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December 09, 2006

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Ellen

I agree with Laurie - fleece is economical and the pigs like it. They are on sale this week for $3.99 at Ocean State Job Lot. We have 3 pigs in a 2x4 C&C cage. 1 blanket covers all but the edges of the cage, which is where they pee (& I spot-clean). Every day I take out the pigs, change the blanket, clean out the cage, spritz w/ vinegar & water, and wipe down. (Maybe using multiple blankets would allow me to change every 2 or 3 days?) It takes less than 5 minutes to do, plus the pigs look forward to a treat while I am cleaning. I rotate 7 blankets, so every 5 days or so I shake out the soiled ones over my compost pile, soak them in Borax, wash & dry them. Very easy!

Let's talk about cleaning water bottles too. I clean them every 3 days, but this a.m. I took the rubber pieces out of the tops and swabbed both ends of the metal tubes with a Q-tip. I couldn't believe the grunge that came out! It took 6 Q-tips to get each one clean. I won't wait so long next time to give them a THOROUGH cleaning.

Laurie

About a year and a half ago I switched from wood shavings to towels and fleece. I've learned that it's economical in that I'm recycling and there's no need for frequent trips to the store to buy bags of shavings. This is a good option for people like me who don't tolerate the dust generated by wood shavings. I find that my 5 guinea pigs enjoy the fleece during the cooler months and there's no fear of wood shavings ending up in their food bowls. Fleece is inexpensive to buy, as well as towels. I clean out the cages twice weekly by just rolling up the fabric, taking it outside to shake off the excess, and finally tossing it into the wash.

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