In my experience, you do not want the piece cut to fit the dimensions of the cage. You need Extra width and Extra length on the fleece so that you can either tuck it under the towels, or drpe it over the edges of the coroplast and then clip it there. Otherwise the pigs just burrow under the fleece or grab it in their teeth and rearrange.
I have long pieces off the bolt that work -- usually they are too wide for a 2 grid width, but I use the extra strip for my one cube width loft, or you can use it for corner blankets, cuddle pieces, etc.
I have also bought smaller pieces from the remnants pile in the fabric store and laid them out in the large cage. If there's a lot of overlap between pieces, it can work. Sometimes it doesn't, but then you just take that piece out and put in another that won't shift so much.
I have some purchased small baby blankets that I tend to scrunch up and use as hiding places in the corners of the cage. My girls love these. I don't tend to use the blankets all spread out as bedding, but I have in a pinch. I find that the fleece off the bolt is less stretchy than the pre-made blankets. I find it easier to sweep off the off-the-bolt fleece than the stretchy blanket fleece.
Good thing is, generally fleece is pretty inexpensive. (As long as you don't become obsessed. Heh. Heh.) So you can keep experimenting until you find what works for you.
However, if you use a piece that is *exactly* the dimensions of the bottom of the cage, then the pigs will rearrange.
My girls did once manage to flip their entire fleece+towels pad completely upside down, and this was after my having boasted that my girls didn't burrow. So, never say never, you know? (By the way, my girls still don't burrow under the fleece, but they do every once in a while push the towels and fleece away from the edges of the cage to create mounds in the center when they are feeling creative.)
Suisan - I can see how one could be obsessed... Spring fleece, summer fleece, 4th of July fleece, ahhhhhh! I will need a bigger house and a second job.
When I measured my C&C I automatically skipped everything until it told me to add the 6" dimensions so those are the dimensions I always went by.
Yes, more is better..
My boys will probably feel adventerous and rearrange their cage at some point ;-)
Then once a month everything is taken out regardless and only the really clean fleeces that have been barely use are put back in, everything thats got a poo stain, smell or slight dampness anywhere is washed and changed. Can I just say that my cage isn't disgusting in the slightest being left this long since I do do spot checks etc with urine areas, and I think the size of the cage with two pigs if efficient for me to be able to do this.
For a 2x4 though I reckon I would have to change that every three days aprox.
I just put fleece squares on top of the main cage-sized fleece, mostly just in their poop and peep areas, like under pigloos and near the hay rack. This way, I can just pick them up and shake the poops into a box I use for poops and old hay and whatnot.
If the fleece squares feel damp, I throw them in the wash and replace with new ones(I've got a gazillion of them). If they're not wet and just have poops on them, I shake them off and put them back where they were.
I do this twice a day and it works great for me.
By the way, any stray poops not on said fleece squares get picked up by hand. Yes, I admit to being a poop picker upper.
Any suggestions for what I should tell him? Especially since he is getting neutered on the 23rd and I want his bedding to be super safe and super clean, because I'm not going to be here to monitor him after his surgery.
I find my cage needs a cleaning twice a week but I don't want or have time to do that. I usually push it to the weekend.
I have use commercial products like ginniepig bedspreads and fleece flippers.
The bedspreads worked until my pigs matured. Not enough padding for the pee and too much $
Flippers, work better but so much effort and laundry. And also costly.
Currently I use a mix of items. I created kitchen with pee pads. These get replaced daily, sometimes twice a day. Thus helped greatly but not so pretty. I use pleated peepads that are made heavier for large dogs and buy online in bulk. They lay flat.
I still use flippers but I'm considering ditching the flippers soon, so I can have thicker layers of blankets. Hoping this will reduce smell.
I'll post back with results