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September 14, 2009

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Whitney

Hi Dana:
I've heard of folks doing different combinations of bedding using newspaper -- towels on top of newspapers, fleece on top of newspaper, and so forth. All were cleaning cages about as often as you are.

I would use your guinea pigs' physical appearance as a guideline for how well this approach is working for them. Are their feet or fur often stained with newspaper ink? Is their rump or belly (or both) wet?

If they're clean and dry and their cage doesn't smell, then your approach is likely working fine. If not, then you'll want to use something else on top of the newspaper, like fleece, towels, or a thin layer of CareFresh.

Also, make certain they're not digging up the newspaper and eating it. If they are, you'll definitely want to put something heavier over the newspaper (like fleece) or layer on a denser bedding product (like CareFresh).

Dana

I use several layers of newspaper underneath a thick layer of all-natural, color-free, recycled-paper based bedding. The bedding absorbs any liquids very well and the only part that gets wet is under her water bottle spout. It makes the old bedding easy to replace (everything just gets rolled up), which I do every 2-3 days. Does this sound safe?

alyssa

Hi everyone, so I guess I'm the comment you have been waiting for lol. I DO in fact use newspaper under my fleece. At first I was using the towel technique but since I wash everything by hand the towels became extremely heavy and difficult to work with. They also took a long time to hang dry. So I began experimenting with other things including mattress pads and newspaper. The mattress pads were fine but were rather expensive. The newspaper on the other hand was virtually free and seemed to be just as effective as long the newspaper is changed frequently and a litter pan is available. The newspaper is layed down pretty thick and it does not leak any ink onto the fleece surprisingly. It doesn't get soggy like you might think and it just feels damp. I haven't had any problems with it at all and my guinea girl is always nice and dry. I only have one guinea pig however (she was housed as a lone guinea pig when I rescued her and an attempt at a friend intro didn't go well) so for two guinea pigs you might have to do a quick exchange of the newspaper halfway through the week. Hope I helped clear things up!

Catherine

Good question! I wouldn't do newspaper - paper just isn't absorbent enough and my pigs love to eat it.

I do 3 layers of terry cloth, then a layer of absorbent fleece - the whole thing gets shaken out and washed in hot water at least once week. I use a tissue to pick up waste from the surface everyday (with a good hand washing afterwards).

I also do small cat litter pans filled with Carefresh - two in each cage, and that is where the water bottles and hay are. My pigs frequently hop up to potty there rather than on the fleece. I change these as needed, no less than once a week.

Rene

Thanks for sharing Laurie! I've thought about using fleece but worry that it would stay too wet. Do the towels underneath the fleece soak up urine? My concern is the smell. You also said that the fleece is water-repellent. Doesn't that cause the urine to sit and not soak through?? I'd love to move away from aspen bedding, which I currently use. Thanks! Rene

Laurie

Hi - I have used fleece for a long time but never with newspapers. Instead, I line the cage with 2 or 3 towels then 2 layers of fleece. It is long-lasting, and works just fine for my piggies. All I have to do is wash everything once a week. Daily, I remove the top 2 layers of fleece, shake out the waste, and replace it. Since the fleece I buy is water-repellant, it lasts a while. It's economical and good for the environment as well.

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