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Fleece cage lining

Skypipdot

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I cant seem to get fleece to work correctly. I have a base layer of newpapers underneath. I prepped the fleece. Basicly i washed it 4 times without fabric softner. On a hot wash. It seems to work for a day then after that its damp, so i keep having to either change it or put hay on top of the whole fleece so that my pigs are not walking on damp bacteria ridden flooring

Just to add aswell its definitly the correct fleece and i have even tried towels underneath. Still no joy.

Is there another cheap way to do cage lining? I would do carefresh but its a rip off and sawdust i cant use as both of my pigs had uri's as pups. Thats how i adopted them because they were the ones never sold in pets@home . They went to the adoption section after they were treated
 

anyar.dris

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Sometimes, washing it 4 times doesn't work all the time. It happened to me. I washed it 3 times before I used it but it still wasn't wicked. But guinea pigs are very good in wicking it in my opinion. After using it and then washing it a couple more times, it finally wicked. I don't even have to put puppy pads underneath it, just newspaper. The fleece I bought from Ziggy's Piggies have an absorbent layer so it is dry above and under.

If you give up on fleece, Aubiose is another recommended bedding by members here in the forum. It is a hemp bedding which is quite cheap.
 

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You need an absorbent later underneath - I’m not sure how absorbent newspapers are. Did you check the fleece wicked before using it?
 

anyar.dris

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I only have newspaper underneath. The fleece I have already have an absorbent layer. The way it is made is like 2 fleece fabric stitched together with and absorbent layer in between. That's why I love Ziggy's fleece. First time I used it, I put puppy pads underneath but the puppy pads never got wet

When I bought it, it wasn't wicked yet. I had to wash it 3 times as instructed. But it never got properly wicked until I used it a couple of times. Others here might offer some techniques in wicking fleece properly, but in my case I just used it until it wicked.

Edit: oh @Siikibam I thought you were asking me. Haha. Sorry about it. :xd::xd:
 

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Sometimes, washing it 4 times doesn't work all the time. It happened to me. I washed it 3 times before I used it but it still wasn't wicked. But guinea pigs are very good in wicking it in my opinion. After using it and then washing it a couple more times, it finally wicked. I don't even have to put puppy pads underneath it, just newspaper. The fleece I bought from Ziggy's Piggies have an absorbent layer so it is dry above and under.

If you give up on fleece, Aubiose is another recommended bedding by members here in the forum. It is a hemp bedding which is quite cheap.
I will check this out tomorrow. Thanks
 

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I've never found fleece works very well unless it's sewn into a cage liner. I make mine with 2 layers of fleece with a layer of quilted cotton mattress cover sewn in between. I then use newspaper and puppy pads underneath in case we get a particularly wet area that soaks through. I can get 3-4 days out of these. I mostly use vet bed now as that locks the wet underneath.
 

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I've never found fleece works very well unless it's sewn into a cage liner. I make mine with 2 layers of fleece with a layer of quilted cotton mattress cover sewn in between. I then use newspaper and puppy pads underneath in case we get a particularly wet area that soaks through. I can get 3-4 days out of these. I mostly use vet bed now as that locks the wet underneath.
Is there anywhere i can get a thin vetbed because i looked in petsathome and i only see the mega thick roll
 

PigglePuggle

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We tried Vetfleece with their recommended washable absorbant Inconti-pet pad underneath for the first time last week and its amazing, still not damp at all when we changed it 4 days later! Difficult to wash as its quite heavy and needed an extra spin but very good and stays dry and in place (and is conveniently just the same width as 2C&C grids). Bought it from Amazon.
 

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I use Ziggys Piggys liners and they are fab. The middle layer is very absorbant which means I can flip the liners and have a fresh top if I need to :)
 

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Vetbed comes in different thicknesses, there are also other makes than the original vetbed that are not as thick. I've got one I think is called profleece which has the green fabric backing. My personal preference is for original Vetbed the thick type with rubber backing as it doesn't slide around when energetic piggies do zoomies. The draw back to this one is it takes a lot of room in the washing machine. I cut mine and use 3 pieces in the big cages, which means the toilet corner bits can be changed more often than the rest.
 
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