- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
It is true that a guinea pig should not be allowed to chew on polyester fleece. If you have a guinea pig that likes to chew blankets or towels, fleece may not be the best bedding option.
There are also a few members here that do not use Carefresh for the same reason; their guinea pigs enjoy eating it.
As I mentioned before, I do not use the disposable pads in my cage, since one of my girls now thinks that plastic is dinner.
If you have anything in your cage that your pet thinks is tasty and is in danger of being ingested, you should remove it. Always err on the side of caution. This is common sense.
Well, moment of truth. Tonight I will be changing out Toby & Otis' cage (the first one "fitted" with the cardboard liners), and will see how well the cardboard held up.
I can say that the fleece has been dry all week with no odor. I also like that I used double-sided tape to secure the fleece to the cardboard, and it has stayed relatively nice and neat for a change.
I had one pig that loved to burrow under towels and fleece but others don't try it. I guess it depends on your pig.
Mine love the fleece though and really stretch out and relax on it. It's really cute.
I have given up on the fleece. I would put a piece of it on top of the carefresh in the sleeping section of their cage. Quilt still doesn't like it and goes to sleep in the hay. Shaking it out takes so much time as the carefresh and aspen get stuck to it.
So, bowing to Quilt's odd preference (has never seemed to like fleece) and in the interest of time, I'm sticking to Carefresh in the sleeping area and aspen in the rest of the cage. I just periodically pick out and refresh the carefresh throughout the day. The aspen gets messy around the cage, but it's too expensive to use Carefresh throughout.
Dumb question, but can I recycle the dirty cardboard or will it need to be trashed? I assume it should go in the garbage.
The only real negative (so far) is that it takes quite a while to cut down new cardboard to fit. There is probably a better way to do it, but I cut several big pieces and overlapped them where necessary.
I'm fairly satisifed that this will work. Just need to weigh if the hassle of bringing cardboard home and cutting it is worth not having to take fleece and towels outside to shake, and then laundering. It was nice just tossing a single piece of fleece in the pigs' laundry bag this time.
Do you have curbside recycling or do you have to go to a recycling center?
Since it was cumbersome to remove large sheets of dirty cardboard (I had thought they would be soggy and could probably be rolled up--wrong), I have started cutting them into 13.5" squares at work and tiling them on the bottom of the cage. So, a 3 x 3 cage takes 9 cardboard tiles. When it's time to clean the cage, just lift up the fleece, pick up the "tiles," done.
The downside to the tiles, is that they don't lie flat and can shift out of place. I haven't figured out a solution for that yet. Making taping them together would help.
I found that a single layer of cardboard tiles works just as well as double layers. The urine never really soaked to the second layer, so it was a waste of time and cardboard. I just use a single layer of the tiles, now.
Another thing, is that I have to use double-sided tape on the corners, to keep the fleece in place. Not a biggie.
So...if I can work out how to keep the tiles in place without shifting, that would solve my biggest problem with it.