So...I came up with what is probably a dumb idea. Here at work, we toss out tons of cardboard weekly for recycling. We get shipments for supplies, furniture and equipment almost daily, and the large cartons are just being tossed into the recycling heap on the loading dock. I wondered if two layers of cardboard under fleece would be a workable alternative to towels and crib pads.
I set up Toby and Otis' cage with it last night with two layers of medium-size sheets of cardboard that were a good fit with just a little overlapping (I could have trimmed them down, but was too tired), tossed fleece over the top and tucked underneath. I used a few pieces of double-sided tape to secure the fleece to the cardboard, but I'm thinking I could probably "notch" the cardboard on the corners and secure the fleece that way instead.
I'll be interested to see how this goes. Ideally, when it's time to change the cage, I can just toss the fleece in the piggie laundry bag and toss out the soiled cardboard. *Hopefully* the fleece on top will stay dry. That would just mean shaking out and laundering fleece instead of also dealing with heavy wet towels and liners.
I'll let you know how it turns out...
- Supporter in '10
Best of luck with the trial!
- Supporter in '09
Need to do rat's cage too and am thankful I can just dump it.
I do really, really like the fleece though for spot cleaning poos and keeping their little feeties drier. Especially my skinnies.
Right now I use a combo of wood chips and care fresh and a layer of hay on top . I have found that the mixture of the two beddings allows better absorption and reduces smell .
- In Memory of Mama
I don't like the expense and mess of Carefresh (and would never go back to pine or aspen), but...it would be great if I only had the fleece to contend with and something underneath that is disposable.
- For Pigs' Sake
I've been looking into incontience pads (so I can reuse it) but I haven't found one I can effort since I'm going to need around 8 of them.