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We have changed now to our summer living, so the guinea pigs are in a c and c cage in the living room during the day (and will go outside in a run when it's a bit warmer) and then in their hutch in the conservatory at night.

Until now we have spot cleaned the hitch every day with a full change and clean once a week, but now the pigs are splitting their time 50/50, I'm wondering what the best way to do this is. It seems like double the work to clean both every week, especially when they are really only spending half the time in each house, plus I don't want to waste bedding.

Would it be ok to spot clean wa daily, and then do a full clean on alternate weeks? Obviously I would do it more if it looked / smelled like it needed it!

Does anyone else have their pigs in two different houses? How do you manage the cleaning?

BTW they are on Fitch in both, with loads of hay in the enclosed bit of the hutch, and hay inside a grass hidey thing in the c and c grid which acts as a feeder as they have never once sat in it!
 

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Sorry, I wasn't clear, by cleaning I mean fully washing out and disinfecting, I do a change of all the bedding probably twice per week, where I just empty it out and put all fresh in.

I guess my question is does it need to be washed and disinfected every week?
 

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Sorry, I wasn't clear, by cleaning I mean fully washing out and disinfecting, I do a change of all the bedding probably twice per week, where I just empty it out and put all fresh in.

I guess my question is does it need to be washed and disinfected every week?
How thoroughly you clean depends on how soiled the cage/hutch is; I would recommend to at least wipe the most affected areas where pee has soaked through every time.
 
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