
I use a 50-50 mixture of YN and kiln-dried Pine.
The combination lasts a week (2 pigs, 10 square feet)
The downside of YN is that it can be pricey.
I pay ~$13 for a 30lb bag.
A 10 square foot cage takes 75-80% of a bag.
Expensive. But Jim and I are dinks (double income, no kids).
YN is also heavy to lug around.
For some people that is a drawback.
I like a work-out.
Some people report their pigs nibble YN.
I don´t think it´s harmful -- no more so than newspaper.
Some people think YN is harsh on the pig´s feet.
Mine are fine with it.
Besides, the pine on top is soft.
Someone pointed out that YN is marketed for cats.
My pets don´t read.
Some people prefer pine pellets to YN.
Pine pellets are cheaper.
I don´t like the way pine pellets disintegrate when wet though.
A lot of people like Carefresh better.
It´s soft and light.
And some people have found places to get Carefresh cheaply.
I think Carefresh gets wet and smelly faster.
Carefresh+Pine would be my second choice.
And here´s another that more directly answers the question: http://126.96.36.199/forums/thread.php?threadid=517&boardid=8
I have two cages together approx 7 feet total. The 2 joining sides removed and cages wired together. In the middle where each of the cage bottom pans meet I have a rug piece over the hurdle. ( Good because gives them exercise to jump and fling themselves off from -funny to see them hit the ground and then popcorn LOL )
One cage is used for Pigloos, food/ hay veggies/water. The other cage ( or other side ) is toys, play house . Then the play tube is attached to cage side off the floor ( more runnning room that way ) they can get into it straight from the hurdle in the middle.
In each cage I line with a very fluffy bathmat. They pee along the side of the cage so under the mat I have the napkins and on top of the mat I have a thin hand towel in those places.
Every day at veggie time I take them out to run around and use a small hand vac to pick up their poop. It´s Very quick and efficent and cage is spotless following.
I have used baby wipes as well to just give the bathmat fur a quick washdown that doesn´t make it too wet ( good to wipe Piggies down too if needed ) If the hand towel where they pee is very wet I replace it with a dry one. Usually every two days or so.
Once a week - I change and wash the bathmats. I picked them up at Target for 5.99 each so I have several. I went for the thinner ones - cheap and easy to wash several at a time.
I really like it this way. Cleaner, softer , looks better in my livingroom, no running to have to pick up bags of bedding and certainly a lot cheaper.
Incidentally, I´ve been reading reports of Carefresh shipped in compressed 50L packaging, from online sources such as the Ferret Store. There seems to be some confusion over the amount of product in these packs compared to the regular loose filled 50L bags of Carefresh. Always on the lookout for a good deal, I contacted the manufacturer. There is the same amount in each 50L bag, regardless of whether it is compressed or loose.
Excerpt from email message:
The loose fill bag and the press pack bag contain the same amount of
product. I think the press pack gives the illusion of more because of
the way it looks and if you are scooping rather than pouring it may seem
like you are getting more.
Customer Service Rep.
I have had my two boars for about 5 weeks now. Purchased from a petstore ( I didn´t know I could have adopted ..I do now from finding this website)
Not sure of their ages ( 4 -5 months ? ) but they were very tiny when I got them and have doubled in size.
One baby ( Simon ) bright eyed, curious and almost hyper. First to figure out toys and hiding spaces. First to approach me, walk right up my chest and then run away. First to get kicked out of the pigloo by the other one for being such a pest.
The other baby ( Sebastian ) quiet from the beginning . Although he is quiet he stated his dominance immediately with Simon and that pigloo. ( I have two pigloo´s now..cut out the front part enlarging the doorways for ventilation and less isolation ).
For all his dominance dispay on his pigloo, Sebastian follows Simon around constantly and while can´t seem to figure out how Simon climbs up ramps and figures out how to get in and out of the cage ( Simon is very smart ) he seems genuinely fond of Simon
Simon is tan and white with medium length hair that sticks up on his behind. Sebastian is long haired tan and white and his hair is just a mass of cowlicks standing straight up all over his body. They both are the cutest litle creatures I have ever seen.
- For the love of my girls!
They may look the same superficially, but can be a poorer quality product. Not to say yours is, you haven´t told us what you are using. Some guinea pig pellets are even made with animal byproducts (not recommended).
Re the polarfleece question -- I have two pigs in (cringe -- I know it´s too small) a 7 sq.-foot cage. They spend a lot of time out of the cage, which may be one reason the fleece works well, though even in the morning, when they´ve been in all night, it´s still pretty dry. They have never been real neatniks, when it comes to where they pee, but they seem to pee most in the "hay room" at one end, since it´s where they spend most of their time, hanging out and grazing and sleeping. Squeaky has a favorite sleep-spot on the fleece, and that´s about the only place that ever gets damp -- mostly there´s just a pile of poop where his behind has been parked all night.
I do notice when I take up the blanket to shake it that there are pee spots on the paper underneath, so I know they´re not being all that tidy about it, yet the blanket stays dry on top. Because polarfleece is quick-drying, I think it would work even with a number of messy pigs in a cage, as long as there was something underneath to absorb the moisture (like paper). I think if it were just put straight on the cage bottom, it wouldn´t work as well. One of my grand plans when we move -- sometime in the not-too-distant, but still-indeterminate future -- is to build a seriously bigger cage for the guys, and I´ll definitely keep with this system. It´s as easy, cheap, and low-maintenance as anything I´ve tried, and the pigs seem to like the feel of the fleece. They don´t seem to chew it, either, though they´ll go for an edge of newspaper if one happens to stick out past the blanket.