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Advice On Fleece Bedding Please

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Only had my 2 girls just over a week. Love them!
I'm seriously considering changing to fleece bedding & read many threads, many times. So, just to be sure I've understood correctly, please advise....
Wash & dry fleece 3 times.
Bottom layer, newspaper
Mid layer, towels
Top layer fleece.
* can I use flannel backed tablecloth for bottom layer? (Thought I'd read that somewhere, but now I can't find it)
* can I place hay on top of the fleece, in the rack at end of the cage?
* should I put hay in their wooden house?
Ideally, I'd like to buy a fleece bed, & put in their house. Would that be ok?
TIA. Off to vets later for 1st check up! :)
 

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Fleece and hay are fine together. Fleece beds are a hit!
And piggies love hay in their houses.
 

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You don't have to wash fleece before you use it but it does help the absorbency. Be warned, the hay seeds can be very difficult to get out of the fleece. Have you thought about fleece cage liners? They are double-sided and have an absorbent inner core. No need for anything underneath. You can get them made-to-measure. Try ZiggysPiggies.co.uk, or CandECosies.co.uk. The first is less expensive.

Guessing your two girls are your avatar. More pictures please!
 

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OOps! Yes, the Chief is right. I was getting towels mixed up with fleece.
 

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Only had my 2 girls just over a week. Love them!
I'm seriously considering changing to fleece bedding & read many threads, many times. So, just to be sure I've understood correctly, please advise....
Wash & dry fleece 3 times.
Bottom layer, newspaper
Mid layer, towels
Top layer fleece.
* can I use flannel backed tablecloth for bottom layer? (Thought I'd read that somewhere, but now I can't find it)
* can I place hay on top of the fleece, in the rack at end of the cage?
* should I put hay in their wooden house?
Ideally, I'd like to buy a fleece bed, & put in their house. Would that be ok?
TIA. Off to vets later for 1st check up! :)
You don't necessarily have to wash and dry the fleece 3 times, you just have to get it wicked. If you could get your fleece to wicked the first time then that is great, if not, you have to repeat the process until it does wick.

I just created this video on "How to wick fleece"


I personally like having a hay rack (personal preference) because I don't like the "messy" look of having hay all over their cage. I have some fleece cuddle cups and not a fan personally because my girls kept peeing on them so I had to wash every 2-3 days so I just made my own fleece creation that my girls love too.
 

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Thanks everyone for your advice. I did watch the video, but unfortunately couldn't hear it well enough to make sense of it completely. Hence my queries. (I wear hearing aids)
Toffee & Fudge are indeed my avatar.
Health check at vets - perfectly healthy. Toffee is an agouti Abyssinian, Fudge, a short haired piggy. :)
 

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Hi, my girls are in the porch for winter, i have a cheap shower curtain with a cheap duvet on top, this is is topped with puppy pads ( £4.00 ) for 30 from wilko, this is topped with fleece blanket. They each have their own hay box, £2.50 from p@h. Twice a day i depoop, once a day i check and change puppy pads where needed, and change hay boxes. Once week i change fleece. My girls tend to use their hay boxes for litter trays so the puppy pads i cut in half and put all round the edges of their 6' ×3' pen dont need changing to often and the fleece lasts 5 - 7 days.
 

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That all sounds fine - remember not to use fabric conditioner too ;).
Personally I prefer to keep the hay contained rather than just putting the hay straight onto the fleece - I use a litter tray filled with fitch bedding with a hay rack above it.
 
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