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Kylie80

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Hello all,

I have recently started using vet bed and love it (I have three now) and I am just wondering if anyone else who also uses it has any tips on how they get the tricky bits of hay off it during spot cleaning. Also I bought a 4x2 vet bed for a C&C cage (they actually fit my non c&c cage perfectly) to cut up into fours to use as pee pads but it's so thick i'm not sure what to use to cut it as i'm sure scissors is not going to cut it.
 

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I do just use normal scissors to cut mine - fabric scissors or kitchen scissors both work well. :)
Mine is the rubber-backed VetFleece version, it's pretty much the same thing only some VetBeds have the green backing.
For getting the hay off I use a rubber-teethed horse brush like this one: , after giving it a good shake outside. I've also been known to hang mine on the washing line and whack it a few times first.
 

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I have the green back vet bed. I ised to use a cat poo scoop (a new one not the cats one) for the fleece and that work mostly well but just not on the vet bed. I will look into a rubber one of those then.
 
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I tend to use the smaller pieces so I can just carry it outside and give it a good shake. It's crazy how deep some poops can get tangled in it!
 

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piggies are going through a phase of dragging all their hay out of their bowl and dumping it to one side and eating it in a scattered pile off to the side and the hay they don't eat (which seems like more hay than I put in) somehow becomes a hay tornado and scatters all through their cage and it's impossible to clean up. They look happy with themselves though.
 

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Maybe try putting their hay in a large, under-bed type storage box with low sides, so it is a bit harder for them to scatter.
Although they may still find a way.
I swear my pigs pick their pellets out of the bowl, grind them up as finely as possible. and then dance of the crumbs to mash them into the fleece.
 

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I doubt I would get one of those in my cage. It's only a 140x70 cage. I had wanted to get a c&c cage for them when we moved into this new place but it turned out to be smaller than it looked empty.
 

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Get yourself a handheld Hoover- that and vetbed is an excellent combo!

Both my sow pairs have a 2x4 c&c that's lined with puppy pads then a large piece of vetbed that fits the whole base.

I have a mat that zips up with a puppy pad inside that the hay sits on - every morning the puppy pad is binned and the mat replaced with a fresh one followed by a pile of new hay. The vetbed underneath stays dry.

At the other side under he igloos, I have a half puppy pad with a 1x2 piece of vetbed. Every second day, the small piece is changed as well as the half puppy pad underneath- the main piece of vetbed is still dry.

When I poo pick, I pick up all the big bits of hay and put them back in the hay pile, then simply Hoover up all the poos and smal bits of hay.

On the last day I don't use a hay mat or igloo vetbed as the main vetbed underneath those is still clean and dry and I get 1 day more out of it.

I get 5 days out of one large vetbed, 2 small igloo vetbed pieces and 4 hay mats before the whole thing is emptied, distinfected and replaced.

There's such little hay on their stuff that a quick shake is all that's needed. I love vetbed, don't know where I'd be without it!
 
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