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Hay Box/tray Lining - Inspiration Needed!

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Joeykins

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Hi everyone :)

I'm hoping to redo the hay arrangements in my piggies C&C cage and I've hit a bit of a stumbling block! I'd like to make a big, self-enclosed correx box as a designated 'hay' area but am struggling with what to line the bottom of it with. They hay will be up in racks/bags as Buttercup has a tendency to sleep with her nose in the hay pile and gets very snuffly from it, so the floor of the box will have a layer of Carefresh/Fitch depending on what I can get hold of, I'm just struggling with what to put underneath that so I don't end up with pee-soaked correx.

At the moment the piggies have 2 cat littler trays which are filled with Carefresh and I empty and clean them whenever needed (usually every 1-2 days) but I end up having to replace the trays every few weeks as they become stained and rough.

What do you use in your hay boxes?

Thanks loads!

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I just use back to nature in my litter trays without anything underneath. I know what you mean about the build up of a layer. I use vinegar (white vinegar) not diluted just sprayed on the tray/stains. And it dissolves them. Maybe you could use a puppy pad underneath?
 

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Thanks! That's a good idea about the white vinegar - I'm going to try that! I've been using a pet safe disinfectant and scrubbing with wire wool.

I was thinking about putting a puppy pad under the bedding, but Buttercup (such a troublemaker) has a tendency to try and eat them if she can find them - I have to be sneaky about covering them over well with their fleece lol!

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What about putting a puppy pad underneath the fitch/ care fresh? Very absorbent and dries out unlike newspaper. I used to use newspaper but it just stays wet resulting in the bedding getting wet. You get a good deal on puppy pads from B&M stores and home bargains.

EDIT: just noticed your comment stating you've tried puppy pads, oops! If you cut it so there's just a flat layer on the bottom without any edges coming up the sides this might make it harder for her to get to it.
 

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Thanks everyone :)

I'm thinking about using the puppy pads, folded to fit without the sticky up edges, and put a cheap fleece panel over the top, then top with Carefresh, in the hope that the fleece doesn't need switching out every time I empty out the bedding!

With any luck, a designated hay-based feeding and play area will help prevent hay getting EVERYWHERE lol! In my dreams...... ;)

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Ha ha ha good luck with them not getting hay everywhere. I think my Fudge thinks it's his mission to scatter the hay. I clean the cage the. He drags it about everywhere. Lol.
 

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Thanks everyone :)

I'm thinking about using the puppy pads, folded to fit without the sticky up edges, and put a cheap fleece panel over the top, then top with Carefresh, in the hope that the fleece doesn't need switching out every time I empty out the bedding!

With any luck, a designated hay-based feeding and play area will help prevent hay getting EVERYWHERE lol! In my dreams...... ;)

Jo x
I'm in the same correx boat as you! Just changed to fleece in all 3 floors and made a large correx hay box on each floor as mine love to burrow in the hay and aren't impressed with hay racks. Have been trying shavings under a layer of hay (what they were bedded on before) with a fresh pile am/pm spot clean at night and empty 2 x week but I get too much in the tray then, so looking for alternative lining myself, glad you posted this!
 

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What about measuring and seeing if you could find a cat litter try and shallow storage box that would fit in the area?
 

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What about measuring and seeing if you could find a cat litter try and shallow storage box that would fit in the area?
Have a cat litter tray on top floor but it only fits one piggy, sometimes 3 like to burrow together! Hence 2 of them are quite large!
 
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