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Most Absorbent Bedding

Discussion in 'Housing and Enrichment' started by Piggie Life, Apr 15, 2012.

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  1. Piggie Life

    Piggie Life Teenage Guinea Pig

    Apr 15, 2012
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    Currently I am using Wood Shaving from a Pet Store but I have noticed they are not the most absorbent bedding; the Shavings get very soggy from urine. What is the best bedding that is absorbent but still functions well as a bedding for Guinea Pigs?

    Thanks :)p
     
  2. Connie

    Connie Adult Guinea Pig

    Jun 11, 2011
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    Other bedding options include

    Megazorb

    Finecard

    And ofcourse, fleece. This is done by using an absorbant layer such as towels, or a matress protector, or puppy pads. then laying a fleece over the top, The fleece (if 100% polyester and washed without soft rinse) will let the wee wick down, making sure the top is always dry for them to walk about on. This bedding is my favourite as you just wash it, then its all ready again :)
     
  3. sarah0712

    sarah0712 Junior Guinea Pig

    Fleece is good but Carefresh is very absorbant if you don't want to go for fleece
     
  4. Doeylicious

    Doeylicious Adult Guinea Pig

    Apr 20, 2010
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    Megazorb is by far the most absorbant bedding I have ever used, but it isn't very 'floofy'.

    When I use it, I use a layer of Supreme supersoft bedding over the top to make it more cuddly for my piggies.

    However shavings from pet stores are crap, really, find your local equine feed merchants that do Hunter shavings - best shavings ever, and you will kick yourself when you see the size of the bale you get for the same amount as Pets at Home etc!
     
  5. Dh1971

    Dh1971 Junior Guinea Pig

    Feb 29, 2012
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    I alternate between megazorb and fleece. Both work really well.
     
  6. jamarcham

    jamarcham New Member

    Mar 12, 2012
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    I lasted about a week with the wood shavings when I brought my girls home, hated it and swapped to fleece (set up similar to how Connie says above) but with a litter tray using carefresh. Much much easier.
     
  7. twiams

    twiams Adult Guinea Pig

    Oct 17, 2011
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    I think it's all down to personal preference but i think that carefresh/megazorb is the best for absorbent. (:
     
  8. hayls<3

    hayls<3 Teenage Guinea Pig

    Feb 11, 2012
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    Just a quick question about Carefresh but I was just wondering, is it like soft? or is it hard like paper? :)
     
  9. sarahw

    sarahw Teenage Guinea Pig

    Jan 3, 2012
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    i now use megazorb after recommendation from here on all my small animals and it lasts really well, you need to use more to start with to get the initial bedding down but upkeep is very good, my girl bunny was so messy on shavings but with the megazorb she is much better and much cleaner
    i will be litter training her once she is neutered as its easier once their done
    fleece is assorbent which i use for all my piggies
     
  10. lauraboara

    Forum Donator 2014/15

    Jun 4, 2011
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    Like some of the others, I find megazorb the most absorbent and does not seem to smell of wee. I pay about £6.50 a bag from a horsey supply shop.
     
  11. Dh1971

    Dh1971 Junior Guinea Pig

    Feb 29, 2012
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    That's cheap, it's just under a tenner at mine!
     
  12. sarah0712

    sarah0712 Junior Guinea Pig

    Depends which one you get. I usally have the 'confetti' colour for my girl's litter tray and that's quite soft. The other day I got a bag of the 'natural' and it's much more rough. Maybe it's just a bad batch though!
     
  13. chanty

    chanty New Member

    Mar 27, 2012
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    another megazorb fan here.
    Chantelle
     
  14. Piggie Life

    Piggie Life Teenage Guinea Pig

    Apr 15, 2012
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    Brighton
    Should I buy normal pet fleece bedding from Amazon or Vetbed? Vetbed seems very expensive to me.
     
  15. Connie

    Connie Adult Guinea Pig

    Jun 11, 2011
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    Vet bed is different to fleece, it is an option but as you say its expensive. :)

    Any fleece thats 100% polyester is fine. You can get them online, but I usually find that when you include postage its cheaper to buy them somewhere like primark, wilkinsons, B&M bargains, tescos, asda, Pound stretcher Etc.
    However they do need washing 3 times without soft rinse before they work. And when you wash them generally, no soft rinse as this seals the fleece and stops it wicking away. :)

    Same with whatever you choose to put underneath. Argos do matress protectors, or tescos. And towels can be tesco value. :) The best pads Ive found are Dry nights bed pads for kids that wet the bed. If you cut one in half and turn it so the padded middle is on either end where they tend to pee these will do a 2x4 C&C. Given that they are £3 for 7 thats very cheap and cuts down the smell :) but you can basically use whatever absorbant layers you like!

    My set up is the dry nights, with a matress protector cut to size on top, then fleece. This lasts me 5 days (with a poo sweep daily), but my cage is large for two piggies, a smaller cage would need cleaning more often.

    Hope this helps... Any other questions just ask :)
     
  16. gpmomma

    gpmomma Teenage Guinea Pig

    Apr 22, 2012
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    fleece or kaytee clean and cozy. i use both and both are really soft... the clean and cozy doesn't have a scent but i never smell anything from the clean and cozy... and saying i only have 1 pig.:Ayociexp119:
     
  17. Stacey

    Stacey Junior Guinea Pig

    Mar 12, 2011
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    Glasgow, Scotland
    I never found fleece worked for my piggies, specially Dexter. He pee's ALOT!

    I have used vet bed. I thought it was really good at keeping the cage dry which was a bonus for Dexter, but was a right pain to wash.

    I use carefresh and hay now. It is quite soft and absorbant. With Dexter we need to change the one corner out daily but the other two could go for days without getting it changed (we change it every 2 days). I use puppy training pads to line the cage which helps aswell.

    I think it depends on your piggie. :))
     
  18. IHorseCarzzy5

    IHorseCarzzy5 Junior Guinea Pig

    Jul 2, 2011
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    Oregon, USA
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  19. bsjlmb

    bsjlmb Adult Guinea Pig

    Mar 5, 2012
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    i changed to vetbed just over a week ago. i think it's great. i found some end of line vetbed for sale on ebay for £37.50 + £10.00 postage. there was 5 big pieces in the pack so i got quite a lot for the money. i shall be cleaning the hutches out today but when i put them away last night the vetbed was still bone dry. i have actually found that even cut into smaller pieces so that it is easier to fit in the washer it works just as well. because of the thickness of the vetbed the edges butt up nicely and even if they wee on the seams it still goes straight through to the bottom layer. thumbs up from me;)
     
  20. Bobby&Frankie

    Bobby&Frankie Junior Guinea Pig

    Apr 9, 2012
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    Wolverhampton, UK
    I'm in love with megazorb now, this is the first week i've used it and there's no soaking shavings from their wee - the megazorb pieces have just got larger and they appear dry, take the poo out of it and it will look like it's just been cleaned. :)
     
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