When I first started using the fleece, I got a potty corner tub for them, thinking they'd use it. I attached it to the cage, thinking Henry would leave it alone -- Cinni is too much of a diva to be bothered. But. . . well. . . no luck. Henry thought it was a toy. Within the first hour, he had figured out how to unclamp it and had it flipped -- bedding and all -- upside down in the cage. The boy's just not quite right. But we love him.
My two piggies are in a 2x4 C&C, and after two days the stinky pee-pee smell was such that my husband -- who has nothing to do with my piggers -- would tell me it stunk in the house. So, even with my sweeping out the poos and trying to layer the fleece and peeling off layers, it just didn't work for me. I really wish there WAS a way to make it work. It'd be so much cheaper. A bottle of detergent every once in a while is a lot cheaper than care fresh bedding.
So, now, I am way curioius about that baby crib pad. That sounds like an awesome idea. (I think she said baby crib size...) Or, hey, if that works, the next size up would be one for a toddler bed. That would probably work, and you could just pull it over the sides and drop it in. Hmmmm...
I do vacuum up twice a day using a dustbuster. I also have a 1x2 kitchen area in both cages, it is filled with pine with aspen on the top. I scoop out the soiled bits twice a day and replace with fresh stuff.
I have 5 saks (but really need two or three times more than that!) which they get during the night. During the day it is too hot for them. After 2 days these need a wash as well.
I have little squares of fleece cut out that I use to make little tents, under each tent is a small towel or square of fleece. They generally get changed everyday.
Jasmaya, Henry my coronet boar hasn't had a single mat on fleece. In his previous home he got them all the time from aspen. I'm letting his hair grow really long (except for his butt area) since he seems to like it. He's kind of a big wierdo and loves to be brushed each night though. I think your girls would love fleece!
Don't give up after the first attempt if it doesn't work out so great, it took me a little while to figure out the best set up to suit me, my pigs and my lifestyle.
Also, does fleece need to be sewn around the edges to prevent fraying? From what I recall, I don't think it does but I haven't bought fleece for a very long time! (I am sewing machine less at the moment).
No suggestions on where to buy in the US, but I'm sure someone else will give you some good starting points.
I like to use the big bath towels so I don't have to fold, tuck, and generally futz with the smaller ones. I've gotten them at Kmart and Walmart. Kohls also carries them for reasonable prices. If you have old, ratty towels in the house, those are great too and it's recycling!
We will be building our cage once we move and I am trying to picture the fleece. We used to use carefresh. Do you tuck the sides of the fleece under the towels.
I do not sew so I have no idea how many yards I would need for a cage say average size.
Mums way sounds good, several layers of fleece (on top of the towels) then jut take the top layer off every day to wash.