New Pet Bedding Materials?

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:36 am


I was contacted by a company about new natural bedding materials they'd like to test. I'm wondering if any of you see any safety concerns (other than the possibility of a guinea pig eating the bedding).

They will be considering for testing:
  • Cracked Tofu (Natural Plant Fiber). [marketed already for Rabbits and other small animals]
  • Dried and flaked orange peel.
  • Bamboo fiber.

"All three are 100% natural and ‘should’ be acceptable to Guinea Pigs and other small animals as bedding."

I was asked, "Before we begin testing – I am very interested if you have any initial concerns that would prevent us from moving forward with testing..."

Do any of you have any comments? As I mentioned, one consideration is guinea pigs eating the bedding.

For those of you who do not use fleece, do any of these products sound interesting?

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:58 pm


The only concern I see, other than the pigs eating, is whether there would be a strong odor with the orange peel. If so, I wouldn't want to use it.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:58 am


I wrote you. Did you get my email?

bpatters
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Post   » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:45 pm


Yes, I did. I was just answering here since I saw the public post.

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Catie Cavy
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Post   » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:20 pm


It’s nice of them to contact you to ask. They sound like strange materials for bedding but I’d be willing to try them if they are affordable.

I don’t mean to hijack this thread, but I’ve been wondering about a few bedding options. I know cat litter is a no-no, but would a clumping cat litter work under fleece sort of like pine pellets under fleece? I’m thinking maybe you could get all the poos on the fleece and scoop up and toss the clumps of urine under the fleece.

Also, when do you know when to change pine pellets under fleece? Pine pellets seem to stay absorbent even when they start to break down; they just get a little dustier. They also don’t seem to ever start to smell.

bpatters
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Post   » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:26 pm


I've had the pellets in my cage for about five months now. I just stir them occasionally. The ones on the bottom look just like they did the day I poured them in there.

I'm planning on seeing how long they're effective. When they stop controlling the odor, or when they've all turned to sawdust, I guess I'll change them out. At this rate, pellets will cost me less than $25 per year.

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Catie Cavy
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Post   » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:32 pm


Thanks, bpatters. Do you see any problem with trying cat litter under the fleece? It would be nice to be able to scoop out the wet spots.

bpatters
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Post   » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:56 pm


Assuming that the fleece would keep down any dust from the litter, I don't see why it wouldn't work as far as absorbency is concerned. But my prediction is that the cat litter will clump on the fleece, and that it will eventually clog your washer. But maybe not. Let me know how it works.

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Catie Cavy
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Post   » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:04 pm


I didn't think about the litter sticking to the fleece. I just had nice fantasies of being able to easily scoop out neat little urine balls.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:52 pm


Catie Cavy, I sent you an email, in case you're interested in testing them out.

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Catie Cavy
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Post   » Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:06 am


Thanks, Lynx, but I didn't get the email. I checked my junk email too. My email is current but it's going to be changed. I went to update my email address now in my profile but I couldn't figure out how to do it.

GrannyJu1
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Post   » Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:20 am


I received your email, Lynx. I'm interested but read that one of the ingredients is soy. Is that ok for the piggies?

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:38 pm


Since it is not a dietary thing, the soy should be okay. If you find they eat a lot of the bedding, maybe not so much!

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PBOreo

Post   » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:23 pm


Okay. So i cant figute out how/why i cant make my own topic but i see a lot of people use blankets as bedding? One forum i read said that she had "potty trained" them. Is that the case for everyone that uses blankets? I use pine shavings, which i know isnt the best but the paper isnt much better and i dont have the money to get the best bedding possible. And is 1 year old too late to train them?

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:03 pm


You can't potty train a guinea pig. If you've got a cooperative pig, you can put some sort of litter pan where the pig pees and poops the most and catch a good bit of the output. If the pig doesn't cooperate, well, you've got a normal guinea pig. That said, they do pee and poop a lot where they eat and sleep, so something easily replaceable in those areas can help keep the cage clean.

To create a post, pick a forum, and at the top of the screen there'll be a button to start a new topic.

PBOreo

Post   » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:23 pm


Okay. And ya, they arent the most cooperative. Unfortunately between work and family always wanting me to do things, i cant interact with them as much as id like so theyve gotten used to having eachother rather than eachother and me. Theyre okay with being pet and held but not for more than 20-30 minutes or theyll pee. A lot. And i did try to look up how i create a topic and it told me the same thing but either i seriously looked over it or its just not there for some reason. Ill get "new posts" amd thats it

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:26 pm


Go to the forum. Look at the bottom left hand side for the button to start a new topic.

PBOreo

Post   » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:31 pm


Guess i am blind. I didnt think of it to be at the bottom, obviously. But so how does using fleece or whatever microfibrous material blanket/towel work? I see that one person here puts bedding under it but how do they get the pigs to not eat it?

PBOreo

Post   » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:32 pm


Because mine would most certainly try to eat any sort of fabric or anything i were to put in there

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:22 pm


They don't usually try to eat fleece. But fleece needs an absorbent layer underneath it to work properly -- it wicks the urine through to whatever's underneath, and stays dry itself. That way, the pigs aren't sitting/walking/laying on wet material.

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